My friends 4 year old trashed Ds bedroom and broke his expensive birthday toy.

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Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:07:22

AIBU to want some form of compensation for the broken toy? Perhaps a replacement or even a similair but cheaper toy. My Ds is 5.5 and my friends Dd is 4.5. When i told my friend Ds was really upset she said, well that's what kids do. Em, not my child. Aibu? My friend was there when this happened and gave her Dd a row. She knew that the toy was broken but I said I would get DH to try and mend it. I've just messaged her saying DH Was not able to repair it at this point. At this point she stated that's what children do. I messaged back that it was a birthday gift he was looking forward to for several months. She hasn't messaged back.

CocacolaMum Thu 28-Mar-13 12:08:42

what was the toy?

MiniEggsJumpedInMyBasket Thu 28-Mar-13 12:09:28

If my child broke something in someone else's house I would replace it. The fact that she hasn't offered indicates to me that she doesn't think it's necessary to do so.

I would try to replace the toy myself but make a mental note not to invite that woman and her child round again.

CandyCrushed Thu 28-Mar-13 12:10:43

This is such a difficult situation. How broken is the toy? Will your DS still be able to play with it a bit?

CandyCrushed Thu 28-Mar-13 12:11:23

I would replace a toy if my child broke a toy.

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 28-Mar-13 12:12:15

The reasonable,decent and right thing to do is replace the toy.

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 12:13:19

I hate this all kids break toys/trash houses/write on walls crap. No they don't if they have been taught to treat things with respect. I would replace anything my child broke in someone else's house.

If she's not willing to accept responsibility then I wouldn't be letting her child anywhere near your ds's stuff.

While we're ranting why don't people teach their kids to put pen lids back on. Ds's friends are only allowed to use pencil crayons in our house now.

Greydog Thu 28-Mar-13 12:13:32

If my son had destroyed something, I'd expect to replace it. If he trashed the room as well he sound like he's wild. Making a huge mess is one thing, trashing a room is not

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:13:33

It was a Lego city toy. It cost £70. DH was unable to rebuild it as the girl left it in pieces and mixed it in with a bucket full of Lego. Also we didn't have instructions left for it. My Ds was absolutely devastated, screaming/ howling when it happened. It's just that he has been unwell recently and I knew how long he waited for it and he has mentioned how sad he is as he can't play with it recently.

I'm a childminder and I have it in my T&C's that if a child breaks a toy I reserve the right to charge for it. This is because I've had issues with a child stamping on toys and ripping books and the parents thought this was acceptable.

I think your friend is being very unreasonable and should replace the toy.

Bicnod Thu 28-Mar-13 12:16:14

I would (and have in the past) buy a replacement if one of my DC broke someone else's toy - I would either just do it or offer to do it immediately, I wouldn't wait to be asked.

I don't know what I'd do in your position - how good a friend is she? Can you ask her up front if she could replace it/contribute towards replacing it or will that not go down well?

DeafLeopard Thu 28-Mar-13 12:16:33

YANBU to expect her to replace such an expensive toy. But given that she hasn't offered she obviously doesn't feel she should.

Which leaves you with two choices, make a big thing of it and lose the friendship; or let it go.

IIWY I would never host them again.

So it hasn't been broken, just disassembled?

You might be able to find instructions online.

MiniEggsJumpedInMyBasket Thu 28-Mar-13 12:17:00

We once had a visiting child take everything out of DD2's wardrobe, screw it up and cram it into a trunkie and several small bags....

OP, the child sounds quite destructive. I wouldn't have them round again

FauxFox Thu 28-Mar-13 12:17:09

It's lego. Rebuild it. There are instructions online. Unless she has snapped any actual pieces it's just a case of spending time finding the instructions and putting it back together - annoying but not a friendship dealbreaker imo.

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 12:17:37

You can get Lego instructions on line, if you simply mean she has taken it apart then it's not broken.

janx Thu 28-Mar-13 12:17:40

Could you get the instructions online? My dp spend three hours rebuilding a Lego helicopter as it was dismantled by another child and the pieces all got mixed up.... It can be done - it's just painstakingly boring.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:18:11

You can get all the Lego instructions online so yabu really - Lego doesn't "break" as such does it??

CandyCrushed Thu 28-Mar-13 12:18:13

I am sure you have already looked but are you sure you can't find the instructions online. Try here

Bicnod Thu 28-Mar-13 12:18:23

Hmmm. Cross posts. So the lego isn't actually broken and could be rebuilt if you could find the instructions? Have you googled for the instructions? My DS would be gutted if his lego dinosaur thingy got broken up but it's not quite the same thing as actually damaging a toy IMO.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:18:34

What set is it and I'll get you a link for the pdf of the instructions.

Bicnod Thu 28-Mar-13 12:19:10

x-posts with everyone - slow typing today grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 28-Mar-13 12:19:35

Oh. So it's not actually broken then? It's just going to be a total pain in the arse to reassemble?

Then I do think it would be unreasonable to expect her to buy a replacement! She's right. Kids will take lego apart.

I think you should get instructions for it and rebuild it.

It's lego. Kids will always pull it apart! It's what it does. It comes apart and you can build lots of things with it.

doodledrawers Thu 28-Mar-13 12:19:44

You can download instructions here

Nolda Thu 28-Mar-13 12:20:10

You can get the instructions online btw:

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 28-Mar-13 12:20:18

Sorry but how does a city lego toy 'break'? Lego is pretty much indestructible. If you just need to build it together but have lost instructions look in the Lego website and they'll re-send them to you or you can download them. It sounds to me like nothing was really broken.

spiritedaway Thu 28-Mar-13 12:20:28

Sorry but i think UABU to some extent. . I don't really think a child would know not to dismantle lego or to keep the bricks separate. . Would they? If possible you need to replace the toy for your son then keep it safe for him. Maybe you could email lego and get instructions or some replacement bits? Trashing the room is out of order. Hope she made her kids help tidy or helped you herself.

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 12:20:34

We have a ridiculous amount of Lego, one of dh's favourite past times is sitting there for hours finding instructions and making up sets hmm

Shall I send him round?

initially i thought ywnbu.

but now i read it's lego - get hold of the instructions and rebuild. i can see why she's a bit confused

SirBoobAlot Thu 28-Mar-13 12:20:57

I think you're unreasonable to expect someone to replace something that cost that much, frankly. You might have been able to buy that for your DS, but there was a chance it would get broken, either by him or someone else, and not everyone can just make £70 appear. And if it's lego, you can get the instructions elsewhere to rebuild it.

HotelFromage Thu 28-Mar-13 12:21:02

If you go to the Lego website you can search for the correct instructions . You just need the code from the front of the box, which you can also find on the website by browsing the products. There is a full list, with pictures, of the parts in the instructions too, so you can fish the correct ones out of the mixed Lego.

Ds is a Lego fanatic and often downloads the instructions to a set he hasn't got and just improvises for the pieces he doesn't have.

If you are near me ( west lancs) I can dispatch ds to help rebuild the toy.

currentbuns Thu 28-Mar-13 12:22:02

YABU - and overly dramatic - to describe this as "breaking" a toy, which is completely misrepresenting what actually happened. Most Lego ends up disassembled at some point - certainly in this household. Find the instructions online and rebuild it.

McKayz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:22:21

If its Lego then surely it can just be rebuilt? Find the instructions online and have a family evening making it.

HotelFromage Thu 28-Mar-13 12:22:30

X-post with 20 people!

Bloody hell - DSs lego often gets broken up and mixed up when his friends are here - thats what lego is for surely????

It is not broken at all, rather just dismantled woudn't you say - the very most I would do is get my hands on some instructions for you and offer to rebuild it if I were your friend but really you need to learn to put things out of the way if your DS is so precious about them when smalled children are visiting.

Just look on line for the instructions to build it again or ring Lego - their customer service is very good.

I didn't know you could 'break' lego confused

Yes it will be a PITA to reassemble but you can do it. I'm wondering now if your friend may have offered to replace the toy if it had been something that really was 'broken' rather than just taken apart....

And I would remember not to invite the friend with the annoying 4 year old round again - I have friends like that and they just don't get invited round very often!

BeaWheesht Thu 28-Mar-13 12:23:29

So she hasn't broken it then? She's disassembled it. My ds would never play with Lego as it was assembled - always took it apart to experiment - that's not destructive that's a different way of playing. I don't think she should replace it because its not broken.

Also please don't leave fragile favourite toys out if your son doesn't want it getting taken apart. Fwiw until I knew it was Lego I was all for her being massively apologetic and I'd have been fuming had it been my kids.

spiritedaway Thu 28-Mar-13 12:23:35

"Sorry but" X post with Early smile

currentbuns Thu 28-Mar-13 12:23:37

Oh, and if you want to keep Lego assembled, glue the pieces together with superglue. DS1 did this with various Star Wars sets.

I was going to post what others have. Download the instructions from the internet and rebuild it. Online instructions have been a godsend in our house after random lego vehicles have been trashed and the bits mixed together.

mumofweeboys Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:17

"It was a Lego city toy. It cost £70. DH was unable to rebuild it as the girl left it in pieces and mixed it in with a bucket full of Lego. Also we didn't have instructions left for it."

