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BendyBadger's BonusBall Extravaganza (SumoLego Imposter Edition) (August 3, 2018)

SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,229
Howdy Bricksetters!

It's Friday again, so here comes another edition of the Brickset Forum BendyBadger BonusBall.  You know the drill for the drawing, so without further ado...

What is the most notable or entertaining LEGO-related purchase?  Good or bad, positive or negative?

About ten months ago I found a hand-made LEGO table that had eight 48x48 gray baseplates.  I didn't want the table - I just wanted the baseplates.  I'm not sure what adhesive was used to glue those baseplates to the table, but the table and baseplates went in the dumpster last weekend.  

Good luck!

The prize will be something interesting from my polybag stash.


  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,229
    (My mobile phone wouldn't let me put this in the correct topic section.  Can one of the mods move this over to the 'Everything Else'?  @Huw; @CapnRex101; @drdavewatford.)
  • dannyrwwdannyrww Member Posts: 1,394
    I have way more than enough Lego Masks that I picked up at 90% off after Halloween. Must be 20 or so of them.
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,781
    My best Lego purchase was a job lot of Lego. It included about 20 city sets and number of team GB cmfs and a UCS bat mobile. All for around 70gbp.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,634
    About 6 years ago while living in Cameroon, Africa where Lego is very difficult to come by, I got about 8 boxes from a high school student leaving for University. I think it was $5 a box and there was a ton of great stuff including the UCS AT-ST.
  • blade_guyblade_guy Member Posts: 220
    Mine was my Rio Brazil Mascots - got a friend who’s friends nephew was competing to get one and cart it round in his rucksack for several weeks for me until he came home. One of my more special purchases :-) 
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Member Posts: 1,079
    Bought a Lot from ebay once cause it incl.the Spongebob Set with the Cafe Corner door (don‘t remember which one),well it also came with a baby tooth! Nice surprise!....Not!
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,382
    @SumoLego , thanks for hosting again, although you do realise that's cheating , just to get number 1. ;p

    Have to say, the most notable (but it seems ultimately forgettable) Lego purchase has to be whichever DC keychain it was that I purchased that entered me in the draw to win the Batpod. 

  • Speedman29Speedman29 Member Posts: 2,315
    Probably my £20, two plastic bins of assorted Lego from FB. Turned out to be 50% Bionicle. Sold it for £20 so technically it was free LEGO.

    In the non Bionicle bin was Hulkbuster, HP Knight Bus, two SW construction figures, Antman set and three Indiana Jones minifigures.

    Thanks for hosting again

  • hoodaddyhoodaddy Member Posts: 315
    Got a couple lots from goodwill. Good one was full of classic space, and has given me several (maybe 100s?) of hours working to piece sets back together. Other I bought because I could see parts of the classic batcave set, but there were no minifigs and no batmobile. But a lot of cool parts. Oh, and the letgo purchase that got me #7181 and #7191 :)
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    I had an entertaining one last week. I managed to get a used #850426 pencil pot (missing the minifigure and pencils) for 40p at a boot sale. Took two minutes of haggling from a starting price of £2. When told my kids would love it (they were with me), I replied they wouldn't as it is mine.
  • ravendragonwingravendragonwing Member Posts: 193
    When I went to Paris last year, the guys at the LEGO store fawned over my LEGO passport book and gifted me with lots of loot! It was so fun!
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,688
    There are a few great purchases I could mention. To varying degrees, all my LEGO purchases are pretty good, but the one that drops into my mind right now is getting a nice boxed copy of #6901 on ebay in about '05. I paid about $66 from a US seller iirc, all in it worked out at about £45. It is one of the ugliest models, but for some reason it is one that I'm always thrilled that I own. It's in wonderful condition too.
  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Member Posts: 549
    Thanks for hosting @SumoLego. Look forward to this each week! Possibly most notable purchase was the DK Lego Book purchased at a motorway services WHS for something to read on a trip to visit family in March 14 which was the innocuous trap door into the pit of addiction I’ve since been in.
  • kwkwkwkw Member Posts: 1,209
    My first walmart clearance after coming out of my dark ages a few years ago. Spent way too much on 50% off Star Wars, dino and city sets
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,469
    Found a very bashed box Chima set on a supermarket shelf well after it had been retired, quick price check came up as around 5p...cheapest new set I’ve ever known!
  • VgangVgang Member Posts: 88
    Moving to a new place, checking out the local toy shop and finding a plethora of retired sets that I wanted!
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL Member Posts: 789
    Some 48x48 baseplates that were markt down to €8,99 and turned out to be another 50% off.
    Or should i say #10211 and #10224 for €350?
  • norm103norm103 Member Posts: 301
    I went to a estate Sale that had listed the  modular buildings, I get there and there $10 each. Thought I hit the jack pot and looked over them and they were all clone brand ones.  Let’s Just say I left with nothing. 
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Member Posts: 747
    Got a mostly complete looking technic excavator #8043 from the dump, just missing stickers. Have yet to build it though...
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,177
    Oh boy.  It could be the Research Institute, which I thought I had missed out on, but was able to secure on Brick Friday (I was first in line at a Lego store and they had a few out at the checkout).  It could be the General Grievous Wheel Bike set from a few years back.  It was a surprise for my son, as he had just recently got into Star Wars and especially the General Grievous.  Or the Mickey Mouse Duplo sets that my youngest son received on his birthday a week or so ago.  His first real deep dive into the world of Duplo, the gateway drug to Lego.
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    Probably the Lego table I made for my classroom - an ikea table with base plates stuck on. 
  • CommanderRaabCommanderRaab Member Posts: 660
    One of my first purchases from Bricklink many years ago came with a foam sword (a bit smaller than a RL version of Sting). I think it was from the Castle Kingdom range. Anyway, it was a free gift, a bit of a surprise to me and has been used for a number of fancy dress occassions over the years. Lego and it didn't even have any clutch power :)
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 633
    The great Target "sale" that took place before (lackluster) Amazon Prime Day a few weeks ago.  Ended up with a bunch of stuff I either would've passed on or not have bought yet.  Kinda makes up for all the glitches/price mistakes that people always get in on but I miss.
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    Probably buying a Hulkbuster from K-Mart and finding half the bags of parts missing. That was definitely notable. Negative, but notable. 
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,144
    Thanks for the hosting

