May I make a humble request in that my thread doesn't get hijacked by nonesense? As much as the UCS MF has been semi-amusing (and I've contributed to the madness a bit), I rather not let this particular one go that direction.
I've determined this thread is really more a journal of my developments. Hopefully it'll be fun to look back on and see the progress that was made as I'm sipping Hot Coco next to my Winter Village.
As suspected, I did receive the #10249 Toy Shop for Father's Day!
I still certainly have my sights on the other official sets both past/future. But I have a solid base to build my Village from. Now I can start designing a few additional pieces to fill in the gaps between buildings!