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  1. Comic book legend Stan Lee has died at the age of 95. Lee (co-)created many of the world's most popular superhero characters including Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, X-men, Thor (Marvel's version) and Ant-Man among others. Of all the characters that Lee (co-)created, which is your favourite in LEGO? Here's mine:
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    MOC: The Yellow Castle

    What a brilliant castle! Some of my favourites creations are inspired by sets of the '70s. And you have goat - cool
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    [MOC] Baba Yaga

    I like the texturing of the roof. Very cool Here's Baba Yaga, the music by Mussorgsky orchestrated by Ravel to go with the LEGO creation
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    Do you tsundoku sets?

    More than a bit OT, but of course I remember MOC D&D minifigures. They're still in my display collection! By red wizard's hat, do you mean the one on the left in this picture also from my display collection? Back on topic (sort of): in addition to tsundokuing sets, I also get spare parts I never wind up using. I literally have hundreds, possibly thousands. I have a spare of the red wizard's hat above for example. I completely empathise. While I haven't sold any of my tsundokued sets, I have been tempted. Some have surged in value and I feel badly knowing I could make a mint out of them but would feel even worse if I got rid of those sets. Ahhh, first world problems!
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    UK Sales

    Not so much a sale as a find, I got Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250) at Sainsbury's today for £4. Glad I nabbed this one as I wasn't able to get it when it was a promotional item at LEGO stores earlier this summer. Seems particularly appropriate to get a minifigure on the official birthday of the minifigure!
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    Storage in UK

    @BenderBrau, I'm not sure what the HB storage boxes are like, but have you tried Really Useful brand boxes? That's what I mostly use. They come in a variety of sizes, are stackable and robust.
  7. What, if anything, is the gift-with-purchase at UK LEGO stores in August 2018? Does the promotion start on the 1st of the month, i.e. Wednesday? What minimum spend is required to qualify? I searched online but could only find information for the US. I tried calling LEGO UK Customer Service and they didn't know the answers! Update: I just found out from a LEGO store that the August promotion does start this Wednesday (1 August). It's 40320 Plants from Plants. It's 'free' with purchases of £35+.
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    Do you tsundoku sets?

    Strictly speaking, tsundoku is the acquisition of books that pile up without being read. It's starting to be used for other things like movies and games that pile up without being watched/played. So why not LEGO sets? I have several sets I have tsundokued including 79018 Lonely Mountain, 850936 Halloween Set and 6599 Shark Attack. I bought them when they were still being sold in stores or soon after but just haven't gotten round to opening them. NB that tsundokuing is not the same thing as buying sets but not opening them because they are an investment and you intend to sell them. A tsundokued set is one you intended to build or at least planned to use for parts, but never even opened. What sets have you tsundokued?
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    Dark Red Bricks

    When I modding a set a few years ago (see picture), I was going to use some dark red cheese slopes. Almost all of them split just by being put on a stud! In the end, I came up with a better design that didn't use any cheese slopes. But I wasn't particularly impressed with LEGO's quality on that occasion. I haven't had that problem with cheese slopes in any other colour.
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    Do These Count As Purist?

    Here is your philosophy final exam question: What is LEGO purity? Is it a binary category, i.e. something is purist or not, or is it a scale, i.e. degrees of purity? Is purity a Wittgensteinian 'family resemblance'? Or is it what mathematicians call a 'fuzzy set'? Discuss by means of a Hegelian dialectic and supported by examples.
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    Do These Count As Purist?

    Indeed. There are also sets such as Easter Bunny Hut (5005249), Iconic Cave (5004936) and Banana Guy Beach Hut in which part of the box is designed for play/display. I believe there have been LEGO sets in which, according to the instructions, you were supposed to cut the string/tubing to size. If the instructions direct you to cut a part, it raises the question of whether the part and anything made from it is still purist. The problems of LEGO ontology! In relation to the boxes-as-part-of-the-set, cutting string/tubing and in the general case, shouldn't 'purist' be defined as anything TLG does in or intends for a set? If so, does that only apply to particular parts such as the box-cave from Iconic Cave or for any LEGO box? If LEGO's boxes are purist, are its (branded) shipping cartons purist too? It seems we need to consider LEGO's intention and whether it matters or not.
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    What are Your Favorite MOC Genres?

    Castle/Medieval/Fantasy/Tolkien Superhero (both Marvel and DC) Classic Space
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    WhiteFang's LEGO Studio

    That is really cool I wouldn't open the curtain though for fear of the light affecting the colour of some parts.
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    How to build a medieval priest minifg?

    I was thinking that . Voldemort's torso and gown piece from the same series would also make a good green priest. Some Church of Ireland priests wear green sacerdotal vestments today as did some orders/ranks of priests in Medieval times.
  15. Indeed. Benthalls still has loads. I was at the Shepherds Bush/White City LEGO store a couple of weeks ago and they had lots too. I suspect that the most popular ones from this series have all been sold. So what the stores still have may be the less sought after ones. That's just a suspicion though; I haven't checked.