Does it mean its not actually broken, it just needs putting back together again?

here is a link for building instructions for lego toys -

If its a you decribed, non of the actual peices were broken that the lego was just taken apart and can be rebuilt then perhaps your friend thinks your being ott.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:17

Oh yes, if you were near me I'd be round in a flash to sort it out - I looove a Lego challenge grin

If you actually have pieces missing rather than mixed up with other bits you can also buy individual replacements from Lego. It's a rip off as the postage is about a fiver and each piece is only about 15p, but a hell of a lot cheaper than £70 for a new set.

TheBigJessie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:22

I thought you weren't being unreasonable, but now I can see your friend's point of view. If I was your friend, I would have been very cross with my daughter (mixing up lego sets... Tch <twitch> ) but I would probably have passive-aggressively supplied you with the instructions after that last message you sent.

PoppyWearer Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:40

I've had to deal with a trashed bedroom before, courtesy of a visitor's child. angry

The child is still allowed to visit (sadly no way around that) but the new rule is that they cannot go upstairs. Luckily I still have lockable stair gates up for DC2 and can enforce it. They have to stay downstairs and play with DC2's "baby" toys until I can trust the other child again.

I feel sorry for your DS but I'm sure you can rebuild it, eventually.

ubik Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:40

It's Lego!
I thought you were talking about a playstation or something...

Lego is made to be disassembled and mixed up, not preserved like some sort of museum piece! It seems odd fir the child to get a row for playing with Lego in a way which children have for generations.

No wonder other mother is hmm

TippiShagpile Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:48

I had a friend's 3 year old round for a couple of hours recently while she had a hospital appointment and he destroyed ds1's (age 8) current lego model and mixed it in with other bits of lego. Similar sort of price and ds1 was gutted (he'd saved up for months). I didn't ask the mother for the money/ a replacement because I felt it was probably my fault as I had forgotten that 3 year olds generally do stuff like this.

A 4.5 year old shouldn't do things like this but I don't know what you can do about it as technically it isn't actually broken, just hard to put back together.

Have a look on line for the instructions - you can usually get them somewhere.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:58

Some kids see lego as something that you take apart and rebuild....others don't.

However it's a shame your friend wasn't kinder.

In future, make rules VERY clear...and don't leave kids you do not trust upstairs with no adult about. I always put precious things away when playdates are due.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:59

Do U think it would be reasonable for me to ask her to replace it?

spiritedaway Thu 28-Mar-13 12:25:09

Haha. . X post frenzy!

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 28-Mar-13 12:25:30

If it's been taken apart, it's not broken.

Kids will take lego apart. Isn't that what it's for? Taking apart and then building?!

Mumsyblouse Thu 28-Mar-13 12:25:30

This is such a shame, a 4.5 year old goes round to someone's house to play, they play Lego, break it all up, make new things and put them all away together, which to me is a perfectly normal playing activity and you are now accusing them of 'breaking' the toy! Lego is for construction, not for looking at, and if you were that fussed about Lego never being touched (weird) then you should have put it up on a shelf before any children came to play.

As for charging the other mum, incredible. I bet she thinks you are really odd (and how is the 'new' Lego going to be different, it will all be in pieces!)

spiritedaway Thu 28-Mar-13 12:25:47

Yes it would be unreasonable

McKayz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:03

It would be very unreasonable for you to ask. It's Lego the whole point is you take it apart and rebuild it.

Nagoo Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:08

That's not broken.


Buzz lightyear has his legs smashed off? Broken.
Lego is lego. That's what it's for. You break it up, you make new stuff. That's called playing with lego.

YABU and ridiculous.

Chandon Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:29

Lego! ....anoying, but yabu.

We have been there many times. Between you and DH you sould really be able to put it back together.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:32

The lego debate is an old one. My DD gets a new set, makes the model then keeps it for a day or so...then it's dismantled and the bits go in the general lego tubs.

It's a building toy...not a toy to build and keep....Unless that's your preference. In which case...put them out of the way when visitors come.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:36

Ubik- this isn't the dirt of Lego to be dismantled. Maybe you don't have experience with the police station and fire station models.

TippiShagpile Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:38

I really really wouldn't ask her to replace it.

zzzzz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:26:47

Yes VERY unreasonable.

It's lego you nut.

Bingdweller Thu 28-Mar-13 12:27:44

Is this a reverse thread where your child is the one who disassembled the Lego?? Otherwise I don't understand your latest post.....

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 12:27:44

Yes of course it would! It's not broken just needs putting back together, which IS doable just sounds like you can't be arsed.

When it comes to Lego there are two types of children, those that like to build and those that just like to play with the end result.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:27:48

No, it would be utterly unreasonable for you to ask her to replace it. It would by a crazy thing to do.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:28:06 IS meant to be's not meant to be kept. I see SOME kids like it to be the shape of the station or whatever but ,lots and lots of kids don't see it this way....they see it as an ongoing toy.

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 12:29:22

Ok so the toy isnt broken then. Yes ywbu if you asked her a new lego set just because her daughter dismantled it.

WannaBeANinja Thu 28-Mar-13 12:29:26

you can't ask somebody to 'replace' something that isn't broken!!

It's been taken apart not broken, put it back together


Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:29:28

People are missing the point here. It was a police station model fully built which took DH snd Ds several hours to be constructed. He had a separate bucket of dismantled play lego. Friends Dd wasn't building Lego, she simply ripped it apart. My Ds Lego was a fully working model

weegiemum Thu 28-Mar-13 12:29:54

I'll rent you my ds (11) to build it again/build something better! He once got an Indiana Jones Temple set for Christmas that was never built as per instructions but was recognisably Indiana Jones.

He's currently slavering over The Lord of the Rings Lego. Or the Death Star!

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:00

We have the police station, just because it's dismantled doesn't mean it can't be rebuilt. You are barking mad!

McKayz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:14

We have the fire station and police station. DS1 regularly takes it apart, makes his own version and then asks us to help him rebuild to the instructions.

It's not broken!!!!!!

Pandemoniaa Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:16

It isn't actually broken though, is it? It's been disassembled which while a pain in the arse is a rather different situation. I'm also a little surprised that you allow bedroom trashing in the first place. Why are children that young rampaging around upstairs without a careful eye being kept out for the first signs of things getting beyond acceptable play?

jinxdragon Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:22

It would be utterly unreasonable to ask her to replace it. It's not broken, you still have all the pieces, it will just take time to find them and rebuild it.
And in future if you don't want Lego taken apart then take it out of the way when other children are playing.

SirBoobAlot Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:28

"It's lego you nut."


Mumsyblouse Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:42

Mine love taking them apart, doing new things, then getting out the instructions and making them all over again. We have the police station set, of course you can put it back together. Mine have done it about three times!

You are now seeming very odd.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:31:06

All Lego is the sort of Lego that can be dismantled hmm. At the very worst you might have a bit with a sticker on it that gets peeled off, but as I say these can usually be replaced individually at a hell of a lower cost than £70.

Maybe your dh just isn't very good with Lego? You definitely need to get the instructions though and spend a night at the kitchen table sorting out the pieces.

<drools at the thought of a night at the kitchen table sorting out the pieces. I'd do it by colour first blush ... and then by size>

Dinosaurhunter Thu 28-Mar-13 12:31:19

Yabu - it's Lego ! Don't worry about the friend visiting again . I imagine she thinks your bonkers .

humblebumble Thu 28-Mar-13 12:31:28

Ha ha, this is a joke?

It's Lego. I'd be annoyed but I would NOT expect it to be replaced. Isn't the point of Lego that it gets taken apart?

StrawberryMojito Thu 28-Mar-13 12:31:36

They are not missing the point, you are. It is not broken but diassembled. You will have to reassemble it. Annoying but possible. Therefore you cannot ask her to replace it.

allnewtaketwo Thu 28-Mar-13 12:31:44

If she replaces it or gives you the £70 to replace it then you would have to rebuild it anyway confused

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 12:32:00

cannie my boys are lego nuts we have thousands of pounds worth of lego including city sets, star wars, technic, harry potter stuff, the new vampyre range, batman lego etc masses and masses of lego. We try to keep all the instructions but yes the models get disasembled.

Bingdweller Thu 28-Mar-13 12:32:25

BTW, Tesco have it for £54 and I noticed it is for age 6-12... Sounds like you should have put it away from the 4 year old before the visit!

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:32:27

MY DS DOESN'T DISMANTLE LEGO MODELS. They model he had wasn't meant for this purpose. It annoys me how friend laughed it off.

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 12:32:50

Considering it's a Lego construction I am not surprised your friend's response at all. She told her child off for the destruction of it, - that's enough, - she shouldn't be made to pay for another one confused

I know it's going to be a pain to get the instructions, rebuild it etc, but it's not actually ruined - it can be rebuilt.

I think you are going rather OTT about this.

TheBigJessie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:09

cannierelax I get that you didn't know there were instructions online, but why haven't you tried sending a sad letter to the Lego headquarters with an SAE? That's what we used to do in the old days.

