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Bricklink Part numbers for CMF accessories

MojoestMojoest UKMember Posts: 474
After coming out of my dark ages during series 10 of the CMFs and having only previously picked up a few of the earlier series I have since spent time trying to back collect the previous series. Most of this has been done through ebay. I've spent countless hours trawling through listings, mostly just by searching for 'lego' and then picking up groups of used figures at decent prices rather than paying over the odds for specific singly listed figures.

I'm now getting reasonably close to completing all the series, however I'm currently left with some figures which I don't yet feel I can tick off the list as I don't have all the accessories for it. For example I've been able to get all of series 1 this way other than I need to get the correct head for the spaceman and the nurses chart, as the figure I bought as part of a bundle with other random figures didn't have one.

Rather than looking for another complete nurse or spaceman, (as well as various other CMFs which i just need one or two bits to complete) I was thinking I'd bricklink the missing parts. The spaceman's head was easy to find and will be considerably cheaper than getting a whole second complete figure (and being left with a fairly useless not quite right one).

The problem I'm finding though is that bricklink only seems to list the figure body parts in the inventory of the figure. Is there a method I can use to find the part numbers of all the CMF accessories too? Ideally something which would allow me to filter down by figure. e.g. CMFs > series x > Figure Y > accessories = A, B and C > accessory A = part number FGH456

Does anyone know of a way to do this? As so far I've just been going through seller's accessory lists and occasionally getting lucky with a part i need.

Also can anyone recommend a UK based seller which carries a wide range of the more bespoke CMF elements?

Thanks

Comments

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,312
    You are looking in the minifigure section. You need to look in the sets section instead.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,312
    For example:

    spaceman set is here ... http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=col01-13
    spaceman minifig is here ... http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?M=col013
    Mojoest
  • MojoestMojoest UKMember Posts: 474
    That's the one! I knew it must have been possible and I was just missing something simple. Think I may have to re evaluate my strategy for some parts though as I was hoping I could pick the Nurses chart for <£1, but actually there is only one available and its over £8! Back to ebay trawling for that one I think.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,271
    A hint for this in the future. If you can find "anything" that is part of what you are looking for you can usually find the rest. In this case if you found a part of the figure or the whole figure itself there are links on the right side in Bricklink to show what that part comes in. So for example you found the spaceman's head, you can click to show what sets/minifigs the parts comes in. Then when you get to the whole figure you can see what sets it comes in, which would then show the "set" in a pack as CCC pointed out.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,312
    It is also worth noting that if you buy the minifig in the minifig section, chances are you will not get the accessories. Some seller wrongly list sets there and do include accessories, but normally you will just get the minifig.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,923
    ^I hate how BL has CMFs listed as individual sets and minifigs at the same time. The minifig list should have an option for an alternate with accessories. As should other minifigs like Star Wars, Super Heroes and other series.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,312
    That's the problem when a set is essentially a minifig plus a little bit.

    The same happens with things like Hulk, Hoth Han, TC-14 and TC-4, they are both sets and minifigs, so if you don't mind an open one, you should look in both places to see which is cheapest.

    Of course CMF have the added complication of do the minifigs contain the accessories. They shouldn't if placed in the minifig section, but many do anyway. Which leads to even more confusion for buyers.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,676
    @prevere , I am with you on that, would also like to have that option when parting out (so accessories/weapons are removed from inventory).
    However one of the complicating factor is that one minifig can have different weapons from one set to another (even in the same set) so it was add a level of complexity if we start to have
    sw999 - Just Minifig
    sw999-1 has weapon from set 99901 and 99903
    sw999-2 has weapon from set 99902
    I like the idea, but also afraid of the extra layer of confusion it would add.
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