It was fun to branch out and cover a different theme last week, so when I was looking at the polybags in Woolworths this morning, my initial disappointment at only seeing Juniors theme bags gave way to the desire to grab this one to have a look – Fire Car.
So, a slight departure from my usual builds today. I’ve been thinking a lot about scale in Lego, and how the rise of the minifig has created something of a standard. I was aware of the Friends theme (especially all those delicious colours) and knew they had figures (called mini dolls), but I had no idea of their size. I popped into the local toy shop to grab one in a polybag, they didn’t have one, and I thought it might be interesting to look at a “some kid in my kid’s class’s birthday” price range set from the Friends theme. Hence I am now the owner of “Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes”.
I love Lego, but I’m not a collector. Lego is for building, and pulling apart, and building something else. My builds don’t sit on shelves gathering dust (for more than about a week or so). I know many people get enjoyment from buying Lego and putting it in the cupboard unopened – that is so not me.
Generally the very cheapest way to acquire new bricks is to buy large “classic” boxes on sale. Famously the best set for this is the 10654 Classic XL Creative Brick Box. It’s a 1600 piece set of generic bricks in a handful of colours. It’s currently retailing for $88 in Australia giving a per-piece price of $0.055 – not that much more than my average for bulk purchases. This particular set is exclusive to Toys R Us. They have reasonably frequent “buy one get one half price” sales, so if you want two or have a mate to go in with, that brings the part price down to just over 4 cents.
If you can’t wait for that, looking for a Lego sale at one of the major retailers and doing the sums on the larger classic boxes is generally the way to. I was checking out at Myer on-line a week or so ago with a Classic box set with a per piece price just over four cents only to have it fail with an out of stock message even though it looked in-stock in the on-line catalogue. The next best option was this set coming out at 6 cents per peice.
This is a current (2017) Technic set based on the BMW GS1200 motorcycle. Continue reading
I’ve reached the comfortable stage in my parts collection where I usually seem to have the parts I need if I’m free building. This confidence recently enabled me to pick up this “most pieces are included” Technic articulated mine hauler.