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Lego Designer that uses rare bricks in sets

I read somewhere that there is a Lego designer that will go out of his way to incorporate hard to find bricks into standard Lego models. Is this true? Any info on who and what sets, etc?


  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL Member Posts: 617
    I think one or more of the Designer videos talk about being able to use rare parts or colors when they can. Maybe Jamie Berard?
  • fitzyfitzfitzyfitz Member Posts: 94
    At AFOLCON last year, Mark Stafford spoke about looking up the most expensive elements on Bricklink and distributing around the design team to try and use them in new set designs.
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839
    ^^ that is such a great thing! Can you think of any other collectible/play company that would do that?
  • ArdalisArdalis Member Posts: 37
    Wish the guy that designed this years monster truck had read the memo, would have liked some power puller wheels and monster truck screams biggest wheels ever.
  • legomasonlegomason Member Posts: 190
    Is there an easy way to look up what are the most expensive pieces on Bricklink?
  • HarryPotterLoverHarryPotterLover Member Posts: 238
    Its neat they can think of ways to go deep into the LEGO system for detail without having to use new parts
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839
    Dont get me wrong....I love new parts. HOWEVER, taking a piece, and using it in a completely unexpected way is just so much better! Frog heads for gargoyles...stuff like that. That's been in the MOC world forevs, but it is nice when you see actual innovation in TLG designs.
  • HarryPotterLoverHarryPotterLover Member Posts: 238
    ^ I see sombody bought Arkham Asylum Breakout!
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839
    ^^Not yet, but ive peeped the instructions and any video. Hahahaha
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 Administrator Posts: 2,364
    Marcos Bessa, designer of such sets as the Arkham Asylum Breakout, seems to try his best to include rare pieces in his models. This may be a mere coincidence, but he tends to design more like a MOCer than a Lego designer and so uses pieces quite differently to most designers, such as the aforementioned frogs for the heads on grotesques.
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 788
    In not sure if there is just one designer, but here is some evidence that this kind of work is going on: The Legends of Chima Speedorz set #70105 Nest Dive includes a 10x10 Radar Dish in light bley... The exact same radar dish in #10179, the UCS Millenium Falcon, just without the decal. Nest Dive is the first set to use this piece since and is highly desirable among UCS MF bricklinkers.
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