What do you collect?

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Are you a LEGO collector? I suspect that, to some extent, most visitors to Brickset are.

There are so many LEGO products released these days that nobody can collect everything so most of us specalise in one particular area of interest.

For many, it will be Star Wars, Super Heroes, or some other licensed property in which we have an interest. For others, it will be far more niche.

I've been collecting LEGO since emerging from my dark ages in 1994 but I don't often make the effort to collect everything of anything in particular, but I do have one almost complete collection that is somewhat specialised: polybags in the number range 30000-30999.

Find out more about my collection after the break and let us know what you collect, and how successful you are at doing so, in the comments.


LEGO has been producing sets in polybags for some years but until fairly recently they were allocated set numbers within normal number ranges so it wasn't possible to determine, from the number alone, whether a set was one or not.

But in 2009 LEGO started numbering 'general purpose' polybags in the 30xxx series which made them easily identifiable and easier to keep track of.

So, at the time it seemed like a good idea to try and obtain at least one of each and keep it sealed. Eight years on I'm not so sure...

Since 2009 over 300 have been produced. Some have been gifts with purchases at shop.LEGO.com, some have been part of newspaper promotions, some turn up in one shop in one country, others are given away at LEGOLAND parks or with video games. Brickset makes it easy to keep tabs on them all, but trying to obtain them all is another matter!

Yesterday I sorted out my collection to make sure I had all that I had recorded at Brickset as owning. I also changed from ordering them numerically to chronologically then numerically so that I don't have to shuffle them around every year.

Here, then, is every 30xxx polybag from 2009 to 2016, except...

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... a few of the Duplo random bags (such as the polar bear from this series) and 30036 Buggy Racer.

I've ordered the missing Duplo sets from BrickLink but 30036 is proving harder to track down.

As far as we know its only appearance when released 2011 was at LEGOLAND Billund where it was given away with kids meals.

There are none on eBay, and no sealed ones on BrickLink, so it looks as if I'm out of luck. Unless you have one you're willing to part with?


Polybags are great things to collect because they are small and can usually be obtained for a few bucks. Some, however, are worth more than others and if we look at the BrickLink sold prices of new examples, we can determine those that are most 'valuable' at the moment:

Number Sold Price
30073 Buzz's Mini Ship $22.50
30611 R2-D2 $16.92
30168 Gun mounting system $16.60
30164 Lex Luthor $16.00
30110 Trolley $15.92
30224 Ride-On Lawn Mower $14.65
30133 Jack Sparrow $14.50
30201 Ghost $14.00
30166 Robin and Redbird Cycle $13.98
30023 Lighthouse $12.00
30320 Gallimimus Trap $11.68
30072 Woody's Camp Out $11.00
30605 Finn (FN-2187) $10.89
30120 Guido $10.67
30606 Nightwing $10.00
30052 AAT $9.99
30182 Santa $9.79
30061 Attack Wagon $9.59
30132 {Captain Jack Sparrow} $9.18
30028 Holiday Wreath $9.00

It's not surprising to see licensed sets occupying most of the chart but some are a bit puzzling, like 30023 Lighthouse: I guess it was not widely distributed so is rare.

Unless LEGO stops making polybags or changes numbering it looks as if my collection will continue to grow. There are already 39 known ones this year, of which I have 31.

How many do you have in your collection? Check out the polybags at BrickLink to fill the gaps!


So, that's my niche collection. Tell us about yours!

167 comments on this article

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By in United States,

My focus for collecting has been Star Wars and lord of the rings/hobbit. I own every lotr/hobbit set made except some of the polybags. Star Wars is a different story. With so many Star Wars sets released every year I had to start putting limits on what I buy. I focus mainly on OT and PT. PT is my favorite so I have just about every set unless they are remakes then i only keep my favorite version of the set.

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By in United States,

Wow, that's a nice polybag collection.

I haven't had the budget to collect much, but I've recently finished the avengers from the first movie, and am working on finishing the whole range of Skybound sets - just missing one set and a couple polybags. One of the polybags from there is very elusive as well.

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By in Australia,

Great collection! I always wanted that ride-on lawn mower.

I went to a newsagent once and they had a clearance bin. Anything in the bin was $1 AU and I found two of 30221 Fire Car. So I get 2 minifigures plus some useful parts for $2!

This lucky find was even more special as poly bags in Australia are about as common as elephants. Apart from a Star Wars build in a children's magazine and my Fire Cars, the only Lego poly bags I have ever seen in Australia have come as freebies from a Lego order. I have Balloon Cart, Flower Cart and Admiral Yularen (5002947), which ironically is the only Star Wars character I ever liked.

I don't really 'collect' anything particular in Lego, I just buy whatever will be useful for my Lego city. With CMFs for example I only ever get city-related or historical ones.

However, my Matchbox old fashioned car collection, now that is a proper collection.....

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By in United States,

Nice collection! Well between my oldest son and myself, we managed to get every Ninjago set from the last wave! Other than that, I guess we just kinda pick up what we are into at the time. But I have come much closer to completing certain collections than I have to others. I'm sure we all wish we had unlimited funds for our Lego addiction! :-)

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By in Sweden,

Well, I don't really collect anything special. If I see something nice I want it, maybe I get it, maybe not.

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By in United Kingdom,

The only things I'm truly obsessive over are Iron Man suits and Resistance pilots (the helmets are too cool!)

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By in Sweden,

I've made no determined effort to collect but my Mixels collection is fairly complete. This despite the fact that I don't really like them... :-/ And I always break open the sets at some time and build them; I don't want to store sealed boxes even if aftermarket prices appreciate.

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By in Germany,

Very nice collection.
I'm collecting ships, cars, spaceships and all Sets which look cool to me :-) and i love the aquanauts and Ice Planet 2002 Sets so im looking for them were i could.
I didn't know the 30224 Lawn Mower is such exclusive. I have 3 (2 are sealed) and the shop had 30 or 40 in stock in january.

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By in Denmark,

Hey, I mostly collect the Architecture sets and I'm only missing 10 sets to have them all. Otherwise I collect sets from Scooby Doo, Speed Champions, The Simpsons and some more random sets. Most expensive set I have bought is the early MAERSK ship and the most expensive set that I'm missing is the Marina Bay Sands. That is just a crazy price for 300 bricks.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is when collecting, or a hobby becomes an obsession or burden surely. I tend not to collect everything just for the sake of it. But collect "the ones I like" If something is rare and expensive logic takes over and says either make it from parts or dont worry about it. I can't afford the money or mental pressure of completism (probably not a word) I was amazed though to find the 30036 set i found a pic of on Bricklink my moons ago I could make from parts I had, apart from one, which i had lots of but none "spare" so for me it was made within hours of finding and cost about 6p in replacement parts..... You must live in fear of a new 300xx ultra rare set coming out...... and do you actually have to buy two of each one to keep and one to make ?

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By in Denmark,

Fantastic article!

I collect all sets with Disney, because I'm a big fan of Disney too. So, all themes with Disney, Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes except for the most of the Duplo and Juniors sets. There are so many sets

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By in United Kingdom,

Like a few people ^ I just collect the sets which appeal to me. For the most part it's Star Wars vehicles but the first time I really strayed from that I bought a whole bunch of 6-stud-wide City cars and trucks. Any really well designed sets or anything with a clever play feature I also try and get my hands on like 70708 Hive Crawler from Galaxy Squad and 10244 Fairground Mixer. Probably the strangest thing I obsessed over were the three 2-in-1 sets from the LEGO Movie theme; they were surprisingly hard to find for a decent price!

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By in United Kingdom,

I enjoyed this article too.

I started off just collecting Classic Space. Once I'd acquired all of those sets I went onto Futuron and Space Police 1. Once those were collected, I expanded into Town, Trains, Technic and Star Wars!

Suffice to say I've not managed to get the full set of any of those themes just yet.

*edit* Ooh, forgot to say I also dabbled in a bit of Heroica too!

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By in United Kingdom,

> do you actually have to buy two of each one to keep and one to make ?

I used to but now I just buy 2 of those I actually want to make and just one of others.

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By in Australia,

I seem to collect sets that I haven't got round to building yet... including a couple of modulars, last year's 'suicide squad' sets and some creator homes...

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By in Belgium,

I collect polybags, all of them really, but I don't worry if I miss an exclusive one here and there. According to the fantastic Brickset set tracker, I currently own 487 unique polybags with the oldest one being #1607 Helicopter from 1987. Sounds a lot, but it also tells me I'm still looking for 1,210! I think polybags offer a great insight into how Lego designs continually change over the years.

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By in Australia,

Nice collection.... All I want to do is rip open those bags and start building...

I collect the CMF series. I have complete sets of all except for the Team GB and DFB sets. I don't necessarily consider them CMF canon.

When it comes to polybags, I target a particular theme, as polybags are virtually non-existent in Australia. So far I have all Chima, Nexo Knights, Batman Movie (although this is more about Batman that the polybags) LOTR/Hobbit, and most of the recent Ninjago.

I'd like the Toy Story sets, but they are bordering on too expensive..

