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Brag Time. How big is your Lego Collection?

EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
edited April 2011 in Collecting
We all like to show off, don't we? I reckon I am super lucky in that I am only 17 but have (in my opinion) quite a large collection of Lego. And not just the small ones, the big, expensive ones. My parents were clever enough (and I can't thank them enough), and purchase a large quantity of late 70's, early 80's lego, well before I was old enough to put them together. This started a hobby that has only increased with age. So far my collection (of 'big' sets) consists of:

8285 - Tow Truck
8653 - Enzo Ferrari 1:10
10210 - Imperial Flagship
10196 - Grand Carousel
10194 - Emerald Night
10024 - Red Baron
10213 - Shuttle Adventure
6091 - King Leo's Castle
8376 - Hot Flame RC Car
1252-1256 - Shell Service Station Sets
8684 - Series 2 Collectible Minifigs (entire collection)
8803 - Series 3 Collectible Minifigs (5)
8500-8507 - Slizer/Throwbot Set
7597 - Toy Story Western Train Chase
8652 - Enzo Ferrari 1:17

Laying it out like this really does hit home as to the enormity of my collection, with Brickset saying I have 194 different sets, totalling 26557 pieces. Wow.

So, that's my bragging done for a good long while, how about you guys?
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  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,019
    edited April 2011
    ^ You've got some nice stuff, Eric - excellent !

    This is, however, probably not the best place for a 'mine is bigger than yours' bragging session as you are up against some serious heavyweights in here. Prepare to be seriously impressed.....!
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Haha, Thanks for the warning, although I figured as much. :)
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,019
    You might want to start by checking out the collections of guys like @Huw and @rocao via their profiles on Brickset. That should give you an idea of what you're up against !
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,849
    My collection is miniscule comparaed to some of the heavyweights in the Brickish Association, like Michael or Phil.

    I tend to have only one of each set, not shelves full of MISB sets, like some here :-)
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    My best estimate is that I've got somewhere around 600,000 LEGO elements; I rarely keep them as sets & haven't really kept a detailed record of what sets I've bought over the years. I'm not very OCD :-)

    Like Huw says, having seen some of the other collections in the BA, I know my own is just minuscule (I believe one BA member has well over 1 million 1x1 plates ... in different colours, but, still ...)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    My collection is public on Brickset so you can check it out for yourselves. I am sadly lacking in old 'classic' sets, I only own a few, although I have recently picked up the iconic 375 - Yellow Castle.

    I have kept precisely zero sets from my youth, we used to live next to a field that hosted car boot sales every weekend so all my collection was sold there...I still haven't got over it.

    I'm only 3 years out of my Dark Ages, so I think my collection is pretty sizeable when you take that into consideration (560+ different, 730+ including duplicates, over 100,000 pieces) but I still feel like a very small fish in a very big pond.

    I would love to pick up more classic sets, but I find it's a trade-off between keeping up with the new sets in the themes that I like to collect vs. old sets, at the moment new sets are winning.
  • PaulTRPaulTR Member Posts: 115
    My collection is shamefully tiny. I estimate I only have around 20,000 elements (gasps of horror from all you AFOLs) and I have around 8,000 of them in built sets. Brickset lists that I have 81 sets, but I have many sets that I haven't listed yet. Despite having a pretty small collection, however, I've happily gotten 95% of my LEGOs for free over the years from loving parents and ageing-up friends. I also have some pretty rare oldie stuff: I own a ton of classic Pirates, Space, and City figs from the 1980s. At a garage sale, I picked up a complete set of first-run minifigs, the ones without any arms, and a lot of complete sets (with manuals) from the 50s. I'm also rather pleased with my small collection of Castle figs (Complete set of Wolfpack figs in mint condition? Yes!) So, I guess you can say while my collection is definitely small, I own a few "whoa"-inducing elements:)
  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    I don't really associate the size of my collection by the # of sets since I don't usually build them and I'm always buying bulk on bricklink. I also part out the sets I purchase, keep what I want and slap the rest on bricklink or ebay so that the next time a sale comes up I can buy more :)

