Ah, that day brings back so many memories...
My parents had basically molded me into a Lego freak. It was all I thought about (and largely still is)! My first constraction set was the Slizer Blaster that my father had bought for me from Saudi Arabia. I fell in love with the idea of using Technic pieces to put together a cool-looking robot that threw discs and looked awesome.
Not long after that, it was Eid time in Egypt (Eid is the Islamic equivalent of Christmas, only we get those twice a year!), and as it was customary, my parents would take me to Toys'R'Us to squander my Eid gift money (It is commonplace for one to pile up some decent pocket money from his/her relatives during that time). The first thing I lay eyes on was the Nui Rama, and it was the largest set that I, a seven-year-old, could afford at the time. And I was hooked ever since. I loved the compatibility with my other sets, namely the Slizer I had, and after building the set and playing with them briefly, I immediately tore it down and started building some little Matoran-like figures from whatever pieces I could combine together.
For the next few years, up until my teenage years, it was basically all I spent my money on. I would buy a Bionicle set for every Eid, every birthday, every time my dad would go abroad (some of the ones he gave me were Toa Pohatu Mata and Sidorak), and whenever I could amass a decent lump of money from my child voice acting career (fun fact: I used to voice over in Arabic-dubbed Disney movies, and it was quite a lucrative career for a child like myself ). The thing that bugs me, however, is the fact that I lost a lot of my pieces everywhere, because we used to have a cleaning lady that I assume threw much of it away in utter disregard to the nature of those pieces, and that infuriates me till this day. I don't know whether I was losing those pieces to her incompetence or something much worse, but let's give her the benefit of the doubt.
And to this day, I regret having lost so much of my Lego, that would have otherwise been a massive collection. But I will never cease to adore the love of my childhood. I will never stop loving Bionicle (and Lego in general).
Edited by Mohamed Marei, Mar 31 2014 - 10:29 AM.