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Storage of Unopened Sets

nmualumninmualumni Michigan, USAMember Posts: 53
What is everyone's recommendations for storage of large unopened sets?

I have several large sets (Tower Bridge, Parisian Restaurant, Palace Cinema, etc.) that I don't anticipate assembling for several months. They are currently stored in a closet, but I was wondering if they should be stored flat, horizontal, vertical or what. Does it really matter?

Thanks for any insight.


  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,147
    You will find tons of different threads on here dedicated to this very question.  Others more savvy than I will likely link you to them.

    However, high level I would say store them veritical and try not to stack any on top of one another. Ideally on a shelf where they won't be bumped or anything.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,292
    For large sets, the weight of the contents are inevitably going to cause the cardboard to bow outward. If that's a concern, you'll want to store them in a way that this behavior is met with resistance. The most effective method would be to package them snugly in outer boxes and that's the reason that I try to seek out the LEGO shipping boxes that stores discard.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,364
    If you are going to open them anyway, it doesn't really matter. I'd actually open them now - especially any with stickers - and get replacement sticker sheets if they are creased while they are available.

    Same if you have any licensed ones with minifigures that might be difficult to replace if damaged. I recently opened a Helm's Deep and Theoden's torso print was damaged. I asked for a replacement through Lego and got told that this is a retired set and they don't have any more stocks of them. From the numbers some sellers have on BL, it looks like LEGO has sold them all off.
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