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: Crap you really don't need but still want.
: richerthanyou 26 March, 2016, 07:48:38 PM
Why do I need a life sized alien egg? Well it is Easter I suppose. Does it serve any practical use? No. Do I still want it. Hell yes!

:D

http://necaonline.com/54355/products/collectables/prop-replicas/aliens-life-size-xenomorph-egg-replica-with-led-lights/ (http://necaonline.com/54355/products/collectables/prop-replicas/aliens-life-size-xenomorph-egg-replica-with-led-lights/)
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: The Doctor Alt 8 02 May, 2020, 03:35:57 AM
Where do I begin?  :lol:

I'd love a solar powered water feature for my "garden" but even if I could afford to get it ... I am sure it would be stolen. Everyone knows that the security cameras round our flat are purely decorative.
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: repoman 05 May, 2020, 03:44:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7QXq-daA4PI&feature=emb_logo

I kind of bailed on tat when I ended up with a ton of Pop Vinyl things and other various gaming/movie figures.  I had an ultimate purge on all of it.  Sold everything apart from a Judge Death pop, a couple of Golden Girls ones and some Big Trouble in Little China ones.  I do still have an alien facehugger plushie.

Sold a bunch of Nintendo game and watch units and all my old consoles too.

But, I'm in the process of moving house and so for the next house my list of needful things is;

a decent soundbar for my TV (should have done this years ago)
an ultrawidescreen monitor for my PC

and once I get everything done, I'm really quite keen on getting an arcade cabinet.  I quite like the smaller ones that Arcade1UP do.  But I hate the art on them.  So unless they make a Donkey Kong or Bomb Jack one, I'll likely not bother.

And I'd really like to commission some Judge Death art by either Nick P or Dave R.  I expect that'll involve some serious payola if it can be done at all. 

However, I'll likely not buy much or any of that stuff.  I just like mental window shopping!

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: sheridan 05 May, 2020, 03:50:39 PM
I kind of bailed on tat when I ended up with a ton of Pop Vinyl things and other various gaming/movie figures.  I had an ultimate purge on all of it.  Sold everything apart from a Judge Death pop, a couple of Golden Girls ones and some Big Trouble in Little China ones.  I do still have an alien facehugger plushie.

Golden Girls?  As in, four people of pensionable age living together in a house in Miami (if memory serves)?  Not to disparage tastes or anything, just that stands out as being rather different from the other two in the list!
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: repoman 05 May, 2020, 04:00:43 PM
I kind of bailed on tat when I ended up with a ton of Pop Vinyl things and other various gaming/movie figures.  I had an ultimate purge on all of it.  Sold everything apart from a Judge Death pop, a couple of Golden Girls ones and some Big Trouble in Little China ones.  I do still have an alien facehugger plushie.

Golden Girls?  As in, four people of pensionable age living together in a house in Miami (if memory serves)?  Not to disparage tastes or anything, just that stands out as being rather different from the other two in the list!

Yep, that's the one.  To be fair the collection was all Alien, Robocop type stuff for the longest time.  But yeah Golden Girls. Now if they made a New Statesman Alan B'Stard one, I'd have to get that.  Or a Judge Death one.  But I'm super tat averse now.
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: I, Cosh 05 May, 2020, 04:52:34 PM
After a few days of psyching myself up, I ordered this yesterday around half five.

(https://i.imgur.com/YsqNEiA.jpg?3)
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: Colin YNWA 05 May, 2020, 05:55:41 PM
Excellent choice sir. I am currently fighting off the urge to order a Lego pirate ship that's lovely and ya know pirates.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 05 May, 2020, 07:06:31 PM
I sold a tonne of Star Wars lego for more than I paid for it. Including a Star Destroyed bought under the influence on Boxing Day one year and stuck in my loft when I realised it was so big I would have nowhere to put the model.

I had a motorized At At, a Tantive IV and discontinuted stuff.

Got enough for a sofa bed, which is of more use now that plastic tat. I have since avoided all such stuff. It's cool, really cool, stuff but I just can't justify it any more.

