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Or this one. http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/1845/what-type-of-collector-are-you-are-there-many-sealed-set-collectors-here/p1
I collect mostly super hero minifigures, modulars, intricate minifigure scale sets. I collect the collectible minifigure line. I no longer collect SW although that is where I began.
I have a significant number of unopened sets, but mostly because I don’t have the time or space to build and display these sets.
I sell sets on Bricklink that I longer want or feel that the prices are worth selling.
I hunt for good sales on sets that I believe are under valued such as clearance sales or sets that will discontinue.
I gift and donate Lego sets that I can’t sell or are not worth selling.
Many sets that I open immediately are super heroes but primarily to extract the minifigure and add to my collection. The last set that I built was the SW Sail Barge that I bought used from the Brickset Marketplace.
I obviously care very much about the value of each Lego set and take great care of them. By definition I invest in them but I also take great pleasure in building, collecting and also selling.
I am usually not a completionist with sets, but I am to a greater extent with minifigs and characters from my favorite themes like Ninjago and Elves. There are some Ninjago figs I’m missing, and I don’t feel a lot of urgency in obtaining them, but when new sets are announced I like to make a spreadsheet to figure out the best way of getting all the figs.
I keep boxes, but mostly out of habit rather than for resale value. Growing up we didn’t have high-quality box pics freely available online, and the inspiration model pics often couldn’t be found anywhere else. So my family would cut out all the pictures and stow them in storage cases. Nowadays, though, all the cutting feels tedious and flat cardboard doesn’t take up an ungodly amount of space anyway, so I just flatten most of my boxes and otherwise leave them intact. I can always throw them out if I need the space, but I can’t “un-throw out” boxes I want to refer to again. Also, as a Bionicle fan, I got used to storing sets in their packages, especially to take to and from college, so I still tend to keep some bigger boxes intact for that purpose. I’d like to get in the habit of storing sets in a smarter way, though.
I keep the boxes for the modulars and few USC sets I have. Those are the only sets I care about selling later on when the time comes to get rid of them. Unless of course my kids want to keep them when they become adults.
My initial buying habits were to buy anything I liked and anything that was cheap, but quickly realised I'd have to focus my collecting as there was just too much. Space and budget was becoming a factor too. Currently just stick to Star Wars and Pirates (with the odd classic space/castle set too) but am in the process of sorting/re-building/selling the stuff I no longer want, but it's taking quite a while. Haven't kept the boxes for anything as I had no intention of selling
I tend to stick to Star Wars, Marvel, Creator and city sets with the occasional Bat Man set mixed in there if it catches my eye.
Although I do have my eye on the Mech Dragon Ninjago set. And there are a few classic Space sets I have been contemplating getting as well. I'm sure I can work those sets in there too.
Now my collection is focused around the modulars, various sets and CMF to populate those modulars, and other sets that I might be able to MOC into a modular, like Corner Deli.
Oh and also Batman. All of the Batman.
I'll hold onto boxes for the higher value stuff, but mostly the boxes head to recycling and the instructions get stored.
For 90% of Lego sets I throw the box away. I only keep boxes for larger more valuable sets: modular buildings, Old Fishing Store, Ghostbusters HQ, etc. I also keep the Architecture boxes.
Normal set boxes get thrown. Star Wars, Super Heroes, City, etc.
But I do flat-pack the boxes and store them!
I also don't display. In fact, the only Lego I have on display at the moment is a large clear vase I filled with different coloured pieces in a rainbow stripe - but all the pieces are loose. I do occasionally have a small seasonal setup though (well, at Christmas it probably gets a bit bigger...). I sometimes have a modular or two out, but they are rotated. In general, I build, I leave it out for a day or two to enjoy, and then I tidy away.
So... yeah. I suppose one could call me a "casual" AFOL... except, perhaps, the size of my collection probably wouldn't be considered casual!
EDIT: Oh, and right now I have the mini modular set above my wall jewelry cabinet but the size is so perfect it was almost like it was made for it.
That said - I do NOT buy any "Hollywood themes" - any set that is based on movies, cartoons, superheros, etc. etc. Basically, anything that represents mass media's attempt to commercialize children is something I avoid (Legos or otherwise).
I keep all my sets in the box it came in. Polybags go in a Really Useful Box with a lid. I do not like squashed boxes or flat packed boxes and I try not to think about them getting damaged, as I know it happens.
Everything is to build, and to play with (either me, or my children, or all of us together). But time and space are not my friends, ever.
1) treat lego sets like works of art, and only open and build ones that look good on display.
2) I tend to buy lots of sets and then don't open them. So I have lots in storage... no real idea why!
3) I love collecting parts for MoCs, but when it comes to building I soon get bored.
Make of that what you will!
It's chaos, utter, utter chaos!
I build them them when I can for display, but I only have limited space. I’m currently contemplating taking apart and rebagging, in numbered bag reverse order, the GBHQ to replace it with Ninjago City, but it’s a daunting prospect!
I also started this thread exactly two years ago to the day!
Part of me knows I should stop buying for a while and at least sort through the backlog, but my wife says buy while the deals are available. With very few exceptions (Saturn V, Yellow Submarine. '66 Batcave), all my LEGO is there to be played with. My grandson does not build much yet, but we have great fun with the NXT robot.
1. Architecture - the theme that brought me out of my dark ages, realizing that LEGO had evolved hugely since I was a kid, and could be an item an adult would purchase to build. As such, I display these sets all around my living room the same as others would do with any other art. I’ve gotten more than a few compliments from people who don’t realize what a thing LEGO has become.
2. Modular/Expert - I only have a couple of modulars so far (DO & AS), and the Disney castle is next, and the Ninjago city after that. A couple more modulars would be nice as well.
