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I am new into collecting Legos. A couple weeks. I decided to start by collecting MiniFigures. By doing so I have found myself involved in a community that is really passionate about their blocks. I am posting this threat to ask a question. I bought some second hand blocks and minifugures in play condition, and I have gotten in over my head. The previous owner took everything, I mean everything apart. Heads, torsos, hands etc everywhere. I want to piece these back together as they should be, but I get overwhelmed just trying to figure out what I am looking at sometimes. This there a place that I can look up torso and see the complete figure so I have put "humpty dumpty back together again"
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Good luck and have lots of fun sorting your bricks! :)
As a side note, welcome. You won't want to go back.
Almost 20 years ago, my young (enough to know better) stepson decided to decapitate every minifig in our house. (He is lucky that I did not decapitate him.)
Hubby struggled to put them all back together....randomly. Figs looked like crap.
^$#@%^((*^%GUI^$DU(OJY%UIJHY, after weeks of sorting, checking bricklink many times, and studying where the 20,000 or so pieces should go, yours truly managed to get most of them back to their original state and theme.
People who take apart someone else's entire collection of minifigs should be slowly tortured until they can no longer breathe. (That is the most humane treatment that comes to mind.)
I have been a Lego fan since 1976; a couple of years before the minifigure we all have come to love appeared in any sets. In that time thousands of these wonderful little people have passed through my fingers. I am far from an expert, but the first thing I look for in a Lego lot are the minifigures.
If you are ocd about your Lego minifigures like me, you should know you cannot take a yellow smiley face from the Detective's Office and put it on a Classic Spaceman's torso. You cannot take the legs of a Classic Pirate and put them on the torso of a Parisian Restaurant minifigure. Obviously, you can, but you would be mixing up time periods and molds.
There have been at least 3 different head molds used since 1978; a solid stud, a hollow stud and the current stud that is used. I find the legs very interesting. The new legs that are made in Denmark have Lego molded into the feet on both legs. The CMF's have only Lego on one foot and it seems that Keychains do not have Lego on the inside of the feet. The neck on the torso of Minifigures that are made in Denmark is "painted"; whereas CMF's torso necks are not. This really helps me reassemble some of my daughters The Lego Movie Minifigures. She keeps mixing up Emmets legs from the CMF'S and the one from the regular sets.
Anyway Shane, good luck with sorting out your minifigs! Are they only the "collectible minifigures" or are there any from sets? If they are just the collectible ones, TarDomo's advice is the best imho. You can also select "collectible minifigures" in the "theme" drop down menu and tada! You have everything you need! *Huge fan of Brickset's database*
What happens if you keep track of which pieces were swapped and return them to their original configurations?
Also, I'm just curious how far down the rabbit hole this goes. If I open two of the same CMF but switch their legs, do I no longer own either of them?
@Pitfall69 I do get that my comment to you had nothing to do with Shane's problem. I tend to indulge with some "off-topic" when I also have "on-topic" in my comments.
Please people, stay on topic here.
My last post was completely meant in good humor. Some will get it and others won't. :smile:
It has been a blast...until I decided to put many figs back together and decrease the size of my minifig collection. That is when the problem arose of putting the right pieces back together after hubby had so creatively built random figs out of many of the loose parts.
I am thinking about selling the rarer figs that have shot up in value because I would rather focus on just a few themes, and have enough of those to make me happy. For seven years I bought figs that captured my eye from any theme. So that leaves me with a lot of beautiful figs from across most themes that I am going to part with. It is okay because those are not my favorite themes, but I will miss the Star Wars ladies a bit. They are just such incredible designs and many are so unusual looking that I have treasured them. Same with my Harry Potter figs. I am sure that someone who is really into those themes will love them even more.
It is great sharing LEGO that you no longer cherish with those who will give it a proper home. Now I just have to figure out how to downsize my collection. I am eyeing the yard sale slots at BFVA 2015 because you get to meet the buyers in person and avoid mailing things to far places. This is a great place to pick up LEGO on your wish list as AFOL's recycle parts of their collections with other AFOL's.
All came out of
Cheap sets, but it get me the figures I did not have before.