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?