Top tip: order from Amazon.fr or Amazon.de. Typically 70% of the UK price and despatched from the UK warehouse!
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: sheridan 06 May, 2020, 12:25:01 PM
Excellent choice sir. I am currently fighting off the urge to order a Lego pirate ship that's lovely and ya know pirates.


I'm thinking you're talking about Pirates of Barracuda Bay (https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/pirates-of-barracuda-bay-21322) - updating of a classic set, apparently.
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: Colin YNWA 06 May, 2020, 12:36:38 PM
Excellent choice sir. I am currently fighting off the urge to order a Lego pirate ship that's lovely and ya know pirates.


I'm thinking you're talking about Pirates of Barracuda Bay (https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/pirates-of-barracuda-bay-21322) - updating of a classic set, apparently.

Yeah that's the one - man it looks great - so stop adding links to tempt me to look at it again!

I'm also quite keen on the Lego Wind Turbine ... which I find a bit weird but there you are!

https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/vestas-wind-turbine-10268 (https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/vestas-wind-turbine-10268)
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: sheridan 06 May, 2020, 01:27:15 PM
I'm currently trying to convince myself either to buy or not buy the latest AT-AT walker when it becomes available (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Empire).
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: Colin YNWA 06 May, 2020, 01:29:20 PM
I'm currently trying to convince myself either to buy or not buy the latest AT-AT walker when it becomes available (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Empire).

Oh no I need to stop reading your comments. I only just convinced myself that I don't need an AT-AT (I did buy a second hand Falcon instead - its bloody GREAT) and if there's a new one... well I might just buckle....
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: sheridan 06 May, 2020, 08:03:39 PM
I'm currently trying to convince myself either to buy or not buy the latest AT-AT walker when it becomes available (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Empire).

Oh no I need to stop reading your comments. I only just convinced myself that I don't need an AT-AT (I did buy a second hand Falcon instead - its bloody GREAT) and if there's a new one... well I might just buckle....

That was my thinking, except I managed to resist the Falcon.  So far.
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: Colin YNWA 06 May, 2020, 08:40:37 PM
I'm currently trying to convince myself either to buy or not buy the latest AT-AT walker when it becomes available (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Empire).

Oh no I need to stop reading your comments. I only just convinced myself that I don't need an AT-AT (I did buy a second hand Falcon instead - its bloody GREAT) and if there's a new one... well I might just buckle....

That was my thinking, except I managed to resist the Falcon.  So far.

Oh don't resist the Falcon. The Falcon is the Lego set you do need. Its lovely... not like cool wreck Pirate Ships, or funky green power sources, or silly four legged death machines... oh no we don't need those at all... no we don't ... no... no
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: shaolin_monkey 07 May, 2020, 12:13:52 PM
I'm trying to convince myself that I don't need a first edition, first print, of H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds'.

I haven't seen one in that good condition going so cheaply, only £2500, and I haven't used my credit card in a long time, and it is my holy grail of books, but what would I do with it, because it would just sit there next to my other books doing nothing, probably in a plastic case to protect it, and I'd have to buy those cotton gloves to be able to handle it, but then it would look so great next to my first edition of his collected sci-fi works, although it would only be me that would get to appreciate it, and what's the point in all this stuff if you can't share it, so I probably won't get it, but it's so cheeeaaappp, and a chance like this might never come up again, and want it so bad and and and and aaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!
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: sheridan 07 May, 2020, 01:32:41 PM
I'm trying to convince myself that I don't need a first edition, first print, of H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds'.

I haven't seen one in that good condition going so cheaply, only £2500, and I haven't used my credit card in a long time, and it is my holy grail of books, but what would I do with it, because it would just sit there next to my other books doing nothing, probably in a plastic case to protect it, and I'd have to buy those cotton gloves to be able to handle it, but then it would look so great next to my first edition of his collected sci-fi works, although it would only be me that would get to appreciate it, and what's the point in all this stuff if you can't share it, so I probably won't get it, but it's so cheeeaaappp, and a chance like this might never come up again, and want it so bad and and and and aaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!

