The original teenage poster is likely a working class adult now, I wonder what is his current status.
Back on topic, I have around 6900 minifigures (inclusive of loose ones not in my Brickset database) and close to 800K parts inclusive of loose/PAB bricks.
Been slowing down drastically for the past 2 years due to lack of fund. Rank wise both around 130+. Don't think I will ever break into the top 100 unless I move into a bigger house AND had a windfall. :)
Was building the 4644 Marina just now and then 2 of the reddish brown pieces broke.
I just snap them onto other bricks as per instruction and immediately hear a clear crack sound and the result is as shown. :(
The reddish brown plates are especially brittle compared to, for example, the grey plates from the same set.
Contacted Lego customer support and they requested the usual information, i.e. batch number shown on tape on box, instruction number on the last page of booklet, picture of the broken pieces with the customer number on it and receipt etc.
Seriously, this is a very old set, who would still hold the receipt of a random purchase made many years ago!?