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
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
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 ;-)