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@eMJeeNL, when taking apart my WV Station, I had three of those same reddish brown 1x1 clips just crumble. Considering the set is less than 4 months old, I was more than shocked! I'll file for some replacement parts this afternoon as I had 4 parts on my Cottage also completely cracked in half.
@snowhitie, after spending all the time removing those blasted 1x1 tiles from the Cottage floor, I may take a hint from you and leave them next year! I'm fairly particular about how they line up once on the floor too, so I spent a decent amount of time aligning them. I could likely save significant time on both ends if I just kept them there. Lesson learned!
Well done on getting it all packed up though, must feel good.
However, my wife and I are expecting our third in just over seven weeks, so we certainly can use the room for other things! So in that respect, a HUGE relief to have one less thing to think about!
I'm going to work on putting everything away this weekend and hopefully build an extension table for my permanent display so I can put out my Fishing Store and Ninjago City (and also have room for when my wife gets/builds the Joker Manor).
See above. For whatever reason I lost my post twice. So a far shortened version....
I have mentioned before that I often use sets outside winter village to really expand what I have available for the holiday or right after. The above is from 3 Frozen castle I managed at 50% off. While I might not have it next to my winter village, I might have it displayed at the same time in another location, or put it up right after my winter village. Anyway... point... lots of various options to really create some fun holiday scenes besides just the actual winter village sets.
There is a local seller on Craigslist that tends to list Disney sets, and occasionally the Frozen sets. Now that I have some inspiration from your photos, I'll have to keep a closer watch to see if I can't snag some for a great deal.
I unfortunately missed out on a #10235 Winter Village Market this week on Ebay. My bidding skills are a bit rusty. Who knows what the highest bid input by the winner was, but I was outbid by $.21. I had to talk myself off the ledge after seeing I lost.
I anticipate being able to snag a copy in the near future. I'm also in the process of piecing together a #10222 Winter Village Post Office. I found a seller who produces aftermarket stickers and produces them for the Post Office. The quality looks good, and his price of $8 is way better than dropping $37+. I may go that route depending on how much the rest takes to put together.
Anytime I make a BL or Bricks and Pieces order, I try to search out anything else from the seller I could use. I'm anticipating having a whole lot more this year than last. Which is good and bad!
Talk about three wonderful winter minifigs to populate a winter village... plus a husky.
The bonus is snow shoes, a bit of a mini snow feature and a snowmobile... all potentially usable or modifiable for a winter village.
I've been trying to acquire a few of the smaller to medium sized 3-in-1 Creator house builds to fill in the village too.
Also, though a bit of an unfortunate error on the part of the business, made a connection with the owner of a local Bricks and Minifigs. He told me last year he had more Winter Village sets than he knew what to do with, and they all started rolling in right around November. I have a handful of items I was planning on trying to sell to generate some cash, but might hold off and see if I can't just put it toward trade in value and snag a few more sets. Time will tell I guess.
My local Lego store also has some great elements on the PAB wall too, so I'll hopefully be able to fill a few cups up.
Fingers crossed the lady actually follows through!
Not to bad to be paying RRP 5 years later (and without tax too)!
The same seller sent me pics of some other opened WV sets she has had for a long time. It includes the Post Office. I told her if she ever wanted to sell those, price depending, I'd definitely be a buyer. I singled out the Post Office as the main set I was interested in (though I wouldn't mind a second Bakery, Toy Store, and Cottage!).
When I went to pick up the above set yesterday she let me know what she doesn't think the Post Office is complete (missing the mail truck and a fig or two from what I can see). She is going to look things over, but said if it isn't 100% complete, then she'll likely just give it to me for free. I'm fairly certain my jaw literally hit the floor. I offered to pay her still, but she insisted and said that because I'm building a new WV for my family, that it would be her gift to me.
I'm not holding my breath by any means, but I'm pretty excited about the possibility to say the least! The truck and figs would be easy enough to part out on BL.
That would complete the official WV set collection (minus the original Toy Shop) and allow me to focus more on filling out the scene.
On a different note: I just finished building #31084 Pirate Coaster, and already contemplating how to turn it into a WinterCoaster...
Guess the shark-carts are either going to be deer- or sled-carts (or both); the skull will be replaced by a Christmas-tree, and the boat... dunno yet. Probably going to leave the castle-part mostly as-is, and just decorate it in X-mas style.
All additional idea more than welcome!
I plan on working #4996 (Beach House), #7346 (Seaside House), and #31048 (Lakeside Lodge) into my scene this year. I'm still hoping to come across a Changing Seasons set for a reasonable price.
Oh yeah, and Modular Winter Vacation, and Snow Resort Chalet, and, and, and.......
Still, I'd love a second, even if only for the parts to make a couple of new smaller buildings.
Needless to say, this may help make up for all the killer offers/sales I've missed out on over the last couple of years.
July 1st is now circled on my calendar!
Does anyone have experience with this that could provide some insights? I think at minimum I'd only need the 9v Battery Box and M PF motor (with the appropriate axles and gears/worm screw), correct? I wouldn't need the polarity switch I don't think (though could be wrong).
I'd hate to spend $30 on #8293 when I could likely get those two items from BL for $10 + Shipping, give or take. As much as the lights in the PF set would be fun, I have other plans to light things up and the additional $15 I'd save could also go elsewhere.
