This may sound silly, but remember the old-fashioned Fisher Price Little People? They were small and cylinderical, a portion of the size of the current brand. We'd set up whole villages in the basement and every time we found more at the garage sales I'd get excited, even though they generally looked like twins of the ones I already had. The city center, the castle, the farm, the circus train, a Western theme set; my city was amazing. I thought they'd be around forever, but now you search for them and they are deemed "collectible" and "vintage."