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What type of collector are you?

xwingpilotxwingpilot Member Posts: 799
In the four months I've been a member of Brickset I've found the website to be a brilliant resource, and the enthusiasm on the forum for collecting quite infectious :)

Occasionally you see glimpses of members' collections, and the discussions and comments allude to individual collecting philosophy, but I couldn't see a master thread...

So what do you collect? A cross-section of LEGO themes? A specific theme? A sub-theme? Sets? Minifigures? Polybags? Do you display your sets or do you keep them sealed? What will you be buying next for your collection?

What type of collector are you?



  • The_Mad_VulcanThe_Mad_Vulcan Member Posts: 162
    edited November 2015
    I am fairly new to collecting Lego bricks and elements, having only recently come out of my dark era. 

    I collect mainly interesting pieces, because I am more of a MOCer than a collector, but I also have quite a few sets that I have purchased, for nostalgia reasons, that are from the time when I collected Lego as a kid and are displayed alongside my own works.  

    For the sets that I have bought, they are mostly Space and tend to be between the years 1985 and 1992. But I also have other sets that I have found interesting.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,270
    Sets: All modular buildings, all Winter Village sets, all PF Trains, and any 'Exclusive' sets that take my fancy. I build them all.

    Other than that, I tend to MOC trains and train buildings, but I've also been known to do the odd vegetation/mediæval display, as well as a few other things.

  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,397
    Interesting question,
    The sets I collect have to stay sets, I am quite Ocd about them. They are all individually kept in varying sizes of plastic lunch boxes complete with instructions although all, apart from the bigger sets have the boxes thrown out due to severe lack of space where I live. 
    Saying that I am also a set builder, sets that I would not be able to afford get built from a large collection of loose Lego purchsed from B.L., B.O. and Lego parts orders. These I will build, take apart and then use the parts again for other builds. (The UCS SSD, Death Star 2, Star destroyer and Millinium Falcon are all being built this way). This suits me as I would never have the space to have these wonderful sets on display and the boss lady would kill me very very slowly if i brought these at current prices.
  • OldfanOldfan Member Posts: 707
    What kind of collector am I?  The incurable, hopeless, addicted kind...

    I tend to collect by themes, and tend to group themes into one of the following categories:
    1. Get all the sets of the theme (Space, Star Wars, etc.)
    2. Get one representative set from the theme (most one-off themes like Prince of Persia, Atlantis, etc.)
    3. Ignore the theme altogether (Chima, Bionicle/Hero Factory, Elves, etc.)

    I don't intentionally leave my sets to languish in their boxes.  But, my purchases have outpaced my ability (and space) to open and build each set, so I have a fair number of MISB sets.  Now that I have a new larger basement with built-in display shelving, my MISB sets will slowly start turning into "complete with box" sets...

    It's very easy to blame Brickset, with its nearly complete database of all LEGO sets ever made, for my desire to collect an increasing amount of themes, so I do.  That said, my favorite themes tend to remain the same over the decades, and they include Classic Space, Star Wars, Castle, Pirates, and Harry Potter.
  • natro220natro220 Member Posts: 545

    When I first came out of my dark ages, I was a strict classic Lego collector...only buying sets I wanted when I was a kid.  So that was 80's and 90's Castle, Town, Pirates and Space.  After about a year or two of pretty much only buy old sets on Ebay and Bricklink, I decided to get some Star Wars sets.  It snowballed into City, Modulars, Harry Potter, and eventually any set that looked like a good build or had good parts.  I don't worry about buying every single set from a theme I like, only the sets I really think I would enjoy.

    I've recently moved to MOCing quite a bit more, and am in the process of organizing my collection to better facilitate that.  In the meantime, I'm still picking up sets that look amazing, such as the Ferrari F40, and the Ferris Wheel.  But I've cut back on buying most other themes this year.

  • Abk_MattssonAbk_Mattsson Member Posts: 1
    I am new to this forum, and pretty new to collecting. But very enthusiastic! 

    I only collect Lego Belville, and only sets older than 04. I have a handful of sets left since I was a kid and fell back inlove with them about a year ago. I was going through a very sad breakup, moved back in with my parents and couldn't really bring myself to leave the house. I tried to keep myself busy by cleaning out old stuff and found my old lego. It brought a well needed smile to my face. I open every box I by, I collect to fully enjoy it. I will put my favourite sets on display as soon as I move in to my appartment. It's pretty and I like to look at it. It brings me joy.

