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Brag Time. How big is your Lego Collection?
We all like to show off, don't we? I reckon I am super lucky in that I am only 17 but have (in my opinion) quite a large collection of Lego. And not just the small ones, the big, expensive ones. My parents were clever enough (and I can't thank them enough), and purchase a large quantity of late 70's, early 80's lego, well before I was old enough to put them together. This started a hobby that has only increased with age. So far my collection (of 'big' sets) consists of:
8285 - Tow Truck
8653 - Enzo Ferrari 1:10
10210 - Imperial Flagship
10196 - Grand Carousel
10194 - Emerald Night
10024 - Red Baron
10213 - Shuttle Adventure
6091 - King Leo's Castle
8376 - Hot Flame RC Car
1252-1256 - Shell Service Station Sets
8684 - Series 2 Collectible Minifigs (entire collection)
8803 - Series 3 Collectible Minifigs (5)
8500-8507 - Slizer/Throwbot Set
7597 - Toy Story Western Train Chase
8652 - Enzo Ferrari 1:17
Laying it out like this really does hit home as to the enormity of my collection, with Brickset saying I have 194 different sets, totalling 26557 pieces. Wow.
So, that's my bragging done for a good long while, how about you guys?
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This is, however, probably not the best place for a 'mine is bigger than yours' bragging session as you are up against some serious heavyweights in here. Prepare to be seriously impressed.....!
I tend to have only one of each set, not shelves full of MISB sets, like some here :-)
Like Huw says, having seen some of the other collections in the BA, I know my own is just minuscule (I believe one BA member has well over 1 million 1x1 plates ... in different colours, but, still ...)
I have kept precisely zero sets from my youth, we used to live next to a field that hosted car boot sales every weekend so all my collection was sold there...I still haven't got over it.
I'm only 3 years out of my Dark Ages, so I think my collection is pretty sizeable when you take that into consideration (560+ different, 730+ including duplicates, over 100,000 pieces) but I still feel like a very small fish in a very big pond.
I would love to pick up more classic sets, but I find it's a trade-off between keeping up with the new sets in the themes that I like to collect vs. old sets, at the moment new sets are winning.
About 5 years ago I had a massive collection that I sold off. My wife and I had decided to start a family. We had a smaller house back then so we needed the space and the money. I haven't reached the point I used to be at but I probably have 2-3 hundred pounds right now.
its a pretty good size considering we are both only 16 and bought most of them ourselves (although we just moved and we are out of money :( ), we dont have any old or rare stuff, but we do have all first 3 series of collectible minifigs.
Notably, I am fairly complete in the themes I collect. Back when I started in '96, I bought up most of the old Technic sets I'd missed out on, and in MISB condition. As I bought them, I promptly opened them up and built them. :) Most have been dismantled now, except for some of the earliest ones.
The problem I face today is that my collection is so large, it is not practical to make use of all the pieces. I do have a storage system but it hasn't been expanded in years and is thus woefully inadequate. Parts from sets taken apart in the past five or six years sit in large plastic tubs, unsorted. Furthermore, my lego room itself is essentially a big closet now. There's barely room to go in and build.
I started constructing a new Lego room in the basement a couple years back but just have not had the time and resources to complete it. I hope that I can finally finish it this year so I can put together some creations that have been bouncing around in my head for the past few years. I still get my Lego fix, of course, by building with my two boys and their individual Lego collections. But all three of us long to tap into that giant parts cache boxed up in the Lego room. You know, it makes me a bit sad just thinking about it. Maybe I can use this as inspiration to go to the store this weekend and buy the can lights and drop ceiling for that room downstairs. :)
My collection is public so feel free to take a look :)
"You own 1487 sets (938 different).
We have piece counts for 877 of them. Using that data we have calculated that you own 523,369 pieces!
You own 4468 minifigs"
I think that I still have about 20% of my sets not yet inventoried. I literally have run out of workable space, so that it's like solving a jigsaw puzzle to go through and inventory everything.
Aside from the sets, I also have several hundred pounds of loose bricks and probably another 3000 minifigs judging by the volume they occupy.
I'm most proud that I was able to acquire a large portion of the sets that I always wanted from my childhood but was too poor to afford.
One thing I've learned is there's always a bigger fish in the sea... except for that one biggest fish. I'm certainly not it, but oh how I would love to be!
A more accurate measure would be ..... more than the wife thinks is within the realms of sanity, but not enough that I am satisfied that I dont want anything else.
I've got about 25 more sets to add as I filter through a 15kg pickup of old Train and Town stuff from the 80s.
Collection is public: http://www.brickset.com/search/?OwnedBy=distortme
But still a very small fish, but doing my best to fatten up......
Just got 2 Maersk trains in the mail today. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I told her that I went to law school so I could buy whatever Lego I wanted. She doesn't think that is funny :)
I only started my Lego addiction about 2 years ago, after buying my youngest son a star wars set and marvelling how good it looked!
10179 - UCS Millennium Falcon
10212 - UCS Imperial Shuttle
10178 - Motorized Walking AT-AT
8017 - Darth Vader's Tie Fighter
6206 - Tie Interceptor
7657 - AT-ST
8037 - Anakin's Y-wing Starfighter
8088 - ARC-170 Starfighter
7256 - Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid