Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

The Holidays are coming and for many of us it means killer deals on LEGO. Stores like Target, Toys R Us, Kmart and the Lego store have amazing deals on LEGO if you are willing to get up and be there at 4:00 am.

Rumors and deals are all ready starting to surface. Old Navy is rumored to have a FREE Lego Rock Band w/ $20 purchase. No one knows for sure if you get to choose your platform or if it is just a demo. Sites like are usually pretty good at keeping the readers up to date on latest LEGO deals. is a place where leaked Day After Thanksgiving ads are posted. So keep an eye on there for when Target and Toys R Us ads get posted.

Good luck and happy hunting. I know I'm glad that I don't work in retail anymore. Although I do miss the crazy looks on some customers when the doors open, or being bribed $200 to sneak a customer one of the hot ticket items. However your experience is I hope you all get what you want.

Kmart is having buy 2 get 1 free on LEGO for the day after. Doors open at 6am and is limited to equal or lesser value. No mention on limit per customer.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Collection 2.0

Since I last posted on my the state of my collection, it has gone through a significant change. I no longer keep my individual sets separate. This means I have abandoned my views of being a set purist and have gone in the complete opposite direction by throwing all my pieces together.

This decision came when I realized I was holding myself back creatively. By having my sets separate I wasn't able to see all my pieces and there for didn't use my parts very efficiently. By combining all my sets, I can see how many of what piece I have. My collection is still very organized and each part has its place. I can still build my sets if I want. I'm excited for the change and can't wait to try my hand in some MOC's. Now I just need a place to keep all my LEGO out and not have to worry about storing them in the closet. That dream is getting closer to reality, soon hopefully.

I will post new pics of my collection soon. Maybe this weekend, when I have time to get it all together again.

Monday, September 7, 2009

LEGO Resto

So I mentioned a few posts back about completely removing the yellowing off LEGO pieces that were exposed to UV light. This weekend I got to try it out. First off read my other post and check out the links it provides.

This process involves using high percentages of hydrogen peroxide so please be careful when doing this. Take the necessary precautions to avoid getting hurt.

Here are a few of my results.

After doing a bunch of white pieces I decided to try it on a printed piece. Some people have said that printed parts tend to fade. I thought since this flag had a lot printed on it and it was in good shape that it should be fine. This flag took about 2 hours. I think since the plastic is pretty thin that it went a lot faster.

I have seen some people reverse the yellow in clear plastic items. So I thought to try it on my clear LEGO parts. I have a few of these slopes all in the same condition. I had thought they were just really dirty and stained. Turns out it was just yellowed from UV. This part took about 6 hours. This slope is at least 25+ years old, now it looks like brand new.

I will be posting more results on my flickr page. So please add me as a contact to see new updates.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Month, New Store Flyer.

Every month I will try and post the LEGO stores flyer. It contains announcements on new sets, sales and free giveaways. For now I'm going to link you to toomuchdew's photos of this month. I will get my own up starting next month.

I know that I will be taking advantage of the Green Grocer sale.

Clean Up Yellowed LEGO

This is something that I am quite excited about. When I got back into LEGO I started putting my old sets back together. As a kid I kept all my sets out on display, so as I put them back together, I noticed that the pieces had started to turn yellow. Most severe cases were white, blue, and light grey colors. I felt stupid for leaving my LEGO out and exposed to the sun. I looked around the internet to see if there was anything you could do to clean them. Everything I found said that it was permanent and there was nothing you can do. Some people said they used bleach on white parts, this kind of worked but left the pieces brittle and they lost their shine.

Seeing defeat, I bagged up all the discolored pieces and ordered replacements from bricklink. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away, hoping that one day some miracle would come and I could fix them. Well, that miracle has come.

Yesterday TBB blogged about a group of vintage computer hobbyists / chemists that have found a way to COMPLETELY reverse the yellowing of older plastic!!! A solution of hydrogen peroxide, "Oxy" laundry detergent and UV light was perfected and given them name retr0bright. Check out their webpage.

