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Bricklinking Green Grocer

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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    Looking,  I was actually referring to Pitfall.  ;)

    £190 sealed has my attention though. :)
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,044
    I'm currently bricklinking Taj Mahal btw :)
  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Perth, Scotland Member Posts: 880
    Go for it
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,044
    Legoboy said:
    Looking,  I was actually referring to Pitfall.  ;)

    £190 sealed has my attention though. :)
    Go for it
    Go for it but stay safe @Legoboy ;)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    A difficult one.  I cannot see how it can be for real.  The images look like they are taken by someone that knows to include a picture of the seals, so how can they not know its value?
  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Perth, Scotland Member Posts: 880
    Legoboy said:
    A difficult one.  I cannot see how it can be for real.  The images look like they are taken by someone that knows to include a picture of the seals, so how can they not know its value?
    Ask them for more pictures? Give them a ring anyway 
    Legoboykiki180703
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    I suspect since adding the info, you've sparked mass hysteria down that neck of the woods.  ;)
    SumoLego
  • DawnDawn GoldMember Posts: 247

    Legoboy said:
    A difficult one.  I cannot see how it can be for real.  The images look like they are taken by someone that knows to include a picture of the seals, so how can they not know its value?

    I don't think it is a picture of the seal, but a picture of the box damage
    Legoboykiki180703Jern92
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    Crumbs, I'd be more worried about the creases down the front and back.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    Legoboy said:
    Crumbs, I'd be more worried about the creases down the front and back.
    You obviously haven't looked in the mirror lately ;)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    @legoboy , I am not "taking the piss" 
    kiki180703
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    So, anybody checked this offer out for real yet? Anyone from that area went and seen it (and bought it)? If I knew anybody from around the Isle of Wight I would ask him to go there and check it out. Unfortunately all my friends in England live in the north-west.
  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,419
    I'm calling today. Hopefully the owner will be heading to the mainland before crimbo which will save the cost of a ferry crossing. 
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    Well, I sent him a message last night and he responded this morning.  A friend who is desperate for it was se to drive from Berkshire to south coast of IoW this afternoon but in just getting ready to set off the seller went quiet and hasn't responded to the last 2 or 3 texts.  Oh well......ignorant pig!!
    kiki180703
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,312
    Why would he do that, when he could have given some random address on the Isle of Wight sending someone on a really expensive wild goose chase by the time the ferry crossing has been taken into account.
    kiki180703
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    edited December 2015
    a pink UCS Disney Castle with tons of play features

    for ages 6 and up

    waaaay up
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    Exactly.
    kiki180703
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 721
    @Legogal is right.  Use the bricks you already have and see how it looks.  Then buy the parts that you think you need to bring the colors to your satisfaction.  That is the method I used for Green Grocer and Cafe Corner.  I actually like my Cafe Corner better than the original, and my GG looks super in my metropolis of Los Legos.  Do you instantly see the substitutions in GG?

     https://www.flickr.com/photos/klatu0039/16335757442/in/album-72157648090214463/
    kiki180703
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,886
    Working a on CC from my own collection, Swapping out cheaper bricks of the same color whenever possible to keep the costs down. I'll do the same with the GG...I dismantled my Haunted House and will use those sand green bricks to help out.
    ColoradoBrickskiki180703
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 721
    @kiki180703  The Taj Mahal was also my Great White Whale.  I finally bought an "open, been in a box under my kid's bed for two years.  No guarantees, kid played with, we have a cat " one off ebay.  Spendy!  But I was lucky and it was mostly complete and actually very clean.  I didn't even wash the bricks.  
    kiki180703
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    @klatu003 Love the photo of your Modular Road! Looks great to me. Did you bricklink all of those? That is a ton of work! Who says that anyone has to use the exact bricks in the instructions for any set? I don't think that a few alterations will keep you from entering LEGO heaven.

    Your Taj sounds like a wonderful find...congratulations. I think that everyone wants to own one of those at some point. We loved ours and hated to see it go after 7 years as a member of the family. 

    It is fun collecting the modulars in a any form. They do take up a lot of space once you add the roads and sidewalks, etc. Try to plan where you will put all of this before you do it. Your shelves have to be pretty deep to hold the modulars and a street in front. Our 12 inch shelves did not cut it. Maybe someone can give us a depth and width measurement for the modulars with a full size road panel in front of it so that others can plan a shelf of this size or larger. Our mistake was that most of our shelves were not deep or long enough for the modulars with a road, which is the coolest way to display them. Happy holiday building!
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 353
    Standard baseplates are right around 10"x10". You'll need a shelf at least 20 inches deep to have a road in front. 

    I'm currently in the process of bricklinking CC and MS. I have about 70% of each set which is awesome. Used PAB for what I could in order to get the VIP points and will BL the rest. They'll each be under  $200. Compared to $4 grand for a MISB Cafe Corner, I'll take it. Honestly, tho, it's almost more cost effective to just spring for a used Green Grocer, in my opinion.  