PollyEthelEileen Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:21

Lego is meant to be "broken".

Once you've tracked down the instructions, DH and DS can have more hours of special father/son time building it again smile

starfishmummy Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:25

Get the instructions on line. Rebuild it. If any parts are missing or broken then ask your friendto replace those pieces

BringBackBod Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:42

It's not broken, just disassembled.
That's the point of Lego isn't it?

jinxdragon Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:48

And the police and fire station models are no different to any other Lego, it's up to the owner to decide what happens. Some like to keep them together once built, others like to take them apart and make other things. Just because you didn't want yours taken apart doesn't mean it needs replacing.

McKayz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:33:57

I would have laughed my head off. Say she gives you money for a new one. You'll have to build it anyway.

We aren't the ones missing the point here.

StrawberryMojito Thu 28-Mar-13 12:34:00

Ok, so you're annoyed. Now get over it and rebuild it.

haggisaggis Thu 28-Mar-13 12:34:42

So you woudl actually ask someone to replace a dismantled lego set with another dismantled lego set (albeit this one will have instructions) for your dh to rebuild? That's nuts!

riverboat Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:04

I think she should tell her child off for willfully destructing another child's long building project. But I definitely don't think she owes you a new set of Lego.

SaltyandSweet Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:10

Good heavens. The whole point of Lego is being able to build it and take it down and rebuild it another time or in a different way. It's unreasonable to ask someone to "replace" a toy that's not broken forever. Sounds like you want monetary compensation for breaking a Lego building! shock If it was too precious for your DS to take the risk that a friend invited to his house might disassemble it (quite a normal urge for Lego structures), you should have put it out of reach. YABVU.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:20

It doesn't matter that YOUR DS DOESN'T DISMANTLE LEGO MODELS. It doesn't change the essential essence of the produce which is that it can be dismantled and put back together with no more financial cost than an evening.

Now granted, since you are clearly not a sorting fraek like me it will be a boring evening, but unless your time is a hell of a lot more valuable than mine, it's still not worth £70.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:45

Seriously, you are massively overreacting. It is not in any way broken.

Sort out the lego bricks, find the instructions online, put it back together.

Yes annoying, yes time consuming, but nothing else.

Job done.

CaptainRex Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:47

OK Lego geek, I do buy lego sets, build them with full intention to keep as fully built (eyes up lego Death Star sitting proudly in the corner of the room)

However even I think YABU, just download the instructions and rebuld it - there is always a key to how many of each shape you need at the back so can sort the bits you need and dont need), and yes its something I have had to do several times as DS loves to pull apart and then wants it rebuilt out of the huge box of lego we have, so we JFDI (and handy tip, always keep the instructions just in case)

WorriedMummy73 Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:58

Hang on, let me get this straight.

Your DS has the Lego Police Station and he built it and another child basically took it apart? And you want that child's Mum to buy another set for £70? But wouldn't your DS then have to build that second set into the Police Station? We have this set and iirc it was in pieces when we got it, so we had to build it from scratch.

Sooooooo, even if your friend replaced the toy, or gave you the money for a new set, you would still have to rebuild the model?!?! Why don't you just do that with the set you've got?

Also, who builds a massive Lego set then bins the instructions?

YABVVVVVVVVU - why not ask her to come round and rebuild the Police Station cos either way that's what needs doing here!

This is weird...

We have the lego city police station and the fire station. Yes they take hours to put together which is why we have it on the top of DS's bookcase so it can't get taken apart.

You cannot ask her to replace it, it is not broken and can be put back together. My DS has the lego pirate ship as well which my friends son used to make a bee line for. I used to just put it up high when he was round so it wouldnt get disassembled.

Moral of the story OP - always keep the instructions smile

PickledInAPearTree Thu 28-Mar-13 12:36:06

There is no way, on this earth, I would give you £70 if it was me.

If you were my friend I would call you a loon unreasonable and give you the instructions.

It's lego FFS and no one is "missing the point", infact it seems like it's you who is missing the point.

It's not broken so no you shouldn't ask her to replace it!

WorriedMummy73 Thu 28-Mar-13 12:36:37

Xpost with Haggis! Exactly my point...

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 12:36:39

Your ds doesnt take them.apart but most kids do that is the whole point of lego!!

Sorry yabu you CAN rebuild it and if she buys a new set you will STILL have to build it!!!

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 12:36:42

Why haven't you got the instructions btw?

DS has the police station. He's taken it apart, and rebuilt it several times. That's the point of lego.

I really don't see why your friend should replace it, and even if she does then you'll just have to rebuild it - so I don't see how it would make anything better.

YABU. and if this is a reverse AIBU, then YABVVVU because I hate those.

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 28-Mar-13 12:39:23

shock you can't ask her to replace it! It's still there and not broken. It will be a pain to rebuild but that really is life I'm afraid. If you want to really take it to extreme lengths you could request her parents to rebuild it I suppose confused

If the toy had actually been broken my answer would have been completely different. If my child breaks something then I would expect to replace it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Mar-13 12:39:33

Yes, YWBVU to ask her to buy another set!

It is lego. It is in pieces. This is how it came originally.

Get the instructions - links given above.

Fnd the bits you need


Amazing stuff this lego!

Maryz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:40:02

Who was supervising the children?

Because if you were in the house, do you think it is really sensible to leave a 4 and 5 year old alone without checking up on them, long enough for them to trash a bedroom?

It's lucky it was only a lego model that was broken.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Mar-13 12:40:38

And I say this as parent who has just paid for damage caused by my ds to be repaired.

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:41:02

Here are the instructions. Start at the back which will have a list of all the pieces that come with the set.

jinxdragon Thu 28-Mar-13 12:42:06

My son has had loads of the big expensive sets (grandparents have more money than sense...) And he will spend hours (with help) building them, keep them intact and play with them for a few weeks, then take them apart and build other things. He keeps all the instructions in a folder so he can make them again if he wants to.
Tbh it sounds like you are the one who is more upset, not your son, because you spent a lot of money on something and it's now going to take effort to sort it out again.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 12:42:48

We always take stock and put away the mustn't-be-interfered-with toys before guests arrive.


Keep Lego model: one expensive toy.

Dismantle and rebuild: infinite number of toys worth the money. wink

scarletforya Thu 28-Mar-13 12:43:18

OP, you are definitely being unreasonable.

Your ds and dh can re-build it. If they've done it before they can do it again.

I'd say your friend is probably quite offended. You should really apologise to her.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 28-Mar-13 12:43:25

If she bought a new one you'd still need to assemble it.
I agreed with you until I read it was Lego. Yes it's blooming annoying but its what its designed to do. I wouldn't lose a friendship over it, just chalk it down to experience and move all precious stuff on the next play date

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 12:43:29

I would probably weep a bit if I'd built the Death Star and it got dismantled right enough. That looks proper hard - respect to CaptainRex (and v envious re: Death Star ownership).

ConsiderablyBiggerBuns Thu 28-Mar-13 12:43:58

I would have laughed my head off. Say she gives you money for a new one. You'll have to build it anyway.

^ in a nutshell by McKayz

Mumsyblouse Thu 28-Mar-13 12:44:33

If someone called me and said my child was round at their house and they dismantled a Lego set, could I pay for it, or go round and rebuild it, I would be in complete disbelief. And I would not go. This is completely bonkers- you could have spent the time on this thread sorting out the pieces, it's not that hard (I have done the Police Station one myself, it took about an hour max!)

TheBigJessie Thu 28-Mar-13 12:45:15

jinxdragon: He keeps all the instructions in a folder so he can make them again if he wants to.

Your son is a very sensible young man!

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 12:45:34

Well, I have realised that although my son doesn't disassemble his Lego, others obviously do!!
I won't be mentioning it to my friend again.
I will be printing out the instruction for DH to assemble. I just hope we can find all the correct minuscule Lego bricks.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 12:45:41

Only Lego Technic poses any challenge. The rest is easy. << Lego Boast. >>

What, it's LEGO. Lego doesn't break. Just rebuild it...?

Actually cannot believe this thread.

WorriedMummy73 Thu 28-Mar-13 12:46:39

Actually OP, where do you live? I LOVE building Lego, so I'll come and rebuild it and that will be that. I'll even bring our copy of the instructions!

Maryz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:47:05

But who was supervising them?

Pandemoniaa Thu 28-Mar-13 12:47:40

Well, I have realised that although my son doesn't disassemble his Lego, others obviously do!!

With respect, OP, that's the whole point of Lego.
Good luck rebuilding it though.

WorriedMummy73 Thu 28-Mar-13 12:48:00

Anyone else got the Toy Story 3 Wild West set? It's fecking awesome! You get Bullseye and everything smile

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 12:48:00

And why didn't you have the instructions?

Isn't the whole point of Lego that you can re-build it/add things/change things/make up a huge fortress for all the little Lego men and their Barbie girlfriends to hide in from the evil Micro Machines of doom?

Or have I been playing with Lego wrong all these years?

uptoapoint Remember mechano? Do they still make that? DS is only 18 months but if they still make mechano I might make excuses to get some. grin

ll31 Thu 28-Mar-13 12:49:24

Yabu, no one broke a toy, its lego. No one is missing pt but you.

