As a quick prelude to this War and Peace post, a bit about where I see myself with Legos. I find myself gravitating more toward the prepackaged sets to build and display than scratchbuilding models. While I do find scratch building interesting, I want to get my current collection built and display ready before going anywhere else with the hobby.
As a kid I'd play with my Legos all the time. Fast forward, and I'm now in my 30's. All this time, I've always still glanced at Legos and remembered all the times as a kid I played with them.
After a recent trip to the Lego Store in Baybrook Mall (south of Houston), I couldn't stand it anymore and had to pull them all out and get them back together. However, there's a catch to my enjoyment...they're all disassembled and mixed together. Not to mention that most of the instructions are gone (however, I was able to find the instructions online to most of the sets I had as a kid, and have mixed up in boxes). Fortunately, I was able to remember most of the bigger sets that I had (and enough of some of them were in recognizable chunks), and use that information combined with a round about timeframe of when I received them (late '80s and early '90s) to find pictures of the sets, set numbers, and instructions for them. There are still some pieces that look like they belong to a specific set, but I don't remember what that set would be. Next, or so I thought, was to build them...
After getting the 6274 Caribbean Clipper built (minus minifigs, boats, and cannons), and starting the 6389 Fire Control Center and 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, I realized that I had to get organized in some way. I then separated the bricks and pieces by color and type, then bagged them up in Ziploc bags. In organizing them, I found that I was missing some key set specific pieces. Fortunately, a trip to the storage room allowed me to find most of what I was missing, but still not enough to finish many of the sets. However, the pieces that are missing are holding up progress.
After realizing that, and getting frustrated with it, I decided to go out and buy some new Lego sets (7965 Millennium Falcon, 9493 X-Wing, and 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer) to keep my drive going while having the piece of mind in knowing that all of the pieces were going to be there. I got all 3 together in about 2 evenings, took a bit of a break, and got back on my old sets.
This new drive allowed me to complete (minus minifigs) the 6389 Fire Control Center, 4010 Police Rescue Boat, and 6923 Particle Impaler, while getting started on the 1682 Space Shuttle Launch, 6057 Sea Serpent, and 6086 Black Knight's Castle. In doing so, I found that time (and I) was not kind to my sets, as many pieces were chewed up by the dog I had while I was in jr. high and high school, had sticky stuff all over them (can be cleaned), or were just plain lost over time. Some of the pieces are bricks (one in particular is a grey 16x1 brick for 6086), others are a bit more specialized (lower masts for 6285 and 6057, and hulls for 6271 Imperial Flagship), in addition to some wheels and tires. I've looked at Lego's Bricks and Pieces site
, but my sets were not listed.
Short of buying all new sets, is there anywhere I can find some or all of these pieces?