Posts Tagged ‘Ebay’

Bricklink has been sold

June 6, 2013

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Bricklink, that institution that we of the LEGO fan community have all grown to love is changing hands.

Eliska Jezkova, mother of the late Daniel Jezek (founder of Bricklink), has stepped down as CEO of Bricklink and handed off the reins to Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim, an avid LEGO fan in his own right and founder of Nexon, one of the world’s largest online game companies.

A shudder ran through me when I first saw the news, which will most likely go viral very shortly. And were it not for Eliska’s own words on the matter, I would be more worried about the transition:

I completely endorse Jay to take the reins of BrickLink. He has the knowledge, resources and capabilities needed for the job. He has a passion, not just for all things LEGO, but also for BrickLink. Like most of you, he has been a member of the community for years. He has tremendous respect for what Dan accomplished while he was alive. He also has a compelling desire to carry forward Dan’s vision and his guiding principles that were laid down more than a decade ago. Jay and his team are ready to work toward “BrickLink 2.0”, as well as continuing hardware architecture and application upgrades.

It’s a bright future for BrickLink, and I intend to be a part of it along with the rest of the BrickLink Community. Larry and I will be staying on in an advisory-consulting role to the new owners. Eric Smith will be staying on as Admin to ensure a smooth, seamless transition with minimal interruption.

Part of that transition will include relocation of the BrickLink site to a different data center. Later today you will learn more about that server relocation and the migration schedule, which has been carefully designed to minimize downtime.

It’s been a great three years. I did my best and I am sorry that the hacking incidents waylaid us from doing more, earlier. I am proud of the amazing growth of BrickLink, thanks to all of you.

Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim’s words give me further hope that this in the end will be a good thing.

Dear BrickLink Community,

I am extremely pleased to be taking over the operations of BrickLink.com. I’ve been a LEGO fan for 40 years and an avid user of BrickLink.com for over a decade. My first plans are to upgrade the website, and do our best to make users happier and more prosperous, while staying true to the original vision of BrickLink.com founder, Daniel Jezek. We will work hard in order to ensure that BrickLink.com becomes stable, secure and as user-friendly as possible.

You can read the full announcement on Bricklink.

For those of you who don’t know what Bricklink is, well according to Google it is — a fan-operated online marketplace specialized for LEGO sets, parts, and related products. For many of us who have used it consistently it is the one website that transformed the LEGO hobby. It transformed the way we could acquire large amounts of LEGO, and allowed us to sell what we didn’t want and find that one part that we did. Until LEGO’s official Pick A Brick came along, many years after Bricklink’s inception, the only way to get multiples of a part was to buy multiple sets. You may get 5 or 10 or 20 of what you wanted, but you’d get dozens of parts you didn’t want or need.

Bricklink was, and still is, the best way to get the exact LEGO parts and quantities of those parts for a project. Sure there’s Ebay, and in fact, Ebay even sued Bricklink many years ago over their original name of Brickbay because it had already gotten too large and they didn’t want the confusion. But Ebay is not Bricklink and never will be. Many of the sellers on there don’t always know what they have. What they claim is LEGO ends up being some clone or imitation. You don’t always know what condition the parts are in or if that big assortment of parts you find actually has anything of use.

I can attest that Bricklink not only is integral for my hobby, but also for my business as well. Were it not for Bricklink the supplies of bricks and elements I need for what I create and sell would not be so easily acquired. Especially in the large quantities I routinely order. I thank Eliska Jezkova and Dan Jezek for the amazing thing that Bricklink is and I look forward to seeing what Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim does to improve it.

LEGO VIP Promo

February 9, 2013

VIP Keychain Picture Credit:Chris Malloy

Have you gotten one? I wish I could say that this one in the picture was mine, but sadly I’ve yet to receive one. I’m really hoping I do, but nothing in the mail so far.

According to BrickSet this promo is running in North America and Europe for VIP members.

If you don’t know what the VIP program is you can read about it on the LEGO website (this is the US link, you might have to change country region to find out the details for where you live). But the basics of it is that for every $100 you spend, you get $5 in credit (USD).

Its a great program and I can honestly say that I’ve gotten several large sets for “free” using VIP credit.

Sadly, even if you are a VIP member that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one — only “the most active and engaged VIP members based on a list of criteria including purchase frequency (will get one)” — whatever that means. Many are still trying to figure out what the “list of criteria” is exactly.

One of the comments on BrickSet said that they called LEGO and was told you needed to spend at least $500 in the US to get one, but even that might not guarantee that you will find one of these rare ruby figs in your mail box.

