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Don't you have a sheet of paper you can photograph it against?
Oh, wait, i geddit... the distant spatula was for size comparison. It's a new take on the banana.
(This post is going to make no sense to so many people). :oP
(Gotta' say though, that that is one AMAY-ZING donation, those things are totally unheard of outside of the industry. Well done Greatrix and Kevbags).
And, good luck Kev & Fairy Bricks!
... but in the name of charity.... that title leaves a lot to be desired and you should change it to increase views. Right now you have very few key words.
Perhaps something like: "LEGO The Hobbit Bard the Bowman TT games Exclusive Video Game Brick RARE".
Also, @Huw is right on those pictures... get a few more, and get a nice clean, white background. The spatula is a bit deterring if I do say so myself. Get rid of that second one in there... these things are rare. Having 2 in the first picture isn't going to show that considering how little people know about these things. They're less likely to believe it's rare if they see one and then half of another.
That being said... I'm going to win it. ;o)
I've shared this around facebook and twitter, seeing as I'm toi skint to bid, so hopefully that'll help at least a little.
What you're all missing is that the picture was taken in Carls kitchen, adding to its authenticity ; -)
@SirKevbags If you really are in possession of that awesome pile of TTbrickness, and have freedom to auction/raffle off as you choose, then PLEEEEEEEEASE consider holding a couple of them back for the next Fairy-Raffle, so that folks without oodles of dough have a slim chance of winning one (or two, or three).
OR better yet, maybe you could give one or two their own separate raffle. I'm sure hundreds of singular donated raffle pounds all added together will amount to just as much as one rich b*gger out-bidding everyone on ebay. :o)
If i could choose, my personal fave would be LotR Frodo... or Indiana... or Iron man... or... *trails off, dreaming of splendiferous things*
I am also somewhat concerned over a 0 feedback new bidder that is placing an abnormally large amount of bids on the item, it may be in your best interest to cancel it @SirKevbags . I typically tolerate them, but certainly not on an item that is trending towards $1k.
I'm pretty sure the current price will be toppled and the zero feedback bidder will be a distant memory but it's a bridge @SirKevbags will cross when he comes to it I'm sure.
As for the price the item is commanding, just imagine how high it would be with a better description and some decent pics ;oP
They often republish stuff from Brickset so I'll take half the credit still :-)
692... So if 139 forum users each donated a fiver... (Just thinking out loud, here)... ;oP
Well done Carl, Kev, and the TT people.
It's possible a raffle could have generated a similar amount, it could have exceeded it BUT it is also a lot more work to manage. Again it's possible for the future if we are lucky enough to secure more bricks and a decision on that will be made as and when the opportunity comes up.
(My last post was written more in jest, as a follow up to my earlier one, than any serious next-step type suggestion; i'm not even sure a raffle would match this, £700 a high benchmark for anything to follow).
It was an absolute pleasure to meet the brilliant staff @ Claire house children's hospice.
Also, nice one for TT games for donating the figure in the first place.
The Fairy Bricks stickers on each box are a nice touch, too. I really like those.
All the pictures I see here and on the website are somewhat "sterile": brand new boxes carefully stacked around posing people. It looks odd and insufficient as the charity's aim is to deliver the joy to children through playing with lego, but there is no evidence of joy of playing taking place in those photos.
This is not a criticism just seems odd hence the question why, as normally charities display pictures of their aim being achieved (food aid - children eating, medicine supply - people receiving care, and so on). They do that for obvious reason as people like to see results of their actions (i.e. results of their giving), and so it encourages further contribution.
I can only speak for the UK but taking pictures of children is very difficult. If you ever see donation ones without children it's because parents have been unwilling to offer consent for their children to be part of them on donation day. Or parents do consent and children don't want to be involved.
We would love to see more pictures of the sets in action, we do request them and some have arrived but with instructions that they are not to be published. I agree it's a shame and it's an issue that could probably be pushed harder and those shots may increase revenue but it's also something else for the massively over worked play teams to have to do and quite honestly it would end up so far down their priority list it would never happen.
Don't try to take a picture of your kid playing football for the school team though, other parents go mental at that.