Confessions of a Serial Polybag Collector - Part 3

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Polybag JigsawForgive me Brickset readers for I have sinned, it has been over three months since my last confession. Did I say these articles were going to be monthly, what I meant to say was of course quarterly. Life sure does have a habit of getting in the way sometimes, I have been utterly consumed with family, Brickset commitments, work and my LEGO room project (notice how I actually put the most important thing last). I wish I could say the end was in sight, but it isn’t, so I’d better just stop complaining and get on with it.

Wow, what a crazy few months in the world of polybag collecting! With the ushering in of 2013 we got a sneak peak at some of the 2013 polybags that we could look forward to. This is always an exciting time for polybag collectors, since these are often just descriptions at this stage rather than pictures, we can use our imaginations to conjure up all sorts of great little sets we’ll be keeping them in their bags. It’s also an anxious time, where and when exactly will these polybags be available, how will I get hold of them and most importantly, exactly how much is this going to cost me??

In particular I think the Star Wars polys thus far revealed look excellent, with not a rehash in sight which is always welcome news.

A lot of these polybags have now been released somewhere or other in the world, and it’s been as challenging and fun as ever tracking them down (which is a great part of the appeal for me). This job is made so much easier by you guys sending us in news of sightings, so a big thank you for that and keep it coming.

I have made some great contacts and friends through this hobby, and in particular through my collecting of polybags which really seems to bring the best out of the community in my opinion. I’ve had countless offers of help from all over the world, with people going above and beyond what could reasonably be expected. I’d like to think that I try to repay this kindness and I’m a big believer in what goes around comes around, so if I haven’t repaid your kindness yet, I will I promise! What can I say to you people other than a massive thank you, and know that your help is always appreciated.

So what can you expect this month? As well as the regular features, I’ll be taking a look at what it means to be a completist and what this has to do with the Ninjago theme. I had planned to review 30243: Umbaran MHC but Huw somewhat stole my thunder on that one on that one, so instead I’ll be reviewing two little owned Creator polybags: 30184: Little Helicopter and 30185: Little Eagle. You can still read my review of 30243 though as I've published it on Brickset.

There’s also another competition, and this time around I’m not going to make you work very hard at all to enter, read on to find out how you can enter and what you can win.

So grab a hot drink, if past experience is anything to go by, this may be a long one.

These Things Are Breeding

Well since I last updated you, my collection has grown significantly, so much so, that I’m not sure anyone would be interested in me listing them all, but I’ll do it anyway:

Well that all seems a bit self-indulgent doesn’t it. If you want to check out my polybag collection in full you can do so here.

Interesting Finds

30256 - Unnamed Chima Poly

I think it’s worth mentioning a new polybag that has been unearthed by a contact in Sweden, apparently it will be given away as a freebie with a future edition of Kalle anka (Donald Duck) magazine.

Pretty cooI isn’t it? I wonder how many other tribes will be uncovered in the future, that’s seven now! I'll get it added to the database later today.

 

1349 Polybag

This polybag doesn't have it's own set number but it came bundled with 1349: Steven Speilberg Moviemaker Set.

Has this happened before, a polybag bundled inside a set featuring a bag design? I'll be compelled to track this down I fear.

Thanks to Brickset member polarbomber for pointing this one out to me.

 

This is My Curse

There is something very wrong with me, an affliction, my curse if you will. I am a completist. This overwhelming voice inside my head is a cruel and devious fellow, befuddling my mind and clouding my judgement, forcing me against my will to buy sets that I don’t even like (World Racers I’m looking at you!) just to keep it quiet for a few blessed hours.

Those of you who are free from this affliction, I envy you, how nice it must be to pick and choose only the very best sets that you love to welcome in to your collection. You probably can’t imagine spending hundreds of your hard-earned cash on sets that hold no appeal for you. To those fellow sufferers, you have my sympathies, and just know that you are not alone.

I’m sure many people have conducted studies on the mind-set of the collector, it’s not something I intend to explore in this article but if you ask me, being a completist is probably something that goes hand-in-hand with collecting and it’s also probably closely tied to obsessive compulsive disorder, the main traits of which are a continual cycle of Obsession, Anxiety, Compulsion, Temporary relief.

I am able to reason with my inner voice to a certain extent, for example I’m able to persuade it that it is entirely unreasonable to expect me to be have the time and money to own every LEGO set ever made, “OK” it says, “so how about polybag set ever released? There’s less than a thousand of those”. Well that sure is a lot, but I suppose that’s achievable…and wham, it’s got you hooked, and so it begins.

So what does this have to with Ninjago? Well Ninjago is a theme that I had very little interest in to begin with, the first wave was decidedly uninspiring for me, save perhaps the dragons themselves which were pretty cool and whilst the second wave was much improved it was still a theme I could have easily skipped. The mistake I made was in watching the cartoon, or rather letting my son watch it, and before I know it, I’ve bought a set.

Big mistake, ever the opportunist, the voice seizes upon my moment of weakness, “so, you’re gonna buy them all now right? I try to reason with it, there are far too many Ninjago sets being released, and I only actually ike a handful of them. “Well, what about the just the polybags then, only thirteen of them, surely any collector worth his salt could get hold of a measly fourteen sets?”. Well yes, that seems doable, but how many are actually worth picking up, let’s take a quick run through:

 

