My first recollection of spare parts is when the Town vehicles first got 'headlights' in 1980 and the 1x1 plate pieces became transparent. Something in the manufacturing process made the piece a lot more brittle than the standard solid 1x1 plate. The little pieces were prone to cracking on the corners and a crack could mean loss of adhesion to the pieces beneath, or one knock and the thing split in two. Lego must have had a lot of complaints because they started putting spare 1x1 tinted transparent plates with every set that had them in it's inventory. Gradually new pieces were added to the production output and some were small and delicate so Lego automatically put spares in the boxes even before anyone had a chance to complain. This years sets seem to have the largest amount of spares I've ever seen, and they're getting bigger!
|The contents of my spares box. All the bigger pieces are from |
the past four years.
Included are Train wheels, antennas, hoses with string,
a battery box, fishing rod and 6 orange brick separators.
A quick word on the brick separators. These orange tools are useful for separating bricks or plates that need a bit of leverage to release from each other. Most big sets contain one. As you can see I've accumulated six of them, but the fact you get one free doesn't stop Lego from trying to sell them in their stores for 1.99 GBP / 2.49 US$. No wonder there's always a good stock left on the shelves!
I'm in two minds what to do with all these bits. I could give them away to my local school but the pieces are too small and would probably disappear within a week. I could open a bricklink shop which is like the Lego version of an 'Etsy shop' and list them for sale, or wait until I have a huge amount (which would take years!) and sell them bulk on eBay. Either way I don't think I'd get much for them. Maybe I'll just keep building up the stock and my son can inherit it all...
|Some of the more interesting spare parts. |
A lot of these are from the collectible minifigure series where
most had a unique item which generally had a spare.