    Nobody I know or know about collects lego, so I am very happy to have found this site! So nice to read other people's stories. Happy collecting! :) 
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck Member Posts: 1,591
    I came out of my Dark Ages, due to my daughters, who are now of an age to enjoy LEGO Disney Princess and Friends, but I really got started myself on a Christmas visit to my parents, though, when my mother dug out all my and my brother's old Classic Space LEGO for them to play with. Well, I spent more time than they did with it, rebuilding some of our old sets, especially #6970. It was weird seeing some sets in the storage box, still built from when he and I had played with them last as children.
    I ended up bringing a large proportion of that Classic Space LEGO home and started adding to it, with sets that I had wanted as a child, such as #920, #928 etc. I only have a very few small sets to now add, as well as # 924 and #926. :-)
    I also started getting a few LEGO Minecraft sets, as I dabble a bit with the game itself and also like building landscapes, so they fit really well. It has been a downhill spiral since then... I had to get the Temple of Airjitzu, as it is just such a great set, I added the Benny's Spaceship and the Ideas Exosuit to my Space sets, WALL-E because it's a great looking set and the girls love the film. This has meant that I have also picked up some other interesting sets from those themes, such as a couple of Ninjago dragons and one or two other sets, some more LEGO Movie sets and then one or two other ones that just interest me, such as #79003 An Unexpected Gathering and the two Christmas seasonal sets for my daughters and me to build together.
    I have somehow managed to stay clear of LEGO Star Wars, as that could be fatal, but I have perhaps fallen down another rabbit hole by purchasing my first modular the other day, #10243 Parisian Restaurant. I now want the others.
    Like bandit778, I think, I'm a bit OCD about organising my collection and have individual sets of boxes (Wham 5.02, 5.03 & 5.04 Organisers, for each theme / set, depending on size etc, which I have to do, as I don't have anywhere to leave many models up at the moment (my study is choc full of computers, guitars, amps, telescopes etc and the other half wouldn't be too chuffed with me taking over her pristine sitting room).
    Reading natro220's post, I think you'll find a lot of AFOLs with a similar story to tell. I can certainly identify with that.
    I can also identify with Abk_Mattsson's post, as I don't know anyone else, personally, who collects LEGO for themselves. My friends think that I am a little bit "odd" and I get a fair bit of gentle ribbing about my hobby. I think that they're really just jealous that they haven't got the stones to do the same! ;-)
    I think that I'm happy with the themes that I am dabbling with now, but will probably dip my toe into the Technic pool at some point in time, as that looks fascinating.
    I'd love to try my hand at MOCing, but apart from building my own Minecraft vistas, I really don't have enough varied and / or similar bricks to do anything I would want to do justice, so I'll stick with what I'm doing for the time-being.
    I really want that Classic Space #926 and a couple more modulars though! ;-)

    This thread has already had 190-odd views, but only 7 posts... Come on, let's hear from more of you!

    (Blimey, that was nearly a novella, sorry!)
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    Great topic! It's interesting to see how different people enjoy their hobby. I try to exhibit some form of self control, but I pretty much just collect whatever interests me. Modular buildings and CMFs are mandatory for me, but I like to get a little bit of everything else. I especially like licensed themes, and I collect Marvel minifigures, LotR/Hobbit, and Harry Potter. I'd like to start gathering some OT Star Wars stuff as well. When looking at retired sets, I'm always interested in Classic Space and the 90's "System" era.  
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,150
    Whatever I think my daughter will enjoy playing with & I can get cheaply (plus one or two bits that interest me).
    This may explain why the bookshelf is taken over by Friends
  • CircleKCircleK Member Posts: 1,055
    I think the clinical term used to describe my collecting is called Hoarding. 

    I've shifted my focus several times over the years, mostly bc while I love Lego, I hate being a collector of anything. My wife and I live our lives very modestly and we try to avoid accumulating needless things. I do buy a lot of Lego though and I'm always at odds with myself bc of it. I'm constantly striving to cut back and redefine what collecting means to me as a result. 

