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Brickset Bonusball: Mr_Cross wants to hear your White Whale stories - 24/11/2018 draw.

It is my pleasure to host the Bonusball this week.

On my occasional lurks elsewhere I've seen folk sharing when they've acquired their White Whale.

I obsess about LEGO, I have been very lucky and have obtained many of the sets I have wanted in any prolonged way. You could say I've hunted down a fair few White Whales.

My 'White Whale' does seem to continually return to the sea to haunt me however, and there seems to be a whole family of them currently.

My first White Whale was the #928, it was the thing I wanted most as a child, I was always sad that I hadn't managed to get one, I remember the kid down the road taking his to school to show it off, I rememer the ugly jealousy my seven year old self felt. I remember the pain of discovering the last one had gone from the local toy shop, not that I could afford it, but you know, the security of it being there meant that I might one day be able to buy it.

But that was it, my hopes of ever owning 'Galaxy Explorer' were over.

Fast forward twenty odd years.

I took about a year of looking to get my #928 and I wanted one with a box, I couldn't quite afford a bricklink one because even then they were £90+ with box. So that narrowed the options mostly to ebay. I missed out on so many, each failure was a new re-opening of those childhood wounds.
Finally I won one, iirc it was £74 and right at the top of the budget I had set. It was incorrectly listed in its title and the box looked a bit battered in the photos but from what I could see the LEGO looked nice and it was complete, including the all important aerial (unbroken)!

When it arrived, the box was a bit crushed, it was missing a flap but the plastic tray and lid were there and the LEGO was in amazingly good condition. I carefully repaired the missing flap, I wouldn't call it a restoration but it's definitely a reasonable fix.

The instructions were okay too, a few taped tears and quite a few folds but I downloaded scans to use instead so that I wouldn't damage them any further.

When I came to build it for the first time, there were a handful of pieces that I decided to replace, the odd bite mark or nick and one sun damaged plate.

All the other parts were in astoundingly good shape, especially the trans yellow pieces and printed elements. The gold is missing from the logos on the spacemen, but it's there on the bricks.
I know I'd have enjoyed building the set as a child. As an adult there was a heavy dose of nostalgia in building a set I'd wanted so much, but even taking that into account, it's an impressive model and a really fun build.
Interesting too is how different LEGO's approach to designing the models is and how instructions have changed in the intervening years.

In order to take these photos this time, my son and I built the #928 together.

Anyone else seen the 'error' I'd never noticed until my son pointed it out? I suspect this is well known amongst other AFOLs.

If not, there ^, see it? That's right, four trans red 1x1 landing lights on each side of the baseplate in the photo, but only enough bricks provided to do three per side (as per the instructions).

I still love it, perhaps not quite as much as my original #918 but it was my heart's desire between the age of six and seven (the age my son is now). It really is a great set, because building again this weekend both my son and I had a fantastic time building it. For a set that is just about 40 years old, that's incredible longevity and reminds me why I have such a high regard for LEGO.

My next White Whale was #7190, then it was #6990, then it was #4483, then #6901, then #924, then... you know how these things go, you see a set, you think you need it, and then you begin to hunt for it, and it becomes a daily search, a constant consideration until you need it so, so bad, it dominates your every waking thought.

Now then, before the White Whales that currently taunt me drag me down to the depths, I'd like you to tell me about your White Whale/s. You can take it a number of ways.
  • What set is your current White Whale?
  • Which set is/was your all time most obsessive need?
  • Which of your White Whale acquisitions has the best story behind it?
  • Even the tale of the many White Whales that have swam in the oceans of your thoughts.
For what it's worth, I don't think it has to a full set, a single minifigure could be a White Whale, as could Grangemouth marbled pieces.

You know the drill by now, the first 59 (unique) posts get a numbered entry for Saturday's UK BonusBall (24th November, 2018). Post number matching the bonusball wins. Please try to only post once until the 59 spots are full.

One more rule this week, I do want a story, no simple sentences, "mine was #999" or "dude, I always wanted the 'force grabber' from that theme back in the day". I'd like a beggining, a middle and an END! Preferably more than two paragraphs, with as much heart or humour as you can manage please! To give you enough time to write, I'm starting the bonusball very early this week.

Sadly I don't have a custom Captain Ahab minifigure for a prize (very little could follow last week's prize courtesy of @stlux) but I do have a new, unused Mountain Police Key-chain for the winner and a 'good as new' and original '98 Johnny Thunder for my favourite entry (photos may help here).

