This is probably old hat for many on this forum, but I have this nerdy impulse to see how I can get the most lego pieces into a pick-a-brick container. I'm sure everyone who has purchased one of these containers full of lego pieces has their own methods to pack in the bricks, but I thought it might be interesting to see what those methods are for future personal reference.
A few years ago, I had an opportunity to go to Orlando, FL for a convention our company was putting on. It was my first opportunity to actually visit a Lego Store, which was a very pleasant experience. As a gift for one of my kids who was into legos, I decided to purchase him a large pick-a-brick cup filled with miscellaneous lego pieces. Being a combination of nerdy, curious, and penny-pinching, I decided to experiment (in the store) to determine how I could get the most parts into a single cup.
My ultimate solution in the store was to snap the large pieces together into a single larger unit and then fill in the voids between these larger units with smaller pieces. I figured doing that would eliminate the most "empty space" in the cup. In hindsight, I wonder if it might have been more efficient not to snap the pieces together because there are voids in the back of the individual pieces that could hold partial pieces (and in some cases whole pieces). That said, snapping pieces into other pieces does fill some of the void the other pieces. (Yes...I am a nerd for even bringing all this up).
This discussion is a bit off the wall, but I am just curious how those who consider themselves professionals at this sort of thing pack the cups.
Moved to Buying/Selling by YC 1/29/12