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The Joy of the Unexpected and the Disappointment of Revelation
Imagine the joy I felt when I spotted a lone Series 2 minifigure for sale from an online vender I was about to order something else from. While I already have an unopened box of them, I grabbed it anyway as a topper to make the shipping charges more palatable (I'm paying $5 shipping whether I spend $11 or I spend $14.50). Since they sell them online at random, the odds favored getting one of the twelve I didn't despise over one of the four I had no interest in.
It arrived yesterday and upon feeling the bag this morning, my heart sank. Immediately I realized what it was from the flat rectangular piece along the bottom of the package. It was the stupid traffic cop, my least favorite of the entire series and of which I already had five more than I wanted via the box sitting on my shelf.
Oh the disappointment! Oh the inhumanity!
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(In all seriousness, I'm actually collecting Traffic Cops [don't ask])
Sorry, but when I read your post I could not help but laugh out loud. Never the less, I sympathize with you.
Everyone loves pleasant surprises, however the unpleasant surprises are always such a huge bummer! The CMF's are really nice, if it just wasn't for the fact that you can, and do, end up with doubles. Especially with minifig's you don't care much for at all.
I suppose you must have gotten used to that, soiling your hands, digging in the dirt for ancient artefacts, and not always hitting the jackpot. (if I am not mistaken and haven't misread somewhere on this forum, something where you mention something about your field of expertise, passion and/or profession?!?)
I ordered 16 minifig's from series four at Lego.com, and got seven doubles, and not even the one, the Viking, I wanted most of all minifig's from that series (and I still haven't got). I mean, what is the point of getting 3 Frankensteins!?!? One will suffice! So now I have a whole bunch doubles from series 4 and series 5 still bagged up, which I don't mind trading for others I still do not have. On the plus side, I now am a touch expert, figuring out which is what just by feeling the baggies. The braille system used for the newer series though is utterly useless!
Of series 2, I only have three fig's. Fortunately for me, really nice ones, in my opinion. However, I would still love to get: the Spartan, the disco dude, surfer and last but definitely not least the mime player. Although it is probably not likely that I will be able to get those.