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So recently I've been building stuff out of Legos for my nephews and niece to play with. Between my old pieces and some they inherited from their other uncle/aunts they have a good number of pieces but IMO you can never have too many.
Since the very idea of following instructions and actually building whatever is pictured on the box is a dark heresy that needs to be purged from the world with fire, I'm pretty sure that buying most of the themed boxed sets isn't going to be the way to go.
Things I've considered:
Buying some "Creator" sets since these seem more generalized.
Buying sets that have been looted of mini-figs from Ebay or BrickLink. Seems you can save almost 1/2 the price on StarWars sets.
Buying bulk pieces from Ebay or BrickLink. Seems sort of risky and hard to spot deals.
I've also been playing around with Lego Digital Designer. Seems cool but I was wondering if anyone knows a good place where people share their creations. Also it seems like some of the pieces I used to use all the time are out of production. In particular pieces that consisted of two 2x6 plates hinged together seem to have been replaces with smaller bits that can be put together as a hinge. Also I don't see the large circular turning pieces.
Anyway, I hope some Lego fans here can lend me some expertise on how to best acquire more precious, precious bricks.
(Please do not gift. My game bank is already full.)