One final thing, if you've got this far, please take another couple of moments to consider if you would be willing to host a future Bonusball... and then please do send @snowhitie a little PM to register your intentions ;-)


  • alldarkeralldarker Member Posts: 224
    Great question, Mr_Cross, thanks for hosting!
    I'm a collector of both Lego and of G1 Transformers, and to be honest, most of the White Whales I lusted over have more often been Transformers rather than Lego sets. But a Lego set I did completely lust over back in 2003 when it was released, was 4483 AT-AT ( I was still a student back then, getting ready to finally graduate, but being pretty much skint at the time. Still, I always loved the AT-AT in the movies, and I was so glad that a Lego AT-AT would finally be released. So I had to have it, no matter the cost and the sacrifices I would have to make. 
    Even just acquiring a big set like that was a hassle back in the day: I wasn't too keen on internet shopping back then, and sites like Amazon were mostly directed at the US and the UK, with few options of international shipping to me in the Netherlands. Finally, I was lucky enough to find it in a toy store, and man, did it feel good to have it and to build it, even though it meant quite a few evenings of pot ramen dinners... I still have that first AT-AT built up. I actually bought a second one a year later, when I was properly employed, just because it is such a great set, and even that one I had built up until earlier this year. But that first one most definitely was a White Whale for me!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,241
    Mr_Cross said:
    • What set is your current White Whale?
    • Which set is/was your all time most obsessive need?

    My current 'White Whales' are #10196 - Grand Carousel and the #7477 - T-Rex vs. Typhoon.  I'm not particularly motivated to get either, but someday...

    Mr. Gold is partially what brought me into this Forum.  And I am very thankful for this Forum (and Brickset) for giving me direction in narrowing my collection and also being the bane of my existence in sharing with me all sorts of LEGO stuff I didn't know I wanted or needed.
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 101
    My White Whales are the Zombie and Nurse from the Series 1 CMFs. I had a couple of opportunities to pick them up but at the time for various reasons I didn't. But now I'm just not willing to get them at current prices. 
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 4,276
    Great question! For me, the one with the happiest ending would be #75021 Republic Gunship. When it was released, I already had the two previous versions, and not much money, so I concentrated on sets that I didn't already have an older version of. Then , when I was in a better financial situation and decided I really needed it, it was gone from stores. Oh well. Last year, I looked on Amazon, and the cheapest MISB one was over $300. Too much! Then I found a used one in an antique mall. It was slightly dismantled, in a very large Ziploc bag, but appeared complete, except for the Super Battle Droids. But it had a dozen extra minifigures! Four of the orange Bomb Squad troopers from #7913; Two ARC troopers and two ARF troopers from #9488, and Yoda, Eeth Koth, Commander Wolff and Wolfpack clone trooper from #7964. The instructions, sticker sheet, and poster were there; only the stickers for the cockpit instrument panels had been applied, possibly because the stickers were cut slightly off-center. The light grey 6x8 ramp panels on the wings had been replaced with white, which looked better without the stickers. All for $75! I bought it, took it apart, and washed the pieces. It was a little dusty, like maybe a year's worth of dust. I swapped the 6x8 pieces for light grey ones, applied the stickers, and it's still displayed right now. I think the extra minifigures would be worth close to the $75, so it was a great deal!  
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,730
    Ok so probably not the most exciting whale chase and perhaps not expensive enough to really qualify but here goes. I got into modulars when the Parisian Restaurant came out and once I built Fire Brigade my entire focus of Lego transitioned from Star Wars and stuff like that to wanting to build and moc a giant city layout. The one I tried countless times to make as a kid but this time much better equipped to make my vision a reality. 

    So the set in question was the retired #3180 Octan tanker truck. I loved Octan and the original Octan filling station in '93 was a highlight of my childhood Lego. (Green pieces!). But it was out of stores by then. After awhile I decided to get a Bricklink copy but it came missing a ton of parts and sent it back for a refund. That put me off trying again.

    Eventually #60016 came out and replaced it but I was living overseas by then and busy and never got a copy of that while it was out either.  Again, I realize these are both cheap, common sets but I think that was part of the problem, they didn't inspire urgency the way a modular might.