I'm a big keyring collector, but this isn't restricted to Lego

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a total speed champions completionist. I just love cars. Plus, the spare hubcaps from the 720s drop big hints about an f40 next year. Certainly near the top of my speed champions wishlist. (Well, that or a GT-R)

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By in United States,

i dont really buy anything specific. if i see a set i like i add it to my wanted list. if that set conflicts with another one i want i remove it. star wars just happens to be the theme i go for the most.

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By in Sweden,

I used to be anything Hoth. Which culminated in the compulsory purchase of the comminity 'much loved' UCS (love that part) 75098. Now that I feel I have closure I am focusing solely on Minecraft LEGO.

I have all the sets so far apart from a couple of Micro scale but I am not counting them. Just got 21137 which is on its way. :)

So yes I am an obsessive unobjective unapologetic collector of which ever theme or sub-theme I start collecting. :)

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By in Australia,

I bought that ride-on lawn mower as soon as I saw it, a few years ago. It's a gorgeous little set.

I guess I'm not a collector, as such, because I only buy sets that appeal to me. I do try and buy as many Trains sets as I can (because I love Lego Trains), and I tend to buy most of the City sets when they come out, that aren't police or fire related. When I was a kid, I collected lots of police sets, but these days? It's all different versions of things I already have, so I don't bother.

I do try and buy every individual superhero minifig that comes out, though, I'll say that. I like building my Lego Avengers and Justice League. I've got most of them (even the rare ones, although I've pretty much given up on Iron Patriot), and currently I'm hunting for the two She-Hulk figures, red and green.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for this article! Like sharing love of Lego as well as reporting news. I collect Star Wars and Superheroes mainly. At first I was a SW completist but with so many sets and so much more source material I find myself buying about 75% of sets each year. I avoid capital ships because of scale difference. Buy most superhero sets due to my love of comics. Bought most hobbit/lotr sets and also dabbled in exo-force, nexo knights, city and ninjago sometimes due to the kids wanting them. 5 out of my 6 children also have their own various collection going so sometimes have to buy 3 of some sets!

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By in Austria,

I collect Architecture, certain City lines (Arctic, Volcano, Jungle), Modulars, Speed Champions and Technic (since 2009). I also wanted to collect certain Star Wars lines, but dropped them entirely. Other than those I only grab few other sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't collect to a completionists standard, but I do tend to focus on sets which contain new Lego animals (molded ones), in a effort to grow my menagerie.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love collections! I collect Modular Buildings and have 6 custom modulars currently added to the 11 sets.

I collect civilians, which means looking out for all the new hairpieces and suitable torsos across all ranges, all heads are standard smiley face to fit the modulars. Nearly at 800 civilians now, excited for some of the Ninjago Movie torsos.

I have all mixels sealed, all collectable minifigs sealed (not Batman, Disney, Simpsons etc), and all small car sets of Speed Champions sealed. May open and display all of these sometime but not decided yet.

Other than that, interested in all ranges, have some Technic, Sandcrawler, Nexo Knights, Volkswagen Beetle, which I'll eventually sell to make way for new Destiny's Bounty, Fisherman's House etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

Also, would love to see pictures of complete collections whether it be Minecraft, Elves, anything!

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By in Australia,

In my childhood it was Town, Castle and a little Space. Cafe Corner dragged me out of my dark ages in the early 00's, so now it is Modulars, City, Trains, Creator (houses and City-like buildings only), Minifigures, OT Star Wars and "proper" UCS, and other large scale releases that take my fancy like GBHC and Helicarrier.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

I mostly collect the DC and Marvel Superhero sets and City sets to add to my town. Also the Collectable minifigures.

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By in United States,

I don't really collect anything specific when it comes to Lego. I buy sets that I like/find useful for MOCs. Non Lego items is another issue all altogether. ;)

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By in Canada,

Very cool collection Huw!

I suppose I collect as I have completed most of the Speed Champions to date as well as the Elves. I tend to purchase a bit of everything as I have purchased something in almost every theme Lego makes as I just like to try it all out.

I believe a thread about collections or perhaps various threads exist about different collections exist in the forum. Always have found them fascinating but haven't been able to focus on one specific thing every in my life. I got into Lego just recently I find some prices somewhat out of reach when it comes to completing anyone theme so I don't know if I would ever complete anything. Even to keep the themes I have currently completed will certainly add up over time so debating whether I will continue.

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By in Italy,

White hairpieces.

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By in United States,

When I was in college around 2001-2005, I tried to get a one-man (had to be human) spaceworthy ship of under 100 pcs from every previous space faction. After I ran out of themes to find, I started branching out, which led to a crisis of purpose to my collection and led to a reorganization and refocus. I now have just the 4 best from those days. My collection has grown in other ways, but I have learned to get what I actually like and want, instead of what I felt I had to, which I now call "shoehorn" buying. So when I was collecting, I was collecting for breadth rather than depth.

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By in Netherlands,

I've only just re-discovered Lego very recently, thanks to the awesome Saturn V set. I've already made a wishlist for my next purchases, mostly Star Wars.

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By in United States,

Currently the super hero stuff. But in the past I've made sure to acquire complete lines like vikings, pirates, any castle themes that weren't blue... ;-)

I also get sets based on potential parts, or parts of themes based on the set that adds to my overall village. I probably won't get all the coast guard stuff, but the heavy-duty rescue chopper will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.

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By in Germany,

I mainly collect OT Star Wars minifigs and sets, basically from day one. I had a huge collection, including Lando, Bespin Luke, R-3PO and what not. I got rid of all minifigs and sets before 2010 (except the first Landspeeder and Battle of Endor) a couple of years ago because they didn't match the new type and the vehicles became so much better. Basically, I decided to get the new Imperial Shuttle and AT-AT (both excellent sets, much better than anything before) and sell my 4483 and then it went on and on. Since then, I aim at having one version of every main vehicle or minifig, but it's not a must, if I dislike the set they're in. I didn't get the new AT-ST, cause I prefer the 8038 version.
I also had an almost complete collection of Indiana Jones sets but sold off a few, cause I wanted to reduce my collection. Same with collectable minifigs, I got almost all of them in the first years but lost interest and sold off some.
Collecting doesn't really bother me that much anymore. I don't have a Vader in my collection since years and I couldn't care less. I like to leave the path sometimes and I always have so much fun doing that, like getting a couple of Speed Champion sets, Wall-E, the Ghostbusters or Master Wu dragon last year, which is a marvelous set. Looking at the Ninjago Movie sets, I definitely see myself getting one or two!

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By in United States,

I used to collect LotR before it was retired, now I collect Star Wars. I would like to get every Rogue One set. The only other sets I buy are the Modulars and a few of the best Ideas sets (Wall-E and the Saturn V are two of my personal favorite sets.)

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By in Serbia,

I got my first modular building, the Grand Emporium in early 2012, and since then I'm a modular building collector. I mean... I buy the current modular building every year, but unfortunately I can't afford the 4 older ones: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer and Fire Brigade. I'm still working on getting them, but at the end I think I'll end up buying those piece by piece from BrickLink. I've also started collecting the Winter Village sets in 2009, but unfortunately I managed to get only 4 of them, so I wouldn't say that I'm a collector of that theme. :)

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By in Australia,

I only emerged from my dark age 2 years ago after 20 years, I loved Lego as a child, collected mostly Pirates, some space, City and Technic... My reemergence coincided with the 2015 Pirates run which I completed the entire run, I have since moved onto to collecting choice sets from various lines, I filled in the blanks of my 1989 Pirates collection which I'm very proud of, and I have 100% completion of the Star Wars TFA sets, I love the satisfaction of having every possible box ticked on a collection wanted list.

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By in Hungary,

Well, I collect Star Wars, City and Modular Buildings, However I don't focus on having them all, I buy only those sets that I like.
That's why compared to the number of City sets I have only a few of them.
Unfortunately my modular building collection misses the first two: Café Corner and Green Grocer, but I BrickLinked them from parts.
In case of Star Wars I mainly focus on the sets of the original trilogy, but mainly the sets released after 2006, because I don't like the earlier SW sets

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By in United Kingdom,

being a cheap skate i only collect the microfigs , total of 146 , 6 of which have been custom chromed .

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It takes all sorts :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I've found myself starting to deliberately collect minifigure hairpieces, all colours and styles. Still a way off from having them all but got quite a lot now!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a collector of LEGO dragons. Doesn't matter what theme or style, brick-built or moulded, if it's a dragon then it goes into my LEGO dragon collection.

Currently I'm at least 95% complete on the LEGO dragon collection, I'm still missing the two large Creator dragons, the dragon-themed X-Pod, the Adventurers oriental dragon, the Hungarian Horntail and the Ollie brick-built sculpture. Mostly haven't got these because they're not cheap and my main focus is keeping up with set releases I do want.

And to think I used to have a Hungarian Horntail until a few years ago when I sold it for £50. I don't have many regrets, but that's one of them!

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By in Germany,

I'm also well into the 30xxx polys :-) I was lucky to pick up a sealed #30036 a few years ago on BL.
I started off wanting to collect every polybag that has ever been released, but soon realised that there are just too many of them. I have recently stopped collecting 40xxx and 500xxxx polys too and now focus solely on the 30xxx series. Seems like a never ending task - you think you've got them all and then LEGO go and release another batch!

Other than that:
Collectable minifigs
Modulars
Winter Village sets
Ships
LotR & The Hobbit
Indiana Jones
Got a number of Harry Potter sets

Did have all but one of the Exo Force series, but sold them a couple years ago.

