I have a confession: I’m 35-years-old and I love Lego. Love it. I ask for it at Christmas. I bemuse friends and family when they ask what they should buy me for my birthday and I even took a set with me when I moved to Dubai to help me feel at home. So, imagine my delight when not only did Victoria Beckham share videos of David getting stuck into some absolutely top-drawer bricks this weekend, but Game of Thrones' Richard Madden did as well.
First, a quick explainer. Why do I like Lego? Because it’s deeply relaxing. Some people have colouring books. Others go for a run. Me? I stick plastic bricks on top of each other. For upwards of half an hour, depending on the size of the build, you hand control over to a sweet smelling, paper-printed manual, its instructions clearly explained with simple illustrations.
There’s little to go wrong, short of losing a piece or misreading a step and by the time you’re finished you’ll have something identical to the image on the box. No cutting, painting or gluing required. It’s deeply satisfying, like an Ikea build with less chance of personal injury if things go wrong.
Everyone knows that Lego’s discontinued Brick Bounty pirate ship is the Grail set but as those are currently changing hands on Amazon for somewhere around the $500 mark, it’s time to consider more recent examples.
In the videos Posh shared via Instagram, David and Cruz appear to be having a proper Block Party, working on two projects on the same table which is, in a word, foolish. But no matter. They’ve chosen wisely on the sets with David working on a Harry Potter Hogwarts Express and Cruz building a very handsome Ford Mustang from Lego’s Creator Expert series.
Richard Madden meanwhile, completed a T-Rex while the Grand Prix was on. A better Sunday I challenge you to find.
Elsewhere, a deeply covetable Lego Technic Land Rover Defender (with a new transmission to allow you to switch between high and low ratio gears!) launched alongside the real thing at this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow and will be available from 1 October. Add that to James Bond's Adton Martin DB5, the Nasa Apollo 11 Lunar Lander and a clever replica of The Taj Mahal and the tiny Danish blocks suddenly become much more appealing, don't they?
Granted, ‘fancy Lego’ -as literally no one but me is calling it- does not come cheap. Then again, neither does a therapist. Whatever you choose, you’ll end up with something to build on.