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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 18:53 
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I've not put my hands on any yet, but this article suggested it was good, but not as good. There are manufacturing defects you'd hardly ever see with Lego, but none was game-changing.

Man. That guy has standards


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 20:14 
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It's a bit snobby, to be honest.

The comments are worse.

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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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Grim... wrote:
It's a bit snobby, to be honest.

The comments are worse.

I didn’t find the article snobby, so much. The guy must have some kind of background in injection moulding plastics to know so many technical details, so I think he’s actively looking and finding flaws that others would shrug ‘oh well’ at, but which he is examining in such a way that makes him seem like he’s looking down his nose at every component. I think, though, for a Lego fan site it’s surprisingly more balanced than maybe expected, especially silly as the author would be walking a fine line because it was always going to upset some people and there’d be pressure not to be seen to endorse the Off-brand.

Some of those comments are ridiculous, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:49 
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I quite enjoyed reading that article. Our oldest has just got into Lego in a big way, which is great. This Christmas I spent hours building the batmobile and some Ninjago airship thing.

Lady T also bought a big box of cheapo bricks (not Lego, but '100% compatible' according to the box). Ouch, that stuff has really sharp edges and is ridiculously hard to separate, even with a tool from the genuine Lego set.

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I want that Lego model of the Saturn V...... to replace the 'airfix style' one that I had as a kid and is long, long gone.

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Grim... wrote:
It's a bit snobby, to be honest.

The comments are worse.

I didn’t find the article snobby, so much. The guy must have some kind of background in injection moulding plastics to know so many technical details, so I think he’s actively looking and finding flaws that others would shrug ‘oh well’ at, but which he is examining in such a way that makes him seem like he’s looking down his nose at every component. I think, though, for a Lego fan site it’s surprisingly more balanced than maybe expected, especially silly as the author would be walking a fine line because it was always going to upset some people and there’d be pressure not to be seen to endorse the Off-brand.

I think I linked that article earlier, or at least read it. I agree he wasn't snobby, just genuinely pointing out the differences. I have a lot to do with injection moulding both through work and hobbies so it's kind of interesting to me:)

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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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I don’t usually read the comments, but I went back curious because of what Grim... had said.

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I quite enjoyed reading that article. Our oldest has just got into Lego in a big way, which is great. This Christmas I spent hours building the batmobile and some Ninjago airship thing.


Same for me, I've bought a lot of the figures from China, they are fine and nice and cheap.

Also, Lego doesn't really do figures outside of sets, you can use Brick Link or similar, but if what you want is "rare" you pay a bomb for it. If you're prepared to wait for delivery the figures are 50-60p each from China.

For Christmas, I bought him all genuine retired sites from Ebay, got them 2nd hand but complete with a box, was very surprised how well packaged they were. I got Palpatine's Arrest (or the Emperors Office as he calls it) and the Emperors shuttle.

Recently I've bought some none Lego bricks, around 4KG of 2X4 and 2X8 blocks, these are great as they are encouraging him to use his imagination and we do things together.

Not got any Chinese Lego sets as yet, probably will get Jabba's sail barge, not until Easter though he has enough Lego for now!


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Wilkinsons/Wilko/whatever they’ve branded it now sell off-brand Lego, and it’s cheap and well made. They have some sets for kids and the like, but they also have a brick pick n mix station where you pay fir a tub and fill it with whichever bricks you fancy. They also sell base plates very cheaply, all great for imaginative building Ng or if you want to build a structure to mount things on in a frame, for example.

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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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Wilkinsons/Wilko/whatever they’ve branded it now sell off-brand Lego, and it’s cheap and well made. They have some sets for kids and the like, but they also have a brick pick n mix station where you pay fir a tub and fill it with whichever bricks you fancy. They also sell base plates very cheaply, all great for imaginative building Ng or if you want to build a structure to mount things on in a frame, for example.


Ok thanks for that :) Think there is one of those in Camberley, will have a look


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It’s complete.


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That looks ace! Can't wait for my X-Wing to turn up now. I might do some sort of lights mod for it too.


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Omg it lights up!! Haha!

It looks ace.

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Omg it lights up!! Haha!

It looks ace.


The LED strip and battery pack cost 4 quid from eBay and makes a huge difference.


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Omg it lights up!! Haha!

It looks ace.


The LED strip and battery pack cost 4 quid from eBay and makes a huge difference.


Oh, that didn’t come with it? I think it looks super!

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looks amazing...

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Tesco seem to be selling off some stuff at the moment. Picked up an Eclipse Fighter for £24, which seems a pretty good deal.


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I have a y-wing to build

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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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That Falcon’s beautiful. If I had the money....

That said can’t complain. I got a detective agency for Xmas. It’s basically a Doll’s House and it’s amazing. Best Lego I’ve ever built.


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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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Just seen this on AliExpress, they are charging £20 more than the collectors Millennium Falcon and its got 6200 pieces

Did Lego every release this as a set??


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 Post subject: Re: Lego (picture-rich thread)
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Nope, they got the plans from here.

https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-0694/A ... destroyer/


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Some more interesting sets here.

https://www.shoplepin.com/starwars?


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Some more interesting sets here.

https://www.shoplepin.com/starwars?



Also, they are cheaper in most cases that AliExpress and take PayPal

Done my first order from AliExpress last week, mostly figures looks ok so far have updates and tracking info


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My X-Wing is coming Monday apparently, which is pretty damn quick considering that "Irene" from Aliexpress only messaged me to confirm my postcode last Friday.


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My X-Wing is coming Monday apparently, which is pretty damn quick considering that "Irene" from Aliexpress only messaged me to confirm my postcode last Friday
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What did that cost you? Been keeping away from anything over £30 to avoid customs charges


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£50. Customs don't know the value of anything unless it's written on the package. There's always a chance but in my experience it's a fairly small one.


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£50. Customs don't know the value of anything unless it's written on the package. There's always a chance but in my experience it's a fairly small one.



Ah ok so they deal with it like that, was wanting to get some bigger models but not so great if you get hit with 20% plus post office charges.


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Made a start on the X-Wing today. Everything seems fine so far with the bricks grouped together with similar types so whilst finding the parts for each step requires a bit of zen it stops short of being annoying like some mental jigsaw and remains enjoyable. Our 4 year old daughter is pretty good at popping the pieces together once I've found them all however at this current rate of progress it will take several weeks. Although I expect that she'll get bored after a few more sessions and let me do some by myself.


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£50. Customs don't know the value of anything unless it's written on the package. There's always a chance but in my experience it's a fairly small one.



Ah ok so they deal with it like that, was wanting to get some bigger models but not so great if you get hit with 20% plus post office charges.

Well they sometimes open things up but it seems not to be that frequent.


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Finally got the Lego Jabba and Rancor.

Had to build a pit and area for Jabba without delay :)


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