  • 20020: BrickMaster Ninjago - This one ticks a couple of boxes, it’s both a decent mini representation of the Turbo Shredder model and it’s a dreaded BrickMaster exclusive which makes it that much rarer. For the latter reason alone this makes it a must for the discerning polybag collector. Luckily it can be picked up relatively cheaper (for a BrickMaster poly anyway) from Bricklink.
  • 30080: Ninja Gilder - One of the easier to get hold of polys thanks to it’s inclusion The Sun newspaper promo back in October 2011. Quite a nice little set too, but don’t pay any more than £3 for it.
  • 30081: Skeleton Chopper - Common as muck this one, you’d be hard pushed not to own one since it was available as a freebie both sides of the Atlantic. A bit pants to be honest.
  • 30082: Ninja Training- Yet another Sun promo poly, again from October2011. Really not difficult to get hold of but definitely worth picking up.
  • 30083: Dragon Fight - A really nice little set this one, by far the best of those including a Ninja minifig. The baby dragon is ridiculously cute and contains some interesting pieces to boot. Would definitely have picked this one up voice or no voice.
  • 30084: Jay - This poly should come with a warning: “Hardcore polybag collectors only”. A non-unique minifig is the only content in this quite frankly ridiculously overpriced polybag (currently going for £18-£20 on Bircklink). It’s also a bit mysterious because apparently it was released in the UK but I don’t really know where, I’m suspecting some TRU giveaway, do you know for sure? Avoid like the plague unless you’re a fellow sufferer like me.
  • 30085: Jumping Snakes - Having been widely available in the UK and the US, as well as making an appearance in Holland, you didn’t have to work very hard to get hold of this one. Given that the minifig only appears in one other set, it is worth picking up but don’t pay over the odds for it.
  • 30086: Hidden Sword and 30087: Car - Two more that have been widely available in Europe and the US. Both curiously claim to contain unique minifigs, which I find hard to believe but that’s what Brickset and Bricklink say. That alone makes them worth picking up, and they should be cheap too due to the numbers in circulation.
  • 30088: Rattla - Now this is more like it, at least in terms of exclusivity anyway. Like Jay, this is just a single minifig (and not an exclusive one at that) but he is the second least owned Ninjago polybag yet doesn’t command too high a price. However, I think he’s great, and I’m not just saying that because I’m giving some away either ;-)
  • 2856134: Ninjago Card Shrine - Hmm, even I’m not convinced this one is actually a polybag, it’s more a foil pack but since I’m undecided, it stays in for now. Available from S@H for the bargain price of £3.99 (for 98 pieces), it’s a lovely little set that is well worth picking up. It’s high piece count makes its aftermarket price of between £6 and £8 still seem fairly reasonable, I’m sure LEGO mispriced this one.
  • 4636204: Ninjago promotional item - This is the only Ninjago polybag that I only one of (everyone gets two of each right, one to build one to keep, or in my case, one to think about building and one to keep). This imaginatively titled rarity was only available at a LEGO build event at TRUs throughout the UK and therefore was not widely picked up. Still, it won’t break the bank to get hold of one, £7-8 although numbers are limited so hurry, which reminds me, I really should pick up my second.
  • 4659612: Spinner Ring - One of those controversial Friend’s Bracelets is it/isn’t a poly. Well it isn’t in a traditional polybag but I still count it, which makes sense in some universe I’m sure. Frankly, it’s rubbish, one for the voice I think.

There you have it, with the Ninjago theme in it’s twilight, with little hope of new sets being released and even littler hope of new polybags when TLG have moved on to promoting other themes, this is actually not a bad set of polybags to be a completist on as it goes. Whilst there’s more than a few bad eggs in the bunch, the fact is, at least it won’t cost you very much to get them all, I reckon you could bag the lot for between £50 and £75 depending on your bargaining skills.

Review of 30184: Little Helicopter

30184 Little Helicopter

It seems to be something of a trend in 2013 for TLG to release mini versions of their sets in polybag form. 30184: Little Helicopter is the baby brother of 31003: Red Rotors, which isn’t exactly large in size itself.

It contains 56 parts and 3 spares, most of which are bright red, nothing remotely rare to see here as all of the parts distinctly standard fare.

The build is actually pretty nice and enjoyable, not too many studs on show and the design of the rotors on slightly different levels so they don’t clash is a nice touch.

This cute set bears a remarkable similarity to 31003 which is to the designer’s credit. It’s a solid little helicopter that is quite swooshable and I can see it appealing to small children who don’t overly concern themselves with the concept of scale.

Definitely worth picking up if you can find it, and may even be worth tracking down and paying a little extra for, Creator polybags have a habit of not being widely released.

Review of 30185: Little Eagle

30183 Little Eagle

Next up is another set that has also been released in both large and mini scale in 2013, the Little Eagle, a smaller version of 31004: Fierce Flyer.

In fact, it’s the third eagle to be released this year if you count 70003: Eris’ Eagle Interceptor, and with the possibility of more Eagles being released in Hobbit sets later this year (speculation - they will surely appear in the second movie released in December and although TLG haven’t announced any further Hobbit sets, surely there will be some), somewhere in the world it must be year of the eagle.

This set also contains 48 parts and 4 spares. Reddish browns and whites are the order of the day here, all common pieces in common colours (with the possible exception being the reddish brown bracelets). You should be able to build this set relatively easily from your parts collection, which is good given that this set has not been officially released or seen in the wild yet.

30183 Little Eagle

This is a really neat little model that looks like an eagle and has multiple points of articulation so you can pose it nicely. The head can be moved up and down, the wings can be ‘flapped’ as well as being realistically jointed to switch between flight and glide modes. The tail feathers are a really nice touch and can also be moved for lift. As can be seen from the pictures, the eagle can also stand on its feet and is really well balanced.

I love this little set, it’s a bit different from most of the polys we’ve had in recent years and that alone makes it stand out.

At time of writing, this polybag is pretty hard to track down and isn’t even listed on Bricklink yet. If I was a betting man, I would say this polybag will not see a wide release and it may therefore be worth spending a bit of extra time and money tracking this one down. I could be wrong though, it’s always a guessing game with these polybags isn’t it?

 

Both of these Creator polybags were supplied to me by a Hungarian friend who shall remain anonymous, but my thanks and appreciation goes out to them. They were spotted for sale on an obscure Hungarian website, and so far that’s the only place they’ve been on sale that I know of.

Competition

Brickset regular and all round good guy Supersympa has generously donated seven sets of 30088: Rattla and I’ll be giving them away. In addition I’ve had a dig around in my spares box and come up with the following prizes:

1st Prize: One lucky reader will receive one each of 30088, 30059: MTT, 30106: Ice Cream Stand, 2163: Toucan, 2164: Whale, 2165: Rhino, 2166: Elephant and 2167: Penguin.

