New feature: more collection flags

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I've just added a new feature to the site in response to suggestions in the forum that I hope will be useful for many of you.

As well as the standard 'own' and 'want' checkboxes for sets you can now enable four others and label them as you see fit. You could use them to indicate, for example, sets you used to own, sets your kids own, or sets that the dog chewed the instructions for, and so on.

They won't appear and clutter up the interface unless you enable them. To do that, log in, click on your name top right to access your profile, then on Configure collection checkbox preferences in the menu. On that page you can give them labels and once you've done so they'll appear in the set listings and reports. You don't have to use them all, simply label the ones you want to use and leave the others blank.

There's still some minor tweaking to do but it's ready to use so I encourage you to do so and let me know what you think.

74 comments on this article

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By in United States,

thanks @huw for continuing to make this a great database and way to keep track of our collection!

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By in Germany,

10/10, incredibly useful feature. I always wanted an "I kinda want this set"-flag, and there it is <3

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By in United Kingdom,

is there a way to view the list of ones you have checked on the additional checkboxes in the same way as wanted and owned lists?

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By in Germany,

@Huw - Will it be possible to create queries on the basis of the checkboxes? E.g. create a "For trade" checkbox and then, using a query, display only those sets selected for trade.

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By in Netherlands,

Nice! that's quite a good tweak, I will not hesitate to use this, thanks Huw.

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By in Belgium,

Awesome feature ! Until now I had different accounts to separate collections before and after Dark Ages, this solves everything ! Super useful !

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes! Finally can sort lists out, thanks Huw.

One question though: Can you add a "I might buy this Set" tag, please? It would be another nice feature of the Check-boxes. Or is it a bit inappropriate and similar to "I want this Set"?

EDIT: Just noticed you can put whatever you want in the boxes. Nice touch!

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By in Netherlands,

Oh, these options could prove to be very useful indeed!

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By in United States,

This is perfect.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Shib, yes they should appear in the 'my collection' drop down as you've labelled them.

@legopants, not yet but I'll make it so.

@NBJ2002, label them as you see fit and use them as you please. Only you see them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic add on.
I can now categorise my wanted list into:
1. "Sets I will sell a kidney for",
2. "Sets I might want if I'm bored, have spare cash or can convince one of my children to ask for"
3. "Upcoming sets I'm keeping an eye out for because they might be good, but there's no photos out yet"
4. "Sets where I don't really want the whole set, but there's an interesting part or minfig that I need to remember, so I can just get that"

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By in United States,

How about adding a text box similar to the Own text box. I think it might be useful to say, for example, "Own - 1, For Trade - 2"

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By in Poland,

Awesome! Though I don't know how to use "I don't want"

It would be nice to have possibility of sorting wanted sets in order of our own priority

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By in United States,

Awesome. I was just contemplating creating a new account so I could separate sets into "definitely keep" and "willing to part with". I'm hoping that in the cases where I have duplicate sets, I have the option to check both boxes.

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By in Canada,

I know I have talked with Huw about this before but I would have liked to see a box for " I own MISB/New" vs "I own used".

I am sure there are more then a few of us that could use this option.

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By in Poland,

And there is no possibility of sorting by these new categories... Or maybe it is?

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By in Venezuela,

Hi Huw, if I flag a set as "Kids' collection" my OWN sets count will change?

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By in United States,

Thanks very much huw! Now I can mark what my ULTIMATE WANTS are and jor worry a bout those mixing with stuff I would only buy on sale

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By in United States,

Thanks for making the update. Is it possible for those pieces/minfigs to be included in an expanded My collection search? I would love to use this when looking at other sets / minfigs and seeing it say you have 2 in your collection and 1 in (whatever the new flag is). I plan on adding my son's sets to this so I can search for parts and minifig pieces if it will be possible. Thanks!

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By in United States,

Thank you Huw this is extremely useful but now I realize how many sets of mine are torn apart.

