One Small Brick for Man … one giant leap for minifig kind
Forty three years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and made history as the first humans to set foot on another celestial body. Some may think this as ancient history, and some (according to studies, 1 in 5) believed we didn’t land on the moon at all, but faked it (stupid). But no matter where you stand on the Apollo Moon Landings, you can’t deny that it was a great time to be a kid.
Classic toys back in the day included Major Matt Mason, and the GI Joe astronaut figure. But there were also lunchboxes (I had one) and models of Apollo, Gemini, Skylab, Mercury, and more. And I built them ALL. There were also toy astronaut figures like the green army men. We certainly had space on the brain, and back then, kids went from wanting to be cowboys and the President, to being astronauts and going into space.
Sadly, we don’t really go anywhere anymore. In fact, we’ve just been going around the block (in low earth orbit) since 1973. Sad, because kids really need to dream. They really need to learn to throw that hat over the wall and go get it. And toys helped us to do that.