You memory doesn't serve you very well. Link [geeksix.com]
I grew up in the 80's too. There were buckets and there were 'models', same as today. The beauty of Lego is they come apart.
Wish there was a free ship code or special. I'd grab that Freeco Speeder.
I may be old, but I am not senile. Of I remembered there were models back then, just not that many and not many custom pieces. I guess they were not that elaborate, but of course they are trying to expand the business all different kinds of kids nowadays so I can understand. I guess I was mainly pointing out the price and simplicity of the pieces.