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By in Germany,

@fuelbreak: you can rename them as you want, read a few comments above by Huq

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - Thanks, that seems obvious now but I've always got to the sets I've owned by the My collection overview - I can see that the url is a generic one (not user specific) is it possible to export these with a specific url - thinking making appropriate wanted lists for stuff that can still be obtained on general retail etc so would like to be able to share those.

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By in Kuwait,

Great! Now I can tag my "$200+ sets that I WANT but will never be able to buy" and not clutter up my REAL want list. High Five!

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By in Poland,

Thank you! :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@fuelbreak, you can use the advanced collection manager for that sort of complexity

@parsom, sorting no, but filtering, yes. When I've tweaked the query builder sorting
should be possibe then.

@OscarWRG, no it's totally separate.

@joehead10, that starts to make it overly complicated, IMO

@shib, not currently but I should be able to add it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks Huw, sterling work as ever!

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By in Germany,

^ I agree - really useful tool :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

That is a great feature. Thanks Huw!
And I've just remembered that I can store notes on the sets so I can keep track of how much I paid for the set :-)

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By in United States,

In regards to the minifig collection. Is it possible to subtract a minifig from the minifig count if you no longer have a minifigure? For example I have 4 of the same Darth Vader from sets so I sold 3 of them. I only have 1, but because I have checked that I have 4 different sets that he is in, it shows that I have 4.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool! I've wanted the 'Used To Own' for a long time!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great work, love that you can label as you want not what other people might want. I have made a few new boxes but I cant seem to get to a list of only the sets with the new box ticked? Should there now be new lists in "Your sets" or is that not how it works?

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By in Germany,

@Huw
I can´t find where I can see the lists of these categories.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Not at the moment, but if you go to http://brickset.com/sets you should see them listed under 'My Collection'

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By in Romania,

I can't find them either.

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By in United Kingdom,

OK, I'll check it out later...

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Huw can see my lists that way, would be great to be able to see them as part of My Sets some where along the line.

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By in Germany,

Great addition. "Kids collection" pretty much translates to "incomplete". :)

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By in Spain,

Very very very useful!!! Bravo Huw!!!

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By in Norway,

Excellent addition! Thanks Huw!

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By in Netherlands,

YEAH! Kids collection! :D Love this option!

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By in Poland,

Yes! Yes! YES! It's a really great feature. I can mark different type of sets now. I love it!

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By in United States,

Oh nice! Now I can add my brother's collection :P

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw! This way I can keep track of my father's (extensive) 9V / Classic Town collection... he doesn't want to do it himself, nor does he have the time... now I just need to ask him what he has!

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By in France,

Nice :) thanks !

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By in United States,

Great feature!! While on the subject of epic changes, I have 2 suggestions:
1.) A feature for Parts in that similar parts are grouped together. For example parts 3024 and 30008 are both 1x1 plates and therefore are in a group. Similar to minifigs.
2.) a list of all Parts that you own based on the sets that you have. Similar to the minifigs and prices.
Anyone else like this idea?

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By in Poland,

Great feature!

Would be even greater when it would appear on the amazon lists. Once i decide i do not intend to buy given set, i wouldn't have to reconsider every time it gets discounted.

And posibility to filter lists based on what you choose, would be a cherry on top of the cake!

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By in United States,

I am using 3 tabs:
Red= Never Want= Too high of PPP (price per piece)
Yellow= Had Wanted but retired (some got away from me)
Blue= Don't want=not into set/theme (not interested in that set, or the whole theme in general)

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By in United States,

@Huw In regards to the minifig collection. Is it possible to subtract a minifig from the minifig count if you no longer have a minifigure? For example I have 4 of the same figure from different sets so I sold 3 of them. I only have 1, but because I have checked that I have 4 different sets that he is in, it shows that I have 4.

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By in Australia,

Thanks for the customizable feature Huw!
I've always wanted to track which sets I've separated into parts for mocs, keep, build etc

Although I'd like to indicate how many sets I intend to allocate to: keep in box/build/part out etc, so a quantity would be great as well, hopefully it won't be too difficult to implement.

