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At what point did you realize you had to get selective?



  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck Member Posts: 1,591
    Very early on I made a conscious decision to not buy any LEGO Star Wars sets, even though I am a huge fan of the movies, simply because I realised immediately that I would never be happy with the number of sets that I would have to pass on, especially the UCS ones.
    Instead, I picked a few themes that interested me (Classic Space, Creator Expert, Minecraft, Ninjago, City, Ideas, LoTR / TH, The LEGO Movie) and concentrated on buying the sets from those themes that I really wanted.
    Of course, things haven't worked perfectly and I have definitely bought a few sets that I probably shouldn't have done, but nothing too silly.
    In future, I think that I am going to slow down somewhat more and concentrate on getting the really great sets being released each year, especially as the number of extremely large Creator Expert, Ideas and D2C sets that I really want seems to be increasing!
    Space is, of course, a large issue, as for most people, and I have no idea how I am going to fit next year's modular building into my limited-table-space city street, quite apart from the new Carousel and that Ninjago Movie City!

  • durazno33durazno33 Member Posts: 50
    edited June 2017
    When I moved to a smaller apartment and had a kid I realized, I didn't really love my Star Wars collection as much as my castle collection.  This has helped since Lego hasn't made a decent Castle theme for a few years so it effectively curbed excessive set buying while allowing me to downsize my collection.

    Then there was that moment when I realized I had $400 of unopened sets because I wasn't ready to sort out the pieces and didn't immediately need them.  No need to buy many more sets if I still haven't opened these.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    ^Those shovels, rakes, and pitchforks have long since been forgotten it would appear
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,728
    ^^ Boy I'm glad I never got into those.
  • OnebricktoomanyOnebricktoomany Member Posts: 451
    ^^Awesome!!!  How do you obtain the displays?  
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    ^You didn't know? Sumo is also known as the Lego Display Bandit.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,239
    edited June 2017
    ^You didn't know? Sumo is also known as the Lego Display Bandit.
    I have the death sentence on 12 Targets!
    They call me el Sumo Bandito.
    ^^Awesome!!!  How do you obtain the displays?  
    Magic Gnomes.
  • OnebricktoomanyOnebricktoomany Member Posts: 451
    Ha ha!! Sumo Bandito I believe!  Magic gnomes... not so much.
  • Jern92Jern92 Member Posts: 893
    Mostly when I realised I can't afford everything I want. This year alone there are 4 sets I want but cannot afford (Assembly Square, Carousel, Old Fishing Store, Ninjago City), because other commitments keep popping up.
  • PmhPmh Member Posts: 128
    Pretty soon after coming out of my dark Ages,unfortunately.
    the issue here is money,not space. buying everything i would want would cost way to much and i do not even want that many sets,Only the awesome ones many of which are expensive.
    ^ I'm confused. don't the bad guys always wear black hats?
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 Member Posts: 355
    ^ I'm confused. don't the bad guys always wear black hats?
    But this way, no one knows he is a bad guy until it is too late. 
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Member Posts: 555
    mh3490 said:
    at what point did you guys realize maybe I shouldn't buy everything that started with the word Lego. 
    Wait what
  • mh3490mh3490 Member Posts: 329
    Swap the hat from series 16 Mariachi and boom bad guy with a black hat 
  • nhyonenhyone Member Posts: 145
    With so many new Lego sets in a year, it is hard to believe anyone who isn't selective.

    It is easier to buy everything in a theme, but even so, I find that it is best to buy the ones you like. Wait for the next wave and buy the best of it, and so on -- it's like the floodgates are opened and there is no end to good sets. You just need to be patient.

    For me, I set aside a fixed (more or less) budget and see what I want to buy with it. The problem this year is that it is not even for just the few big sets! So, a few big sets or many more smaller sets...
  • sonsofscevasonsofsceva Member Posts: 542
    edited June 2017
    Different levels of this. I first grabbed all of the Pharaoh's Quest sets, but realized I wasn't willing to even search out their polybags. That told me I wasn't really a completist. Then when my sons started a pile of vehicles in a corner that they built and immediately forgot only to play with the super hero minifigs, I realized I was paying a lot for DC and Marvel minifigs, so that has been curtailed also, even if they want the guys.
    Now I buy sets if they are amazing or if they have really interesting parts. Sometimes I still buy a whole theme (Scooby-Doo), but now we as a family focus more on quality of the build as a whole.
    My next hurdle is considering selling some of the sets we no longer seek to display or use...not sure if we are there yet, though.
  • GoodCoffeeJoeyGoodCoffeeJoey Member Posts: 82
    I bought all of the Lego Batman Movie sets and now I want all of the Ninjago Movie sets.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    When I started I also fell into the 'oh it's a good deal I'll get it for the bricks' trap. But chaning money situation and realising my house doesn't expand like the Tardis made me quickly realise this is not the way to go.

