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texaspetetexaspete U.K.Member Posts: 56
Summer 2012, I'm searching for something in an upstairs wardrobe when - what's this?

"Darling, why is there a Lego Harry Potter book in the wardrobe?"
"Oh. It's for you, for Christmas."
"You like Harry Potter"

It's true, I like Harry Potter. But I can't remember when I last played with Lego. I'm nearly 40. Why has she got me a Lego book?

Skip forward to Christmas day. I'd forgotten all about the book. But she had also got me two Lego sets; Hogwarts Viaduct (4867) and Forbidden Forest (4865). I think I started the Hogwarts set after lunch, and finished it that evening. And then I turned to the book and started to pick the other sets that I wanted.

So at least my wife is to blame for my Lego problem.

A year and a bit on, and I've now a few more Harry Potter sets (but none of the large ones), and most of the LOTR and the Hobbit. And I'm getting to the point where it's becoming difficult to keep all the sets separate. I don't have room to keep them all out, and if I do my three year old daughter messes them up (sorry, I mean she plays with them). I think I just need to bite the bullet and merge my Lego collection. That's the right thing to do, isn't it?

Thinking back to the Lego I had as a child, I know I had a castle (which was enclosed with four walls, but wasn't yellow). Looking at the 1984 Castle sets, several of them are ringing bells. So that puts me at age eight or nine. I also remember a petrol station and other town sets (and my favourite minifig had a red cap and I called him Jerry). It might have been 377, no more likely 6371. 6363 also looks familiar. Ah, now 6373 I definitely remember (although I think it was technically my brother's). It was only a few years ago that my parent gave my old Lego to a neighbour who had a young boy. Is it bad that I asked if I could have it back? (pretext that my daughter would like it) Oh come on! They said he still played with it, but hopefully I've done enough for them to think of me when he finally doesn't!

So onto my daughter. She shows a passing interest in my sets. A little less interested in the Friends sets I got her, but they did make an appearance when I recently bought her the smallest of the new Disney princess sets. I'm banking on these swaying her, but I'll wait until Amazon do 40% off. Three's probably a bit young in any case.

So now I'm mostly waiting for the newest Hobbit sets to get discounted, and thinking about how to store all my parts when I finally get the courage to mix all my sets together. For the discounts, Brickset's 'View discounts in the UK' is invaluable - I think I check it every day. For the courage, the encouragement from some wiser AFOL would probably do :-)

Oh, and I'm in Hampshire, UK.


  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    Hello Texaspete,
    Glad you made into the forum where there are lots of us coming out of the closest as Lego fanatics. At least we know what you mean, when you talk Lego.

    I am into Harry Potter sets, as well as Monster Fighters and Creator sets. I even got my husband into it by buying him some Poly Bags and he likes them, so I bought him the City fire station for his Birthday next month. He used to do models, but his eyes aren't as good as they used to be and his hands shake, so Lego is a great alternative to that, at least if it falls apart he can rebuild it again.

    As for combining all the sets...I could never do that. I have all my sets in containers all labelled, etc. my daughter put all her kids Lego into a huge crate, about 50 she has to sort them back into the sets, as her kids won't play with them. Luckily for me, she is going to cull some of her many sets and when I offered to buy them she said I could have them :) I can't wait to get them and see what I

    Good luck
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,041
    Welcome aboard, Pete. I did enjoy your introduction. I'm in Hampshire, too. Whiteley. Where are you?
  • texaspetetexaspete U.K.Member Posts: 56
    @Bluefairy_56‌ I promise I won't be putting them all into one huge crate! It can't decide if I should store parts which are the same colour together, or same type / size. I think it'll look better if everything is organised by colour. But then I read somewhere the excellent point that if you're, say, looking for a red 1 x 2 it's a lot easier to find amongst other 1 x 2 bricks of a different colour than it is amongst a bunch if red bricks. I guess I have to decide if the searching is part of the fun.

    @Huw Wow - I got reply from the guy whose profile has the id '1'! I'm up in Andover. So I'll make a mental note to avoid bidding on anything which is in Southampton and 'Collection in person' only ;-)
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,041
    Feel free to bid, I don't buy anything on eBay any more :)
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    @texaspete‌ if you want to sort them together I think you are better off sorting by size...1x1, 2x2, of different colours. Our human minds are better at looking for a red in amongst lots of other colours, than by trying to find one part in a sea of red.

    I sorted by colour for the huge crate of my kids Lego. I had it all sorted into trays of colours...every time I need a particular piece I had to empty the whole tray and even though there were several of that one piece it took me ages to find it...and it was annoying the crap out of me, but to sort by size I think will be more enjoyable, and won't make you leave the room to calm

    Good luck
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,452
    @texaspete‌ I'm not far from you either, I'm from Newbury.
  • texaspetetexaspete U.K.Member Posts: 56
    @Shib‌ Hi Shib. Ever see any good deals in the Tesco Extra?
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,452
    Yup, was lucky enough to be at the tesco first thing the day the prices dropped recently, I live literally a minute down the road from it so easy for me to check ;-)
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