I always built with my dad, except I'd get annoyed when he would go 20 pages ahead to build something. He also showed me how to do the stickers, so I'm one of the few LEGO fans who actually LOVES stickers.
I had a slightly similar problem where I would press really hard to get them together, and I'd accidently move my hand a little and the joint would hit into the edge of my nail, which hurt back then.
I remember my first set. I think. I think the first sets I got were the LEGO Racers Tiny Turbos from 2006 around summertime when we went to Hershey Park. I remember that we went to this car museum on the way home and luckily I found the Blue Renegade, which was the only '06 Tiny Turbo we had a lot of trouble finding. (it's the only '06 Tiny Turbo that you can't get on Amazon.
Tiny Turbos is probably one of my favorite themes, even maybe above Bionicle. Good times of reenacting the police chasing down illegal street racers.
@MiraculousPrime You could always order some new ones off BrickLink.
I remember when I started Bionicle, I had perfect timing. I jumped in in 2006, which is a good since it's kind of a pseudo-reboot. I remember in the catalogs I would see the Piraka and I really wanted Thok, cause I thought (and still think) he was the biggest B.A. in Bonkle history.
I never went out to get a set until around summer 2006, so instead I picked up 2 Toa Inika at Target. Suprisingly the light-up swords still work perfectly for Hewkii and Kongu, but I lost 1 orange and 3 blue Zamors.
I picked up quick on the story which I was able to follow the basic storyline through the comics and the product descriptions.(Cause a 4 year old wouldn't go straight to chapter books)
I did have 6 sets from 2007, but they don't hold too many memories.
Then in 2008, being my favorite year in LEGO ever, I loved Bionicle 2008. I remember one of my friends had 2 AXALARA T9'S! Though for Christmas I got Tanma, Solek, and Toa Ignika, who is being rebuilt at the time.
Though I only had a couple Bionicle sets in 2009, I had quite the number of system sets. In fact, the 8018 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) was the last set me and my dad built together, since he died a few days later.
A couple years later, I found a box in my parents' closet of extra gifts. It was like Bionicle sets they got for me as gifts, but they were just like extras. So I found another Solek, Kopaka Phantoka, and Pohatu Phantoka. (who was my dad's favorite. )
And that's it.