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By in Australia,

I don't really have a specific collection but I do enjoy collecting Shell sets over the years. To me, the simplistic charm of the older petrol stations really appeals to me. Also, while not really sets, I find myself collecting Lego's wooden models from the 1930's and 40's. It's pretty much impossible to collect them all, such was the diversity of their models at the time!

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By in Israel,

My renewed interest in LEGO started a few years ago when I was in a duty-free shop at the airport and I saw the small LEGO Friends set with the bunnies. I bought it and ever since I'm collecting LEGO again focusing mainly on LEGO Friends, Elves and Disney and especially those with animals/magical animals/dragons/baby dragons in them. So I have many more to collect especially those of LEGO Elves 2017 but I'm guided mainly by the animals they feature. I have quit an impressive collection already.

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By in United States,

After my dark ages, I was fascinated with the Indiana Jones sets. So much so, that I obtained a rare store display 7623 "Temple Quest". I've dabbled in LOTR and modular sets, but not for completeness mind you. My ultimate dream set actually came true with the release of Classic TV Batman Batcave. Since then I've limited my collecting to minifigures.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm collecting Bionicle and have collected Hero Factory in the years Bionicle was absent. I got my first Bionicle set when I was 3 years old. Most were gifts back then but somehow I managed to get all the sets released in those years. Right now my collection is almost complete, only missing some very rare sets and the system sets. Will probably get those sooner or later.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm enjoying reading all your comments. Keep 'em coming!

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By in United States,

I focus on Marvel and DC line of super hero sets, with a few sets from the lego batman movie... but those ones are just for the minifigs usually. Every year i strive to get every set for the Marvel and DC line and up until this year I have been very successful. It is unforeseen if i will be able to make my goal this year.

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By in Sweden,

After a few years of what I suppose AFOL:s call "dark ages" I've started to collect again, slowly though. I mostly collect small sets and CMF:s (which in relation to polybags easily gets valueable), but I'm planning on buying bigger sets too. Most of my old Lego collection hasn't aged well, so I'm currently reassembling my collection to update it with newer sets. My interest for the marvel superheroes line has grown very mush, and before Avengers: Infinity war sets hit the shelves I hope to have a small collection of those sets.

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By in United States,

I have been collecting Batman minifigures. I have 27 different variants, and I'm close to completion.

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By in Hungary,

I just started to collect Legends of Chima minifigs. There are 159 individual figs out, I have more than 50 at this time.

Pros:
- somehow I like them a lot, they are well detailed and there is a good variety between
- almost everyone hates them, so the prices are really good on BL :)
- there are in limited number, as lego is not planning to release new sets of this theme

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By in Norway,

I started collecting minifigs with "skirts" (printed slope 65 2x2x2 pieces) because i really liked all those printed details. Got them all (but still have a few with substituted heads/hair). I also got all those with unprinted slopes. And other unprinted bricks for their lower body. Then this expanded into mermaids and genies. And then snakes. And ghosts. And a handful other oddities (Maggie, Amidala, Rogul...)
So now I have a complete collection of all minifigs that do not have legs (but that have regular minifig arms). But TLG keeps releasing more...

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By in United Kingdom,

Meant to say If i was asked, without Bricksets database on hand I would have said my completist ist collection would have been Space. As thats how it all started and at approx age 26 I discovered Ebay and bought most of the sets I never got when I was 10. However due to various Combo sets and figures only etc Im only at 77% Have more Minifigs, all except Mr Gold and most of the DFB but I did have complete Speed Champions collection..... briefly just because they are so good. I only bought the Big Merc F1 set as i got it 40% off on a 3 for 2 with an additional offer. Not going to buy the emp gift but will get the 720s. I do in fact have some of every category on brickset... 0% technically on classic as 3/392 is 0. Anyone else got one of every category? Huw ?

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By in Hong Kong,

All Creator Expert scaled vehicles (including Ideas Caterham, 76023 Tumbler) have made it to my shelves. I also extensively or minimally modify them to my liking and maintain a wishlist of parts on Bricklink to update the vehicles when certain parts become available.

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By in United Kingdom,

I realised soon after getting back into Lego (mid-late 2012) that I would have to limit myself. So I 'collect' the modulars and the winter village sets. Of the modulars I have all but the Cafe Corner and Market Street (which I can justify as they are the only two without interiors), and all of the winter village sets with the exception of the first train, which technically wasn't really part of the winter village 'line' (at the time, anyway).

Other than that I get the trains, and whatever other sets catch my eye.

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By in United States,

Nice collection, Huw! I mostly collect the Advanced Models. I have all the Modular Buildings except for the Assembly Square.

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By in United States,

I own a big couple of plastic boxes with PT SW sets as I am currently building my City with Lego System sets and OT SW sets. I take out from time to time the PT sets to admire them and make sure they are still there. The time will come when the PT sets will be placed on display.

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By in Finland,

Very surprised to see so few completionist CMF collectors (at least in the comments). I have every single series completed except DFB, Team GB and Series 11 which is only because they weren't released here in Finland.
I'm waiting forward to seeing how many Minifigures series will still be released. So far, collecting CMFs has been one of the greatest things about the Lego hobby for me. I think quite a few people can agree with me on that. :)

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By in United States,

I get as many sets as I can from any themes that take my fancy. My favorites are Ninjago, Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes, the LEGO movies, select City, Dimensions (which I don't have a console for, but I like the minifigs and builds) and Constraction ones. I also really like the Seasonal sets, but don't go out of my way to get all of them. On a high schooler's budget (saving for a car and college, too, not to mention...) it has become much harder than it was in the past - and although I do still get a lot, I'm never truly satisfied! ;-)

One theme that I aimed to have a complete collection of - and succeeded with - is Mixels. All 81 sets, all three years, Series 1-9. BrickHeadz is also another theme I intend to have a complete collection of, but I only have Iron Man, Joker, Belle and Salazar from Series 1 thus far, and they've been available since February... gosh darn it, LEGO!

For other collectible themes such as CMFs I only get ones I really like, as the amount of money to pay for those can build up easily - especially with everything else I want.

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By in United States,

I'd say the only theme I truly collected was Power Miners. Other than that, I buy mostly Bionicle, Ninjago, or assorted Space themes. I'm also a fan of any sci-fi related minifigs or themes.

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By in United States,

I think there's just too much out there to try and get all of something. We do have several customers that visit the store that are completionists, and usually they focus on subthemes: City Jungle, City Ocean Explorers, or the smaller of the big themes like Lego Batman. There's just SO much Star Wars, Friends, and even Ninjago.

Personally, the only thing I have all of is the Modulars and the Iron Man figures - and even that doesn't include the Toy Fair Iron Man. It's astronomically expensive and I like not being divorced.

I'm a City guy, looking forward to finally laying it out over summer break, so that's where my sensibilities lie.

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By in Netherlands,

I started to collect as many minifigs as possible, except Duplo, Fabuland and microfigs. Just have around 2000. I also collect animals and brick-built figs on minifigure scale which i find sad that no site has a checklist for them....

And I own all collectible minifigs except series 17, which I'll get next month.

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By in United States,

I'm a child of the late 70's and some of my first LEGO sets were the classic space sets from back then. In the 80's I mostly collected Town and some Technic. I came out of my dark ages around 2008 and focused mainly on City. I had collected quite a bit of Star Wars but honestly I grew tired of the movies and sold the entire collection off turning quite a profit on some of them.

Now I focus on City, CMF, Modular Buildings, Winter & Nexo Knights. I have all of the numbered CMF's, Lego Movie and Batman Movie. I had the GB Olympic set but sold it this year for a nice profit. I have some Harry Potter also, a complete set of the last wave. I'd like to collect all of the minifigs from HP.

I have a complete Scooby Collection and my Nexo collection will be completed minus some of the sets included in magazines.

I am missing Cafe Corner and Green Grocer for my modulars. I plan on getting those this year. I am not counting Market Street.

I also have some other random stuff, themes I started to collect but stopped, Pharaohs Quest, Speed Racers, etc.

I also want to finish all of the Lego Movie sets.

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By in United States,

Oh, I collect all kinds. Super Heroes, Power Miners, CMF, Ninjago, LOTR/The Hobbit, A tiny bit of City and Star Wars.

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By in United States,

I have a near-completed Architecture set. Missing only the Marina Bay Sands and the two 2008 sets (19710 and 19720, neither of which I really count). Architecture is what brought me back into Lego after liking it as a kid.

I have been trying to collect the Minecraft sets, but they are numerous and that makes it more difficult. I have a complete set of the original series of Dimensions and working on the ones released this year. And Scooby Doo. Small set, but I'm only at 2 of them.

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By in United States,

Loved reading about how everyone collects, great insight!

For me I collect across a lot of different themes with completion in mind. I mostly focus on the main wave of sets for a theme. Most of the themes I collect are nostalgic to me. I also only collect the minifigures to older themes or themes with sets that aren't that attractive or too expensive. I also purchase older retired sets off eBay to complete certain themes. I stay away from buildable characters.

I have the main waves completed for:
Toy story, LotR, Hobbit, Jurassic World, Simpsons, Lego Movie, Batman Lego Movie, Scooby-Doo. I am also almost finished with super hero theme both Dc and marvel.