    My current collecting habits consist of:

    "Gen 2" Modulars (PR - BB). 
    Select Creator 3n1
    Select Ideas
    Select Winter Village
    Select UCS Star Wars (very few)
    Select Star Wars (very few)

    I try extremely hard to stay away from SW bc I could easily go crazy with it. I only buy those sets that I consider the most iconic and display worthy. My excitement for TFA has been putting me on shakey ground there lately however.  

    Honestly, if I could get to the place where I buy a single Modular / UCS Star Wars set and a few Creator 3n1 sets per year I would be happy. That is my ultimate goal. 

  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,728
    I knew I had seen this discussion before but it was a lot longer than I remembered.
  • Torpedo_VegasTorpedo_Vegas Member Posts: 23
    I collect superhero minifigures primarily but I have a case for Star Wars, CMF, and anything else I might find interesting 
  • Jern92Jern92 Member Posts: 893
    I collect buildings with proper backs to build a city, and all the other stuff that comes in a city like minifigs, cars, food stalls etc. Or sometimes I buy incomplete buildings and make them whole (like combining two sets of Battle for Ninjago City)
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    Lately, my LEGO collecting hasn't been very focused.

     I guess I mostly buy sets that I can afford and not just a particular theme, although the theme I'm interested the most in right now is NINJAGO. I just bought the Temple of Airjitzu, which was a big purchase for me, and next I want Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty. Titan Mech Battle looks pretty cool too so that might be my goal after Destiny's Bounty.

    I collect CMFs but haven't been hardcore so I'm missing a lot. I've dabbled in poly-bag collecting. This year I've dabbled in Bionicle. 

    This year I really got into doing MOCs and LEGO photography which had a big effect on my collecting because I used to keep every set separated but now I've torn a lot of things apart to build my own ideas.

    I was just thinking about getting back to more focused LEGO collecting such as filling in the gaps in my CMF collection or trying to buy all of a theme. Scooby Doo seems like a good choice because there aren't many sets and the largest isn't too expensive.

    Even though there are themes that I most likely would never buy, overall, I really believe that all LEGO is good LEGO.

  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    broke... buying parts from early classic sets and hoping for a larger storage closet this holiday.
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    I collect OT Star Wars sets(with a couple of cool PT sets, such as Palpatine's Arrest, or the Battle on Geonosis), Superhero sets, and a smattering of others that I find interesting. I open and build them all.
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot Member Posts: 799
    As the creator of this discussion, I guess I ought to participate too :-)

    I'm exclusively collecting OT Star Wars sets. In the four months I've been a member of Brickset I think I've covered most of the collecting bases (perhaps apart from battle figures which I'm not really interested in): a UCS set, a complete sub-theme (all the Series 1 and 2 OT Microfighters), an exclusive minifigure and a polybag.

    All of my sets are displayed on stands, so I've also been buying parts for that, and CMF bases.

    As for what's next, I'm still hoping for some more OT sets in Microfighters Series 3, and another OT UCS starfighter or snowspeeder when the 2016 sets are officially announced...
  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 Member Posts: 213
    Minifigure collecting, specifically CMF, drew me to the hobby but I've since been drawn to multiple themes. When I started I was drawn to anything on sale, I wasn't bothered by what it was more that it could be bought at a discount, the number of Chima sets is proof of that. Most recently I have been keen on increasing my City stuff, I love the charm and allthough I have no room for a proper display adding a new vehicle to the shelf pleases me and all my City stuff are happily populating thr Lego City that is alive and well in my head. I've yet to dip my toe into Modular collecting but I am sure to in the new year. Thankfully I have little interest in the discontinued ones much preferring the look of the newer ones and the stories they tell.
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515
    It's Star Wars for me.
  • A.BrickovskyA.Brickovsky Member Posts: 56
    I could agree with CircleK. I actually despise collecting for the sake of just having something, but at the same time I feel constantly drawn to it. I always liked to have a lot of films/books/music at hand, but only those I use from time to time. So I'm not only buying, but also constantly selling things I'm not interested in anymore. 

    With Lego, it's such a different story... If you MOC or plan to MOC in the future, there are actually no sets/parts you can get rid of. Everything is reusable. The more pieces the better. And that frightens me. I can't imagine selling none of it!

