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

r/lego - Tips and notes from packing up my collection of 118 sets for a move abroad

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.

r/lego - Tips and notes from packing up my collection of 118 sets for a move abroad

Assortment re-boxed.

r/lego - Tips and notes from packing up my collection of 118 sets for a move abroad

half BNIB assortment

r/lego - Tips and notes from packing up my collection of 118 sets for a move abroad

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.

Sensible recommendation:

  • 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:

Lego ID Description Situation
0 Brick Gun Desert Eagle Full
7965 Millenium falcon Full
8017 Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter Full
8129 AT-AT Walker Full
8420 Technic Streetbike Full
9493 X-Wing Starfighter Full
9495 Gold Chief’s Y-wing Starfighter Full
9496 Desert Skiff Full
9516 Jabba’s palace Full
10174 UCS AT-ST Full
10198 Tantive IV Full
10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper van Full
10221 UCS tremendous Star Destroyer Full
10225 R2D2 Full
10226 Sopwith camel Full
10227 UCS B-Wing Full
10237 The Tower of Orthanac Full
10240 UCS X wing Full
10242 Mini Cooper Full
10252 Volkswagen Beetle Full
21103 Again To The Future Full
21108 Ghostbusters Full
30242 Jedi cruiser mini Full
40109 Mini Cooper Full
41627 Yoda and Luke Skywalker brickheads Full
42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Full
75003 A Wing Full
75005 Rancor Pit Full
75014 Battle of Hoth Full
75017 Duel on Geonosis Full
75020 Jabba’s Sail Barge Full
75028 Microfighters Clone Turbo Tank Full
75029 Microfighters ATT Full
75030 Microfighters Millennium Falcon Full
75031 Microfighters Tie interceptor Full
75033 Microfighters Imperial Star Destroyer Full
75095 TIE Fighter 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
9492 Tie Fighter Incomplete
10179 UCS Millenium Falcon Incomplete
10212 Imperial shuttle Incomplete
10231 House Shuttle Incomplete
21109 ExoSuit Incomplete
21303 Wall-E Incomplete
75032 Microfighters X-Wing Incomplete
75049 Snowspeeder Incomplete
75052 Mos Esly Cantina Incomplete
0 2014 White area man Unopened
0 Lego Retailer Stratford grand opening Unopened
4999 Vestas wind turbine Unopened
7634 Metropolis Tractor Unopened
7879 Hoth Echo Base Unopened
9393 Technic tractor Unopened
9748 Star Wars droid equipment Unopened
10030 Imperial star destroyer Unopened
10179 UCS Millenium Falcon Unopened
10214 Tower Bridge Unopened
10234 Sydney Opera Home Unopened
10236 Ewok Village Unopened
10241 Maersk Triple-E Container Ship Unopened
10251 Brick Financial institution Unopened
10253 Homes of Parliament Unopened
10258 London Bus Unopened
10265 Ford Mustang Unopened
10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Unopened
10937 Batman™: Arkham Asylum Breakout Unopened
21301 Birds Unopened
21304 Physician Who Unopened
21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V Unopened
21311 Voltron Unopened
21313 Ship in a Bottle Unopened
21314 TRON: Legacy Unopened
21315 Pop-Up Guide Unopened
40107 2014 Creator snow scene Unopened
40251 piggy financial institution Unopened
40254 Nut cracker Unopened
70801 TLM Melting Room Unopened
70802 TLM Unhealthy cop automotive chase Unopened
70805 TML Trash Chomper Unopened
70806 TML Fortress Cavalry Unopened
70807 Metalbeard’s Duel Unopened
70809 TLM Lord Enterprise’s Evil lair Unopened
70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Unopened
70813 Rescue Reinforcements 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
71043 Hogwarts Fortress Unopened
75059 Sandcrawler Unopened
75060 Slave-1 Unopened
75073 The Ghost Unopened
75170 The Phantom Unopened
75172 Y-Wing Starfighter Unopened
75187 BB-8 Unopened
75192 UCS Millenium falcon Unopened
75222 Betrayal at Cloud Metropolis Unopened
75230 Porg Unopened
75827 Firehouse Headquarters Unopened
76023 Tumbler 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

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