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Nice to have another author on board. Did I say another, I meant 'an'... or did I? ;o)
Who am I? An enigma, a ghost, *wind noise* I'm not even here.... *whoouuussshhhh*
I was able to buy big e-bay lots to clean and sort, picking up most town and classic figures for way under a pound. The ones I'm left with will be trickier to hunt down, and some very expensive. But my other hobby is collecting contemporary art, and you can buy a lot of minifigs for the price of a mediocre work by a moderately well known artist!
Kudos, sir. I doth my imaginary cap to you.
I'm sure you are well aware of the site, but I'll mention it anyway just in case:
Bricklink - an online database of internet Lego sellers - whilst occasionally expensive depending on seller, can be a good source of unusual figs.
(I think I can guess the answer to that :-))
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That is a mental sandwich I never thought I'd chew on. Well played. I'll be mumbling around the house now trying to digest it.
This rules out Friends, Duplo, Fabuland etc. I have slightly bent the rule, because my early e-bay purchases often included things with no original minifig parts like Rock Raider and Harry Potter monsters and it seemed a shame to bin them. So I guess now I'm collecting all figs from any series that includes a figure with part of a 1978 mini fig in it. Though I still baulk at the idea of paying real money for ghastly Star Wars droids and stuff like that!
Over time I've also upped my standards, so I now only catalogue minifigs that stand up to detailed inspection under my big light with no scratches, bite marks etc. Everything has to look exactly as it did when new (with some of the older Classic torsos, only about 1 in 10 makes the grade!).
I think I also made some mistakes when I first started the collection, for instance, before realising there was a difference between grey and bluish grey legs, and short bill and regular caps. So at some point I've got to to through the whole lot and correct any little mistakes that have crept in!
Thanks to the poster who mentioned Bricklink. I seem to have spent plenty of £££s there already! I started off buying parts there, replacing often damaged pieces such as visors and capes, but as my collection has grown buying e-bay lots become progressively less useful, because you tend to just get more of the most common figures.
Now most stuff I need is pretty much Bricklink only, though I still look on e-bay and buy the odd new set online if it's mega cheap. A couple of weeks back I picked up 8 sealed NBA minifigure sets for the opening bid of £30, which is amazing when you consider they each sell for £20+ on Bricklink. My other triumph was early on when I got 70+ Harry Potter figs and a pile of doubles for less than £200! There were a few tatty capes, but I replaced these with new ones and now they're immaculate.
Only thing is, I don't know what I'll do with my evenings once the collection is complete. I'll probbly have to do online dating again or something...
I think writers, designers, and artists need a collective community outing... all of humanity's creatives going childless... we're all doomed, DOOOMED I tells ya'.
*shakes head and stares accusingly at the keyboard; I'm watching you, T and H.*