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Secondly, @Huw did request that you contact him directly to prove your case. There was probably no need for him to close the thread before you had the chance to reply, but if you want it reopened, you just need to privately send him something like pictures of the damaged city. We get scammers fairly frequently here, and there's also been a few stories (not recently, granted) of criminals finding the addresses of large Lego collections and taking the most valuable stuff for a quick buck on eBay.
Finally, there was never any need for you to create another public thread to complain about this. I'm not sure what your goal is - you're insulting everybody that reads this, including the owner of this forum. I imagine @Huw will close this as soon as he's online again.
Please post or send me a picture of your son building, your set-up before it was destroyed or something so we can make sense of it all.
As has been stated above, we are skeptical about a 5 year old having been building a large city for years as most have not long progressed from Duplo by that age, the circumstances that led to its destruction and also why anyone would want to buy something built by others when it would be much better to rebuild what you have together.
I've removed the quoted comments from the original post, as they can be read elsewhere.
I'm sorry your son's hard work was damaged by a callous... person. Under very odd circumstances.
Nonetheless, if someone who read your post wants to offer up whatever it is you're looking for - I think you have accomplished you task. Being angry at the Forum or criticizing @Huw for limiting further comments is a bit misplaced.
I'd suggest putting that energy into piecing back together what has been damaged.
I would expect the follow-up thread to suffer the same fate.
I read the thread and honestly the first post was poorly worded, which created confusion and sowed doubts that it was legitimate. This was the direction the thread headed and the OP never responded to requests for clarification. If the main intent was to find out the least difficult way to buy a fully assembled Lego city, then all the other info was superfluous - the age of the child, the manner in which the previous city was destroyed, etc. The aim of the post (and please do correct me if I'm wrong) was to ask the forum if there were ways (and which would be the best one) of buying assembled Lego City sets that could be used in a new city layout.
Little brothers are a real pain sometimes.
But it still tasted delicious.
I understand your troubles - the comments on the thread were a bit forthright and abrupt. However, the close was only a temporary measure, and it blocked the so-called "trolls" as much as it blocked you. Huw was only shutting down the conversation until you could prove your case in a private message to him. Yes, you didn't receive a message from him, but he asked you to contact him first, after he stated his intentions to close the thread.
Lot's of unfortunate things happen in a person's life by no fault of their own, but life goes on, lessons are learned and we become stronger because of it. You spent years building and hopefully bonding with your son. Take your city and rebuild and bond some more and teach him a life lesson in the process.
I was joking with a friend the other day that I can't wait until my children stop wanting Lego because it will save me a ton of money :) If your son doesn't want to rebuild and Lego isn't his passion anymore, just pack it up and maybe one day he will want to build again. Until then, your wallet will thank you :)
I am going to superglue the thing to the floor this round @TheFew
I think rebuilding is the way to go and I did say this in the original thread. My twins have moved on from Duplo to system LEGO now and do build with it lots - I take photographs of their odd little builds in my Light Box as though they are the most precious creations ever and allow the children to press the 'camera button' and switch on the lights. Later when (not if) the build is damaged I show them the photo and say it's not gone, its a good memory.
Children are smart, my 3 year olds understand that LEGO is fixable and I'm positive that your 5 year old will know this too.