    About 5 years ago I had a massive collection that I sold off. My wife and I had decided to start a family. We had a smaller house back then so we needed the space and the money. I haven't reached the point I used to be at but I probably have 2-3 hundred pounds right now.
  • crazylegocrazylego Member Posts: 4
    my collection is pretty small compared to some. something like 180 or so complete sets (shared with my twin brother) and some are pretty big: imperial flagship, green grocer, fire brigade, grand imporium, some large SW sets like the motorized AT-AT. and we have a couple of buckets of extra parts although i have no idea what an actual brick count may be,

    its a pretty good size considering we are both only 16 and bought most of them ourselves (although we just moved and we are out of money :( ), we dont have any old or rare stuff, but we do have all first 3 series of collectible minifigs.
  • mkoeselmkoesel USAMember Posts: 97
    I've been collecting Lego post-dark-age since 1996 and I've just recently eclipsed the 1000 set mark (250k pieces or so). I have focused almost solely on Technic, Creator, Star wars and (until it was recently discontinued), Bionicle. I also have various other mini-fig scale themes too, most from pre-2000 before my boys were born.

    Notably, I am fairly complete in the themes I collect. Back when I started in '96, I bought up most of the old Technic sets I'd missed out on, and in MISB condition. As I bought them, I promptly opened them up and built them. :) Most have been dismantled now, except for some of the earliest ones.

    The problem I face today is that my collection is so large, it is not practical to make use of all the pieces. I do have a storage system but it hasn't been expanded in years and is thus woefully inadequate. Parts from sets taken apart in the past five or six years sit in large plastic tubs, unsorted. Furthermore, my lego room itself is essentially a big closet now. There's barely room to go in and build.

    I started constructing a new Lego room in the basement a couple years back but just have not had the time and resources to complete it. I hope that I can finally finish it this year so I can put together some creations that have been bouncing around in my head for the past few years. I still get my Lego fix, of course, by building with my two boys and their individual Lego collections. But all three of us long to tap into that giant parts cache boxed up in the Lego room. You know, it makes me a bit sad just thinking about it. Maybe I can use this as inspiration to go to the store this weekend and buy the can lights and drop ceiling for that room downstairs. :)
  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    edited April 2011
    I'm not very OCD :-)
    I can tell that - the letters are in the wrong order... ;-)
  • creaturecreature Member Posts: 16
    hello, at age 18 i have 596 different sets ranging from the tiny sets to the Tower Bridge.
    My collection is public so feel free to take a look :)

  • brickmattbrickmatt USAMember Posts: 76
    600 sets, 130,000 pieces (roughly). I guess size is also relative - I thought mine was pretty big until I got on Brickset and saw some that other people had.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,019
    600 sets, 130,000 pieces (roughly). I guess size is also relative - I thought mine was pretty big until I got on Brickset and saw some that other people had.
    Yep - seeing the collections of others on Brickset can make you feel....inadequate ! I'm behind on uploading my sets to Brickset, but once all is accounted for I estimate that I'll be up to almost 1000 sets and 250,000 pieces. Which seems like a lot until you see what other have amassed. Still, there's time.....
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,274
    edited April 2011
    My Brickset inventory ( http://www.brickset.com/search/?ownedBy=rocao ) stands at:

    "You own 1487 sets (938 different).

    We have piece counts for 877 of them. Using that data we have calculated that you own 523,369 pieces!

    You own 4468 minifigs"

    I think that I still have about 20% of my sets not yet inventoried. I literally have run out of workable space, so that it's like solving a jigsaw puzzle to go through and inventory everything.

    Aside from the sets, I also have several hundred pounds of loose bricks and probably another 3000 minifigs judging by the volume they occupy.

    I'm most proud that I was able to acquire a large portion of the sets that I always wanted from my childhood but was too poor to afford.

