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  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 748
    My status is slightly flustered - just wanted to put away some PaB-parts in my closable sorting trays, then this happened when I took them out of the cupboard in the attic : 


    Have 6 more - but those are fine. This one just crumbled; after taking this picture the handle broke off after a slight touch... Really weird!
    bpk2300
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,160
    @Bumblepants, glad to see you still build on the floor like any reasonable kid-at-heart. 
    BumblepantsGothamConstructionCoscottdd2
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,300
    lowlead said:
    @Fizyx Impressive!  Most impressive.
    You clearly possess a lot of will power.  Out of curiosity, what might prompt you to cash it all in?

    I've been thinking about that, to be honest.  I think one thing that could definitely do it was if I could wipe out my whole current wanted list at LEGO all at once.  I am still pretty significantly short of being able to do that though.  Some of the bigger sets that have come out recently though have made me consider at least partially subsidizing them.  I am also going to be purchasing a house soon, which is likely going to reduce my amount of disposable income significantly... and this could act as a buffer for at least the first months after that for any must buys when my money is low.

    Switchfoot55560HeliportWesterBricksiwybslowlead
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,160
    Well, I stumbled upon old Catalog listings on BL last night and spent the better part of two hours adding items to a newly created Wanted List. In considering how to decorate my new office, I'd love to have some old LEGO advertisements, catalogs, signs/posters, etc... 

    Anyone in the know about these that can help clarify general sizes? It seems like some are inserts, others are full catalogs, and still others may be pages from catalogs? The posters/flags/etc... make sense and have the sizes. Just curious if there are typical sized catalogs?
    pxchrisFizyxWesterBricks
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,244
    @Switchfoot55 I have a fair number of old catalogs in my collection.

    For us, the easiest ones to obtain are typically the US/NA medium size catalogs. These are the ones that were typically packaged with all medium and larger sized sets in the US.
    These are also of a very similar size to the medium overseas/UK/Europe, etc. sized catalogs that you'll see listed, those a just harder to find from US based sellers and tend to be more expensive.
    If you need exact measurements, I can get those for you when I'm back home.
    There are also the small leaflet sized catalogs that were packaged in in the small sets both domestically and abroad. Those typically come folded into fairly small sizes, but when unfolded they're a fun "small poster" size. I actually have a few of the pirates ones framed. Again, I can get you exact sizes later if you'd like.

    Then there are the larger catalogs that we didn't get here in the US (unless you go back to the very early 80s or 70s). Those are some much coveted ones as you get tons of details in them that weren't in the medium US catalogs. You can find scans of a bunch of the large UK catalogs here on Brickset. These tend to be some of the more expensive ones to buy here stateside.

    Posters have come in all kinds of sizes. I have posters that are from in the 8-1/2 x 11 size range all the way up to much larger. Posters in the 80s and 90s sometimes came with the Brick Kicks fan club magazine or Bricks n' Pieces in the UK. There were also posters bundled with sets.

    Advertisements were often found in magazines both domestically and abroad. I have a collection of some in German and English.
    Switchfoot55WesterBricks
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,160
    Thanks, pxchris! I'll have to look through Brickset's listings as well. 

    As much as it's going to be easier to get my hands on the US based ones, I saw several EU/German/Dutch ones that appear to have not come out in the US that I LOVE. I figure the best course of action is to find a seller with several and then grab them all to cut down on shipping. 

    I've already found a US seller with a large assortment of them that will likely have an order submitted in the near future. 
    pxchris
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 748
    As much as it's going to be easier to get my hands on the US based ones, I saw several EU/German/Dutch ones that appear to have not come out in the US that I LOVE. I figure the best course of action is to find a seller with several and then grab them all to cut down on shipping. 

