In my last video, I showed you how to make a basic Minifig Habitat. I have been having fun making some custom Habitats for various minifigures. but for Halloween, members of the Brick Tubers Network decided we would all build something on a footprint of a 16×16 base. Instead of one big model, I decided to build 4 Halloween-themed Habitats which amounts to the same area.
I was stupid enough to drive to Ikea on a Friday afternoon yesterday, but I needed some things to help me organise and display my growing LEGO collection. First of all, I bought three long LACK shelves and a TV bench to put along one wall to display my Micropolis and larger builds. I was pleased to put the shelves up nice and level, but there was a lot of drilling involved!
I had been thinking about how best to display my Minifig collection for some time. There were various options but I wanted something which would be dust proof, and most of them were proving expensive. However, I did a bit of online research and found that other folks had had some success using the cheap Ribba shadowbox frames from Ikea. Hence my trip around the M25…
I had the 48×48 baseplate already, and simply pushed the black CMF display plates between the baseplate studs. Perhaps it’s not a legal connection, but they fit nice and snugly and even with a heavy minifig attached, they show no sign of coming out in a hurry.
Then I chose some of my favourite CMFs and put them on their plates – and voila! It looks great hanging above the fireplace in the lounge. I probably have enough minifigs to do another one too, but I will need to buy another baseplate and frame before I can put that together.
Wow, I had a very productive trip to the London AFOLs meetup yesterday! I came home with a huge haul. Before the meeting I went to the LEGO store at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush for the first time, and filled up at the PAB wall.
At the actual meeting I was able to collect a couple of old Star Wars sets I bought off a friend, swap my spare copy of Christmas Build Up 2017 for the 206 version, buy some CMFs I was missing and get three bags of exciting bits from a Bricklink Store owner who is closing down.
Starting off with the free brick box, which I got with purchases made on Boxing Day from S@H, it’s almost a cube, but basically I was able to fill it with whatever I liked for nothing! Sadly, not reusable though.
It was a slightly awkward shape, but I stuffed it as full as I could.
A very decent set of contents – mainly 1×2 and 1×1 bricks in bright colours. I can see some Micropolis builds being very colourful in the near future!
Next up is the small PAB cup…
I have a project designed in LDD that I’m slowly gathering the parts for – and I needed a load of 2×2 round plates in blue, so I was delighted to find a stack of them in Shepherd’s Bush. I grabbed a load of 1×2 black bricks with the grill pattern as well as some miscellaneous plates and tiles.
And now for the biggie – the lid was barely shut!
LOTS more of those black 1×2 textured bricks, some rories and 2×6 bricks for Micropolis bases and – randomly – a steering wheel from somewhere! I don’t remember picking that up… Do you like my inserts for the cup lid studs? They jam in perfectly and will give me another twelve 1×2 and eight 1×1 bricks in each.
Perhaps the most pleasing haul of the evening was this little lot – a guy had turned up at the meeting with a holdall full of loose bricks in ziplock bags. We were encouraged to have a rummage as he “wanted to get rid of all of it”. Apparently he had a Bricklink store which he wanted to close and this was a way of offloading the remaining stock.
Well rummage I did, and came up with these three tasty bags. The first one had loads of smaller elements in it which will be perfect for Micropolis. The largest bag had a large number of 2×2 trans yellow bricks which caught my eye. And the smallest bag was stuffed with round 1×1 and 2×2 tiles in a variety of colours. The price? Six quid for the lot! I think I have done rather well there…