    Fast forward to about a year and a half ago and I am living in Bulgaria and Carrefour (supermarket chain) is going out of business here. Their stores became really weird with 300 copies of one type of suitcase spread out across the entire back wall for example. The Lego was also frozen in a time capsule and was just a few random sets from five years or so earlier still unsold. Most were junk (Construct-a-Zurg!) but I found a pristine #60016 in a plastic security box still priced right around RRP. Nothing amazing but it really made me happy and checked a box I had open in the back of my mind for years.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    I've never really had a LEGO white whale as I am more a fan of the modern rather than the old so it is easy enough to get most things relatively easily and for a reasonable price. But back in 2012 I was given two of these sticker sheets in a LEGO store in the US:

    I didn't think much of them, stuck them away and wondered why they didn't do Frodo and the other Hobbits on them. Then about six weeks later I realised they had done another one:

    I got outbid on a couple at ebay that went for a couple of pounds (for a sticker sheet, madness!) and never got one. The remaining UK ones for sale on BL and ebay went up to about £10 (for a sticker sheet, madness!). Now the only BL seller has loads that are reasonably cheap, but high postage. 

    I never did get the missing one. I'm not even that bothered as I'd never use the stickers or display it, but I think it remains the only thing mass produced (so outside of comic con minifigures / set boxes) LOTR/Hobbit thing I haven't touched - I did hold the sword in store.

    What would I do to get hold of one now? Not much really. Maybe pay £2. Then stick it in a drawer with the other one.

    If LEGO parts only, the parts that consume me are: S3 elves (really just their torsos and legs), S8 actors (again just torsos and legs) and TLM Shakespeare (you guess it, the torso and legs). Every time I buy/trade one of those, I realise that I need at least another few more. It's never ending.

  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,170
    My white whales were:-

    1. That circa 1980 toy Big Team - really wanted one for about 3 Christmases in a row  never got one.

    I see they revived it a few years back - a tiny and cheap version, not so fussed now I'm 43, so didn't buy one. 

    2. Devastator combined Transformers set. You couldn't get it in the UK, but my Uncle was travelling straight after Uni and his last destination before home was Japan - They sold it and with all of my 10th birthday money wired to him, he bought one. His suitcases were lost/stolen en-route to the UK and I never got my Devastator.
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,781
    My wife naked.... A white whale indeed! I won't post pictures on the forum however...
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,729
    There is always a white whale for a collector, it's never ending. My latest white whale hunt ended in buying a very nice copy of #6277 which I've wanted for years. My current white whale is #7755 which I've also wanted for years but I seem to constantly get side tracked away from. I just can't seem to find one at a reasonable price (to me) with a box. 
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,485
    Considering it was the theme that first grabbed my attention four years ago and brought me out of my Dark Ages, my first (and continued) White Whale has been the Winter Village theme. I saw a set on display during a visit to the Lego Store with my son and it just stuck in my brain. I eventually acquired a few non-WV sets to officially bring me out of my Dark Ages, but the allure of the WV theme remained strong. 

    I finally decided a year later to start my pursuit all of the past WV sets. The only problem was my wife didn't know my search had started. I honestly thought it was a long shot that I would have even one of the older sets before the first year was over. Much to my surprise, within a few weeks of starting to look, I ran across a deal for the Bakery and Cottage. The deal was too good to pass up, but the realization that I had to then tell my wife hit, and the deal seemed a little less sweet. I summoned up all the courage I could muster and started the conversation. 

    Much to my surprise, I was met with excitement! My wife said I needed to jump on the deal right away!

    I slowly acquired all of the previous sets with the exception of the Post Office. I figured I would have to BL the pieces over time to make it a reality. And that is when I met my Lego Angel on Facebook Marketplace. After buying the WV Market from her, we started talking. She informed me she had previously bought all the WV sets for her and her kids to enjoy, but they had long been forgotten and were collecting dust somewhere. I asked if she had the Post Office, to which she replied yes. I then stated if she ever found herself in the position of wanting to sell it, I would be very interested. 

    She stared at me for a few moments, and then replied, "I'll just give it to you if you want it?" I think I nearly fell over! I thanked her for her kind and generous offer, but, wanting to be polite, offered to pay her for the set. She firmly refused and said it was her gift to me and my family. 

    A few weeks later, we met, and the Post Office was in hand. My White Whale had been conquered! 

    I have a few other sets/themes that float through my mind from time to time. However, I think my WV project will always remain top of mind.
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 638
    Mine would be the Unimog #8110.  I started really getting back into Lego right around the time that just retired.  I don't remember how I found out about it but I saw that Lego dropped the price on it to clear them out.  I called all the Lego stores within ~50 mi from me and none had any left.  My only choice was TRU, which I planned to pricematch with because Lego was on their approved vendor list.  I called all the TRUs within an 1-1.5 hr drive.  Unsurprisingly, the only one that had any left was the store in Times Square, NYC (RIP).