    Sounds good. You know i'd be happy to help and have some sellers send them to me and I can bundle-send them over the pond for you?
    Switchfoot55pxchris
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,160
    ^Thanks! I'll see what I can find!
    pxchris
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,503
    Anxiously awaiting confirmation my MIL found the Daily Bugle that Amazon dumped on her stoop without a box before porch pirates did.
    560Heliport
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 450
    @Bumblepants hoping with you!
    BumblepantsKing_J
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,503
    Lo1sJess said:
    @Bumblepants hoping with you!
    It is safe thankfully but the box is in a sorry state. I was probably going to toss the box anyway but it's still annoying they would ship it that way.
    King_J
  • PDelahantyPDelahanty Petaluma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 303
    arathemis said:
    Fizyx said:
     My mother asked me the other day why I was saving them all up like this.   I honestly have no idea, but dang if it doesn't feel good watching that number tick up...

    You know that the more you keep your points the less you can get for them in terms of value, as the sets keep getting more and more expensive and the pieces in them smaller and smaller. 
    I always spend the vip points I get on a purchase on the next consecutive purchase, they never amount to more than a few tenners.
    Of course one can do whatever they want, as it's their own money, but it's not really efficient imho. 
    I'm saving my points so that if/when my wife starts to question how many new Lego sets are showing up at the house, I can start paying for them with points.  "Oh, this cost us nothing.  I used VIP Points!"  :)
    560HeliportWesterBricksFizyxlowlead
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 2,246
    Had to nip to Manchester for work today, I say nip, it was a 440mile round trip. But the customer site was across the river from the Trafford Discovery Centre, so I popped in. Good selection of about 10 of this years polybags including the Christmas train one. Loads of advent calendars, wreaths and Santas sleigh rides too.
    Got all of those that I want, but did treat myself to the trio of festive minifigs they had in stock.


    lowlead560HeliportPJ76ukBastyWesterBricksGothamConstructionCo
  • BastyBasty LondonMember Posts: 486
    ^loving the Christmas jumper 
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 737
    edited November 2022
    Today's status - I made some money selling one of my sets, so I placed four BrickLink orders to knock out some out of my wanted list of parts/minifigures.
    560HeliportlowleadMarshallmario
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,300
    edited November 2022
    Managed to get on the LEGO site and get the Eiffel Tower ordered before it started locking everyone out... and then totally forgot to use any of the FIVE VIP reward codes that I had been intending to used with the purchase.  Guess I'll have to call LEGO CS tomorrow and see if they'll save me ;_; Sorry LEGO CS :(
    560HeliportBumblepantsWesterBricks
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 450
    Totally understand! 
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,503
    Grabbed the max 4 -75% off vip certificates and then calculated they will expire 2 days before my next work trip puts me near a Lego Store. Oh well, still a good deal. Will just have to order new releases in early January online.
    WesterBricks
  • PhoenixioPhoenixio Canada/FranceMember Posts: 254
    Just got the coupons as well.  To the modular they'll go!   I hope we get the intended gift with purchase on time this "year".
  • PhoenixioPhoenixio Canada/FranceMember Posts: 254
    edited November 2022
    bookmum said:
    Is it too much Lego on the brain when you look out your window and straight away go "oooh Emmets car"
    Now that I'm attempting to design my own modulars, when I look at buildings on the street, I see piece combinations to make the same decorations and styles...
    WesterBricks560HeliportLo1sJessWeepy_DonutsCymbeline
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 2,246
    How do people have little people AND space for Lego!?
    Stopped at one and managed to convince the rest of the house that the back bedroom is too hot in summer to sleep in, but a perfect study/ LEGO room! Oh and our house has three lofts for storage!
    Lo1sJessWesterBrickspxchriskhmellymel
  • LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 910
    Awaiting for two orders made last week to arrive.
    WesterBricks
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,130
    edited November 2022
    Been working on my layout still, reading Revelation, bought LEGO Brawls and LEGO Bricktales...Got #60347 at Target after the rep price matched Kohls. $48.99
    PapaBearWesterBrickspxchrisflightrisk
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,130

    Lo1sJessWesterBrickslowleadMarshallmario
  • Diamondback_SixDiamondback_Six USAMember Posts: 397
    edited November 2022
    Had to nip to Manchester for work today, I say nip, it was a 440mile round trip. But the customer site was across the river from the Trafford Discovery Centre, so I popped in. Good selection of about 10 of this years polybags including the Christmas train one. Loads of advent calendars, wreaths and Santas sleigh rides too.
    Got all of those that I want, but did treat myself to the trio of festive minifigs they had in stock.


