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@brickupdate- Open a set. Built a set. Enjoy the set.
I find my ability to tolerate the recent horde of people who are just looking for a way to make $$$ by buying and selling less on a daily basis.
Every thread on this forum always turns into .... How can I make $$$$ fast.
Just my thoughts. Good luck!
Of course, my collecting was always a problem. I spent the last few years buying more Lego then I could build, neglecting my old hobbies, and getting into what I consider a 'lego obsession'. I don't think I'm entering my dark ages, because I still like Lego and have plans to purchase the sets I want. Does sizing down your collection or finding different hobbies signify a end to collecting? Not for me. Perhaps my obsession has ended, but I'm still a fan of Lego and consider myself a collector even if the size of my collection doesn't increase like it has in other years. Everyone needs a breather. Sometimes people have to slow down completely with their hobby otherwise all the stress and frustration that comes along with the joy and passion ruin the fun of collecting.
(Or so I like to think.)
To @brickupdate - I've always come in and out of hobbies myself, though if this isn't your first dark age, maybe it's just a temporary slowing down period? Needing a break from things certainly isn't bad; sometimes it takes something a little different to re-charge our batteries. I don't know that I'd start selling off any of your collection just yet though.
As a note, I've always really enjoyed perusing your blog, so thanks for that!
Personally I find that as an AFOL I've come full circle since I came out of my dark ages a year ago. Lego introduced me to architecture. I enjoyed building little houses and other structures. Simple bricks. Not themes. Not minifigs. Not "collecting". Obsessing over collecting is what will turn you back to the dark side.
I only rediscovered Lego a matter of weeks ago. For 20 odd years, I've toggled between videogaming (the gaming equipment in my loft looks like the Lego in most of your lofts!) and playing in bands.
I've found that while I'm 'into' one, the other tends to fade a bit. Might be six months, might be a year or more. But sooner or later, something changes. If I've been gaming, then a band rings up, or I just get the itch to pick up a pair of drumsticks again.
Or vice versa.
So Lego takes a backseat for a while? Doesn't matter.
All I'd say is don't sell anything just yet. If you decide further down the line that you're done with the hobby, then fair enough. And if you come back to it, and make a rational decision to sell some of it, again, fair enough.
But don't sell it on a whim. If you ever realise you want it back, you know it'll cost you three times as much!!
As for the OP, like others have said, build a set. Go to the store and just buy some cheap small like 10-15$ set and just knock it out in 5 minutes. Play with it some, be a kid. If you find that doesnt ignite the spark back, then do what others have said in just taking a step back and letting something else occupy that space, be it another hobby or family or friends or whatever. But dont give up on it. If you find yourself a few years down the line still not caring, thats when I would say the spark maybe gone for good and selling off the collection is a good idea.
my 2 cents.
@jdylak I think it is a few things:
1. Capacity: being interested in LEGO is an obsession. If another hobby piques my interest, there isn't room for two obsessions.
2. Like many folks here, we became interested in LEGO again 1-3 years ago and went on buying binges with all the great deals. After awhile, it seems odd to guess at which sets will become rare, and which will just stick around forever.
3. And odd "problem," but BOY is LEGO releasing too many good sets. With Chima coming out, with new Star Wars movies, there are just so many great sets.
4. Time. To build. There is very little of that!
@samiam391 - GREAT ADVICE! Build and they will come.
@yys4u don't tempt me!
@VaderX - I like that a lot. I have outlined MOCs to make, but run out of time.
@Ypres - thanks. I'm sure others must feel this way too. Easy to buy, time consuming to build.
@Crownie Yes, this is likely a slowdown. I think I would benefit from reframing things a bit, thinning the herd so I have the room and time to build and SELECTIVELY collect.
@CapnRex101 - Thanks. I don't think it's a matter of losing interest, but finding a way to keep it manageable and fun. I tend to get OBSESSED with hobbies, which works against "manageable and fun!"
@kor Thanks! Good advice!
@Yellowcastle I hear you, I have that same issue! I enjoy going to the toy aisles as much as he does!
