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  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    edited July 2012
    My Lego status today is nearly critical but in recovery. So this happened. And since I'm alive (though perhaps not well) you can laugh at it. FYI, I happen to be about 6 feet tall and have very long hair.

    The wife and I were having a financial dispute: buy Lego (me) or spend a few extra nights at the beach (her). I huff out with the dog and go on a looong hot walk. She's gone when I get back. I'm hanging out in the kitchen when she comes home, but to avoid an argumentative encounter I beat a hasty retreat downstairs to the Lego room. I've lived in this house 5 years, painted every corner, changed every light fixture, cleaned every floor, I should know this house. On the way downstairs, trying to take the last two steps in one bound, I crush the very top of my head on the sharp edge of the low ceiling in the stairwell. I sit down at the sorting table to recover, hoping it's not so bad. Five, ten seconds pass, I feel something in my scalp... By the time I make it back upstairs my face is horrifyingly streaked with blood, it's all over my arm, my clothes, in the carpet, and the wife I was trying to avoid has to tenderly doctor me for the next few hours while we decide whether or not I need stitches. She had gone to her work to print out the TRU 20% off coupon for me...

    There's probably a lesson in all this.
  • trickydicky0880trickydicky0880 Member Posts: 134
    I've been a avid Lego collector my whole life because it's one of my most favorite things to do. It's funny because I'll have family members, friends, and my girlfriend ask me why I'm in to Lego so much and the only thing I can say to them is that I just am. There's nothing like having Lego pieces all over the ground with a good t.v. show or movie on. I could build for hours!

    The only thing that I would regret about my Lego collection is not having three sets from the greatest films of all time:

    -Venice Canal Chase 7197 (http://www.brickset.com/search/?query=indiana jones)
    -The Temple of Doom 7199 (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7199-1)
    -Fighter Plane Attack 7198 (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7198-1)

    I missed these sets because I went on a religious mission for two years of my life from mid 2009 to mid 2011 and stores weren't selling them anymore. I do not regret this mission in any way at all. In fact, it was by far the best two years of my life. But man, I wish I had those sets...

    Curse you and your profile picture, @atkinsar! (Haha I just say this because I'm super jealous. That Mola Ram minifigure looks super awesome!)
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,154
    Packed away UCS R2-D2 today to finish storing my Lego as we get ready to move to Cameroon in a couple weeks. Only stuff we have room to take is Duplo for the kids and my Chewbacca keyring. No one I know appreciates how sad this makes me so I am lamenting here.
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    ^^^Ouch, feel better!

    My status: with some sound advice from @BrickDancer, I've just finished my first Bricklink project. Except I think I was too stupid to follow all instructions to the letter, so they were sort of fused with my own winging methods.

    The project was #7888 Tumbler: Joker's Ice Cream Surprise. Only my interest was solely on the Tumbler - had no real interest in the Joker's truck or the minifigures. So I painstakingly separated the pieces between the two vehicles (by going through the instructions online, step-by-step) and editing my wanted list on BL accordingly.

    If anyone is interested in the stats, the Tumbler comprises 312 pieces in the set; I had 77 in existing inventory, and bought the other 235 from 5 sellers (91lots). The pieces came to €24, while shipping was €19.28. I'm happy enough with that, I really wanted the vehicle. I've decided against the stickers; they're far more than what I'd pay even if they were needed, but the Tumbler just doesn't need them IMO.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^I'm so happy to hear the success @Steve_J_OM! I think you'll really enjoy that little onyx gem once all the pieces arrive. It's a solid built rolling stealth tank, well designed. And you did it for a low sum as well, gratz!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,310

    My Lego status today is nearly critical but in recovery. So this happened. .....

    There's probably a lesson in all this.

