Over the weekend my wife, son, and I traveled to Omaha to my aunt and uncle’s acreage. Our extended family gets together there at least once a year for a weekend of fun.
The last few years have been a bit different as we in the younger generation have children and babies/toddlers are added to the mix. Predictably, the living areas are now littered with toys and crumbs as the tykes scramble about playing.
All was going well until Saturday morning. My aunt and uncle are DINKs (hence the nice big house on an acreage) and often get new vehicles. A few years ago they bought a brand new FJ Cruiser. At the time, the local Toyota dealer was giving away free FJ Cruiser scale models with each purchase. These models had been sitting in a closet since they bought (and have since sold) the FJ.
As the kids are playing, my uncle decides “Hey, I’ve got these toys in the closet, might as well let the kids play with them”. He goes to the closet and brings out these:
Two AutoArt 1/18 FJs. Both were very nicely detailed top to bottom, inside and out, with hand-written serial numbers. On eBay, they’re currently selling for around $100 to $200 apiece.
My 2.5-year-old nephew immediately proceeds to start pushing them around like this:
By the end of the afternoon, both of them were hopelessly destroyed. I know they’re just metal and plastic models, but it was excruciating to watch.