I also have minifigure collections for a bunch of themes too, including CMF (complete including DFB, Team GB, Disney, simpsons, batman movie, and of course the coveted mr. gold), Indiana jones, pirates of the Caribbean, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and Harry Potter.

I also collect only Star Wars OT. I think I have all he OT main wave and USC sets since 2013. I also desire most of the older Star Wars UCS sets like everyone else but have only been able to snag 10030.

Most of my sets are sealed with plans to open in the future, but I found it's easier to store Sealed boxes as the addiction continues.

Anyways thanks for reading about my collection and letting me brag. My wife and friends are tired hearing about lego. They don't understand. Hahaha.

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By in United States,

I'm getting into collecting minifigs now more than sets. My current collections are below.

* CMF Animal Suits
* CMF Mascots
* CMF Warriors
* Star Wars Female Heroes
* Star Wars Droids
* Star Wars Jedi
* Star Wars Sith
* Star Wars Mandalorians
* Star Wars Clone Trooper and Stormtrooper Variants
* Ironman Armor
* Marvel Cinematic Universe

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By in United States,

I currently collect various different types of Lego sets, to keep my collection from being solely Star Wars. I'm planning on picking up my first Marvel sets in the next few weeks, I've been off and on collecting Ninjago for the last 2 years, TLBM sets, a select few City sets (though I used to collect it a LOT), the Creator Modular buildings, and any CMF's that interest me. When they were still around, I collected TLM, Ultra Agents, a few Chima, Pixar Cars, and Indiana Jones. My top three favorite sets of all time are the Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship, Detective's Office, and TFA Millenium Falcon, with honorable mentions including the Octan Gas Station from 07, the City Corner from 09, the Death Star Final Duel from 15, and TLM 3-in-1 sets.

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By in United States,

I collect bricks. I tear the sets open, put the minifigures in big tubs and then separate the bricks, plates, tiles, slopes, etc into their perspective containers. Perhaps when I retire I will be able to build something amazing. I started this during an injury that left me home for almost a year so it was perfect. Sorting and building all day. Now work occupies too much time.

So I collect bricks. That's my thing.

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By in Netherlands,

The only complete themes I have collected are Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Except for the super rare Comic Con stuf...

Now im focusing on colours. I try to collect at least a few parts in every colour.

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By in United States,

re: @TransNeonOrangeSpaceman CMF comments and the line in general.
Obviously the CMF were designed for collecting (its in the name afterall). I was mad crazy for them in the beginning but soon realized how pricey that became especially since they have doubled in price since their initial release.
In fact, it was the CMF that made me take a serious look at the notion of "gotta get'em all" in anything (including non-lego) I collected and I basically stopped. Now I have become so weirdly specific that I essentially don't "collect".

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By in United States,

@Huw, it must be nice to have a worldwide platform to request rare bits missing from your collection:)
I really try to only collect what I like, and can get at a reasonable price. I've been at it for 35 years so my collection is quite varied. I often feel the itch that comes from having a nearly complete set of "something", but my frugality usually overrides that feeling. And so far I've not paid any exorbitant prices to complete a theme or set of minifigures. I also like having something to chase. So although I could just go on the internet and buy up what I'm missing, I'd rather wait and hope to find it some other random way. I do have few things I focus on though.
-Time Cruisers. It's my only complete theme, Ive even got the board game and T-shirt.
-Protocol droids. Gold plated C3-PO is my white whale.
-Full teams. One version of the main characters from Ninjago, or Star Wars for example.
-Animals. It took forever to find the goat, and elephant for prices I was willing to pay.
-Theme specific Parts/figures. At least one exemplary piece from every theme.
-Monochrome figures. I will reverse parts but not wipe them.
-Villains. Darth Vader, Mola Ram, Ogel, etc..
Polybags. They are getting out of control.

Great article, I love the comments on this one. It's fun to read about everyones different styles of collecting.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ unfortunately no-one has offered me one yet!

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By in United States,

I mainly collected City sets in the past. And I still tend to get them. I also have quite a bit of creator sets and Minifigures

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By in United States,

Right now it's mostly the CMFs, LEGO Batman Movie, and Ideas. I'll also get some of the D2Cs often

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By in United States,

This is a really cool article, great discussion to start.
For the past five years now, I've been collecting every Marvel minifigure/figure (which means most of the sets) for display. I've got everything through 2016 save Mary Jane, Ultimate Green Goblin, and Silver Centurion. I have most all of the Lord of the Rings sets, but I'm not quite as devoted to that theme

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By in Greece,

When I was younger, I was trying to have one set (usually small ones) of every theme TLG would produce, apart from Castle and Pirates which I would try to get them all. Yet again, it was the 90s where sets weren't dished out that frequently so I could catch up with them financially speaking.
Nowadays with so many new sets/CMF around at any given time, I have a tight budget and can't keep up, so I only buy what I really like, judging mainly by the usefulness (in my builds at least) of their pieces and minifigs.

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By in United States,

Neat collection! Wow, judging by the amount of comments... we love COLLECTING! Agree with above comment that it's tough to collect EVERYTHING within your favorite niche while also being respectful to your wallet, so I also just focus on sets that have useful parts and exclusive minifigs. Patience to wait for the discounts helps. Great to have a resource like Bricklink to be able to supplant collections without full sets... and of course Brickset to keep up with news and track inventory!

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By in Belgium,

I was lucky to have a lot of different Lego sets/themes as a kid (in the 80's), and that is also reflected in my 'post dark ages' collection. I buy sets I like for display such as creator vehicles, modulars, ideas sets, architecture,... though I'm not a completionist. Truth be told, I gave in to nostalgia once and purchased all the sets of the 2015 pirates line, because that was my favourite theme as a kid.

For the purpose of photography/stop-motion I also look for sets I can 'animate' in some way, like 31058 Mighty Dinosaurs, or 75075 micro AT-AT. Miniature scenes like the 2015 classic pirate minifigure polybox are also welcome :)

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By in Russian Federation,

No, I no collector. And I'm so glad I'm not. It makes me feel better that I don't value some sets/bricks /figs as a collector's item and see them only as constructor pieces.

I say it, because I'm obsessed with videogames and don't want to spread my quirks even more. LEGOs relax me. I can look at them like someone's looking at my crazy bootleg cartridges or box full of dreamcasts and think "ma-a-a-an, what's the deal with this?"

I don't get the value of polybags – it's just a model you can build yourself. But then again, you can download games on hdd and not fill all the space with plastic. To each their own.

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By in United States,

For me, It's Superhero sets and Star Wars. There are some sets from other theme that interests me, however, those are quite unique sets to me. However, my collection is often limited since I often limit the price for sets I can get. Normally 29.99 U.S dollars

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By in United States,

I am crazy about Batman and Star Wars and buy mainly those sets I can afford. I'm pleased with the SW polybags I have. I enjoy buying CMFs, too, and try to have a few from each of the 'regular' series.

I love reading what everyone collects. Looks like everything that LEGO has produced is accounted for here.

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By in Austria,

I collect Lego themes of my youth (born 1982). I nearly own all sets from Town 1980-1998, Classic Space 1978-1987, Castle 1978-1998, Western 90s, 9V Trains and finally Pirates 1989-1998. In total roughly 1,200 sets.

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By in United States,

Cool article Huw! And wow what a cool collection! There is something very satisfying about those polybags, it's hard not to get one no matter what it is when you see one in the store. Cuz it's only a few bucks right!?

I bounce around a few themes in my collecting and there's not really any rhyme or reason to it. For example I'm not into the Super Heroes theme as a whole, but I have all of the Guardians of the Galaxy sets from both films (or I will soon, just need the new Milano set). I need just one more set for all the Scooby Doo collection. And am just two sets and a couple polybags away from all of the Hobbit sets. And I get all the modulars as they come out, and I have a lot of Star Wars sets, but there are way too many to keep up with them all.

I do have a bit of that "completionist" gene where if I'm close to having all of a particular line, then I need them all. But usually if I have several of one line I will want the others anyway cuz I like em. Unfortunately not being able to keep up in terms of having the money, I will need to eBay or Bricklink some older items to complete certain collections.

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By in United States,

I have almost all the classic castle (post yellow series) sets. I am only missing the blacksmith shop and won't bricklink it, so that I have something to hunt for in the wild.

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By in United States,

I, mostly into, well, EVERYTHING. I dont get everything cause im not rich, but really the only sets i never ever get are elves, superhearo girls, and friends. Some themes i just have a really small set from, but it still counts.

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By in United States,

I have tried to get all the Jokers, Catwoman (Catwomen?), Riddlers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Power Miners, Indiana Jones, Scooby Doo, Prince of Persia, Jurassic World, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Toy Story. Unfortunately, I think the only complete minifig sets I have are Doctor Strange (3 minifigs) and the Beatles (4 minifigures). ;-)

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By in Germany,

I happen to have all Space Police 3 sets, mostly because I really, really like them. But there are not that many, and they are reasonably easy to get for a decent price with a little patience. None of them are particularly exclusive I guess. Much easier than some of the original Agents sets at least.