Runners up Prize: six readers will each receive a copy of 30088: Rattla.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this article, that’s it, nothing else is required. Only one entry per person and the winner and runners up will be drawn at random on 20thst April.

That’s it, you may well come away from this article thinking I’m a little crazy, you’d probably be right, but I’m willing to bet that you’re just a little crazy too ;-). Hopefully it won’t take me another three months to write part four, but I won’t make any promises I can’t keep, so until the next time, keep collecting those polybags.

Update: In case anyone still hasn't realised, the Rabbiz polybag was of course an April Fool's joke :-)

222 comments on this article

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By in United States,

If Chima 30256 truly existed I would finally be able to complete my dream rabbit army, with the Nesquik bunny at helm and the 40053 easter bunny as steeds.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lets hope I win (so does this count as a entry)

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By in Germany,

I think you are a "completist", not "completest". ;)

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By in France,

Thanks, now i see i'm not the only crazy guy around here.
Very interesting confession, not just another guy talking about his passion but somekind of scientific study.

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By in United Kingdom,

Iam definetely a polybag completist (especially for Ninjago!)

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By in Europe,

Another great article! I really enjoy reading these articles!

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By in Australia,

I gave up on polybag collecting as they are so expensive to get from overseas, and we don't see them released in Australia.

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By in {Unknown country},

Got most of the Ninjago bags but could not bring myself to spend the money being asked for 30084. Did get the Rattla poly because it was priced reasonably (similar to a loose Rattla figure's price). As for the polybag you mentioned that came inside 1349, I remember that TLG used to print artwork on the bags that hold the pieces to correspond to the individual instruction booklets on the big sets. This is so you know that bag 1 is for building the police car, bag 2 is for building the police van etc. So I won't really call that a polybag but just the bag that contains the parts that is found inside the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

An excellent read as ever :-)

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By in Spain,

Great article!!! I'd like to be a completer like you, but it's really hard and I am trying to complete my collection with trades, which make it more difficult.

I am happy that at least you can complete the collection :)

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By in Philippines,

Awesome article.

One comment though: Is that rabbit Chima confirmed? Looks like an April Fool's joke to me.

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By in Finland,

Cool. I didn't used to collect Polybags but you and others have started me on this dangerous road. I don't think I can collect all but will get them and NOT open them from time to time :) But if you do open one, I like the fact that you can build a small piece of the Lego World cheaply and without fuss. Great article and really great looking garage conversion (I take it was a garage) for your hobby :)

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By in Australia,

I have to admit that I, too, am a completist! Though thankfully I only have an unfightable urge to complete themes, rather than collect every polybag! (That said, I just bought four Uruk-Hai polys to march on Helms Deep XD) Thanks for another great confession :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad to see this series of articles make a return! You have an excellent writing style, factual yet conversational, which along with your encyclopaedic knowledge of all things poly makes this a fun read. My buyng preference is smaller, cheaper sets, and my obsession is with minifigs, so I naturally gravitate to polybags. Keep up the excellent work!

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By in United Kingdom,

Rabbiz? Sounds absolutely terrifying! ;)

Anyway, great article atkinsar, I am a kind of on/off polybag collector, I buy them when I like them at any expense (and pick up all the Star Wars ones). I prefer collecting Minifigures myself (I am in fact only six Minifigures off a full Star Wars collection). Are there any other polybag collectors as devoted as you?

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By in Sweden,

Thanks Andy about the article
Another great one, and another one where I discovered some polybags that I did not know of!
let's hunt ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Great stuff. As a new AFOL this only feeds the flames of my own addiction, though I'll never compete on this level.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am wondering if you keep all the polybags unopened or collect two for each: one open and one sealed? When I collect polybags, I always find hard to decide whether I should open it or not, especially for those rare ones. Hope I can win the Competition and get my hands on some more nice polybags :))

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article again. I think I will try and find the bits for 30184 to hover over my micro-village :) The Chima bunny is truly egg-celent: my kids will love it (and hopefully 'get' it too!)

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By in Indonesia,

Hahah! What a smart contest we have this time. When I saw that Rattla was offered I thought I could let this one go by, But seeing the other prizes I had a Gollum-like voice within me saying stuff like, "I muss haves it!"...It was almost enough to make me regret winning the last contest. But seeing as to how this is gonna work...hmm, Luck be with me...

And that Chima bunny polybag was amusing...Gotta pick that one up...(Checks date) Oh, I get it...Funny.

And like I emailed you, Some of the Ninjago polybags wasn't that hard to find, even in here. Sure, They're retired now...

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By in Netherlands,

Nice third part of your confesion! It would be awesome to win a (or even some) of your well-worthed polybags. Here in Holland a lot are not that easy to buy (save internet shopping, I mean in-store with this). And as a student... Awesome, keep doing the good writing and collecting job!

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By in Netherlands,

It's a shame polybags are so hard to get by in holland, i'd like the LOTR ones, but the're quite expensive here :S

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By in United States,

Great article once again.
To me, that bunny Chima polybag just seems off. The head looks like its from the Belville sets an the body seems like its from the wolf tribe.

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By in United States,

Post a comment for a chance to win free stuff? Okay!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good aprils fools, atkinsar... obviously a fake chima poly

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent piece.

I used to be a completist - but then realised the costs it would involve. It took a little while, but now I am at 'piece' with myself over collecting.... lol

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By in Australia,

Beware the killer rabbit of Chima, it has a vicious streak a mile wide!

Thanks for yet another entertaining confession, atkinsar!

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By in United Kingdom,

nice read as always... nice work on the Chima poly! as a minifig nerd it was that, that gave the game away instantly!

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By in United Kingdom,

love this side of Lego collecting but will stick to my minifigures for now until I'm more financially stable many thanks for a great first read to my morning

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By in United States,

lol, good one.
(entry)

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By in Norway,

Hehe.. Rabbiz, would've been great :)

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By in Italy,

I own 93 polybags and I wish I owned many more!

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By in Netherlands,

Great part. Negotiating with you inner voice can be tough. But you have to live with it anyway. Poly bags remain cool Lego sets and they become better and better. There are indeed some rotten apples among them, but in general they are very cool.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hello!

