How many sets do you own?

TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
I am coming up on my one-year anniversary of collecting legos and I was curious to know how many sets other people in the forum have? It has been a very interesting year and still consider to be a novice....but that is part of the fun, learning. Today I received set #41, the Fairgrounds Mixer to go along with the Ferris Wheel.

Is this a good start? How have you learned to become a savvy collector? Are their any mistakes you have made and how can I avoid them? 

Looking forward to anything you have to say.

Link to my collection:
http://brickset.com/sets/mycollection-owned/page-1
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  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 558
    Hi, nice topic, I own more than 200 sets, mostly smaller ones. If I could give you some advice: stick to one theme or a couple of themes you like best, or you'll be broke. (Been there, done that haha)
    Also, the link to your collection you posted will link to anyones personal collection if they're logged on to brickset... 
    Drmnezkiki180703
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    wardm said:
    Hi, nice topic, I own more than 200 sets, mostly smaller ones. If I could give you some advice: stick to one theme or a couple of themes you like best, or you'll be broke. (Been there, done that haha)
    Also, the link to your collection you posted will link to anyones personal collection if they're logged on to brickset... 
    Hmm. How would link to my collection then? Sorry slightly technically challenged.
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    I have 1,000+, but I've been collecting for a long time. My best piece of advice is don't buy a set just because it's on sale. Sales are good, but looking at a set a few months later that you still paid for but didn't really want and still don't want is bad. 
    PoochyMynattandhebandit778klatu003
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    I'm at 97 sealed sets, 12 opened, and about 400 polybags. I am mostly a reseller.... I know I know stone me now but you can't blame me. 
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    I do collect CMFs religiously so that negates some of my atrocities.  
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    BACbrix said:
    I'm at 97 sealed sets, 12 opened, and about 400 polybags. I am mostly a reseller.... I know I know stone me now but you can't blame me. 
    The only thing I have sealed is 3 polybags..... I lack the willpower to keep sealed sets. 
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    Just started with CMF's last month and have around 20 from various series, I did get a plant suit guy a few days ago, I was happy with that find.

  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,031
    edited December 2015
    I think I have about 100 sets (all opened of course ;) and almost all of the CMFs since series 12 :)
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,416
    If you want, you can check this old thread.  http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/14347/lego-collections/p1
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    BACbrix said:

    I am mostly a reseller.... I know I know stone me now but you can't blame me. 
    No? Can't?

    Resellers can, and often are, blamed for anything.
    SumoLegoRonyar
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    Like... I stubbed my toe! Thanks, resellers. >:(

    ;)

     I have... too many sealed sets. I think I'm waiting for winter break to crack some seals. I most have sealed Mixels. I buy them and then save them to be opened one at a time on the most stressful and disheartening of workdays. Of course, this time of year, those kinds of days ramp up, so... yaaay Mixels.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    Well, the first question that has to be answered is "If I still have all of the pieces, do I still own the set?"
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 90
    Too many...

  • mldj77mldj77 Philadelphia, PAMember Posts: 63
    How many sets do I own? Idk, hundreds if not a thousand. I think I'm just a Lego hoarder at this point. 
    kiki180703MorkManLee
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 944
    Would like to say, but I won't, because I might offend others' feeling.  You know, this whole "PC culture" crap. :)
    Pitfall69Thanos75kiki180703Rainstorm26
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    I would love to ponder the question or whether I was a lego hoarder. It took me a year to collect 41 sets....maybe I will achieve 1000 sets in 20 years:(
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    Well, to be fair...I have collected for 20 years. 1979 to about 1994. Then again in 1999-2000. Then from 2012 until now. 
  • mldj77mldj77 Philadelphia, PAMember Posts: 63
    Likewise. I've been addicted for some 27 years, give or take a dark age. I think the real pleasure is in the build & display versus just owning. 
    YodaliciousTheMaker37Salamalexkiki180703OldfanVorpalRyubandit778Lee
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    mldj77 said:
    Likewise. I've been addicted for some 27 years, give or take a dark age. I think the real pleasure is in the build & display versus just owning. 
    Agree 100%!!
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    ^ Agreed, @mldj77. Any sealed sets I have are due to me just not getting to them yet. I love the build. 
    Ronyar
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 944
    I would love to ponder the question or whether I was a lego hoarder. It took me a year to collect 41 sets....maybe I will achieve 1000 sets in 20 years:(

    Don't let the number of sets define a collection.  You can purchase 1000 poly bags on sale for .98 cents each and add to your brickset collection and your total will state you have 1000 sets.  Then again, it also state only one unique set.