    I also have a differing opinion on the modular resale value. I think the bubble isn't sustainable. 4 grand for a sealed CC?  There will always be collectors, but as Lego releases more modulars, people who are just coming out of their dark ages, for example, that want to collect modulars but don't have the first few will see the prices and balk at it. Plus, with everyone buying modulars for the sole purpose of selling them, there will be far more of the new ones than the originals. People who kept thone sealed were either incredibly lucky or had amazing foresight, either of which I would certainly take. I'm curious what will happen with the newer ones
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    $4k??? Where did you see that? That is certainly not the norm.
    kiki180703
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,469
    ^ Highest price lately is $2980 but they seem to hover around $2000 right now plus or minus. I have never heard of $4000, yet.
    kiki180703
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 815
    2 grand is still a whole lot for most people, unless they come out of the dark ages as a millionaire.
    kiki180703
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 501
    All this really makes me wish LEGO would up their production capacity to a point where they can take orders on demand. 
  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,419
    Legoboy said:
    Well, I sent him a message last night and he responded this morning.  A friend who is desperate for it was se to drive from Berkshire to south coast of IoW this afternoon but in just getting ready to set off the seller went quiet and hasn't responded to the last 2 or 3 texts.  Oh well......ignorant pig!!
    I messaged too, he wanted collection after 8pm.

    I also asked if he was coming to the mainland any time soon as the petrol and ferry crossing wouldn't have made the purchase worthwhile, he isn't though so I left it. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,312
    Bobflip said:
    All this really makes me wish LEGO would up their production capacity to a point where they can take orders on demand. 
    Production on demand is way less efficient than making multiple copies of a set from current parts, then stop making it once the parts are close to being exhausted (in the case of exclusive parts) or when sales drop and it is more cost effective to be selling something else.

    You can order sets on demand from lego via bricks and pieces, but this will mean (i) you are paying way over the set price and (ii) you are buying modern replacements rather than the original parts.

    madforLEGOkiki180703
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    I agree that the prices are just insane for new sealed CC's and GG's. If I were just starting to collect them, bricklinking them would be the only possibility, or I would just ignore these two and begin with the next ones. I was lucky to begin the process while they were still on the retail shelves. A few lucky buyers are able to find the entire collection at a reasonable price when a collector decides to sell; this could be the easiest route to acquiring the original sets. 

    It seems that many buyers just want the latest sets. However, I do know many long time collectors who have a dozen or more of these two sets sealed, and believe that prices will continue upwards. Only the future will tell....keep tuned in!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,312
    legogal said:
    I agree that the prices are just insane for new sealed CC's and GG's. If I were just starting to collect them, bricklinking them would be the only possibility, or I would just ignore these two and begin with the next ones.
    You cannot bricklink a new sealed CC or GG. So comparing prices of a sealed one to a bricklinked one is fairly meaningless as they are really quite different things.

    If anyone is bricklinking one or thinking of doing so and wants to know if it is cost effective, compare it to a new but opened / unboxed / no manual one (or maybe a sealed one minus the price of the box and manual if you are willing to open it), or maybe to a used but complete with no manual, box, etc.
    madforLEGOSumoLegokiki180703
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 501
    CCC said:
    Bobflip said:
    All this really makes me wish LEGO would up their production capacity to a point where they can take orders on demand. 
    Production on demand is way less efficient than making multiple copies of a set from current parts, then stop making it once the parts are close to being exhausted (in the case of exclusive parts) or when sales drop and it is more cost effective to be selling something else.

    You can order sets on demand from lego via bricks and pieces, but this will mean (i) you are paying way over the set price and (ii) you are buying modern replacements rather than the original parts.

    Aye, I'm aware of that. Have read the reasons against on here many times, but it hasn't stopped me wishing :-)

    When I see electronic component companies taking bulk orders for particular items before they make a run, it makes me wonder if there would be scope for something similar with LEGO. On-demand bulk orders of parts would clearly cost more than their in-set price, but if it got certain elements back into the wild that could be better than them being incredibly hard to find and hugely overpriced.

    But I know it's a pipe dream...
  • tecjamtecjam Germany / SwitzerlandMember Posts: 255
    edited December 2015
    It kind of raises the question as to wether Lego purposely makes parts and sets limited and hard to get. I mean, even in designer videos - for example the Sydney Opera House - they make a point of stressing that for the first time you get a 48x48 blue baseplate.

    They could just make the 48x48 baseplates available in green, blue and white for normal people to buy, just as you can get the grey 48x48, and so people that do not want to or can't afford to spend 280 EUR on a set may still get that piece.

    So it is an exclusive part, only for those that can afford it and done so on purpose.
    Bobflipkiki180703
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    Most people will balk at paying $4k or even $2k, but there are still a good number of people that will. Recently, a carded Luke Skywalker w/ double telescoping light saber sold for $25k I'm not trying to compare vintage Star Wars Action Figures to LEGO, but there are enthusiasts that are willing to pay crazy money for collectibles. 

    SumoLegokiki180703
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    It wouldn't surprise me at all to see someone pay 2K for a GG just from my experience on this forum alone. People have discussed their annual spending / Lego budgets in the past and the numbers can be surprising sometimes.