    You missed out the most important detail. Did you get any blood on the Lego? :-)
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    ^I don't think so, but it was a close call. My sorting table is mahogany, so it would be hard to see. But as soon as I put palm to pate and it came back gruesome I left my throne and wobbled upstairs. I was about to begin piecing together #7094 King's Castle Siege and #10174 from a bulk lot once I finished sorting the last few pounds, so not being able to right then just added insult to injury.
  • dimefielddimefield Edmonton Alberta CanadaMember Posts: 314
    @Brickarmor I did the same thing at my parents house (too many years ago to count) after living there for 8 years I came bounding down the stairs (6'4 gangly teenager) and plowed the top of my head into the ceiling. No blood, just a good lump.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    For me this is not the season to be messing with Lego, so its all packed away and I'm trying to get out and do other stuff.

    Digging the duplo though with my son :o)
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 517
    @Brickarmor ~ I hope you're feeling better. And spend the extra few days at the beach with the wife. That's a no brainer ;)
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    ^"No brainer" pun intended? Nice. Subtle, not too heavy-handed... The head wound has had one wonderful side effect: exempting me from all yard work and home repairs. Spent today "recuperating" with my son: sorting bricks and wedges, playing with Nebula Outpost, sorting plates and wedges, board games, sorting 1x and 2x slopes. I'll have orange streaks in my hair now from all the peroxide.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Feeling more like a collector than a builder lately. Build pile is huge right now with some of the biggest sets ever. Yet, spending more time buying instead of building. Additions to the pile today:

    #10026 - UCS Naboo Starfighter NISB
    #10177 - Boeing Dreamliner 747 NIB

    Also today narrowly missed winning a #10134 - UCS Y-wing NISB

  • Brick_ObsessionBrick_Obsession in a "Brick" house - Calgary, AlbertaMember Posts: 654
    edited July 2012
    Torn! Do I buy the #7191 or SDCC Batman 2011? Oh the decisions! I told myself no money out of my pocket, just use the money that comes in from selling my sets. Ugh!

    Off to chew on tinfoil, I will get more joy out of that than thinking about this...
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Nice dilemma @Obsession, remember I was in the same spot a week ago? Also recall my choice of 'C'... all of the above =)
  • Brick_ObsessionBrick_Obsession in a "Brick" house - Calgary, AlbertaMember Posts: 654
    @Brickdancer, yes I do remember well. And it looks like you have not missed a beat since then. You are like a steam roller.

    I am trying not to be so impulsive these days, I need a good Zen master to help me through these troubled times.
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    Lego store - all six summer Friends sets that were in, then arrived home and the 30201 Ghost and Grandfather Clock plus two Duplo Promo Bricks (BL Order) and the order from Target on line with my MF Zombies, Swamp Creature, and City Police Minifigs had arrived! Oh, and hubby got the new Technic Helicopter at the Lego Store.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226

    Feeling more like a collector than a builder lately.

    Same here. I suspect I have more pieces in boxes and bags than in my sorted collection. Not good.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,962
    My current Lego status is "I think I'm gonna need a bigger house"
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,234
    Lego status: Thank you Argos for allowing me to go on a Super Heroes binge!
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    ^Is Argos like the European version of the Lego lottery? Can a Yank like myself get in on some of that? Or is Argos the consolation you get for having to hear about all the stateside mania in Walmart/Kmart/Target?
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    Argos is quite unlike anything on Earth. A shopping experience based around bureaucracy.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,547
    edited July 2012
    ^^Tesco is the UK Lego lottery.

    And my Lego status is: 24 hours into a Lego-buying embargo until September and already close to breaking it :-S
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    @LostInTranslation It won't last!
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    You'd have to experience Argos to know what it's like. It's a quintessentially British thing - lots of waiting in queues (lines) after filling out (in triplicate) forms, etc ... or it was when I last used it 16 years ago!
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    I (heart) the above 4 posts. Very droll. Do they serve you tea in the queue? Beans and toast?