    It's not about the number of sets one owns, but the actual set numbers.  What's better..... owning 10 sets of #10179 or 10 sets of #30303?
    VorpalRyu
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    1265 said:

    What's better..... owning 10 sets of #10179 or 10 sets of #30303?
    Judging by some comments around here, that may depend on whether you value your marriage.
    1265kiki180703VorpalRyuRonyarGalactusLee
  • dragon114dragon114 United StatesMember Posts: 632
    230 and probably more after i sort all old lego
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 363
    According to Brickset I have 1680. BUT at least 600 or more are CMFs and there are polys too. I have nearly 400 unopened, I do sell some, but mostly I love selecting a new one and cracking the seal, it's like a private Lego shop :)  About ten years collecting. 
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 467
    90% of my sets are 1000 piece count or more. I rarely buy polybags. Because I love the building so much I bypass alot of the smaller ones to save up for the big ones like modulars, and Tower Bridge type sets.... except the small seasonal sets.
    A.Brickovsky
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 944
    TigerMoth said:
    1265 said:

    What's better..... owning 10 sets of #10179 or 10 sets of #30303?
    Judging by some comments around here, that may depend on whether you value your marriage.
    I easily leave my wife for 10 sets of #10179.
    kiki180703TCSBGDADYA.BrickovskyGalactusLee
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    I guess it all depends how one defines and/or values a collection. Is owning 10 UCS Millennium Falcons a collection? They are certainly is valuable. I really don't know exactly how many sets I actually have because I don't consider polybags of just a minifigure or CMF's a set (cue in depth discussion on why I am wrong); it is just how I personally define my collection. I have every CMF LEGO has released, except Mr. Gold. I consider him part of the CMF collection as well as the ones from the DK Books and even Team GB, but I know others do not.
    SumoLegopiratemania7
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 944
    edited December 2015
    Pitfall69 said:
    I guess it all depends how one defines and/or values a collection. Is owning 10 UCS Millennium Falcons a collection? They are certainly is valuable. I really don't know exactly how many sets I actually have because I don't consider polybags of just a minifigure or CMF's a set (cue in depth discussion on why I am wrong); it is just how I personally define my collection. I have every CMF LEGO has released, except Mr. Gold. I consider him part of the CMF collection as well as the ones from the DK Books and even Team GB, but I know others do not.
    I don't consider polybags and CMFs a set, however, a person only posts the numbers given from the "Sets Owned" in Brickset.  Listing a single polybag set has the same weight as one listing one larger set would.

    I find interesting is knowing the sets one has to what the total piece counts are for the sets owned - for an average - plus what the retail value is listed.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,416
    edited December 2015
    I do consider polybags as sets because some times I love their simplicity just like I like the larger sets for their complexity. Each has their own graphic packaging and set number so they are both sets. 

    As far as the average number of pieces go there are variables that will skew the numbers a bit. A box of 9V track only has eight pieces with a relatively high price per piece. My collection says I own 4087 sets but only 1683 different with a piece count of 539145 and a retail value of $64123. So by the numbers the average piece count of each set is 132 pieces and an average value of $15.68 per set which is pretty low for a Lego set. But I still have many larger piece count sets. It all boils down to how you want to skew the figures around to make it look like want you want it to.
  • JELJ1SJELJ1S Member Posts: 94
    edited December 2015
    2576 according to brickset count.  A little ridiculous but it's an addiction.  So many are still sealed because I lack space to display them.  I am however working on finishing my basement now and will have about 225sqft of space for a dedicated Lego room and another 400sqft of shared space that will have a lot of displays.  
    Lego_Nerd98
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 479
    I have a fairly sizable collection.  Set wise I have about 1850 sets.  In addition to the sets I have around 135,000 spare and random elements for MOCs and general building.  And I have a sizable collection of early (i.e. wooden) toys.

