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Can't find the part number offhand, but you'll probably recognise it!
(Love this build btw... first saw it years back and it blew my mind!)
They have started to do alternative instructions that avoid rare / expensive parts, looking on facebook it seems the same is true here.
2399 used for the base is only available in single quantities. At least you only need 4 and not 32 like the Alien build.
Pony up the money and buy the PDF build from the Arvos. It is worth it.
Recall what happened to black dinosaur necks when the Arvo Brothers Alien book was published. There were about 90 for sale in the UK (second hand, for ~15-20p and new about 50p-£1) and within a couple of weeks most of that stock was sold and the price had increased to £3-4 each. Any sellers that had multiples sold out very quick. I know as I bought about 10 to ensure good quality used ones.
I would classify rare as few worldwide sales. There are two tan parts completely unavailable but the alternate fits the build fine.
But the alternate build for the 6177 piece doesn't depict pooling blood very well. I would get it while you can.
The alt-body build works well because the additional lines created fits in with the overall creature design.
The alternative for the pooling blood however is detrimental due to the studs on top pieces and necessary loss of the tooth brick that depicts dripping blood.
Ive had to manually enter parts into my build list, and I should show you my stash, you might call me crazy for doing this before I've sorted all my crap at my new house. But I figured...what the Hell...I need something to occupy my mind until we get over there and I don't want to build any sets. When I get home I'll shoot a pic of the mess in progress. I find it comical.
Oh and I might see if there is a way to sub in a different part for 6081. Namely 10314. I'm a rookie so I don't know if it's possible but I'm willing to take a crack at moving some stuff around, especially since I have those parts and a few ideas.
But that's simply the best aesthetic solution to me. Going with your own design is what Lego is about.
Im a bit over 50% should have it into the mid to upper 60s by the end of the evening. 70s if I'm lucky then the rest will need to be bought on BL.
I have a feeling I have seen one or two in the pile.
I'm ALMOST THERE. Hit the 80% mark today. Saw an 8x8 Dark Red disc for 32.00 on Bricklink today. Shit no...I could not pull the trigger on that.
But it it was huge. Near 4800 square feet. A monster. 4 bedrooms, a loft, an office, two living rooms, 3 bathrooms...it was crazy. America is...we have strange value systems...the greatest place I ever lived was a townhouse. Always will be. My wife has this idea that we have to live in a house, a big one...that it somehow defines her success. Never understood that.
I just went went way off topic, sorry...
Well, I wrap up getting the stuff over to the new place today and tomorrow, meantime the final Bricklink Orders are en route! WOOT! I'll be able to start building soon!
There is an 8x8 dark red disc for sale for 40 US if anyone needs. Ouch. I paid that. I'm delirious from the moving.
1. What is the total piece count?
2. How long did it take those who completed it to source all the pieces?
3.what total price am I looking at here rare pieces vs substitutes?
4.(I doubt it's possible) but can this model be found on rebrickable? I find this site so useful.
Would love to know abit more before I commit to buying the instructions.
1. Not sure. According to the Bricklink parts list I uploaded there are 235 line items. I still haven't figured out how to do a count from that. It might be in the excel or .xml file they give with the instructions I'll look when I get a chance I have to clean my old house today though others may know.
2. It only took me a month or so to find all the pieces. But I had an open budget. I spent 40 on the disc and was not that frugal with this thing. Might take longer if you try to save money. I did learn that since this was built circa 2007 there are sets that the build seemed to pull from, in a time frame from the early to mid 2000s which makes some piece acquisitions hard, but had I to do over I would buy those SETS.
3. Again, can wildly vary depending on patience and diligence. Example. If you go get or already have the Creator Set 4507 Prehistoric Creatures it has a bunch of pieces you need, and so on and so on. Wild Hunters, etc., and of course if you HAVE a UCS Rebel Blockade Runner...well, you save 30-40 on a dark red 8x8 circle.
4. I looked prior but could not find.
Want my advice? Because I bought the instructions. They were cheap.
Its a password protected PDF that you download. Other than the pain in the ass of having to enter the password every time your tablet auto closes (which I understand for security) the instructions are nicely done. Try to download to some place you can access anywhere. I downloaded to my OneDrive so I can access the file from my phone, iPad, laptop and desktop. If you do that for your personal use then it's not a problem.
Even had I never pursued the parts it would have been worth it just to see these instructions I'd heard people talking about. But that's just me and I'm weird like that.
Im guessing I spent close to 140 on the parts, mainly because of the discs and all the minimum buys on getting the last parts I needed 1-2 of. Doing it over I could spend less knowing what I know now, especially about using Bricklink more effectively.
Cmon...do it...you know you wanna.... :)
That budget sounds dead on I spent around $100 on the Batpod ... But 80% of the parts came in one purchase from rebrickable hench why I asked.
Such a unique looking set and such a detailed build I will purchase the PDF soon.
If anyone else has some input I'd appreciate it.
I also discovered I'm one freakin piece short. FRAK! Stupid math....