    Most notable was probably finding a near complete ( 3 small bits missing) Dolphin Cruiser for £3 in a charity shop, the day after giving a new one to my eldest daughter for her birthday.
    We had fun each building one at the same time
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    Thanks for hosting @sumolego.

    Notably, my worst LEGO shopping experience was last year in the staff shop, Billund, when another AFOL grabbed a set out of my hands. It was completely unnecessary, as the particular set, whilst exceedingly popular, had been restocked a good ten minutes before and less than three feet from where I was standing at the time. There were plenty to go around.

    Hell, even if it was the last one, if they'd simply asked I'd have just given them it. 
    I was shocked, disgusted and upset. I never want to be part of that kind of experience again.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I purchased a bunch of Lego Ninjago full-sized swords and weapons and I go around whacking my wife and kids with them...Don't worry, just "love taps" , but it annoys the crap out of them. Mission accomplished ;)
  • benbacardibenbacardi Member Posts: 712
    I don't buy much Lego, so it's definitely the purchase of the Saturn V. It's the most expensive set I've ever bought, and the only one still on display in my house!

    Having said that, Wall•E was my first real purchase after my dark ages, so that's pretty memorable too. 
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,782
    I think probably getting the Delorean at Downtown Disney was my most notable purchase as that brought me back from the darkness.

    Thanks again for hosting @SumoLego
  • carnage717carnage717 Member Posts: 166
    Most notable was trying to get my ucs falcon during the first 10 minutes,  never thought i would spend 800 on a lego set
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Most entertaining, or rather weirdest LEGO-related purchase??  A circuit board.  I’m not even sure I purchased it actually.  This is so random and I'm going to have trouble explaining it.

    I was sat in a booth in Mos Eisley Cantina (ESB Secret Cinema - London 2015) having a beer with my mate and a couple sat down next to us.  We had been waiting for Hans and Chewie to come and sit with us so we could trade for some spices.

    After a couple of minutes, the girl started talking to me.  I'm not even sure what about, but then she pulled out her homemade circuit board ready to trade with us.  Was she on a different mission?    We were chatting a bit and I started asking her questions for which she then completely clammed up.  She seemed to start acting weird, went into character and got suspicious - ‘trust no one’!

    Well, she then threw down her circuit board on the table, telling me I could keep it and left.  I’ve no idea if she thought maybe I was someone I wasn’t but she definitely had the hump.  It was just completely random that it should be me that she’d passed a LEGO circuit board to.

    This is what she gave me.

  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    My wife really like the tote bags Lego was just recently giving away as their free gift.
  • terfstenterfsten Member Posts: 303
    I guess one of my best purchases came from a Facebook marketplace ad. I played about $100 for around 20 partial sets (mostly complete) that were released between 2007 and 2012. I've since been able to bricklink most of the pieces back and it made me very happy as those were some of my first and biggest lego buying years after my dark ages!

