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The "brag" thread: Post your recent great finds!

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  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    edited September 1
    ^ I’ve built as much as I can today. The Fire Brigade was exactly as I deduced, missing the top floor, minifigures, and some other parts. Somehow I had two gold fire helmets in my collection.

    The train was more complete than I expected, so I was able to fill in most of the missing parts, including wheels, buffers, and electrics. My wallet will feel it when I order the color-correct battery box.


    Bumblepants560HeliportPJ76ukMarshallmarioFollowsCloselyFizyxSwitchfoot55datsunrobbie
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 1,439
    S21 stranded island guy (with the crab) - normally £3.50 in Tesco, down to 90p
    BumblepantsWesterBricks560HeliportandheCymbeline
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    edited September 8
    ^ Correction: missing over $150 worth of parts, oof. Several parts from the wings are obscenely expensive, as is the windscreen.

    Quick and dirty reassembly:


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  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 880
    Not a find/brag per se (has that ever stopped me here before? 😉😜) but my Lego connection gifted me a small belated birthday lot.

    #2129
    #6020
    #6537
    #8207
    2 spare minifigs 

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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,330
    ^ That’s an interesting wind-up motor. I didn’t know those existed.
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 880
    ^ That’s an interesting wind-up motor. I didn’t know those existed.
    It's "Technic"ally pull-back but not a self contained module; it works using a Technic reel & a large loop of elastic string. According to BL there is another similar Dragster set in yellow, a pair of choppers, & 1 more Competition set (5 sets total contain the loop).

    The 2 dragsters are subcateogrized as Race sets. This one moved about 10 ft so there's still a little "oomph" in the elastic. 😄👍🏻
    560HeliportWesterBricksAstrobricks
  • missourimikemissourimike Missouri Member Posts: 2
    I have the yellow dragster but sadly, the elastic is as old and tired as I am. 
    560HeliportCymbelineBumblepantsgelkster
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 880
    edited September 18
    I have the yellow dragster but sadly, the elastic is as old and tired as I am. 
    I have it too, maybe I'll build & race em today 

    Hey @missourimike if you're into Technic & ever want to trade sets LMK! MO to MN isnt too far for sets to travel via USPS.
  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 498
    #4002019 for £99!!!  We shall see when it arrives in the post...
  • todlertodler UK - South WestMember Posts: 116
    #4002019 for £99!!!  We shall see when it arrives in the post...
    Was that the one in Bristol. Was watching it but then suddenly sold
  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 498
    todler said:
    #4002019 for £99!!!  We shall see when it arrives in the post...
    Was that the one in Bristol. Was watching it but then suddenly sold
    No, from Birmingham.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,330
    Irrational Lego exuberance :( 
    It’s not a brag until it’s in your hands.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,481

    They have offered me a £1 discount on anything else from their eBay store and asked me to give them a 4+ star review.  My recommendation, DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM THE BRICK STORE on eBay!

    So they offer £1 discounts in exchange for good feedback after not fulfilling an order? I think I'd be leaving feedback, but not what they ask for.
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  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 498
    CCC said:

    They have offered me a £1 discount on anything else from their eBay store and asked me to give them a 4+ star review.  My recommendation, DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM THE BRICK STORE on eBay!

    So they offer £1 discounts in exchange for good feedback after not fulfilling an order? I think I'd be leaving feedback, but not what they ask for.
    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way to provide feedback on an order where the reason given is 'Buyer requested to cancel the order'.  That's what they said when they cancelled it!!!!  
  • flightriskflightrisk USAMember Posts: 198
    @WatfordScottyM - That happened to me once a little while back.  I called eBay and asked if they were allowed to cancel my order like they did and explained the situation as I saw it.   The rep said no and ended up giving me a 75% discount on the same exact set from a different seller.  Then he went after the original seller.    
    The only hassle was the wait for a customer service rep to answer the phone.  Hope this helps. 
    WesterBricks560HeliportiwybsPDelahantyWatfordScottyMMarshallmario
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    edited September 21
    They mark it as "buyer requested to cancel" or "problem with buyers address" so that it doesn't effect their seller rating for cancelling the order. As for the £1 discount for feedback, that sounds like the are trying to "buy" or increase their feedback score.
    oldtodd33WesterBricks560HeliportiwybsWatfordScottyMMarshallmario
  • PDelahantyPDelahanty Petaluma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 293
    CCC said:

    They have offered me a £1 discount on anything else from their eBay store and asked me to give them a 4+ star review.  My recommendation, DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM THE BRICK STORE on eBay!

    So they offer £1 discounts in exchange for good feedback after not fulfilling an order? I think I'd be leaving feedback, but not what they ask for.
    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way to provide feedback on an order where the reason given is 'Buyer requested to cancel the order'.  That's what they said when they cancelled it!!!!  
    Sounds like fraud.  Contact eBay.  Offer to send screenshots of any messages they sent you proving THEY cancelled it.
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  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 498
    I've had an exchange with eBay now and they've said they take this very seriously.  They can't tell me what they will do to the seller.  They offered me no compensation either.  Oh well, live and learn.
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 691
    Not necessarily fraud, but definitely trying to cheat the feedback system. The reason they should have selected is "out of stock". Putting it on "buyer requested" is used to avoid a defect being added to their account for the stock error. After a few you lose some of the business seller account perks.
    WatfordScottyM
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,241
    Not a steal, but two sets I love to have duplicates of.


