Banderbox: storage solution for your kids' LEGO on Indiegogo

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Banderbox is an interesting crowdfunding project that looks perfect for those with kids whose LEGO is getting out of control and under foot.

Essentially it's a plastic box that folds flat for easy access to the contents which incorporates a building plate on its lid. Models built onto it can be folded back into the box intact when it's time to put it all away. There's also a pouch available that attaches to the side which can be used for keeping special parts in.

It comes in a range of bold and pastel colours and can be stacked.

There are available at a special launch price of £25 in the UK and around $30 in the US. You can find out more and pledge your support at Indiegogo or watch a short video and see more pictures after the break.

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23 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Spend 10x the price you need to for storage, or buy more LEGO sets? Easy choice for me

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By in Singapore,

I was just looking at storage solutions for my growing parts collection a minute ago when this was published...

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By in United States,

Yeah sure, for my kid inside me.

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By in United States,

Seems like it severely limits the interior storage space if you hand anything built on that base plate. With all those pieces potentially sloshing around during carrying I'd also assume it may dislodge some of the work built.

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By in Canada,

Wouldn’t layers if the model fall off the closed lid? Seems like something that would likely upset some younger children into tears. if they had the house they were working on lose the roof and a wall. Why not a folding box with grooves for at least one slide-out plate?

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By in Latvia,

Not for me, I have a lot more parts than what fits inside, and I will better use that money for Hidden Side!

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By in United States,

This is really neat.

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By in Poland,

Cool and all, but you can glue the plate to the box yourself :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice idea, but I can see the flaws with it as pointed out by others. IE, model falling off the lid, limiting internal storage. Plus, can see the folding mechanism getting blocked or jammed by either small parts, or large numbers of parts. Also, what kid has ever kept to a designated building/brick storage area when playing with lego, as this seems to think they will?

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By in France,

Good design indeed. Reminds me of the old bag I used as a kid, with a string to close it. I like this new idea, maybe a bit expensive?

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By in Canada,

Makes me miss the old brick "vacuum" Lego made.

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By in United States,

Remove the baseplate and just market it as a generic playmat with easy pack up. There have been similar products as well in the past that work more like a bag than a box.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nothing beats stacks and stacks of IKEA Trofast units... :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Even their own promo photo shows exactly the problem. There's no way children will keep the bricks on the platform and therefore immediately the benefit of being able to simply fold up the tray is lost and you're spending time scooping parts back into the box.

As plenty of others have pointed out anything sort of a layer of two of bricks is highly likely to simply fall off.

Why not just buy the cheapest kingsize sheet you can and dump your child's LEGO onto that? At least with a relatively large area you stand a change of containing it and you can simply scoop it up by grabbing all four corners. I'd wager plenty already use this solution.

Personally I'm never going to criticise someone for trying to make a product, but it seems so many "brick compatible" products these days come from the angle of "everyone's into LEGO these days, how can we make a product that caters to that market." rather than spotting a genuine problem to be solved. Isn't this just trying to build a better toybox/activity mat and I'm pretty sure that market is well covered.

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By in United States,

Like many others have said, it has several flaws and more importantly, why spend $30 on this while you can easily get a similarly sized clear storage box for less than $10.

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By in Canada,

Might be better if it had leg struts so I can sit in bed or in a recliner chair as I build a set without worrying about losing parts in the cushions.

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By in Australia,

It seems like the first Lego storage solution that really understands kids and parents needs; parents need it to be packed away quickly, kids want to be able to pick up where they left off last time they were playing. The only suggestion I would make is to make the lid reversible so that the built model can sit on top to prevent fouling on the bricks inside. Also this could and should be scalable: larger for larger collections and smaller as a travel size.

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By in Germany,

Neat idea, but as others have pointed out, it has too many flaws for the suggested price point.
Plus, going by how my kids play with their LEGO, this play area is way to limiting. My kids have a designated LEGO play room in the house, and even that could need expansion, going by their comments ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

It doesn't look very big. For the average amount of Lego most kids have you would need about 6 of them. That's a lot of money. Alternatively buy some boxes from your nearest discount retailer. For me that's Poundstretchers. They do good storage. 3 big boxes for a tenner. Plus you can pick up a pack of out of date sweets at the same time *
*this is something that seems to happen a lot in my local branch. Other branches seem a bit better!

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By in United States,

I have 3 Sterlite storage tubs filled with (mostly) LEGO (and I'm getting rid of most of the clone brand stuff, aside from a few specialty components MEGA did that LEGO doesn't) plus a Sterlite 3-Drawer chest mostly filled. Altogether, that probably holds 50 or so pounds of LEGO and cost a little over $50. That little Banderbox looks like about a third or half the size of the Sterlite, yet close to six times more expensive. If I need to put it on something to sort out, I use a beach towel.

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By in United States,

What is the orange... creature... in the bag next to the brick separator in the second pic?

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By in Canada,

@Chouju_X[SPAM] - I wondered the same thing when I watched the video, but I'm pretty sure it's the Banderbox mascot/logo thing.

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By in Greece,

However good it is for a market to churn out new products, I believe that a big-ish cloth bag with string does the job better for me and my kid. You can't constrain a child while building with bricks :P

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