Molehillmountain Thu 28-Mar-13 12:49:32

You are being unreasonable op. I would be frustrated but certainly not ask for compensation. I wouldn't be surprised if I saw a counter Aibu thread started by your friend "Aibu not to pay for a Lego model that my ds broke up at his friend's house?"

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 28-Mar-13 12:49:57

'Well, I have realised that although my son doesn't disassemble his Lego, others obviously do!!'


Did you honestly not know that?! Did you think it was like flat-pack furniture?

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 12:50:00

My boys really really really (please mummy, Pleeeeeaaaseee) want the Ninjago dragons. hmm

Lego is so bloody expensive isn't it?

(I know where all the instructions are to every set they have ever had)

PseudoBadger Thu 28-Mar-13 12:50:29

This thread is a classic! Just like the time I asked my friend to replace the 500 piece Peter Andre jigsaw that her dd had taken apart...

Mumsyblouse Thu 28-Mar-13 12:52:12

Your son is still quite young, and so may not be able to put it back together at that age, so it may make more sense to keep it as a made-set. But once they are a bit older (6/7), they can make/remake them themselves, my 6/7 year old dd loves making Lego and there's nothing beyond her in the usual Lego sets.

sheeplikessleep Thu 28-Mar-13 12:52:26

I don't get why people don't put any 'treasured' toys in a hidden place when their DCs friends visit? Made up lego or whatever, surely you'd put it up somewhere out of reach if you are that bothered? How is the child supposed to know what toys can or can't be played with?
Likewise, we had a new years eve party, so a lot of Christmas toys around DS hadn't had the chance to open, yet alone play with. I said to him to put any toys away he didn't want opened. Anything else is free for all really for the other kids to play with.
Even if it had been a broken toy, like a broken remote control car or something, I still think it's the risk you take with having kids around. Mind you, a lot would depend on whether it was broken maliciously or an accident ...

sweetkitty Thu 28-Mar-13 12:52:44

DD2s dino Lego is lying on her chest of drawers in an awful state, DS got ahold of it and wrecked it. Easter holidays we will rebuild it together, I see it as my fault as it wasn't out of his way, he's almost 3.

YABVU get the instructions (always keep them btw) and spend quality time with DS rebuilding it.

Probably x-posting with everyone, but even if you got a new one, you'd still need to reassemble it. So I'm afraid I don't really understand. She should spend £70 so you don't need to go through DS's box of Lego and look for the bits? That seems very unreasonable to me.

If the bits for the model are very different to the rest of the lego they'll be easy to find, if they're the same as loads you've already got then you already have lots you can use! I'm a bit confused about what exactly you need.

Deux Thu 28-Mar-13 12:52:48

You must get yourself to Tesco and buy a couple of A4 size folders, the ones with the clear pockets in them.

Every time your DS gets a new lego set, put the instructions in the folder.

Also, get your DS to tip his lego out onto a blanket on the floor. When he,s finished playing chuck all lego pieces onto the blanket and then use the blanket to tip the lego into a storage box.

My 9 yo DS is lego mad and if you do the above 2 things, life will be easier.

Glad you shave seen sense and that YABU.

I know it's expensive. I know it takes a long time to build. But it isn't actually broken. Part of the fun and challenge with Lego is building and rebuilding and designing your own models. But if your DS wants the police station he had then you can have a lovely afternoon getting all the pieces together and rebuilding.

I am a bit anal and tried to keep sets together but failed. We now have a huge collection and DS builds his own police stations etc. It's really good for their imagination.

So I think it is a shame that it got dismantled but there is no way you can expect your friend to replace it.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 12:55:56

SchroSawMargeryDaw we have meccano too! But not as many as Lego. Now and then they do try to make strange things with it. But not as obsessively as with Lego. I love construction toy. The only thing that can be improved with Lego would be that they would go back to their own bloody boxes instead of lurking about trying to ambush unshod feet.

This is why I think these Lego "kits" are a bad idea- they are seen as a one off challenge & the kids get upset if it then gets broken up or a vital (usually the sodding smallest) piece goes missing. It is seen as a broken toy.

Lego was originally invented as a lot of bits & bobs to encourage kids to use their imagination & build all sorts of things using their imagination. You could get different coloured blocks/windows/wheels & it kept little hands busy for hours.

I was delighted several years ago when we went to Legolnad to see you could buy a big popcorn tub full of the basic bricks in different colours to bulk out your stash. Wish more toy shops would sell them like that!

Sorry off topic....bloody annoying OP but that's why it's probably best to keep the little blighters downstairs so you can supervise them until you know they can be trusted.

Montybojangles Thu 28-Mar-13 12:56:08

Lego have fantastic customer service. If any bits are missing just email explaining situation and they will replace (often free of charge). Lego rocks.

Am a bit shock at a child not pulling apart and rebuilding Lego, isn't that the point?

TheChaoGoesMu Thu 28-Mar-13 12:56:29

Its annoying op but you can't ask her to buy a new set when yours isn't broken. You would sound like a loon. Would you pay if it was the other way round? Seriously?

argh the ninjago dragons, bane of my life, the blasted things fall apart as soon as you look at them, I will never get back the hours of my life wasted on bloody ninjago
they make great helicopters/ space ships etc afterwards though

OP sort lego by colours before starting the rebuild it makes life a lot easier

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 12:57:46

BossyBritches - you can get tubs of Lego at some shops. Whereabouts are you? The Lego shop at Westfield in West London and the John Lewis on Oxford St sell them.

McKayz Thu 28-Mar-13 12:59:19

Bossy, they usually have them in toys r us or buy them on the lego website. I got DH one for xmas and I love it!

Pinkponiesrock Thu 28-Mar-13 12:59:41

Total unreasonable! I have a Lego mad 6 yo DS, who also has the Police Station, plus all the assorted other things and if I had to replace it everytime DS2 pulled it apart then we would be over run with Lego sets. Rebuilding is the whole point of Lego!!

spiderbabymum Thu 28-Mar-13 12:59:53

You are real lying sounding a bit barking mad op .

Can't you SEE that

Or is this some sort of windup .

They are children . It Lego . That's what it's for

As for protecting your child from the distress of seeing their toy broken are being pathetic,in my humble opinion . Take some responsibility FGS

notimefors Thu 28-Mar-13 13:00:13

Yep, you sound mad.
Lego is FOR taking apart and putting back together again.

spiderbabymum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:00:17

Should be really sounding

myBOYSareBONKERS Thu 28-Mar-13 13:00:22

What do you actually want her to pay for???

Lego does not come already assembled, therefore you have to build it any-way - be it your set or a new one.

The child should not of smashed it but in future move models like that out of reach.


spiderbabymum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:01:06

This is. Not a broken toy .

Poppet48 Thu 28-Mar-13 13:02:01

If I was your friend and you told me that my DS had 'broken' a toy and you expected a replacement (Which I would always do if my DS had broken a toy) and I went to see and in fact all he had done was deconstruct LEGO (The purpose of the toy) I would have pissed myself laughing.

You loon

spiderbabymum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:02:11

So ....which part of the bedroom got trashed then ?

Was it a bit messy ?

spiderbabymum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:03:03

Agree loon

Viviennemary Thu 28-Mar-13 13:04:18

This is just one of these things. A child took a toy away from our house. We searched the whole house. His mother did replace the toy with a similar one but was unable to get the actual toy. She said the original toy was broken which I didn't believe. Her DC just didn't want to give it up as it was a hard to find action figure. But there was nothing I could do. So I just let it go but was annoyed at the time as this child did have form for doing this. But you can hardly call in CID for a three year old!

landofsoapandglory Thu 28-Mar-13 13:04:38

I can see why the OP is annoyed because DS2 didn't dismantle his Lego City sets, once the big models were built. He used to set them up around his bedroom, create a city and have a whale of a time. We still have all of his in the garage in seperate boxes.

The little girl was wrong to take it apart when it was obviously causing the OP's DS such upset. The OP is BU to expect a new set to be bought, the OP's DH and the DS can rebuild it together over Easter.

I cant be othered to read all the responses, I guess they say that you are being a little bonkers about this, its lego, defined as a construction toy not a freakin ornament. Rebuild it, build something else, its what its for. I wonder if you are the woman I met in the lego store who wanted to know what to do with the pick and mix lego as it didnt go with the sets.

Potterer Thu 28-Mar-13 13:05:17

YABU if it genuinely was a broken toy then yes I would replace, my son accidently broke a bow belonging to our friend's child.

The Dad had told my husband (both present when it happened) never mind these things happen but we knew she had literally just got the toy for her birthday. So we went online, found the item, ordered it and had it posted directly to her as we live 3 hours away.

Lego does come apart, my sons are 10 and 7 and we have had loads of lego, and rebuilt it, and yes it is painful to do it over again. Just like we have built the K'Nex Ferris Wheel at least 4 times.

