I don't know if all LEGO Stores do this, being only acquainted with two, but the LEGO Store in Braintree, MA, puts together ziplocked bags of assorted parts and sells them (I assume "by the pound") for $7.99. I've been picking one up most times I've been there, having somewhat moved beyond buying sets; buying for parts instead. The assortment of random handfuls from the Pick-a-Brick has included a number of interesting pieces, some duds, and few... interesting bits.
Today's interesting bit was both awesome and odd. There's usually enough parts to make a couple figs, and one of the torsos I ended up with today was in old grey.
Yes, you read that right: old grey.
The torso in question was this part
, which was an Orient Expedition torso, from 2003. Since I didn't already own it--and since I *really* wasn't expecting to get a nine year old part--I was very pleasantly surprised to discover it in there... but it makes me curious about the process for these grab bags. I've always assumed they're "mixed" in the back out of Pick-a-Brick surplus, maybe a few returned sets, and a few minifig parts out of the Build-a-Fig... but if that's the case then where did Dr. Kilroy's 2003 torso come from? And, for that matter, why did he have yellow hands rather than brown, which Bricklink informs me were the only hands this torso was ever officially released with?
I guess that the surplus mixed into these grab bags is a little bit farther-reaching than I thought.
Am I the only one who's bought these bags with awesome parts mixed in?