    I made the long trek out there and they had 3 or 4 on the shelf.  I grabbed one and waited in the long checkout line.  When it was finally my turn to pay, I told them I wanted to PM with the Lego shop.  They said they don't do that but I pointed them to the PM page on the TRU site, which explicitly stated Lego shop as an approved vendor.  The cashier calls over a manager who repeated the same thing.  I then repeated what I said before and showed them the page that said Lego was an approved vendor for PM'ing.  They just kept saying they don't do that without even looking at the page.

    After a little while trying to explain but realizing I wasn't going to get anywhere, I just paid full price for it and left.  I was glad I finally got it after my efforts in searching for one, but not getting it at the sale price since that store wasn't following their own policy really dampened my enthusiasm for finally getting that set.  Lugging that thing through Times Square didn't help either.  However, when I finally got around to building it, all of those negative feelings went out the window.  Thinking about it again now, though...  Well, that store's not around anymore and I have my Unimog, so bygones will be bygones.  :)
  • pxchrispxchris Member Posts: 2,438
    What a fantastic question!

    For quite some time now, my personal white whale has been to re-acquire #6378 which was the first LEGO set my grandmother ever bought me as a kid and the first LEGO set for which I have any real memories.

    I actually still have many/most of the pieces in my collection to this day, but of course they're all very play worn and more importantly the stickers are pretty much non existent any more.

    For now, I shall leave the story at that, because I just happened to *fingers crossed* hopefully acquire a complete set in excellent condition with all of the stickers present and accounted for. We shall see once it arrives.

    To be continued...
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 728
    edited November 2018
    I wanted the 8868 set from the moment I saw it in the catalogue, but it was well out of my price range. The child me started trying to build one with the LEGO I had, but soon realised I didn't have all the right parts and I couldn't tell how it was made anyway.

    A few years ago I found a boxed one for £20 via GumTree. Great price but it turned out to be missing quite a bit, which I've been gradually acquiring from Bricklink (I have so many more pressing projects that this one could stay on the backburner!). At one point I thought I had completed it, but some pieces were missing from the sanity-check count... 

    I should really get the last 2 or 3 bits soon so I can finally build it and cross it off a long standing mental list!
  • LobotLobot Member Posts: 1,030

    Quality #928 @Mr_Cross, I'm guessing we're of a similar age!

    Interesting question - I spent a lot of time looking for a sealed #6880 Surface Explorer which was one of the few sets I'd wanted as a kid, but never owned.  My best friend was equally obsessed with Classic Space whilst we were growing up and he was given one - it had one of the first Yellow minifigures, which was pretty exceptional in 1982 or so!

    Anyway, I thought I'd finally tracked down one on Ebay a couple of years ago; the photos were a bit blurry, but I thought I'd give it a bash.  It transpired that they were deliberately so for a reason, and in reality the set was in a poor state (and it didn't smell that great either); so I returned it.  Truth be told, it's rather tainted my fond memories of it and I haven't looked for once since.... but maybe I'll get the bug again.

  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,161
    This is going to sound incredibly cliche, but my white whale would have to be #10179

    Let me preface this by saying that, yes, I have purchased #75192. Still, there's something about the allure of the original that makes me want to have it. Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope was the first movie I actually remember seeing as a kid. There were probably plenty of others before it, but it's the one that seems to be first in my memory. So of course I latched on to the most iconic ship in that movie, that being the Millennium Falcon. 

    While I wasn't in my dark ages when it first came out, I was just starting college and that was taking up most of my time and any extra money I had. Unfortunately I simply had no way of purchasing the set. I would still see in the catalogs and online for months after its release, just wishing there was some way I could finally get one. Then of course it disappeared from standard retail outlets.

    While the release of #75192 has taken the sting away a bit, the allure of the original still has me hunting after #10179. It just feels like the missing piece of my collection despite the many other sets I have. 

