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Need labels for sorting Bionicle/Hero Factory

datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,813
I've recently started sorting around a hundred pounds of Bionicle and Hero Factory all jumbled together. I've pulled out and identified about 50 incomplete sets so far. I expect to be able to pull a least another 100 partial sets from the rest of it before making a second pass to complete the sets. 

Has anyone got labels for loose bionicle/constraction parts sorting? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Sure, you can print this out ... :-)


    More seriously, can you sort going off bricklink sub-sections for parts? Or if not, colour? If you have parts connected together you can probably assume they are from the same set, then pick the remaining parts from the right colour piles.
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 715
    Not got labels but got a lot of sorted Bionicle. My categories are:

    Heads & Masks
    Head Connector Blocks
    Torsos with Ball Connectors
    Torsos without Ball Connectors
    32174 (yeah, a whole box just for this one brick type!)
    2 x 7 connectors
    Thin Liftarms
    Bent Liftarms
    Right Angle Liftarms
    Thick Liftarms
    Wings & Jetpacks
    Armour/Plates/Shields/Guards/Covers (all the things that are basically armour that are used in many sets)
    Hero Factory Armour
    Misc Armour (for the random pieces only used in a couple of sets)
    Ball Socket Connectors
    Technic Blocks
    Odd Mini Technics bits
    Blades (the ones that turn up a lot)
    Grouped Blades (Similar blades put together, such as all the Visorak pincers)
    Misc Blades (the random leftover ones)
    Arms/Legs (anything that shows on Bricklink as both and arm and a leg goes in this one)
    Hoses & Soft Axles

    There will be a load of Technic elements as well.
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,813
    Thank you for the suggestions. I ended up sorting by color, and a separate pile for tiny parts and axles/pins. I got 14 sets completed over the weekend. I had not realized that there were so many pieces that only get used in one set. I'm actually finding it easier to identify sets by looking up a single part and then checking what set the part is used in than scrolling through the sets looking for a match for partially built sets.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,275
    ^I don't have a lot of Bionicle/Hero Factory stuff, but my last bulk lot had a few pounds worth in it. I definitely found the same thing when attempting to identify a set. Aside from the ball joints and such, most pieces would get me within 3-5 possible sets. It was easy to narrow down from there. 

    If you happen to be interested in some more parts, let me know :)
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 715
    Yeah, for sorting and identifying sets I generally start with masks, and after that weapons and coloured arm/leg pieces are good marker pieces.

    With bigger lots I find it easier if I've sorted things into the above categories or combined versions of (say, all the masks and head connector blocks together, or not separating out the different types of liftarm), as once a set has been identified this seemed the speediest way to pull the other parts out. Finding an orange liftarm in a box of liftarms is much easier than finding it in a box of orange things, hahah!

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