The thing that drew me out of my dark ages was a small star wars ship I was assembling for my nephew., the name and set # elude me at the moment. My life was in a sorta blurry phase where i was looking for something, I had read 100’s of dense thick intellectual books, had an insane exercise routine, for the first time in my life I knew if I kept doing right it will only get better. My mental ilness was under control as well as my addictions. I was like wow Lego is pretty cool now. This could be a new hobby I thought, I kinda liked them when I was younger but had only small city and space sets. So then it began, everything I ordered at first was star wars, $70 here $100 over there. I would take therm down when my nephew came over and we would play, but dammit!! They kept falling apart and I didnt like fixing them, I dont want to build this again.You know what happened next???? Kragle, and yes it was TLM that inspired me to do such a horrible thing. My first large set was a mid-range Star destroyer, then I Pulled the trigger…$700 Retired UCS Super Star destroyer…. And yes…. I kragled it….Noooo. It was so challenging for me, I had no big building experience but I loved it and it set the tone for me….BIG SETS the bigger the better don’t waste time on those little guys. As a point of reference I have roughly 150 sets That I have gathered since 2015 and my average pc count per set is 1,400, coming in around $25,000 retail.
I dont know how long it took to start looking at fan created web sites but most likely it was when I discovered directions to custom modulars and I had also just purchased the Palace Cinema which was one of the coolest things I had ever seen. It was the first set I ever put back together and probably built it 15 times before I sold it years ago. So i was looking into the custom modulars and wondered how to do it… I didn’t know Bricklink or BrickOwl existed. I have a motto I kinda live by, I’m sure many will recognise it… “Chance favors the prepared mind” I was on the phone with one of Lego customer service agents and somehow we got on the subject of web sites, I had just found Brickset and used it only as a news fee and wasn’t even registered. So I look up BrickOwl and BAM there iit was… This is how you get the pcs to build the custom sets. I am not that technically savvy and I rarely ask for help or constantly google how to do this or that I am very much auto didactic which leads me down many tangents but I like it, it’s exciting for me. I purchased plans for a cafe/library custom modular and printed an inventory. I had no idea what I was looking at…what id that piece, color??? WTF pearl gold…sounds expensive….elemt id why is this one 4 digits and that one five, and whats all the numbers in the manual. Slowly I work through it. It took me YEARS to figure out there was a wishlist, I would look for a store with a huge amount of inventory then go through each pc the see if they had it, and on and on,$100’ in unnecessary shipping fees. Colors….omfg. Light grey, light-bluish grey, stone grey…that one also took years to figure out. I thought for the longest time the original grey pieces were just old discolored light and dark bluish ones cursing the person that sent them to me. Maybe I should have complained then I would have learned earlier.But i did it and despite all the work and time I did it.
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