I love yard sales, especially when I they have Lego sets for sale. As you probably already know, I’m a sucker for Lego sets. And last Saturday, I found a missing set from a series that I collect and snatched it up for only $5.
My daughters “helped” me put it together, and we all had a good time.
As we assembled The Final Joust (Set # 7009), I was reminded of a Lego factoid I read a few years back. It stated that, at the time of publication, if all the Lego pieces in the world were divided equally among all the people of the world, everyone would get 62 pieces. After hearing this figure, I wondered what anyone could really make with only 62 pieces.
Well, lo and behold, The Final Joust is made up of exactly 62 pieces. So, what you can make is this:
And if that doesn’t seem like much to you, then you aren’t looking hard enough. In terms of narrative play ability, this set contains within it an inherent good vs. evil scenario that can be played out on horseback or on foot, between a variety of combat modes, and that’s only when using the pieces as recommended by the instruction booklet.
If you deviate from the pictured scenario, you can have a scene where a knight is confronted by Death himself and must face the moral consequences of the life he led.
Or make a hundred other things, like miniature castles, a king’s throne, a stable, and so on. Because this is the true value of Lego. It is a toy that encourages creativity and story telling.
Do you have 62 Lego pieces lying around? What would you like to build?