This revolution has me SO excited. The geniuses over at retr0bright have become heroes to me.. in a way. The technique has found its way to the LEGO community and of course shows great results.

Tim Goddard shows his results here:

Smitty has set up a website using this formula specifically for LEGO:
LEGO Restoration

This process can take anywhere from 3-29 hours to fully reverse the yellowing. It also deals with using strong hydrogen peroxide which, if mishandled, can lead to serious health problems. Please fully read the posts on the retr0bright site and on smitty's site to fully understand what you are getting into.

I really want to try this out. As I said I have a one gallon ziplock bag full of yellowed LEGO. I will take some photos and detail my process as I go. I'll be sure to post the results.

Follow my guide here

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Got it!!!

It's been a long time since I posted last. Life has been turned up to 11 these past few months. I recently acquired a lot of used LEGO that deserved a post. After my miss on the old pirate sets I got the wheels turning and tried to make a program that would scan craigslist every 10 minutes or so and email me when a new LEGO ad was made. That program died quickly when I discovered a craigslist gadget I could add to my google home page. Largely in thanks to flickr user toomuchdew. He posted his LEGO themed google page and it showed a craigslist gadget so I went to add it to my page. This thing is awesome. I have only had it for a few weeks when it found me a gem of a sale.

Someone had posted an ad for "Huge LEGO Collection". As soon as I had opened that posting I new it was the deal of the month. 18 mid 90's sets complete and in box were priced at $200. Among the sets were 6991, 6339, 6195 and many others. I came across the posting a mere 20 minutes after it was posted and immediately called the number listed. I left a message and waited for 5 hours before I got a call back. I was the first to call and there for was the first to get called back. I drove 30 minutes to the persons house and looked over the lot. It appeared to have everything and most the boxes were still in great shape. Also along the way the seller had come across a few additional sets that they were just going to through in.

I walked out with 25 sets, 21 of which had there box, and a monorail for $200!! There are a few that I am going to keep and the rest will be up for auction soon. My wife and I have been having a blast getting all the sets ready for auction. It was a great find and I will make back $200 and them some. I will post some images when I get them all together.

EDIT: you can see all the sets I put up for auction here on flickr. They all sold, and are in hands of other AFOL's. I was sad to see them go, but I couldn't keep them all.

Monday, April 6, 2009

So close!!

I came across a craigslist posting today that claimed to have 2 pirate sets still in box for sale. At first I thought they would be the new pirate sets, but when I opened the ad, I saw a image of 6274 the Caribbean Clipper! The ad was a little vague, stating 2 complete pirate sets $25 each. I looked at the post time and it was only an hour old. I quickly responded to see if there was any hope of snagging these rare finds. About 3 hours later I got an email saying that they were no longer available and were immediately sold. DUH!

I never got a clear explanation on the other set or if they were MISB. From the ad I took that 6274 was opened and played with but still complete with box. No clue on the other set that was for sale. So keep an eye out on eBay for a boxed 6274 from the Bay Area. If the buyer chooses not to keep it I will suspect it will be there.

I'm currently working on a program that will scan craigslist for new Lego posts and email me if there is one. That way I can get the jump on these ridiculous finds. Until then I will keep my eyes peeled for awesome deals.

I took a closer look at the picture that was on the ad. It clearly shows 6274 but behind it you see a small corner of the other item for sale. 6273 - Rock Island Refuge!!!! I bought my 6273 from ebay complete with box for $110. This person had no idea what they were selling.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I want to talk about the system that I use for storing my Lego. From the pictures, two main features are seen. The plastic drawer cabinet and white boxes. Every set I own gets put in a white box (if I have enough). My bulk lot go into the plastic drawers. Where each drawer is a separate Lego element. In the pictures of my collection you see 4 units. Last weekend I went out and bought two more of the 18 drawer unit. So total I have 3 - 39 drawer and 3 - 18 drawer units.