(entry? I hope so.)

As a collector, do you build them or leave them BNIB?

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By in United States,

Good article. Thanks!

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By in Belgium,

I like the rabbit, is it real?

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article. Thank you.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - the 7 digit numbers are SAP generated? I fled the logistics industry but I still can't escape the dreaded SAP! Tell me it's not so! - or just reassure me that I'm not a bit thick for never noticing before! ;)

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By in United States,

Very nice! I love Polybags!

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By in Singapore,

Great help in learning more about polybags. Thanks

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By in Canada,

^^^ Yes, LEGO started using SAP in 1996-ish.

Every manufactured part, from instruction books, sticker sheets, boxes, parts etc. gets allocated a number on the system.

The numbers started at 4000000-ish, and early numbered examples include instructions for sets that came out in '96 such as Aquazone: http://www.brickset.com/browse/years/?year=1996&Theme=Aquazone

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By in United States,

Excellent article! I always look forward to them. I definitely need to get all the new Star Wars and Creator polybags. I'm not as big of a collector as many others here, but I can relate to the experience. Ideally, I try to get three of each polybag. One to build (or think about building as atkinsar mentioned), one to keep, and a third one to use for trade (though I haven't been able to bring myself to part with very many yet).

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By in United States,

I wanna win!!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I am really enjoying these articles.

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By in United States,

excellent article, enjoyed it

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By in United States,

Cool Article.

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By in United States,

Haha. The Rabbit is not real.

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By in United States,

No way that Rabbit is real! I loved the Headhunter in model and build. Truly excellent.

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By in Italy,

Awesome article and poly bg collection!

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By in Canada,

I like grabbing a poly or two when I'm out and about. It's a nice hit to the building desire... but adds to the sorting!

I've enjoyed watching your room project grow on flickr! I look forward to seeing your completed space!

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By in United States,

I think there are a few more tribes in Chima. There's the lions, eagles, crocs, wolfs, ravens, rabbits, gorillas, rhinos(I watched an episode and saw them), foxes, and skunks(both seen in upcoming sets seen at Toy Fair) Sorry I had to correct you, but I couldn't help myself ;) P.S. I really like that eagle. I hope it comes out soon!

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By in United Kingdom,

need to get the new star wars poly, the lack of any future Sun promotion means I may have to spend more than normal on these

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By in United States,

Always great to read your reviews! Here's my entry into your contest!

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By in United States,

Isn't 5000441:Ninjago Surprise Bag a Ninjago polybag? There's more to it then the spinner ring and it does come in a polybag.

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By in United States,

It seems that everything that you didn't told us each month you wrote it down today.

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By in United States,

Pick me! Pick me!

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By in United States,

Where is it?
-There!
What, behind the rabbit?
-It is the rabbit!
*Awkward pause*
You silly sod! You got us all worked up!
>Aye, I soiled my armor I was so scared!
-But tha's no ordinary rabbit!

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By in Canada,

sweet review!!!
can't wait for the next one and the next one and the next one!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't have too many polybag articles!

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By in United States,

As usual, an excellent article! As for the curse of the completest, I'm beginning to wonder if it's a bit like a slow-spreading virus. I've resisted it for a long time but I'm beginning to think things like: "Why not get all of the LotR sets? After all, there's not that many". Who knows where it will go from here, but I fear for my wallet.

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By in United States,

Thanks for another great article!! I'm usually just lurking on the site, but had to respond. I used to be a pretty casual polybag collector, but have gotten more serious about it since these articles came about. Not real good for the wallet though... ;)

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By in United States,

Thanks for the great article! Polybags are fun!! :)

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By in United States,

I am really liking these articles. Makes me happy I am not a completist.

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By in United Kingdom,

I wasn't going to collect Chima but the bunny looks cute

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By in United States,

Great article! and I can't wait to track down one of the "little eagle" bags.

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By in United States,

I love the article as normal, and i'm afraid I have the same curse as you. Also that chima bunney is so cute. lol
Also this is my entry.

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By in United States,

I like the rabbit's car!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for all your kind comments, some responses to the questions you've been asking:

@Ben J, indeed I am a "completist" and not a "completest", seems they mean slightly different things, thanks for pointing out.

@johnnyfinlandia, my LEGO room did indeed used to be a garage, I'm still getting used to not calling it the garage myself.

@CapnRex101, "Are there any other polybag collectors as devoted as you?", oh sure, I can think of a few and even Huw has outed himself and blown my collection out of the water!

@stevenzhang and @The Lego Train Station, "I am wondering if you keep all the polybags unopened or collect two for each: one open and one sealed?" I always try to get to two, one to build and one to keep sealed. If I only manage to get hold of one due to limited supply or ridiculous cost, then it stays sealed, I may end up bricklinking the parts if I want to build it (I did this with 20006 Clone Turbo Tank).

@Packer221, yes you're right, there are more tribes, thank you, and don't forget about the rabbits too ;-)

@LusiferSam, yes I do class 5000441:Ninjago Surprise Bag as a poly, forgot about that one (I own 2 :-)

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By in New Zealand,

Can't help but comment for a chance to win. I've restricted my polybag collecting to things I actually want (only one each of the Friends, thank you!) so I avoid things like Creator sets usually, but they are still tempting. The new Chima bags are especially interesting and I'm going to nab them all. I kind of wonder what new Hobbit and LotR polies will be out this year.

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By in Canada,

That rabbit Chima thing is an April fools joke, right?

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By in United States,

Maybe we can do a Brickset Fun Run For the Cure 5K for the 'Rabbiz' rabbit. Don't let him bite you kids!

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By in United States,

Another great article Andy!

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By in United Kingdom,

I've got the big eagle. Looking forward to giving him a little pal.

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By in United States,

Is there an age limit to this contest? I'm 15.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for another great read, very enjoyable as always! I do love polybags, but thankfully I can resist my inner voice, as its not as powerful as the Mrs ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@atkinsar do you have the 2 polys from Poland? the fire dept jeep and friends Desk?