    I also want a UCS A-Wing, but I figured white whale stories were reserved for stuff that actually exists.
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    When I was younger, there were two sets I would consider White Whales, both Power Miners: The Thunder Driller and the Crystal Sweeper. I did get the Thunder Driller recently, via trading. It needed stickers, a handful of pieces and the minifigures. A BL order later, I had the figs. A Brickowl order from Britain got me the stickers. A friend supplied the missing pieces. Now I have it all complete and in excellent condition (minus box and instructions). My current White Whale is the Fellowship of the Ring, or more precisely, Weathertop. I only need Aragorn and Merry!!
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 268
    edited November 2018
    I have a handful of sets that I will eventually own but I’m not actively hunting right now. Kinda white whales...sets from my childhood that I owned and lost or sets I really wanted but never got.
    1. #6372 Townhouse - one of my favorite sets as a kid but had to leave behind. I’ve checked it’s availability every couple of years but can’t quite pull the trigger. Love the pigtails on the lady.
    2. #6842 Small Space Shuttle Craft - had as a kid and rebought maybe 10 years ago from Ebay. It was used but was in good shape and for less than $15. This was the first I ever owned and it was from my Dad.
    3. #6683 Hamburger Stand - so cute...never had this but it will be mine someday.
    4. any postal service sets from the early 80s...really like the yellow mailboxes
    5. Unexpected Gathering and Barrel Escape - really waffled whether I wanted LOTR/Hobbit sets or not. When I decided yes, it was too late. Isn’t that always the case? Don’t think about it...just buy it!!!
    6. Not really a set but the giganto Super Mario moc/statue...I need that in my life.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 551
    @SithLord196 You still looking for one? Here's a live one for a deal.
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    My white whale as a child was Skull Eye Schooner or the Black Seas Barracuda. I DID have the schooner as a child but never got the barracuda. 

    I'm not sure what my white whale would be at the moment. I have pretty much every Lego set I really wanted now, lol. If I were to pick one though, it would be the Forestmen River Fortress.
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Member Posts: 554
    I used to have #928 as a kid but swapped it away for something that I'm sure gave the other guy a much better deal.

    After much searching, I finally managed to get a complete set with fully intact aerial. Also managed to complete sets that had missing pieces so I could rebuild my Classic Space collection.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 286
    The only white whale story I know is Moby Dick... and that's Herman Melville's story, not mine.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    For me it's the UCS Imperial Shuttle. AMAZING set, horrible price on the aftermarket.
  • TheLegoMaster35TheLegoMaster35 Member Posts: 254
    My white whale is probably all of the modulars. I only recently started collecting with the Brick Bank and Assembly Square. I know that getting the retired ones will be a pain but maybe someday...
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,795
    Good question that has had me distracted from work for an hour or so now while I try to work out an answer...

    My brother and I had more LEGO than most of our friends, so there wasn't all that much envy going on.  We had (I still have!) plenty inherited from cousins, and family connections in Denmark so had been to Billund twice in the early '80s.  If anything rankled with us back then it was amount of spend per person.  The only people I can really remember having sets were only children or had significant age gaps with their siblings whereas we are only 2 years apart.  So if £20 was going to be spent on toys we would get £10 worth each while friends would get the whole amount to themselves.  So while there was a slight feeling of unfairness that they may have had the larger spaceship or massive Technic car, we had three or four smaller ones (and each other) so could actually play properly rather than being on our own.  And looking back now I have a much better understanding of how much my Dad may have earned compared to some of theirs.

    The only thing I used to really dream of was building an enormous LEGO railway.  This was mostly because the 1980 relaunch sets were all over the place in 82-83 when my Dad decided to sell off his old Hornby three rail collection so we lost the ability to play trains in the school holidays.  But they were so expensive I could never manage to save up before getting distracted and buying something else, and then fell into the dark.

    I've thought about getting some now, but have nowhere to set them up. 
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 551
    An interesting question would be what's the difference between normal model train setups and Lego train setups? Probably a topic for another thread though.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,780
    Good question!
    I guess for me it'd probably be the Super Star destroyer. I didn't like the blighter when it first came out- honestly, I didn't really know what it was (and it looked boring and stupid to me at the time- where's the turrets? Where's the play functions?).

    That feeling didn't last long after reading some of the books, and finding out what a badass ship it is. I don't really want the drop the money to buy the set, and I don't need any of the figs or plaque. This story doesn't really have an ending, as I've been piecing it together for a while, and the sheer amount of light bley plating it needs is insane.
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    I guess it would have to be the first 2 (or 3) modulars - depending whether you count Market Street. Don’t think I’ll ever get them - prices are crazy! 
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,478
    LEGO generally keep putting out so much good stuff that I tend to not look back too much which means I don’t have much history of chasing down rarities.

    When I started collecting the Winter Village theme though I did become a little bit obsessed, in particular because I was generally unwilling to pay much abover RRP for the sets I’d missed in Dark age. Thanks to a bit of trading and dealing I’d managed to get all but the first Winter Village Toy Shop (this was well before the rerelease) and any time I looked at the prices I ultimately decided to just accept the gap in my collection.

