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  • TheSaint 21 Feb 2013 09:29:58 14,201 posts
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    ZuluHero wrote:
    TheSaint wrote:
    Saw the VW Camper in the Brighton store the other day. Looks like a good value set for 80 and even more tempting when I have a John Lewis voucher burning a hole in my pocket.

    Anyone on here got that set?
    I go to that store a lot, I might have seen you there and never known...
    Only if you were in their on Saturday as I was just down for the weekend to do the half marathon.

    First time I've been in a Lego store for a while and I loved how full it was of men in their 20s and 30s lusting after sets while their partners stood around looking bored.
  • boo 21 Feb 2013 09:49:09 11,706 posts
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    Watford's 'Grand Opening' is on today, tomorrow and Saturday. Each day, the first 300 people to spend 25 or more get a free gift.

    Today it's a t-shirt.
    Friday is a model Lego Store, which you can only get at Store openings.
    Saturday is a 'Watford exclusive' set of there minifigs.

    I'm going down tomorrow to get the Technic Helicopter, as Mrs Boo says she'll buy it for me for my birthday.

    Just need to find something to get on Sat to qualify for the minifigs.

    I'm torn between the VW Camper, the X-Wing, the B-Wing or the Guggenheim Museum.

    Don't think I've got room for the B-Wing - looks great, but it's seriously big.

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  • Tonka 21 Feb 2013 09:52:40 20,028 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    First time I've been in a Lego store for a while and I loved how full it was of men in their 20s and 30s lusting after sets while their partners stood around looking bored.
    I love that too. There's a fairly large toy store where I live and in the LEGO corner you can always find two or three 20-30 somethings drooling oever huge sets.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Tonka 21 Feb 2013 09:53:57 20,028 posts
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    @boo The Guggenheim is bloody cool. So is the Camper come to think of it. And the X-Wing...

    /isn't helping

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  • TheSaint 21 Feb 2013 10:04:31 14,201 posts
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    Watford is just down the road from us, I usually avoid it at all costs but now it has a Lego store we might have to make a few more visits.
  • MightyMetalMonkey 21 Feb 2013 15:33:58 600 posts
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    /checks streetmap.co.uk and location of LEGO store in Watford.
    /cant justify the journey or hassle.

    starts plotting route to shop in shepards bush...
  • MightyMetalMonkey 21 Feb 2013 16:18:44 600 posts
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    And here's our tax monies being put to good use...

    http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2013/02/20/uk-tax-company-has-wall-comprised-of-1200-lego-mini-figures/
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 09:28:00 11,706 posts
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    Had Friday off. so ended up going to the Watford launch event on both Friday and Saturday.

    Annoyingly, the one thing I actually wanted (the Technic 9396 Helicopter) was out of stock, but I'd been impressed with the Pick Up truck that Flying_Pig built recently, so picked one of those up. As I was one of the first 300, I got the Lego Store which now seems to be changing hands on ebay for silly money.

    Went back on Saturday, and got the 'Watford Grand Opening minifig pack' when I picked up the Technic Grand Prix racer.

    Also met a bunch of other adult Lego fans.

    Some of them are a bit weird...

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  • MightyMetalMonkey 25 Feb 2013 10:28:39 600 posts
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    boo wrote:

    Also met a bunch of other adult Lego fans.

    Some of them are a bit weird...

    Only Some ? We're all weird here...

    [background chanting begins to repeat "One of us...One of us..."]
  • Singularity 25 Feb 2013 11:15:17 2,434 posts
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    @boo What's the GP racer like? I fancy that something chronic.
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 11:47:51 11,706 posts
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    Haven't actually opened the box yet!
    I've been a bit unsure about it because at first glance it looks like a 'display' type model, and I couldn't see where the 'Technic' side of things came in. However, having a closer look, it's got interesting suspension and steering aspects, the engine cover hinges up, and the rear aerofoil is adjustable.

    Plus the B model is a crazy racing truck - I suspect I may prefer that to the A model.

    I'm thinking of starting a Lego blog to document the stuff that I build, so if I do, I'll stick a bit more detail on there.

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  • Khanivor 25 Feb 2013 12:25:45 40,405 posts
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    I'm envious boo.
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 13:40:19 11,706 posts
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    Gone a bit bonkers with the Lego purchases since Christmas. Mrs Boo being very understanding at the moment, but I think I'm going to have to call a halt for a while.