These are the main part of my storage. Sold by many home improvement stores as tool storage. They work perfect for Lego. I would be surprised if an AFOL hasn't used these. They are a nice compact size but are deep enough to hold bricks and plates up to 16 studs long. A minor complaints about these, they don't come with drawer dividers. The drawers themselves can accommodate a plastic divider to cut the drawer in half, but the Stack On brand models don't come with them naturally. You can buy dividers separately but they are expensive. Most people resort to business cards or cardboard and make their own. There are 3 models in the size pictured with a different number of drawers: 18, 39 and 60. Brands like Stack On and Akro Mils make smaller models which are about half the overall size of these. They have the ability to mounted on a wall but you need to supply the hardware for that. Being as they are made for small tools and parts they can easily hold any number of Lego you put in them. Don't tip these over though as your parts will fly all over the place. Depending on how many drawers and where you buy them, they cost around $15 - $25. Kmart has the 18 and 60 drawer models for $15 and $17.

The other part of my storage are these white boxes. These are sold by Ikea and are meant to store CD's. I found they are perfect for any size Lego set. They won't be able to hold any base plates though. Ikea used to sell a wider and shorter box but have discontinued them. The shorter box fit any size base plate and had plenty of room for the rest of the set. Anyways the current model is W 6 ¼" x D 10 ¼"x H 6". Being from Ikea you need to put them together which can take some time if you have 20 or more. The display tag works great for the set name or set number or both. One downside to these is that after you build them the bottom corners naturally have a hole, which can be bad for those pesky 1 x 1 round plates. My solution are 1" round mailing stickers from any office supply store. Just push those into the corners on the inside of the box and you have a fully sealed Lego box. The best part, 2 for $7.

I have lots of ideas for my storage system, one of which I have been working on for a few weeks. It's a surprise and I won't be able to reveal it until late this summer. I hope this information helps any new AFOL passing by. There are plenty of storage systems these are just the ones that work for me.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My WHOLE Collection!!

This is the first time that I have finally got around to photographing my ENTIRE collection. I have it stored in so many different places (being I'm in a small San Francisco Apt), but I think I gathered everything up. Just a refresher: 76 unique sets and over 30,000 pieces. 5 sets are not pictured because they are currently on my desk at work. Here it is...

This is a 3" binder that I keep all my instructions in. I need to get another one though, this one is bursting.

This is the container I keep my NXT in. I had to cut out a section to make the control brick fit in. I'm really happy how it turned out.

Some readily assembled sets that I keep on display around the apartment.

I was amazed on how much there actually is. Here is my set list:

Set #NamePartsFigsPriceYearQty

6624Delivery Van341?19831
6623Police Car401?19831
6882Walking Astro Grappler861?19851
392Fire Engine231?19861
5580Highway Rig6370?19861
6521Emergency Repair Truck?1?19871
6380Emergency Treatment Center284529.7519871
6522Highway Patrol?2?19871
6054Forestmen's Hideout198217.519881
6675Road & Trail 4 X 4791?19881
6235Buried Treasure2013.2519891
6274Caribbean Clipper37245419891
6257Castaway's Raft5038.519891
6276Eldorado Fortress49686619891
6270Forbidden Island176437.519891
6481Light & Sound Construction Crew16822719891
6661Mobile TV Studio711?19891
8854Power Crane5080?19891
6245Harbor Sentry2414.2519901
6396International Jetport485869.7519901
6811Pulsar Charger251319901
6260Shipwreck Island6921219901
6956Stellar Recon Voyager22123619901
6593Blaze Battler1161?19911
6259Broadside's Brig6438.7519911
6679Dark Shark782?19911
6669Diesel Daredevil8418.7519911
6531Flame Chaser511?19911
6440Jetport Fire Squad84227.519911
6542Launch & Load Seaport10227?19911
4021Police Patrol18533419911
6273Rock Island Refuge37276619911
6933Spectral Starguider20422519911
8815Speedway Bandit770?19911
1477Unnamed - Part of 1476 5-Item Bonus Pack341?19911
6286Skull's Eye Schooner8929126.519931
6595Surf Shack883?19931
8042Universal Pneumatic Set226038.519931
6246Crocodile Cage5627.2519941
6278Enchanted Island41276619941
6264Forbidden Cove207429.7519941
5591Mach II Red Bird Rig / Mach II Red Bird1166011019941
6339Shuttle Launch Pad53646619951
6625Speed Trackers5626.7519961
8445Indy Storm / Formula 1 Racer44004019991
5925Pontoon Plane711619991
8448Super Street Sensation / Super Car Mk II1408013019991
10020Santa Fe Super Chief43624020021
4511High Speed Train33339020031
10027Train Engine Shed63327020031
10128Train Level Crossing32525020031
8802Dark Fortress Landing1422?20051
8652Enzo Ferrari 1:1747704020051
8801Knights' Attack Barge1632?20051
7246Mini Digger361320051
7242Street Sweeper631520051
4891Highway Haulers20901020061
8527Mindstorms NXT577025020061
4894Mythical Creatures58803020061
7903Rescue Helicopter24532020061
6206TIE Interceptor™21212020061
6205V-Wing Fighter11811020061
10175Vader's TIE Advanced1212010020061
4939Cool Cars20601020071
4953Fast Flyers31202020071
4915Mini Construction680520071
4918Mini Flyers760520071
8146Nitro Muscle59805020071
5621Coast Guard Kayak2113.520081
4993Cool Convertible64804520081
7667Imperial Dropship8141020081
4837Mini Trains730520081

There's a 3 year gap from when I lost touch with Lego and fell more into computer hobbies. It's funny because that coincides with my sophomore through senior year in high school.

The ones at my work are: 8652, 10175, 6273, 6205, 8699. There are some instructions shown in the pictures that are not on my list. Reason for this is I plan on keeping them apart of my bulk pieces and not as sets.

Here are some key points to my collection. I keep my bulk in plastic drawer containers. Each drawer holds a different piece and in some cases different colors. I need more containers though as all the plastic bags on the left of the first picture are overflow. The white boxes on the right are from Ikea (though they no longer carry that size :( ). Each one holds a different set unless stated otherwise on the tag. The small boxes in front center are homemade. They each hold a small set. The plastic bags on the right are all sets that don't have a box yet. The red Lego tub is all Bionicle parts. I try to keep every box for my sets if I have room to store them. When I can't I just cut out the box top. That's about it, I plan on goin on a little further on those plastic drawer contianers in another post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This post will mostly be a rant about the different color names that sites use and Lego discontinued colors. I have mentioned some sites all ready that are great Lego resources. The biggest downfall to all these sites is that they name the colors of elements different names. Naming is not the only thing that gets thrown out the window, but the value of these colors change amongst the sites and programs such as LDraw.

I get most of my Lego information from and is where I buy all my missing parts. Lets say that I have set 7628 and I need to replace the blueish 1 x 2 brick. Peeron names the color as "NavyBlue". I go to Bricklink to add the part to my wanted list and find that the color "NavyBlue" is not an option. Bricklink's "NavyBlue" is actually named "DkBlue". To make it even worse, Lego now offers "Pick a Brick" on their online shop. You can go there to buy bulk pieces of most of the parts that are currently in production. But, Lego doesn't have a "DkBlue" or a "NavyBlue", their color name is "EarthBlue". Three different color names for the same color. WTF, are you serious? I can see why Peeron and Bricklink might not have the same name as Lego due to copyright or something, but why can't they have the same name between them?

How does one keep track of all this? Peeron has a great color chart that lists each color and the name given by all three sites. There is also a program that sorts it out, but it's outdated and crashes if you try to do any updating.