    I only buy new sets and parts - don't care about a box, but polybags have to be sealed. I try to keep my parts as clean as possible, but I don't want to stack the "like new" sets disassembled for years in the closet. I want them either displayed or used for independent building. 

    What kind of sets? First, I like to have a variety of parts. For now, I feel that flagship sets from selected themes are the best choice for me. I'm mostly into themes I grew up with, like Pirates, Castle, Adventurers, Western. But there is a great deal of magnificent new sets as well. In next months I hope to buy:
    - Temple of Airjitzu
    - Silver Mine Shootout
    - Vladek's Dark Fortress
    - Mini Cooper MK VII
    - Detective's Office or Brick Bank

    The problem is, I also have to buy some more modular drawers for storage. I'd prefer turn that cash into Lego but... One of these days I gotta get myself organizized.
  • brumeybrumey Member Posts: 1,002
    -i build minifig mocs , therefore collecting them.
    theme wise sorcerers, zombies, ninjas, gangsters, drunk girls, bikini girls, skeletons

    i collect misb ninJAHgo dragons and mechs

    i collect temples and fortress's

    i collect bionicle vehicles and turrets

    my collection also has some 90ies sets in it! mostly cars! i ts my childhood lego! very keen on it!
  • brumeybrumey Member Posts: 1,002
    edited November 2015
    since i got all of the ninjago sets, that i dig/like, now, i m looking to expand my collection to other themes.   started collecting some of the exo-force arachnoids, space police 3, galaxy squad and elves (dat foliage colors^^).

    also having my eyes on some ninja turtles sets... i grew up with them cartoons and had some masters-like figures of them. but not quite sure which sets to get. i want them turtles mini figs classic style (without scuba gear, flashy colors and such). just the classic turtles color scheme... 

    april with short hair and yellow overall
  • steinbriquesteinbrique Member Posts: 29

    City set , Modular , some Ideas set ,and set that can fit in my ideal city ( under construction ).Just got back my old Lego set at my parents, need to go thru it and probably fell in love again of pirates and castle and spend a fortune getting set that I missed . Life story of an Afol, No? Starting to do some Moc buildings. Trying to do this as fast as possible, when I still have some support on this from the wife ;-)

  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 284
    I came out of my dark ages during the first wave of Star Wars and was, at the time, collecting as many of those as I could afford. Then Harry Potter came out and I realized that I also loved Castle, so I bought HP sets as castle parts packs. Then they changed the greys and I got mad and quit.

    Since then I haven't been able to resist buying. I bought some Knights Kingdoms II sets because the bad guys were great. I bought some of the fantasy era (skeletons vs crown knights) because that was a really solid castle theme. And along the way I started buying everything and anything. Now my collection is sorted by part and colour and I have little room for display, so I buy the following:
    • Anything that's a great value
    • Anything that has great parts
    • Things that look fun to build - recent favs: the Lego Movie Ice Cream Truck, the Mini Cooper, the last two Modulars, the Ideas sets
    • Really good Collectible minifigs
    I no longer collect themes. I resisted the urge to, e.g., buy sets so I could have all of the Fellowship of the Ring, or all four Ninja Turtles. I no longer try to buy enough soldiers in any particular faction to build an army. Prioritize! That's what I try to do. 

    Part of me is OCD about collecting and I try very hard to beat that part into submission. I don't have the regular Unikitty, Lord Business, WildStyle with a hood, I don't have all the Elves keys or Atlantis jewels or Boba Fett variants or whatever. It's fine, it's fine. breathes deeply It's fine. 
  • rdflegordflego Member Posts: 324
    Piece hunter and free-er from boxes-er. Essentially I buy sets to build once, then assimilate the pieces into my collection. I also hate to find old sets still in their box so when I get a MISB set I'll open it up and get building, it is a toy after all
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    edited November 2015
    I'm a Completist of the 'Go big or go home' variety. So coming out of my dark ages, I was on a 2 year binge of catching up with all the biggest sets released from 1999 (First year of Star Wars) to current. I build most of my sets (>65% so far) for a short time on display (1 month to 1 year) before breaking it down and stored as a complete set. I'm obsessed with Minifigs and biased towards Licensed themes. But over the last year or so have greatly trimmed the number of themes being collected so that I can focus on the few of primary interest as they have been wallet destroyers.