    /eyes up 4x4 Crawler

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  • dsmx 25 Feb 2013 13:43:16 7,563 posts
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    I saw one of them in flesh a while back thought it was an ugly bastard of a model but it's still very impressive.

    "If we hit that bullseye the rest of the dominoes will fall like a a house of cards, checkmate." Zapp Brannigan

  • boo 25 Feb 2013 14:15:15 11,706 posts
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    I have to say it doesn't do much for me either, but I'm looking at sets that I could strip down for parts, and it's looking promising from that point of view.

    I'm a bit OCD about the sets that I've bought, and I don't want to mix the parts up, so if I'm going to build anything original (I've recently seen a Mindstorms / Technic roller coaster which is awesome), I'm going to need a starter set of bits, so I'm considering buying a couple of big sets just for parts.

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  • PazJohnMitch 25 Feb 2013 14:59:55 7,838 posts
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    The people that work in the Toy shop at Ealing Broadway keep giving me odd looks. I think they have realised the Lego Star Wars stuff I keep buying is for me. (At least I hope they have and don't think I am in the Jimmy Saville club).

    Bought a Lego mini-fig for the first time two weeks ago. (Already have 5).
  • Khanivor 25 Feb 2013 15:11:38 40,405 posts
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    I had to shoot out to Kmart after getting home last night. Clearance. Picked up a couple Ties for $25 each and the police truck for 20 with a couple of SW planets for 4 bucks each. Good thing for my credit card I was t able to get there in the morn. Might be worth my while driving to another after work today to see if there's anything left on their shelves.

    Edited by Khanivor at 15:13:01 25-02-2013
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 15:16:04 11,706 posts
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    SW planets for $4???

    That's what, 2.50? They're 9.99 over here!
    (Although to be fair you can find them a bit cheaper if you shop around.)

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  • MightyMetalMonkey 25 Feb 2013 16:24:58 600 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    The people that work in the Toy shop at Ealing Broadway keep giving me odd looks. I think they have realised the Lego Star Wars stuff I keep buying is for me. (At least I hope they have and don't think I am in the Jimmy Saville club).

    Bought a Lego mini-fig for the first time two weeks ago. (Already have 5).
    It was many years ago, but when I bought my Millenium Falcon from the now defunct Lego store in Kingston. At the checkout they asked how old the child it was for was. I just stared them in the eyes and said 36.
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 16:27:49 11,706 posts
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    :oD

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  • TheSaint 25 Feb 2013 22:06:30 14,201 posts
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    Just took advantage of this and thought some of you might be interested:

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/technic-lego-8070-supercar-reduced-tesco-plus-get-an-extra-10-off-66-50-1485406
  • boo 25 Feb 2013 22:54:54 11,706 posts
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    Good spot!
    The 8070 is the one that Mrs Boo got me for Christmas, and started the Lego acquisition snowball rolling...

    I think it's one of the coolest Technic sets I've seen.

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  • Singularity 26 Feb 2013 17:38:28 2,434 posts
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    Nice! Ordered! Ta!
  • Khanivor 27 Feb 2013 01:31:16 40,405 posts
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    400k brick Hogwarts.

    Holy Shit.
  • ZuluHero 27 Feb 2013 08:02:48 4,038 posts
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    Ooh that's a bit nice, isn't it ?
  • Tonka 27 Feb 2013 08:08:33 20,028 posts
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    O_O

    Such a great build too. Not just a tonne of bricks but really intricate details. It's weird that it's not until the final image that I really understand how massive it is.

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  • boo 27 Feb 2013 09:07:28 11,706 posts
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    That is astounding!

    The design and build must take ages (it says she took a year to make it), but it's the logistics of it that baffle me. Where the hell do you get about 200k tan coloured bricks? Even if you're paying 5p a brick because you're buying in bulk, that's still 10k alone, before you factor in the other 200k bricks which you can't buy in bulk because they're not all the same.

    That must have cost the best part of 30k!!!

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  • boo 27 Feb 2013 09:09:20 11,706 posts
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    A picture of the model, with the builder, to give a sense of scale.

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  • TheSaint 27 Feb 2013 09:13:33 14,201 posts
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    The detail in the interiors is amazing:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/88574960@N02/8508641731/in/photostream/
  • boo 27 Feb 2013 09:14:14 11,706 posts
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    And an interview with Alice Finch.

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