    I try very hard not to be a completionist, I've been trying to get older CMF's that I or my son likes but not all of them. I don't ususally buy them, only trading.

    The sets that got retired that I missed, I just missed. When I started it was the tail end of the LOTR/Hobbit line and I managed to buy most of them at not too crazy prices. Plus I got some of the older Ninjago sets for my son plus a modular.

    But the other modulars, the older SW sets, if I can find it at RRP or just over I'll pick it up, but I'm staying away from spending 2xRRP. Recently thinned out my wishlist, there are still lots of older sets I'd love to get, but until Lego takes a gap-year and doesn't produce anything, there is no chance in hell they'll fit in my budget.

    I do collect from a lot of themes though, especially since I count 'my collection' as the ones my son gets too, so, half the SW is his, half mine. he can have all the nexo knights though ;)
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Thanks for the reminder, I still need to contact Lego CS about that gap-year!
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    On the flip side. I have always heard when it comes to stocks on the stock market that when everyone is selling? You buy. When everyone else is buying? You sell.

    So.....everyone seems to be paring down these days and limiting their purchases. Perhaps I should buy buy buy?

    or perhaps that logic is off.
  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    edited June 2017
    When I started buying LEGO/DUPLO three years ago for my first grandchild. I had more than enough for me...actually several lifetimes enough. Now I pick up a few mostly tiny sets for her tiny little fingers, and fortunately she is well skilled at putting tiny little parts together. When I go for a visit on the Other Coast, she digs through my bags to find the tiny little LEGO sets that Grandma brings. And then we build Duplo together. As I learned with my son 26 years ago, building with a small child can be much more fun than building alone.
    (And now I have the added expense of numerous cross-country plane tickets leaving less for LEGO purchases.)
  • HanzoHanzo Member Posts: 607
    I am at that point now.  Jumping headfirst back into Lego I have probably spent $1500 or so jump starting our collection in the last month (not a ton of money, but a lot in a short period for me).  Luckily I started right when clearance deals were dropping consistently in Target and Walmart.  I (for now) am not seeking older or retired sets, I am just focusing now personally on Star Wars and City, my daughter on Friends sets mostly.  Every once in a while I find myself straying, grabbing a deal on Nexo Knights or Ninjago even though I have no interest in them really.  Then something like the Saturn V throws a giant wrench into my plans.

    I don't want this to get out of control, Lego makes way too many products to get them all, unless you're wealthy with unlimited space which I'm not.  So basically when I go online or down the Lego isle I am trying my best to do so with blinders on.

    I'm to the point now where I have to start breaking down and storing some sets to clear display space, and that makes me a little sad.
  • libbsterlibbster Member Posts: 9
    When I realized I've spent $5000 on Lego so far this year...I think a drug addiction would be better and cheaper lol
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366
    A long time ago, but more recently after the latest Walmart clearance. I've been back in the LEGO game for 5 years and haven't seen as wide a range of clearance items as I have during the last month. I've added quite a few wants to my collection for much more than 50% off. And I added quite a few that I didn't know I wanted. Definitely time to settle down the buying for a while.
  • JRLJRL Member Posts: 86
    I only tend to get the big ticket sets I really love the look of, with no loyalty to theme.  For instance, I just picked up the Destiny's Bounty and will likely 'invest' in the Ninjago City, because I love the design. I have zero interest in anything else Ninjago. Similarly Ideas. Saturn V and Old Fishing Store are musts, but I won't be getting Voltron, Leviathan etc. 

    I kind of feel like I want to buy the Kwik e Mart to complete the Simpsons double, but as I stored the house away without even opening it I doubt I will, dropping £200 here and there isn't sustainable.

