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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Fabuland is Love!

I was inspired by my Ate Richie's blog entry to write about our old LEGO Fabuland set. It was one of our favorite toys ever because we get to build our own house according to our own specifications. Not only that, it is also our way of bonding because my siblings and I huddle together in a corner, trying to follow the instructions on the leaflet.

I found this amazing review by WhiteFang and I got all the photos there. WhiteFang's photos make storytelling easier. :)

The Fabuland 3683

The earliest memory that I have with our LEGO Fabuland set is when Daddy came home from Europe and he was building it with Ate Richie. And I remember that my favorite role was to spin the Ferris Wheel and the Merry-go-Round.

This image is found in the inside flap of the box
I wanted to have all of the characters found on the 2nd to the last page of the leaflet

Let me take you to a short journey back to my childhood. Meet Max the Mouse, Freddie the Fox, Clive the Crocodile and Lucy the Lamb:

Clive is my personal favorite

I gave each character their own personality. In my mind the characters are all good friends who live in their own houses. For me, Max is the playful one, Freddie is the pretty boy, Clive is the bad ass dude and Lucy is the pretty girl. My siblings and I loved to make up stories about the characters and their activities for the whole day. I think one of the reasons why I have a vivid imagination is because of this.

My mom keeps this at the topmost cabinet and only lets us play with it during weekends and summer vacation. But being the little devil that I am, I lock myself up in my room with a spoon at hand. Then I step up in the dresser to reach the cabinet, using the spoon to pry open the cabinet door. Then hours of total enjoyment happens!

And what's good about this is that LEGO lasts for a lifetime. My brother, Christopher, who is eight years my junior, was still able to play with this set even if some pieces got lost over the years. It was so sad that when we left our house in Mariquita, we had to give away some of our old toys, including our beloved Fabuland. While packing, I played with it for the last time and realized that you are never too old for LEGO.

Giving the set away is one of the most difficult things that I did but we just have to think that other kids will be able to make new memories out of it. Until now, Max, Freddie, Clive and Lucy remains one of the most important names of our childhood.

The entire gang in Fabuland

I felt happy when I found out that there are a few Fabuland sets for sale online. When I earn my own money (again) I will definitely buy a set because it's a part of me. I also want my future children to experience the joys of playing with the toys from my childhood. Not to mention that I want them to know that you can still have fun even if you don't have the fancy gadgets of today. I grew up in a time with no iPods, PSPs and computers and I still had the time of my life.

Lego Fabuland 3683, I will have you again. Soon. :)

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