I also like collecting polybags, but I'm not particularly systematic here. I essentially get those I like and consider worth the price. My collection is a bit random, and not very big. But I somehow entertain the thought of getting all those containing a christmas tree (I'm not entirely sure why honestly).

Very early after coming out of my dark ages for some reasons I had the idea of getting all Lego helicopters ever made, at least in minifig scale. But it only took me a few hours to abandon that idea again...

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By in United States,

Nice and much needed article!

It feels good to read about an AFOL’s collections, it is in a way empowering; it almost feels like “coming out of the closet”. It would certainly be interesting to read more about AFOL’s overcoming their dark ages.

Reading about all the collections, desires, concerns, etc. I agree with most of people saying that “collectivism” is actually hard to achieve because of numerous factors being mentioned. One of those factors that comes to my mind is storing and transporting sets from a “Lego friendly” countries into the third world states (I live in the States but am taking all my purchases to my native country of Serbia). I already have few biggest cases in order to be able to pack some of the largest purchases I made (Temple of Airjutsu, Metalbeard’s Seacow). Dilemmas that I face are whether should I build those sets here in the States, transport them with the box, inside the box, or naked and exposed in bags, etc. I don’t have to mention all of the explanations that I need to make to my family, especially because I don’t have the space to put the sets.

And collection keeps growing.

Here are my fetishes, safe words, and limits:
- D2C’s
- System only
- Large ships
- Nautical themes
- Set cannot be licensed (with the exceptions of Lego movies)
- Set cannot be DC, Marvel, or of other popular culture
- Ninjago was a NO, but everything shanged when Temple of Airjutsu attacked… Now it is a mess with the upcoming Ninjago movie
- Old themes such as Aquanauts, M-Tron (core magnetizer)
- Not so much Castles
- Space…
- (As you can see it is a clean mess…)

How does one decide to collect a theme?
What does a complete theme mean? Polybags? Books? Specialized items, keychains? If I am collecting Pirates, does that mean that I need all sets under this name including the older ones
with the all mighty Black Seas Barracuda? And so on, and so on…

Keep the comments coming, this is great!

This is a safe house for those leaving the dark ages. Enlightenment!

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By in United States,

Ultimately collecting Super Heroes figures, but lately I've given up. Too many releases and too many figures I don't have a nostalgic attachment to, so why bother?

I was collecting polybags also for a while, but they take up enough space to be unopened, I quit doing that too and started opening them. When I die, will I really care about keeping these things sealed? Likely not, so I might as well enjoy them or quit buying them to sit in a box.

I first noticed I had a problem with Super Hero figure buying when I got all of the figures for Lego Batman movie, when I didn't really care about the movie or most of the characters, but I "had to have them." Don't get me wrong, I love Batman, but the movie was meh.

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By in Mexico,

I star my collection two years ago, went I saw for the first time a Lego Harry Potter.. I loved it!!
So, in Mexico (I'm Venezuelan living in this amazing country) I go to the fly markets and always search pieces and figures about this theme.
Today, I already have the 130 figures and almost all the sets of this incredible Saga ????

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By in United States,

Since coming out of my Dark Ages a year and a half ago or do, I've had a shotgun approach to the re-acquisition of LEGO. Not concerning myself with any kind of completion of any one theme or idea.

I've been considering it though. Been thinking about what I might shoot for. I like the concept of collecting, always have collected something since I was a kid. Might be CMF, maybe a certain type of brick to build a wall hanging with. I dunno.

Speaking of completing a collection though...the Brickset database has a...I don't want to call it a flaw because I love the site, but a hindrance to tracking certain aspects during a completionist style quest. Take CMFs for example. If I did collect them all, I could mark every one in the database, but it would not show the Theme as 100% collected. Because I would have to select a random poly bag for each series, and a complete case, and a complete set, right? But then my set totals would not be correct. I might be wrong about that...I may be misunderstanding how the database interprets everything.

Another one that occurs to me is Dimensions. Because that is one I almost have a complete collection of. Once I get the latest wave it will be complete. But it can never read as complete on the BS database. I'll never buy a PS3 or a Wii Starter Pack nor should I be expected to in order to have a 100% in my tables and graphs. That's why in the system it would be great if some tool could be created to remove elements like that from one's calculation on their collection.

Cool collection, fantastic discussion and posts...I love seeing this kind of passion expressed over what we do, young and older.

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By in United States,

I keep a strict "miscellaneous" budget that is probably larger than it should be, so I only buy a very small fraction of sets that I think are cool. If, as a little kid, I would have begged my parents for the set, I buy it. This year I've bought four sets: 21309, 928, 75172, and 31047. I'd call it a "curated" collection rather than a "complete" one.

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By in United States,

I'm a massive Star Wars, Marvel and Disney fan, and try to get as many of those sets as possible. I also own all of the Hobbit/LotR sets, all but one Pirates of the Caribbean set, most of the Indiana Jones and Toy Story sets, and quite a few other random licenses (Spongebob, Dimensions, Ideas, etc.). I also have several non-licensed sets too.

My collection is a pretty large, but it's probably 50% Star Wars, 20% Marvel, and 30% everything else.

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By in United Kingdom,

I collect what I like, and like what I collect :-)

I had all the cmf's from series 1-10 (not including Mr Gold) but quit when there was no end in sight and the price hike made it less impulse.

I have an almost accidental collection of wizards (ever colour of hat) and went through a phase of buying chefs on ebay for some reason.

I started a thread way back about people's 'accidental' connections, the random parts you end up with despite collecting other things, and always enjoy the thread about monocolour figs and parts in every colour.

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By in United States,

Like most AFOLs, I have multiple collections.
My main focus is Architecture. Only 3 sets shy of being up-to-date....
Since a full Star Wars collection is a bit absurd; I've taken to collecting the Microfighters. They prove a good range of vehicles and minifigs that are easy to display.
I also sporadically collect Creator, Ideas, and other big sets that peak my interest.

My newest collection has been 'movie vehicles'. So far I've amassed the (original) Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the DeLorean time machine from Back To The Future, the TARDIS from Dr. Who, the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, Luke's Landspeeder & Rey's speeder from Star Wars, the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo, , RC from Toy story, and the Night Bus from Harry Potter.
I'm always looking for ways to expand that collection if anyone has any good suggestions!

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By in United Kingdom,

It's always interesting to hear about other people's collections, not least how they decide what is in and what is out by their own personal definition of complete...

Although there are are themes I will focus on I don't really have the completist drive to get every set - I sort of collect the Modulars, but am fine with not owning those pre-Fire Brigade. My collection information on Brickset says I have 71% of The Lord Of The Rings but as I have the sets I'm interested in, I can't justify getting the rest just to be 'complete'.

Having said all that, Grey Era 12v Train sets are a weakness and the thought of being 'complete' with just those is very tempting... :)

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By in Romania,

My main collection now is composed of Star Wars, not all sets only the ones I really like. In 2015 when I came back from my Dark Ages, I wanted to collect every possible theme.I had some City, Atlantis, and even Exo-Force and Vikings sets. Being a non-working student is pretty hard to get by with the money.

I decided to collect the thing I really love so i decided that the only theme I will collect is Star Wars.Almost all my sets are bought from the Ebay like site in my country, Romania. Sometimes I buy sets from rare themes that i resell to reinvest in Star Wars sets. Thats what I did with some Indiana Jones sets. Now my main focus is to get the sets that represent ships from the first wave of TFA I need only the Resistance Troop Transport and to get the 2009 Jabba Sets but those are so expensive.

I would also love to collect classic castle sets from all the themes but sadly the market is limited in Romania and Lego decided that Nexo knights would be a better theme than classic castle :(. I would also love to get some LOTRO/ Hobbit sets but those are pretty hard to get by.

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I have a Star Wars Sequel trilogy minifigure collection. When this years calendar drops there will be 85, including the Luggasbeast and Rathtars. I'm also including duplicates (basically the minifigures you would have if you bought 1 of each set, - so there are a lot of Stormtrooper duplicates). If you don't know what I mean, check out Jangbrick's collection. So far I have 48/85 and I'm going for the First Order Star Destroyer when it is released, Snoke looks dope.

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By in Netherlands,

I used to collect UCS Star Wars sets and owned all of them until 3 years ago. After 10 years of collecting I got fed up with all the light bluish grey.

It turned out to be a good investment over the years. From the profit I bought all kind of things, also besides Lego. The new theme I started collecting since then, are the modular buildings. I own them all, which looks really great. I also started with the Brickheadz which are actually great!

After 3 years I still haven't got any regrets of selling my Star Wars collection. Although sometimes I do miss set 10179. The Millennium Falcon was the biggest set I've ever owned and it's still got some magic in it.

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By in United States,

I am a collector of the Winter Village, of which I have all except the repeat in 2015. Every year it is exciting buying the next one and setting them up int a different layout.