Lesson to learn is, we are lucky enough to have a playroom, any toys or games that are precious and won't be shared are put upstairs in the children's bedrooms. Anything left out is fair game and for sharing. So when Ds1 was 6 and Ds2's friends came over who were 3 years old, his Nintendo DS and other items went upstairs to be hidden away from young hands.

At least you now know that your friend doesn't respect your things and maybe not allow her daughter to be unsupervised if and when they next visit.

weegiemum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:05:20

Bossybritches, you can often get good deals on Lego on eBay - assorted bricks by the kg! That's how we got most of ours!

CocacolaMum Thu 28-Mar-13 13:07:33

So glad I asked what the toy was!!!!!!!! How on earth could you expect someone to part with £70 for that?!

I have had to deal with the feral child/trashed bedroom paradigm.. if I am feeling precious about it then the child simply doesn't play upstairs.

My OH is a fruitloop about Lego and still has sets in their original boxes at MIL.. I have banned them from the house after once at MIL house dd (age 6) tried to build a rocket with a set meant to be a car and he damn near told her off.

I'm wondering if this is a symptom of the technology generation confused

How can someone not know Lego is to be taken apart and rebuilt

ArseAche Thu 28-Mar-13 13:08:08

Hilarious thread. Broken toy, well not broken, disassembled. Therefore, not broken grin

Actually I am wondering if the OP is on a wind up.

I had a nightmare child for tea once. About 7 years old, dashed to ds room and tried to climb the shelves with his model cars on them. Cue 2 shelves on the floor and all the cars with bits of broken wingmirrors etc on the floor. The boy didn't even flinch at what he had done, just carried on playing in round the shelves on the floor. Was pleased when 6pm came that day!

houseforawinelover Thu 28-Mar-13 13:09:16

Great thread to pass a wee coffee break...

"It's Lego!" grin

Whatever though.

The one thing I have learned on AIBU is that if 100 plus people tell you that youre wrong - YOU'RE WRONG wink

zzzzz Thu 28-Mar-13 13:09:56

I guess you could get Dh to superglue it together, then it can never be disassembled again and will be a big boring lump of plastic and you needn't worry about it.

I'm amazed that your ds doesn't like building and rebuilding. We have tons of Lego (5 children) and lots of kids in and out of the place. We've had a few who just don like Lego, but never one who wanted to keep it made and untouched.

Perhaps he might like Mobil stuff, it is lots of bits but doesn't break into pieces.

MordecaiAndRigby Thu 28-Mar-13 13:10:02


If your son doesn't disassemble lego then why does he have a big bucket of disassembled lego for the police station pieces to get mixed up with?

Uptoapoint I freaking loved meccano, I just hope DS likes it when he's older. I find normal lego a bit boring.

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difficultpickle Thu 28-Mar-13 13:12:44

Lego is there to be played with and you have to be especially careful not to dissemble bits.

A friend of ds's scraped the side of my car with his bike leaving a nice long and deep scratch (estimate £800 to be repaired - car is 6 months old). I haven't told the other mum about it as ds failed to tell his friend to be careful (plenty of room to get past the car but they needed to ensure the bike was nearer the fence than the car when they walked past). I've grounded ds from playing with his friend for this.

A friend's toddler trashed DS1's lego fire station. I spend a happy evening rebuilding it. It wouldn't have occurred to me to suggest my friend bought a new one because it wasn't broken merely returned to its original "shop bought" condition i.e. in bits.

I think your friend should have been a bit more apologetic because clearly it was a toy that your DS loved but that's as far as it goes.

Surely if she pays for another one you are going to have to build it again anyway

Or has Lego changed since ds1 played with it?

Does it now come fully assembled?

If I was paying £70 for Lego, I'd want a Lego man to come and build it for me.

MandragoraWurzelstock Thu 28-Mar-13 13:14:47

LOL but poor OP. Chin up.

I always wondered who had the kids that kept the model once it was made. I am envy at anyone whose child doesn't immediately smash it to smithereens and construct something out of Wolverine instead.

spent not "spend"

Hmmkay Thu 28-Mar-13 13:15:25

I don't think you can leave a Lego model out and expect a 4 year old to know not to touch it or break it. It's a toy - children see things that look fun and then they pick them up and play with them. Lego can actually fall apart quite easily.

My two year old sometimes gets hold of my older boys Lego and often it will break but this is why I tell the boys to keep it out of her reach.

If your son and you are really bothered about it getting broken, then it's your responsibility as an adult to keep it out of other children's reach. Poor girl is only 4!

I've also learnt the hard way to keep unopened boxes of Lego out of other children's reach too and not under the bed, as we have had them opened and all the numbered bags emptied and muddled up before we've started building it!

I don't understand the fuss though as all our Lego gets built then ends up broken up in a huge box after a few days anyway. Then the boys just make up things to build with it.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:15:51

Okay , okay. I get it. I genuinely thought it was broken. As Ds didn't want to rebuild it. We will construct in and try and find all the pieces today.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:16:22

I meant as Ds didn't want to dismantle it.

MandragoraWurzelstock Thu 28-Mar-13 13:16:30

Oh Bisjo that sounds a bit sad for your ds.

If it were me I'd probably want the other kid to stay away for a while but it sounds like it was no ones fault

look, i understand why you're annoyed. you'll:

- have to find all the fiddly little bits
- and then put it together

it'll take hours and hours. but to ask her to replace it is unreasonable.

don't ask her dd over again. meet her for a coffee somewhere else. and she should have apologised on behalf of her dd.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:19:00

I won't mentioning this to my friend again. I feel well, a bit embarrassed now.

Montybojangles Thu 28-Mar-13 13:19:19
Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:19:37

Il put it down to experience.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 28-Mar-13 13:19:39

We have boxes for our lego instructions!

Boxes for the broken sets that may be rebuilt one day!

And boxes upon boxes of random pieces!

We also have mini boxes that I used to keep sorted so certain types of bricks were all together but it went unappreciated by the dses and the bits got muddled<weeps>

I used to get very anal about the big Star Wars sets and would have a little cry when they got broken but I'm over that now sort of <twitch>

Your DS may not break models yet op, but give it time!

Just to echo erm....virtually everyone on this thread, YABU!

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 13:20:01

I'll leave OP alone now and talk to SchroSawMargeryDaw: have you tried Lego technic? Like I said, they are a bit more fun. I like meccano too, but I think we don't have enough to make really outrageous things. But what is your position on k'nex?

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 13:20:36

Poor OP.

Maybe you'll look back at this one day a manage a laugh about it smile

Tailtwister Thu 28-Mar-13 13:20:57

I don't think you can ask her replace it. Her DD didn't break it, she took it apart. I thought the whole point of Lego was to build and disassemble to make something else? Very annoying though and upsetting for your DS.

As already suggested, look online for the instructions to rebuild it.

Mumsyblouse Thu 28-Mar-13 13:22:58

I think the OP has taken this quite well, and is now feeling a bit mortified about going on to the other mum. The other mum did tell her child off for playing with the Lego, so I think it's all best left.

I don't see why the little girl shouldn't come round again though, surely next time you just remove the rebuilt Lego models before she arrives! Or tell her not to touch them. She is the one who is wronged here, as she got told off for playing normally with a Lego set!

SolomanDaisy Thu 28-Mar-13 13:23:09

Oh my, I rarely laugh out loud at MN, but the idea of Lego being broken because it's been taken apart! Your friend must be totally mystified.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:23:19

Oh Christ- I hope so. What would I do without the advice of fellow mumsnetters!!!! I've said it before and il say it again, sometimes my common sense goes completely out the window when it comes to Ds.

BreconBeBuggered Thu 28-Mar-13 13:24:47

I have a lot of sympathy for the OP. I bloody hate Lego. It hurts your feet, and it has taken DH about 10 years to chill out and come to terms with the fact that kids like to dismantle those carefully constructed stations and whatnot. Now we buy the loose bricks you can make anything with, and DS2 spends weeks making whole cities that NEED to be hoovered around gently and never ever put away.

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 28-Mar-13 13:25:16

Oh bless him - I know it's horrible when they are so very upset and inconsolable and sobbing you kind of lose all sense for a bit.

Hopefully he will enjoy building it all over again with you.

glitch Thu 28-Mar-13 13:26:13

Perhaps glue it together as it is rebuilt this time. I keep meaning to do this for DS (who just doesn't get why they fall apart when he plays roughly with them).
anyone any suggestions for the best lego sticking glue?

Nagoo Thu 28-Mar-13 13:28:03

I made the fire station when I was about 9. It took forever and it was really hard.

My sister accidentally trod on it the next day.

I was so upset I never built it again.

I am just about over it now (after 22 years).

Uptoapoint I haven't tried Lego Technik, I think I will though. I always like a challenge. grin

DP and I were just discussing K'nex, I'm not too keen because it's plastic and clicks together. Doesn't feel as fun as the metal stuff for some reason. confused

OP, you have climbed down very graciously indeed. Have a gold star and a hug!

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 28-Mar-13 13:30:29

SchroSawMargeryDaw I failed to make a wheel with knex once and have been haunted by it ever since, so am thinking whether to pretend to get it for DS2's birthday. grin

OHforDUCKScake Thu 28-Mar-13 13:32:23

Hahn OP I was all ready to say you we BVU, get some bloomin instructions online!