This is one of those good / bad promos. We all want one, but not everyone will get one. There are listings on both Ebay and Bricklink selling them for $25 and up, but I’m not really one to pay for something that others got for free.

I much prefer promos where if you spend “X” you get “Y.” And I think there would be less frustration if whoever in LEGO that came up with this promotion would explain what the criteria was.

Back in the days before the internet LEGO (or any company for that mater) could run whatever limited run promos they wanted and it wouldn’t be instantaneously known worldwide. This however is not that age. We know, we all know. One post on BrickSet, Flickr, or Facebook and it goes viral.

Sure super special limited LEGO promos are very cool and when you are lucky enough to get one its an awesome thing. And I’m still hoping I’ll find one of these in my own mail box (if I do I promise to let you know). But for those that don’t get one, especially all the kids that read the posts and see the shiny red keychain but don’t end up being one of the lucky ones, it brings more frustration than happiness.

BrickLink and the AFOL community have lost its founder

October 28, 2010

Like a vast majority of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) out there I use BrickLink all the time. Sadly, also like many of the AFOLs out there I didn’t know who had created the groundbreaking website until yesterday when I heard about Daniel Jezek’s sudden passing. Where else could you find 300 Spartans, ultra rare promo items, and the last few bricks to finish off your project. Daniel was years ahead of LEGO itself in selling bricks by the piece and he profoundly changed the hobby and the community for the better.

This is part of the Eulogy given by Daniel’s long time friend Larry Hawthorne:

We honor the life of Daniel Jezek, who departed this earth September 24, 2010. A life cut tragically short; a potential with so much more to be realized. We mourn the loss of a loving son, a young man who even in his short time with us, gave much and had so much more to give.

Dan’s book of his life had too few pages, 33 to be exact. But those pages were filled with love, compassion, giving, and a lot of accomplishment.

This budding entrepreneur looked at eBay as a model. He saw that if a website like that could do well just getting people to sell stuff, Dan would do the same for people who wanted to sell and trade LEGO bricks.

His business, Bricklink was born. For the first couple of years he called it BrickBay, an obvious reference to the eBay format. eBay got jealous when Dan’s site began to grow in leaps and bounds and made him change his name to Bricklink two years later.

Ten years later and more than 51 million visitors and counting, the business that Dan dreamed has become a reality. There are nearly 200 million websites on the Internet. Dan’s website is in the top 50,000, literally one of the most successful websites in the world. It is still running today and will forever be a living monument to Dan’s vision, his hard work and his brilliant ability to bring together his love of LEGO and his gift with computers.

He was unabashedly generous in his success, donating to many causes including relief to Haiti victims and those devastated by Katrina, and many more. It just speaks to what a compassionate, giving person Dan was.

In closing, let us remember Dan. And let his memory stay with us. A life lived fully, but ending prematurely. His accomplishments impressive, but his potential with so much more to give. We say goodbye to you loyal friend, to you loving son and we know you sleep peacefully now in the arms of our Lord.

You can read the entire Eulogy on BrickLink.

It is a sad and sudden loss for the entire LEGO fan community and my heart goes out to the Jezek family.

Thank you Daniel for all you accomplished!

Forestmen’s Crossing – version 2010

July 6, 2010

Eurobricks member Jonas really likes the classic 1990 Forestmen Crossing set but as he couldn’t get the original he made his own.

For us, lovers of the Forestmen (Robin Hood) Lego line in Europe, the 6071 set Forestmen’s Crossing has been like a frustrating dream. Unlike the other sets from the same series of 1988-1990, it has never been sold in Europe. Nobody knows why.
I always wished to have it, but was not ready to pay extreme prices for which it is offered on Ebay or Bricklink, now. Hence, these days I decided to built my own version of the set. My small MOC is made 20 years after the release of the original, so it is a sort of homage to this wonderful set. The idea to build it was stimulated also by the fact that this year two minifigs from the Forestmen series were released: a forest lady in Vintage Minifigure Collection Vol. 5 and a forest hunter in Minifigure Collection Vol. 1.

I have to say, although I loved the original set — the Forestmen line is one of my all-time favorites ever 🙂 — this is truly an improvement. I never really liked the printed river baseplate. Brick built landscape is much better in my opinion. And of course, brown wasn’t available in bricks in the 90s it was only in the very short-lived Dark Forest theme in 96 that we even got brown trees.

You can see more images of this model on Jonas’ Brickshelf gallery.