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What sets do I have?

ChiefCubbyChiefCubby Member Posts: 10
Hi. I'm new here mostly because my parents just gave me a few ice cream buckets of Legos that I had when I was a kid. I have instructions for the following: 6876, 6850, 6884, 6875. I was hoping to find some help determining what other sets I may have in this pile. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,601
    In all honesty, without trying to be lazy. The best way to figure out what sets are left over. Put together the sets you have instructions for and then take a picture and we can do a better job of helping you.
  • ChiefCubbyChiefCubby Member Posts: 10
    Sorry, I should have mentioned that I put together 6876. All other known sets were missing key parts so I did not complete them. The rest is a mystery.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 282
    Also knowing the approximate dates of when the collection was from may be helpful.

    I do see one piece that appears to be from either #6929 Star Fleet Voyager or #6952 Solar Power Transporter
  • ChiefCubbyChiefCubby Member Posts: 10
    I would say 1989 through 1993 would be the best guess.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 282
    Also separating the figures from the rest of the pieces could be helpful.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,601
    edited April 2014
    Ha, Ha, I can see a few parts that might be from set #6986 Mission Commander. But no matter what you do. You have to put the red Battleship piece back in it's set. Man, that has to be the most common single piece I have found in large lots I've gotten from Ebay.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    oldtodd33 said:

    Ha, Ha, I can see a few parts that might be from set #6986 Mission Commander.

    Yeah, there are enough uncommon pieces from that set visible that I'd say the majority of the Space Police stuff is from #6986.

    It looks like you've also got #6941.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    You definitely have this:
    dmg111
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    When I go through a lot, the first thing I do is separate the minifigures. You can tell a lot from what you have based on the minifigures. I have found that if the minifigures are present, odds are the set is in there. Then I separate the Minifigure Untensils and "rare" and "uncommon" parts. That is the best way to determine what you have when your lot doesn't have instructions.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    Even if ones you know are in there are incomplete you should at least pull them out by inventory (not trying to build it) and make note of the pieces you need to complete it. Can always Bricklink the missing pieces to complete them, but then at least you pull out a bunch of parts from the pile that then aren't part of other sets you are trying to identify.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    Pitfall69 said:

    You definitely have this:

    The pieces to complete a #6886 may be there, but there is only one red canopy. Based on the other pieces present, it seems the set those pieces came from is #6986. For example, there is one of these in blue, which was used only in that set.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,601
    Here's another set you have there. There are three red slopes with white number 1 stickers and they belong to this race car. I have a copy myself and I love it.

    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=4858pb08&in=S
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    binaryeye said:

    Pitfall69 said:

    You definitely have this:

    The pieces to complete a #6886 may be there, but there is only one red canopy. Based on the other pieces present, it seems the set those pieces came from is #6986. For example, there is one of these in blue, which was used only in that set.
    Correct, but he said he was missng some pieces :)

  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 533
    I wouldn't say that I do this a lot, but I've done it enough to know it can be both fun and a major headache. As long as the lot is dated before PAB started you can go with the assumption that these bricks were part of a set at some point. Without that assumption you're just adrift in a sea of parts. As these types of lots are almost always incomplete sets you need to decide how you're going to prioritize the sets. I generally start with what I have instructions for or what can be the most complete. Rather than having a large pile of bricks, it helps to organize them to see what you have. I will sort mine by color and type.

    So start with the instructions and pull those pieces out. If you find that there is a set that has very few or no pieces for it ignore that set. Next look for unique or rare elements. Unique are the best because you know for sure what set that is. But there aren't a lot of unique elements out there, particularly with older sets. With rare or uncommon pieces you need to look at inventories. It's a judgment call as to what best fits. Don't be a afraid to change you mind. I something find I've made the wrong call and find a better fit after looking a little more.

    Once you've identified a set pull those out and start again with the rare or uncommon pieces. At some point you will either run out of brick or have only common bricks left. Sometimes you might find unusual combinations that make a set, but once you have only common bricks I normally stop.

    Having an era can help narrow the search down. Rare pieces or combinations in one decade might be common in another. If you're really detail orientated things like PIP location or the brick type (ie Pat Pent, void, ID, etc) can help narrow things down.

