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My LEGO obsession is taking over my life!
Hi folks, wanting to get the thoughts of others if you've felt this predicament.
I'm a very simple-living person. I used to collect DVDs until one day I realised that I never watched most of them and they were taking up way too much space. I've stopped buying DVDs and am slowly selling the ones I own.
Two years ago I decided to fulfill my boyhood dream of owning some Lego trains so I bought the current cargo and passenger trains... and from there my life has become an obsession with Lego.
I decided two train sets wasn't enough, so I started buying more and more City sets with the intention of setting up a City-themed layout.
Then I decided that the Star Wars sets looked too good to ignore so I started buying them too. ALL OF THEM. Anything I could get at a reasonable price from the last 5 years.
Then I got to the point where any new sets that came out, I HAD TO HAVE THEM ALL.
So now I have sets from City, Star Wars, Creator, Lone Ranger, LOTR, Hobbit, Monster Fighters, Marvel/DC, Cars... 286 in all, with many tens of thousands of dollars spent.
I even bought a bigger house so I would have enough room to put everything on display.
Lately I've been wondering if Lego really fits in with my desire to live an uncluttered life. When we packed up our house to move, three quarters of my personal stuff was Lego.
Has anyone else considered/tried to/successfully quit or cut down on their commitment to themes?
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i realized last year that my buying was out of control so I decided this year to do my best to follow 3 goals to cut back excess buying while still getting stuff I need and here's how it's working for me:
1) decide what sets/themes I really like and what I can pass on. So far, it's looking promising.
2) get my collection organized. That I am currently working on at this time and have made some promising progress lately. I still need a few organizing containers down the line but so far so good.
3) use bricklink to fill out areas in my collection that is lacking. I did an order this year that helped some areas but I still need to do another small order or 2.
If your collection is beginning to feel more like clutter than something which makes you smile, and is starting to stress you out, it does sound like a 'get back to basics' reappraisal of your favourite sets/displays/themes is in order.
The key thing, as ACWWGal2011 above says, is focus on your core interests.
Perhaps strip the collection down to what you really like about lego or a theme (displaying figs are a good way of keeping a theme without taking up space with the whole set - and figs can be displayed in a frame on the wall).
Or just use your many bricks to build one amazing diorama, which sums that theme up, instead of having several sets spread across a surface.
Needing to have ALL of something is certainly not helping you here.
For example, Star Wars - none of us really need 4 renditions of an X-wing. Choose a few of your favourite ships to display, and use the parts of the rest to build something else. As long as you keep your Instruction booklets in a safe place, and parts organised, you can always peruse those booklets from time to time, and rebuild the odd set.
Hope these few suggestions help.
I quickly settled into only buying certain ranges. In particular, I excluded StarWars, and most City. But I buy what I like (and what my daughter likes - Friends, Disney, etc).
And almost anything on clearance special (when that happens).
My Lego Simpsons #71006 arrived last Friday!
I only do O/T SW, and one of our bedrooms in the house is my own “mancave” with the main PC on a desk, a decent sized TV/Surround amp/Xbox360/Bluray set-up on a TV stand.
On one wall (about 3.2m long, clear of the door) I have 2 x 3m runs of shelving and some units underneath, so around 10 linear metres of room to display stuff. Unless I want to plaster the other wall with shelves (which I don’t), something has to give. I really like my UCS models, but I also really like the minifigs. In 2 of my 6 UCS I have the best of both worlds (minifig scale UCS MF and IS). I have a Hoth Diarama (around 70 minifigs, motorised AT-AT, AT-ST, cannons, gun placements etc) and an Endor Diarama (around 60 minifigs, 2 x bunker combined, speeder bikes, trees AT-ST etc), taking up most of the shelf. The units are quite random in what is on them (recent Tattooine stuff, Slave I, Death Star (10188), UCS IS, UCS R2D2, UCS MF, UCS SSD). My UCS X-wing (10240) is perched on top of my printer oon the computer desk. It’s all getting a bit much.
Should you pare it back or rotate displays? That is the question – I love it all! I can only see it getting worse with UCS Slave I and sandcrawler coming in 2014, as well as an ISD (depending on how it looks). I have already displaced my Tantative IV with the UCS B-wing and have just got a Jabba’s sail barge ready to be built and nowhere to put it – the Ewok village is tempting me when I can get 20% off it.
I think I’ll have to get my Slave I sold soon, to temporarily free up some space before the UCS version comes out.
Also to me, if I have too much of something, I won't appreciate them. I enjoy playing with lego and I don't want to feel tired about it too soon. So that's another incentive of cutting down the purchase :P
BTW, can anyone suggests a good way of storing all the empty lego boxes? currently I have all of them in the loft but they do take a lot of space!
I don't think that's too bad actually. When that's your toilet or porch, then you have a problem.
As @legoboy says, looks like you have cracked on with some good building, that's half the battle for some of us here,
Okay, I can't resist.......That's not a knife, that's a knife.
This my friend is a problem.
A friend of mine has probably 1,000 MISB sets. He buys up to 10 of each set, mainly Star Wars. Not sure why. I think he's counting on making a fortune some day.
That's looking nicely organised mate!
Additionally, when I graduate this year I'm hoping to move all my Lego from Canada over here to the UK. I'm likely going to get rid of everything else (obviously all the furniture and that), but the Lego must come with! :) Needless to say, we're going to have to move, but for now I have put a moratorium on buying, unless there is a set that I think may be difficult to come by later if I don't grab it nowish.
*shrug* At least I'm saving a bit of money!
You have a very understanding BF obviously since you've not mentioned any dislike of his for your collection. I'm also pretty lucky that my wife has no issue whatsoever with my collection or spend.
So instead of doing way to much set buying that takes up a lot of space and there's parts that I already have enough of in my collection, I can get parts that I actually need.
the BL order I did, for example, is 211 parts and that's helping to fill out some areas of technic, starting to restock my log bricks, getting the final few parts I need to finish the second story of a small house I'm building, get a couple wedge plates and bar holders I need for a emmets glider I want to build, and a few different parts for emmets car that I don't have, a few types of parts to fill out a couple catagories in my collection, then a small amount of parts to try out a few ideas I have brewing.
And then the ebay order is also part of my technic part enhancement plan.
Then Lego has not taken over your life ...
I plan to only keep my architecture sets and a couple awesome favorites outside of that theme.
He would really, very much like me to get rid of at least some of the Lego, but never *truly* bugs me about it - probably because of his DVD obsession. Nice that we each get one! (although, he's stored most of the cases as his parent's place now... so his DVDs fit nicely in 8 large DVD wallets... he probably could say something if he wanted to...)
The sealed one is hidden away! ;-)
I am pretty sure fellow Bricksetters will gladly help you with your "problem". :-) I will do my part, ship out all the sets in the middle section on the bottom most shelf in the second picture my way. :-))
Seriously speaking, color me impressed.
Keep the manuals and just start building furniture out of Lego for your new house. Problem solved (as long as you can live with opening the sets). Otherwise create 'artistic' furniture out of the boxes that no one can touch. Good luck.