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$950 would be pretty good for a lot of people so a win win. How often can you donate plasma?
Good on y'all who CAN step up to answer the call there.
Today's status is "aw yeah". I recently bought a bulk lot that contained 97% of #21325 Medieval Blacksmith. I was able to source many missing parts from my collection, and the remainder was available FROM ONE BRICKLINK STORE, in New condition, at a reasonable cost. It was amazing, normally my bulk lot gems need several orders to be complete.
Lego status: Trying to work out how to sort my office and display my favourites. It's getting stupid messy at the moment. Why did I get more Lego for Christmas again? :-)
I've done my best to donate blood as often as I can over the years. Thankfully, the process has never caused me issues. I can certainly appreciate why it would for some!
Your kids need some Fabuland - obviously !!
One of the things that keeps me going though is making MOCs! And reading :-)
I certainly don't miss that element of Western WA.
(You'll be able to buy so many sets with this profit... And here I am dreaming of the day I find one :'( )
I was fully prepared for this eventually though. A BL order has already been placed for replacements. It's just sad to see just beautiful pieces all broken to bits. I hope this is the worst of it!
So, I want to make it 1000% clear that I don't think it's at all @gratefulnat 's fault at all. He did an absolutely amazing packing job with the set!!
Yeah yeah, I know, "KRAGLE! THE HORROR!" but in this case I'm not talking using it to join multiple parts together, only to shore up a single structurally compromised part at a time before assembling them the normal way after the superglue cures.
I finally got around to sorting a bunch of parts I had ordered from PaB and BL a couple of months back. Included were 50 or so Reddish Brown 1x1 bricks from a BL order. I found several that were cracked along the bottom. Part of me wanted to reach back out to the seller (I likely would have if I had inspected them better when they first arrived), but again associated it more with the poor quality control than the quality of the seller. I'm sure I could reach out to LEGO CS and discuss some replacements if needed.
Related to the above sorting, I was happy to see my plant element collection grow. I have a lot of aims to include some better trees in my WV layout in the coming years as well as general foliage around the town. In reviewing pictures of some of my most admired WV layouts, that is one element I feel really takes things to the next level. And, with @evancelt 's recent lesson on trees, I feel at least slightly more prepared to give it all a go.
(Also found several "Caroler" heads that I had forgotten I bought. Looks like the Christmas choir will be expanding!
Pictures like that just about want to make a grown man cry!
I have some ships from that era for my son that are disassembled - this had made me even more reluctant to do anything with the pieces. Unfortunately, the come pieces are mixed in and I have been coming across cracks and breaks somewhat regularly. I think I will not disassemble any used in the WV layout, just leave those bits together.
I have never had any parts break,
without a lot of force being applied to them.
If you haven't experienced it yourself yet, count yourself lucky!
My UCS Slave I has been built since I got it. I'm a little afraid to take it apart!
https://finescale.com/videos/online-extras/2019/10/on-the-bench-how-model-kits-are-made (polystyrene vs ABS but same principles)