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I'm an AFOL, not an ACOL, and I couldn't say how many sets I have. I have no idea. And anyway, it's pointless. They've been broken down, mixed up and combined so many times now that there's no way of giving an accurate figure. So.......
I have one Lego set. It has 10s of thousands of pieces and at least 1000 minifigs. It has a millenium falcon and a pirate ship, a haunted house and a ferris wheel, a batcave and a ninja fortress. It gets bigger on a weekly basis. Occasionally it gets a little smaller but it is always 100% complete. I'm the only person with this set but there's nothing unique about it.
I love this forum and the community here but sometimes I think that we, as adults, seem to need to justify our love of Lego by using words like collection, investment, reselling, amount and worth. None of these things matter to me. I have Lego because it's fun.
but i do have 24 mixles set's from S6 so there are more then 1 of the same set. :)
"doesn't include CMFs" O_O O_O
My most valuable is 10123 Cloud City (which is still sealed in the box). Got that one for 'only' 400 bucks.
Of the 172 that includes my 4 main current collection goals plus some extras:
1. modulars (have all PR & newer, though awaiting CG), and supporting buildings (other ‘larger’ buildings such as #76108, #76038, & #70620) added to the street.
2. Architecture (a range of small to the largest #21010 and similar display such as #71040, and even #4597 which is on display in my livingroom).
3. City (including vintage town such as #6416, #6552, #6378 with decals intact & supporting sets, such as #40358, #41129 & #40305).
4. Winter Village (have many of the sets, but not all, plus some supporting sets like #41323 & #40262/#40623).
- also includes 16 Duplo sets I’ve bought for the grandkids (need to keep track of those too so I don’t do duplicates, most of the sets are here for them to play with anyways).
- Modern (post Y2K) misc smalls from Speed Champions such as #75884/#75885 (I’m a Ford guy) & Marvel (#76082, , and others (#7595, #75902) which get added to the city and/or modular displays.
- Vintage non-town childhood sets (town was my fav as above) I’ve been able to restore (pre-Y2K) including classic space such as #6941, #6954, and technic such as #8660 & #8712, and my only fabuland, #3629.
- many of the giveaway GWP sets, as I do try to wait for one before a purchase.
I also have around 2,000 minifigs which means there are more Lego people than actual people in my village...
Personally, if it's listed as an entry on the main Brickset page, it's counted as an owned set in my collection.
The only thing I list slightly differently are the CMF's.
If I have a full set then that counts as one set, if i only have a few figures or extras from a series then the individual CMF's are listed as one set each. I only generally use the ACM for keeping a record discounts when buying a set and of sets built so I know which ones no longer have boxes.
To be honest though, I would imagine that every member of Brickset has there own way of doing things so it's probably best to just do what you want, in a way that works for you.
You own 110 items, 105 different.
The size of your sets collection is currently ranked 47481st.
We have piece counts for 102 of your sets. You own 26912 pieces.
The size of your parts collection is currently ranked 53058th.
We have retail prices for 59 of your sets. Their retail value is £2164.
Although that doesn't include anything I've bought second hand so the reality is probably much higher.
I questioned what sort of collector I would be at first and I think Bobjack said it perfectly. We open all of our sets, they get built. The kids play with them until they fall apart to the point no one can be bothered trying to fix it. Then it gets broken down and put in the drawers for MOCs. I'd love to build a Friends themed city for them but we're just too short on space.
One thing I've learned is to stop buying things just because they are on offer. They end up sat in the backlog too long and it's less money for the sets I really do want.
I did not realise I have that many double sets until I realised Brickset counts Baseplates as sets well. Then I realised I haven't added my other baseplates and roadplates. So I will have hit 200 when I'm done.
I know the date and location of every purchase I've made since I started collecting as an adult over three years ago. I also know exactly how much I've spent, right down to the exact cent, including postage if applicable. That's a depressingly scary (but slightly impressive) column which I try not to dwell on too long!
