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Postby Ashkestral » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:03 pm

I'm a newbie just coming out of my "dark ages".

When I moved out on my own, (10ish years ago) I told my parents the one thing I wanted was my legos. I had a bunch castle sets that I kept separate from the general lego building pool of my brothers. My dad said I couldn't have them because they were keeping them for the grandkids, but my brothers both recognize they are mine to "inherit" some day.

About a year ago, I was wandering the strip mall near the movie theatre because I'd gotten there early, and came across the lego store (technically a Legoland Discovery Center, but I've never been inside the tour part). I didn't buy anything then, I just looked. But I kept going back. I finally gave up and thought "I'll just get some mini-figures..." Ha ha, no one stops with just mini figures do they?

I love the new mini-figures with printing on the legs and shiny parts. Right now I'm creating a mini castle and a mini tree hut and populating them with updated versions of forest men and castle figures. I also seem to have acquired a small group of Ninjas and a bunch of female collectible figurines. I think I only had two female mini-figures when I was a kid, and was always miffed by the lack. (I'm female btw).

The stuff you guys are building here makes my own look pathetic... but I'll post them once I have enough bricks to make them feel complete. They are more "fun-lego-play-set" like then realistic.

The good news is my Mother knows exactly where the castle legos are, and thinks they are mine to take too. So now to convince my Dad to let me have them... 8)
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby AK_Brickster » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:11 pm

Just buy him a big box of megablocks and tell him the g-kids won't know the difference ;)
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:17 pm

Ashkestral wrote:...
My dad said I couldn't have them because they were keeping them for the grandkids, ...
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Ouch! Maybe you need to put together a covert team of commandos to sneak into your folks' house and liberate your old sets. I'll volunteer for the mission.

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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby AK_Brickster » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:29 pm

Frank_Lloyd_Knight wrote:Ouch! Maybe you need to put together a covert team of commandos to sneak into your folks' house and liberate your old sets. I'll volunteer for the mission.


Agreed. A covert mission seems the best route here. I'd suggest going over while your dad is out at work/fishing/etc. and just carting them all off in one fell swoop, especially since it sounds like they're not being stored in a prominent place where they'll be missed right away. If they ARE somewhere where he'll notice, try replacing them with a $100 gift card to his favorite restaurant or pro shop, left anonymously. He'll be so happy thinking about what he's going to buy with his new found wealth, that he'll forget all about the Legos. :eyebrows:
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby theboywarrior » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:22 pm

Good to see more girls joining up!Welcome to CC!

Frank_Lloyd_Knight wrote: Maybe you need to put together a covert team of commandos to sneak into your folks' house and liberate your old sets. I'll volunteer for the mission.


Sign me up! :tasty:


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Postby Rick-Ricks » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:32 am

Welcome to Classic Castle, to your right you will see a coat rack, don't be afraid to use it and stay awhile. The carpet is new, though.
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby SPACE MARINE » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:23 am

Welcome to Classic Castle, I think you'll like it here. It's always great to have a new member. The people are great, and you don't have to worry about not being accepted if you don't have skill with Lego. (I really am not too good with castle, but I still feel like part of a family!)

And yes, a covert mission sounds about right, but remember, go for the figs first! The old gray isn't in production anymore, so you'll have more new gray. :tasty:
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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:23 am

Sign me up. Nothing like liberating quality LEGO from a horde of drooling, tooth happy two year olds waiting to break/eat/smash LEGO up. Oh the humanity! Gives me the chills just thinking about it. :lol:
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby CastleLord » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:34 pm

Welcome to CC!
As stated the carpet is new. So be gentle with it. :wink:
And feel free to build, show off and do all the things you feel like.
And if you have any questions about building look it up in the how to section on the front page, or just Ask. We don't bite. :halo:

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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:40 pm

Hey ashkestral.

Welcome to CC! *waves back*

Always good to have another AFOL emerge from their dark age, and also more women in what is sometimes perceived as a boys' club (not true, btw, two of our ten site officials are from the fair sex).