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By in United States,

"I don't want"

10/10 best flag

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By in United States,

Thanks for the great addition! Just another reason why I visit this site so much.

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By in United States,

Can you add the check boxes for the mini figs? To clarify, currently checkboxes are for the sets so you can add checkboxes like "don't want", "maybe", or "used to have", but can you add those checkboxes for the minifigs so you can check off "lost", or maybe have 4 sets but "sold" some or 3, or "damaged" from wear n tear, or "mint".

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By in Australia,

Great feature. I love the flexibility of typing in my own categories. It took me a couple minutes to locate where I could find my new lists but that's a tiny price to pay. I've been keeping a record of gifts for people on my wanted list that ended up being longer than my real wanted list. This completely solves my problem.

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By in United States,

Great Feature...because I have been using "want" for "have directions" for a long time. Now I can change that. What about also having this option for minifigs? Some minifigs I am missing a part, would like to have an incomplete flag, or missing head, or missing legs, or, ..... Thanks for continueing to add new features.

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By in United States,

A+, this is fantastic. Making the labels fully user-configurable was a truly great idea. I'm loving it. It's so great to be able to do research here *and* track both my collection and desired sets in one place.

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By in United States,

Any chance you can add a function that allows you to remove the figs from sets (if you don't own the mini-figs for a set)?

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By in United States,

This is awesome! Just what I have wanted for years; now Brickset is complete. I need more than four categories though, oh well.

I found one bug I think. When going to http://brickset.com/sets/ and filtering by My Collection for the new tags, I see the first three categories showing up, but not the fourth blue one in the filter pull down. It shows up when I am listing my sets so I can check it, but just not for the set filter.

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By in United States,

@Jersey Brick Guy It seems like a lot of us would be interested in that feature. I sell all my duplicate minifigures that I get over and over again in the Star Wars sets and I was hoping for the same thing. I understand you're probably busy Huw, but for a future project it seems like there are a fair amount of users that would like this feature. Even if it is a simple as placing a -1, -2, -3 etc. in the I own box to show the total actually owned.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It's an often requested feature and one that I will add as soon as I've worked out the best way to do so.

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By in United States,

Wow. Thank you so very much!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I've made some improvements:

On http://brickset.com/mycollection there's now a new box 'Sets flagged' which will provide links to display sets that have been flagged and also clear the flags.

The flags can be included in queries (as User defined flag 1...4).

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By in Netherlands,

Maybe you can add a "Not Complete" button, that would be cool :)

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By in United Kingdom,

No need -- you can label them as you please.

Please read the entire article and my responses to other commenters before asking for 'new' features that already exist :-)

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By in Germany,

Good work, Huw! I like the new feature very much!

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By in Canada,

Excellent Addition, but like many of Us I would like to be Able to substract Minifigs from Sets, since I have many Sets bought in Clearance Center without Minifigs... Also, is it possible to considerate Minifigures Serie as a complete Set just when We have the Sixteen Minifigs ? Presently at this Moment, each Minifigs from the Series count for a whole Set !! Thanks a Lots for the funtastic Jobs You done With Brickset, a real Reference for all LEGO Fans !! :)

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By in France,

Great, thank you for this usefull feature!

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By in Australia,

Great work, always good to have new features, probs won't use them however. One feature I see as being a nice touch is a piece total. Thoughts guys?

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a great feature - thanks very much. My kids and I have spent a happy morning integrating all our different collections with the new flags. However, we need more options - 4 flags just isn't enough for all the various permutations. Any chance this number can be increased in the future ?

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you,this will be very convient because most of my childhood lego has been lost,and I have a lot of taken apart sets.5 stars.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the new feature! I'm new to the site and look forward to using it more.

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By in Poland,

Hi - is it possible for those categories to be visible in my profile for other users? I would like to show my brother all sets which "we used to own", but I don't want to set them as "I own".

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