But there you are wink

I've had MN make me see sense several times, it happens to the best of us wink

The big carnival wheel? That one did look fun! You should give it another go. wink

<feels like a child again>

cazzybabs Thu 28-Mar-13 13:34:43

I think a 4 year old is not old enough to be left to play by themselves. I do let them play in rooms without an adult but I have moved any special toys to where I can watch them play with it or put it so they can't. I am sorry but I don't think I would be offering to replace an £80 toy.

As the host I would think it was my fault for leaving it where it could be played with!

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 28-Mar-13 13:34:50

OP, you are funny. And very gracious.
Why don't you contact your friend and tell her about your lego-realisation? She will laugh, and you will too.

I bloody love lego. I love it more than my DS (4) does. And I am so excited about when he's older, and I'll he'll get to play with Technics.

AvonCallingBarksdale Thu 28-Mar-13 13:35:25

OP, you've taken this really well! Your DS is still very young, so you probably haven't got that much Lego "experience" yet. I'm the first to admit that I was coming out in hives and wealds when my DS started taking apart his own lego and rebuilding it, but that's a massive part of the fun with Lego!! Chalk it up to experience!

samuelwhiskers Thu 28-Mar-13 13:41:41

Oh OP, I feel for you, sit down have a cup of tea smile

When you put it together this time, superglue it. Job's a good un.

MN works.

BlissfullyIgnorant Thu 28-Mar-13 13:45:28

Oh for heaven's sake!

You reminded me at first of DS's friend who came round and chucked disco glitter, lip gloss, face powder and NAIL VARNISH all over her bedroom. THAT is destructive, not pulling some bricks apart.

It's Easter weekend - there's loads of time to sift through a box of bricks. Have you not seen the Lego advert with the funky house? You don't need instructions, just an idea of what you want. Restricting to the plan only restricts the imagination.

DS's friend doesn't come over any more. Can't bloody redecorate and wash the carpet all the time.

YABVU, by the way.

Scholes34 Thu 28-Mar-13 13:45:43

It's a four day weekend and the weather's bitterly cold outside. What better way to spend the weekend than rebuilding the Lego City toy with a large stash of chocolate to hand?

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 13:46:01

Well done for coming back op. Yes it is annoying when it gets dismantled somwtimes.

I bought ds2 and ds3 the lego vampyre castle and the hearse from the range for xmas. It took them.hours to build and it was fantastic! Thry then bastardised it with bits from other models...a seaside house and lighthouse and now its totally dismantled and mixed in with their ten million tonnes of lego sad but they dont mind. They spend hours and hours playing with lego and always manage to fight over one specific bit despite us having tonnes of it i have a photo of the vampyre castle built and perfrct as my fb profile picture!! I loved it sooo much blush

Bea Thu 28-Mar-13 13:47:31

Wow! a AIBU... starts off YANBU... the whole story... YABU... OP annoyed ,,, cue bunfight and flounce but! OP takes on board and recognise BU...

Never thought I would see the day on mumsnet!

Glad you've taken it all in OP... good luck with the rebuilding!
I've learnt that you can get instructions online... going to show ds and he can sort through his mountains of lego and rebuild his 20+ star wars kits!!!!

diddl Thu 28-Mar-13 13:50:06

A lot of the time the basic stuff is the best, isn't it?

The kits-well, you can't always do that much with them once they are built!

We have loads.

The kids are teens now & my intention-brace yourself P-is to dismantle them to box up & store.

Hope you find all the pieces that you need!

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:50:09

Samuel- yep I've just done that and had a chuckle to myself!

monkeysbignuts Thu 28-Mar-13 13:50:17

I have a lovely friend who has dreadful children. They tear the house apart and destroy everything. I just don't invite them very often, which is a pitty.

If she was a decent friend she would offer to replace the toy. I would be mortified if it was me x

AlliterationAlley Thu 28-Mar-13 13:50:27

I had something similar when DS had a friend round to play - his mum and little bro came too. Little bro ripped some pages out of a brand new and unread book of my DS.

I was horrified - he did this in front of both me and his mum. No apology. Nothing!

No offer to replace.

I was bitterly pissed off about it tbh - DS absolutely loves his books!

Mental note made - they have never been to our house since.

I know a book is a small thing - but it was brand new and damaged by being ripped.

Now, Lego being trashed is another thing entirely - it can be rebuilt, painful as that may be. Just be sure to keep the large constructions out of reach next time.

difficultpickle Thu 28-Mar-13 13:53:45

MandragoraWurzelstock there is a bit more to the story (age inappropriate computer games too) so ds hasn't challanged it.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 13:53:58

I think the reason I didn't keep the original instructions was beacuse DH and I both thought this wasn't the sort of Lego you break and rebuild. We thought it was a build once only model! Well Ds loves lego and will be getting more sets in the future. Il be keeping the instruction manuals in a folder like others have suggested.

Can you tell we only have one child!!

PearlyWhites Thu 28-Mar-13 13:55:50

Yabu because its NOT broken Lego is meant to be played with. Just look online for the instructions.

Molehillmountain Thu 28-Mar-13 13:58:24

That's a great update op. One of the reasons why Aibu trumps real life sometimes-if I were having a moan about this sort of thing with a RL friend, politeness would get in the way and she'd probably say the equivalent of yanbu. Here, you get a hundred people's opinion and you can make your mind up properly avoiding real life angst. By the way-yanbu to be annoyed at having to build it again. I dread the day when any of mine get into specific Lego. Luckily we only have a big box of bricks so every space ship is a never to be seen again one off!

Hmmkay Thu 28-Mar-13 13:59:10

Good for you op for taking all the messages on board and being so gracious. That's a rare thing on aibu! smile

Skullnbones Thu 28-Mar-13 13:59:35

Cannierelax? I bet you can relax...just try. YABU.

Molehillmountain Thu 28-Mar-13 14:00:19

Also by the way-just in case you also want to know about play dough colour mixing-yanbu to suggest immediate expulsion for anyone who dares!

Skullnbones Thu 28-Mar-13 14:00:19

Ds has Lego...dd destroys it.grin

diddl Thu 28-Mar-13 14:01:00

Only on MN-PFLK(precious first lego kit)grin

timeforathink Thu 28-Mar-13 14:02:27

I would contact her and say you thought it was a model that wouldnt be dismantled but youve realised it can be rebuilt , and explain your son worked hard on it and was a bit upset , say you over reacted but didnt realise and joke about it , appologise if you offended her but laugh and say you apreciate her telling her little one off , its a learning curve for kids and parents , i get more upset about my son dimantling a lego toy that he does lol, its my ocd lol, everything has a place he hee xxx

wankerchief Thu 28-Mar-13 14:07:32

Dh cried bitter tears when 5 year old ds1 broke up the millennium falcon he had just finished building to make a barn a few years back.
Its still brought up now whenever ds does something wrong
' ds is backchatting again, I've docked his pocket money...and he broke my falcon five years ago...'

scotlass Thu 28-Mar-13 14:30:06

wankerchief that just made me laugh out loud!

This is why we don't buy Lego yet. My DH would twitch if he spent time making it up and DS 'helped' and decided it looked better his way.

OP I think you've been very gracious taking the onslaught of 'are you mad woman?' posts.

Mumsnet is too funny sometimes.

JollyGolightly Thu 28-Mar-13 14:44:49

OP, you've made me laugh, and I was having a shitty kind of day, so thank you.

iklboo Thu 28-Mar-13 14:59:30

DS and DH has approximately 4 million tonnes of lego. In the early days DS used to dismantle the sets (we have no idea where all the Atlantis bits are in all the other stuff). Now he has 'playing lego' and 'sets lego'. He plays with the sets, but doesn't dismantle them. The 'playing' lego is for building any old stuff.

DH has kept all the instructions - and the boxes - from the sets just in case one of DS's friends breaks anything up.

Hope your DS & DH manage to rebuild it ok.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 28-Mar-13 15:02:42

Don't feel daft.

Lego is known between me and my husband as bastard lego. You know, in that nasty low hissing voice.

I bloody HATE it.

The inventor of lego is up there on my People I Aim To Beat To Death list along with the creators of playmobile and gogos.

the former being designed to drive you insane and the latter being designed to leave you with crippling injuries when you step on the little shits at 3am when you're trying to get to the loo with no lights on.