Don't worry about feeling intimidated by other builders. We've got people at all skill levels, and everyone starts somewhere (see, for instance, the my first MOC thread). Heck, I've been doing this for years and help run this place, and I'm intimidated by a lot of the builders I see. But it's all fun here and we're a fairly encouraging bunch.
On a similar note, don't be intimidated by the fact that some have much larger collections. Again, we all start somewhere, and even if you just buy a little LEGO here and there, in a few years you've got a massive collection.

On the "keeping them for the grandkids" issue, I have a question. Are these actual grandkids who love to come to grandma and grandpa's and play with their LEGO, or is it more of a "Someday we want to have grandkids - hey, btw, why don't you have kids yet?" sort of thing? If the former, I guess I can see their point and you'll have a hard time getting them. If it's more of a 'someday' thing, you can always just promise to give them back later if they need them (by that time you'll probably have amassed a larger collection anyway, see above). If there are no grandkids yet, it's at least four years before these potential grandkids would play with them anyway. It's not like you want to take the LEGO so you can sell it at a garage sale; it's always going to be right there in your home. Besides, these potential grandkids are either going to be your kids or your nieces and nephews, so it's not like having the LEGO at your house is keeping it from the grandkids. For years my folks have had lots of our old toys, books, etc at their house for just this reason, but since my kids are the youngest (mine are 4 and 2 while my youngest niece is 10), my folks have started bringing the little kids stuff to my house. Basically, they figure, my sisters' kids don't want them any more, and it's better for my kids to have access to them every day rather than the occasional visit to Grandpa and Grandma's (especially since we live a long ways away and it's much easier for my folks to come visit us than for us to go there).
Anyway, that's a long ways around the question to say that you can probably convince your dad that it's better to have the LEGO at your place being used than simply sitting on a shelf waiting for a grandkid.

BTW, you should really go on that Discovery Center tour.

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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Ashkestral » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:27 am

Thanks for the warm welcome.

It's a "eventual" grandchildren - I'm pretty sure it's a *hint, hint, hint* type of comment.

I'm heading home in mid-October and I plan to swipe them then. I think it makes more sense to hit up garage sales and get a pile of random legos for them to play with.

I just got in some Bricklink orders so I'm working away on my MOC - but every time I update something I say "oh man, if only I had a "x" piece here..." I think it will be a while before I'm happy enough to show it. It certainly is getting a bit fancier than it was in the beginning, after looking around at threads here.
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Ashkestral » Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:29 am

I took some MOC pictures and ... they came out terrible. I will try again later with better lighting.

Operation "Lego Retrieve" is in effect.*

Step 1: Reconnaissance

Brother-who-lives-near-parents has confirmed the location of the Legos.

Step 2: Transport

Visit to parents scheduled tomorrow. Driving so legos can be snuck into back of car. Legos are conveniently located in the room I will be staying in.

Step 3: Replacement

Small package of replacement legos repaired, so if anyone checks the legos by shaking they will be fooled!

Update will come next week.

*Double post for your entertainment.
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby JoshWedin » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:06 pm

Keep us informed. I'm rooting for you and am amused by the stealth tactics required. ;)

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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Troy T. Moore » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:17 pm

Ashkestral wrote:
Operation "Lego Retrieve" is in effect.*

Step 1: Reconnaissance

Brother-who-lives-near-parents has confirmed the location of the Legos.

Step 2: Transport

Visit to parents scheduled tomorrow. Driving so legos can be snuck into back of car. Legos are conveniently located in the room I will be staying in.

Step 3: Replacement

Small package of replacement legos repaired, so if anyone checks the legos by shaking they will be fooled!

Update will come next week.

*Double post for your entertainment.


This is hilarious and awesome at the same time! Welcome back to the fold! Looking forward to seeing your collection once liberated.
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Re: Newbie Here *wave*

Postby Tower of Iron Will » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:06 am

JoshWedin wrote:Keep us informed. I'm rooting for you and am amused by the stealth tactics required. ;)

Josh


I'm rooting for you as well. What would also be cool is for you or someone to make some viginette mocs of the recovery if successful. Bon Chance!
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