Out of nowhere I got back into Lego in a big way a few weeks ago. I hadn't bought or played with a set since about 2000 or so, when I got a medium scale Technic set of R2D2 and C3PO for Christmas.
I've been having some mental/physical health and memory issues for the past year+ or so. On a whim I saw the Resistance X-Wing on sale on Amazon for $55 and used a gift card for it. I thought it could be a fun way to try to reactivate some cognitive/creative parts of my brain I haven't used in a while. I've spent way too much of my spare time zoning out staring into screens, never using my hands and spatial reasoning for anything.
After a slow start, I began picking it up again. By the time I got to the 2nd wing I was whipping it together like Rain Man. It's an incredible stress reliever to just throw on some music or TV in the background and get lost in building a set. I'll vouch for the theraputic value of Lego building.
Besides the X-Wing, now I have 4 out of the 5 Rogue One vehicles. After I get the Tie Striker, I'll have the whole set. I'll need to throw together some kind of crafted landscape on one of my wire rack shelves to display all these friggin things.
It's interesting to compare and contrast how the adult imagination and the child imagination works. A kid can go off on all sorts of imagined adventures and battles simply based on the visual aesthetics of the toy and bare hint of character/story. My adult mind is more about appreciating the outstanding engineering and craft that goes into the design of the sets and their movable features. I can justify these purchases to myself by saying they help as visual reference for drawing and stimulation for writing, yadda yadda, but really they are just amazingly fun to build and are awesome objects in themselves.
Now, I just need to figure out how to financially manage my addiction before I end up like Bleedin' Gums Murphy with his faberge eggs.