    Also a couple weeks ago I went to two or three different thrift stores and I saw a bionicle arm sticking out... So for almost an hour I dug through the random buckets of toys trying to find the rest... from both thrift stores I ended up with a bionicle arm and leg, jango fett buildable figure arm and head, 2 legends of China speedorz sets basically complete and a handful of other bits... also a whole lot of funny stares lol.
  • FodderFodder Member Posts: 356
    My first CMF series 2... if brought me out of my dark ages.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    I'm afraid I've not got any special entertaining Lego related purchases except for the one bricklink order I did with some used pieces.

    They were supposed to be clean and in good condition but they were a disgrace. Haven't dared to buy any used things of there since ( I know that's probably very silly but it's scarred me ;) ).

    Most of the time I get a lot of enjoyment out of my purchases but that's just general Lego joy, like how I've been giddy with excitement over the latest Harry Potter stuff or hidden golden boxes in trades.

    Thanks for another week of hosting Sumo, volunteers still welcome.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,905
    Most entertaining purchase: #75950 Aragog's Lair, for my extremely arachnophobic cousin! I had recently given her #75193 Millennium Falcon Microfighter because she likes Chewbacca. Turns out, she'd never built a LEGO anything by or for herself- she'd only played with LEGO with her kids. I just wanted to watch her build a spider! She works at a food production place, and part of her quality control job is identifying any critters that get into the plant. Someone brought her a spider, so she put it on a slide and stuck it under the microscope... then screamed so loud, people came running from other rooms to see what was wrong! so watching her build Aragog was hilarious- she was visibly cringing at times. Best $15 I ever spent! I have #75952 Newt's Case of Magical Creatures just waiting to be delivered to her; I think I have a new recruit to our team (or cult, or whatever we are). She wants her boyfriend to buy her #21311 Voltron!    
  • redarmyredarmy Member Posts: 741
    edited August 2018
    Lego_Star said:
    Thanks for hosting @sumolego.

    Notably, my worst LEGO shopping experience was last year in the staff shop, Billund, when another AFOL grabbed a set out of my hands. It was completely unnecessary, as the particular set, whilst exceedingly popular, had been restocked a good ten minutes before and less than three feet from where I was standing at the time. There were plenty to go around.

    Hell, even if it was the last one, if they'd simply asked I'd have just given them it. 
    I was shocked, disgusted and upset. I never want to be part of that kind of experience again.
    I'd have punched him in the throat and inserted said set into his holiest of sir are a better man than I!
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,532
    Thanks for hosting @SumoLego! I've already posted my most notable Lego purchase (Quinjet) so for my most entertaining purchase, it must be the Guardian's Ship polybag from Infinity War. Last remaining set from IW I didn't have. Saw it on [email protected] for £4 and thought "must be available in store as well" so sent my daughter to get it. She went, they didn't have any (all given away with the Ultron Hulkbuster set). So she was disappointed. And so I rang CS and told them the tale, and they sent me one for free! IW set complete! :-)
  • eggsheneggshen Member Posts: 600
    A couple years back I scored a #2521 Lightning Dragon Battle on ebay that had been listed simply as "LEGO Dragon". That set is hard to find in the US, I got it for $40 with free shipping after a very lowkey bidding war.
  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    Finding four older used modulars (GG, TH, FB and GE) for $830.
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 Member Posts: 1,009
    Mine is a huge tub of old SW sets that still has not been gone through after 6 years...
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    No time for details now but a marginal Craiglist purchase turned into a friendship and a some great items later to include a pristine Airport Shuttle set. 
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Most notable... not sure I have a cool story, bro. But well, the F40 brought me back from the quite dark ages... and here we are.

    Oh, and the pick-a-model fish from the Lego House AFOL test day last year. That was a totally awesome trip!
  • MasterBeefyMasterBeefy Member Posts: 122
    I picked up double digit clearanced Battle for Atlantises last week, that's probably my highlight in terms of best deal.
  • flordflord Member Posts: 797
    My first motorized train was my most entertaining Lego purchase.
  • TkattTkatt Member Posts: 472
    For me it was buying the Grand Emporium. It was the first modular I bought, and I was able to use the coupon Lego used to provide in their Catalogs. 
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 1,120
    I’ll say the LEGO Batman story books.  My son loves them so it’s a pleasure to read to him at night.  Some of the city books are good too.
  • M_BossM_Boss Member Posts: 257
    The first "old' modular I purchased, the cafe corner, which I found on craigslist and negotiated $200 down to $450.
  • alldarkeralldarker Member Posts: 224
    Most notable... back in the day, I imported a new 10143 UCS Death Star II from the US to the Netherlands through eBay. It was around the time the Death Star was on deep discount; I believe I paid around $150 for the set, and I ended up paying more than that for shipping + import charges! And still I came out ahead compared to buying domestically!!! 

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,357

    For me it was bulk bin of about 50lbs of Lego. I continue to sort through and find sets to piece together. Hours and hours of fun.

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