ChoudeBruxelles Thu 28-Mar-13 15:05:47

Ds has a huge tub of Lego. Lots of expensive sets - it's all jumbled up in there. Lego is meant to be taken apart - ds is at the moment quietly making something random with his Lego. We do keep the instructions - one day dh is going to have to try to find all the right pieces and assemble them so we can flog it on.

pigletmania Thu 28-Mar-13 15:07:32

I was going today Yanbu until I read t was Lego. Couldn't you find te right pieces in the bucket of Lego ad ource instructions online. Thought Lego is ment to be deconstructed and reconstructed. I thought it was a transformer or something like that

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:18:39

some kids build these kits and keep them forever built to play with.
others build them, take them to bits, lose the bits, cry, you hoover the bits up, stand on them, and eventually the whole bloody thing ends up in a bin.

i can see the value of being the first! but if you ds is one of the rare kids who keep their lego sets made up - make sure in furture that you move them out of the way if other kids visit.

i sort of get how you feel - DS had the hogwarts castle and train many years ago. cost a bomb. ended up in bits/lost.

but yabu - you cant really expect other kids to play with lego in the same way as your ds. you ve learnt a lesson here that anything precious is to be put away before other kids come round.

chalk it up to experience.
get the instructions which loads of folk have linked you to.
get the lego bucket and sit with DS finding the bits you need to put it back together.

if all the bits are there it shouldnt be that bad.

good luck and happy building!

PickledInAPearTree Thu 28-Mar-13 15:19:02

I can't WAIT to buy Lego. It's what keeps me strong through night feeds.

Well done OP. Yes YWBU and you've realised with good grace.

Lego is the very devil's own job to get back together if it's been broken into a million bits

And even worse if you stand on it in the dark at 4am whilst seeing to crying baby

WhatNow2013 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:26:39

One of the best things to do with Lego is get the train set. We used to set up huge towns with the train running through it. And then we'd play 'train crash'. Lego does great train crashes, with the advantage being you then just rebuild it and do it again grin

Floggingmolly Thu 28-Mar-13 15:28:43

Surely if your friend replaced the set it would have to be built again anyway, it being Lego and all... confused

DeskPlanner Thu 28-Mar-13 15:30:01

Well done op.

ISeeSmallPeople Thu 28-Mar-13 15:30:42

I think you just lost your Lego virginity.

I find going away for the weekend is the best way to rebuild large Lego sets.

DH & DSs spread it everywhere, sort, categorise, build, & clear up all the bits that don't fit before I return smile

EuroShaggleton Thu 28-Mar-13 15:49:12

Brilliant thread. Well done for coming back, OP.

Now enjoy spending the Easter weekend rebuilding your police station!

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 28-Mar-13 15:55:04

Wonder how many more people will come on to say "It's Lego? Why don't you just rebuild it?" grin

Schmoozer Thu 28-Mar-13 15:56:26

y "It's Lego? Why don't you just rebuild it?" smile

kelda Thu 28-Mar-13 16:02:44

Cannierelax - I'm a Lego and playmobil nerd - all instructions are kept seperately, small pieces are kept seperately and completed models are kept locked in a display cabenet. I hide the key when children come to playsmile

My children have loads of other Lego and toys etc to play with, but nothing breakable nor particularly expensive is left out.

EverybodysSootyEyed Thu 28-Mar-13 16:03:56

As said Lego is definitely rebuild. Ds has the airport and it drives dh nuts when he take it apart and rebuilds it differently - but that's the while point!

If you think he would prefer a make one toy try playmobil.

diddl Thu 28-Mar-13 16:13:41

I remember having basic lego as a child-no kits in my day.

And I had a booklet with ideas of things to make.

On the front were 2 lego people made of the bricks iyswim.

And I'm sure that they were either called the studs or the knobs!!


fishcalledwonder Thu 28-Mar-13 16:20:21

If my DD did that, I would suggest I came round with a bottle of wine and we rebuilt it together.

DiscoDonkey Thu 28-Mar-13 16:27:16

Aw well done OP for taking it on the chin and making us smile!

Blatherskite Thu 28-Mar-13 16:28:18

My 6yo DS has the Police Station. It gets built, lasts a week or so before bits start getting knocked off by either him or his little sister and then it gets broken down until the next time we build it. That's how lego works!

Once broken up, bricks are sorted into see through shoe storage boxes by colour or type (wheels, people etc) and instructions are kept in a folder so we know where they are. DH even keeps a running tally of which sets he DS has on <sigh>

We have a lot of Lego and both DH and DS are massive lego geeks.

Glad to see you have seen the light OP. Yes, it's annoying that the visiting child didn't realise that this set wasn't for breaking but it needs to be rebuilt one way or another and you would have been very U to ask your friend to pay out £70 for a new set when all you really needed are a free set of downloadable instructions!

Bluebell99 Thu 28-Mar-13 16:35:00

I think maybe you should text the friend and say you lost the plot over the lego, and that you will get the instructions and rebuild it, otherwise she will always think you are a loon.

rumbelina Thu 28-Mar-13 16:36:03

I will build it for you again. I would even enjoy separating out all the teeny tiny pieces.

I fricking love lego.

And flat pack furniture.

Bless you OP for conceding defeat in the face of MN wrath. I would be more than happy to dispatch my Lego-mad DCs (and DP) to fix the police station for you over the Easter holidays so I can have some peace and quiet.

landofsoapandglory Thu 28-Mar-13 16:51:19

DS2 (16) is such a Lego and Playmobil nerd, like DH, that all the kits/ sets are in separate numbered boxes in the garage and in his room he has a folder of instructions which are in numbered poly pockets to match the box!

Suttonmum1 Thu 28-Mar-13 16:54:41

You have just learnt to put large Lego items out of the way when other kids come round. (I hope.). I expect most of us with sons and Lego have a wardrobe or high shelf where we move such items, and we probably all learnt this the hard way.

HortyGal Thu 28-Mar-13 16:58:58

Your DS might actually learn something from the lego model if he has to reassemble it. Look at it as a learning experience, he may grow up to be a genius inventor or engineer because of this.

Lueji Thu 28-Mar-13 17:02:44

I think the reason I didn't keep the original instructions was because DH and I both thought this wasn't the sort of Lego you break and rebuild. We thought it was a build once only model!

Did you use glue? No.
There you go.

And your DH was never a Lego boy, then?

PS - very amusing thread.

neolara Thu 28-Mar-13 17:12:51

This may have already been suggested, but why don't you give your df the box of lego and instructions and ask her to make it again. She, and her dcs will probably have a fab old time doing it......

Pandemoniaa Thu 28-Mar-13 17:16:59

You are a good sport, OP. Incidentally Lego was always known as bastard stuff here too.

Especially after the Christmas morning when I was woken at dawn by ds1 actually peeling back my sleeping eyelids while saying (oh the irony!) "Mummy, Mummy, you need to put the Little Lego Man's eyes in now!"

Osmiornica Thu 28-Mar-13 17:28:56

I don't get it. If she did give you the money what would you do with it? Buy another set and, erm, assemble it? I'd have laughed too.

Fairyegg Thu 28-Mar-13 17:34:37

I feel your pain but as you already know yabu. Lego is the biggest pita ever. I have boxes and tubs everywhere for different kits, clearly labelled with correct instructions inside. Then I have a separate box of random lego bricks for 'free play', plus a box just for 'people' and another for 'small important pieces'. Anything that has been built, and ds wants to keep it that way, is kept up very high or shut in my bedroom when other kids come to play. Trust me, you will soon be as mad anal as me. Enjoy your Easter weekend Lego building and in future always keep the instructions smile

chocoflump Thu 28-Mar-13 17:40:52

YABU- Its lego!!! Surely if she bought another one to replace it it would need assembled anyway!!!

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 17:47:51

That was brilliant! I read a bit and then had to go and do my playgroup. I've just caught up and think you are fab Cannie, for not getting the hump.

I would probably say sorry to your friend about it too so you can have a laugh about it in the near future smile it was pretty funny smile

sweetiepie1979 Thu 28-Mar-13 17:50:03

It's not broken so no she shouldn't have to replace it. I think you are been unreasonable it's Lego! Thats a wee bit embarrassing your friend must be thinking your acting a bit odd.

Pandemoniaa Thu 28-Mar-13 17:52:14

I strongly advise people to read the whole thread. Only things have moved on somewhat and I really don't think the OP needs anymore reminders that the Lego wasn't actually broken. She's accepted, with a very good grace, that her initial reaction was U.

mercibucket Thu 28-Mar-13 18:05:24

Loved this thread smile

This happened to us too, op. Ds1 was gutted. Other child came from a more liberal lego family. We never actually bothered re-making it. Afaik it was also put away on a shelf so, think v v high shelves when friends are visiting

storynanny Thu 28-Mar-13 18:05:39

I was very very anal about Lego sets 30 years ago when ds1 had first set. I did try to keep bits and pieces for each kit together, but being creative they always turned the models into something different. I did a lot of hyperventilating but eventually after some counselling was able to cope with this.
Fast forward to the present. Decided to de clutter a bit and raise some cash on eBay. Big discussion with sons and little grandsons re what to keep at nannys house for them to play with. " sell the sets and models and just keep a good selection of bricks, doors, windows, wheels and people" was the unanimous decision as apparently they were the best fun, the sets were a bit boring. I could have saved a lot of money over the years if I'd known that!
Good job I kept all the instructions. I spent about 10 evenings putting all the models back together and giving them a bit of a hose down in the bath. Sold them all on eBay for about £250 in total. And I've still got 2 boxes full of bits for visiting little ones to play with.
Moral of the story, just buy the bricks etc and don't bother with the expensive models!