My other collection is the modulars of which I missed out on the Cafe Corner Green Grocer & Market Street. Fortunately I was able to pick up the Cafe Corner later, but I am still looking for the Green Grocer & Market Street. It is hard to afford them at their current prices. I still have yet to buy Assembly Square, but with double VIP points coming up, I think it will be time to get it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I get the odd sets here and there when they take my fancy, like the Modular Buildings, or when I can get a good deal. I like to focus on minifigures. I have all the Dimensions sets. Love those minifigures from such diverse brands. I also have complete sets of Collectible Minifigures from Series 12-17. I also have complete sets of the Team GB, Disney and the Lego Batman series (with which I include the Disco Batman, Tears of Batman, Celtic Batman and Tiger Tuxedo Batman from the polybags and activity book). I have Series 1-11 and the Sampsons series in various States of completeness. I like getting some Star Wars characters but only the really main ones. I also get the Star Wars Battle Packs for the minifigures. Not so fussed about the models in them. I also have a large collection of Harry Potter minifigures bar the really expensive ones like Mad Eye, Trelawney and Umbridge.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've always been a collector of various things, but I don't think I really turned that mentality to Lego until the late 90s. I was confident I'd collected all of Xtreme Team (hey, somebody had to love it!) and Space Port, until I discovered on Brickset that there were sets that had never even been mentioned in the UK catalogue! I think that between that, boring adult responsibilities and the rising cost of CMFs, the completist in me has died, thankfully. Now I just gravitate, as ever, to certain things - historical, fantasy, horror, and anything City that brings old-style Town to mind. And I'm a sucker for NASA-related stuff.

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By in United Kingdom,

Of course I buy the sets I like but that often falls into the criteria of "no wheels, no people." Seriously why do you all love the little toy people? I like the pieces!

I would also love to have a complete collection of studded technic. I grew up with that and have maybe 10 complete sets but as they're not making any more I don't feel like I'm always playing catch up.

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By in Belgium,

For me that will be winter village, pirates, lotr/hobbit

Used to collect star wars, but it is getting too much en too expensive, so now is only Hoth sets that i want (i like snow)

Wanted to start planes and AirPorts, but i realize that will not be easy

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By in United States,

I collect a lot of legos, but the only thing ive actually tried to get all of were certain collactable minifig series, the only one I was successful with was series three though. I buy many lego sets in general, I just don't try to collect everything. The only thing that might count is certain types of star wars minifigs, for example, I try to own all of the jedi produced, and all of the bounty hunters.

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By in Sweden,

Wow! Close to 10k views! 111 comments... hmm... rings a Bell!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love this Huw and reading about other people's collections. Be nice if we could add pictures??
I've been collecting Lego for as long as I can remember. My first set I remember having was King's Castle 6080, think I was about 4 or 5. Collection grew rapidly with Castle, Pirates and Space being the obvious ones in the late 80's early 90's. Dabbled in a few different themes over my life, Adventurers being one of my all time favs. Never really had a dark ages as such, had a few years when purchases or gifts went right down but never stopped getting Lego specifically.
Was in the process of making a large MOC castle but then baby boy arrived so that all had to move into the loft so the past few years I've been concentrating on Minifigures only and have just over 1500 displayed proudly on my living room wall. Mostly licensed themes, Superheroes, Star Wars, LOTR etc. All Collectables to date (sadly without Mr Gold)
And a selection of my favourite Lego own themes. Hoping to display my Castle figures separately as there are quite a large amount of those. Favourite theme overall would be Castle and my favourite figure is Oola from Star Wars.

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By in United States,

I got into legos when the first 4 ninjago episodes came out, but I didn't start collecting until captain America civil war. I collect minifigures and sometimes sell some sets to buy more. I have around 300 different minifigures for now.

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By in Hungary,

POTC (all minifigs), DFB minifigs, Pirates, Star Wars (only from the classic movies), City trucks, firefighters, ships + mixed sets (F40, Mini Cooper, TBBT, Architecture, Western). Tempted by trains and modulars but I managed to resist so far. ))

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By in Germany,

I try to collect all the Star Wars minifigures and managed to obtain 600 different ones over the last 1 and a half years. A side project is collecting the other licensed series minifigures + the collectibles series.
That´s one of the reasons I came to brickset.com, to keep track of the ones I own and the ones I´m still after. It´s the best way to file your collection online in my opinion.

edit: A mate convinced me to collect 2 x 4 bricks as well :D

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By in United States,

I've mostly collected lotr\hobbit sets. But since I've pretty much completed that, I'm not really a collector anymore.

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By in United States,

I'm surprised that almost all of the commenters who have replied mention collecting sets of some sort! Since I operate on a pretty small budget and my cumulative Lego experience is made of a few Bricklink orders, I prefer to collect pieces. Currently that collection is focused on acquiring one copy of each original medieval shield ever produced since the genesis of the genre. It is a great casual collecting experience, since I can just check each shop I buy from for new shields, and I don't have to keep up with any in-production sets... It's a lot of fun!

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By in United States,

I have just about every Friends set from its first two years, and every Elves set released thus far (with the exception of the latest wave, which will be corrected at the next double points opportunity). I have all the modulars except for CC, GG and MS (one day). Otherwise I collect cross-theme - for example, if there's a castle involved, odds are I'll get it, despite the theme. Really, I just get what I think is cool :-)

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By in Spain,

I collect all the jesters I can. It is my favourite person of medieval era (thanks to them we know the stories of knights). So I have the 3 versions in Lego: blue and red (cas403 and cas403a), red and white (cas437, cas480, cas512) and yellow and purple (col187). And the keyring!! Sometimes I doubting of buying minifigures with jester's cap!!
I like the Castle sets of the 80s, when I was a child, but at that time, I did not have a lot. After the dark ages, I bought some, but as I have no space for all, I only try to have all the medieval minifigures from the 80-90s. Even, I have widen the colletion with my own minifigures, giving different weapons to the available minifigures.
Furthermore, although firstly I only bought the Collectible Minifigure I liked. I did not like the custom minifigures but some time ago I decided to have them all. Consequently I had to pay a fortune for some custom minifigures, like the rabbit, the bee...that I touched in the shop and I decided to refuse them. Now, I buy at least one of each and more if I like them. Fortunately, thanks to Bricklink, some weeks ago I completed all the minifigures: the 17 series, the 2 Simpsons series, the GB team, the Disney, the German football team, and the LEGO Movie and the Batman Movie. I have them all!!!!

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By in Spain,

Ahh!! I also collect all the important minifigures of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I have the 9 minifigures of the Community of the Ring and all the dwarves that went with Bilbo on his unexpected journey!!
And most of the cars of Cars and Cars 2!! I have all the racing cars of Cars and all the cars from Radiator Spring!! The secondary characters are not important for me. I am looking forward to watching the new film and buying the new sets!!

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By in United States,

Great article Huw! I collect the Western sets with a special interest in the Western series of the 90s, but also have all the sets from The Lone Ranger series except for the poly bags, the western themed sets from The LEGO Movie, and most of the western themed CMFs. Kind of surprised that more people have not mentioned Western as a series/theme they collect, but I guess that is good for me (and others who collect the Western themed sets) because that means less competition

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By in United States,

As of now, City, Creator, and speed Champions.... but if only if the price (per piece) is right!

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By in United States,

I enjoy collecting the Lego Collectable Minifigures. I try to get at least 1 minifigure from each series. I have 1+ from every series except for the series that are sold outside of the USA. I own 100 minifigures so far. I also enjoy Starwars and Elves. Thanks for sharing HUW :)

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By in United States,

The Modulars, specific Ideas sets, Creator vehicles, Fairground sets, related polybags.

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By in United States,

I still have all my Legos from when I was a kid. They sat in my moms basement for 25 years until my sister got me the millennium falcon for Christmas two years ago. Now my apartment is full of Star Wars sets. My closet is full of unbuilt Star Wars sets. My collection needs its own room lol. The storage boxes of Legos that collected dust for 25 years are now being used again. My only regret is that I didn't come out of my Dark Age earlier. I love having my sets all around me.

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By in Canada,

Very interesting article and comments !
I spent my childhood playing with my few classic space sets.

For me, budget could be considered ‘unlimited’, but space (for 3 more years) and time are limited.

I went back to Lego at the perfect time ! About 8 years ago !
While looking for something else, I met someone who was selling >200 pounds of used, well classified parts. I bought them (filled my SUV). And I bought 300 more pounds of parts from him a few weeks after.
Then I decided to buy new sets. I was interested in Technics and SW. I bought all new big sets from these themes, including UCS MF and UCS ISD. And on Bricklink and Ebay, I also bought all the big sets that were discontinued, including all UCS sets, before the price went very high.
Then I saw the third Modular Building appear, so I thought that theme would continue. So, even though I was not interested in that theme, I bought Café Corner and Green Grocer just before they became sold-out, just ‘in case’. It was a good idea since my interest changed a few years later!

I was lucky to get modular sets, UCS sets, Taj Mahal, etc, just before they became sold-out of have a significant price.

Now, I got kids, and my interest changed. For almost all UCS SW sets, I built them once, and put them back in their boxes. All other SW and Technics are unopened. I was ‘completist’ for SW sets in the beginning, but realised there is too much sets. And I lost interest in SW, except for UCS. Now I (and my wife !) would be glad to get rid of these sets ! Other than CMF, I have over 600 sets, most of them unopened, in a room filled with boxes, and still have too much sets on my wanted list!
I own all CMF, Mixels (3 of each), Modulars, Alien Conquest, Toy Story, and most UCS SW and Minecraft. My favorite themes are now Architect, Creator, classic space (bought a few used sets), mech from any themes, and 'big sets' from any theme (Haunted Mansion, Airjitzu, Disney Castle, Ghostbuster Firehouse, etc).