    I wish there were a way to get those online for reasonable cost... my nearest Lego Store is too far when you don't drive.
    WesterBricks
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 611
    I'm at the end of book 2/3 of the Eiffel Tower.  I've been building for a total of 10.5 hours so far today.  I will probably finish late tonight.  I got up early at 4 am this morning so I could get to the LEGO store at 5:30.  I still have plenty of energy to build because I slept so much.
    560HeliportFizyxWesterBricksCymbelinelowleadpxchris
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,244
    The struggle is real @khmellymel!!

    Along that front, our son (19) is moving back home this week after being out on his own for a little over a year. This means that I'm loosing the spare bedroom that I'd taken over as a LEGO space. I'll tell you what, constricting your LEGO "stuff" back into a much smaller space after having expanded is a less than fun process. On the better news, I've finally started the process of getting my garage better suited to have a bit of LEGO space for myself. Next step on that process is getting the garage door insulated better.
    560HeliportSwitchfoot55FizyxCymbelineWesterBricksPapaBearlowleadMaffyDkhmellymel
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 611
    edited November 2022
    Took my broken roller coaster to my apartment.  I have moved twice since I tried to MOC my roller coaster.  I didn't really have space in my old spot, but I do now.  Also found a huge box of parts I ordered on Bricklink I was looking for and all the extra roller coaster parts I have.
    I placed my first two Pick-a-Brick orders last night for axles and plates I need to stabilize some structuring, plus trellises that should enable me to build cheaper supports.  I got two different types of trellises.  I've also moved the Loop Coaster to my next build.  The tower is 3 feet tall and I plan to MOC that to double the height.  I also looked at some MOCs people have and got some good ideas.  Now that it is winter, I can utilize the space in front of my window that my a/c previously occupied.
    Bumblepants560HeliportWesterBricks
  • BastyBasty LondonMember Posts: 486
    Just got notification that my "The Secret Life of Lego Bricks" books from Unbound has shipped. Quite excited to get this book since I supported it back in August of 2020!
    560HeliporteMJeeNLpxchrisSwitchfoot55autolycus
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 450
    ^Is it possible to order the book? 
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,244
    Basty said:
    Just got notification that my "The Secret Life of Lego Bricks" books from Unbound has shipped. Quite excited to get this book since I supported it back in August of 2020!
    I wonder when they'll release the digital version to us...
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,130
    Lo1sJess said:
    ^Is it possible to order the book? 
    Sadly, I think if we didn't preorder, I think we missed it. 
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,130
    edited November 2022
    My LEGO status:  working through Revelation,(I love reading the Bible, but it's a challenging book,)still working on my layout, and now that my mom and cousin helped extend it again, there's more WV space, but I need more 9V track...(Long story, but my family, including my late grampa) got me into LEGO trains just a bit before the 'we don't do electric trains/model trains' changeover, so that apparently means electrical conducting tape on the plastic track, or BLing 9V straights...    I got back to @Lo1sJess, too, on our conversation, so she knows...

