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  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    Spent £100 at a brand store today and nice man gave me two mini Sopwith Camels :O) Got a lot of S4 CMF, which was when I was in my Dark Age. (not £100 worth though!)
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    Decided to add to my Lego clothing in preparation for The Dark Knight Rises.

    Just ordered this!
  • tvihtvih Member Posts: 92
    Been building for about 7 hours now straight up, with no end in sight :D Good times.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Lego Marathon, event for champions! Just watch out for the finger soreness.

    Same here, I've spent about 4-5 hours on Taj, not even finished with Book 1 yet and only got as far as the first base level and 4 pillars. Estimating another ~20 hours of building before completion. It's like building Nirvana with no end in sight as you said @tvih!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    ^^ @Steve_J_OM that's an awesome shirt! Got me looking for the same in the US.
  • UKtsumiUKtsumi Member Posts: 622
    Was listening to my daughter and her little friend playing with their big box of lego tonight "I love the way you can mix and match the little figures clothes and heads around" ...... thats why they have their own lego! and reminds me I should actually play with it more often!
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,299
    "I love the way you can mix and match the little figures clothes and heads around" ...... thats why they have their own lego!
    Amen to that! ;-)
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    The wife made me open my birthday presents a day early. Apparently it drives her crazy to have wrapped gifts just sitting there. :)

    She bought me Shelob Attacks and Gandalf Arrives. My first LotR sets and I'm looking forward to them.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Just means she can't wait to see you happy. What a lucky fella you are! She also has great taste from picking out Shelob.
  • tvihtvih Member Posts: 92
    ^Lego Marathon, event for champions! Just watch out for the finger soreness.

    Same here, I've spent about 4-5 hours on Taj, not even finished with Book 1 yet and only got as far as the first base level and 4 pillars. Estimating another ~20 hours of building before completion. It's like building Nirvana with no end in sight as you said @tvih!
    Not much finger soreness to speak of in my case (with a good 1,5h of TIE Fighter building and 11,5h of Death Star building behind me at this point), but right now a bit of annoyance is starting to set in. I've almost finished the "main floor" of the DS, but I've racked up 14 missing or incorrect parts so far! What a bummer. The first three (all three being 1x4 dark gray plates) were such that only one of them requires notable disassembly to access later on, but if I continue further now I'll have to disassemble quite a bit to correct the omissions later! I have to do that whether the part is missing entirely or like for some parts it is the wrong color (I have blacks instead of dark gray for two different types of bricks and missing one brick entirely for this floor so far).

    I suppose I'll have to build the top part separately to see if I'm missing anything else so that I can send a replacement part request to LEGO tomorrow. But since I can't finish the model now, I guess I'll get some sleep first. And at least I can build the Medieval Market Village tomorrow even though the DS is a bust for the time being... assuming equally bad luck doesn't strike with the MMV, that is!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    ^When that happens to me @tvih, I look up on Bricklink what other sets contain the needed parts and borrow them from my existing sets in inventory, to continue with the build. Then placing orders to replenish the missing bits after the whole thing is done. Letting the fun continue uninterrupted and easier replacing it in the bagged sets than partial disassembly.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    @tvih check the little pieces of tape that sealed the box on DS, at least one will have a code printed on it, if you provide that code to the cust serv rep they can know which factory it came from and help prevent the shortages/errors in the future. We had two sets bought the same day that had in excess of 10 pcs each missing.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    GF been complaining about all the Lego hanging about untastefully, so braved the belly of the beast yesterday and came out alive. Finished three Expedits to house the loose brick collection. Now building an IKEA Odda wardrobe closet to hide more boxed sets. Fun times =)
  • tvihtvih Member Posts: 92
    ^When that happens to me @tvih, I look up on Bricklink what other sets contain the needed parts and borrow them from my existing sets in inventory, to continue with the build. Then placing orders to replenish the missing bits after the whole thing is done. Letting the fun continue uninterrupted and easier replacing it in the bagged sets than partial disassembly.
    Problem is I don't really have sets with suitable parts - or rather, disassembled sets with suitable parts. Only sets with dark gray (come to think of it, I think all the missing/wrong parts are indeed dark gray so far) that I have are purchases made in the last 6 weeks, and I've built all of them. I suppose they'd be easier to partially disassemble than the DS, but.. I'd rather not, I think. After it in large part led to the horrible condition my old childhood bricks are in, I have a mild OCD about not mixing parts between sets, even the new ones :P

    @AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz, I'll try to remember to check that out, thanks.

  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,889
    tvih: Sure you're not confusing dark bluish grey with black in some cases? There are a few pages in the DS manual which made me make this mistake as the definition between these 2 colours is quite poor sometimes in printed form. As the DS is bagged by number I suppose it's a lot easier to determine if you really are missing parts rather than having what you think are substituted parts on a bag by bag basis.
  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 402
    Today I am mostly feeling disenchanted with the whole Lego collecting 'thing'. I read more and more on this forum about people buying multiples of the same set, scooping up all remaining minifigures in a store and questioning resale prices before they even have a set, and I can't help feeling that it's not really collecting.

