We had a garage sale yesterday, and today my daughter and I headed to Toys-R-Us to spend a little of the proceeds.
I had in mind Jabba’s Sail Barge (set 6210) , which would have covered a lot of the minifig characters my daughter would like to see in our collection.
When we got there, it was no longer in stock. I saw it there a couple of weeks back, but put off the purchase.
My daughter decided that the Hoth Rebel Base (set 7666) might be an acceptable substitute. One of the characters that she really wanted was C-3P0, and while the Hoth set does not have him, it does have a white droid of the same type called K-3P0.
So we purchased the Hoth set and headed home to spend the afternoon building and playing with our LEGOs.
I set up one of our folding tables in the play room (a 11′ x 33′ addition to our house we call “the bowling alley”) and we sat down to begin the building process.
But when I opened the box, something extra came out!
A Star Wars 30th Anniversary Golden LEGO C-3P0! Only 10,000 of them were made, and they were dropped randomly in LEGO Star Wars sets!
And we got one! I guess that makes up for missing Jabba!
Of course, having watched the LEGO prices on eBay, I knew we had a $200 item on our hands here.
$200, if we left it in the bag.
But how could we leave it in the bag? I could barely keep my daughter from opening it until we got some pictures and showed the bag to my wife.
So, sorry collectors, the bag was opened. I am going to save the bag, but the golden C-3P0 is on the loose now.
Here he is with an old friend.
And with some of the rest of our cast of characters, including K-3P0.
Actually, collectors should be happy. I just made those still sealed in their bags just that much more valuable.