    I too am Brickblocked: no more buying whatsoever... No paychecks in summer makes the decision a bit easier to abide. The Queen (i.e. Wife) might relent if Target comes through, but I doubt it.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    Generally you get served misery in the queues. But at the moment, you get an array of furry Wenlock & Mandevilles (those Olympic one-eyed nobs) staring angrily at you, perhaps in an attempt to scare you into forking out £19.99 for one.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    But back on topic, I'm off to Argos in an hour for some happiness... meeting Dr Dave Watford for swapsies! I feel like a dealer, covertly swapping giant bags in a dodgy shop...
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,547
    @caperberry - we need to arrange a swapsie meet too!
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    Lego Status: Just finished reconstructing #4559 from a bulk lot of 50 lbs. Now officially addicted to 9v trains 5 years to late.
  • rmarkworthrmarkworth GermanyMember Posts: 77
    waiting on my bricklink order to complete my Hoth MOC...
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,234
    edited July 2012
    @brickarmour, @LostInTranslation is right! Tesco is more the UK Lego Lottery. The best way I can describe Argos is the catalogue-only shopping experience of Sears, but on steroids. Unfortunately I don't think they do the shipping across the pond thing, but you do have Wal-Mart and Target sales!
  • gifinimgifinim UKMember Posts: 174

    My current Lego status is "I think I'm gonna need a bigger house"

    I just bought a new house, now I'm thinking "how am I going to move all this Lego?" :)

    Also, picked up 3847 Magma Monster game for £3.99 and finally finished off getting all the Olympic minifigs.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    Nice, where did you get Magma?
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,912
    Suddenly craving some Classic Space minifigures. I was not fortunate enough to be born in the CS era so now I want one of each spacemen in each colour.

    I believe it was the Bricktober 2011 magnet I found a TRU last week that sparked this craving...

    Anyone have the reissued versions of the spacemen (in all 5 colours) that you might be able to part with?

    I know that the blue one comes with the new minifigure presentation boxes, do any other recent sets have a spaceman in them?
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    Suddenly seeing the downside of BL projects...having to wait for multiple packages to arrive before you can build! One down, four to go...
  • jlpythonjlpython ILLINOIS, USAMember Posts: 77
    Status: moved into a new house this week with my wife and two boys - from a 2 bedroom condo; I now have a 'man-cave' AND a separate LEGO room! Looking forward to sorting LEGO and lots of building over the coming years!
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    At last. The weekend devoted to Lego, Olympics, food and sleep.
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    Ah, the weekend!

    Sat: LUGoCT meeting
    Sun: NELUG LUGBulk sort extraveganza

    Huzzah!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    I'm green with envy @jlpython ! Congratz on getting a Lego sanctuary.
  • UKtsumiUKtsumi Member Posts: 622
    Being completely bored and unimpressed with the olympic opening ceremony (does anyone else get it???) I am getting back to building my greengrocer,
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,912
    UKtsumi said:

    Being completely bored and unimpressed with the olympic opening ceremony (does anyone else get it???) I am getting back to building my greengrocer,

    I think it is pretty impressive.
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,515
    edited July 2012
    I am quite impressed with the mound and the Lego tree on top. :)
    Well it should be lego. :)

    Now we have to sit through 200 countries being introduced. Time to build some Lego.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    So much in queue for building, with Taj only 25% finished. But itching to crack open Tower Bridge to commemorate the Games.

    Consolation of being at the office on a beautiful Friday afternoon is still being able to use Ebay. Thus #10030 UCS ISD has been added to the stable for reasonable price of 2xRRP. Now need only #6211 to complete the 'micro-mini-midi-maxi-ultimate' theme for ISD.

    Only 2 more UCS to go...
  • UKtsumiUKtsumi Member Posts: 622
    ^^ not a patch on beijing opening ceremony.
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    I just discovered I have this piece in my collection.

    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3626bpb263

    There is absolutely no way this is possible, as you can see if you view which sets it appears in. What a cruel tease.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,912
    ^ O_O How? lol
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    Excited to receive a pkg from the UK! Received my Olympic Figures, how appropriate they arrived today - the start of the olympics! Thanks @GreekMick!
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    UKtsumi said:

    Being completely bored and unimpressed with the olympic opening ceremony (does anyone else get it???) I am getting back to building my greengrocer,

    I got it. Much more human and humourous than Beijing, less 'spectacular'. Great show. And I saw it in 3D which definitely ramped up the pleasure!

  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    edited July 2012
    Mad at LEGO for the light gray color variations in my Fire Brigade. Second time I bought a NISB Fire Brigade! >:(
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    I want to build my own London Games!
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