It also includes piece counts, number of minifigures, series name, set number, year of release and price per piece for every set. There's separate columns for special features and any discounts I may have received and separate sections for the aforementioned roadplates and CMF's, and also individual bricks purchased via PAB. Again, I'm not sure why! The nerd runs strong in my family....
Still, it allows me to confidently confirm that as of today I have 188 sets, consisting of exactly 891 unique minifigures (inc. CMF's), precisely 140667 pieces and at a total cost of AUD $22,228.50 (seriously devalued though because of course, I've opened everything and built it - not interested in investing).
It's been over a year since I left my part time supervisor job at an LBR store and my buying has curtailed almost completely; other than the Mustang and the remaining Iron Man suits I don't yet have, there isn't anything that leaps out as must-buys.
I have 3174 minifigs, 2626 different. I’m sure I have much more than that.
A few years ago I found myself acquiring sets just to get my collection to 1000. Really don’t know why. Once I got there, I had an epiphany and cleared out a bunch of stuff I didn’t really want. Have been building back up from there being careful to only get sets I want.
My "one Lego set" figure as of now would be 876532 pcs (excluding loose/PAB parts and incomplete sets) and 8042 minifigures with 3587 unique. :-)
As for set figures, per above discussions it varies according to what is being constituted as a set so the number changes drastically depending on what's being included. For those of you still interested in the figure, my set count in Brickset is at 3206 with 1799 different. Note that Brickset includes books, CMF, video games, key chains etc as a set in their database.
Obviously, entering individual CMFs would inflate the figure by a lot, so for me the CMFs are entered as 1 set of 16 or 1 set of 20 etc, with any excess CMFs from the CMF box being entered as individual CMF.
I had this motivation as well, under Rebrickable my parts count accumulates to 979,538 parts and I had this strong urge to buy something to get it to the 1 million mark.
The same goes for the minifigure count. For quite some time, the figure stays at 7xxx and for some reason I wanted it to reach 8000. And now that I've achieved that goal, the motivation had dropped sharply. Don't think I'll ever aim for 9K or the 10K mark due to space and financial constraints. :((
My main criteria for a set is if they can fit in with all the cars I have, be it my own builds, builds I found online, or set builds. I love getting the people pack sets, though. I didn’t get the beach one because it was a little less versatile than the park and camping people packs. I hope to get at least one Modular Building eventually, because something like the Parisan Restaurant or the Downtown Diner would fit in perfectly with all the cars. I’m leaning towards the diner as a number of my MOCs are cars from the 1950s and 1960s, plus I like the upper floor stuff like the recording studio.
I believe the most crucial item in addition to having all the pieces for a set is the building instructions as this is what identifies the set and sets it apart. In some cases, the instructions are the "set" such as #6861 - Blacktron Super Vehicle and #6862 - M-Tron Super Vehicle which were unique set numbers but were built by combining parts from 3 other sets.
On a similar note, it is sometimes the packaging which defines a set as in the case of the various bonus packs which have been produced over the years. ie if you have #1499 and #1498, do you also count #1510 as one of your unique sets. In this case I'd say that having the packaging is essential to count having #1510 as a set
The only exception I make to the above 2 guidelines is if there are unique elements or printed parts that exist in only 1 particular set. A good example of this is #106 Unicef Truck, where the printed side panels are what defined the set and it is difficult to find one with instructions and near impossible to get one with the box.
Where things can get confusing is when the same set was released in different markets with different set numbers. ie #928 Galaxy Explorer and #497 Galaxy Explorer, identical except for the numbers on the packaging and instructions. In this case I would count it as 2 different sets. I'm not sure of the best way to count sets which have regional packaging variants, but still have the same set numbers. Personally, I only count them as 1 unique set.
As others have mentioned, I also consider baseplates and parts packs as sets, but only if they have the packaging with them as that is what identifies them.