And this simple tweet began a series of transactions that resulted in me buying too many bags of randomized bulk LEGO. The question is, though, what can you expect from such a bag?
Well, firstly the first picture you see is nowhere near what you receive. That image looks something like this:
while the result is more like this:
That's Ok - I had the foresight to scroll down to the _real_ image that pictures what 500g really looks like, and the text that points this out.
I think that should have been the first image, and the original shouldn't have the '500g' tag.. but anyhow, how do the other claims stack up?
Is it really 1/2 Kg? Yes. Exactly. There's certainly none of this "I'll throw in a few extra bricks" hubris. But, it's a business, and they supply what they promise, so there's no qualms there.
My biggest gripe is the fact that it isn't all technic. At least, not in the traditional sense of the word, since a very large part of the collection is based around in the beams of Bionicle LEGO. Technically (pun intended) this should not be consider technic since it looks like it was designed by half-blind 14 yr old amateurs who'd extol the positive virtues of Katy Perry's music, while experimenting with illegal drugs!
Instead of the various Bionicle bricks (shown below), I'd rather have the equivalent in proper technic. But since EV3 is moving more towards this style of brick maybe:
1. I'm wrong
2. I'm old
Luckily I didn't get any of the pneumatic stuff!
For the most part, yes. A few were stained with ink, a few were dusty, and there was a broken beam... but nothing problematic, nor unexpected given the quantity of bricks.
One thing to be aware is that most of the bricks are still connected to the other bricks. In this way, it looks like someone has knocked a model off the table, and put the constituent parts in a bag! (Remember the boxes of broken biscuits you used to get? Yeah - that!) Consequently, if you are a serious builder that categorizes their bricks, you will spend the best part of an hour taking everything apart.
While not a problem for me, as I have an abundance of them, it is a problem if you intend to motorize anything move with this set, since gears are essential. There are, however, an abundance of rods and pegs to compensate. (Although very few brushes and spacers.)
There are also many connectors present. Because of the high proportion of Bionicle parts, these are mostly from those sets. This includes all the set-specific parts, 21 in total, that have virtually no purpose at all in a general-purpose collection.
That all said - this is a sample set of 1, and I'm happy with my purchase as it's taught me a lot about the changes in LEGO and there are some redeeming features, courtesy of the designers at LEGO.
Useful bricks: ~150