I am shifting nation and this has brought on me to replicate on my Lego assortment that I’ve constructed up since round 2012, it is not the biggest assortment on the market however it’s mine and shifting it poses a problem
Many of the assortment round 2017
Till now I’d not have been in a position to let you know what number of units I had, simply that I used to be actively shopping for and constructing from 2013 to 2015 after which simply actively shopping for until the top of 2019. As of tonight I do know I’ve at the least 118 units. of which 44 have been constructed and on show. I’ve not included all of the polybags and free items within the checklist so the quantity is just not completely correct however it’s ok.
For the reason that 1st of June, I began packing up my show units and that is my assortment as of at the moment, virtually prepared for transport. simply want to seek out some bins and bubble wrap.
half BNIB assortment
2/2 BNIB assortment + Dying Star field prepared for packing.
Throughout this course of, I have discovered so much about my relationship with lego and a few sensible ideas that I’ve captured for myself and thought I might share.
Preserve the bins. I do not care about resale, my units simply look good when they’re packed up within the authentic bins reasonably than basic storage options. In case you are cautious you may flatten down the bins with a craft knife and so they pack up fairly effectively. Solely one in every of my units, the Technic Road Bike (8420), would not have the unique field and that is as a result of I purchased it round 2004 as a one-off. I count on lots of people will disagree and that is advantageous, this works for me.
Use electrical tape to seal bins. It’s stretchy and fewer sticky than sellotape so is ideal sealing bins that you simply intend to re-open and re-seal in future as these properties make it simpler to peel. I had a couple of colors of tape so use Yello if the set is incomplete and black when full, this simply makes it barely simpler for me to visually kind by means of the units on show.
Comply with the directions in reverse to disassemble. Particularly if you wish to guarantee units are full, I attempted a quantity depend utilizing the piece index and it took so much longer than a reverse construct you begin on the finish of the instruction guide and break down piece by piece. There may be additionally one thing very cathartic about this method.
22cm x 18cm click on seal meals storage baggage are good. I purchased smaller and bigger storage baggage however discovered this mid-size to be excellent. I imagine solely the Tremendous Star Destroyer (10221) wanted a bigger bag. I obtained baggage that allow you to write on them, I put the date, set ID and an order quantity derived from the construct directions. The date will act as a time capsule and order quantity will make re-build simpler.
Type and retailer primarily based on directions and never brick sort. If the directions categorise the construct by bag quantity then I recreate that as I disassembled the set, if it would not I then I exploit the order quantity within the directions. Solely the Tantive IV (10198) has a bizarre numbering system that future me will discover complicated on re-build.
A separator is your pal. Fortunately I had tons, my first set I did with out it and it took a couple of days for my fingers and thumb to get better.
Report Lacking bricks. From 44 constructed units, I’m lacking 25 items which is complicated contemplating they’re display-only however solely goes to point out lego has a thoughts of its personal. I assumed some would flip up on different units however knew I’d not know till all units are packed away. Once I got here throughout a lacking piece I’d put a post-it be aware with its title or drawing on the web page within the directions after which added the merchandise to a spreadsheet. This was nice as a result of when some objects did flip up (like a uncommon spherical hologram clear blue block) I used to be in a position to put it again. I’m now in a position to resolve if I need to harvest components from fundamental units for particular units, as an illustration my UCS Millenium Falcon (10179) is lacking some bricks that I can salvage from different units. I’ll buy them from Lego utilizing the net alternative components service obtainable right here.
Damaged Bricks. I believe it is spectacular that of 44 units solely Three items have been broke, two of them have been flat tiles and the opposite was a 1×1 tile hook piece. Lego is changing these by means of the net alternative half service obtainable right here.
Preserve a report of your units. I ought to have created a spreadsheet once I hit 10 units however I did not, I did strive utilizing Bricklinks brickfolio as I assumed it might be straightforward to handle however I wasn’t and I by no means stored it up-to-date. It went down “for a couple of days” a few months in the past and nonetheless hasn’t come again so I began a spreadsheet. My Spreadsheet has two sheets, the primary gather details about the units, I partial extract is under however I seize some additional information like if I utilized sticker or not. The. 2nd sheet lists lacking items. Going by means of my units highlighted that I had purchased at the least 1 set twice (79104) and that I already owned at the least 2 units in my Lego retailer want checklist! I do have three UCS Millenium Falcon’s (2x 10179 and 1x 75192) however that was deliberate as I purchased an open and BNIB model. of the previous units on the identical time and I actually needed the black VIP card. There have been various units that I had forgotten I had purchased which was a pleasing shock.
Not all directions are equal. Some are far simpler to learn than others and it will possibly make all of the distinction, I do not know if that is primarily based on really helpful age or simply enhancements over time however some units that I used to be not trying ahead to taking aside supplied to be so much simpler because of the directions.
Lego piece names might be fascinating. I like that you may see Lego’s historical past in a few of them and the way they’ve been tailored over time. The first instance to me is RADIATOR GRILLE 1X2 which has been embraced by Star Wars designers for ship ornament.
