I’ve had my eye on lego tower bridge for a few years but at an rrp of £209.99 and it being in 1.02 m in length, one I didn’t have room for it in the flat and two its not really an essential item. I was going to buy it in February 2015, but it felt too extravagant and it wasn’t sitting right. So I set myself the task of raising the funds using various methods/ skills:
- Complaining and negiogating. £115. From Laura Ashley for delivering a sofa with only 3 functioning legs and then a replacement arriving with a dirty mark. An offer of £55 in a 28 day gift voucher was offered, this I rejected and through emailing the CEO negiogated £115 in cash.
- Ebaying. £70.34. Sold 3 old Nintendo DS games, IKEA TV bench and coat rack. Best item was my retro 80s ski suit which I had got too fat for, I paid £4 for and sold for £28.
- Online surveys £30
- And through buying it online through Quido I got £5.25
- No introduction to the set. I don’t like the sound of my own voice and people who’ve searched it probably know all about the 4295 pieces and that’s it’s the 3rd largest set.
- An organised build. To be fair even if I didn’t video it, it still would of been. I like a well prepped work area, no clutter and a clean surface. One man built his on his computer desk, he was constantly moving the mouse, desk clutter and bricks, that would of driven me mad! I also like to group my bricks based on colour and type, none of this rummaging around in bags, I like to be able to go straight to the specific piece. It’s also a bit of a game, remembering where I put each piece. The only bags I didn’t sort were the ones full of beige and white triangle 1 bricks. To my left were flat pieces and to my right brick pieces. In total the brick sorting took 1.5 hours alone (equivalent to 1:06 minutes in the video). I built the two towers in unison as I thought it would be far more efficient to only have to get the bricks for each step only once.
- The same viewing point. I wanted to be able to see the piles go down and the bridge grow over time.