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It can be really helpful to find out what will actually work (my current main two projects have some very precise offsets and angles that I needed to make sure worked with other sections of the build)
But maybe this is the tricky part. Some people are ok with virtual builds being impossible IRL, and some people not. This is where the middle ground lies. Builds definitely look cooler when real, and seeing an actual build makes it a whole lot more tangible.
Personally, parts with unavailable colours are fair enough, but if the build would fall over/apart, then it's not really complete. It should be a feasible Lego model.
I see no reason to dislike digital Lego builds just because it is not 'real' Lego. But I do like to know if it is digital or physical, because I am impressed by different things depending on the medium.
Ideas projects need to be totally doable in the brick though, even if the creator cannot afford the build it completely physically, they need to ensure the change in medium doesn't lead to a physics issue. That sheep looks... delicate.
I did think that sheep build was quite ewenique…
I prefer a more Legofied look over an attempt at super realism.
(If the reviewers bought the sets from their own money it’s their choice, and for articles like new elementary’s it’s also fine by me because the complete set as important as the parts there.)
(For those seeking full disclosure.)
Side note, I agree with @daewoo, in that digital builds are lovely, but if you're submitting a design to be made into an Ideas set, don't expect my support if you didn't bother to actually build it.
"I simply cannot understand why *anyone* would want to delve through a bulk load of off-brand bricks, cat fur, bugs, slime, grot & possible bodily-fluids and -solids in the pursuit of second-hand Lego. How can the time and effort, quite apart from the general "yuck" factor, possibly be worthwhile? I would *never* want to add this to my pristine Lego collection!
I do purchase a few second-hand sets and bricks from time-to-time, but never anything that isn't pretty-much spotless and it all gets washed anyway."
I guess I have a much lower tolerance to muck than some and I am secretly jealous of a number of finds people have posted from these hauls, but it's still not for me! ;-)
The problem is that you have to face yuck and the plague before knowing a valuable set is even possibly present! Now, where's my hand sanitizer? ;-)
I'm now also happy that there are brave souls out there, doing them this sterling service! ;-)
1. Wash your hands before playing with lego
2. Lego and your craft supplies do not play together
Boom done, millions of sticky bricks never happened! It is like the marvel what if series!
If a kid has some lego and wants to play with it in the garden or sand pit, so what, it's a toy. Toys are meant to be played with and will occasionally get damaged or lost. And when a kid is done playing with it, it might be dumped in an open box then left in a garage or attic for years getting more and more grimy.
As a kid I used to glue bits of lego together to make new parts or drill holes in bricks to put wires through or paint parts with oil based paint as I wanted them to look different. If I hadn't damaged those old parts, they'd be worth about £2 in total these days. I did the same with Action Men. They'd get tattoos painted on them or stabbed with a nail and red paint on them for blood. Or buried in the sand pit, or thrown out the bedroom window with a parachute attached or on a zip wire. They were just toys. I could have left them in boxes and not had a childhood.
Now LEGO is catering to adults, I doubt there will be 18+ sets found in similar conditions in future because they are more collectable items than toys.
I suppose there is always a level of compromise that people are willing to take and I definitely am more biased towards buying "nice" sets, even if they do cost a little more.
As I said, my comment was definitely meant to be taken somewhat tongue-in-cheek and definitely more luck to you, if you are willing to go the extra mile for you Lego! :-)
This is no supplement though for bricklink orders.. I too order complete nice good condition sets for the castle theme and am working to collect a list I made years ago for all the castle sets I wish to own and will continue those orders as you would be right that sometimes a set is just so great you order it complete in better condition but the extra knights, armor and animals I find in bins makes my castle displays always more fun.
Your comment made me weep... You monster! lol kidding. I know it is just a toy and encourage my kid to play as much as possible but seriously there our limits in my household. I also like to teach my kid to take care of his belongings and toys which seems to have never hindered on his fun. He is truthfully like me as a kid and a little ocd about his stuff which I don't think is a bad thing. Truthfully Covid has made him a hand washing/sanitizing maniac lol.
And I still do it.
I always wash used sets I buy, even if they're not obviously filthy. But at least to me, a little bit of manual labor is worth saving a large chunk of cash that helps me to get even more cool old sets!