    That was until Huw of all people listed one for sale at a very good price with collection at the Great Western Brick Show (STEAM) which was coincidentally the first event I was planning on attending to help Fairy Bricks. So that year I completed the Winter Village collection and started helping Fairy Bricks at events, which I was subsequently told I’m never allowed to give up!

    That set, while one I do very much appreciate, is however no where near the top of my collection favourites, most of my favourites are more harder to come by things like the business card minifigures etc which I’ve acquired, but I never set out to chase them, just happened to be given a few when meeting the right people.
  • ravendragonwingravendragonwing Member Posts: 193
    I do not really have a white whale...maybe Mr Gold? 

  • CoviCovi Member Posts: 340
    My White Whale story has to do with two sets from my childhood.
    As a little boy I was http:// a huge into Classic Space and Castle with off course Blacktron I and Wolfpack as the must haves.

    However I never had the chance of getting any of the Wolfpack sets. So with the birth of my first son and him getting on his 4 also into Lego we decided to make a Wolfpack castle together. I really wanted to have set #6038 into it, so I started searching various sources for it. One day I got a Bricklink email someone has put some online. A little store in Malta had 4 in pristine condition.

    Mmm could this be the stories to good to be true?
    They were in prisitine condition according to the store (even after all these years), but the store hadn't had any sale before, so it just had opened...and the price wasn't very high.. ALARM BELLS everywhere.... They also had some other vintage sets for sale, like the Wolfpack Castle...but that price was a bit too steep just to try out my luck.

    So I ordered two Renegades carriages, and to my suprise they were exactly as described. The little store in Malta delivered a great service and the two boxes arrived like they were never been on any shelf.

    But when my disbelief was gone away, and I checked the store again to get myself that Wolfpack castle the 2 they got were already gone.

    So yeah, I'm really happy I've got my White Whale in this condition, but still, if I didn't had hesitated I would have got another White Whale.

    Blacktron is still a White Whale today. I just can't find any set in a good condition which doesn't cost a little fortune. As a kid I've been lucky to have had #6894 and it was a set for which I have some fondest memories. I played with it all the time.
    But for is my White Whale.
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,398
    Double post alert!

    Just so no one thinks I'm actually that good at building, the above build belongs to Brickset member and MOC thread regular @vitreolum .

    Credit where credits due and all that.      :)
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Hmm. Interesting question, and one I'd really have to think about. When I was young I'd say #8880 was my absolute white whale. Not that I couldn't find it, it was right under my nose, but it was way too expensive to afford, and for my parents as well.
    A bit later that probably switched to #8448, but then my dark ages began...

    Fast forward to the current days, when I got back into Lego I had quite a number of "missed out" sets I wanted. The #10196 Grand Carousel quickly became the set "to have", as I had bought the Mixer and the Ferris Wheel as well. But that one kind of got dropped off the stage when the new Carousel came out.

    The Emerald Night also was a white whale for a while, an absolute dream to own, which came true, so it got replaced with the current white whale, the #10219 Maersk train.

    Oddly enough I don't really 'long' for the really old stuff from my youth - I'm quite happy with 6-wide vehicles instead of 4-wide, for example - but do rather enjoy the last 10 years of LEGO models. I've since caught up with most of my "missed out on" sets, but the Maersk set keeps eluding me at a good price point. I hope to acquire it some day, but current LEGO releases keep draining my wallet :O
  • AllBrickAllBrick Member Posts: 1,497
    edited November 2018
    Current WW is the Haunted House.
    It had just been retired when I started collecting and foolishly my excitement for Lego in general got the better of me and to start with my collecting had no focus, I just bought what was reduced. In hindsight I should have saved that cash and bought HH while it was still knocking about.
    Can I also add the turkey drumstick from the S1 CMF zombie as well please? I found the fig in a mixed lot and I have many many drumsticks, just not that slightly longer one. It's cheap on BL, I want to find one though.

    My first WW was the MF set "The Zombies" ( #9465 ). After reading about its limited release and the price it was going for I thought it would be ages before I found one for a reasonable price, imagine my surprise when I searched my local area on Gumtree and found a complete but without box set for a mere £12...!
    Couldn't believe it, phoned the lady and whizzed over like a loon to purchase said item... Happy Day. .. 
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 454
    As a kid, I was fortunate that most of the Lego sets that I wanted I eventually got.  I suppose my white whale is the #6991 Unitron Monorail base.  I had the other three Unitron sets, but the Monorail Transport Base was too expensive. Then, in 2014, I went about rebuilding my childhood collection, and that turned into a job at my local Lego store for four years, which let to me laying out the plans for my eventual, and now completed, Lego city. So of course I wanted a monorail to run above the city because track layouts take up so much room.