    Switchfoot55WesterBrickslowlead
  • tne328tne328 Member Posts: 17
    edited November 2022
    Today, I'm feeling the end of an era: 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V is sold out on both the US and GB sites. It looks like it sold out in the US 4 days ago, and today in GB. I'm thankful that I got my copy last year to celebrate a job change. 
    Bumblepantsbpk2300Onebricktoomany
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,244
    Well, this marks my 3000th comment since joining Brickset back in 2016. Hard to believe it's actually been that long! I had just gotten back into LEGO after the birth of my middle little. My brother-in-law bought my then 3 year old son a LEGO set to play with in the waiting room. It didn't take much from there to get me back into the hobby. I lingered around Brickset for a short while before deciding to join. 

    Since then, I have made a number of friends in the community that I have shared far more with than just a love of LEGO. Numerous times I have been blessed by my fellow Bricksetters with kind words or a small gift here or there during some very trying times. 

    In many ways, this is my LEGO home. Not that my family doesn't enjoy LEGO. But I get to come here and really let my inner LEGO nerd live. I know the exact future of the forum is unknown currently, but I plan on personally doing everything I can to keep us all together as we step into the new year and beyond. 

    A bit of a sappy post I guess, but the 3k comments got me walking down a brick-built memory lane...so, why not? :)

    Thanks to everyone out there for making this such a great place to be!
    I feel so many of these sentiments deeply!

    I'm super glad to have you around @Switchfoot55 and a part of the "family"!
    Switchfoot55CymbelineModeltrainmanMr_CrosseMJeeNLbandit778Onebricktoomany
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,244
    The Western theme collecting journey has been carrying on quite nicely. I received a couple of sets from eBay along with an overseas Bricklink order yesterday allowing me to complete a couple of other sets. Additionally I have one more on order from eBay which I know is missing a few pieces I'm going to have to Bricklink.
    But... with that, I'm now down to only one more set to go!
    This theme has pulled together much, much more quickly than I thought it would. Having only 17 sets in total does also help.

    I hope to take some more photos soon-ish, however as I mentioned previously, I've lost my photo setup with the room I'd been using being converted back into a bedroom for our son who has moved back home. I did manage to get some more display space setup, but it won't be nearly as nice for photography, so my picture quality will be downgrading. Along that front, I'm starting to think of new solutions for photography such as a photo backdrop frame and lighting.
    Switchfoot55WesterBricks560HeliportBrickfan50BastyOnebricktoomany
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,556
    ^ I'd rather see "poorer quality" pictures than none at all!
    pxchrisLo1sJessWesterBricksCymbelineMr_CrossMarshallmarioOnebricktoomany
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,556
    My status: Delighted! And annoyed. Delighted, because the three #40558 Clone Trooper Command Stations I ordered Friday arrived today. Standard shipping is 3-5 days, but they warned me it could be longer because they were so busy. So it took 5 days, and taking into account the 8"/20cm of snow we got yesterday, I'd call that quite speedy! 
    Annoyed, because I went to take their survey to tell them so, and... don't just rate various things on a scale of 0-10, but they want me to explain why I gave that score? Arrg. Then they wanted my age. I put "old enough" but it wouldn't accept that. So I put "0". That was acceptable! 
    I'm really f***ing tired of surveys everywhere I go! 
    BumblepantsMr_CrosspxchrisCymbelineSeijiAmasawaOnebricktoomany
  • BastyBasty LondonMember Posts: 486
    Got the poster today from The Secret Life of Lego Brick book, which I paid extra for, is most likely destined for the bin.

    Apart from being damaged at the top, the print quality is rather poor. It’s also printed on really thick card so I don’t think it will flatten properly.

    I hope the poster doesn’t reflect the book….




    pxchrisrd1899
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,160
    ^Is it something one could put into a frame to both flatten it out as well as hide the damage at the top?
    WesterBricks
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,389
    edited December 2022
    Usually the best way to flatten out rolled up card stock or poster board is to gently roll it the opposite way for a little while. Alternatively, you can try the trick I always used to flatten a dollar bill for vending machines: pull it tightly back and forth across a smooth 90 degree surface.

    The book is lovely, btw. 
    WesterBricksSwitchfoot55
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