Subtitle: My wife is more awesome than Steve Witt or Joe Meno
About this creation
We went on vacation to Orlando the last week of July. We arrived at our Disney resort a few hours early, so we thought we'd stop in Downtown Disney for a bite.
Saw the Lego store, and this is the result.
The contents of the first Pick-a-brick cup were actually planned as I filled it for the most part, with the exception of the black and gray brackets, the lone 33 degree black slope and the lone black triangular slope. I needed 20 1x4 brown tiles, but with 45 of them I can practice tiling everything as well as Chris Phipson. The green 2x4 plates and brown 1x2 plates are for landscaping. The brown chairs (a pleasant surprise) gave me an idea for something I want to use in Glomshire Knights. No, I'm not telling.
The second PAB cup was an unexpected bonus. I snagged 52 1x4 gray bricks in a single handful. The big palm leaf score gave me an idea you'll soon see in a MOC, and those doors are magnificent additions to the collection. Expect to see at least one of those clear doors appearing in the comic "Blockocop" (now in the writing stage, set for release in late September. The three smoke windows are fantastic and were the last thing stuffed into the cup besides all the antennas and the all the small plates you see. If there had been another quarter of an inch left in the cup (and there wasn't, believe me) then I would have gotten four. If needed, cracklink can provide #4. The small stack of part #3788(Vehicle, Mudguard 2 x 4 with Arch Studded)was actually supposed to go in cup #1 but my kid forgot to put them in. We grabbed eight in all specifically to build four wides for Dave and Stacy Sterling's layout at Brickworld next year.
On to the sets: The Creator set on the right is Kelsey's and is her very first Lego set. Yep, we could have gone with a smaller starter set, but there are a lot of building techniques to be learned from this set. She's started putting it together, but is now on hold. Honestly, there are parts there I can't wait to have absorbed into our collection but I'm going to be a good dad and keep her parts separate until she's ready to start MOCing. Of course, the Drawbridge Defense set is destined for use with Glomshire Knights (Yay! I've got my jester -- he's going to be worked into the comic as soon as the current story arc allows.) Set 4997 is going to be modified for minifigs and will play a role in Blockocop, I think. Lots of lovely parts in it, particularly those transclear windows. Space Police -- Got it mainly for the figs and the engine pods, but it's a great set (I've built the police cruiser already). Someday I'll attempt a SHIP on the Kelso scale, and this set will serve as a parts mine for that (along with my Mars Mission Dropship). The Krakken Attack pirates set was an impulse buy at the counter, but I've been wanting it for a while anyway. The raft is destined for Roger and Quiggle, GK fans! The Technic set (my first) was in the 20 percent off area for box damage, so I bought it simply for the steering mechanism alone. It looks pretty cool and should, once it gets absorbed into the collection, provide a wealth of valuable parts.
Our final picture speaks for itself. All purchased for parts or figs. The Racers set gives me the big slicks I want for a new hot rod/dragster (Ya hear that, Gio? That's the sound of me smokin' yer butt in the quarter mile with a new VOAT). The six support beams are going to a planned moonbase module and the three platforms were thrown in by Mitzi or Kelsey. I've got something in mind for them already. The Lego sticky notes are going to school and will be used for quick plotting/MOC notes I come up with during the day (happens a lot) and the tabbed stickies are for marking passages for later review in books I read. I will not waste them on hall passes or notes home to parents -- these stickies are for me, me, ME!
Note about the main pic: That's my sigfig dancing with joy on top of the Westin Hotel (site of Brickworld) because I'm going to spend the next 10 months planning and building what I'm taking to BW next year. The Princess Leia key chain is soon to hold my car keys (unless I remove the chain bit -- anybody know how to do that?) I'd much rather have a Heather and Stacy sigfig key chain to be honest (what, you thought I'd leave them out after name dropping Phippy and Kelso? Lee Jones, insert your own joke here!)
Finally, none of this would be possible if not for my wife, Mitzi. She let me drop a serious amount of money we really shouldn't have spent, and I appreciate that. This really was Christmas, birthday, and anniversary for the year for me, so I tried to maximize the MOC potential with all this. Now, I've got sets to build because my rule is any set I buy has to be assembled and displayed for about a month before it becomes MOC material.
If any of you actually make it to this point in the post, you surely must be disappointed so here's my favorite kid-friendly joke:
HAHA! I just returned from Disneyland with my wife and daughter and I did the same thing! (Although, the PAB wall at the lego store is Downtown Disney Calif was not all that large, I was surprised. Still spent almost $100.00 though....)
I like it
August 5, 2009
Great haul there Mr. Price! I'm so glad to see Kelsey getting into LEGO. I can't wait to see what she builds for next year's BW. You both have a spots on our layout for sure!
I loves me some PAB. I go to the LEGO store all the time, hoping that there might be some fantastic part I need a lot of. Sure could use more green plates and our local store hasn't had any for a while. The Shrine grounds cleaned me nearly out of green plates and slopes. I did get a lot of Hermione keychains, took them apart and blogged about it. http://garth.typepad.com/primitive_screwheads/2008/04/some-disassembl.html If you just pry off the chain part and using a plier snap off the ring it works pretty well. It's really hard to get that steel pin out of the minifig. see ya. garth
That's an awesome haul! I just came back from a service trip to Washington DC, where I snagged 2 pick-a-brick cups myself! We also have the same one month minimum display rule on all builds....after that they're fair game! LOL
Concerning the keychain: The ring is in a circular shape, with the ends overlapping each other once, right? You need to get something to pry apart the part where they overlap, then slide the small ring attached to the chain around the larger ring until it slides off one of the ends. Concerning your massive haul: *Turns green with envy and starts screaming at his miniscule collection* Seriously, man, you got in a day what I get in a year. Your wife is amazing. Don't forget it.