MdStone = LtBlueGray = MdStone

In 2003 Lego decided that it's time to change some colors that it has been using. Biggest of these changes was that the grays changed from a warm gray to a cool gray. There are numerous interviews and articles with Lego spokesman on this change and they say that esthetically a cool gray makes every other color "pop" more. The new gray got a rather unflattering name by the Lego user community, "Bley". The community has since embraced then new gray. I, for one, don't mind the new color but find it more of an annoyance then anything. The grays are named "MdStone" and "DkStone" by Lego and Peeron, but Bricklink decided to go with "LtBlueGray" and "DkBlueGray". The only place now to buy parts in the older gray is Bicklink, named "LtGray". One last thing, Peeron and Bricklink spell gray with an "a" while Lego spells it with an "e" (grey).

As fun as Lego can be, finding the right color name is not.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Catch Up.

I've been sorting and organizing my new bulk Lego purchase and slowly putting everything away. Through my sorting I came across a few undiscovered sets. I had mentioned the ones that used the 9v battery box, but I found a hidden gem amongst the rubble.

5580 - Highway Rig, released in 1986, is one of the more popular Model Team sets. It comes with a full 10 wheel base and plenty of detail to look at. The hood flips forward to reveal the engine. It's a rather large and interesting build. It is the predecessor to the famous 5571 - Giant Truck which when released in 1996 was the largest themed Lego set ever made. It held that title until TLC (The Lego Company) released the Star Wars UCS and Sculptures series in 2000/ 2001. 5571 didn't come with a full 10 wheel base and is considered its biggest flaw by many.

My 5580 set is missing a few pieces and 6 of the tires, but it is still able to be built and is fun to look at.

I think that all the sets that I want to build from this lot have been found; the rest have been sorted and stored in my 39 bin units. I will be posting more of my final sorting/ storing this weekend. Maybe I will finally get a picture of my whole collection.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sorting 101, part 2

I finally got around to do some more sorting. Last article I talked about breaking down a large pile of Lego into the smallest number of groups as possible. The best way to do that is to sort them by color. Now that each color is sorted out, I break down each color into types of elements. The number of groups depends on how many different types of elements are in each color group. The most common groups are: bricks, plates, tiles, slopes, wedges, hinges, doors and windows, technic, and modified plates.

To start out, I dump one color out on a blanket. Then just pick through the pile one by one putting the element in the respective pile. Here's a picture of what I ended up with. The 2 largest piles were bricks and plates.

The piles above are (left to right): wedges, panels, bricks, modified plates, hinges, train, modified tile, fence, windows/ doors, brackets, tiles, canopies, supports, plates, technic, and slope. I also found one car jack and one old minifigure legs.

Also, when I go through and sort any Lego I am keeping an eye out for any Mega Block or other non - Lego parts. I bagged up all the separate piles and stored them in their box, until it's time to sort them out even more.

The next step after sorting by type is sorting each type into size. That will be next time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

NXT 2.0 annouced!!

The Lego Mindstorms NXT made a huge buzz in the robot community when it was first released nearly 3 years ago. There have been rumors flying about that Lego was going to be releasing a new version. Well, we have definite proof of a new version. Lego has been showing off the new 2.0 at Toy Fairs around the globe.



Set to release this August, the 2.0 version comes with a few new features. The light sensor has been replaced with a color sensor. The NXT-G program features a remote to control the robot via computer/ laptop. A mechanism to launch small colored balls is included. Instructions to build a robot alligator, colored ball sorter, a ball launcher, and the new Rex 2.0 are included. Bluetooth is still present for wireless control, and the set contains roughly 620 pieces up from 400 in the current version.

Nothing new about control brick, whether or not it will have more memory or faster processing. With the release date out 6 months, I'm sure we will see some improvements.

Now the price..... £200 which is roughly $300.

Other then the few features I listed I don't see too much difference between the two versions. Hopefully they allow firmware/ software updates for us with the current model. Until more news comes out, I'm happy with my robot.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My New Sets!

