Aloha Bricksetters... Happy New Year's to Everyone in the Forum!
Today is the much balleyhooed second installment of @lowlead
's second annual GWP giveaway extravaganza! If you remember last Christmas Day, our friend @lowlead
provided a pair of very exclusive GWPs for two (2) raffles. And last week @TheOriginalSimonB
won his choice of one of the two sets below... (I just reached out to @TheOriginalSimonB
, so please stay tuned as to which set will be available!)
One of the two remaining sets is the object of this week's raffle: #40567
Forest Hideout and a #40532
Vintage Taxi. This raffle will run from January 2, 2023 through the BonusBall draw on January 6, 2023. The last two draws were both 19, so obviously it couldn't be 19 for a third consecutive Brickset BonusBall. (Or could it?!?!?!?)
We want as many unique posts in thread as possible, so please avoid double posts - but EVERY unique post will be counted. If the BonusBall number drawn doesn't have a correspondence post, then I will assign a number in the order of entry to each participant and we'll do a raffle by random number generator.
If the prize isn't your thing, I do have a wide variety of extra sets, polys, figures and Lego-related whatnot in my inventory - and I'm happy to substitute the prize for something of reasonable comparable value. For instance - if your heart is set on an Ideas Sailboat instead of the Taxi or the Hideout, I'm happy to work something out. (And no, I'm still not shipping a UCS Millennium Falcon to Ulaanbaatar or Dushanbe.)
Finally, I strongly urge everyone that enters to make a donation to FairyBricks. If you happen to win the raffle, making a sizeable donation for FairyBricks would be even better. If you don't win the raffle, but still make a sizeable donation, that that makes you a Danish Prince. (No it doesn't, but please consider making a donation nonetheless.)
If you're new to the Forum, or not really familiar with what FairyBricks does, please check out their website.
This is more of a survey than a question, but your thoughts are much appreciated. I've spent the last three days finally completing piecing together a UCS Grievous, a pair of A-Wings, an AT-AT, a 4506 Millennium Falcon, a Dagobah X-Wing and a few other sets - not necessarily for profit, but more along the lines to complete a puzzle. I've got three (or seven) parts bins with bricks of various size and origin that I dig through to find parts I 'know' I have. I have a pretty good success rate. I must admit, there is strange sense of accomplishment when a pile of parts on the brink of ending up in a bulk bin re-emerge as a complete set.
Am I the only one that does this?
Also, if anyone wants a recently pieced together pair of A-Wings (#6207; #7134) for CHEAP! No boxes, but there are instructions, minifigures and the vehicle, let me know!
Enjoy! And Good Luck!
I 100% have the same setup as you, Sumo. Several bins of parts that I frequently dig through to finish up a set. I'll have a set ready to re-build, come up short a piece or two, dumpster dive in my bulk bin for a few minutes, and come up successful with the part in hand.
Thank you for hosting and for @lowlead for the generosity as well! A Happy New Year to you all!
Oh and I did get a large amount of bulk from a teen moving away years ago at a garage sale and got all the parts for a UCS AT-ST in it. There was a lot of the original UCS Batmobile too but sadly none of the valuable parts. Apparently someone before me picked up a couple of the boxes and thus they were gone forever. AT-ST was fun to make though and flipped it later for way more than I paid for the bulk lot.
It really depends on the amount of time and energy I have at the time. I do have some cooler more exotic pieces sorted in pull-out trays (Toys R Us style storage that doesn't seem to exist anymore). Other pieces stay in bulk in those plastic suitcases (again, think Toys R Us storage, with the 6 slots, the top two for trays and the bottom 4 being suitcase style).
Someday I'll get a hang of it. Maybe.
Thanks again for hosting and supplying prizes!
I’ve also put together a few ‘sets’ from loose parts that were too expensive to buy boxed.
I'm the earlier days of my foray back into LEGO I have however Bricklinked a few sets (#10221, #10143, #10174 and #10179) plus some additional Rebrickable builds, quite often at the same time to save on shipping and it got really difficult to keep track of what I had purchased so I became particularly OCD with storing parts. Below is a small section of what I had bagged up a couple of years ago whilst another round of sorting went on.
They've been sorted again since this into parts then colours as the bins of grey got unmanageable.
But ultimately I haven't bought used bulk lots in a looooong time. And I don't build most sets, so I do have a lot of unused pieces just waiting to be given the honor of being MOCed.
My collection is roughly divided into three categories:
1) Childhood: I was very keen on building my own structures (especially Castles) and *my* versions of figures using the parts from my owned sets. But everything was looked after very well and, whilst I've not sorted through them for many years, I'm confident that 99.9% will be there (if I went hunting).
2) Post-Dark Age main sets: conversely, I've only ever built the exact sets I've purchased; no MOC'ing, no changing figures out of the box etc. Carefully built and displayed, then eventually meticulously packed away so, again, expect 99.9% complete.
3) Random: all bets are off!! Second-hand bulk purchases, BrickLink orders, Parts Online orders, discounted duplicate sets, multiple CMFs and loose figures. Incomplete, mixed-up, deliberate cannibalism and customisation for army building. Quite refreshing & liberating... completion % irrelevant!!
Thanks @SumoLego and @lowlead for hosting / sponsoring!!
Although prior to Xmas a bulk purchase had a number of great sets in it, which I bagged up as cheap Xmas presents for the 4 year old... on the basis that they will get broken up in a few weeks and are much cheaper than new sets...
I also have a couple of boxes of 100% unsorted Lego and bags from sets I'm not going to build. Sometimes I can get lucky finding parts in the unsorted box, but it's often just easier to raid a boxed set if I know it contains a piece I'm desperate for.
As some of you might know, my focus is on collecting sets. I don't bulk buy, I don't MOC, I don't really buy second-hand (I've done it exactly once, and that was a complete success, but was very much an outlier). The only time I get odd pieces are for a BSSS last year (a phenomenal gift of a micro fighter version of the Galaxy Explorer) and random minifigs for 2 dioramas which only exist in my head (Castle and Space).
So practically all my Lego is in the box the set came in, stored as neatly as possible wherever I can get it to fit!
Thanks again for hosting.
I am most dreading sorting two full bins (~8 gallons) of attachment pieces (hinges and such) and must admit I have ordered pieces I likely have in them from BL instead of doing the needed work. If I can get those sorted into small containers by type(s) building will be more enjoyable.