Before, I begin, I want to say that there are few people who adore Lego as much as I do. OK, if you're one of those fans who can tell the difference between a BURP a LUMP and a POOP [glossary here], then good for you. You win.
But short of that, well, I adore Lego.
For years, in Toronto, I made a habit of picking up used Lego for the kids at Value Village. Painstakingly, I'd pick through the sets chucking out any FAKE Lego - all the Megabloks and other imposters, weeding them out like toxins.
But here in Israel, Lego is expensive. Ridiculously expensive. Like over 100nis for a tiny set that would cost under $10 in the States, and maybe $12-15 in Canada.
So, I admit - painfully, reluctantly - I've started buying the fake stuff.
It started last summer when I happened to show Gavriel Zev some of the super hero menschies (I know, they're called minifigures – I call them minifigs for short) that were available on AliExpress for 99 cents instead of the 20-30nis he'd pay for them here. Cautiously, I let him choose 5, figuring 5 bucks wasn't much to waste on an experiment (shipping was free!).
It took forever for them to come, but when they arrived...