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 28-Mar-13 18:20:57

I used to be really anal about Lego too. I have spent whole mornings sorting them into colours. These days I even allow my DC to mix Lego and Playmobil together! I know!!!!shockshockshock

Lueji Thu 28-Mar-13 18:31:36

I can only imagine your friend's confused face as you said the toy was broken, that your DH would try to "mend it" and that he had not been able to "repair it".

I hope she's on MN. wink

redskynight Thu 28-Mar-13 18:34:24

Lego is for rebuilding. YABU. Totally rolling on the floor laughing here. It sounded like the child had smashed an ipad or something from your post.

anonymosity Thu 28-Mar-13 18:36:30

You can get replacement instructions from LEGO. Check online, that should do it. I didn't read all 27 pages just the first few and last, so apologies if this is a repeat. And for the record, YABU, totally.

GetOeuf Thu 28-Mar-13 18:51:45

Bless you OP - you have kept your cool in a pretty harsh onslaught of people calling you a lunatic etc!

I hope you are able to reassemble it - yes your DS must have been really upset, but it isn't the end of the world.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 19:55:34

Thanks everyone for saving me the embarrassment of asking her to replace the model- oh the shame!!

TiggyD Thu 28-Mar-13 19:56:01

I'm imagining the OP's house has an attic containing several hundred completed jigsaws that they don't want to break. smile

And assuming the other parent paid the OP £70 for a replacement, it would come in a box already broken anyway.

Hope you can get it back together. Maybe with some glue this time.

MrsGeologist Thu 28-Mar-13 20:12:13

Has anyone mentioned to OP that you can get Lego glue, for sticking together pieces so thy can never be taken apart again.

YABU though. It's Lego.

montage Thu 28-Mar-13 20:22:57

Don't feel bad, OP this has been an excellent thread.

And you have handled the flaming with dignity.

And people will be coming on to it for a few hours yet, failing to read your recent posts and saying "it's lego!". Whereupon other posters will tell them to read the whole thread. And repeat.....

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 28-Mar-13 20:27:38

Forget the jigsaws, I think the OP actually lives at Legoland. You definitely don't take apart those creations!

TiggyD Thu 28-Mar-13 20:34:56

Lego glue?! Wow! I suppose some models are not meant for taking apart. Or for children either.

marquesas Thu 28-Mar-13 20:35:06

What a great read, well done OP but I can't help but wonder what the odds are that the only 2 people on the planet who didn't know that lego could be dismantled and rebuilt ad infinitum ended up being married to eah other grin

Did you both grow up in some strange land where lego was revered and never played with ?

Ds used to get terribly distressed if any one broke his lego constructions. We used to move them out of his room (we had special large mats for him to build on) when he had friends over, just in case of accidents. But they were incredibly detailed things which he had built entirely from his imagination, very intricate and complex, with minifigs carefully positioned everywhere, and they took many hours, if not days to build. And he has ASD.

GetOeuf Thu 28-Mar-13 20:40:41

Wow at Lego glue! That s a good idea isn't it in this case.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 20:50:21

Would you like to the irony- we are all goinasian a family holiday to legoland for the Easter break. I purchased the Merlin pass yesterday!

Costypop Thu 28-Mar-13 20:50:39

If its a Lego then I'm sure you can find the booklet for it online, and if your missing parts, you can order these too. A bit of a pita but no Lego is ever broken, it's Lego it's what it's supposed to do

Boggler Thu 28-Mar-13 20:51:45


Crikey if I fell out with every parent of a child who accidentally or otherwise dismantled one of ds's precious Lego models that take DH and I hours and hours to make I'd have absolutely no friends left - that's the beauty of Leg you break it and remake it. Even if the bits are in the box of assorted Lego you can remake it, it might take a while but you can. No way should your friend have to pay to replace something that you still have and can be reassembled with some patience admittedly.

WhatKindofFool Thu 28-Mar-13 20:52:47

Aren't you supposed to be able to take lego apart? Sorry, but what do you expect a 4 year old to do with Lego. hmm

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 28-Mar-13 20:54:54

Have you read much of this thread, WhatKindofFool?

Hmm? hmm

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 28-Mar-13 20:55:33

Roar at Legoland, Cannie

It's going to blow your mind!

WhatKindofFool Thu 28-Mar-13 20:57:12

No, please forgive me McWitch

MogTheForgetfulCat Thu 28-Mar-13 20:57:41

Love this thread smile Arf at Legoland!

DS1 has just had the Lego City fire station for his birthday, we spent a chunk of last weekend making it, and him and DS2 have been playing with it. It falls to pieces all the bloody time angry and is sooooo frustrating. Have decided that Lego is fun to build but rubbish to play with - for that I think you need Playmobil and the little people with their stick-on hair grin.

Cannie you've been so graceful. Have a lovely Easter and a brilliant time at Legoland grin

QuintEggSensuality Thu 28-Mar-13 21:04:34

wow. just WOW. grin If noboby had taught my son The Right Way of Lego, he would have ended up like you! smile

My then 5 year old ds1 has never forgiven me for breaking up his exo force sentai fortress that he got for Christmas! I did it so he could rebuild it. He had other ideas, it was a model to PLAY with, not take apart and build again! He was ever so proud. And ever so upset when he found it in pieces. I thought I was giving him the pleasure of building it again.

He has since learnt that lego is for taking a part and rebulding, but some models he wants to keep

Cannie you've brightened my day no end!!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful time at Legoland. grin

Blatherskite Thu 28-Mar-13 21:25:59

I told lego-mad DH about this thread. He has announced that it must be a piss take as everyone knows that Lego is for taking apart and building again - even the big sets.

Good job you didn't marry him OP, you'd have had some proper arguments over lego grin

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 21:31:02

bllatherskiteblatherskite- I disliked Lego as a child. DH was born abroad where he didnt have any access to Lego.

Cannierelax Thu 28-Mar-13 21:31:41

Having said that Ds has been playing Lego ninjago since he was 4 years old and loves the stuff.

AngryAnderson Thu 28-Mar-13 21:45:50

I would just like to say I know of 2 ways you CAN break Lego:

1. Pull C3P0's leg sideways until it snaps off shock DH and I both had Lego as children and I never thought you could break it...but our 4 year old DS managed it!!! We were astonished that poor C3P0 is actually permanently disabled sad

2. Lose a specific piece that underpins a necessary section. Then you can't build the model. To my mind, that's broken.

And I did ring Lego customer services and didn't think they were that good sad Woman told me they couldn't send me a new C3P0 as George Lucas wouldn't let them sad DH did find hundreds of C3P0s on Amazon though smile Not that we've bothered yet grin

OP, you already know YABU but just for form's sake...

sleepyhead Thu 28-Mar-13 21:48:07

You can also melt it, if you take some of your Lego on holiday to the South of France when you're 10 and leave it in the back window of the car in the midday sun. It warped and was never quite the same sad

Blatherskite Thu 28-Mar-13 21:53:08

DH was the opposite. He was Lego mad as a child and as an adult! to the extent that his parents built him a bedroom with desks on 2 whole walls for him to build and display his models on - before breaking them up and building them again of course wink

Have only read half of the replies but have read all of the OP's posts.

OP, YWBU to ask your friend to replace it, as everyone else has said.

However, as someone pointed out, some people like to build lego and some like to play with the finished model. This worked well for me and my brother as I liked to build and he liked to play. So our sets stayed up. smile

If your DS isn't particularly keen on building the set and just wants to play with the finished model, there is one possible alternative course of action for you, if your friend thinks that the building is the fun part. Get the replacement instructions then invite her round, sans destructive child, and present her with the instructions and the lego pieces and invite her to rebuild it, after all if it's no big deal surely she won't mind. wink I'm sure she'd refuse, but in future she might be a little more considerate of those who like to keep their models built, and she might make sure her DC is as well. grin

AngryAnderson Thu 28-Mar-13 22:21:53

Melting! shock

Wow, this thread has been educational. Just googled Lego Death Star ... £1500 shock

ArtVandelay Thu 28-Mar-13 22:43:34

My toddler son and his brother and sister (my steps) go so mental when they see each other that the other weekend they managed somehow to split a small 4x4 lego brick and gouge a ditch in a solid wood floor. They are 2, 9 and 13.

That's destructive (proud)

louisianablue2000 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:11:17

The Death Star wasn't originally £1500 but because Lego don't make it anymore the cost has gone up as people resell (I'm guessing its appearance on TBBT has made it even more popular).

The Police Set has only 800 pieces, that's only a few hours construction for a small child. The building is what makes Lego educational. Just think of how much your DS's spatial awareness will be improved by rebuilding the set.

MidniteScribbler Fri 29-Mar-13 05:13:14

Can I rebuild it? Can I, can I, can I????? Puhlease!!

In case you can't tell, I can't wait for DS to be old enough for Lego!

AngryAnderson Fri 29-Mar-13 15:23:41

ArtVandelay, that is impressive destruction! How do u split a block? shock

kelda Sat 30-Mar-13 14:10:23

it takes quite a lot of effort to break Lego

ArtVandeley are you sure it was real Lego and not Megablocksgrin

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