    A great modular though, that will also draw me in!
  • HanzoHanzo Member Posts: 607
    A long time ago, but more recently after the latest Walmart clearance. I've been back in the LEGO game for 5 years and haven't seen as wide a range of clearance items as I have during the last month. I've added quite a few wants to my collection for much more than 50% off. And I added quite a few that I didn't know I wanted. Definitely time to settle down the buying for a while.
    I am new to this, but I am glad in a way that every "season" there aren't so many clearance deals (because then I'd have to buy them all).  So this past wave was an anomaly?  How do they usually clear space for new sets?
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366
    ^ There are always clearance periods right before new releases come out and if you hunt enough some good deals to be found, but this one seemed to include a great deal more sets than the others of the past five years.

    I'd attribute most of it to the shear number of sets produced these days. Take TLBM for instance. When the first Lego Movie sets came out, you might find a Walmart with five, even 10, of some of the smaller sets on shelves. With TLBM, you might have seen 30-40, even 50+. I live in a relatively large metropolitan area, so there are a great number of Walmarts and Targets in my area. Some of the Walmarts had 50 of the TLBM sets that were $30 or under. Just too much stock. I went by one the other day that had the Catwoman set on clearance for $13 I think. There were at least 30 of them. Similar with Star Wars buildable figures. They're getting way too much stock these days, so bigger clearances I suppose.

    That and the shear number of different sets in some themes. Use TLBM as an example again. There are a lot of sets in that theme. Too many for the casual LEGO fan or child to collect. They have to make choices, so...again...plenty of stock still on shelves months later.
  • pharmjodpharmjod Member Posts: 2,916
    Clearance used to be like that every year, multiple times per year. That's what I refer to as the good old days =) Wal-Mart had until recently done a better job of inventory management. This year they seemed to revert back to their old ways. Or it may be saturation of LEGO. I wonder if retailers have a hard time keeping up with all the volume that LEGO puts out. It is without a doubt the single largest individual toy brand aisle in most stores.
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366
    The smaller Walmarts in my area have embarrassingly small LEGO sections, but it's made up for by the big Walmart Supercenters that have massive amounts of shelf space. Far too much product on the shelves. The only way they can get rid of it to clear space for the new sets is to clearance it at ridiculous discounts.

    I did my calculation earlier today. From Walmart, since July 1, my total discount is 64%. Granted that includes lower priced items like buildable figures and battle packs, but it also includes multiple $119.99 sets marked down to $40 or even $30.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,239
    Definitely time to settle down the buying for a while.
    And then someone puts two Maersk Engines on Craigslist.  

    And then...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,239
    pharmjod said:
    It is without a doubt the single largest individual toy brand aisle in most stores.
    I remember when the Barbie aisle at TRU was a 1/3rd the length of the store, both sides.  (The Lego aisle was only one side, but still...)
  • pharmjodpharmjod Member Posts: 2,916
    edited August 2017
    I used to work at Toys R Us and yet I have no memory of the barbie aisle whatsoever... But I didn't spend any time in it either ;)
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,239
    pharmjod said:
    I used to work at Toys R Us and yet I have no memory of the barbie aisle whatsoever... But I didn't spend any time in it either ;)
    It was very fushia.  And it impaired my progress when hustling to the Lego aisle after traversing the Nintendo aisle...
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,710
    This month! I've sold my #10248 - Ferrari F40 and #10248 - Volkswagen Beetle. Main reason was to use that money to put towards an #21310 - Old Fishing Store.

    For me the Large Scale Vehicles from Creator Expert were a collection I'd build every birthday. Them being released a day before my birthday was just an excuse to pick up the latest D2C at a very low price.

    Over the years I've over looked them and I've decided I honestly never liked them. Mike Psiaki done a fantastic job designing these two models, I'm a fan of the top views but unlike the other three they lack something the other ones have. That's just my opinion though.

    I'm going to change my perception of future purchases, the set has to be be something I'd happily hold onto as long I'm around. That still might not stop me from a couple of impulse purchases for Minifigures and such, but I won't make make them a habit much like I've pretty much cut down on retail sets.

  • ThoughtsonblocksThoughtsonblocks Member Posts: 178
    My Lego addiction came to a head about a month ago when I realized that the number one limiting factor for collecting had switched from financial (which was pretty limiting already, Legos aint cheap), to space.  After repeatedly rearranging and improving my Lego storage and display space (which I am still working on), I realized I was just flat out running out of space, with no more real options to expand that wouldn't end in divorce.  And realistically, divorce would cut into the budget more than it would fix the space issue!  That has caused me to re-evaluate my collecting and eliminate about half the lines I had been collected.  For most of my sets that are not on my display shelf or City layout, I store them in Sterilite containers, assembled (I know that's horribly in efficient by itself, but I cycle through stuff and am also super lazy).  I just dont have room for many more containers:

  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    ^i don't think that's lazy and might start doing that myself soon too. Space is becoming an issue and there is just way too much displayed. Makes it look messy and confusing.  
  • daewoodaewoo Member Posts: 846
    devilhead said:
    When I got some late 90's Town sets off Ebay that were just terrible.