Admire the set. This will likely simply be me however I had forgotten how a lot enjoyable the units are to deal with as they’d been on show so lengthy so I took the time to performs earlier than taking aside. I’ve a 3.5-year-old baby so I additionally let her play with a number of the units earlier than packing away though seeing her maintain the united statesX-wing (10240) brought on a little bit of stress! I’ve truly left the Dying Star (10188) for the second as I’ve discovered my baby enjoys watching the DS scenes in A New Hope if she will be able to crush Princess Leia, Luke, Han and Chewbacca similtaneously it seems on the display screen
My units are going into storage and will not re-appear for years. I am trying ahead to rediscovering them at a later date. My youngsters could have their very own lego units which can be purchased to play with and never for thus show so I will not deal with them like these units. In 2020 I am telling myself that I’ll let my youngsters play with these units when they’re the correct age however in 2025, if my baby likes Harry Potter I’ll have an actual dilemma about telling her we will construct Hogwarts (71043)
Lego free items with on-line orders. I did not realise how beneficiant lego was till seeing all of the issues they’ve added through the years.
I nonetheless like Lego. however I’m much more selective about what I’ll purchase and I’m going to take a break earlier than I construct one other set.
Do a self-indulgent submit on Reddit. Sorry for those who do not like this submit, I discovered so much by means of this course of, I appeared on this sub for any recommendation earlier than I began however did not discover something as sensible as this. I am certain I may order the submit higher however I attempted to checklist helpful sensible ideas first then private observations second.
My assortment intimately pulled from my spreadsheet:
|0||Brick Gun Desert Eagle||Full|
|8017||Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter||Full|
|9495||Gold Chief’s Y-wing Starfighter||Full|
|10220||Volkswagen T1 Camper van||Full|
|10221||UCS tremendous Star Destroyer||Full|
|10237||The Tower of Orthanac||Full|
|10240||UCS X wing||Full|
|21103||Again To The Future||Full|
|30242||Jedi cruiser mini||Full|
|41627||Yoda and Luke Skywalker brickheads||Full|
|42056||Porsche 911 GT3 RS||Full|
|75014||Battle of Hoth||Full|
|75017||Duel on Geonosis||Full|
|75020||Jabba’s Sail Barge||Full|
|75028||Microfighters Clone Turbo Tank||Full|
|75030||Microfighters Millennium Falcon||Full|
|75031||Microfighters Tie interceptor||Full|
|75033||Microfighters Imperial Star Destroyer||Full|
|76031||The Hulk Buster Smash||Full|
|79100||Kraang Lab Escape||Full|
|79101||Shredder’s Dragon Bike||Full|
|79102||Stealth shell in pursuit||Full|
|79103||Turtle Lair Assault||Full|
|79104||The Shellraiser avenue chase||Full|
|79105||Baxter Robotic Rampage||Full|
|10179||UCS Millenium Falcon||Incomplete|
|75052||Mos Esly Cantina||Incomplete|
|0||2014 White area man||Unopened|
|0||Lego Retailer Stratford grand opening||Unopened|
|4999||Vestas wind turbine||Unopened|
|7879||Hoth Echo Base||Unopened|
|9748||Star Wars droid equipment||Unopened|
|10030||Imperial star destroyer||Unopened|
|10179||UCS Millenium Falcon||Unopened|
|10234||Sydney Opera Home||Unopened|
|10241||Maersk Triple-E Container Ship||Unopened|
|10251||Brick Financial institution||Unopened|
|10253||Homes of Parliament||Unopened|
|10266||NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander||Unopened|
|10937||Batman™: Arkham Asylum Breakout||Unopened|
|21309||Nasa Apollo Saturn V||Unopened|
|21313||Ship in a Bottle||Unopened|
|40107||2014 Creator snow scene||Unopened|
|40251||piggy financial institution||Unopened|
|70801||TLM Melting Room||Unopened|
|70802||TLM Unhealthy cop automotive chase||Unopened|
|70805||TML Trash Chomper||Unopened|
|70806||TML Fortress Cavalry||Unopened|
|70809||TLM Lord Enterprise’s Evil lair||Unopened|
|70810||MetalBeard’s Sea Cow||Unopened|
|70814||TLM Emmet’s Assemble-o-mech||Unopened|
|70815||TLM Tremendous secret drop ship||Unopened|
|70816||TLM Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP||Unopened|
|70819||TML unhealthy cop’s pursuit||Unopened|
|70840||Welcome to Apocalypseburg!||Unopened|
|75192||UCS Millenium falcon||Unopened|
|75222||Betrayal at Cloud Metropolis||Unopened|
|76042||The SHIELD Helicarrier||Unopened|
|76052||Batman™ Traditional TV Sequence – Batcave||Unopened|
|76105||The Hulkbuster: Ultron Version||Unopened|
|79104||The Shellraiser avenue chase||Unopened|
|79121||Turtle Sub Undersea Chase||Unopened|
|853865||TLM2 Accent Set 2019||Unopened|
|853967||LEGO® Picket Minifigure||Unopened|
|3300014||2012 snow scene||Unopened|
|10188||UCS dying Star||Show|
|40110||Metropolis Coin financial institution||Show|
edit: forgot one in every of my finest ideas. Electrical tape