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By in United States,

Just got a new polybag the other day and thought of these articles... hadn't noticed this one until just now!

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By in United States,

The "rabbiz" ploy bag is a fake. I've been searching for evidence and here's what I've found: Lego would never make a Chima vehicle like that. The only colors are pink and white, and the design is too plain, not Chima quality, but Seasonal set quality. The torso of "Rabbiz" is the exact same as Winzar's. The head is also fake. Here's where you can see where the person photoshopped it from: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=33207. The part number was 33207, if you don't want to use that address ;). I think some one made this fake set for Easter, with the pink and white rabbit and rabbit Chima character. If you find this strong enough evidence, you might want yo take it down and address the fake for no further confusion. Or then again, it could always just be a prototype of the real set...

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By in United Kingdom,

Great artical @atkinsar, has it really been three months? Now we've had our polybag fix you can get back to work on the Lego room:) I'm looking forward to finding out what all the sockets are for?

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By in United States,

April fools day, at least you just snuck it in there instead of making the whole article about it.

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By in United Kingdom,

There's something suspicious about Rabbiz
I can't put my finger on it

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By in United States,

Another great read! Thankfully, I'm not a completist when it comes to polybags, but I do enjoy picking up the sets I come across.

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By in United States,

I suppose I've got some pretty minor signs of the affliction you mentioned at the beginning but I still think you have it worse. (By worse, I mean better)

@atkinsar I recently picked up a very rare mint copy of #2181 and casually found myself wondering if you also had a copy of it as well? I've found it be perhaps the most elusive polybag in my collection and only 92 people (including myself) seem to have it here and even some of the most enthusiastic polybag collectors (like Huw) seem not to have it.

I also remember reading part 1 where you touched on the subject of "What exactly in a polybag?", I was wondering how you felt about rarities like #853303 which came it a bubble wrap bag and whether you counted those as "polybags"?

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By in United States,

In some way, i must thank you for getting me hooked on polys, but now I truly understand what it means to be a completist! These articles are really fun to read, keep it up!

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By in United States,

Is it just me or does the head of the rabbit stick out more than the rest of the image?

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By in United Kingdom,

The Lego room looks excellent. Now all we need is a good trading website for polybags.

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By in United States,

atkinsar I'm a crazy polybag collector, I go to Toys R Us weekly to see if they are carrying a new polybag. My Lego room used to be a garage to but I fixed it up and made it a Lego room. I have tons of buckets of Lego grouped by color. I have a huge Lego table that I build on and have 10 shelves that I display my sets on. I feel your pain with the voice in your head. I was only planning to buy 2 or 3 of the 2012 Ninjago sets, but I ended up buying every Ninjago set in 2012 except for one because I couldn't find it.

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By in United States,

Joke or not I am going to reverse engineer the bunny-mobile for my kids, love it!

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheJake, don't worry, there's no age limit.

@ProfessorBrickkeeper, 2181 is indeed rare, in fact I'm sure my good friend Kempo81 was going on about this one the other week and he could only find one on ebay and it wasn't cheap, maybe you bought it? I'm jealous anyhow. I would only count keychains if they came in a proper polybag (which some earlier ones certainly did), otherwise no, they don't count for me. But hey, you can make up your own rules, that's half the fun.

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By in United States,

Another great article atkinsar. Articles of this content and quality are worth waiting for. I am looking forward to the next one...

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By in United States,

Cool article, but the bunny Chima was easy to tell it's an April Fools prank.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really enjoyable article. Thanks for the effort

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By in United States,

brilliant!!!
i hope i get a poly!!!

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By in Germany,

Nice article and also nice April Fools Joke!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article. I was in the Manchester store and saw the springtime scene poly and it may tempt me to start collecting polys.

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By in United States,

I've got a couple of those Ninjago polys, they're pretty good but got sorted for pieces. That little eagle looks great though. Great article!

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By in Netherlands,

Nice read.
Now Rabbiz is an April Fools Joke, what about the competition, is it too?

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, Fantastic Chima rabbit!

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By in United States,

"It's a gift...and a curse."
-Adrian Monk

That bunny can't be real.
And how are these Ninjago polys (That I don't have) so common?!

Also I have an important question!
What do you do if you only have one of a polybag? Open it or save it?

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By in Canada,

The Hidden Sword is the only Ninjago Poly I've managed to get, as time goes on it's possible more older Polys will appear at TRU again this year in Canada, it's hard to tell when something will show up or 'be discovered' I think I'm slowly developing a similar affliction to you Atkinsar, as Polybags are being nabbed up by me left, right and centre.

It's kind of annoying that not a single Chima Polybag has shown up yet in Manitoba, as far as I know, but I can be patient and I'm confident we'll start seeing them soon enough... Or as soon as all those Mandalorian Fighter's get bought up... Why exactly is nobody buying this thing? Maybe cause the kids just don't find it as thrilling as past offerings. Found the Z-95 today though, got one and might be able to get a second one later in the month, but I'm trying to avoid buying two of every Star Wars ship. The Umbarran MHC is very tempting though, a shame I can only find them in Canadian Chapters booksellers. Meaning their numbers may be limited.

I really hope the Little Eagle shows up in greater numbers, I want at least two of them to have some nifty looking Creator Style Eagles to pose next to my Hobbit sets.

I guess this means I've finished entering the contest, since I'm commenting and all that before the 20th. With Target opening very soon now in Manitoba I'm hoping the Target Exclusive polybags like Friends Ice Cream Stand and such will start appearing in stores other than TRU, more options for Polybags is always welcome and for some stupid reason Wal-Mart Canada does not stock them, I can't for the life of me figure out why. Anyway I've got a Poly to add to my Brickset Collection info, looking forward to future glimpses into the world of Polybags.

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By in United States,

This isn't an April Fools joke is it?

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By in United States,

Interesting read. I like picking up polybags even though the price to piece ratio is terrible. But sometimes there are some cool parts. But I don't search for the rare sets. I only buy the few I can find around me and not worry about the rest. Even if I'm not interested in the theme, I sometimes may pick up some of them for a nice stocking stuffer or something around holidays.