    That's what triggered it for me.  Some of those sets were ridiculous and Lego should be embarrassed they ever put out such crap products. 

    I've always focused on City/Town, but I buy other themes if I see a way to incorporate them into my city.  I realized very early that without a trust fund or large lottery win, there would be zero chance to get everything that caught my eye.

  • CommanderJigglypuffCommanderJigglypuff Member Posts: 63
    Alright, so I'm having a dilemma here. 

    The focus of my collection started in 2015 with DC Superhero sets (which was reasonable as they didn't make as many), but after building mostly everything they ever released since 2012 I came to the conclusion that the figs were great, but the sets were okay at best (there are of course exceptions). The fulfill my needs I bought Marvel sets but ultimately they had the same problems. So I decided to part them all out and display the figs. 

    After that I started with SW OT sets and the new trilogy. I have most of the retail and UCS sets for that theme, but there is always one thing that bugged me and that is the price compared to City/Ninjago/Nexo/etc sets. I understand why they are more expensive, but most of the times the sets aren't even that great. For whatever reason I keep on buying these sets and while they look good in display together, I'm really conflicted lately. 

    Next year I'll be moving out which means making a budget for my Lego addiction (I don't have one now :D) which means buying less sets. If I collect SW sets that would probably mean 1-2 per month, but seeing the price hikes, for SW sets in particular, that would probably be 1. While other good themes (IMO) like Ninjago also get good sets and look great together are more affordable and don't get many 'expensive' sets like the UCS and/or standard €130+ set in a wave. There aren't many discounts or sales here in the Netherlands so it's not like I would just wait 9 months and get 75% discount on older sets. 

    What I'm trying to say is: do I keep on collecting SW sets and accept the fact that I'm not able to buy everything I like or do I switch to another theme(s) where I can buy more?

    How do you guys do it? I've read this thread, but it's mostly about what you made you selective and I would like to know how you feel about it, if your mindset works for you and how it makes you feel when you can't buy sets you would like to buy.

    I'm sorry if this all sounds fuzzy, but knowing I have to get selective makes me sad :p 
  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,895
    @CommanderJigglypuff, I think it depends a lot on how meaningful display, building, MOCing and playing are to you.

    If you collect Star Wars mainly out of love for that world, the characters and the aesthetic of the ships, then I'm guessing you're going to keep them on display, maybe play with them a bit, and therefore it's going to be about what looks cool and reminds you of your love for Star Wars the most. Could be that you're most into the OT and therefore the present time is a good moment to scale it back to getting one set a month at most, particularly if moving means you may have less display room. 

    But if building is half the fun for you, then I think it could really be worth your while switching to something like Ninjago - I don't have experience of the theme myself (yet!) but if other AFOLs report great builds (and some of the ones reviewed here in the past year or so look really fun) then it couldn't hurt to direct your newly minted Lego budget at that theme for a couple of months and see how it works out. Hang onto the packaging, and if you find Ninjago's not doing it for you, you can always sell them. 

    If you're mainly focused on fun builds and/or MOCing, then the world's your oyster, and again, Ninjago seems like it could be a good theme to move to, because the sets often seem to have really interesting parts that could cover a multitude of building ideas. And for both parts (since the mention of SW and Ninjago suggests space and fantasy interest you) and fun builds, I'd recommend Nexo Knights (this part of my post will surprise no-one). 
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    I collect themes mostly, but also the random set that can fit inside of my display/layout. So NOTHING is considered "not right" for my needs. Having said that, being selective is also VERY important. Every time I walk down the Lego isle, I see sets that have potential, but also other sets that are an immediate pass. As previous posters mentioned, I LOVE Star Wars myself, it's one of my favorite film series. Having said that, pretty much all SW sets are a pass for me. Why? Because they DON'T fit with what I am creating. If I open that Pandora box to SW and space sets in general, then I have to find a way to display them, and I'm just not willing to go down that road, now or in the future. For me, it would be like starting over, and I just don't see the point in it. A lot of the Super hero's sets also fall into the category of "doesn't fit," but luckily for them, the minifigs do, as do "some" sets. 

