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New to AFOL world- tips/suggestions?

So I have been trying to navigate my way through the world of AFOL- it's a bit overwhelming...I am not sure where to start or where I fit in...I have a small personal Lego collection I started a year ago that I display on the bookshelf in my craft room. My collection is based on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter consists of a modified Hogwarts, modified Burrow, modified Medieval Market Village, Knight Bus and Diagon Alley. I just purchased several sets to put aside for my Christmas gifts- The Hogwarts Express, Hagrid's Hut and Quidditch Match- the latter 2 I also plan to modify to increase their size and level of detail. Of course there are other HP sets, animals and minifigs I would love to add, but they are too pricey for my small budget, maybe I can add some of them in the future. For now my focus is to enhance and elaborate on the pieces I do have as well as add a MOC forbidden forest, MOC shops to Diagon Alley and MOC classrooms to Hogwarts. My son has a large Lego collection which includes my husband's collection from childhood. I can use some of those- though he'd like to trade for new sets, which I don't mind, but my husband thinks he has too many Lego already lol I have also been looking into my options for buying individual pieces, since I could place a small order within my budget each month.

Is there a specific online community I would fit into better, as beginner with a small narrow themed display collection? Do people share pics of modified sets or just MOCs?

Is the anywhere to find home display ideas? I was thinking of placing some of the buildings on Lazy Susan's so you could just spin them to see the interiors, but would love to see how others display their sets.

Where can I find help, ideas and/or tips for building trees and store fronts?

Is there anywhere to get custom decals and are they expensive? I would like to add shop signs to the the medieval village buildings I modified and the MOCs I am planning.

Any other tips or suggestions?

Thanks so much- Beatrice


  • hleonffuhleonffu USAMember Posts: 243
    Welcome to Brickset forums.

    The following post will be helpful and a good starter for this forum:

    Eurobricks is also helpful, specially with MOC ideas.
  • tedwardtedward CanadaMember Posts: 163
    You might also surf on over to to find out more about the hobby.
  • Thanks:-)
  • CaptAPJTCaptAPJT Member Posts: 223
    Get out while you still can, before the hobby becomes an addiction (returns to trawling eBay)
  • GreenArrow57GreenArrow57 GBMember Posts: 71
    What CaptAPJT said! Once you start, you can't stop! I even left eBay to lurk here instead...
  • emilewskiemilewski CT, USAMember Posts: 476
    Welcome to Brickset and to the hobby! This site started off being about collecting but has evolved to be a bit about everything. It is a great community and if you ever need help, advice or guidance there are many here that will help you out.

    Note this site is not MOC-centric so creating threads to showcase your MOC is discouraged, although it can be done in the "What are you building right now?" thread or if you are looking for advice on how to do something specific.
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