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My Christmas Haul is stuck in Alberta. Stupid FedEx.
Ah well, I'll have a post-Christmas haul to look forward to I guess. And I still have like 10 or more backlog to build anyway. Finally going to start on the Indoraptor set today. Trying to get all the JW sets built so I can photo them all together before I finally disassemble the 2015 and 2018 sets with a few exceptions to keep on the shelf.
Rewatched the Force Awakens and the last Jedi this week so we're ready for it!
Of course a large amount of the parts will probably be used in our Chinese Restaurant Modular I'm designing (much like the second sets for the first two), but I am planning to pilfer some of the white ingots for the Solo version of my Special Edition Millennium Falcon Microfighters, so now all I need is a quarter round 1x1 tile in dark red, a quarter round 1x1 tile in blue & to get the parts printed I need for the Solo version...
I honestly build so quick because of space concerns. I have nowhere to keep a bunch of loose bricks while building, so each bag needs to be finished within the same day of opening. That being said, I still try to pace larger builds out so I have something to do in the off hours.
I'm starting to worry how much longer I'll be able to enjoy LEGO the same way as I do now. Life can fall apart so quickly as your parents get older.
Anyway, what with my Secret Santa gift, a very generous competition prize from @stlux and my wonderful wife surprising me on Christmas Day I have a great future of set building in front of me:
Here's to 2020 everyone!
The biggest problem is that if local retailers want more stock (particularly the Lego Certified stores), the warehouse that supplies our [email protected] will prioritise local retailers over [email protected] customers, which is why items can remain OOS for month after month while the Lego Certified stores can churn through pallets of the same item. It's great if you live in Sydney, Melbourne or the Gold Coast & can visit these stores, but sucks for those of us relying on [email protected] for them. One [email protected] CS rep accidently admitted that that's why I had several BrickHeadz drop off of two of my orders, I've ended up having to get a few peeps from here from overseas send me those ones in the end.
so little lego money left for those purchases.... :(
O well I guess It makes me appreciate more the sets that I do buy.
Surprise delivery today, my Boxing Day purchase arrived despite me thinking it'd take a few more days to get here. And then FedEx delivered my Amazon order, got the Shimmering Sparkle Spa at 58% off or so, which was a great deal. My LEGO Store order featured Warrior Lucy and Ultrakatty and Queen Watevra's Build Whatever Box, plus the Sticker Roll repack in anticipation of the Systar System Starship being picked up soon and The LEGO Movie 2 Movie Book Guide dealie from DK which was on sale and isn't currently in the DK Book database. (Despite being sold direct through LEGO.)
Er, so, it was a The LEGO Movie 2 day today. Pretty decent haulage. Especially as all the sets were on sale for 30% at LEGO Shop @ Home. With most of the sets on the Retiring Soon chopping block I'll be nabbing a few more before the end of January I suspect. Really hope there's a decent discount on some of those larger more expensive sets as they clearance out the sets.
Most of the issues are because of the new warehouse that TLG are so proud of. I remember several times under the old setup, they were able to bump stock from Europe over onto my order, even when it was listed as retired for our region, they can't do that any more as they're bound by what stock levels are & current status is for it based on that warehouse. I've also had issues also with the GWP situation, before the new warehouse, if it was still showing as available on the site, they could just add it to the order (probably bumping stock from Europe over to our side, I know one CS rep mentioned doing the same for some European customers with our GWP stock on one promo), but now, it's no longer allowed, if we have no stock left, that's it.
With the fact we sometimes don't get items on [email protected] until a few months after Europe, it's particularly annoying when they retire it early for our region (which definitely becoming a trend). There's been a few items that have been only available for 12-18 months & we've been the first region for TLG to retire them in. 70847 Good Morning Sparkle Babies & 70848 Systar Party Crew were barely on the site for two months before they were listed as retired & they went OOS the same day they appeared, so I dread to think what will happen with 40344 Summer Celebration Minifigure Pack, considering it's been available in Europe & the US since June this year & our [email protected] portal is yet to get it (I suspect it will be another we didn't get it "because there'd be no interest in it")...
My New Year’s eve project to stay up until midnight was actually disassembling a set. I’ve never taken apart one so large as #21010 before. Interesting experience. With all the talk of losing clutch power with leaving sets assembled, and the quality issues of dark red, this is probably the absolute last set that should ever be left assembled for any length of time. Given the majority of the build consists of stacking small dk.red 1x2’s or trans 1x1’s. I’ve had the set built for probably about 5 years now, as it’s always on display being my favorite architecture set.
Time consuming. It must’ve taken me at least as long to disassemble and inventory the set as it took to build it in the first place. I had one ‘extra’ 1x1 lt.gray tile, and was ‘short’ on my counts by 1 1x2 red plate. So glad to know my usual method of inventorying a set scales up reasonably well. I did break 2 1x2 red plates, so will now need to request 3 before building the set again (I’m not a MOC’er so have no stock of spare parts beyond the tiny extras in sets). Beyond that, there was perhaps some inconsistent clutch power here & there, but nothing that I’d note as a quality issue enough for that thread.
Sets <1,000pc I generally just throw in a gallon (or quart for sets small enough to fit in one) zippy bag. So I had no idea how to do a set like this, where there aren’t numbered bags, and consisting of large amounts of one color. So I just did bags within bags separating out parts with large numbers in small bags inside of the larger. Hopefully when it comes time to rebuild this set it’ll be easy!
As I was home alone last night, with the kids fast asleep, I decided it would be a good thing to start reorganizing my collection. So re-sorted 8 trays full into bags and those into bins.
(and, before @[email protected] comments; https://images.app.goo.gl/3U4XQfDnwTPr37eq7) ;)