    I started out as a pirate collector, then moved on to castle and fantasy themes, then to LOTR sets. My next natural progression was into CITY type themes (modulars) and what not. So that's what I'm always looking for, sets that I can fit into either a pirate/fantasy world or a City. If it doesn't fit that umbrella, it's a pass for me. 

    Here is MY current layout BTW
  • nhyonenhyone Member Posts: 145
    Lego attracts a fair share of OCDers and completionists. :-)

    I struggle to tame this tendency of mine often, but ironically, Lego has really helped me in the past two years by putting out so many high quality sets.

    I just buy the ones that I *really* like -- and can withstand the test of time (IMO) -- and wait for next year's high quality sets.

    By pruning my wanted list aggressively, I've gotten multiple copies (usually two) to beef up some sets. Many of them really need two to look good.
  • mh3490mh3490 Member Posts: 329
    @nhyone iam definitely an OCD completionist and that's what got me into putting this thread togather I was wondering how many people woke to the realization that either space or money had become the limiting factor in their hobby and right now I have shifted as space had become my number one enemy 
  • AllBrickAllBrick Member Posts: 1,497
    When I looked the Chima stuff I had bought because it was cheap and thought to myself, oh, I could've bought a modular. #wasteman
  • DrmnezDrmnez Member Posts: 855
    edited August 2017
    After revaluating things again after this past quarter, the factors for me are: savings/investing for retirement, emergency/medical savings/funds, family needs/gifts, space to display because I'm not a box collector, new hobbies, longevity of liking a theme/set because I'm not a reseller in terms of trying to flip just for profit. 

    Lego is great and I love it, but (don't demonize me) for me there is more or there and more important things to put money towards. Nothing wrong with buying that really cool set though ;-) I've spent my fair share on completing my super heroes line of mf

  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,713
    After coming out of my dark ages with #4504 I started to try to collect all OT Star Wars sets and anything else I liked or had interesting parts, or was on a really good deal, at the same time I tried to find all the old classic space I had missed out on as a child.
    I had a reasonably well paid job at the time, but our house was fairly small so it was almost immediately space (area) that was my/our concern. I think for my Wife, it was when the first selection of Lego Batman sets arrived in 2006, and that forced me to re-evaluate what I was buying. Initially I restricted to only the Star Wars sets I liked but my own moc building has always been very important to me and most often I want a set for parts, so I found myself sourcing parts from Bricklink a lot more in an attempt to own the rarer pieces from most of the sets I wanted, but that is a more expensive method.
    Now I buy sets I like, irrespective of theme and still do the odd Bricklink order. I guess I'm constantly reassessing my collecting habits, the economics and the space devoted.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 Member Posts: 1,431
    My display space is maxed out and so is my storage unit. They keep jacking up the rent every year, something has to give. As I get closer to displaying my Super Heroes mf collection, I'll be looking to sell off the parts for most of them. I wanted to build some custom modulars and I may still do that but it'll have to be a really nice one. I really like them but I don't have space for a city setup. They are just displayed on some custom shelves.

    Then there is the Halloween (Scooby Doo fits well here too) and Christmas stuff. Let's just say I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed at this point.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,366
    I read all these comments with interest....

    In the many years of collecting... I have witnessed many things about AFOLs.... several have ended in divorce due to the collectors bug... others have circumvented the disapproving spouse with LEGO shipped to their work locations (or friends house)... and everything between.  

    With the large scale of the LEGO models, and the larger and larger models available for the adult market... I think that many collectors will be curtailing their buying instincts in the future, to possibly more selective purchases (Bricklink parts, Ebay, etc)... and fewer sets.  Unless you have a basement that you can dedicate to LEGO, or above the garage, or (as is more common in Europe) you build out your attic space... there comes a saturation point where you really can't buy much more.

    I sometimes wonder if there are enough new collectors, or those coming out of their dark ages, to sustain the rapid number of sets produced each year.  DaveE produced a bar chart showing that the number of LEGO items has grown exponentially to 800 or more LEGO items in 2017, I wonder if a LEGO bubble isn't gong to happen any time soon.  This would affect the resellers and investors first, and probably make many collectors happy to see a reduction in the price exuberance of the cosst of secondary market LEGO sets (as well as new sets.

    Only time will tell.  But space storage/building problems could be an early sign of trouble on the LEGO horizon for adult collectors.
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