Most likely, we will still drown under endless little plastic bricks, but I found a company that gives us hope that we can keep our inventory from increasing, well, from increasingly too much.
It's called Pleygo, and bills itself as a "Netflix-like rental service for Lego." I'm not affiliated with them in any way, or being paid or getting any freebies or discounts for writing this post - I just think it's a cool idea and want them to stay in business so that we can keep getting Lego sets.
For a $15/month subscription fee, we have access to all the small Lego sets in their stock. The boys and I made a wishlist, and they mailed us the first one to assemble.
Here's the Council of Elrond from The Lord of the Rings, including a teeny-tiny ring on stone table.
The website says that they sanitize each set in between use, but this kit was brand new anyway.
After SwingDaddy and the boys put the set together and admired it, we disassembled it, put it in the labeled baggie with instruction booklet and tucked everything into the shipping box, complete with return mailing label. The little baggie contains spare pieces - the "25 most common pieces," in case something was missing in the kit when it was received. We'll mail it back tomorrow and await something Chima-related for Buster or Star Wars for Q-ster, depending what's available in their inventory first.
This is unrelated to Pleygo, but just to the Lego. Check out the mini-figs! Gimli, Elrond, Arwen, and Frodo.
Arwen has a fancy dress, so she can't sit in the chair, but it's kinda neat to see the detail. Their hair pieces are separate from the head pieces, just like most minifigs, but if you look carefully, you can see that the long pointy ears are attached to the hair.
Back to Pleygo now . . . We'll see how the service works out. If it's good, we'll upgrade to the $39/month rate to get the big sets. Of course, the boys would rather buy them to keep, but the idea that they can order any Lego they want is holding their attention so far. And hooray, we don't have to store them forever!