    As long time collector (started in 1988 with no gaps) it's about collecting what I like and what interests me.  Trying to collect everything is difficult and nearly impossible.  I've rarely bought stuff I dislike.  The biggest mistake you can make is to buy stuff out of habit.  There should be a justifiable reason each new addition. 
    JELJ1SLee
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    Too many.
    Yodaliciouskiki180703JELJ1S
  • tecjamtecjam Germany / SwitzerlandMember Posts: 255


    and I've only been back in the game since May.
    JELJ1S
  • rdflegordflego in a world of his ownMember Posts: 324
    642 so far, however less than 0.2% of those are still in one piece.
    Jenni
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    Probably only about 5 or 6 that are actually sets. I rarely keep my lego as official sets, it has to be really good not to be modified or added to in some way. And most lego sets are not really good. It's rare that I don't modify one to my own taste. Most modern sets don't even get built according to the instructions these days either, I buy them for the minifigs and/or parts packs. Unboxed and mixed up as a MOC kit - I haven't a clue how many. I have maybe ten that are mine that are sealed, all polybags.

    And probably only about 70-80 sealed and stored for resale. But I don't consider them mine or part of my collection. They are stock.

  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,951
    I've got 567 different sets, and I'm hoping that number will go up on Christmas day! :)

    The total number of sets is probably much larger. E.g. I have about 300 x Z95 Headhunter polybags alone because they were ridiculously cheap on eBay and I thought the 3x3 plates would come in handy :)
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 621
    Counting all the CMF, polybags, and those books that include minifigures or minibuilds as sets, I have around 1580 sets with about 420k parts, and a relative handful of loose parts (~10k).  Very few duplicates in my set list, I'm more of a set/theme collector.

    I've been a LEGO fan since I was a kid (late 70's), and got back into the collecting game when Star Wars sets first appeared in 1999.  Classic Space and Star Wars naturally comprise a goodly % of the collection.  Modulars and UCS contribute to the large part counts, too.

    While most of the newer sets are still sealed, now that I have my new finished basement with lots of built-in shelving, I can start building and displaying with a vengeance.  I'll have to remember to share some pics when I'm done in a few years...
    tecjamSumoLegoYodaliciouskiki180703Lee
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,903
    I'm a Lego hoarder - but in treatment.  Trying very had to regulate what and how much is hoarded.  And I do build sets as well.  

    I'm well over 1000 sets, not including multiples of the CMFs.

    A truly complete CMF set should have Mr. Gold, the Toy Soldier, the CMF VIP Top 5, and Team GB.  (And that upcoming Germany CMF thing.)

    Kinda like how Market Street is a modular, even though there is a healthy hostility towards the set.  Even if someone handed me a used Market Street, it would not appear in my Lego Modular City.

    Also, kinda like that stupid limited edition, completely non-verifiable white Boba Fett keychain, for those of you that collect keychains...
    VorpalRyukiki180703
  • Lego_Nerd98Lego_Nerd98 Fort Worth, Texas, USAMember Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    I have a total of more than 150, but since 2010 (when I started collecting) I've gotten about 100-120.

    Btw do accessories count? That would add more than a dozen to the total.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,779
    SumoLego said:
     (And that upcoming Germany CMF thing.)


    The rumour is that there are 4 sets now - Germany, England, Spain and France.
    kiki180703khmellymelBumblepants
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,095
    I have a paltry 131 sets listed.

    Mainly Classic Space, Ninjago, Minecraft, The LEGO Movie, Seasonals, Modulars, Old LEGOLand, Creator, Friends and Disney Princess (the last two my daughters' sets) with a smattering of Ideas, The Hobbit, CMFs and other sets.
    I've been an AFOL since Christmas 2014, when I bought my daughters a large Creative Tower box of LEGO and a couple of Disney Princess sets and started reassembling my old Space sets at my parents' house with them, but I've been actively purchasing for myself since about November 2014, I think.
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy USMember Posts: 294
    I have 849 unique sets.  36 with a piece count of over 1000, 103 with a piece count over 500.  I have probably 125ish different polybags, and I have all of the CMF series except the GB ones (and no Mr Gold).  My CMFs are only entered as complete sets, and not as a set for each individual CMF (so they only count for 17 sets in my collection).
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,248


    The breakdown of the numbers:

    I was born in 1976 & my family started buy sets for me before I was a year old, kept getting sets up until some time around 1991-92 (only recently reclaimed these). I still have to finish cleaning/sorting/re-assembling all of my Lego from this period, so the number may decrease a little. I suspect my little brother may have sold off a small amount stuff, I have noticed a lack of Futuron/Blacktron/Space Police minifigures (99% of the sets ticked have had instruction books sighted when I reclaimed them).