    CMF Series = Complete including Team GB, Simpsons 1 & 2 (but no Mr. Gold)
    Superhero Minifigs = Complete including all SDCC
    Star Wars Minifigs = Complete >95%
    UCS Star Wars = Complete
    Modulars = Complete
    LotR/Hobbit = Complete
    Creator Expert = Almost complete (missing Grand Carousel and Statue of Liberty)
    Creator Racers = Complete (Ferrari, Lamborghini, VW)
    Disney Princess = Complete (It's all for my gf, I swear!)
    Winter Village = Complete
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot Member Posts: 799
    edited November 2015
    UCS Star Wars = Complete

    Wow - good work!
  • klatu003klatu003 Member Posts: 729
    For me it started with #7946.  They were on sale at Target for Black Friday - that was still a lot of money to spend on *a kid's toy.*  I was hooked.  Next some Pirates of the Caribbean worked in the historic/fantasy vein.  Ok, now for some serious outlays - Modular Buildings and Winter Village.  

    Then Lego made LOTR!  Oh my, that was some feasting/spending of epic proportions. 

    I've dabbled with City , Trains, Friends buildings, 3in1 Buildings, Architecture, Dinos, a few small Super Heroes, Chima buildings, Ninjago buildings, Elves.  My big rule is "no Star Wars", but then Jabba's Palace and Ewok Village slipped into the mix and Slave1 has such pretty colors. For a while "but it's on sale for parts" got me into a lot of purchases. I've resisted Simpsons, but submitted to the Fairground builds.

    Now, I am scaling back.  I will continue collecting buildings of quality from multiple themes, and Elves despite the mini dolls.  And those darn CMFs keep on tempting me to feel-up and buy additions to my minifig population. 
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu Member Posts: 2,318
    edited November 2015
    When I left home, my parents wouldn't let me take my bricks (I had two younger siblings), so I entered my dark ages at that time. The Lego games were in part responsible for rekindling my love of Lego, but it wasn't until Lego MARVEL Superheroes I started buying sets again. MARVEL is the one theme I'm collecting for myself, but I have gotten my wife into the hobby too, so we now have family collection (City/modulars/Scooby Doo), my wife is collecting the Elves theme, plus any Disney Princesses stuff that grabs her attention.

    When our older son, now six, expressed an interest in Lego, I managed to liberate all the old sets which my parents had put in storage (my brother & sister have no interest in them). So we now have a huge amount of old Castle, (classic) Space, Technics & Town sets in the family collection as well.

    I was trying to limit my personal collection to MARVEL, but I sort of broke that by collecting the UA sets & the SW Microfighters. Most of the SW stuff I am buying is primarily for a MOC I am planning, but I will be getting Obi-Wan's Jedi Interceptor, because I loved the look of it in EP III. Most of what I'd want from the SW theme, isn't likely to happen now with Disney's declaration on the EU, so I'm pretty safe there, just wish that the Jedi Defender Cruiser & Sith Fury Interceptor had been more readily available locally.
  • SnissSniss Member Posts: 30
    Trying to limit myself to Ideas (everything from Ecto-1 onwards) and 'vehicles' but have already extended that to ships (hello Sea Cow) and now am on a quest for the Super Heroes polybags, but also scooping up cool limited run sets on ebay if I can find them at a good price (like the Pirate/Space retro commemorative sets). Have a weakness for iconic Marvel sets (which is why I really want the Milano!)

    Limiting to a theme is really hard though, as sometimes amazing sets come along and set-envy/guilt is not good, so I think from now on i'll (carefully) buy what I want.

    I do also have a system of writing down the sets I want in a notepad along with the date. If I still want it after a month, then I will consider buying it. This hopefully reduces impulse buys but doesn't always work, especially when ebay is involved!
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    brumey said:
    -i build minifig mocs , therefore collecting them.
    theme wise sorcerers, zombies, ninjas, gangsters, drunk girls, bikini girls, skeletons

    i collect misb ninJAHgo dragons and mechs

    i collect temples and fortress's

    i collect bionicle vehicles and turrets

    my collection also has some 90ies sets in it! mostly cars! i ts my childhood lego! very keen on it!
    I must have missed the Girls Gone Wild CMF series. Is there a cheap, Chinese, knock-off set available?
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    @BrickDancer , just out of curiosity, when you say LOTR/Hobbit complete, is that just the mainstream sets or does that include every poly and exclusive minifigure that may have been included with a DVD or something of that nature?

