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Bricklinking a 10212 - Imperial Shuttle
I only recently started collecting again last October and been working on my Lego Star Wars display and keep coming back to the 10221 which i missed out on. I keep trying to tell myself that I don't need it especially considering the prices they go for now on ebay but find myself looking at it nearly every other day, really is a nice set! I therefore have decided to try and bricklink one to try and save on cost. Just wondered whether anyone has had any experience bricklinking the shuttle and whether there were any parts that proved problematic getting hold of?
Any tips would be appreciated. I've only ever used bricklink to buy instructions or full sets so just trying to get my head around the best way to get the parts.
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10212 Inventory Cost
Is shows the current costs for buying all the parts (as a general guide) in new or used condition. Looks similar cost to buying a set in reality, though with careful planning, using your existing bricks etc it could be done cheaper. Postage from different vendors soon mounts up though.
Having Bricklinked a few projects myself it can be a lot of fun/heartache (delete as applicable)
I'm not too bothered about the minifigures so excluding those and the stickers it brings about £60 off the price (guess that's not including the shipping costs though). Plus it means rather than spend the money all in one go I can spread the costs over the year as a bit of a project. Hmmm i'll have to give it some more thought. I should probably start building the SSD, that might distract me for a bit!
I have one that I've been considering selling. I've just been busy and haven't posted about it. If you're interested, feel free to PM me. I'd of course take less than eBay/BL since I'd be saving on fees.
All the competition... time to talk mine up.
My Imperial Shuttle has a Class 1.0 SFS S/ig-37 hyperdrive system, only found on the best of models. It's maximum speed is 850 km per hour (in atmosphere) and so far I've only put about 1000 kilometers on it so it's almost brand new.
I haven't even mentioned the weapons yet either, it has got some serious bruisers. Two steerable forward twin Taim and Bak KX5 blaster cannons, two Taim and Bak GA60s twin laser cannons, and 1 aft retractable ArMek R-Z0 twin blaster cannons. Wow!
Have a big family? No worries! My Imperial shuttle is super spacious, and can fit up to 20 passengers + 6 crew if you need help at the wheel! Go on vacation a lot? It can hold up to 80 metric tons of cargo, so you'll never run out of space for your souvenirs.
Not to mention it is made out of only the premium of white pieces.
Be like the emperor and ride with style, and pretty soon you might rule the universe too.
PM me to begin your journey... today.
(Just kidding! But not really.)
Basic bricks and the smaller beams will almost certainly be cheaper on BL. Many of the parts for the wings are required in large numbers - for those parts where you need 20+ of each one, it is always worth asking TLG for a price. Sometimes a slightly more expensive part that only a few are needed is still worth buying from TLG. Lots of piddly little BL orders with postage charges on each one make the pieces expensive.
If you are only ever going to display it on the stand, you could save yourself a few £/$ by forgetting all of the parts associated with the landing gear.
If you can get someone's set here for less than 1.5x RRP it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy than going the BL route.
I never really considered the issue with the white, maybe it would have been best to order a majority of the white outer parts direct from [email protected] to keep things matching as close as possible. Guess it's too late now! I can see myself having to order a lot of replacement parts because of this and then wishing i'd just bought one from ebay!
I'll keep you updated with how I get on. My aim is to build for less than £250. Not been on the forum for a few days - wish i'd seen the ebay auction for £150 before placing £90 worth of orders!
As other have posted, I didn't think the parts were hard to find (uk based), just the quantities. Things like the white arches  (32 for this set and no more than 2 in any other) plus the various slopes and white technic liftarms i mainly got from the EU.
Just checked my account and I got 75% from the uk and the remainder from 3 orders from holland, norway and italy.
For my first bricklink experience i must have got lucky reading some of the comments as all of my 14 orders went without problems.
My main tip (as i was learning on the go) would be to don't underestimate the power of partial lots. I started by placing bulk orders for complete lots in the inventory but you soon realise that when you get down to the last few pieces, there aren't sellers who have the quantities you want. You then end up placing a few mini orders at the end which is where postage could rack up. Simply put, if your first order contains 40 complete lots, make sure you hoover up what ever else is available in that shop (subject to price) no matter what the quantity.
I also made sure i bought parts listed as new (me being picky and they were white). Again maybe I got lucky, you can notice small colour differences when you are checking the orders as they arrive but put together, I can't see it and this shuttle is great.
All in all £300 there or there abouts - could have been cheaper but i enjoyed the challenge.....
....needless to say the wife didn't enjoy the space this took up when complete...
....seems so much smaller in a carrier bag of loose pieces :smile:
I had a very quick look through my spares collection last night after printing out the BrickOwl inventory above and have managed to sort out over 300 parts (albeit just mainly axels and connectors) will have another look tonight and hopefully find some more Technic beams, then start on bricks. I am also very picky with white pieces and will replace any parts I have that I do not think are quite white enough.
I had a brief browse of BrickLink last night as well and the most expensive parts seem to be the stickers and the instructions. I know I can easily download the instructions but I really do prefer the paper version and so hoping if I do complete this set I will get the four books and more than likely pick up an original box.
I will take some pictures as I go along in this project in case anyone would be interested.
I've not been able to stick to buying all the white parts new - i've read some tips about cleaning older white parts in a hydrogen peroxide solution so maybe can try this to get them all a bit more consistently white.
unfortunately for me I did this through 'Pick a brick'. I wasn't aware at the time that you could get 'quotes' from lego based on parts not listed.
I have just checked the shop and 'Bricks and Pieces' is now next to Pick a Brick on the site and they have quite a few of the pieces available (with the pices), the white arch for example and lots of the liftarms.
Not sure why they don't combine the lists??
If this had been live on the site when i did it, it would have been easier i must say
definitely, i know one of my orders from the EU was probably just white technic pieces. The bricks and pieces site seems to have a lot of them which were scarce in quantity in the UK when I did it.
Didn't even know you could now list by set and see all the pieces so thanks for that :)
^^It may be a good idea to search by the individual part numbers, rather than the set ref, when you're checking 'Bricks and Pieces'. I found several parts for #10179 by searching for each part individually, that weren't in the main set list.