I'd likely build another "out building" of sorts to hide the battery and motor so it was less of an eye sore.
As a semi-related question, can multiple M motors be ran off the same battery box? I also ran across JKBrickworks motorized Santa's sleigh and reindeer instructions yesterday when looking at motorized options for the Market and feel if I do one, I might as well do them both.
Not sure that I'd be able to run both options off the same motor? I'm sure the motor would be capable of running both devices (someone could correct me), but I'd be more limited by getting power to both of them as they're not necessarily right next to each other in my village layout.
I'm about the pull the trigger on buying and figured I'd ask.
I can officially say I own the WV Post Office now! Well, sans the mail truck and some figs that will need to be purchased. I was generously given the items above by the same individual I bought the WV Market from. She felt compelled to bless my family with it after discussing my WV plans.
On top of that, I gained an additional ice pond scene from the Bakery and a couple more carolers!
Now my debate is whether I want to pull the trigger and buy replacement parts for the truck with original stickers, or buy blanks and buy some aftermarket stickers to use in place of the originals. $15 just for the two red panels with stickers on the truck is a tough pill to swallow. ....granted, I just was given an expensive set for free, so it's still a net positive. Decisions decisions!
If anyone has a spare set of instructions for the Post Office laying around and would like to part with them, please let me know!
I have four stickered parts to replace: the two red larger red panels on the truck and two license plate tiles.
Looking at current USA sellers on BL, it will cost me approximately $18 + shipping for just those parts. That's contrasted to roughly $0.32 for just the parts by themselves.
I've sourced a higher quality aftermarket sticker sheet for $10 after shipping. So the difference of original stickers vs. aftermarket is $7.68 + shipping (although I'm buying a bunch of other parts on BL now, so the shipping is negligible).
My question/conundrum is, if you were in this position, would you purchase original replacements or aftermarket replacements?
Although I have no immediate intention of selling this set, I wonder if the aftermarket items would decrease the overall value I could get, or if it would only impact it as much as the difference of the two options? Thoughts?
Any MOCers out there who could give an opinion?
The price seems right, so I may just go for it based on that alone. But would rather not spend the extra cash that could be put elsewhere.
I think it would need a lot changed and plenty added to make it a go, but that's just my opinion. If it's really cheap it's possibly worth it.
It's definitely priced reasonable, so no issues there. Just not sure I'd have enough even with the parts, to re-imagine something completely new and have it fit the existing theme.
For those who may own both versions, any thoughts you can give as to whether or not It's really worth it to own both? Obviously I could re-purpose it into something else or build it mirrored and combined it with my current one...but I could also do that with another 2015 version.
This comparison may be helpful if you haven’t already seen it:
Fun build to piece together. I have pretty much zero experience with gears and motorization, so fingers crossed everything is put together correctly!
I did notice that everything seemed to only operate one direction. I couldn't freely spin the gears with the motor unmounted both ways. For anyone who has built this, or others with more experience in mechanical builds, is that normal?
The only thing I can think is that the red axle pins are binding up on the lip of the tiles when I spin it the opposite direction and, once the reindeer are actually on, it won't do that. I actually switched the battery box the wrong way and thought I broke everything from the sound it made. I just don't want my kids to switch it the wrong way if it truly is a one way operation.
I built mine after Christmas last year as I wanted to make permanent display pieces that I could store built as I don't have the time to rebuild the display every year as it's gotten to large.
Here's the JKBrickworks sleigh I built, added onto a tunnel for my train to go through.
I apologize for picture quality and size as I only have it on my phone.
I love that ski/sled hill @bandit778! I definitely want to have something like that eventually.
Last year was my first year. I ended up taking everything apart to rebuild again for this year. However, with the addition of three more sets, plus the new WV set, and several other small builds I've been working on, it's unlikely I'll take everything apart the same way this year. I guess time will tell.
As of right now, starting in mid to late October, we're going to do a family night, order in pizza, and build a set or two once a week. It'll make a month long event of the thing!
I'm not the best at MOCing up vehicles yet. I wanted to see if there were any other sets out there that have great vintage style vehicles that I could pull instructions/part lists for.
Along the same lines, I really want to fill my village square with a lot of vendors/stalls/carts. I have a few Hot Dog carts. I think I also just found a Balloon Cart in a bulk lot I just purchased. Any other sets/polys out there I could use either as a reference, or get parts for that others would recommend?
@stlux, thanks for the direction. The one above is awesome. I'll have to look through the others. Not sure why Rebrickable didn't come to mind.
*EDIT* that De_Marcos rabbit hole is deep. I may be in trouble!
@hayduke, that truck is incredible! A definite add to my list of builds!
It looks like the same designer recently released a few more really nice designs, including a WV cafe: http://www.brickmonster.toys/
finished @Mouseketeer’s Firehouse now, building 10263 but reconfiguring as (probably) a school as I don’t need 2 FH’s in my Village, and collecting bricks for @Mouseketeer’s Gingerbreadhouse.
maybe going to double up on the garages of the Firehouse, to be able to park both the pumper and the laddertruck (which needs some MODding too...)
Enough to do I’d say; Also have to tackle the problem that I no langer have a huge dressoir to put my Village on due to some redecorating over the year. Thinking of solving that with some trestles and a sheet of MDF, but unsure if the SWIMBO agrees... ;)
how’s your planning going, @Switchfoot55?