    One fantastical idea I've had would be to buy every set available in the LEGO catalog. Alas, a fantasy that will probably never come true.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    edited November 2015
    ^That means all the regular sets, Polys, DVDs promo figs, and board games. But not the SDCC Bilbo, Bard and Azog, since those figs were identical to the regular release ones.
  • Brick_BreakdownBrick_Breakdown Member Posts: 90
    edited November 2015
    CircleK said:
    "Gen 2" Modulars (PR - BB). 
    Gen 2 was FB - PS as Gen 1 was CC-GG

    Me I used to collect all of exclusives but lego is releasing to many sets at to high a price for me to keep up so I now pick and choose I also prefer my older sets. My favourite set is Green Grocer and it'll probably stay that way for the considerable future though parisian restaurant is now my second favourite modular. 

    Though since the direct exclusive line is officially over and replaced with creator expert I got a complete lot of direct exclusives from 10173 to 10229 

    I collect Creator houses and the new buildings (deli, bike shop and cafe) 

    I got a small collection of star wars consisting of 10221, 10225 and 10227 I plan on getting the 75060 slave 1 as it looks amazing, accurate and that boba fett is crazy detailed
  • beabea Member Posts: 227
    I prefer buildings so modulars and any little houses in the creator line. I always get a few of the CMFs.

    Other than that, I randomly buy whatever strikes me with no real philosophy. Unfortunately, I really need to stop doing that because those are the sets which I get bored of quickly and end up regretting later.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Member Posts: 2,442
    It went from Star a select series (Avatar, HP, then Spongebob)...then to a mess of Lego series and CMFs.

  • Pumpkin_3CK5Pumpkin_3CK5 Member Posts: 805
    edited November 2015
    I buy whichever looks cool. Not really a purist when it comes to themes. I think most of them can co-exist. Most.
  • Thecollector123Thecollector123 Member Posts: 67
    I collect a lot of Lego and recently I have been trying to get some Lego wooden toys and Lego Ho scale cars
  • NateFNateF Member Posts: 30

    I collect several things. Lego Service packs, black falcon/castle minifigures and sets, and 2x4 bricks (Lego bricks and testbricks).

  • koshkakoshka Member Posts: 193
    I got back into Lego about 3 years ago thanks to my son. My wife bought me Tower Bridge as a birthday present so I've stuck to quite big models since then including many of the modulars. My wife likes these as much as I do so it's a battle over who gets to actually build them. That's probably the reason that I've bought instructions off of ebay for a couple of larger railway buildings as it means that I get something to build on my own.