@mathew Audio. I was REALLY into what they call "high end audio" years ago, and got out of it when my kid was born. Expensive tube amplifiers and babies don't mix. But I got back into it via headphone equipment. I LOVE music. I have only really had one dark ages (teenage years), and have, on some level, been into LEGO since college. That was maybe 20 years ago.
@Zon Thanks Zon! I have to say, reading all these comments re-engages me here.
@BooTheMightyHamster Thanks. Honestly, I could half my collection and still have plenty!
@Amiko Indeed. I should focus on a MOC
@Renny Yes, but I can't look around without seeing LEGO!
:) I suppose that isn't really much of a problem.
^Regarding your Insignia receiver, you could get a fairly inexpensive T-amp and probably enjoy much better sound. I love my little T-amps.
Regarding the topic in general, I sort of find that I have less time for Lego than I would like, despite loving many of the new/upcoming sets being released. I have a bunch of sets (primarily time-consuming Technic) that I would love to build. But building Lego obviously detracts quite a bit from doing other stuff (such as generally relaxing, various errands, reading, etc). And it's going to get much worse once our baby is born! If only I didn't have to work...
I sell on the side to fund the hobby. I have two inventories of LEGO, one to sell and one to play with. However, over the past 6 months or so I have been selling many of our personal sets that I thought I would hold onto forever. I have been selling them for multiple reasons.
1) We simply are running out of space.
2) We are running out of interest in our old sets.
3) I am increasing the size of my collection of firearms.
If it where not for the kids, I would have much more sold off by now. We are down to only 130 sorted out sets in our personal collection. Down from 400+ just a year ago. Our investment stash is also dwindeling, it's sank to around 20K and no longer growing. I think in two years time that 20K will be down to a few thousand, just the FBs and DSs.
So you are not alone @brickupdate, my second dark age may be coming as well. Do you have any kids @brickupdate?
I used to have dozens of sealed sets and hundreds of minifigures. However, since than I've drastically reduced the size of it all to my "favorites", which mainly have to due with rare/promotional/exclusive minifigures. I've also decreased the number of sets I won by more than half to only specific ones which I enjoy walking past on a daily basis.
I've also become more picky about what I buy. If I saw anything for a good deal, I used to pick it up. However, now a days I only seem to purchase the bricks that really catch my eye.
Perhaps it is not so much a dark age, as it is a narrowing of interests.
Which I would consider very healthy for us all.
Better to enjoy the few, than to find satisfaction only in mass.
I don't see a point in build lego sets If you don't build them. I don't see the fun in staring/storing a box.
Also, I always appreciated your idea of documenting Lego aisles for future reminiscing.
Got back into it with a new child and discovering the Shuttle Adventure and how they're doing great new modles for an older market, also like the LOTR and Hobbit sets.
But on the whole there isn't a lot so far that has grabbed me this coming year, like the look of the Lone Ranger sets.
The truth is though, I buy a lego set and build it, as the OP probably does. I don't get any secondary pleasure from buying ten of a set to sell for profit, so there isn't that interest in models i don't care for, just because I hope I can flip them for twice what I paid
Super excited about my next one coming in the mail. I saw lots of Airport Monorail parts, monorail track, airport runways, train track, and all kinds of goodies. Should be worth my $200 for the 30 pounds!
Sorry, don't mean for this to turn into a "brag". My point was it's just fun to dig into a HUGE box like that or just dump the whole thing on the floor in front of your wife and make "snow angels" in the pieces.
Try that and tell me you lose interest!
I hope we can persuade you to stick around!
Huw (who recently bought a pair of B&W P5s which are frickin' awesome, and has some 2000 vinyl 12" singles and albums in the garage :-) )
At that point I decided to mix everything together. I know I am unlikely to rebuild a lot of older sets, which is why I mixed them together for MOCing. I now have very few actual sets. But I have a lot of parts in my MOC-kit. I don't feel the need to buy more sets which helps on the space issue. I do buy lots of parts on bricklink, but these tend to be more useful ones in quantities I actually use, rather than one of these in this colour, one of these in that colour, and so on. Of course, I still like modern minifigs in my MOCs, which is where brickset (and bricklink) is useful. And if a good deal comes along on a parts set like Helm's Deep, then I go for it.