I am different though since I actually open my polybags (even the rare ones) and use the pieces elsewhere. I have a handful of bags unopened, but I'm sure I'll open them eventually.

Thanks for the information.

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By in United Kingdom,

Little Eagle certainly worth picking up

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By in United States,

Thanks for the chance.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hello :)

(That was me entering the competiton!)

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By in United States,

@Atkinsar:
You mentioned that 2013 seems to be the year of the Eagle, and that we might be getting an eagle with a Hobbit set in December. I would like to point out that we are already getting an eagle with 79007 Battle at the Black Gate.
If you are a major eagle fan you'll have to buy it when it becomes available. ;)

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By in Canada,

Great insights. I'm excited now that we have Target in Canada to see what kinds of Poly's we'll get treated to, especially around the holiday seasons.

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By in United States,

Me: this set is soo awesome I love the play ability The voice: Yeah but if you had this other set you could have way more fun Me: But I just got this one The voice: Yes but listen to this 30 MINUTES LATER Me: well...if it does do that The voice: trust me you won't regret it!

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By in United Kingdom,

I have just finished my Lego room.

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By in United States,

I'm trying to convince my wife to let me have a Lego room. She tells me I should be lucky she lets me have Lego.

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By in United States,

Thanks for continuing to give us quarterly articles! I really enjoy the LOTR, SW, and even some of those Ninjago polys... I'm just glad I don't have the "completest" bug and am able to survive with the polybags that cross my path... I can't imagine trying to hunt them ALL down. Best of luck to you in continuing to do so!

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By in Canada,

Today my brother (the other SI builder profile user) pointed out to me that the Rabbiz figure has the same identical torso to the Worriz fig. Unless Lego has flushed the last of its quality standards down the toilet, yes it must be a nauseating april fools joke.

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By in United States,

I really like your garage transition into the LEGO room. Very nice work. Can't wait to see it filled up with your collection.

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By in United States,

Great article! I'm sad yet, in a way, glad that my local stores have a horrible selection of polybags. I think if they did I'd be an polybag addict. :P

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By in United States,

I am very curious to know how others store their polys. It started with jus a bin for me, but then after a few hundred in the bin (multiples of most... Often 5-10 or more of the same one), I needed a better system, so I ordered them by number into small shoe box size sterilite containers. That was out of date as soon as I finished that project. Now the next few hundred have gone into a large cooler. So it's back to the digging in the bin approach.

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By in United Kingdom,

Where did you find 30059: MTT? I've been after it for ages!

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By in United States,

Thanks for Part 3...keep them coming!

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By in Australia,

I wish it were easier to find information about when and where polybags have been released. Makes it hard to know when to send my non-Lego-collecting friend to look for a polybag from 20,000km away.

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By in United Kingdom,

As i said after your last article- when are you publishing the unofficial polybag collectors guide- i'd buy one or two!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, and It's great watching the LEGO room progress.

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By in Germany,

I love the article and the series. Unfortunately, Germany does not seem to get a lot of Attention when it Comes to polybags. It seems we mostly can get them if we spend heavily on regular LEGO sets at full retail prices in the official store.

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By in Germany,

I love the article and the series. Unfortunately, Germany does not seem to get a lot of Attention when it Comes to polybags. It seems we mostly can get them if we spend heavily on regular LEGO sets at full retail prices in the official store.

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By in United Kingdom,

Count my previous comment as an entry, please.

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By in United States,

Another great article. Always an entertaining read--keep 'em coming!

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By in United Kingdom,

Phew, i'm not the only crazy voice-hearing one then. This is my entry to the competition, too :-)
-Connor#

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By in United Kingdom,

These have all been very interesting reads. Looking forward to the next one, whenever it may be

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By in United States,

I sneered at polys for a while but have become hooked on the great little models that are coming out.

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By in United Kingdom,

For the kids you understand.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the contest and the chance to win!

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By in Australia,

I just wish we could get polybags in Australia :(

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent article, I love polybags and small 'impulse' sets, they take little space to store and are often enjoyable (if a little short) builds.

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By in United States,

A good read. Luckily I don't have a polybag addiction, I only have the completist sets and minifigs addiction....

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By in United States,

I got the Star Wars MTT polybag at Wal-Mart last December right before Christmas. They had a whole bunch of bags for stocking stuffers. I only grabbed one even though it was a rarer release. Oh well. I'll know better next time.

And I can't wait to finish my LEGO room. A section of our basement will be fully converted eventually. My wife is full on board. I think the room is about 15 ft wide x 25 ft long x 7.5 ft high.

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By in United States,

Good stuff . Thanks for the write up.

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By in United States,

Wow, there are so many cool polybags!!! I especially like the Lord of the Rings, Creator, and Chima ones! :D

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By in United States,

Thanks for the reviews!

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By in United States,

When was the MTT available? I've never found it in the US, sadly enough...

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By in United States,

Thanks for infecting me with the unavoidable urge to collect polybags...I think ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done .

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By in United States,

I'm glad to see another entry to the Confessions of a Serieal Polybag Collector articles. I am a limited polybag collector myself but really just pick up the polybag sets I find in the stores. (I've since recruited my m-i-l to help find them as well). Thanks for another update and congrats on the great finds!

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By in Canada,

When I travel (to the USA), I buy Polybags that we don't have at home (Canada) only to resell them to my LUG's member who collect them. I have my own little collection, but mostly I buy polybag to help others. :-) I bet that make me a good guy?

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By in Australia,

Polbags are too hard to find in Australia. I've managed to restrict myself to one (the Police Dinghy - I've got a water-theme thing going) but I can see how tempting they are. It would only take one or two more to push me down that slippery slope..

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By in Canada,

Thanks again for this addiction!

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By in New Zealand,

Wow! You have a great polybag collection. I am glad that I don't have that 'itch' of yours though. Wait, my brain is telling me something. IT'S TELLING ME TO GET ALL THE POLYBAGS EVER MADE!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!! YOU SPREAD THE INFECTION TO ME!!! AAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got to get them all, got to get them all, got to get them all...

