When I was young we always had angel hair, spaghetti, or those tricolored spirals. I don't know why my mother never bought the pasta that was in the letters of the alphabet or little stars or whatever, but I always wanted them. Now that I am an adult I love buying bowtie pasta, shells, wagon wheels, and all the other neat shapes. I recently bought some shaped (rice) pasta and had it for dinner last night. It was full of cars, trains, shooting stars, flowers, rabbits, teddy bears, airplanes, and more.
It was fun.