    Maybe it's just me, but lego is for building and enjoying isn't it. Even if I had the money to buy 20 Grand Emporiums I wouldn't. The thought that there might be MISB Green Grocer sets out there on someones shelf, just waiting until the price goes up almost annoys me. Not quite, but almost.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,547
    edited July 2012
    @WatfordScottyM - it's not just you who feels like that, but over my time as a member of this forum I've gotten over getting upset about what other people may be doing and now just focus on enjoying my own Lego.
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,897
    7 unique figs out of 8 purchased, but was probably too much to hope they'd include the 4 I'd need!... (but getting the hang of the WHSmiths voucher juggling though!).
  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 402
    @LostInTranslation - It must just be my relative infancy as a forum member. I'll make sure I concentrate on those threads that discuss the enjoyment of building with Lego, rather than hoarding it and selling it for a profit.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    @WatfordScottyM I'm coming to realise there are many many types of AFOL. Builders, MOCers, collectors, BL store owners, AFOE (Adult Fan of Ebay)... though we all fall into more than 1 category I imagine.

    I don't have issue with people selling LEGO to fund their LEGO habit :O) In fact I will probably sell some figs one day as I don't play with them much. But having eBay sellers on the forum who have no actual interest in the product is irritating but inevitable.
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    Completed my first Bricklink store sale today :)
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    @WatfordScottyM I too have gone through that feeling, and as Lost states its best to read threads that interest you and leave the resellers to their own little world.
    It is also worth bearing in mind that some people buying additional means that newer AFOL's get a chance to pick up items that are no longer for sale by Lego, for example I have just helped caperberry with something that EOL'd before he came out of his dark ages. I am no reseller by the way.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,097
    It's funny because on one hand I enjoy reading and speculating, but then I also get annoyed by all of it as well. I notice that there are a lot of former baseball card re-sellers on this forum which explains some of the investment attitudes. It's almost as if they have blinders on and intentionally don't like sets (namely the recent LoTR theme) just because it's not selling well. They think like stock brokers which are probably the most un-creative people. No wonder most of them only want to keep sets sealed in boxes (some even keep them sealed in the shipping boxes).
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 674
    Found 3 plastic bins of old LEGO in the shed. Turned out to be a great find: some 2002 football (soccer) sets, a couple of old star wars and Harry potter sets, 2001 life on mars sets, a UCS Tie Interceptor, and others that I still need to sort through.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    @jvdrummer182 - Happen to have the box to UCS TIE and if so, interested in selling it?
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 674
    No box, and I have to check if all the pieces are there. I wouldn't want to sell it but might be willing to trade
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 783
    I have quite a bit to say!
    First, I'm almost done with the easy part of sorting my Bricks by part! Originally I had them sorted by color, then it got bigger and I sorted it by type (plate, tile, slope, etc.). All of that sorting was completed with success. Then the collection got bigger, and I joined Brickset. I noticed how organized some of you people are and decided to pursue the act sorting by part.
    I'm about a month in it now. I still have to do a bag or 2 of small black pieces and my entire collection of white bricks. And then the hard part. Sitting under a hot garage lamp differentiating my entire lt/dk-grey/bley bins.

    Hoping to lessen the huge group of small piles of Technic bricks, I constructed the largest Technic set I have: 8011 Jango Fett. I forgot how awesome the set was and I can't wait to find a spot to display him. However the group is still to big. I need to find some of my old Technic instructions to finish the job. Oh well!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^^I just bought one 2 days ago as excellent-used complete with instructions. But just missing the box. The completist in me yearns to be sated lol. But sincere thanks for even considering a trade =)
  • tvihtvih Member Posts: 92
    edited July 2012
    tvih: Sure you're not confusing dark bluish grey with black in some cases? There are a few pages in the DS manual which made me make this mistake as the definition between these 2 colours is quite poor sometimes in printed form. As the DS is bagged by number I suppose it's a lot easier to determine if you really are missing parts rather than having what you think are substituted parts on a bag by bag basis.
    Unlikely, as I went through the manual again to make sure. And for example I'm 100% certain that three 1x4 dark gray plates simply weren't there, but there were three excess 1x3 normal gray plates instead.

    The build is finally complete (after about 18 hours total!) having first used parts from bag numbers 6 and 7 to fill in for the parts that were missing in earlier stages, and then using wrong-color ones at the end, where they are far easier to swap once I get the right ones. Luckily there weren't any more parts missing. In any case, now I just have to decide where I'm going to put it on display!
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,247
    ^ I remember having a really hard time determining colors in the DS manual as well. It is actually a problem in general in the manuals and over past ones the variances are different in the way black vs grays look. The PDF scans make it even worse.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    Update: Half of IKEA wardrobe was destroyed during assembly and nearly injured the gf. So angry, couldn't sleep until 3am. Just visited Customer Service and they will do a full exchange for a complete new one free of charge no problem at all. Wondering, 'when did IKEA CS become good? Painless even, the experience was pleasant like it would be with TLG."