3. Winter Village - Does anyone else build/rebuild sets? Or do you just build them once & put them away again but still built? Having the debate with building the winter village sets again this year, I always thought you got more value out of building & rebuilding the sets, but I think this year once I have them built, I’ll just store them in totes again for next year, as I own many of them.
4. City/Town - probably my fav as a kid, and as an adult it’s fun to put together a layout combining classic town I had as a kid, and have bricklinked as an adult, along with modern city sets. It’s fun to fill the dining room table creating a town in plastic, but not something I keep as a long term display. This last focus is one where I give myself permission to chuck the boxes in the recycle.
I love building sets so I would never keep a set unopened.
One fault of mine is that I keep almost all my sets in cardboard boxes but that is because when I had them on display they got dusty and yellowed. I still get them out and admire them though.
Ultimately I would like to make use of my collection by building small MOCs or brickfilms.
My collection is a bit random, but I have some Star Wars items and then several of the Ideas sets. I like supporting the fan-generated sets.
I'm definitely an open and build sort of collector. I do save the boxes and instructions (which goes back to my hoarder tendencies with certain items). But the sets are for play! I enjoy watching my son's imagination unfold. And when they inevitably break apart, I take the time to fully dismantle, inventory, clean if necessary, and then rebuild.
I exited my Dark Ages almost 2 years ago with #75105. Being a bit of a completionist that was followed by 10 days of lunacy at the end of which I found I'd bought every Star Wars TFA set released to that point (with the exception of buildable figures and microfighters - not interested. Same goes for Brickheadz).
From there I moved onto Modulars, Creator Expert and City vehicles to supplement them. I still collect Star Wars but the completionist urge makes it hard. I did the same thing as before with Rogue One and I'll probably start with TLJ some time after Christmas (my wallet's still on life support after UCS MF). I picked up one or two OT sets but knowing I can't go back in time to collect everything means setting them aside in my mind as "not really part of my collection". OCD - it's a killer. I made the mistake last year of getting more than one of the Volcano Explorers sets which meant I was now "collecting" them and had to get the lot.
I'm not really into Ninjago but I did end up buying #70751, #70618 and #70620 because they were just too awesome.
That's it for main themes but along the way I picked up any large and detailed sets that were reasonably compatible with my city layout - GBHQ, Simpsons, etc.
Shock & horror: I don’t care much for minifigures. However, if I lost one from a set I'd be mortified. I'm happy to not collect them though. I think my OCD would make my spleen explode.
I have no desire to invest in Lego. I build all my sets, usually within nanoseconds of getting home with them. Living alone with no children means not having to be responsible and so they go on display in a spare room in my apartment. Up until very recently I had all my sets built. I've been thinking of moving to another state lately though so I've been diligently unbuilding them in reverse order into numbered ziplock bags and placing them all lovingly in their original boxes - even the small City vehicles and Star Wars battle packs (there's that OCD again).
And so despite not collecting to invest, the vast majority of my collection at this very moment sits in neatly stacked boxes waiting until I can upgrade from an apartment to a house and rebuild them all again.
Currently I am enjoying Advanced Models, Ideas, and Architecture the most I think. Saying that I hope to decrease the number of purchases in other themes.
I buy to build and display. I don't play with sets and currently don't have children in my life that are old enough to make use of it. Someday will likely pass some on to grandchildren.
I have built probably 90% of what I own. That is where the fun lies for me.
(Okay sure various sets strike my fancy, but often they have "cool minifigs and perfectly nice parts". Some I have still assembled, though. Perhaps one day I will expand/customize them or... Repurpose the parts.)
And of course, the theme I have gotten most of recently should tell you I'm really just a kid still: I love Ninjago. Ninja was great during my childhood, and Ninjago is great now.
But whatever I'm building, be it Aquazone subs or imperious black castles or overwrought mechs, it's gotta be my own. The straight-built sets I have sit upstairs, hidden away, almost out of shame, for I didn't design them.
(That said I totally bought all the Skybound sets because I loved the small pirate aircraft; I'll probably keep those assembled and try to design more in that style. And given how many Ninjago figs I've lying around, you could probably successfully accuse me of collecting those. Maybe the main Nexo Knights as well, given I've got one of each version.)
My favorite themes are City, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Western, and the Collectable Minifigures. Although there are a number of other themes I enjoy as well. Due to my current living arrangements I have limited space and cannot display all the sets I have.
I'm also in the early stages of a MOC model on the Boardgames "Clue." I'm doing in my spare time when I have a little bit of extra money to buy parts from Bricklink. It's going to be a long term project and won't be completed for many months.
So for now I have some more space that needs filling.
P.S. Also I was given half the laundry room to store my unopened sets. Talk about an understanding wife...
I see set. I like set. I buy set.
I do throw away the boxes when I can but living at home with a mother who sees news reports of LEGO BETTER THAN GOLD! So it’s keep the boxes! Then accuse me of having too much and calls me a hoarder. Which means I can only throw out a box when she goes out and I can fold it up and put it in the recycling. Which is annoying.
I buy them for me and the fun of building them. How will I get rid of them when I’m older? Just give them to my grand kids. I don’t buy them to store them sealed and never do anything with them. The ones that buy multiples of the same set and hoard them hoping they will sell for thousands annoy me. If I ever get in trouble with the law it will be for breaking into one of these peoples homes, tie them up and make them watch me unbox and build every set they have stored. To me that sort of collecting is more about money than the love of a hobby.
That said my attic sort of looks like a sealed collectors collection right now. Keeping them unopened until around Christmas time when I plan on having a huge build a thon until new year.