    One thing I've learned is there's always a bigger fish in the sea... except for that one biggest fish. I'm certainly not it, but oh how I would love to be!
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,274
    edited April 2011
    hello, at age 18 i have 596 different sets ranging from the tiny sets to the Tower Bridge. My collection is public so feel free to take a look :)
    That is a tremendous amount considering your age! Do you care to share how you managed that?
  • creaturecreature Member Posts: 16
    edited April 2011
    hello, at age 18 i have 596 different sets ranging from the tiny sets to the Tower Bridge. My collection is public so feel free to take a look :)
    That is a tremendous amount considering your age! Do you care to share how you managed that?
    Since i was little, the only thing i wanted for christmas and birthdays and such were LEGO wich added up over the years, and thanks to my parents who kept all their older sets i got a nice collection .
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    Mine is at 83367 elements, but who's counting?
  • slingerslinger Member Posts: 10
    Mine is at a mere 269 sets and 65389 pieces. But i am proud of my 80's and 90's town collection!
  • slingerslinger Member Posts: 10
    Maybe it would be possible for Huw to analyse the brickset database and come up with a normal distribution curve of members versus sets/pieces, that would give us an idea of where each of us stand. It's just a thought.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,849
    Good idea, that would be fun...
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ please let me be above the curve (I'm just a little bit competitive!).
  • LegoCollectorLegoCollector Guest Posts: 9
    My collection is very small compared to others, I only have 18 sets and 54 mini figures totalling 2469 pieces.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,177
    81560 pieces over about 225 sets (I tend to prefer the big sets). Also have about 15-20kg of loose, so probably about 100,000 pieces.

    A more accurate measure would be ..... more than the wife thinks is within the realms of sanity, but not enough that I am satisfied that I dont want anything else.
    jasor
  • distortmedistortme Member Posts: 7
    edited April 2011
    Out of the Dark Ages since end of August 2010 and have a bit over 100 sets [plus the obligatory Collectible Minifig set], with 32 Classic Space being what I brought along with me out of the shed :)

    I've got about 25 more sets to add as I filter through a 15kg pickup of old Train and Town stuff from the 80s.

    Collection is public: http://www.brickset.com/search/?OwnedBy=distortme
    But still a very small fish, but doing my best to fatten up......
  • mackrelmackrel Member Posts: 75
    How many sets do you buy a year? How long does it take to mass a collection of any size. I have collected 163 sets (95 different) starting August of 09. I am 37 and have become obsessed. I think that I have gone a tad overboard. I have two Lego stores in Phoenix!
  • TalasAntaresTalasAntares Member Posts: 124
    edited April 2011
    I haven't really figured out how many sets or elements I have...I do know that I have every set I got in the 1970's and 1980's, somehow I managed to keep them throughout all of the moves my family made. Lots of Classic Space and Town, I think it was 1978 when I got every set from the theme for xmas. Beyond that, I have a few of the early "Expert Builder" sets. I had the "dark age" from about 1986 until the mid-1990's when I started buying a few sets again. When the initial wave of Star Wars sets were released I stocked up, much to my wife's dismay. :-) From around 2001 until 2010 was a kind of "dim age" where I picked up a set here and there but didn't get everything I would have liked. Last year I really regained my interest and have been buying like mad since last fall. My wife has fed the beast by making all my gifts for xmas and Valentine's day from Shop-at-Home...I got the Imperial Flagship, Tantive IV, and Space Shuttle for xmas and the new Maersk ship for Valentines. :-)
    -George
  • distortmedistortme Member Posts: 7
    edited April 2011
    My wife has fed the beast by making all my gifts for xmas and Valentine's day from Shop-at-Home...I got the Imperial Flagship, Tantive IV, and Space Shuttle for xmas and the new Maersk ship for Valentines. :-)
    -George
    Ahh yes I know how you feel. My wife bought me the Death Star for Christmas :)

  • TalasAntaresTalasAntares Member Posts: 124
    edited April 2011
    Ahh yes I know how you feel. My wife bought me the Death Star for Christmas :)
    Well, at least she got you something you could use, right? Can only have just so many sweaters or socks!
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,368
    My collection is public. All I have posted is my complete sets, I have about 400 pound and 1500 minifigs that are in bulk and not categorized. I have finished a room in the basement where my son and I have begun a very long process of building a massive permanent train layout.

