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Building retired modulars via Bricklink
Hi Bricksetter! I'm looking to pick your collective brains and hopefully one or two of you will have the answers.
It's my mission to have the entire collection of modulars someday but I know that unless I win the lottery or my book is published (and popular) then I have no chance of buying Market Street, Cafe Corner and the Green Grocer. So my questions are:
Has anyone else bought the relevant bricks from Bricklink to make their own?
Were you able to exactly recreate them? Or did you have to settle for different colours/modified versions?
How much did it cost (approx)?
Did you go anywhere else for your bricks other than Bricklink?
And finally, did you also manage to get all of the minifigs/accessories, etc. that came with the originals?
Sorry for asking so many questions and I hope I haven't asked things that have already been covered elsewhere on another thread. I tried skimming through but couldn't see a similar one to this.
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That's my bedtime reading sorted for tonight it seems!
When I started looking into this, someone gave me the advice of trying to get as many pieces as I can on Pick a Brick. This was great advice, and earned me $200 in VIP points and a free Fountain. Not to mention brand new, clean, non stinky, uncracked parts. I was able to buy the bulk of the parts for Market Street this way.
If you don't care about colors, you can bricklink any modular for an affordable price. If you're a purist, it's still going to cost you, and you might as well buy a used set on Ebay.
Cafe Corner was a good endeavor and costed around $350 total Green Grocer worked out to be ~$425 total, which wasn't a good choice after all since the used ones at the time were only ~$500. The minifigs are cheap, so definitely do include those into the BL project. The instruction books and original box are a different story. I paid $80 for CC Instruction and about $75 for the box. I paid $25 for GG Instructions and $40 for the box.
And your Cafe Corner looks splendid! Definitely inspiring me to actually start one of these modulars as a project in the near future.
I'm being realistic and expecting to pay a bit more than you did in 2012/13 as certain parts are probably even rarer now. I won't be put off by that though. We Lego fans are a stubborn and dedicated bunch :-D
Pinket Street has yet to be photographed after undergoing an attempt to install a circular window on the top floor didn't quite work.
Also, that modified Police Station as a modular looks fab. Did you buy two or three of the regular stations and combine them? My son has the regular version but it looks puny after seeing your Mega-Police Station!