I also find MOCing more liberating than following instructions.
Due to space limitations, I have been selling off some old sets to make way for new sets, however, the turn over of new sets is outpacing the old. There are too many great old sets that I probably will never part with (i.e. Modulars).
I can go months without building or buying sets, but when I go more than 2 days without visiting Brickset that is when I start my Dark Ages.
Haven't built a MOC since the fall, still getting a couple new sets, but being more selective and selling off some old ones that just aren't worth keeping at the price they are selling for. Still, I'm excited for some of the new sets coming this year.
@samiam391 Yep - I am trying to not just buy ANY set that is a great sale. "Selectively" still buying loads though!
@Drmnez Building is it's own joy. I come from a family of collectors. I feel it's in my blood! For some weird reason, there is something special about an unopened set.
@legomason SO TRUE! I have planned MOCs, worked on them, but never finished them. Thanks for the kind words on the blog!
@jockosjungle Thanks. I am feeling more and more like reselling/investing is a thrill, but not worth the mental energy or my time.
@cheshirecat Yep, I have loved collecting LEGO in many forms. It used to be just loads of bricks. Then LEGO seemed to get more complicated!
@Coolsplash YES, I too wish LEGO would stop giving us so many amazing sets. It's too much of a good thing!
@jdylak My family owned a baseball card business in the 1980s. We were front row for how that whole industry just got overblown and imploded. And yes, there is something fun about the archeological dig aspect of a big box of LEGOs! Rebuilding that buried dinosaur.
@Huw The response from the community here has become SUCH a big part of the LEGO experience for me. So yes, thank you, I will be sticking around. The P5s look interesting! The Audio Technica are good on an everyday basis while out and about. I have a pair of Grado GS1000 headphones from a couple years back that I got a great deal on. Now THOSE are fun! Wow, 2,000 vinyl records! I have paired my collection down several times.
@bellybutton290 Once your 4yo becomes old enough to get into LEGO, I bet you will be swimming in them!
@CCC VERY interesting idea to just mix it all up and MOC. Thanks!
@vwong19 agreed. Brickset has become such a center of this hobby for me.
@MCNwakeboard Thanks. Yep, lots of good sets coming up.
My initial attraction to lego was the chance to work with my hands. Coupled with imagination and design, it was a perfect childhood toy.
As an adult I still love building with lego but now I build/collect/marvel at my collection.
Now it's just a matter of how to display them, finish my collection, and care for them
@CCC agree about the ability for collections to constantly grow.
@brickupdate dusting sucks. Still trying to decided whether or not to get a dust-free solution or if I'm going to just suck it up and dust every so often
I also have 2 kids and both are toddlers (20m and 3yrs) though I have to say they are both LEGO crazy because daddy plays with Lego - they are about the cars and minifigs though.
Drifting back to the dark ages for me will be not buying new sets or a minimum over the year. I may build other sets out of the ones I have or try my hand at a few MOCs. To be honest, I doubt either will happen as most will appreciate the lack of time when you have young kids. My wife also teaches piano in the evenings and weekends so all other free time is spend doing family activities and household chores...mostly.
Wow...that sounds depressing - it's not. I have a lot of Lego and I'm not getting rid of it. I'm parting out the sets so it's better organised for making other stuff and that's going to take a while. In fact I may not get it done this year. Also, my attic looks like a toy shop with trains, creator houses and city sets scattered around and I even have a desk up there although it's very useless at the moment as it's also covered in assembled sets.
Put buying of new sets on hold for a bit and keep your existing sets for your kid. If you get rid of them you'll regret it. Hold on to them for 6 months and then make a decision.
I'll still be checking in here I reckon whatever happens and there will always be something that tempts me into buying....
Just because you're not buying any more doesnt mean you're entering a dark age, it might actually mean that you have more time to enjoy the Lego you already have.
I was going to make an exception for the Imperial Flagship just because it is such a awesome ship, but I stuck to my plan and recently sold it. So far, no regrets. I sold it used for double what I paid new (albeit in perfect condition), and I now have more a teeny bit more storage space for a new set.