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Build Better Bricks sale this weekend

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Build Better Bricks has reduced the price of its busts instructions this weekend. They've been lowered from $5 to $3.

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By in Netherlands,

Paying for instructions, what has the world come to....

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By in United States,

^ Right? They're cool models, but I still wouldn't pay money just to know how to build it. If I'm spending money, I want the parts too.

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By in United States,

I don't know, I can't bring myself to proudly display someone else's MOC on my shelves. If it's something I designed or an official LEGO set, sure, but displaying another AFOL's creation feels strange. Is it just me?

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By in United States,

^ I agree. Displaying someone else's creation is very weird to me. (It's because I didn't come up with it. And it's not an official set.) I agree with all the previous comments here, too.

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By in United Kingdom,

I bought the Milano plans last year and I feel it was great value considering how much effort must have gone into designing it.
It certainly blows the other two Milano sets out the water (BTW I have these as well).

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By in United States,

I can just picture the awkward conversation that would follow.

"What LEGO set is that?"

"It's a custom one."

"That's cool! You designed that?"

"No, some guy on the internet designed it and I paid him for instructions on how to use my own pieces to build it."

"Oh..."

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic mocs on that site that I for one have no problem paying a little for and displaying them to. The mario set and the UCS milano are great espesially and the milano puts legos poor efforts to shame

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By in United States,

@Paragon

I'm sorry, but that situation would never happen.

Anyone interested in knowing what set it is, is a FOL, who already knows they've never seen them before. So being told they were built from (custom) instructions wouldn't be a shocker.

No one else is going to care which specific Lego set these are. Even if they asked anyways, they aren't going to be thinking "these aren’t Lego sets, they are customs, but not your customs??? How weird."

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By in United States,

Yet you guys are fine paying for someone else's creation every time you purchase an official LEGO set. If the creation is worthy (and some of what LEGO churns out falls short in that regard), how is that any different? And there's nothing stopping you from modding the mod.

I think the real hesitation here is that no parts are included. It's not like they're asking $20 for the instructions. Some of us like supporting monetarily what others do (think of it as a donation to encourage further efforts).

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By in United States,

1. I'm an open source kind of guy, so I'd rather see instructions offered up for free because you still have to get the parts. But I understand if someone wants to sell them when there are people willing to pay for them.

2. I'm not sure why displaying someone else's MOC is any different than a LEGO set but then again, the particularly strange brand of snobbishness from subsets of AFOLs has stopped being surprising.

3. These look so much better than Brickheadz and they don't have a stupid name either.

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By in Switzerland,

I'm not really for buying instructions for mocs either, seems weird that it's legal but whatever, if there's a demand, there will be offerings.
And yes, these look so much better than those stupid ugly brickheadz...

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By in Netherlands,

That have a lot of nice designs, I'm actually considering to buy a few.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree that it is no different to any purchased Lego set, in the sense that you are displaying someone else's design.

However, the issue I have with these it that apart from the Stormtrooper they are all really really horrible.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't see the problem with selling instructions. They clearly put a lot of work in to these and no one is forcing you to buy them. The comment about not displaying someone else's work is so stupid. How about ideas sets, and every other set for that matter. Let's face it these look much better than a lot of official sets... (cough.. brickheadz! )

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By in United States,

Is there somewhere where you can automatically get all the parts? Otherwise it would take an enormous amount of time and money to assemble the parts.

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By in Australia,

I agree it'd be way better if the instructions were free but that kind of applies to anything. It'd also be great if Lego in general was free, wouldn't it?

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By in United States,

Got to shake my head when I see comments like these (in the U.S. we call these "haters").
People buy "recipes" all the time: Cakes, crockpot cooking, even wood working (I learned to code from a tutorial I paid for because it was so well made). We share info all of the time, some of us teach for free, some of us teach for a living. If you find value in someone else's skill set and they ask a small fee show some love, no need to sip the hater-aide.

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By in United States,

I get that official LEGO sets are designed by different people, and in a way that's the same as displaying another AFOL's design - makes sense. I'm not sure why it feels strange to me. I once spent around $300 on parts to build a UCS AAT that I saw on Brickshelf, but I only had it on display for about a week before questioning what the purpose of having it was. I didn't feel proud displaying a custom that wasn't my own, and it didn't particularly fit with my official LEGO Star Wars collection. I didn't come here to say that I'm right and anyone who feels otherwise is wrong, but simply to see if anyone else felt the same way. I'm glad I'm not COMPLETELY alone...

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By in Germany,

I don't think instructions need to be free, especially considering the effort people have to put into making them.
Only problem I have with these is value for money.
I bought the Venator instructions from Anio and he only asks 5 Euro for them. Considering this, even 3 Dollars for just one of these little figurines seems excessive when compared to a behemoth of almost 5.500 pieces and over 400 pages of excellent instruction manual. Then again, you could call Anio's instructions the bargain of the century. By the way I paid him more than 5 Euro simply because I wanted to show my appreciation for his work.

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By in United Kingdom,

I also have no problem selling / buying instructions if they are decent quality and the author owns the rights. I'd prefer that they give one away so you can see the quality of the build before paying.

But in this case, I doubt the author has asked for the rights to sell the IPs - these are not fan art, they are commercial products, done to make money. They are no different to other companies ripping off LEGO designs and SW / SH IPs.

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