    Part two of my collection came about around 2000-01, I was planing to collect Bionicle stuff & grabbed the first batch of Bionicles & Boh Rok, but after that they were blink & you missed it in stores locally, so I gave up.

    The current era additions started late 2013, when I decided to collect the MARVEL Superheroes stuff & the collection rapidly expanded from there... Duplo & City sets for our boys, all the Elves sets for my wife, etc, etc (all of which is recorded on my account). Most of the Lego, including my old stuff from 1976-2002 is deemed the family collection, my personal stash is the MARVEL/Ultra Agents/Star Wars stuff.

    Of the 512 different, 84 are CMFs, 37 count as polybags & 17 are books/key chains/video games etc.

    Of the 709, there are 15 sets we have extras for resale (around 60 sets all up), not looking to get rich at this point, just negate the cost of our purchases at least somewhat. There's also another 15 sets I have doubles of from my childhood (relatives occasionally screwed up on what sets I had), but I wouldn't look to sell any of them, as mum used to smoke inside back then. We have 6 polybags that we have more than one of (about 15 all up), most are part of our emergency gift stash, #30162 being the exception. Of those 'extra' Quinjets, there's one for each of our two boys, for the day many years away when they leave home, plus a couple of back-ups in case when/if we try for bub number three it turns out to be twins (fingers crossed that won't be the case). I was hoping to do the same with the MARVEL polys, but deals like I got on those Quinjets just have not happened since (Australia sucks for SH & SW polys, we always seem to miss out on them). As for the CMFs, there 28 we have more than one of (about 66 all up), most are extras for MOC use, a few have been accidentals, we put those aside for potential trades.

    Figuring out all that info has made me realise how huge our Lego collection has expanded in the short time I've been back, just glad I've gotten my wife addicted, otherwise there could have been trouble down the road...
    kiki180703xiahna
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    I count my own sets together with the Friends sets of my older daughter and together we own about 400 (not counting Duplo).
    Roughly a quarter of these are from my childhood up to my mid-teens, mostly old City, Classic Space and Technic sets from about 1979 to 1995.
    My "dark ages" were roughly between 1995 and 2013, when our older daughter turned five and became interested in Friends sets, while our younger one took over the older sister's Duplo range.
    I have very few sets from between 1995 and 2013, but managed to track some of those that I missed down via ebay and other private sellers before the resale prices went through the roof in the last two years.
    2015 was by far the most "productive" year when it comes to buying Lego. I was amazed when I saw the "introducing Jangbricks" video for the first time. How anyone not interested in reselling could buy so many sets in such a short time. Well, by the end of this year I am no different, having bought around 30 sets in the last three months alone. Will have to cut that down a little in future. Fortunately we do have a house, but space for Lego is limited nonetheless ;-)
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,061
    188 - wahooo!
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    For me it's not about quantity. I only started collecting this year but even so I'm very picky about what I buy. I'm quite a minimalist too, so my collection will almost certainly stay relatively small (but perfectly formed). Of course that partly depends on how many new OT Star Wars sets TLG releases in 2016...
    A.Brickovsky
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,458
    I've got 170 sets listed, but only 24 that I know are complete. The rest are on my list because I have identified specific elements (or groups of elements) that are unique to a given set, like the printed round plate from 4701-1. Nearly all of my Lego has come from thrift stores in just the last 2 years, so I have a LOT of sorting to catch up on.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,903
    CCC said:
    SumoLego said:
     (And that upcoming Germany CMF thing.)


    The rumour is that there are 4 sets now - Germany, England, Spain and France.
    Isn't that super?!?!

    Anyone within the sound of my voice - I am already looking for those sodding sets!
    kiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,903
    I totally forgot about keychains.  Might as well add another 350+ to my tally...
    VorpalRyu
  • Lego_Nerd98Lego_Nerd98 Fort Worth, Texas, USAMember Posts: 235
    @datsunrobbie I wish I could find more Lego at thrift stores and garage sales; but I guess not many people around here wanna give up their Legos!
    kiki180703
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