In situations like this I'd ask myself a few questions:



*obviously investments can go down as well as up.
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: IndigoPrime 07 May, 2020, 02:00:27 PM
Lego fans probably shouldn’t read this (https://www.stuff.tv/features/best-star-wars-lego-sets-celebrate-star-wars-day-2020) and also this (https://www.stuff.tv/features/stuffs-guide-30-best-enormous-lego-sets). Ahem.
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: Colin YNWA 07 May, 2020, 02:56:26 PM
Oh the Jurassic Park T-Rex has been haunting me for a while. Luckily I only want it for the dionsaur and so have managed to resist.
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: wedgeski 07 May, 2020, 04:47:14 PM
I'm on a Lego detox, even sold some of my favourite sets, but fully in the knowledge that all I'm doing is making space for new and exciting ones down the road.
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: Funt Solo 08 May, 2020, 02:54:07 AM
I built this one over several days at the start of the year:

(https://theawesomer.com/photos/2019/07/lego_21318_treehouse_1.jpg)


(Wife was correct: I don't really DO anything with it. It's just an ornament now.)
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: Colin YNWA 08 May, 2020, 06:41:50 AM
I was looking at this and thinking of using it as a starting point for an Ewok Village, but I need to do more with .Mos Eisley before I start a new project!
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: shaolin_monkey 08 May, 2020, 02:28:49 PM

In situations like this I'd ask myself a few questions:

  • Can I afford to spend the money?
My credit card is back at zero, so kind of.

   
  • Will the value of the object increase over time* if I wish to sell it?
Very likely, yes - this is a much sought after book.

   
  • Can I keep the object in reasonable condition so that it doesn't devalue over time (no risk of damp, mould, fading, etc)?
Probably, if I invest in an attractive airtight container and some soft cloth gloves for when I read it.

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*obviously investments can go down as well as up.

So what is the general feeling from the forum based on the answers above?
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: IndigoPrime 08 May, 2020, 02:41:20 PM
Will it bring you joy? I know that sounds pat, but it really does sit at the centre of a lot of this stuff. If a collection feels like a burden, it’s time to offload it (assuming financial considerations aren’t forcing your hand anyway, of course).

Everyone has their own triggers for things they love, and also relevant items they love the idea of owning. I recently bought all the Dark Horse Usagi HCs. They cost a fucking fortune. I now have various duplicates to offload AND the entire SC set. But this is one of my favourite comic series ever, and I felt like I had to have it. Fortunately, right now, I could also afford it. Also, I can sell these books for at least what I paid for them.

So I’m not all GO AND SPEND ALL THE MONEY, but if something is going to make you happy AND you can readily afford it, that seems like it could be a good option. If it’s also an investment, that helps too. (HC comics seem pretty good for that. Lots of Image stuff, e.g, goes OOS and so people selling those make a tidy sum if they no longer want a book. Hence me thinking “fuck it” and going full HC these days. Much sturdier; nicer to read; hold their value rather than losing it in a bloody instant.)
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: sheridan 08 May, 2020, 04:01:01 PM
I built this one over several days at the start of the year:

(https://theawesomer.com/photos/2019/07/lego_21318_treehouse_1.jpg)


(Wife was correct: I don't really DO anything with it. It's just an ornament now.)


Now, now - I know something you can do with it - in about four months time you can replace all the green leaves with the autumnal ones (don't lose them!)
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: Colin YNWA 08 May, 2020, 04:16:18 PM
So what is the general feeling from the forum based on the answers above?

I have bits of original art that will stay tooked away and for long periods of time but when I get them out my heart sings. There's folks with a lot more than me. Has no practical value, I can look easily enough at other 'versions' of that art in context but I still love to have it.

