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Currently the least expensive USA available is over $60 so I decided w/ Monster Fighters recently added to my collection I may have a good chance building it.
It's also been a while since I built a big old set and as people have mentioned on other threads you actually have to look at and concentrate on the instructions as they aren't one piece per page as they seem to be these days, lots of aligning gears and stuff so that it actually functions properly.
Didn't quite finish it last night but hopefully will tonight. Looks just as good as it did 33 years ago.
Which split down into this:
Which is approx 460 pieces.
As you may gather from the huge amount of 2x4 pieces, the selection was really pretty bad - worse even than 6 weeks ago, when I did a similar thing with my first box.
"The Claw! Ooooohhh!!!"
And having watched the nipper build #7964 Republic Frigate earlier today, it's been a really good building day in the Briking household.
And for the first time ever I had 3 missing pieces. Luckily I could find 2 replacements in the spares, but the 3rd one is now a gap stopping me from completeing the roof.
I was missing 2x Element ID: 366021... instead they gave me 2x spare of Element ID: 235721. And the one I can't find a spare for yet is Element ID 4515368. Just put a missing parts request in.
And I wasn't keen on stickers. An iconic model like this deserves printed pieces.
Sorry for the negativity - I've now got that off my chest.
WOW!!! What a good looking model! So far since coming out of my dark ages last autumn I've concentrated on Modulars. But this is beautiful. As a child of the 60's I remember the T1 live. Non-Lego fans will not ralise it is Lego is until they start studying it in detail. If this model doesn't bring people out of their dark ages, nothing ever will!
When we built my gf version she had 2 pieces missing from the front of the van which was disappointing. Luckily we could get replacement red parts off the Lego site for them. They arrived about a week later and we slotted them into place to complete the set.
She now wants to make the VW beetle only on red and white like the Camper Van and not the two shades of blue.
PS. I just completed book 1 of The Pet Shop #10218
In the meantime I've just opened one of the two #10214 I ordered from Amazon.it... The number of pieces in un-numbered bags look kind of daunting!
I was going to bring my mini modulars to work but my office is essentially a mostly window/glass hallway so sunlight is everywhere. I'd hate to start those chemical reactions and turn everything yellow.
In truth, for all the hype around it I expected it to be more stable. Some parts of the upper .... fuselage (?) are just laid on top of the internal structure.
what do I do now?! :D
Big pile of tiny extra parts, but really annoyed Harley's chester hat is and was NOT present in bag nr.8 of my set! Is it just me other does this happen a lot, sets missing parts? It is not the first time that I build a set that misses a part/brick!