Those bids will be high as fuck by the time those auctions are over. R-209, I totally agree. I just want the creatures. I paid like $15 to buy the boy a Lego set because of the monsters. The Legos themselves sucked, but woo hoo--Lego Swamp Creature! If Lego would just sell them individually, they could spend the rest of the decade just making creatures and swimming in their cash.
So my Seagate hard drive starts making that dreaded clicking noise. This is rather alarming, as I am a digital hoarder and am super-paranoid about backups and data loss. I hit up their website and am relieved to discover my drive is still under warranty! I manage to find just enough space on other assorted drives to transfer those files to and begin the RMA process.
Holy shit. Seagate has a draconian list of requirements for packaging the drive for return. The defective drive. They want it wrapped in an electrostatic discharge bag (despite this being an external drive with a protective enclosure), two inches of foam rubber on all sides, and so on. Not wanting to give them an excuse to void my warranty and lose two terabytes of precious storage, I follow these instructions to the letter (finding that anti-static bag was a pain). All that packing material must have added a lot of weight to the box, because the shipping charge (plus insurance, of course) was close to thirty freaking dollars.
A couple weeks go by and the replacement drive arrives- tossed in the driveway, about ten feet from the road. In the rain. Amazing that it wasn't stolen, soaked, or driven over. The first thing I notice is that the box is suspiciously small and light. This is because Seagate took absolutely none of the packaging precautions required for returning the defective drive to ship the new drive. Fine. Whatever. At least I have my new drive.
Oh, wait. It's not new- it's refurbished. What does "refurbished" entail, exactly? I don't know. As long as it works... I plug it in and start transferring my files back. After about fifty gigabytes of cat pictures, I hear it:
CLICK CLICK CLICK.
I fire off an e-mail, attempting to strike a precise balance between politeness and fury. I'm hoping to get an upgraded drive for my trouble, because I could really use an extra terabyte. Probably will get stuck with another "refurbished," clicking bastard.
I gave up on Seagate after two Free-Agent Pros crapped out irrecoverably and the third remained accessible but failed Seatools diagnostics.
I'll try to keep you posted on how the Hitachi-populated RAID works out. (Only had it for 10 months, so that's much too soon to justify a recommendation).
Lego Death Star (free shipping!). It includes Stormtroopers and Red Guys.
And then there's Lego Batman....
A different company makes Lego-compatible Transformers sets, which is just cruel. The actual sets are crap, but the tiny little figures are wonderful. I actually snagged a few on eBay for reasonable prices, but they're creeping up now. And they're starting the same "buy the $80 set to get the one mini-figure you want" bullshit. These guys have opening bids at like thirty bucks. So Optimus and Bumblebee probably won't get to hang out with their pal Ironhide any time soon (I splurged and got Soundwave for ten bucks. That's my limit).
I bet these eBay jerks return the sets to the store and keep the figures to sell...
We have been eyeing the Lego Death Star for a while now. JERKS! It's just WRONG. I collect monster/ghost/mythical Legos as well and even those you have to buy the castle or whatever to get the ghost. It's not even a brand name!
They make figure keychains now, but then you have to pry the keychain off it and they seriously made a Jar Jar Binks one. Just hand over the Boba Fett, Lego, and no one gets hurt. Nerd rage indeed!!!!!111
^^Now you've made me type "Lego Boba Fett" into eBay... The keychain version doesn't come with any of his accessories! Hmm... there seem to be a few with his cape and blaster in the $10-$12 range... must resist... even the "cheap" guys add up fast. Oh, look- this one comes with a little Han Solo in Carbonite! Not for $50, though.
And here's one that is also a watch. I've been thinking about getting a new watch for a while... Classy.
Wait, can someone explain THIS to me? And one actually sold at that price!
Lego does actually sell minifigures individually for like four bucks (which is still too high), but they're sold in randomized packaging so you can't tell what figure you're getting. Again, Lego is evil. You probably would have to buy 20 boring construction workers to get the cool haz-mat guy...
I'm getting a flashback to the great Lego space set I had as a kid. I loved the little robot guy it came with. Wonder how much that would cost me now...
Maybe once 3-D printers become affordable we'll be able to make whatever figures we want. But those will probably be an even bigger scam than regular printer cartridges are...