As I have been going through my recent purchase of bulk Lego, I came across quite a few unique pieces. As I mentioned in this post I like to take out any peice that looks like it "belongs" somewhere. It's hard to describe, but you know when you found a piece that just looks like it should be in a set.

A few of those pieces were:

Turns out that first piece is a siren. I found two, one black and one white. They are part of the electric series from the early 90's and late 80's. Along with the sirens I found 3 9v battery boxes, and many electric lights. These are the sets that are in that bulk purchase; missing instructions and may not be 100% complete:

6481 - Light & Sound Construction Crew
6440 - Jetport Fire Squad
6780 - Light & Sound XT - Starship

The next piece is a shock absorber. I found 4 in that lot and thought that they went to a car or something. Turns out this is the set they go to:

6933 - Spectral Starguider

The last piece is a large 6 x 6 x 9 panel. I found 2 and they go to this set:

6396 - International Jetport

The only set out of these 5 that I tried to build was the Jetport. Turns out that I'm only missing 2 pieces for it. I can't wait to try and build the other sets. Again, none of these sets had instructions in the lot; the only way I found them was by tracking down pieces on My sorting has been put on hold for a bit while I play. No harm in that, right?

BTW, I tried out all the electric elements I found with a 9v battery; they all work! The sirens are great. One makes town sounds and one makes space sounds. When I get them all put together I will post some pictures.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Know the Lingo

Before I continue to talk about sorting Lego, I want to share the lingo. Knowing what an element is helps so much when sorting. Also if you have someone helping you find an element, having both people know what something is helps in communication. So, what are some of the elements called? There are bricks, plates, tiles, slopes, windscreens, bars, wedges, wings, and many more. I will be covering the terminology that was been made by sites like and Lego has their own terminology that can be a little confusing.

Bricks are the basic thick element. In fact the 2 x 4 red brick is the most common Lego out there. Bricks start at a size of 1 x 1 and can be as large as 8 x 16. When I say dimensions like 1 x 1, I am referring to the space the brick takes up, counted in studs. Dimensions are always read low to high. The brick pictured is a 2 x 4 not a 4 x 2.

Plates are the thinner element. 3 plates stacked on top of each other equal the thickness of one brick. Plates run the size of 1 x 1 to be as long as 16 and as wide as 10. Large 24 x 24 plates are called Base plates.

Slopes are the angled version of a brick. Slopes are measure a little bit differently on peeron and bricklink. The element pictured is called an 18 4 x 2 Slope Brick. The 18 refers to the degree of the slope. Also note that slopes are called by the direction of the slope. The one pictured is 4 x 2 because the slope is travelling up the longer (4) side. A 2 x 4 slope would look like this:

That is a 33 2 x 4 slope. When I look for slopes I don't think of the angle degree. But you should know the difference between a 4 x 2 and a 2 x 4.

Tiles are completly flat in most cases and are the ones that can be a pain to find. Tiles will mostly be 1 stud wide. The only sizes of a tile are 1 x 1 - 1 x 8 and 2 x 2. Tiles are usually have a pattern printed on them, so finding a tile with the right print makes it even harder.

Those are the basic groups of elements everyone should know. Now if you want to get more advanced you will know rounds, corners, turntables, wedges, inverted, clips, and canopies.

all pictures courtesy of peeron

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sorting 101, part 1

If you don't know about, you should go check it out. It has become the place to post your wanted/ for sale ads. It is a great place to find deals on anything, but since this is a Lego blog, we'll talk about the Lego part of it.

Every now and then you come across great finds. Lego popularity will not die down anytime soon and the majority of people posting ads know this. However, a small portion don't know the value of their Lego. Example, I just bought 40 pounds of Lego, 15 baseplates, 15-ish manuals, 100 + minifigs and more for just $120 from a seller on craigslist. Average value for that lot on eBay is around $350 - 400. I will go more into craigslist and eBay in a later post, for now I want show how I go about sorting a large lot of Lego.