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By in United States,

You are missing a lot of ninjago polybags from your list: 9551, 9552, 9553, 9554, 9555, 9556, 9557, 5000030. There's more to catch!

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By in United States,

I'd be crazy not to post something right? Thanks for taking the time to document all of this!

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the opportunity!

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By in Italy,

I think most of us like these articles as it puts our own obsessions in perspective! When the wife (next) looks at me funny i will simply point her in your direction.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review, love the 30185 Little Eagle, i will try and pick one up (or should that be 2)

Not really got anything to add about being a completist, i have recently catalogued my poly bags and only have around 80 unique ones, but if i win this competition i will be 8 sets closer to completion than i was before ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@FizzleMeSexy, I don't count those you mention as they are foil packs not polybags. "I" don't count them, you of course may, it's up to you to make your own rules as to what does and doesn't count.

To anyone that has asked where I got my MTT, some were sent from Canada, some from the US and a few from Hungary. The MTT was hard to find for a long time, only initially available from Gacha vending machines in Japan but it slowly became more widely available in Canada (TRU Nov 2012) and the US (Walmart Dec 2012), although it's never been available officially in Europe.

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By in United Kingdom,

My entry for the competition. Thanks.

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By in United States,

I can't even keep up with just getting the Star Wars polys... I couldn't imagine trying to get them all.

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By in United Kingdom,

Although I don't have that many (yet...), I love polybags, especially the Creator ones! If only I could win the competition... ;-) Thanks for the opportunity anyway!

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish I had a rabbit poly!

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By in United States,

I thought that that rabbit poly was a fake

P.S. I really like that MTT

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By in United States,

I like the other polys but,
I think the rabbit takes the cake!

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By in Hungary,

I can understand to be a completist about a collection... I really feel sorry for you!!!

ps: keep up with this series it's really interesting to read

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By in Malaysia,

The 30185 Little Eagle polybag was being sold in Brickboy, The Gardens Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur for RM 19.90 today. Needless to say I immediately grabbed the little eagle for myself.

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By in Canada,

Nice article. Thanks for the competition offer.

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By in Canada,

I like the Little Eagle, it looks good. Good article.

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By in United States,

Great article, I really enjoy these.
I had never known about the polybag inside of 1349. I usually don't collect polybags (only because there are literally none available anywhere where I live, I have to fly out of town) but this is one that I'd love to get ahold of, Studios is one of the themes that I really need to get more sets from.
So if one were to buy the Steven Speilberg Movie Maker set sealed and (gasp) open it, this polybag would be inside of it, correct?

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By in United Kingdom,

I love reading these articles. Hope I get lucky :)

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By in United States,

I can relate to this since I love polybags as well... I enjoy reading your posts! Keep them coming!

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By in Australia,

wait, did you say PENGUIN polybag? :D Penguins are awesome!

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By in Australia,

Too bad we didn't have these in Australia. Well maybe only 1 or 2, since the only polybag I ever got was the Track Racer (7613) from Racers and I got 2 of those.

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By in United Kingdom,

Keep the confessions coming :-) I have to ask if you have a favorite... and if anyone has any stats. The most pieces in a poly, the least I imagine are the minifig only polys, rarest, most unique parts etc etc. I have to say I am lucky enough to be able to pick and choose, from any category, theme or box type so I have various polys from all over.

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By in Netherlands,

I have the same feeling as you have, regarding the feeling to complete everything. Not only LEGO, but all kinds of stuff: games series, dvds, music, books etc.
It looks like it has ups and downs. When I discover something new, I immeadly get the feeling "buy the whole collection!", but a few days later I was wondering "why on earth I wanted everything?" :P

Although there are always things I really like to have complete, such as a few book series I like, LEGO Legends of Chima (I don't know why, but I fall in love with a play theme!? That's weird for someone who's been collecting Technic for years) and some other stuff.

Thanks for the great article again!

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By in United States,

I like your articles because they shed light on sets I never knew were out there. Thanks.

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By in United States,

I have recently become a polybag enthusiast and it is addicting. My collection is growing!

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By in United States,

Redwall fans would really like the rabbit polybag.

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By in Netherlands,

As someone from the Netherlands already mentioned it is pretty hard to get some of the polybags, let alone all of them. Luckily I'm not a completionist. Just trying to get all the Star Wars polys is a big enough challenge for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article again. Please try and write them more often......
I am glad that it is impossible for me to be a poly bag collector as I can see how dangerously addictive it is.

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By in Australia,

Thankfully I am not cursed with this desire - as an Aussie, I count myself lucky just to get the odd polybag here and there.

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By in United States,

Nice article.

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By in Canada,

I understand the only cure for this condition many of us share is "oneortwoofeverything". Still waiting to find the cure though. I've checked pharmacies, doctors, hospitals all to no avail. The closest I've found is in the local toy stores :-)

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By in Canada,

Thanks for all the updates. I do enjoy the hunt. Being close to tho border and family in the US I can generally get a lot of the polybags.

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By in United States,

nice how do you get your hands on all of the poly's internet buying? They rarely have more than a couple variants around me.

Thanks for the great blog!

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By in United Kingdom,

The best polybag I've got is probably #30152 Mining quad. Maybe I could do with winning some? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

It annoys me how rare polybags are getting. I'm not a collector but some of them are really nice models, or just have good minifigs and pieces. Especially in more recent ones but giving there newly found rarity I think I'll have to not bother.

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By in France,

Great article.

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By in United States,

I repsect your affliction with your defective collector's gene...I suffer from the same ailment...but mine only flares up with collectible minifigures. :-)

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By in Canada,

Was previously only buying the collectible minifigs, but after reading these polybag articles, I've now started going to TRU regularly and looking for polybags to buy...thanks a lot! :) I enjoy the articles; look forward to more!

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By in Switzerland,

You definitely are c r a z y *add spooky voice*. That said, I'm still envious of your collection :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article once again.
Interested in another Nesquik Rabbit ;-D

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By in United States,

Just watch, that seventh tribe might prove more true than we think (what with a skunk and fox tribe coming out)!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good article. There is something about poly bags that breeds the collecting bug.