    A lot, Expensive, Too Much, etc... All relative terms.
    kiki180703
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727
    AllBrick said:
    Legoboy said:
    Well, I sent him a message last night and he responded this morning.  A friend who is desperate for it was se to drive from Berkshire to south coast of IoW this afternoon but in just getting ready to set off the seller went quiet and hasn't responded to the last 2 or 3 texts.  Oh well......ignorant pig!!
    I messaged too, he wanted collection after 8pm.

    I also asked if he was coming to the mainland any time soon as the petrol and ferry crossing wouldn't have made the purchase worthwhile, he isn't though so I left it. 

    Exactly the same here, only when we confirmed we would be there on the south coast of IoW to collect after 8pm he went quiet.
  • iso3200iso3200 97 miles from Brickset TowersMember Posts: 2,047
    A £190 GG on the Isle of Wight, following the £200 10179 in Scotland. Do we anticipate a £175 Cafe Corner near Lands End next?
    kiki180703
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,312
    £175 for a cream tea for two seems more realistic.


    kiki180703
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 721
    @legogal Thanks!  Only Cafe Corner and Green Grocer were bricklink/pab/MOP (my own pile of bricks from other sets.)   Got the rest retail and am anxiously waiting for the Brick Bank.
    kiki180703
  • mrbigz8657mrbigz8657 Member Posts: 21
    So has anyone tried brick linking town hall or is this the wrong forum to ask. Just wondering if it's a substantial savings over buying used or new 
  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,419
    So has anyone tried brick linking town hall or is this the wrong forum to ask. Just wondering if it's a substantial savings over buying used or new 
    I had a glance at BLing TH, trans disc with the clock face print could cost a bit. Haven't calculated the whole build though.
    mrbigz8657
  • mrbigz8657mrbigz8657 Member Posts: 21
    AllBrick said:
    So has anyone tried brick linking town hall or is this the wrong forum to ask. Just wondering if it's a substantial savings over buying used or new 
    I had a glance at BLing TH, trans disc with the clock face print could cost a bit. Haven't calculated the whole build though.
    That was going to be my next question. Any exclusive pieces in the set
    AllBrick
  • tecjamtecjam Germany / SwitzerlandMember Posts: 255
    AllBrick said:
    So has anyone tried brick linking town hall or is this the wrong forum to ask. Just wondering if it's a substantial savings over buying used or new 
    I had a glance at BLing TH, trans disc with the clock face print could cost a bit. Haven't calculated the whole build though.
    It's not trans, but black and was also used in last years winter village set, which is still available right now.

    I don't think there are any really rare pieces that are essential to the build. There is a printed shield and a minifig torso exclusive to this set. It all depends how many parts you can get from a single seller to keep costs down, but overall I'm not sure how much saving could be had over buying a used one.
    madforLEGO
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,312
    AllBrick said:
    So has anyone tried brick linking town hall or is this the wrong forum to ask. Just wondering if it's a substantial savings over buying used or new 
    I had a glance at BLing TH, trans disc with the clock face print could cost a bit. Haven't calculated the whole build though.
    That was going to be my next question. Any exclusive pieces in the set
    If you go to the inventory on brickset, it will tell you how many sets the parts have been in. This is one way to spot the expensive / rare parts. You can also "part out" a set on BL at six month average prices without verifying it / adding it. Again, this will tell you the expensive parts.
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 376
     I planned to bricklink an exact copy of the Town Hall, but the sheer amount of dark orange made it more expensive than I was willing to pay for it.  I decided to build my own version in an alternate color. I used dark(earth) green on the front and grey for the back and sides. I got hundreds of grey 1x4's from the PAB wall, using those for the back and sides reduced the cost significantly. 
    The parts I recall being expensive are the clear garage door sections 4218 used in the sky light. I used 2 round 3x6x6 windows 87926 instead and saved about $20. 
    The pyramid brick 3688 and the clock face 6022319 cost me about $1 each, but they are necessary for the look of the building and there is only 1 of each needed.
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    6 Month average on the parts for town hall is $445. Factor in shipping from multiple sellers and it doesn't make sense at this point. 

    Here's the most expensive "Lots":
    3008 x38 Light Bluish Grey $0.448 = $17
    3008 x50 Dark Orange        $0.30   = $15
    3004 x121 Dark Orange      $0.12   = $14

    Here's the most expensive parts:
    3811 Baseplate Tan                            $8.36
    2039 Lamp post                                 $4.31
    twn157 Bride                                      $4.16
    3026 x4 Plate 6x24 white                   $3.55
    3026 x2 Plate 6x24 Light Bluish Grey $3.46
    madforLEGOCCCBrickDancerAllBrickkiki180703Pitfall69
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,567
    edited December 2015
    I think the lamp post is available on the Bricks and Pieces site for $0.75 per post.
    CupIsHalfEmpty
  • mrbigz8657mrbigz8657 Member Posts: 21
    You guys are awesome. I think I'll just invest in a used one then. Thanks 
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    The lamppost on B&P will be the version with the four flutes, the expensive one is the old mold with six flutes.  I'd expect most later versions of TH will have had the 4 flute post?
    SumoLego
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I much prefer the 6 fluted version. But then again, I prefer black over the white, so I always change out the white to black in any modular.
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