Enhancements to new collection flags

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The additional collection flags feature launched earlier in the week appears to have been well received and is being used by over 700 of you already. I've made a couple of tweaks in response to feedback, including adding the most requested feature, 'I've lost/sold/eaten the minifigs!'

  • Lists of sets flagged can be accessed from new links on the My Sets page. There are also links to enable you to clear them there, too.
  • You can include them in your queries. They are listed as 'User defined flag 1' to 4. If you want to find all sets you own that also have the 1st flag set, for example, you can create a query to do so.
  • Finally, and most importantly, you can now elect to use the 4th flag to indicate that you don't have the minifigs for the set. If you check it, minifigs from the set will not be included when determining your minifig collection. You can control this behaviour on your collection checkbox preferences page. Now I will wait for someone to ask 'I have 2 of a set but minifigs for only one of them, can I indicate that somehow?' No, sorry, you can't. It's getting complicated enough as it is!

When testing the no minifigs feature, remember that due to the amount of database crunching that's needed to determine your minifig collection, it's done when you first visit the site, not every time you add a set to your collection. You can manually get the system to re-determine them using the link in the 'Minifigs Owned' box on your My Sets page.

I hope that's useful to some of you.

One other improvement I've made this week is to the lists of sets containing a specific part or minifig, for example, this one. Information about the part or minifig in question is shown at the top of the list and the quantity of the part or minifig in each set is shown in green text in the set listing (when in list view).

28 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I ticked the box and saved but there is no checkbox on my minifigure collection page.

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By in United Kingdom,

There won't be -- it's on the set listings. You indicate which sets you don't have the minifigs for which then prevents them from appearing on your minifig collection page in the first place.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah ah yes easy access to the lists now - that's good.

Huw - is there a way to associate the label with either your collection or your wanted list?

For example - I might want a flag in my collection for sealed sets and unsealed sets, but want them all to show up under my collection. Or I might want a flag for priority wants and secondary wants, but want them both to show under my wanted list and not in my collection because I don't have them yet.

Edit: Actually I suppose what I'm really asking is can you do the same for the wanted flag? (at some point in the future)

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By in France,

The feature about the count of a specific part in a set will certainly be helpful. Thanks a lot :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Jimred, not at the moment but others have asked for similar features so it might be something I add later. In the meantime I suggest you tick 'own' and your 'MISB' (or whatever) flag.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just one little question: Can you place a "I have lost some parts for this set" on the website, please, Huw? Or is this too hard? Or inappropriate?

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By in United Kingdom,

Sure, you can use one of the new flags for that purpose. Call them what you want and have them mean what you want.

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By in United Kingdom,

..... making the best site even better !!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw: I'm such an idiot.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Huw: OK, just wondered if it would become something for everyone to use. :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Unlike 'missing minifigs' it's not really needed because the fact that you have parts missing does not impact on other areas of the database. We currently don't show all the parts you own based on the sets you own, although that might happen one day.

So, those that want to indicate such sets for their own uses can designate a flag for the purpose.

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By in United States,

@Huw: Could you add a thing on the preferences page that would make a checkbox have a number next to it like the "i own" checkbox does? I know this post is confusing....

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By in United Kingdom,

This is marvellous - as I have not only my own childhood collection, but am also 'looking after' the sets that were my brother's, I can easily mark which one's are 'his' to avoid any confusion when/if he emerges from the dark ages... Very useful - many thanks!

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By in Canada,

Huw, so for example I can create a list for MISB, New, Used and all set in these lists will be factored into my total collection (in addition to I own)?

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By in Venezuela,

Wow Huw, thanks for the Parts improvement, it is an excellent feature

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By in United States,

As far as enhancements go, would adding tags for retailer exclusives be doable? Always a groan when I get back from walmart clearance and realize I missed a deal on a set that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Maybe, although availability varies by country so a retailer exclusive for you is a regular set for the rest of us.

@shaase, only if you tick the 'Own' box as well. Consider them as flags to indicate additional details, not replacements for the regular own/want ones.

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By in United States,

@Huw - I am not sure if it is that difficult but is it possible to add a numeric field next to one of the custom labels? For example, if you own say 3 of a certain set and have 2 of them available for trade you can have a label "For Trade" and you can list the 2 there.

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By in United Kingdom,

You can use the advanced collection manager for that.

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By in United States,

Huw, I love the feature for parts that has the link to "View sets in your collection that contain this part". Is it possible to also have a similar link for the part design as well? I would love to see how many of certain parts in all colors not just one. It would help for doing MOCs where the color could be close but not specific. I love this site and how it gets better everyday. Thanks for all the work you and the rest of the staff do.

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By in United Kingdom,

How do I remove all the minifigs that were added automatically by the system ? I ONLY want the 'owned' minifigs to include ones that I added.

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By in United Kingdom,

Use the feature described in this post and check the box for every set you own.

@shootvolio, I suspect before long I will add a feature to display all the parts you own based on the sets you own. Of course it will be only as good as the inventory data LEGO publish (since I don't intend to start maintaining inventories locally) but it could be useful nevertheless.

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By in United States,

I don't have anything constructive to add, but thanks to you & your staff for continually striving to make Brickset better - even when it's already pretty great. It's the little things that separate a good 'product' from a great one, and I think you guys get that. Kudos

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By in Romania,

Great! Thanks!

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By in United States,

I think these enhancements are great. Thanks Huw for your efforts!
I do have a question, not exactly sure how to pose it so this is my best effort:
I am trying to collect all of the Space-themed minifigures from 1978 to present. I'm so excited that I just got Sandy Moondust and Biff Starling for my birthday!!!
I am mostly using the Brickset categorization, but not exactly. For example, I'm omitting the brick-built characters (e.g., SP070), but including other space-related characters (e.g., GEN030). I'm not including the "realistic" NASA-type astronauts in this collection (though I am collecting them too! Just separately).
Is there a way for me to view the minifigs that I have and that I want for this customized Space theme that I'm collecting?
I don't mean to make an unreasonable request, just wondering if there's functionality already available that I'm not understanding. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

Not that I can think of! Maybe one day there'll be a way to create a MinifigList, like a BrickList but for minifigs. That would serve the purpose.

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By in United States,

^Thanks for responding so quickly!

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By in United States,

Could you add the name-able checkboxes to the minifigs collection? It's cool and all that you made the 4th check box in the set collection page to omit all the minifigs in that set from your total collection, but what if I didn't sell or lose all the minifigs? What if I still had 2 or so minifigs? I wouldn't want them forceably omitted. So if possible to just add checkboxes to the minifigs collection, that we could name and use for our purpose, that would be awesome an super appreciated.

P.s. It'd be cool if you could add total minifigs you ever had, and how many you currently have. Example 12/20 minifigs (12 out of 20 minifigs) But one thing at a time.

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