- Project Swapfig - a Collectable Minifig trading site - Apr 11, 12:09 PM
In 2010 The LEGO Group introduced a new concept to its product line: Collectable Minifigures in blind packaging[*]. The idea is that the consumer collects all the minifigures in a "series" (there are 16 minifigs in each series), but never knows which one they are getting - leading to duplicates and more purchases! For the first couple of series there were barcodes on the packet that identified the individual minifig inside, leading Lego fans to pass around lists of which barcodes matched which minifigs. Unfortunately, the LEGO Group caught on to this and subsequent series no longer had individual barcodes on the packaging.
Those of us who just wanted a few specific minifigs (or multiples of) had to resort to feeling the packets in an attempt to identify their contents. For me, this just ended in a massive fail of misidentified and duplicate minifigs which I somehow had to swap/trade for minifigs I did want, or sell on to somebody. If only there was a central website where you could upload your unwanted minifigs, make a list of the minifigs you actually want, and then trade/swap the ones you have for the ones you want?
- Introducing MPD-Tally - Multi-Part Document Tally - Dec 28, 06:18 PM
MLCad, a part of the LDraw System Of Tools available at www.ldraw.org, is a powerful application for designing LEGO® models, especially its facility for creating multi-part documents - that is, models that contain submodels within them.
However, there is currently a small flaw in this feature when it comes to tallying up the part quantities when saving a parts list - it does not take account of the number of times a submodel is actually used within another model, making the part quantities inaccurate.
MPD-Tally fixes that by processing a parts list and calculating the correct quantities and presenting the results in some lovely neat tables which you can print or export for later use.
- Help make Danger Mouse's Flying Car into a LEGO set! - May 16, 02:43 PM
In 2009 I designed and built a LEGO model of Danger Mouse's "Mark III" flying car, including custom-made figures of DM and Penfold. I've now submitted the model as a LEGO CUUSOO project, the first stage in potentially getting it made into a buyable LEGO set! It just needs to get 10,000 votes to go to the next stage - which is where you come in...