    Just got 2 Maersk trains in the mail today. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I told her that I went to law school so I could buy whatever Lego I wanted. She doesn't think that is funny :)
    gmonkey76
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,274
    edited April 2011
    @wagnerml2: I tried to look up your collection, but it's either not public or your brickset username is not "wagnerml2"
  • stagusstagus Member Posts: 256
    228 sets and 68042 pieces......my friends think I have way too much but perhaps I should point them to here to see what REAL collections are like!!! :)
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Honestly can't fathom having a whole ROOM dedicated to Lego. But I guess you would need it if you had 100,000+ pieces...
  • mrfootballmrfootball Member Posts: 84
    Christmas 2009, when my son was 5, seems to be the starting point for the massive buying spree of Lego sets. Probably have around 40,000 pieces, mostly in sets. with about 10-15% being 'loose'.
  • stagusstagus Member Posts: 256
    edited April 2011
    Honestly can't fathom having a whole ROOM dedicated to Lego. But I guess you would need it if you had 100,000+ pieces...
    Eric....I had a room at my work flat....ended up too small. I have now floored the loft at home and have just started building my city there as well as storage for the boxes, etc.
  • pedromoutinho2610pedromoutinho2610 Member Posts: 2
    edited April 2011
    Hi, i am Portuguese and i have this collection of Lego see in the bricklist in this site pedromoutinho2610
  • brickbusterbrickbuster Member Posts: 6
    My collection is rather modest.I have 202 sets on brickset 40089 pieces. I would have another 1000 in loose and sets not uploaded on brickset. I have a room dedicated to lego and I, like stagus have friends who think I have more lego than they have ever seen. great topic
  • gold682gold682 UKMember Posts: 182
    According to Brickset I have 100 sets, although they are all predominately Star Wars based. However, it's not so much the amount I own, more the fact what I own is what I want, ie. I have managed to acquire all but 3 of the "UCS" sets including my favourite, the 7191 X-Wing and the 10019 Tantive. I also recently got my hands on the 10179 Falcon and the 10030 Star Destroyer - one for a bargain, one for not (don't tell the wife!). Anyway i'm now considering branching out to other themes, in particular the modular buildings, like the Grand Emporium. Problem is I know when I get one i'm going to want them all including the expensive retired models.

    I only started my Lego addiction about 2 years ago, after buying my youngest son a star wars set and marvelling how good it looked!
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    edited April 2011
    How many sets do you buy a year? How long does it take to mass a collection of any size. I have collected 163 sets (95 different) starting August of 09. I am 37 and have become obsessed. I think that I have gone a tad overboard. I have two Lego stores in Phoenix!
    Well, my entire collection (760 odd including duplicates) has been amassed entirely since September 08, so by my quick calcs, it's growing at a rate of 25 sets per month!

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  • jb15jb15 Member Posts: 53
    My collection stands like this: I always have one less set than I need.... :)
  • GalactusGalactus NLMember Posts: 255
    ^ only one? You're lucky...
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,368
    @Rocao - You are right! My user name on the forum is Wagnerml2 and my brickset username is Wagnerml! I'll need to remedy that. Here is the link to my collection if you are still curious.

    http://www.brickset.com/search/?OwnedBy=wagnerml
    mkspaldo
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,718
    edited April 2011
    @Rocao - You are right! My user name on the forum is Wagnerml2 and my brickset username is Wagnerml! I'll need to remedy that. Here is the link to my collection if you are still curious.
    http://www.brickset.com/search/?OwnedBy=wagnerml
    I think Huw or bluemoose should be able to fix that for you.
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,368
    edited April 2011
    Honestly can't fathom having a whole ROOM dedicated to Lego. But I guess you would need it if you had 100,000+ pieces...
    @Eric, When we built our new house, I asked the builder to set aside specific space for a room devoted to lego. He thought that was really wierd, but it is a dream come true!
  • jeremiasobomjeremiasobom Member Posts: 8
    How big? It's very small, but I'm still proud of it. I have just 9 sets, here they are:

    10179 - UCS Millennium Falcon
    10212 - UCS Imperial Shuttle
    10178 - Motorized Walking AT-AT
    8017 - Darth Vader's Tie Fighter
    6206 - Tie Interceptor
    7657 - AT-ST
    8037 - Anakin's Y-wing Starfighter
    8088 - ARC-170 Starfighter
    7256 - Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid

    That's it.
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 345
    edited April 2011
    Just one of two 84 liter boxes of my loose minifigures just for starters ;-)
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/uploads/FileUpload/17/97.JPG
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  • mackrelmackrel Member Posts: 75
    edited April 2011
    Just one of two 84 liter boxes of my loose minifigures just for starters ;-)
    wow
  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    edited April 2011
    ^ No need to quote the text *and* pictures chaps. Think of the bandwidth we'll save [picture now removed from quote above].
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