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1,600 on Brickset want list. Anyone else done this?

CntryislandboyCntryislandboy Member Posts: 28
So I over the last few days I've looked through every single let set Brickset has listed and created a wanted list. Well I have just over 1,600 Obivisouly I'll never get there, mainly due to my goals for when my kids leave the house in 17 years and all the extra cash I will need to make that happen.

So I'll be going back through to delete some and make it a practical want list. I'm sure I'll never get all the way there, but if I can shrink it down to a few hundred then I'll figure that will be a good success. Not to mention easier to display. No point in accumulating all these cool sets and not being able to display them. Not to mention do I really need every single Star Wars set, or just one of each vehicle,lol.

Anyone else ever done this just for fun to see how many sets would be on your list.
Andor

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  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    I have four sets on my want list: ultimate space battle, MTT(2007 and 2014) and star wars bucket. Those are the ones I'm right now looking for. If I would put there all those sets that I really want there would be maybe 30 sets including sets like these: wookiee attack, wookiee catamaran, ultimate lightsaber duel, clone turbo tank (at least one version) and cloud city and ucs millennium falcon.
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    I've made a pretty hefty want list based on currently available sets from [email protected] and checked the dollar amount and realized it was way too many. I transferred that to my brickset wanted list and changed it a bit, now I'm slowly chipping away. I try not to put discontinued items on my want list, but if I sell something on ebay and have money in my paypal account, I usually start checking ebay listings and try to grab a few older sets I want. I find this makes things a little more manageable.
    Andor
  • hantothantot UKMember Posts: 254
    I'm going for every Star Wars set, maybe if I win the lottery it'll be achievable
  • CntryislandboyCntryislandboy Member Posts: 28
    yys4u said:

    I've made a pretty hefty want list based on currently available sets from [email protected] and checked the dollar amount and realized it was way too many. I transferred that to my brickset wanted list and changed it a bit, now I'm slowly chipping away. I try not to put discontinued items on my want list, but if I sell something on ebay and have money in my paypal account, I usually start checking ebay listings and try to grab a few older sets I want. I find this makes things a little more manageable.

    I don't even want to know what the dollar amount would be, I would probably just quit Lego altogether, lol.

    I've checked ebay for some of the sets and realized I'll never have that much on hand at one time. I figure I'll Bricklink them slowly. I figure I'll part out sets when I find good deals and then just pull the pieces from those sets to put towards my builds. Ya it'll take a lot longer but my current living situation provides for almost zero display space so I'll just continue to build of the pieces I need then go on a massive building binge once I move and get a dedicated Lego space.
    Andor
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    I never put retired sets on the want list. Don't look back, only forward

    I generally stick to certain themes and specific sets I like in others. Think I have about 30 sets on my want list right now, most of which just came out or haven't come out yet

  • CntryislandboyCntryislandboy Member Posts: 28
    dougts said:

    I never put retired sets on the want list. Don't look back, only forward

    I generally stick to certain themes and specific sets I like in others. Think I have about 30 sets on my want list right now, most of which just came out or haven't come out yet

    If I could get past the retired thing I'd have only a few sets listed.

    Couldn't agree more about the themes. For me it's Star Wars for the most part. I've got a lot of Friends for my daughters, but I'm thinking they'll survive if they don't have every single set. Then I've also got all the sets I think would look cool in my city should I ever actually get the space to build a city.
  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    hantot said:

    I'm going for every Star Wars set, maybe if I win the lottery it'll be achievable

    Maybe even that won´t give you all sets... Has anyone seen Yoda Chronicles set at sale on Ebay or somewhere? It´s a nice job to find every set and what comes to buying them, well, that´s another story then :)
    I also would like to own all the LSW sets but hardly find that possible. I´m trying to get sets before they retire but just can´t afford to buy them all... 2013 is my best year till now. Only missing these sets: Ewok Village, Red Five X Wing and Battle of Hoth.

  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    edited January 2015
    I'm a completist (my default mode), but I've come to realize that I just can't get everything I want. It's not just the money - it's also the space. Just buying a set and keeping it in a box forever honestly isn't worth the money.

    I'm still aiming for complete lines of old Castle (missing 4 sets) and some other items, but it's possible to manage. At the moment I have 43 sets on my wanted list. 4 of those are on their way (hello DHL), and another 10 hasn't been released yet or are new 2015 sets. So it's just 29 on my backlog right now.
    yys4u
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,032
    That is the biggest problem with LEGO; at some point most of us will just have to limit ourselves. Like there are themes I really like, but I know I don't have the room to display them. This is the main reason I never got into Star Wars, even though I'm a huge fan of the movies. I'm genuinely happy for LEGO fans who can afford/display them, and I made peace with not getting them myself.

