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What Sets do you purchase for when buying just to use as MOC parts?

VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
edited November 2011 in Building and Techniques
Hello fellow Lego Guys and Gals!
I have made all my purchases basically for the year on sets that i want to own specifically for the set and not just the parts in the set for moc usage. What set(s) have you guys been buying only when looking for mocing parts? Yes i do order from pick a brick but hate to spend the min. for free shipping when there are so many good sets at 25-40% off right now in the holiday season. I just bought log cabin and a few ninjago sets just for the parts as i mainly do fantasy, castle/pirate with heavy landscaping in my mocs



  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Just yesterday I bought 10193 for the parts. This is the first time I've ever bought a set knowing the parts would end up in the general parts bin. Otherwise, every other set has been built and kept as a set.

    But for $89 and free shipping, for 1,601 parts of various designs and colors, I just couldn't pass that deal up. The building parts will really help my kids make some more interesting designs. :)
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    edited November 2011
    ^Indeed, 10193 has a great parts to price ratio and excellent to fill out your Medieval Moc's.

    I always look for bargain, knock down price kits to fill my orders for my Moc's and Mod's. Look for eBay finds of kits that sellers have taken the mini-figs out of and you'll usually find a great price for the rest of the kit (usually buildings and/or ships, etc. sans figures).

    Great kits for parts off the top of my head are Tower Bridge (10214)...just check it out, Spinjitzu Dojo (2504)...loads of weapons and great printed panel pieces, SpongeBob Heroic Heros of the Deep (3815), recent on sale games especially for their baseplates, Creator sets, Indiana Jones Temple of Doom (nice parts here if you can get it for a good price), Prince of Persia sets (I got a lot of them on sale...check 'em out, great for parts)....ummm and another I'm thinkin' of is, oh...get 'em on sale are the Pharoah's Quest kits too.

    Look for the sales and broken up sets on eBay is the way I go mostly.
  • dimefielddimefield Member Posts: 314
    Anything cheap! Bulk lots from local ads are a good source too. I bought 2 extra Log Cabins on sale. Anything with lots of brown, tan or grey.

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Of course, if you're talking about buildings, the modular are worth a look for MOC parts...

    Grand Emporium and Pet Shop probably being the best, since Fire Brigade is rather gray and red...

    I thought about Tower Bridge, but too much tan for my taste, and too many small 1x1 and cheese slices to be useful. It is a huge part count, but really, are they that useful?

    Robbie House has the same problem. Picked that up for 46% off the other day using the B&N coupon, but what would I do with all those red bricks?

    How about 10217 Diagon Alley? It was on sale for $135 recently. Didn't pick it up, probably should have. Already have one, but it would be a good parts kit, would it not? I haven't built mine yet, but it looks like it should be.
  • VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
    Thanks Guys,
    I have (2) 10193 it is so awesome, and i just ordered # three off amazon for the great price (Thanks for the tip LegoFanTexas) along with log cabin #2 and first copy of ferocious creatures 5868 (so many green pieces xD). About six cents a piece with the sale prices. I have have been down on my luck with eBay lately, buying complete sets that are not so complete :(, also all the "used" Lego i have bought via Bricklink and eBay in the past year or so looks like its thirty years old already with scratches, bite marks, yellowing and so on. So i made to decision recently to try and buy only new Lego, even though it may cost more. Has anyone purchased the bulk brick tubs that are available, are the parts any good? When i looked at them it seemed that too many of the bricks are 2x4's. I scored (4)x the Lego game pyramid at target for $9.99 also thanks to some tips off this site last week, base plate was just to hard to pass up since lego doesn't make them individually much anymore. Hey TLG 64x64 greens please! :)
    Budgeting may have to come into play with all these deals to be had!
  • VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
    I have been trying to fight the urge for modular buildings because if i get one, then i will need them all :). Green Grocer was disco right about the time i came out of my dark ages and Grand Carousel too. I just had to many business investment purchases at the time to shell out the $400, who knew they would be selling for 2x and 3x MSRP

    Trying to keep my "sets" collection to mainly castle and the new Christmas buildings (Though i did add 2x emerald night train since i missed out on the holiday train, this was really hard for me to limit myself too with so many great trains out right now.)

    I just got into mocing a few months ago so now my world has opened up to whatever has good parts not just sets (Been selling minifigs out of those sets via ebay for extra parts cash.)

    Will keep my eyes glued for deals on Diagon Alley and Ninjago Dojo they look like they may have some sweet parts (Skeleton bowling did for $20 but had stickers), The HP hut i picked up had good pieces too, also stickers though.

    I agree that some of the large scale models are awesome, but would be bland for moc parts

    Some many bricks so little time :)
  • macmonmacmon Member Posts: 80
    I buy the Polybags.
  • tdhbrtdhbr Member Posts: 188
    Has anyone purchased the bulk brick tubs that are available, are the parts any good? When i looked at them it seemed that too many of the bricks are 2x4's.
    6177 Builders of Tomorrow has an assortment of mostly smaller bricks (1x1's, 1x2's, 1x3's) plus a few bigger ones. It's all basic bricks, though, nothing fancy.

    Just a week or so ago I bought a few of the Halloween spider polybags, 50% off after 10/31. Lots of black clips, and some other good parts.
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