LEGO Classic 11016 Creative Building Bricks - As with the previous Classic set I bought, the parts for the builds on the box are in numbered bags, separate from the rest of the bricks. There's only 7 builds, and they're pretty simple, even by Classic box standards. And as with the previous Classic set, I felt uninspired by the remaining bricks. I think having to dig through the various bags to assemble the box builds in previous Classic sets helped me get into the mindset of poring through all the parts to create something.
The remaining parts are bagged by color, and distributed somewhat consistently. That is, all the colors that come with 2x2 bricks come with exactly 10 of them, the colors that come with 3x1 bricks come with 3 of them, and so on. That's not to say that there's equal numbers of each color, though, since many colors skip some shapes entirely. There's one odd shade of blue that only has the 3 3x1 bricks.
Another shade of blue, maybe teal, only has 2 4x1 arches. Plenty of basic blue and red, though. I wish they'd do Classic boxes that flip these ratios. Give me dozens of teal, aqua, and lavender and just a few red and blue. I have plenty of red and blue, already.
In fact, as I was sorting these bricks to add to my bins, I was wondering if I'd ever actually use most of them. I have plenty of red 2x4s already. Would I even notice the 8 more this set gives me? Or would they just sit in my red bin, unused, for the rest of my life? It's not like I've ever been close to running out of red 2x4s. Or most other red bricks. Or blues, yellows or greys, which is the lion's share of what they gave me.
I know LEGOs are fungible, that just about every set I've bought for quite some time has been redundant. Still, having a fresh pile of bricks in unique color ratios, with a few odd eye or wing pieces, usually inspires me to create something I otherwise wouldn't. But not this time. Did I really spend $50 just to spend an hour or two sorting bricks I'll never use? Have I nothing better to do with my money? Or my time?
Then I found the teeth pieces, and made a head with a gaping maw and pink mohawk, which I attached to a 4-armed, 4-legged humanoid body, which I call octo-punk.
1,200 bricks for $50 and a brief existential crisis is a pretty good deal.