    As far as the wanted list, I usually add new things as they get added to the catalog, and then weed them out every month of so. This way it remains fairly managable and realistic. And I have strict rule of only spending money on LEGO that I make from BrickLink/eBay sales. Also, although there are some old sets I like, I think LEGO's design in the past few years have gotten vastly better. And not to speak of the detailing on minifigs. And sometimes they release retro sets as well, like Benny's Spaceship, so we get an upgraded version of a classis set. So I just stay with the new. Like @dougts‌ said; "don't look back, only forward". My wallet agrees with this arrangement too. :smiley:

  • Canuck26Canuck26 Member Posts: 55
    I have 113 sets on my want list. They range from 2015 sets that haven't even come out yet to polybags from 5 or 6 years ago. I just retired so my income is not as it was prior to not working. I would like to get a part time job at our local LEGO store to help out with current and future sets. We'll see what the future brings.
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 488
    The Want List feature is one of the top items that brought me here. I use it a lot. Currently I have 40 items on my want list (I would have more, but these sets aren't in the Brickset database). I only put discontinued or retired sets on my want list. That's because I'm normally searching the secondary markets for these sets and to focus only on those. And sets from the current year is easy enough to find.

    My wants can be divided into three groups. Recently retired and gettable, recently retired and ungettable, and older sets. The older sets are my main focus. They are mainly sets from the 80's or 90's. Gettable vs. ungettable is about price. I'm not willing to pay X5, X10 or X20 of what the set originally cost when it's not really that rare or old.
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    @Cntryislandboy yes, I've done that too.

    When I first created my want list I added as many sets as I could find, that fit into certain themes. Most of those are still on my want list even though I really don't think I'll ever get them (and some I don't know if I'd still want now or not - maybe they fit better into a theme of "wanted when new, but now out-of-date"). My current want list has 483 sets, although I probably really only want a few dozen of those. LOL....

    Wish there was a way (besides registering under multiple names) to create multiple want lists - the ones I REALLY want and the ones I dream about wanting.
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    edited January 2015
    I'm lucky in not being a completist and I certainly don't like every set lego ever made...

    For example I love Star Wars but don't want every set of it, or even every vehicle. Simply because there are so many of them, it helps me realise that I only want certain particularly memorable (for me) moments. Such as Dagobah swamp, or Wampa cave, or Mos Eisley cantina..

    By contrast I also like Spongebob but since there's been only 13 sets made and they're all pretty good, it is easier to want them all (one day when there is time I'd like to construct a Bikini Bottom "city")

    Some themes I just don't like at all, such as Lego City for example, or Modulars, but I would sometimes want individual sets there because they contain cheap bricks that I like.

  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    When I got back into LEGO 4 years ago, somehow I came across Brickset and I immediately put in all of currently owned sets and made a want list of figures and sets. Since then, I keep it updated (almost daily).

    Currently I have 173 sets on the wantlist. About 75+ are CMF figures I don't currently own (I can take or leave them, but they are on there just in case). About 35 are 2015 sets that are coming out soon, that I will want to pick up seventually. A handful of older and larger sets that I still want to get that aren't discontinued yet. A handful of Comic Con figures and a handful of polybags I want. And then 28 or so sets from my youth I'd like to purchase/part out and complete.

    So it is pretty scattered, but I'm slowly picking up the sets/figures I want the most and eliminating the list. It used to be much higher than that. But as long as my currently owned sets (708) is higher than want list (173), I think I'll be doing okay.
    Andor
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    Sethro3 said:

    But as long as my currently owned sets (708) is higher than want list (173), I think I'll be doing okay.

    Interesting comparison! I'm doing fine as well if you do that kind of math: I own 868 sets and want 43. 868/43= 0,049.

  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 856
    I just looked at my list of sets and determined what themes I really wanted and which ones were ehh. There are a lot more wants than what's on my list, but I am trying to keep it manage able.
    Andor
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    ^^And I thought my collection was big! I own 70 unique sets plus 24 polybags, and currently want only 9....
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,506
    Currently 163 items on my wanted list.
    Hmm that is too many. Although 16 are the current CMF. :)
  • DuchessaDuchessa Member Posts: 287
    monkey said:

    ^^And I thought my collection was big! I own 70 unique sets plus 24 polybags, and currently want only 9....

    Well, I've been collecting for 15 years now, so that might explain some of it. That's 72 sets a year - a little more than one each week. This also includes smaller polybags.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    I use my wanted list as a "to-buy" list, not so much a wish-list. It currently has seven sets on it; three of the upcoming Elves sets, three Mixels from the next wave, and a Basic set my grandparents had when I was a kid (in this case I'm using my wanted list as a bookmark list; specific Basic sets are otherwise hard to find unless you memorize the number).

