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Finding LEGO: What are the limits of what you will bring home?
I arrived into work this morning and when I got out of my car, I passed a ziploc bag on the ground as I walked towards my office. I gave it only a quick glance and took another step or two before it registered with me what I had nearly stepped on: a promotional 79012 Mirkwood Elf
As you can see from the picture I have attached, the card has disintegrated into pulp but the minifig looks in surprisingly good condition. I couldn't bring myself to pick it up because it's in pretty disgusting shape, but I'm wondering if the minifig would be as good as new after a journey through the dishwasher. I'm one of about 5 people in the building today, so I'm pretty certain that it will still be there when I go home.
So I ask you, good Bricksetters: Would you take this guy home? Have found and taken things home that were in worse condition?
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From a collecting point I don't tend to buy anything second hand, I remember how I used to treat lego bricks as a kid - who needs a separator when you have teeth. But again that would change if there were little ones around to consider.
I would have taken it home and cleaned it up, throw away the card and bag. Then wait if someone asks about it, then hand it over, if not I'd say it's yours.
I bought a pair of jeans from a charity shop years ago, I put them in my wardrobe for months before even trying them on, I felt something in one of the pockets, it was a ring with a red stone. I assumed it was just glass. Years later I took it to a jeweller to get a red glass put in...it was a silver ring with a ruby stone. I had the missing ruby replaced and now the ring is valued at $250 AUD 10 years ago. It was the only find I have ever had.
At least I was able to take his remains out of harm's way and deposit them in a better place (a nearby trash receptacle). RIP Mirkwood Elf, I hope you're gone to the big blue baseplate in the sky.
You've at least opened the bag by now right? The poor fella has probably suffocated.