    A couple summers ago I managed to get (just) the track for the Airport Shuttle from an ad I actually saw on Brickset, and the guy happened to be right in my corner of Pennsylvania. I also got it for a song, IMO - a flat hundred bucks, mostly cause he wanted the new Creator F40.  Later that night I was telling this to my old roomate who had come over for drinks, and I was showing him the exorbitant prices on monorail sets and track on eBay, and as I was scrolling, there was a Monorail Transport Base for a Buy-It-Now of $175.  He looks at me and says "Mark, click the button."  Fast forward a week, and there it was, probably 95% completed.  Missing a couple easily replaceable pieces, but all the track - including the exorbitant switch track pieces - was there.  

    If I had to pick a more modern one it would be the Super Star Destroyer.  It's my favorite Star Wars vehicle ever, despite its lame demise, and had retired not long before I started working at Lego.  Then I began collecting modulars in earnest and BL/PaB/B&P/my own parts bin'ed Market Street and Cafe Corner. It reached the point where the only one I needed was the Grocer. One of my coworkers had one he had bought, still sealed, and I gathered quite a number of sets to trade him for it.  After well over a calendar year of him flaking out every time we were supposed to meet, a guy who had since started at Lego mentioned that his sister had had the Grocer (along with the Eiffel Tower and a number of other big sets) and he'd just dig through the parts bin and grab the bricks I needed.  Got 49 of the 50 1x8 sand green bricks, all but three of the grooved 1x2s, all 4 blue archs, two of the three Viking tiles, and most of the other hard-to-find pieces.  So I did a Bricks and Pieces order the next double points promo, and finished the Grocer. 

    I took all of the sets I had bookmarked for my buddy's sealed copy of the GG, and flipped them to a reseller who I'm friends with for a SSD. I still have my SSD sealed, waiting for a shelf to become available. So it ended up being the best of both worlds. 
  • arathemisarathemis Member Posts: 627
    It must be death star.  Even though it is available,  I just cant justify spending that amount.  Yet I keep being drawn to it. 
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    edited November 2018
    Some really good stories here and a great question! Started typing this this afternoon and thought I'd better finish before bed.

    I find it very difficult to name one 'white wale' set. I try to stay away from being a completionist and try to see that there is lots of other Lego out there I could just get instead of the one I missed (it doesn't always work but I say I try...).
    However, when I came out of my dark ages I was very sad to have missed the Harry Potter sets. I was lucky enough to get a lot of the LOTR/Hobbit sets at that time though so that's where most of my energy/money went. (and Star Wars and Creator,...). When I heard new sets were going to come out, I was extatic, they look great and are good value for money I think. So I've been saving up and going big on HP. Litteraly since I've been buying quite a few halls and willows and quidditch to make a semi minifig scale Hogwarts myself, I am enjoying it immensly.
    I did have a minifigure white wale too, as mentioned above I concentrated on the LOTR/Hobbit sets and was lucky enough to buy most at good prices and get some polys in trade or for a bit more than I would usually spend but hey ho. I noticed I was getting very close to a 100 percent completion rate of the minfigures. I managed to get the Good Morning Bilbo Baggins, the Bard the bowman,... But the elusive Bilbo Bluecoat was missing. He goes for quite high prices online and even though I got a husband who is supportive of my hobby (even waits with dinner so I can get my Black Deal Friday Star Destroyer ordered), that support would evaporate if I started to spend that kind of money on minifigs. I did try and check a couple of times if someone had one to trade for equally good mnifigs but was not in luck.

    But then, one day, a box of bricks arrived at my house from a trade. Inside was a little gold jewellery box and inside that a wonderful Bricksetter had managed to get one for me anyway. Still smile every time I think about it and since the golden box actually lives on the mantelpiece (with Bilbo safely inside) so that is quite often! 100% completion rate for Hobbit/LOTR - whoohoo (remember how I said above I'm not a completionist).

    I am still looking for some more WV sets and would love the Medieval Market Village but not sure they are classed as White Whales.
  • FodderFodder Member Posts: 360

    The closest I have to a White Whale set would be the current Hogwarts Great Hall.

    It was advertised by Target AU for $119 - about 30% off Australian RRP. I went into my local at 8:30am the day that the sale started, and all of the sets had disappeared from the shelves (not that they'd had a lot of stock to begin with...)

    I tried to buy one online, but all of the Targets near me were showing as 'Out of Stock' and the set was nowhere to be found in any of the usual places.

