My final musings on The LEGO Club pack centre around the one thing that may have been forgotten by many – that being the LEGO Club sew on patch. Today, I really cannot see where a sew on patch would be relevant to a child, especially where we see more and children wanting non-permanent tattoos being applied to them – my wee one thinks these things are the business.
However as part of the welcome pack, a sew on patch was included for the UK Club. And then there was pressure on Mum to find a suitable spot on something to sew this on to – I demanded mine to be sewn onto the plimsoll bag (remember those? I suspect Da Yoot now make do with those awful drawstring bags from JD Sports or worse still Sports Direct…).
And thus it hung on my peg at school proudly with that patch on there, showing I was a member of the LEGO Club.
From my three/four year stint there were at least 3 patches that I had, all deriving from LEGOLAND which as I have mused before was the main play for LEGO in the 1980s. They started off circular which probably made it easier to attach to that article of clothing. There was nothing complicated about it – just a woven patch with the respective LEGO Minifigure. But it was cool in the eyes of a child like myself back then as you could have been possibly the only one in class that had this – and thus the centre of attention and a talking point!
You can also see the evolution of the sets and the LEGO Club UK through the various patches over the ages as well with the newer themes introduced getting coverage.
Unfortunately today, I no longer have any of the patches. They may have been thrown out or just buried somewhere in the depths of stuff that I simply cannot locate. Which is a real shame as I should have kept everything together as that would have made a complete welcome pack, but at 7 years old, you don’t really think of things like that. I hope to come across them one day –that fate deals me a good hand and they turn up.
And that concludes my look at the LEGO Club UK welcome pack. Apologies if the musings have been spread apart over a long period of time, but I hope you have enjoyed the reminiscing. I will get some scans in for the birthday and Christmas cards that were produced as well – these are quite special and I am so glad I still have them.
Further articles are going to focus on LEGO memorabilia and some of the catalogues that have been released from the 1970s onwards and I have collected over time.
It does involve a lot of scanning and some of the stuff is quite fragile, so bear with me!