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Then, when I moved in July, I found a box full of stuff that I had completely forgotten about hidden behind another box (an @SumoLego technique I adopted some time ago). It felt very much like Christmas in July!
Our status today is our latest City update! Hope you like it:
I'm now in my sixth year of grad school and the end is nowhere in sight, so I decided to go ahead and buy a bunch of bulk from Bricks & Minifigs to build the group of Classic Space remakes that I started designing in Studio in my first year of grad school (6931 + 928 + 926 + 924 + 918v1 + 918v2). It's not like waiting a few more years will make it any more affordable. So $260 worth of bulk got everything nicely built except with the wrong colors for the windscreens and the rocket engines and with a few more special parts missing and without the Classic Space minifigs. On Bricklink the lowest total I could come up with to supply those missing parts was ... $430! That's why I've been afraid of Bricklink and physical, as opposed to digital, MOCcing all this time! That'll be nearly $700 spent on this group of physical MOCs that would retail for maybe up to $230 in total if they were real sets. I definitely should have bought the parts back in 2017 and 2019 when TLBM and TLM2 were new, before everyone else bought up the trans-yellow windscreens and the light bluish gray cones and the Benny Space Squad minifigures and drove up the prices of the few remaining ones on the market. So I went ahead and placed the orders out of a desire to actually finish something after five and a half years of grad school, even if it's just a silly Lego creation.
I recognize that I'm lucky to be able to do this, since so many grad students are much less comfortable financially (especially if they have kids), but - wow, how do you MOC builders do it? Is it just that you're so much better at parting out your sets for creative building instead of wanting to have your cake and eat it too, or are you really savvy at getting cheap bulk through yard sales etc and you mostly work from the bulk, or what are the secrets of Bricks & Pieces or Bricklink? Or are you all just much more highly paid than I am with an equally low cost of living?
From what I have seen here at brickset there are a multitude of AFOL people.
Some are rich enough to pay for any lego they want.
Some just collect enough lego over time, to gather what they need from their collections.
Some can find great bargains at yard sales.
Some have lego "pushers" who can find what they need.... :)
Some are just very determined to get the parts they need from any number of sources....
To you all, I say thank you for your creations.
Keep on Moc'ing.
Might suit your needs?
Then, Sunday morning was AFOL appreciation at the LEGO Store where I picked up #21329 Fender Stratocaster along with a small PAB cup, another set of BAM parts, and a couple of other small sets.
In other news, for just about the first time ever, I have a true backlog of sets I actually intend on building and displaying. I'm well stocked up for the winter months of indoor warm & cozy building. In addition to the Fender, I have R2-D2, the Pickup Truck, and The Guardians' Ship all to build still. Between my focus on the older sets lately (namely Pirates), lack of build time, and lack of display space, I've managed to get a little stockpile going.
CREATOR is also used as a catchall but at least doesn't directly contradict the model's subject matter.
It's a little thing but I prefer the Nasa and Nat Geo ocean explorers of the last couple of years had their own theme instead of being lumped in with City. They used to. There was a Divers theme and a Space theme back at the turn of the century. It's not really City though is it? But then I seem to remember Town had a space shuttle and launchpad.
But, they will be built again! I just need to figure out where in the world I'm going to actually display them. At the very least I'll re-built them for my convention display.
Next up, Lord willing, #7597!
My other half and daughters went to see her family in France for the first time in nearly two years, so this gave me the opportunity to give my study / Lego room a massive dusting, deep clean and re-org. I simply can't do this when they're around, due to the huge amount of space I need to empty the room of everything!
Talking of which, I've been running out of space for a long time, so took the difficult decision to throw out *all* of my Lego boxes, which was a wrench, but rather therapeutic in the end. I had 5 of those huge yellow Lego plastic bags stuffed full of flat-packed boxes! This has freed up a huge amount of space in my cupboard, which has now been filled with large 30 - 60 litre storage crates and those have been filled with a large number of bagged-up sets, all my train track, un-used baseplates etc.
I then dismantled a few additional sets, which has given me room to properly display my recently-built #75159 Death Star, along with my #75105 Millennium Falcon, #75288 AT-AT and #75243 Slave I. I think I've just about got enough space for the new, rumoured AT-ST as well.
Finally, I started building last year's modular, #10270 Bookshop, which has been really enjoyable so far. I also picked up #10278 Police Station a week or so back, but that will have to wait for a while! :-)
I am going to have to put up some more shelving at some point, as I have no room for my BenBuildLego Star Wars OT and Jurassic Park "skyline" MOCs, so that will be my next small project.
Phew! I think that's everything! ;-)
But then at about 1.25 million bricks you begin to wonder what the hell you have done ..... and begin to think about selling your collection...... or buying a much bigger house. :)
Those sets look great- I’m jealous! I gave up on ever getting the actual sets, but a couple of years ago I cobbled together a reasonable copy of #41491 from parts and stickers I had on hand (plus a couple of BL orders)…
Thankfully, my Mos Eisley Cantina just barely fit in the cabinet where the Batmobile was. I'm really grateful for the hinge setup they designed that set around!
Also, a random question maybe someone can answer: Are there any fan sites or blogs that have pictures with a variety of modular building arrangements? It'd be really fun to see how different pairings work next to each other without having to rearrange my own!
There were also 3 extra 1x3 plates. Whoever built it last probably just misread the instructions and used some wrong pieces in a couple spots. It happens much more easily with those old instructions that don't have the pieces listed for each step.