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Bulk Buying LEGO

Note to self: do not search for 'bulk LEGO' on ebay, when your credit card is already in their system.

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?

500g

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.


73 Standard technic bricks

Technic

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
3. Both


115 Bionicle bricks

Luckily I didn't get any of the pneumatic stuff!

Clean and undamaged

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.

Also, one thing that is severally missing is the inclusion of gears (I found only two).

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.)


155 pieces

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.


150 connectors

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.

  • They've introduced rods of odd-brick lengths, of 3, 5, and 7. While this is probably superfluous, they have at least coloured all these odd lengths in grey, which makes them much easier to spot at a distance.
  • The spindles with a flattened end are good for poking into holes to remove stubborn pegs. It's much easier with this, over a standard spindle, because the flat end doesn't hurt your thumb as much.
  • The number of specific variations of connector rod appear excessive.
  • There are now unit length technic bricks, containing a single hole. I loves them!
  • There are now double length technical bricks, containing two holes. I loves them, also!
  • A number of interconnects can be mimicked with 2, or 3, existing bricks, so their presence is slightly strange. Presumably it's cheaper to create a design, mould, and QA a new brick than it is to make two others. This was even more obvious with these examples:
  • I don't like the Bionicle way of providing all pre-angled beams; I'd much prefer varying lengths, with different angles of connector. Even if you needed a flat plate to connect the edges it shouldn't have that much of an adverse affect on the models, since most beams don't brush up against others. (It worked fine without a hitch on all my technic models, so I know the use case is valid!)
  • There are now longer connecting pegs to replace the need/use of 2- and 3-length rods. I'll have to see how they compare in building to know whether these bricks are superfluous or not.
  • Similarly, there are 2-long rods that have a groove at each end. The obvious use is to drape elastic bands over (instead of using the external groove in a spacer), but will have to experiment in actual building to see if they're useful or not.

Weight: 500g
Bricks: 493
Useful bricks: ~150

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