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Buying a whole set, just for a certain piece
Have you ever bought a set without the intention of building what you're supposed to? And not just those buckets or impulse sets, but big sets that simply have specific pieces you want since it would be the only set that would have them?
I once bought Magikus. We weren't a board-game playing family or group of friends so I had no intention of setting it up for play, but it had all these translucent, green wands, a pot and a couple of gold goblets. So I get one and dump the others into my container.
Then there's the 7990-1: Cement Mixer. I happened to pass by this one day and thought I could use that blue mixer piece and make it a cannon instead. It was $15, for one interesting piece + a bunch of others I have a lot of anyway. Wasn't too interested in building some truck neither, but I did want that piece.
anyone else do the same?
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Bricklink can serve for a single piece but if there's enough to validate the purchase, I go with the sets themselves. Aside from providing lots of other pieces that might be needed later, I also avoid the spectre of deceit. Too many bad experiences with Bricklink (9 out of 12 where the quality of the piece or once even the piece itself did not match their description) to trust them too often.
Also, buying a set for minifigures is essentially the same thing and again, there are plenty of people doing this as evidenced by the abundance of eBay auctions that are the minifigs alone, or the sets without minifigs.
As a collector, I find it kind of tragic to deliberately make a set incomplete. But I understand the rationale. When 7163 Republic Gunship was in production and the only source of Clone Troopers and Super Battle Droids, one could sell the minifigs and recoup perhaps 80% of the cost of the set; that's a pretty cheap gunship. Conversely, some people love minifigures and since Lego is quite expensive, only collecting the minifigs keeps the hobby affordable.
With that being said I do have some classic sets assembled and displayed.
Of course, knowing that the macaronis would come with a load of other sand-green bricks helped with my decision to bid.
It cost me £150, just under 2 years ago.
It cost me another £15 or so to replace a few missing pieces, since I needed to know that it was complete.
I've not built the set, since I had one that I bought and built when it was new.
Interestingly, I paid £135 for it, from [email protected], back in 2000.