My sons are still unaware of my huge collection of both sets and used parts. They ‘own’ a small part of it, mostly Minecraft, Cars, Mixels and City sets. They are not much interested in Lego sets ! But they play a lot with the used parts I gave them. Since they are very old, often damaged parts, I’ve never wanted to mix them with the sets. So, their ‘old’ (parts) and ‘new’ (sets from the last 10 years) are on different floors, and it’s a constant job for me to keep them separated. One of the best gift I gave to one of my sons is a pinata filled with old Lego parts, instead of candies.
I’m planning to give a significant part of my excessive collection to charity.
Sorry for my bad English !

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By in United States,

I collect Castle.

It's been a rough few years...

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By in United States,

I've collected so many different things through the years as a LEGO fan. When I was younger I collected BIONICLE, I had nearly every set except for a bunch from 2005, for some reason. In 2009 I decided to stop collecting because I wasn't playing with them anymore or even displaying them. Little did I know the series would soon be discontinued, and 2009 also had some of the best sets that I actually still want, although I have begun selling most of my older collection save for a few favorites.

I also collected the Tiny Turbos RACERS sets, thought those were super cool. I missed a couple and, similarly to BIONICLE, stopped collecting them the year before they were discontinued. I still have all of mine and hope someday to get the ones I'm missing.

I've collected Collectible Minifigures since they came out, and I have nearly every figure from every series along with extras of my favorite army builders. I never got any Simpsons Series 2 although I did get the first series. My LEGO Movie collection is incomplete as is Series 15, which was mostly due to low availability in my local stores. Series 17 is incomplete also as it just came out, but I have the full Disney and LEGO Batman Movie series. Not sure if I'll be getting the Ninjago ones or not, my main focus is the numbered series.

I started collecting Modular Buildings after I got the Pet Shop as a surprise Christmas present (I always wanted to start collecting them but never could afford it). Since then I've been making it an annual tradition to add one to the collection. Not sure if I'll ever get the old ones due to the massive after-market markup, but maybe I will someday when I'm rich.

I want to collect all the Star Wars UCS sets but I haven't gotten one in over ten years. I have the original Snowspeeder, Y-Wing, and Imperial Star Destroyer. Wish I could afford to get more...

Finally, my main interest is LEGO Castle, I have a massive village set up and I have collected nearly every Castle themed set since the 2007 Fantasy Era line. I have everything from that line, Kingdoms, the most recent short-lived Castle line, and almost everything from LotR and Hobbit except for some of the last few Hobbit sets, which were discontinued before I could buy them. I also am interested in Halloween and scary things, so there is a haunted element in my village as well. This incorporates a variety of other sets, including those from the old Studios monster sets, Monster Fighters (including the Haunted House), and Scooby-Doo. Some Pirates sets are scattered in my layout as well. I'm eagerly awaiting Nexo Knights to end and the return of a proper Castle line, as I will be collecting everything from that line should it happen.

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By in Netherlands,

In 2012 I bought a cmf serie 5 bag cause it looked so 'funny' and I was curious to see what was in it. Within 3 weeks I owned series 1-5. The virus just got me.

Now I own the complete CMF series. ( including Team GB and DFB, of which I have multiple series of, and the two Simpsons series which I really can't stand..but hey..I am a completist).

At the same time I started collecting the Modulars. The only one I am missing is the Green Grocer. I am afraid I will never get one if the prices don't drop. Besides the Modulars I buy the big sets like Disney Castle, Ghostbuster Firehouse,Scooby doo Haunted Mansion, Arkam Asylum and the Haunted House to complete my city

Lately I have started collecting DC and Marvel minifigs. That means I am also buying the Lego Batman Movies. Oh and ofcourse there is the Ideas set line. I have most of them too.

I made the mistake to buy everything I like. from Star wars to The Fairground Mixer. But I stopped doing that and focus only on the CMF, (modular) house and Marvell/DC. There is just too much nice stuff out there, but luckily for me my job allows me to quite frequently travel to New York where I can buy my sets. Compared to the Netherlans that really makes a difference.

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By in United Kingdom,

I collect Lego city,power miners and Star Wars

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By in Netherlands,

I collect TIE-fighters and I almost own each version of them. I also own all The Lord of the Rings set (not the Hobbit!) and for some reason all of the Artic Rescue sets.

Another one series I like to buy are the Star Wars battlepack. I just love owning all sorts of stormtroopers.

Besides that I like to buy sets I enjoy building en putting on display.

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By in United States,

BIONICLE - I've been working on them since 2004, have a good many of them by now.

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By in United Kingdom,

I collect minifigures, but am not a completist. I only get ones in certain "geeky" themes and even then, just the ones I like. My main theme is fantasy/history/mythology/LotR/Hobbit but I also venture into horror-fantasy, super hero, sci-fi and Star Wars.

I also collect monsters and animals (both brick-built and moulded), a few small vehicles and buildings/structures related to the above themes.

I have been collecting as an AFOL since 1993 when I was lured back to LEGO by the knight, ghost and wizard minifigures and moulded dragon that were released around then or available in shops at the time.

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By in United States,

I have been going back and completing some of the collections from when I was a kid. I have nearly completed my collection of M-Tron and Space Police from the early 90's. Also have about half of the LOTR, which I have been trying to complete as I have found.

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By in Canada,

My LEGO Collection is rather large and goes back to the 1970's when I was a kid. My first LEGO Set was Fabuland 324 Ricky Raccoon and his Scooter. I have a complete Fabuland collection and Fabuland will always be my favourite theme. I did move on to Classic Space, Castle and Pirates as I got older and then in Uni I didn't buy anything LEGO, but afterwards I got back into LEGO and started collecting Star Wars, Chima, Monster Fighters and basically everything that interests me. I really don't discriminate any LEGO theme. I think they're all cool!

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By in United States,

I collect Star Wars, Super Heroes (both Marvel & DC), The Lego Batman Movie, The DC Super Heroes Girls and when they were active The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit lines.

I find the Polybags the most frustrating aspect of trying to get "all" of the sets for any of the lines I collect in any given year. I wish Lego would start communicating better one when certain polybags are coming as part of promotions or available at certain stores.

Sometimes a "wait and see" approach works out for the best, such as with the Lego Batman Movie Battlepod, and some times it doesn't so it's hard to pick and choose which polys to "bite the bullet" on and just get on the secondary market. I think the next two polys I'm going to have to do that for are the Rogue One R3-M2 & Scarif Trooper polybags.

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By in Poland,

Crystals, Star wands and Gamefigs!

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By in United States,

I Collect Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Minecraft,Marvel, Lego movie themes(TLBM, TLM, TLNM) avidly, and have every set of all the mentioned themes, minus a few polybags. I also sometimes get city sub themes that are different, like the volcano explorers, arctic, Jungle, Coast Guard and ocean sub themes. I also collect the modular buildings. I Have All of them but Cafe Corner, since i got out of my dark ages right when it came out, and when i started to collect them, it was retired.

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By in Spain,

After the dark age I started collecting "Star Wars" sets but thats a massive number of sets. As I dont like the episodes I, II and III at all, I filtered and just collect original trilogy sets. But thats still a pretty big list, so I had to apply a new filter tag: UCS. Which is one of the worst collections to try: Expensive and huge sets.

I had a 9 months baby now, and the room was once used to show all the UCS is been dismantle to accommodate the new little human, which means I had to un-build, clean and storage more than 30.000 Lego Star Wars pieces.

Regrets? Nope, just hope my son appreciate Lego in future and enjoy building this awesome UCS sets.

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By in Germany,

I'm honest, I don't really "collect" anything Lego. Certainly not to keep it sealed. Every set I buy gets opened and built - eventually. I have currently over fifty unopened sets I bought over the previous year, but haven't yet time to build them all. And some I only bought as parts packs anyway. The only things I might leave unopened for the time being are some of the polybags or sets I got as freebies from various Lego [email protected] and in store offers.

One exception to the rule: the DFB series of CMFs. I didn't have a chance to get any of them when they were around in shops, so I bought all of them via ebay over the past few months. And luckily most of them were still quite cheap, some even far cheaper than RRP, which was nice to offset the ones that were a little more expensive. Now I have one of the famous RIBBA frames from Ikea, filled with Jogi and his boys :-)

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By in United States,

Those are some expensive polybags. And this post has a TON of comments.

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By in Australia,

Like a few on here bought a lot of themes at the start then started to narrow it too just my absolute favourite themes. I get the modulars and UCS sets every year and any flagship set that is of UCS quality, eg the technical crane 42009 started me buying the flagship technic sets, although this year's flagship doesn't interest me. The increasing number of big sets has started to restrict that further. Really like the Disney Castle but may pass on it to get all the other sets I want. Also enjoy army building so I collect as many star wars battle packs as I can, as well as a few of each army builder I like from the Minifigure series. Really love dinosaurs and brick built dragons too. Ninjago is only getting better as a theme. I wanted to buy all the flagship boats but they are too expensive now as is the emerald night train. Got into Lego trains as my first foray into Lego in 2009 just as my son was getting into trains.

Summary, too much interesting Lego coming out, need to focus more narrowly on sets in must have category. Sell anything that is not opened inside 2 years.