    A brief word on inventories. General rule of thumb is older the set the less accurate the inventory is likely to be. Most within the last 15 years are pretty good and the most accurate. Stuff going back to the mid 70's is fairly good, but could have errors particularity if it's a rare set. Most things older than 1972 I generally don't trust do to poor documentation.
  • dmg111dmg111 Member Posts: 40
    Looks like #6941-1 in there.
  • ChiefCubbyChiefCubby Member Posts: 10
    Thanks everyone! I've separated out the parts from 5540 (14 missing pieces) and 6941 (5 missing pieces). I think there is 1 more Blacktron set and 6986 left. I appreciate all the help!
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 533
    I looked at the photos a little closer and you clearly have a 6986 in there. The blue corner concave planels are unique to 6986.

    The other parts I'd start to focus on are the green canopies, they're rare. I'm not seeing other parts of 6952 though, but who knows.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,842
    wowzers you seem to have a large dosage of classic space :P
  • dmg111dmg111 Member Posts: 40
    That pile looks a lot like my LEGO collection circa 1990. I had several of those sets. #6941 was my favorite.
  • The_Mad_VulcanThe_Mad_Vulcan SeattleMember Posts: 162
    There are a lot of parts to Battrax and Space Police Mission Commander, as people have pointed out. There are also a number of less common pieces in there.

    I think you have brickset.com/sets/6928-1/Uranium-Search-Vehicle to explain the extra Yellow Canopy, the white and black classic Space minifigs (you have at least two black, which is a bit rare), the blue 1x2 with the classic space icon, the clear yellow panel, and the gray radar dishes.

    You also have brickset.com/sets/6850-1/Auxiliary-Patroller which is the only set that has the white canopy piece with the black stripes. That explains at least one Yellow Futuron minifig.

    You seem to have one of every color of Classic space minifig, Blue and Yellow Futuron, a couple Space Police and a Blacktron I guy.
  • The_Mad_VulcanThe_Mad_Vulcan SeattleMember Posts: 162
    You also have brickset.com/sets/6875-1/Hovercraft which explains the extra Yellow Futuron figure, the two transparent blue canopies, the white engines, and the 2x2 printed white tile with the yellow arrow.
  • The_Mad_VulcanThe_Mad_Vulcan SeattleMember Posts: 162
    You seem to have all the parts to make a brickset.com/sets/6884-1/Aero-Module except the blue canopy. This explains the black part number 4857 toysperiod.com/lego-set-reference/parts/vehicles/aircraft/4597_cockpit-6-x-6-cabin-base-6-x-6-x-1/ while the blue one is likely from the Uranium Search vehicle I mentioned above. Having the Aero Module would also explain one of the Blue Futuron minifigs and the Blue robot, who is still intact in your pictures.
  • The_Mad_VulcanThe_Mad_Vulcan SeattleMember Posts: 162



    The other parts I'd start to focus on are the green canopies, they're rare. I'm not seeing other parts of 6952 though, but who knows.

    I'd say that 4474 is confirmed as the upper right picture has both green canopies and three gray pieces with printed yellow arrows. All of those are found in 4474, but the 1 x 4 printed brick is exclusive to that set.

    I think that your other Blacktron set could be http://brickset.com/sets/6954-1/Renegade, I see the large black wings and the landing gear, but there are a lot of key pieces that I don't see - like the black castle walls and the large yellow cones.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734

    I think that your other Blacktron set could be http://brickset.com/sets/6954-1/Renegade, I see the large black wings and the landing gear, but there are a lot of key pieces that I don't see - like the black castle walls and the large yellow cones.

    The black 10x10 angled plates are also in #6986, and the landing gear are in #6941. Given the absence of any of the multiple printed slopes used in #6954, I don't think that set is there.
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    edited April 2014
    I'm pretty sure you also have the #8852 Robot. It would explain the yellow and black technic bricks and the yellow window piece in the image below. Based on the pics, it looks like you have a very nice classic space collection. Congrats!
  • emmtwosixemmtwosix Member Posts: 80
    It looks like you've already gotten most of the help you'll need, but I would also suggest picking out some of the more unique pieces, whether they be large, strange, printed, or as others have suggested, minifigs. From there, you can usually figure out a quite a bit. For example, that trans-red canopy is/was only in four sets according to Bricklink and Rebrickable, narrowing the field quite a bit.

    Incidentally, has anyone ever tried adding parts, rather than sets, to a list on Rebrickable to figure out what they've received in a bulk lot? It seems like it may be more trouble than it's worth if you have a lot of parts, but if none of them are unique I could see it being a useful tool. Maybe even just adding the most unique parts or figs to a list could be helpful, or even a date range. Just work from general descriptions to more specific ones so as not to accidentally filter out the part for which you're looking.

    Either way, good luck and happy hunting!
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