    I've also bought a couple of larger Creator 3in1 sets as I think that animal / monster ones make quite good display pieces. We both build to display so space has become an issue and the plan is to accept that we never listen to our CDs and box them up to free up the shelf space. I'm pondering whether to get some of the Architecture range as I like the Trevi Fountain and Louvre. I think the next step has to be MOCs. Once I've built a couple of architecture models I might try something local to Stockholm. Drottiningholm Palace would be the obvious choice but I'm not sure about scale (and I really should finish bricklinking the Taj Mahal first).
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,828
    I collect whatever Lego shows up at the local thrift stores and Craigslist ads. I try to sort sets out from the used stuff, which is a hit-or-miss adventure every time. It is always fun to come home with a few bags, dump them on a sheet on the floor and sit with my grandson to find out what we got.
  • sklambsklamb Member Posts: 516
    I collect what I like the looks of, with an emphasis on buildings, ships, interesting animals (meaning not brick-built, and minifig-scaled if possible), and anything I think is good value or remarkably useful. The closest thing I have to a complete theme is probably Lone Ranger (I'm also partial to a good carriage, so the Stagecoach was one of the first sets I bought when I decided to start buying Lego again). The only things I have at larger-than-minifig scale are some sports cars. I think I have bought all the retired sets I'm going to, except for a few I may still decide to bricklink, such as Cafe Corner, Green (Blue?) Grocer, and a variation on the Grand Carousel. I also have some projects planned such as a Fun Fair combining things like the Mixer and Joker-themed builds from the Batman series, and a Monorail to tie everything together--with multiple levels, of course.
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Member Posts: 1,063
    I collect modulars... CMFs... landmarks... UCS... Star Wars... trains... Technic... ;)
  • Jern92Jern92 Member Posts: 893
    koshka said:
    I got back into Lego about 3 years ago thanks to my son. My wife bought me Tower Bridge as a birthday present so I've stuck to quite big models since then including many of the modulars. My wife likes these as much as I do so it's a battle over who gets to actually build them. That's probably the reason that I've bought instructions off of ebay for a couple of larger railway buildings as it means that I get something to build on my own.
    Can't you just build them together? My boyfriend and I do that all the time whenever either of us buys a decent-sized set.
  • koshkakoshka Member Posts: 193
    Jern92 said:
    koshka said:
    I got back into Lego about 3 years ago thanks to my son. My wife bought me Tower Bridge as a birthday present so I've stuck to quite big models since then including many of the modulars. My wife likes these as much as I do so it's a battle over who gets to actually build them. That's probably the reason that I've bought instructions off of ebay for a couple of larger railway buildings as it means that I get something to build on my own.
    Can't you just build them together? My boyfriend and I do that all the time whenever either of us buys a decent-sized set.
    Sometimes it works but add a 7 year old in to the mix and the accusations about who built how many pages start to fly. It also seems to change over time. At present our son likes to sort and then we build (but he just built the Xmas specials on his own so things might be changing again). Next up are the Simpsons House (her) and the Airjitzu Temple (me). That should keep everyone happy for a while. 
  • Jern92Jern92 Member Posts: 893
    koshka said:
    Sometimes it works but add a 7 year old in to the mix and the accusations about who built how many pages start to fly. It also seems to change over time. At present our son likes to sort and then we build (but he just built the Xmas specials on his own so things might be changing again). Next up are the Simpsons House (her) and the Airjitzu Temple (me). That should keep everyone happy for a while. 
    For us we tend to just take turns; one person finding pieces while the other builds for a few pages, and then swap and repeat. Guess it's a good thing we don't have a 7-year-old :-P
  • tecjamtecjam Member Posts: 255
    I think I'm still in the process of figuring out what kind of collector I am.

    My first Lego Order was on the 4th May. Since then I've tried to get UCS sets and some other larger SW sets.
    However, it soon became aparent that after the first modular was built, I would want to collect these too.
    Then I had fun with a lot of the creator 3-in-1 sets, especially those that fit nicely into the display of modulars. Ninjago dragons were then also a must and of course the Temple and now also the Battle for Ninjago City.

    Yesterday I built my first Elves set (a small one) but I can see at least 1 more that I want from that line.

    I've tried to stay clear of the City theme and Technics so far, and I guess time will tell what kind of collector I turn out to be.
  • RecceRecce Member Posts: 923
    I'm more of a toy collector with Japanese robot toys and Lego being the 2 biggest collection of mine so far, followed by smaller quantities of Playmobil, Microman,  anime & video game figures, Gundam kits, Ultraman, Masked Rider, Thomas & Tomy trains etc. 

    For Lego I'm interested in quite a number of themes including City, Creator, Ninjago, Modular buildings, Friends, Chima, Education, Games, Minifigures, Star Wars, Super Heroes DC & Marvel, Trains, Winter/Seasonal etc. Also had complete sets of the smaller themes such as Lone Ranger, Monster Fighters, LOTR/Hobbit, Lego Movie, TMNT, Scooby-Doo etc. 

    If there are clearance sales of sets, I will also get just for the parts. 

    However, as funds and space are limited, will have to reduce the themes from next year onwards. Probably still buy all the Ninjago, Super Heroes, Games and Modular building sets, with the rest on selective buy. 
  • ethanjwallethanjwall Member Posts: 118
    I collect Marvel, LOTR, The Hobbit, Star Wars, and a few other things. I had every single Prince of Persia Set, Every single Indiana Jones set,  Almost every single Agents set, and a ton of other things! I also have accumulated about 350 CMFs. I also had almost every single Ninjago spinner set! I have roughly probably about 3,500,000 Lego Bricks at the moment, and probably about 3,000-4,000 sets! 
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