    As for wanting old sets, I don't have the budget to even think about it. I'll happily buy minifigures from old sets, but my money is better spent paying RRP or less for new sets. The only discontinued set I've even remotely considered purchasing is #7623 Temple Escape as a gift for my son because he loves the LEGO Indiana Jones video game and the jungle/temple is one of his favorite levels. But at the price it is now, I don't see that ever happening.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited January 2015
    I'm at 587 unique sets (not counting duplicates and each CMF Series as 1 set) with a short list of 22 or so sets on the 'Want List', most of which are the recently released SW sets.

    Works out to be about 200 sets a year or about 15 sets a month since returning from the Dark Ages.
  • The_Sly_FoxThe_Sly_Fox Member Posts: 42
    I managed to reach my goal of getting every single Star Wars Wars set. At one point I owned at least two of each, but I sold over half of them a few years ago. Firstly to create room, and secondly, because I realised it would never end when they announced a further trilogy was to be made. And now we have Rebels and Yoda Chronicles etc. I just didn't see the point in having several versions of, say, Darth Maul's Infiltrator. I still have hundreds of them but they are now stockpiled into pieces for general use. Now I just collect the minifigures.

    My wanted list now contains the minifigures I need to complete the set for the second time. My first set are safely sealed in the loft for a rainy day. My second collection is picking up speed and is being displayed in the official Lego minifig cases. They always get the wow factor from visitors. I have a few sets on my wanted list but they are just 'maybe one day'.
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 488
    monkey said:

    I'm lucky in not being a completist and I certainly don't like every set lego ever made...

    That's a good thing. I have yet to see anybody product a single definite list of every set ever made. TLG doesn't even have such a list. It's hard to know what you're looking for if you don't know to like for it.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    My wanted list, is exactly that. Sets I want. More than likely I will eventually acquire all of those sets on that list, it will just take time and money.
    Andor
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,100

    monkey said:

    I'm lucky in not being a completist and I certainly don't like every set lego ever made...

    That's a good thing. I have yet to see anybody product a single definite list of every set ever made. TLG doesn't even have such a list. It's hard to know what you're looking for if you don't know to like for it.
    I'm still working on that list..... ;-)

    I enjoy finding things for TLG that they never knew was made! Here's a few things for from my guide....

    ... Samsonite 750 Educational Set....

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    .... 652 Mercedes Truck/Trailer with NIVEA....

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    .... 652 Mercedes Truck/Trailer with PHILIPS....


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  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,100
    Some other things that TLG didn't know they made....

    A wooden box Automatic Binding Bricks set....

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    One that I'm still looking for from Norway.... a 1237 Garage Side Building...

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    1309 Esso Garage Set....

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    And my favorite.... the 6661 Mobile TV Studio..... WDR German TV version.... it slipped under everyone at TLG's radar....

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    AndormonkeychuckpTLG
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 630
    My want list is more about the journey than the completion...I'll probably never bring it down to zero, but it's fun to try! If only LEGO didn't keep making such awesome sets every year, maybe the list would get smaller instead of larger each year...
    Sethro3
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,261
    Similar to @Oldfan‌ - my want list is a cover all the bases type list that just shows all the things I'd like. I accept that most of it I'll never own but it very clearly shows where my interests are, especially when coupled with my Owned list.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    Istokg said:


    One that I'm still looking for from Norway.... a 1237 Garage Side Building...

    You could build it? The only harder to come by would be the 2x2 curve brick in clear plastic. (Or are the roof / base a single plate?)

  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,179
    My want list is constantly getting updated throughout the year, but it is always heavy on new sets. Retired items are generally removed if I don't own them after they have been released for 3+ years because it generally meant I didn't want it enough to buy it.

    2015 = 54
    2014 = 21
    2013 = 5
    2012 = 1

    The lone 2012 set that I want but I probably will never get is the rare Iron Man/Capt. America set.

    Likewise I evaluate my haves and make cuts whenever I decide to sell sets I don't care to own anymore.
  • Peter1975Peter1975 DeventerMember Posts: 166
    I have 262 sets on my wanted list. A lot of older sets or combination sets are within. It is a main part of my hobby. To search the web, hoping one of the sets comes by, boxed and affordable. I hope to complete some themes up to 100%.
    Also nice is to see, that there are different Lego sets spread around the world. I love limited editions as long as its in the themes I collect. So I hope I live long enough to full fill my desires.... :wink:
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 488

    Istokg said:


    One that I'm still looking for from Norway.... a 1237 Garage Side Building...

    You could build it? The only harder to come by would be the 2x2 curve brick in clear plastic. (Or are the roof / base a single plate?)

    Istokg isn't that type of collector. He's looking for definite proof the set was produced. And an info can get about it.

    The roof and base would be made of a combination of 2x8, 4x8, 6x8 and 4x8 curved plates. It would be similar to 310/1310.
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    Peter1975 said:

    It is a main part of my hobby. To search the web, hoping one of the sets comes by, boxed and affordable.

    Funny this is the least favourite part of the hobby for me, takes so much time! I wish someone else did it and I'd just do the buying..

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