    Quite elated with how they'll be taking care of it, because I tested fitted a Tower Bridge MISB and it fits so perfectly! Tons of storage space with the ODDA Wardrobe that can fit the large sets like TB and Townhall.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    I have just helped caperberry with something that EOL'd before he came out of his dark ages. I am no reseller by the way.
    I'll say you're not! Bless your cotton socks Mr Raven
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,247
    ^^ @BrickDancer link to the wardrobe? Just curious to see what it is you go.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    Here you go @graphite, its a brand new product line I think. Didn't see it in the 2012 catalog:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90120574/

    That tall middle section is storage heaven. Should be able to fit about 4 or 5 large boxes standing up, with another 1.5 feet to stack others on top of them. Not to mention the top of the wardrobe itself, which is about 2 feet of space to ceiling on a standard height room. A shame is that the middle dividing wall can not be removed to create a single shelf on the top level.

    Once assembled and filled, I'll take some pics for the "Store your collection" thread. =)
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,247
    ^ Ah, When you said Tower bridge fit I was thinking you meant as a display thing not storage.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited July 2012
    ^I'm having capacity problems for both storage and display. So ended up getting pieces for both purposes. The ODDA for storage and a trio of Expedits for a combo of storage/display (top platform almost 8' long, enough to handle SSD) and a glass shelf for display only.

    @graphite, you can go with this newer Vittsjo glass shelf they have for cheap at $70:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20213312/

    Tower Bridge can fit on the top or 'almost' fit on the other shelves, as it is a few centimeters to tall. With a little modification, it should slide right in.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,247
    ^ I'm not actually looking for display, was just curious as to what you had that broke =)
  • tvihtvih Member Posts: 92
    ^ I remember having a really hard time determining colors in the DS manual as well. It is actually a problem in general in the manuals and over past ones the variances are different in the way black vs grays look. The PDF scans make it even worse.
    True, noticing the difference isn't always easy. Especially in dim lighting such as at my place. The blacks really ought to look more... black in the instructions. But generally I still notice differences/mistakes before moving on to the next page or at least the next set of numbered bags.

    I guess I COULD go through the manual for the third time to make sure, but at the very least the problem with the 1x4 plates remains regardless.

    And as for the display/storage thing, I'm having a hard time deciding where to place my models, seems to me that in most places they're "vulnerable" to sunlight at least for a part of the day. Planning on turning bookshelves facing away from windows and such, but not sure if even that is enough. Damned UV!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Oops, in that case, TMI =)
  • dimefielddimefield Edmonton Alberta CanadaMember Posts: 314
    Had one of my workers present me with a 4 lb box of his childhood lego today! Some old pirates and Blacktron sets on a quick glance. Pencils, crayons, batteries are also present.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    ^ When it's free the pencils, crayons etc are easy enough to ignore as you flick them in to the garbage. When you've paid by the pound it's a bit harder to ignore.

    @ WatfordScottyM there are sellers in every field of collecting, some just to make a buck, some to support their own Lego habit. But their truly are more of us who just love to build. Even among the builders there are those who build and then dis-assemble, those like my hubby and I who have 'layouts' and those who build and display until they run out of room and then dis-assemble to make room for more, plus people that don't fall into any of those categories. As others have said, if you don't enjoy a thread leave it and find one you do as this forum fills a need for a wide variety of Lego enthusiasts!
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    It appears my Black Seas Baraccuda showed up at the office...packed in a microwave box. Sadly, confirmation of the contents will have to wait until the end of the work day.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    Worked remotely today as I am a little ill, managed to fit bags 3 and 4 from my R2 build into my lunchbreak :) Starting to come together now, shame I am away for a few days now so he will have to sit half built.
    Set out with the idea of not rushing the build and trying to learn some techniques (I am usually a build as fast as I can type), but can't say I feel I have learnt a thing yet; seems strange that he is so colourful on the inside :)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    edited July 2012
    Unpacked my Lego room last week - woohoo, Jabba's Palace, Gungan Sub, Skiff and entire Monster Fighters theme were delivered today - woohoo....but, due to a tiny little mountain bike accident whilst out with my Brickset buddies last weekend, can't touch a thing!!!!! To say I'm a little agitated would be an understatement. Off work, on morphine, have enough builds to last me a couple of years and can't touch a bloody thing!

    Edit:- I am bored out of my skull.
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    ^ What happened? Nothing serious?
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,547
    edited July 2012
    ^ Bit of an incident at Bike n Bricks...
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    ^ Those bloody bricks can be a killer, can't they....
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^You didn't say 'no pun intended'. Seems like a missed opportunity to end it with 'ba da bing'.

    Can you at least sort bricks or rearrange collections for the time being @flump ? Sounds like torture to have free time and also unable to build.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    ^You didn't say 'no pun intended'.
    That's because the pun was well and truly intended :)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    Sounds like torture to have free time and also unable to build.
    Torture is an understatement. It's way beyond torture. Having just unpacked, collections are already sorted.

    It's nice though that my wife can't possibly know when something new comes through the door. Well, I say that. Talked the fit girl from the office into dropping them off to me on her way home. She was just on her way out as wife pulled up on the drive. Gulp! Felt like I was cheating despite only smuggling plastic bricks through the door.
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