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By in United States,

As a kid it was all about the main 3; castle, town, and space! Star Wars brought me out of my dark ages, although slowly. It wasn't until about 2010 that I was bitten by the "completionist" bug, and have just about all of 2010-2014 SW sets. The last couple years I've really fallen off though, mostly due to economics, but also partly due to getting back into Town/City sets. More often than not now when I buy an old set on Bricklink or ebay, or new set in the store, it's City. For the first time since my childhood I've been working on a town, and truly love it!

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By in United States,

I mostly collect the creator sets, some star was depending on my preference, collectable mini figs for lego and Batman, Disney. Some Friends sets, and a few city sets here and there also depending on what strikes me as interesting, usually design. I like to also get random vehicles, mostly jeeps, airplanes, and boats. and some poly bags within those themes as well.

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By in United States,

Modular buildings
Bicycles
Sealed sets with bicycles
Monochrome minifigs

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Like some of the others here, I mostly just buy whatever will best expand the city (thank you Friends Supermarket, Hotel, Clinic, and CD Shop!), but the exception - and the thing that pulled me out of my own Dark Ages, was Mini Tie Fighters. They have to be at a very specific scale, with that clear 2x2 dish for a windscreen! Although I just couldn't pass up that Imperial Assault Carrier...

Come on Disney, where's the mini tie striker? I've been waiting since Rogue One arrived!

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By in United Kingdom,

I aim to get every Power Miners set. Polybags included.

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By in United States,

For me its technic with a focus on sets with tracks and/or remote control functions and then winter village. I have many old town, classic space (with monorail!) and technic sets from my childhood in boxes that need some cleaning up and rebuilding. One set is the flagship Launch and Load Sea Port (6542) from the 90's Town theme so I have considered building up a harbor collection, but I am running out of shelf space fast.

I get distracted a lot by computers, gaming and Mt Biking (all good things), but always seem to come back to LEGO in the end.

Maybe another interesting article is what we all do in between collecting that next LEGO set.

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By in United States,

Great polybag collection you have there! I have a decent polybag collection myself.

I collect across the board on themes but at one time I focused on getting all the Duplo blocks from building events, special store events, etc. Some have fun printing on them.
Also, have a decent Monthly Mini Model Build collection that I obsessed in for awhile.
Tried and I mean TRIED to get all convention exclusive figures and sets. I used to go to San Diego Comic Con for years (10yrs to be exact), but waiting on lines and not getting everything plus the crazy high after-market prices knocked me back. I have a decent Convention collection but no where a completist on it.

For regular sets, I collect anything that are tanks, or resemble tank-like vehicles.
Also I collect any sets that contain Darth Vader figures or single Darth Vader minfigs too (Anakin or Vader himself).

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By in Germany,

I am a very erratic AFOL and just emerged from my Dark Ages about a year ago. Most of my purchases have been quite random, but I see some trends: A bunch of Star Wars sets, mostly ships; City and Creator houses, and Minecraft. The last one really surprised me, but I really enjoy building them, while I don't enjoy building the space ships much. Probably because they are often built on annoying Technic frames.

That said, I will build a LEGO city some day. When I have the space for it.

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By in Israel,

I collect minifigures, doesn't really matter from what series or year, I just want to have all LEGO minifigures one day :D (I know it is very ambitious plan...)

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By in United Kingdom,

I buy lots of different sets just because i like them. These are mostly Star Wars and a few Marvel and DC Superheroes sets. However, I would not call this collecting in the sense that you are using it. I do not really have an aim to collect a specific range of sets.
Although, I do want to collect every Rebel Pilot mining from the Original Trilogy. I have most of them but I want the new Wedge Antilles and the two pilots from the snow speeder.

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By in United States,

I collect:
• CMF (including GB and DFB) with the lone exception of Mr. Gold
• Mixels
• Winter Village sets (except the first train), which as a tradition we build on Thanksgiving
• Speed Champions
• Star Wars UCS sets that have been available since I came out of my dark ages - Slave 1, Tie Fighter, Sandcrawler, Red Five X-Wing, R2-D2, B-Wing, Super Star Destroyer, Death Star. I have also bricklinked the AT-ST and Death Star II.

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By in Netherlands,

I see myself as a true Lego collector. To begin with, I collect all the Lego from my childhood period, but then new in box (MISB). This includes all Town, Castle and Pirates sets from the period 1988-1992. I love those yellow boxes, with the blue letters "Legoland" in the upper corner. I'm most proud of the sets 6693 and 6542 in absolute mint condition.
In addition, I collect the sets of Model Team, the Airplane Promos (MISB), 9V trains and the Collectable Minifigures.
I also collect Lego to build. I have almost all of the Advanced Models, this includes all Modular Buildings, all Vehicles, the complete Winter Collection and sets like the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. Furthermore, I build all the larger Technic sets.
All together it fills my house nicely.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ideas
Modulars
Elves

Tempted by City Jungle

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By in United States,

If I could collect, I would collect as many sets as I could from every theme.

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By in United States,

My son and I mostly just buy what strikes us at the time. We do however have all of the Cusso/Ideas sets.
I am more into building the large sets, while he is more into freestyle building.
I am 46 and he is 13.

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By in United States,

I'm trying to 100% collect Dimensions, which I only have Wave 7.5 through 9 to collect. I'm almost at 100% of Marvel, just have to grab 6 retired sets, the Mighty Micros from 2017, and Ragnorak. Of course, I actually have only one or two polybags, so that leaves TONS to still get, which I'll try to get after I get the sets. Also I want to 100% Brickheadz but that might not be for a bit, because I'm starting to get into the Minecraft sets, and some of the bigger Star Wars sets.

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By in Australia,

I collect mostly vintage (1970's - 1980's) sets and my self imposed rule is I only collect what I had as a kid (I gave away all my childhood Lego around 1990) or could have had as a kid. So for instance I don't collect Fabuland, because as a kid I was too old for that theme once it was released in 1979. Also I don't collect the hobby sets as I would have been too young for them when they were available.

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By in United States,

I finally got all the mixels but I use them as treats for the kids. Except that I got a second set of series 1 to keep misb because those are getting pricey now.

Another theme I explored was buying cars that could seat two mf side by side, eg:
8898: Wreckage Road
7682: Shanghai Chase
8158: Speed Racer & Snake Oiler
This got me interested in indiana jones and now I've got most of those. And some speed racer.
Also I try to get lego city motorbikes in every style and colour. I particularly like the vintage v-twin look from 7306: Golden Staff Guardians.

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By in United States,

I have been collecting the Collectible Minifigures since the Lego movie series, but I'm starting to lose interest in them.

I've collected all of the Star Wars microfighters, and made quite a few of my own original microfighters.

I would love to collect the BrickHeadz and start designing more of my own, but I have zero interest in the characters they have released so far. I'm sick of comic book related Lego sets, and while I love Disney, I don't particularly care about their princess characters. I hope that Lego will introduce more characters that aren't Disney or Comic book related.

Other than that, I usually collect Lego for pieces in general as I'm the type of AFOL who likes to build original things. I've recently started collecting the Loyal Subjects action vinyl figures.

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By in United States,

I collect Astromech Droids which in fun because Lego keeps releasing new ones

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By in United States,

My favorite answer so far is "white hairpieces" for the win.

I collect mostly just what I like, but after I have several of something, my completionist tendencies sometimes take over. I keep a custom database of all my sets and bulk purchases. It currently has almost 5,000 entries, the vast majority of which are complete sets.

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By in United States,

I used to collect some of just about everything, but after I got back from my LDS mission, I decided to only collect Star Wars. I've now got $7622 worth, covering the entire Cannon/noncannon line, and selling any duplicate minifigures (Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, etc) on ebay, keeping only one copy of each version (different episodes/outfits).

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By in United States,

I collect Polybags too although I don't get all of them. I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 300-400 polybags but that was before going on spending sprees on my trips to BrickFair New England and Brickworld Chicago. I think I now have somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-600 polybags. I like that they are small and don't take up a lot of space.

I collect all of the Winter Village series and even bought the 2nd Winter Toy Shop.

I also collect the CMFs and only missing the DFB series. I have lots of duplicates of CMFs and most are sealed as I have worked on mastering the art of "The Feel" since CMF inception.

As for the Lawnmower polybag set, I found those in the Meijer stores in the east on a Brickworld Chicago trip a few years back.

I also collect Legends of Chima Ice Bears for my HOPE castle and currently have about 600. Since my HOPE castle is built primarily out of 1x2 clear plates I would have to say I collect those also.

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By in Argentina,

I came out from my dark ages in 2012 and in that time i had bought only 15 sets (i live in Argentina and the prices here, even buying from bricklink are superexpensive), all from the 2013 Castle Series and the City line. All my LEGO collection was pre 2001, so all my minifigures are yellowed ones. That's why i don't bought any Super Heroes or SW sets. Ninjago is a line very interesting for me and the next thing i'm gonna buy are some sets from the movie.

Now, i'm buying LEGO for my nephew and he is getting Batman and Marvel sets...

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By in Slovakia,

I collect Speed Champions, but only small sets with one car and now I´ m excited about Jungle sets, I own 4 of them now and I´ m going to buy all of them. Also I collected Disney minifigures, that´ s the only one CMF series that I have completed.

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