    On the last day of the Target sale, I found a single set in K-Mart - the only time I had ever physically seen this set - and managed to get a price match.

    I finally had my Hogwarts....

    Cut to 2 months later, the set is still in the cupboard (under the stairs) and remains unbuilt.

  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,142
    My white whale would be #10210-1 it was around while I was coming out of my dark ages. I ummmed and argghed (no pun intended) and by the time I decided I wanted to buy it it had gone. Now I cannot justify spending £800 on the set at all. About 10 years ago I stupidly sold all my lego pirate sets as I thought I wasn't into them. I really regret it (the guy I sold it to got a fantastic deal) abnd have been trying to get hold of them slowly over the last few years.
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL Member Posts: 822
    Mine are the WV-sets #10229, #10222 and #10219.. Got myself #10235 on a whim on Catawiki (and for a good price); but really still would like to own the others, but not at the ridiculous prices asked now.
  • arathemisarathemis Member Posts: 627
    edited November 2018
    ^ I need to get the maersk train as part of my WV too.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,730
    arathemis said:
    ^ I need to get the maersk train as part of my WV too.
    It is truly a beautiful machine in any setting.
  • kbwkbw Member Posts: 422
    I badly want a #10210-1. I am a huge pirate fan and feel like it’s a must have. That said, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will express my gratitude in being able to track down a #4184 earlier this year. That was a set I wanted but had no intention of paying the high price. I especially wanted the minifigures as they were so great imo. I had decided that I was just going to source the minifigures at one point, but then wisely decided it would just eat at me if I didn’t have the set. So then I searched high and low for set. I went back back and forth about getting a used set and a new one. I was all set to get a used one in great shape, but a new one popped up in Bricklink for a price I couldn’t pass up. Ended up grabbing it and 2 extra canons since it only comes with 2. When it arrived I was excited to get to work in it, but I let sit for a couple of months because I just couldn’t bring myself to break the seals. I got on the forums and bemoaned cutting the seals and Legopants told me to get over it and start building. I was glad I did. Great set and very happy I went the route I did. 
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,713
    Okay, some pretty good stories there, certainly enough to make my job of deciding the second prize a bit more difficult... there are only 39 places for the draw taken so far, so you still have a few hours until the UK draw is announced at 8!

    To simplify things, you don't need to add a story, just give us an idication of why the set is so important to you.

    The list then, is as follows (currently):
    1. @alldarker
    2. @SumoLego
    3. @khopewosin
    4. @560Heliport
    5. @Bumblepants
    6. @CCC
    7. @monkeyhanger
    8. @TheFew
    9. @oldtodd33
    10. @Switchfoot55
    11. @MugenPower
    12. @pxchris
    13. @Bobflip
    14. @Lobot
    15. @SithLord196
    16. @FowlerBricks
    17. @SeijiAmasawa
    18. @CaptainPirateMan
    19. @Muftak1
    20. @devilhead
    21. @starwars4ever
    22. @TheLegoMaster35
    23. @TheOriginalSimonB
    24. @SprinkleOtter
    25. @historyman
    26. @Shib
    27. @ravendragonwing
    28. @Captain_Eyebrow
    29. @Covi
    30. @bandit778
    31. @sid3windr
    32. @AllBrick
    33. @MrJackson
    34. @arathemis
    35. @snowhitie
    36. @iliketoast
    37. @Redbullgivesuwind
    38. @eMJeeNL
    39. @kbw
    Good luck everyone. One last thing, please do consider if you could host one of these in the future... and please let @snowhitie know if you can.
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,713
    Just checked the results. 10 was the bonusball this week which means @Switchfoot55, you are the winner.
    My favourite story, looks to be the most "liked" story also, congratulations @Captain_Eyebrow

    Please PM me your addresses and I'll get your prizes in the post asap. Thanks to all who entered.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,485
    Woo! Thanks @Mr_Cross!
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Member Posts: 177
    Thanks @Mr_Cross bit of Classic Space love around here today (and everyday!)
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,560

    What a great thread, with some great stories.
    Just one thing though.  Looking at your original post, you mention there not being enough landing lights.   You've spread the 12 out to have three on each side.  Looking at the box photo, it has four along the sides, but only on three sides.  The edge nearest the camera doesn't have any...
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,713
    @BooTheMightyHamster good observational skills there!
    Clearly I need a new pair of eyes or a replacement brain. If only I was made of LEGO, it would be a simple case of ordering the parts from Bricklink! 
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