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Like many Brickset members I have a few OCD tendencies when it comes to my LEGO collection. In my case:
- All minifigures have to be displayed on CMF bases
- All sets have to be displayed on stands (UCS or MOC'd)
There's also few things about my collection that doesn't sit will with my LEGO OCD:
- I have all the OT Microfighters from Series 1 and 2, and in all cases except one I could mount them on stands without modifying the build (I had to remove an inverted 2x2 plate from #75031)
- #10240 comes with three stapled instruction books rather than a bound UCS-style instruction book (don't get me started on TLG's inconsistencies surrounding UCS sets)
- The UCS stand for #10240 needed an extra foot (two extra 2x2 plates) in the centre at the back to support the weight of the model over time
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Recent discussions •
All the little 'Lego' writing on top of the studs of all bricks need to be placed, as much as possible, facing in the same direction whenever I build something.
It sometimes drives me mad!
This is also why stickers can totally freak me out, they need to be applied exactly right, and when I fail to do so, I am so annoyed with myself.
I have not MOC'ed anything in a while, but when I do, somehow I am not bothered by it that much.
The only set we slaved over was the Taj Mahal because it has so many $#^*(^%# little pieces and our son was home from college that week and read all the fine print and made us follow the directions for once. And your vision does quickly go downhill as you advance in years, so forget about putting anything together perfectly....at least you can no longer clearly see that it is not put together perfectly after a while.
It must be excruciating to collect and build LEGO if one is OCD. Thanks, I somehow missed getting that gene. If I did have OCD, I would find another hobby like water or snow skiing where you can't control the course.
I also have a thing for Lego elements which can be a deciding factor when purchasing sets. I recently bought a small Lone Ranger set just for the horse, printed flag, cannon and (most importantly) a frying pan with a chicken leg to go in it. When I buy any second hand Lego there is often a yelp of joy because there is some element in the batch that is missing from my hoard.
Actually glad my son doesn't mind I do all the stickers... children used you want to do so many things themselves and I do want him to learn everything and be self sufficient or however you say this. helps cooking, I let him do the splitting of the eggs, I don't mind him building very difficult sets although he's only 6, but stickers .... is going to be a long time coming...
I have taken issue with misaligned stickers for as long as I can remember - it predates Lego by far. A misplaced sticker is a mental splinter that I cannot remove. The imperfection continually gnaws at my brain to the point that I would just assume throw the eye sore away then continue to look at it. It's even worse when I'm the one who messed the sticker up.
When end I was a kid I would save the stickers to my GI Joe sets until I visited my Uncle. He was excellent at applying them and I knew he would always do the best possible job. I wasn't lazy, but couldn't stand the thought of messing up one of my prized processions. As far as Lego is concerned today - stickers don't happen. I won't apply them.
-All stickers must be applied, with an extra sticker sheet purchased as a spare.
-All Superhero figs are divided between Comic and Movie/TV Universes.
-All Star Wars figs are divided first by era: Yellow, Flesh & Color. Then subthemed by Episode I-VII, with Clone Wars, Extended Universe, Promos separate.
I do try to maintain some sort of order on my shelves, according to theme, character allegiance, and so on, but that's a constant tug-of-war between headcanon, how much shelf space I've got available, and whether there are enough sets in a theme to fill one. The Avengers/Marvel New York, Justice League/Batcave, Tatooine, Hoth, Endor/Home One, and Agents/Ultra Agents are all reasonably distinct; for the rest I just kind of wing it.
However, my OCD also prevents me from giving away or selling parts. The sets are all mixed together, but it must remain possible for me to extract them all, as if they'd never been mixed. If my 5-year-old son has his way, that will be happening soon, as he is going through my instruction books and rebuilding everything that's "cool".
Trained them well?
Despite the latest R2-D2 having far superior printing, I just can't bring myself to have a non-standard R2 sitting on top of #10240.
My almost 6 year old does want to the stickers himself - I just tell myself it really doesn't matter. Though since I also "love to do stickers" I insist on doing them for the "family" sets. I was so happy when we opened the Detective's Office and there were no stickers. My good friend gave him the City Square for Christmas and helped him build a lot of it and the stickers are all at least slightly crooked and have hair/crumbs/who knows what under them - it makes me cringe. I really want to get another sticker sheet and re-do them all.
Minifigure base for 3 minifigures:
at least youare not totally OCD, the "Lego" on the studs don't all point in the same direction.
I'm with you on not mixing themes on the same shelf though...