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By in United States,

Great article of a great topic in a great writing style. Well done @atkinsar!
Features like this have added so much to Brickset. Best LEGO site on the net.

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By in United States,

Great article I too have found myself hunting down the polybags. Some are harder than others. Living in a big market makes it difficult at times bc of the secondary market sellers but it make sit all the more fun to track down...in my area Jabbas Palace is completely sold out for example. All the luck in finding future bags!

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By in United States,

Oh great, now I want all the Ninjago polys too! :-)

Would love the Chima bunny, too bad, but picked up a few extra Easter bunnys at Lego KidsFest today...

Thanks for the great article.

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By in United States,

I've never been much into polybags, unless it has some other special feature (i.e. unique part(s) or figure). But I do like reading your articles.

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By in Singapore,

Love poly bags

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By in United States,

So I bought one Monster Fighters polybag to try to get a complete collection. When I put it in my draw of Lego stuff, I realize I have another MF poly, the biplane, and 4 Star Wars polys. It looks like I've started a polybag habit without realizing it.

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By in United States,

good read. hope i win :-)

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By in United States,

Good article. i might track down the eagle myself if i can now that i know how good it is!

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By in United States,

OK, here's my entry.

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By in United States,

I am really enjoying this blog/post. The hunt for polybags is like looking for Easter eggs, you never quite know what you are going to find :)

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By in United States,

Another great installment! Keep them coming.

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By in United States,

Well done article. Those polybags are additive!

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By in United States,

I always thought my compulsion on polybags was an addiction. Reading these, I see it is just a minor habit. Makes me feel a lot better.

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By in United States,

I just started to get into LEGO this past year...then I learned about poly bags now I just wish I would win the Lottery! LOL :)

I would like to see more about how to find them, I have only seen them at Target or ToysRus :(

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By in Canada,

P eople
O bsesively
L iking
Y oung
B oys
A nd
G ame

and yes i do love me a good polybag :)

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By in United States,

I like how you added in the Rabbiz polybag :P

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By in Europe,

I thought I was bad, then I see you....

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By in United States,

I haven't read all of this yet, but as far as the Interesting finds:

the bunny polybag looks fake. First, the background, torso and character picture is based on the Winzar's Pack Patrol set. Plus the set image is more digital, so it's probably a doctored polybag image.

The Studios "polybag" is not a polybag. It's a separate package in the Movie Maker set for easier building. Just like sets nowadays, especially CITY, in which parts to a set are built using pieces in certain bags (bags numbered 1, 2, 3 and so on).

Older sets with said bagging were in fact, displaying the model on the front. I have had several like that, such as the 2001 version of the Hogwarts Express. Most I had were black and whit photos, however. There was one bag for the engine (pictured in b&w), one for the station and figures (also b&w), and one for the passenger car (again, picture shown in b&w). Older sets DID show it on the bags, depending on the set, for "modular builds".

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By in United States,

Thanks for the post. One of the things gets me to pick up a poly bag is an unusual piece or to get a theme minifig (e.g., Batman) without having to pay the full price for a regular set.

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By in United States,

Almost 90% of my polybags are Star Wars

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By in United States,

Great article, I enjoyed reading it. :) The rabbit model I still find quite strange... the rabbit's "cutesy" head is totally out of place for Chima's somewhat intense environment. Part of me doubts its reality... can't be sure, though. :P

I'm somewhat of a completist, but I haven't yet completed anything. :P

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By in United States,

The Little Eagle set looks awesome and I hope to get one, looking forward to finding 30166 Robin and Redbird Cycle for my son (fingers crossed)

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By in Canada,

Nice article.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nice, I've been quite busy recently and have only gotten around to just reading this amazing article, thanks :-) (I'm looking forward to part 4, and might I say that your lego room looks awesome, I wish I could have a specific area devoted to Lego).

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By in Germany,

Funny, you use the term "completist", I've always been using "completionist" for myself, from video gaming.

I have a slightly different disorder, though. I don't care much about sets, but an awful lot about individual parts. I absolutely have to try and own as many different parts in as many different colors as humanly possible. It drives me crazy to spot part X in color Y and realize I do not have it yet.

I only ever owned a hundred loose LEGO parts as a child, and not a single complete set. I came out of my dark ages about four years ago and started completely from scratch. Right now I'm at around 150k parts with absolutely no end in sight. It's horrible...

... until it comes to actually building stuff. That's when I just bathe in delight. You know how whenever you build something, whether an official set or a MOC, there's always that point where you think, "now wouldn't it be nice if I had a couple more of this or that part to extend it, or if this part here were in a different color, or if I could use [weirdest part ever] in [impossible color] to fit right in this spot" — and I can't tell you how incredibly satisfying it is to just make two steps and grab that very part off the shelf and use it. It's luxury. Pure, distilled joy.

So keep on collecting, my fellow sufferers!

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By in United States,

Awesome article. Depressing there are more I don't have..........

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By in United States,

I don't see a reason why not to enter. :3

Also, fantabulous article, as always

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By in United States,

ooh! ooh! pick me! there are so many pieces that you can only find in polybags.......

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By in United States,

Wow. That is quite a hobby. My kids would go crazy at your place.

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By in Australia,

I'm collection the Ferrari ones from Shell at the moment.. they count, right?

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By in United States,

Nice review! I sometimes feel that feeling as well however I don't have the money to buy every polybag.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just catching up on these articles (and thought I might as well enter the comp...).

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't collect many polybags myself, but these articles have been interesting. As Atkinsar says, half the fun is making up your own rules to fit how much money and time you have to spend on your collection. Then you can have the satisfaction of saying to yourself "My collection is complete... within my rules!" without blowing your budget. I tend to go for City and Star Wars polys with regular set numbers, avoiding some of the really difficult to get obtain ones like the Brickmaster series (2xxxx), and I BUILD THEM ALL! Bwa Ha ha! Commenting here for the chance to win 30059 MTT is just too tempting to resist.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hey all, thank you very much for all your comments. I'll be announcing the competition results as early as I can next week so please hold tight.

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