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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    Great find! I've always thought #10193 would make a great addition to my Winter Village layout. I keep the hope alive that I'll find one eventually!
    Modeltrainmanandhe
  • sipusssipuss PolandMember Posts: 177
    I'd love to get my hands on the villager minifigs, at the very least. It's not easy getting figs for medieval layouts that aren't knights or royalty... or at least, not cheap.
    Switchfoot55andheFollowsClosely
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,140
    Not really a find but a donation to help raise funds for a primary school.
    I started going through this last night, trying to identify sets, etc. Seems to be '97-'02
    Spotted so far:
    Tie vs Y-Wing, X-Wing, Falcon, Mos Espa Podrace, Snape's Class, Alien Avenger?, Wolfpack Outpost, Qui-Gon/Maul duel, Gungan Patrol, Football pitch (& a bunch of players), something Paradisa 
    Enough Battle Droids for a MTT/Battle Droid Carrier
    Classic Space, Pirates, Castle
    That's just the immediately obvious

    I may outsource the sorting, cleaning, & building to a nephew & pay him in Battle Droids
    WesterBricks560HeliportSwitchfoot55iwybs
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,330
    I see a green Eeeewwwwww! plate in the upper right 🤢
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  • PDelahantyPDelahanty Petaluma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 293
    edited September 24
    I see a green Eeeewwwwww! plate in the upper right 🤢
    Looks like a lot of those pieces need a good bath.

    If only there was the equivalent of a dishwasher for Lego.  (Yes, I've heard of people putting Lego in the dishwasher.  DO NOT DO THAT!)
    Toc13
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,140
    Yep, there's a bit of dusting & cleaning needed.
    Have since manage to identify some more small SW sets, some flying ninja, Alpha Team, HP....
    The minifigs have been a little bit mixed up, so I've been putting the right heads, torsos, legs, & hands back together
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    Toc13 said:
    The minifigs have been a little bit mixed up, so I've been putting the right heads, torsos, legs, & hands back together
    I understand why kids do this, but I hate it. …Says the guy who buys individual minifig parts to make custom minifigures for his own MOCs.
    560HeliportToc13Switchfoot55
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,241
    Great find! I've always thought #10193 would make a great addition to my Winter Village layout. I keep the hope alive that I'll find one eventually!
    I paid 400 for the two; more than I wanted to, but yeah.
    Switchfoot55
  • PDelahantyPDelahanty Petaluma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 293
    All that for $80?!  WOW!
    WesterBricks
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,641
    ^^ That's awesome.
    WesterBricks
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 3,397
    @WesterBricks - that antenna has all it's prongs! That's a bloomin' miracle!
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  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    edited September 30
    ^ There were two antennae in the lot, one is whole and one is only missing one spoke. The forklift for #487 is also intact.
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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,366
    I bought a bag of loose LEGO at an antique mall, gallon-size bag for $12. About a dozen non-LEGO bits, random toy pieces- not even clone-brand bricks. Nothing special... except the one piece that grabbed my attention:

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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,366
    edited October 2
    Yes, the Trans Neon Green quarter-dome that only came in #6989 Mega Core Magnetizer! I have the set, but I couldn't let this piece get away. It's about as scratched as mine, though mine has an arc of scratches from the steering mechanism.
    I have driven that M-Tron awesomeness around the living room more, perhaps, than an adult ought to. (I was 21 when M-Tron came out in 1990.)
    On Bricklink, that piece averages more than $30 used.
    Another bag had one of the huge space wheels from #6989
    WesterBricksFizyx
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    edited October 2
    ^ My only negative feedback on BrickLink was when I sold that set 15 years ago. I missed a hinge tile when bagging it up, he wrote that in the negative feedback, and never retracted it. That was also after paying the wrong amount to the wrong email address. He’s not even a member anymore but it still counts against me.
    560HeliportPDelahantyoldtodd33Marshallmario
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 3,019
    Sorry about the missing bits. Hopefully the rest of it's there. Maybe you can get some money back reselling the gum?
    WesterBricksandhe
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,113
    You can probably sell the AirPods for close to the $100 you paid for the lot.
    Yo_dABumblepants
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    I asked the seller if he needed the AirPods back, and he said “ Nah they were fake 😂 U can have them“

    Still calling the overall transaction a brag, just an odd one.
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 655
    ^ Cool Zippo!
    WesterBricks
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,366
    I hope you didn't lose any blood in finding the Sword of Exact Zero!
    WesterBricksandheMarshallmario
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 639
    edited October 22
    ^ Thankfully no, I was treading pretty lightly while sorting. I’ve come across lots of interesting things in used collections, but today set several records.
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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,330
    No cat poops 👍
    560HeliportWesterBricks
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,330
    Now, time to add a room on to the house for it :)
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