In a way this moc is more for mortalswordsman's son than mine. His comments on my dinky dragon are what lead me to try making a dragonfly. There are just two things I would change on this moc. Colors, and I would love to find some better wing options. The long translucent flames are hard to beat though at this scale.
As for your piece dilemma sword, I also use legos to teach my son about money. He has a piggy bank for his birthday,Easter and Christmas money. When he sees a lego something he really wants. I check for parts on bricklink, then tell him how much it costs. Right now he is broke, but he has learned some patience with spending his limited dollars. I am just glad he wants to spend it on increasing his lego collection, instead of gum and other cheap junk.
Thanks so much Thomas :) This is so cool, me and my kids love it. There is only one problem - they want to play with it!!! Haha. I am trying to explain that I can't make it cos I don't have the exact pieces. Oh well, I will just have to improvise. Another great little moc from you and a perfect addition to our new group :)