Monday, July 23, 2012

The Calm Before The Storm

It seems like we've had a few voices go silent over on the Hangar and the FB group.  It's not a surprise.  Unless you're a bit mono-minded about hobbies, like I am, people can lose interest over time.  And even I'm getting a little worn out.  I'm just wondering how many of these people will come back after the 2nd rules draft gets circulated.

Of course it may just be due to the fact that it's summertime and Lego/Gaming tends to be a hobby for the other three seasons.  :-)

Monday, July 16, 2012

More Good Sets for Parts

Oddly enough, it looks like one of the Lord of the Rings sets has some great parts for MFZ. Shelob Attacks has lots of clips, hinges, click hinges, and a 2x4 Triple Wedge w/Spider Eyes pattern that I think will see a lot of use. It's also $19.99 USD for 200+ parts, so it's in the sweet spot for Price/Piece.

Another Creator set that has good parts is 5763 Dune Hopper.

A super-hero set that's an affordable Price per Piece and has good pieces? Who'da thunk it? 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex is that set.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Where, and When, to Shop for Lego Sets 1.5

I came up with a few more tips.  They're more like an update than full tips, hence the 1.5 in the title.

Step 3.5: If you have a Lego store in your area, get to know your Lego professional.  A good relationship with these people can go a long way.  I've gotten loose parts and sticker sheets from people who work at my local Lego store.  One Assistant Manager even asked what I'd like to see on the PaB Wall!

Step 6.5: Make sure to use sales, and use them for your greatest benefit.  If there's a Buy One Get One (BOGO) X -- where X is some sort of discount -- sale, make sure you buy two sets of the same price to maximize the discount.

Step 7.5: Sometimes it ain't worth it.  If you're buying a bunch of sets at full price to get that little $5 polybag, you're paying too much.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Don't Worry About It.

There have been a few "why is nobody talking about my stuff" posts on the Hangar recently.  In light of those, I'd like to offer some unsolicited advice.  Yes, I know, the worst kind.  Anyway.  The advice is, don't worry about it.  You never know what will catch the cultural zeitgeist.  Believe me -- I struggle with it too, every time I upload a picture to a hosting service or make a blog post.  I understand that there's a need for validation of the products of our fevered imagination/hard work/brilliant idea/etc.  It makes us feel better when someone says, "Hey, nice job."  But waiting for those compliments to come and hanging on to them afterward, is not a good thing.  That way lies madness.