I have lots of bits of comparitively cheap stuff and sometime think I'd be better off cashing all that in and going for a big, 'grail' piece. Won't do it anytime soon but this book sounds like that and if you're asking this many questions I get the sense (only the sense) that you'll regret it if the chance passes?
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: shaolin_monkey 13 May, 2020, 04:52:12 PM
You were right Colin.

I eventually thought “Sod it - you’ve got to take your joy where you can, particularly these days.”

(https://i.imgur.com/9FKM6Ju.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hFuD0Lb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ykSZA9D.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Wucc93C.jpg)


This is my literary Holy Grail. I can’t begin to tell you the emotions I feel holding it.
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: IndigoPrime 13 May, 2020, 05:09:47 PM
I hope you’re reading it while playing a first vinyl pressing of Jeff Wayne’s album, or you’re missing a trick. And congrats. It’s a favourite of mine — and I now just realised I don’t actually own a copy, IIRC. Eek. (I’m not going to get a first edition, mind.)
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: shaolin_monkey 13 May, 2020, 06:07:53 PM
I hope you’re reading it while playing a first vinyl pressing of Jeff Wayne’s album, or you’re missing a trick.


Great idea!

(https://i.imgur.com/0tsao5v.jpg)

And cheers!
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: Colin YNWA 13 May, 2020, 06:10:46 PM
Oh wow, just wow.

Seeing you with it and the shit kickin' grin all over your face I'm so glad you did this. I mean that's easy for me to say as I won't get the bill BUT I get the feeling, just from that photo alone, that you know you've made the right decision and you must be chuffed you have.

Well done!
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 13 May, 2020, 08:18:55 PM
Yeah. Enjoy it.
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: Bolt-01 14 May, 2020, 12:26:44 PM
Wow, Shaolin -that must feel great.
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: shaolin_monkey 16 May, 2020, 04:30:18 PM
Thanks folks.  It's only a few days since it arrived and I still look at it in disbelief.  Is this thing mine?  This book that has been such a part of my life?  That won me my English Lit. degree?  Do I really own the first print? Constant wonder.  I never dreamt the day would come. Still very happy indeed! 

I got an acid-free archival box, which I'm going to decorate with martian war machines and line with bubble wrap, which is going to be a saw place for this rather delicate item.  I do have a lesser known first print book of his sci-fi short stories too, so that'll also go in there.

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: Dandontdare 16 May, 2020, 11:07:05 PM
Oh man, that is so cool, I'm really jealous. Even though it's a serious wodge, it'll never go down in value if you take care of it, and may even become a valuable heirloom.

I too am an absolute fan of this book. My first experience was the 50s movie, which blew me away. I then realised we had the book in the house, a rare sci-fi gem amongst all the boring crap - it was a 1966 hardback ex-school library edition which I still have. It's worth nowt, I  doubt even a charity shop would take it, but I adore this battered old book, especially the single illustration at the front:

(https://i.imgur.com/KkXZ31yl.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/vK8YHOVl.jpg?1)

Jeff Wayne's version was the first LP I ever bought with my own money (I was spending Christmas money and also bought Pink Floyd's The Wall at the same time, which I sometimes cite as my first album, depending on the audience  :lol:). That's a piece of music that still thrills me today. And I went to see the live version a few years ago. I even like that movie with Malcolm McDowell.

Congratulations on a great find.
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: Dandontdare 17 May, 2020, 01:38:17 AM
Just been back to drool over the photos - I love how the cover is worn at the bottom where generations of fingers have held and read it over the years - far better than any untouched pristine copy of anything.
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: sheridan 17 May, 2020, 07:58:39 AM
I too am an absolute fan of this book. My first experience was the 50s movie, which blew me away. I then realised we had the book in the house, a rare sci-fi gem amongst all the boring crap - it was a 1966 hardback ex-school library edition which I still have. It's worth nowt, I  doubt even a charity shop would take it, but I adore this battered old book, especially the single illustration at the front:

£26.00 (if this link works (http://www.booksprice.co.uk/comparePrice.do?l=y&searchType=compare&inputData=B0019XIH9I&st=UK).