Basic methods of sorting Lego usually include, color, type, size, and quality. Anyone can sort the way they want to and as much as they want to. The way I sort works for me and is not necessarily the only way to go.

When dealing with a large quantity of elements, I like to break down the lot into the smallest number of groups possible. I don't want to get overwhelmed right away be sorting the pile into types, (plates, bricks, tiles ...) and have 50 different piles going on. Color is the first sort that I do. You can easily sort a large pile down into 6-8 piles. Here's a picture of the lot that I just got.

This is all ready sorted out a little bit. I have the bulk of the pile poured out on a blanket, (for easy cleanup) manuals off to the side and have picked out the large pieces ( from a plane). As I said before, I don't want to be overwhelmed by sorting out all the different types of pieces in there. I want to start smaller. Sorting color is probably the fastest way to break up a lot this size. Red, yellow, blue, white, black, gray, clear and wheels are the main groups I sort to first. Through the years Lego has introduced new colors. So my color groups have grown to include "like" colors. For instance, yellow also includes green and lime colors. Here's what my pile looks like now.

As I sort through, I also keep a look out for any piece that seems "special". Pieces like 9v battery boxes, large canopies, or any element that doesn't look like Lego but is. These usually lead to build an interesting set that I may want to keep together. Also during this first sort, I try and find any non-Lego parts. The world would be a better place if the "Mega Blocks" were gone. Any non-Lego elements find themselves in the trash. So once the first sort is done, I go on to sort by type. That will be next, stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bricklink is a great place to find missing pieces for sets or to acquire bulk pieces at a reasonable price. It's users build their own stores where they can sell sets, instruction manuals, individual bricks, and original boxes. It is a little awkward to use at first, but after a little while it gets pretty easy.

The feature that I use most is "Wanted". In this section you can go through and add a part, minifig, set, manual, or box to a list. You can specify how many you need, what color, what condition, and check to be notified if it becomes available at a users store. Once a list is built you can search by shop to find which user has the most parts you are looking for. I've used this many times to replace damaged or missing parts for my sets.

Finding the right store can be a little tricky, as some have a minimum order value or are located overseas. I have never had an issue with users not shipping an order, including overseas sellers. I have always got my order in nice padded envelopes. Sometimes my orders had some wrong parts in it, but after contacting the seller it was resolved; I got to keep the wrong parts!

If you need a specific part and Lego doesn't have it in their Pick-a-brick, check Bricklink. After you get your list all set up, it's a breeze to buy.

SET: 392 - Fire Engine

picture courtesy of peeron

Set #: 392
Year: 1986
Pieces: 23
Figs: 1

It's only fitting to post my first set as my first set review. This set features a Fabuland minifig. Its a bit bigger then a regular minifig and has movable arms, legs and head. The overall red engine features a yellow ladder and the 2 x 4 x 2 curved brick in front has a yellow grill and headlight pattern. It is very easy to build for any age. Only con to this set is that the ladder is in a fixed axis. Wouldn't be too hard to modify it with a turntable. Great starter set for any young child.


Welcome to my Lego blog.

This will be the place for all Lego fans to come. I will have lots of information about starting, maintaining, organizing, cleaning, and building a Lego collection. I will also post any interesting news about Lego. Eventually there will be reviews and insights on Lego sets, old and new. I want this to be a one stop place for all Lego fans, so any help on what is needed in terms of content would be appreciated.

About myself, I have been building and collecting Lego for over twenty years. I have 66 unique sets ranging from 1983 - Present day. My first recollection of Lego is the set 392 "Fire Engine". My favorite set that I currently own is 6542 "Launch & Load Seaport". As it stands right now, my collection contains about 22,000 individual pieces; that will grow. I'm a bit of a set purist, by which I mean pieces from a set, stay with the set. I don't buy sets specifically to throw in with my bulk pieces. My bulk pieces come mostly from garage sales and eBay/ bricklink.

So over the next few days I will add photos of my collection, and more info about creating a Lego collection. Come back soon.