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Currently, I only have four Creator sets, with the Dune Hopper en route from amazon at a bargain price of less than six quid. Today, I have made the decision to stop storing the sets in their original boxes and mix the lot up in a shoe box, keeping the instruction books safe of course.

Am I normal, or should I be applying to confess all on Jeremy Kyle?
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| September 5, 2011, 1:52 pm
My vote: you're normal. :)
My old Lego stuff is mixed up in two large boxes. My two Creator sets are in constant use at the moment, and at the moment I'm interested in building alternatives only so I keep them separated on two large trays on which I can build too.
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| September 5, 2011, 2:03 pm
Quoting Iain Marsh
Currently, I only have four Creator sets, with the Dune Hopper en route from amazon at a bargain price of less than six quid. Today, I have made the decision to stop storing the sets in their original boxes and mix the lot up in a shoe box, keeping the instruction books safe of course.

Am I normal, or should I be applying to confess all on Jeremy Kyle?


Hi Iain.
Haha this made me laugh. I dont like mixing sets but i finally bit the bullet a few months ago and mixed most of my sets together. It was a very difficult decision but I am glad i did it - it makes Mocing a lot easier (but no good for making alternatives). I do keep most of my technic sets separate (I have a lot)and a few Creator sets so i can make alternatives.
I keep all my lego in tool boxes - the ones with lots of draws and compartments. This ensures i can find pieces easily and they don't get scratched rummaging through a big box. It looks great too. I think i might be a little over the top so i will be joining you on the Jeremy Kyle show - Lego, a hobby or absolute obsession / OCD special.
Joe
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| September 5, 2011, 2:18 pm
I store my Lego in 6 boxes. If I want to build an alternate, I look for the pieces of the set in the big pile.
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| September 5, 2011, 3:51 pm
I'm glad it's the norm to mix things up these days. All my sets I had as a kid were in big tubs, so it was quite a relief to tip those boxes out this afternoon. I really hope this mixing will not result in a "whose Lego" DNA test on daytime TV.
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| September 5, 2011, 4:32 pm
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It really depends on the individual, what works or doesn't.
My main interest is in the Creator and Technic line; Creator for the alternates and basic bricks, Technic for the advanced functions.
Only for building alternates does it make sense to me to keep the bricks separated per set, which is likely not the most common.
I had my Creator sets like this since the start, but only decided recently to combine bricks for a specific project.
From now on I will likely keep a specific Creator set separate for only one year after it officially went from the retailmarket.
The problem is that I still have so many unopened older sets, but because of my small apartment I just don't have the space to open, and start sorting everything...
So for now I mostly stick with designing Technic models and alternates from Creator sets.
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| September 6, 2011, 4:34 am
For now, I am keeping all of my sets separate as I have only recently gotten back into Lego. But this is definitely NOT the way I did it when i was a kid with my very large collection of bricks.

But with this group for guidance and inspiration, I don't have any immediate need to start combining all of my sets.
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| September 12, 2011, 10:32 pm
I'm kind of regretting mixing the sets up. Even though I have just five (after my latest Dune Hopper arrival) Creators, I'm finding the number of parts quite overwhelming, particularly the number of small ones (Lego seem to have done a good job eliminating the bricks and substituting plates). As a result, I've lost my mojo somewhat, although I have just built a tidy flat-four VW Beetle style engine. Just need something to put it in!
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| September 13, 2011, 8:39 am
Quoting Iain Marsh
I'm kind of regretting mixing the sets up... ...Just need something to put it in!
sounds good can't wait to see it. Seriously invest in some divider boxes and sort all those little pieces - you won't look back :). Not building alternatives at the mo because the MocOlympics has taken over my life. Hopefully I will get into round 2 :)

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| September 13, 2011, 9:44 am
So, what takes seconds to do, takes a couple of hours to undo. I sorted my sets out again and put them in individual bags. I've lost two little bits along the way, but I'm sure I can replace them, it gives me the perfect excuse to go to the Discovery Centre this week.

My Mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I said another Creator set! My wife's eyes looked skywards but it's better than Lynx!
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| December 13, 2011, 3:04 am
i only have 2 creator set, but i tend to keep them in their original boxes unless i use them alot, them i put them in things like empty celebrtions boxes so they are easy to acess. i try not to mix them up at all.
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| December 17, 2011, 4:28 am
Until now, I've only bought three Creator sets: 5867 (red sportscar), 5762 (orange plane) and 5765 (blue truck with helicopter). I only keep 5867 and 5762 in their boxes, as I bought 5765 mainly for the parts.

I've also bought two more sets of 5762 only for the parts, so these are already sorted and mixed with the other parts.

I think, I won't keep the boxes forever, but maybe I'll keep some sets together in Ziploc bags together with the instructions and a parts list.
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| December 22, 2011, 10:37 am
I cut the side of the box with the parts list on and kept that, but binned the rest.

Went to the Discovery Centre in Manchester this week too. The pick a brick is 5 per 100g, not per piece as it is sold online. Sadly, what they had was pretty limited. One of the parts lost has had to be substitued with a similar piece, but four pieces for 5p isn't bad!
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| December 22, 2011, 11:07 am
@ Nils O. : Always keep the boxes, LEGO sets in their original boxes worth more if you need to sell them someday.Less trashes for the environment too. ;-)
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| December 22, 2011, 4:19 pm
Quoting Angka Utama
@ Nils O. : Always keep the boxes, LEGO sets in their original boxes worth more if you need to sell them someday.Less trashes for the environment too. ;-)

I keep the boxes too. I keep the big boxes intact then put the smaller boxes in the bigger ones - A box in a box in a box in a box etc. I flatten the small boxes. I even keep the plastic bags. But no Nils O I dont build in them ;)

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| December 22, 2011, 4:35 pm
I store my sets in several ways. I normally keep the creator/designer sets in the boxes now. I used to keep them with the other Legos but as I now make alternatives, I'm taking those pieces out again.
Some other sets that I have mainly for the model, such as world racers and Indiana Jones, I keep in the box as well. Most of my other Legos are sorted by color in about 13 boxes.
I keep my technic pieces in one tub. It makes them very hard to find :)
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| May 28, 2012, 5:56 pm
Now I'm storing the sets just as I had thought a few months ago: I keep the parts for each set in a ziplock bag.

I also keep the top parts of the Mini Creator sets and put the bags inside.

Additionally I keep the side with the part list from the bigger boxes (for now that's only 5768).

All the Creator sets including instructions are stored together in a plastic container. I don't mix them with the other LEGO bricks.

I'm planning to do that for all the Mini Creator sets and my favourite bigger Creator sets. And then there is the VW Camper (also a Creator set). I think this one will remain mounted on the shelf for a long time ... :-)
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| June 21, 2012, 11:47 am
Quoting Nils O.
Now I'm storing the sets just as I had thought a few months ago: I keep the parts for each set in a ziplock bag.

I also keep the top parts of the Mini Creator sets and put the bags inside.

Additionally I keep the side with the part list from the bigger boxes (for now that's only 5768).

All the Creator sets including instructions are stored together in a plastic container. I don't mix them with the other LEGO bricks.

I'm planning to do that for all the Mini Creator sets and my favourite bigger Creator sets. And then there is the VW Camper (also a Creator set). I think this one will remain mounted on the shelf for a long time ... :-)

With the mini sets (currently just some X pods and 6910) the boxes are fairly small so I just keep them in the containers,
The VW camper isn't actually a creator set. No idea why it's listed as one on the website. Probably there's no other place for it.
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| June 21, 2012, 11:51 am
Quoting MortalSwordsman .
Quoting Angka Utama
@ Nils O. : Always keep the boxes, LEGO sets in their original boxes worth more if you need to sell them someday.Less trashes for the environment too. ;-)

I keep the boxes too. I keep the big boxes intact then put the smaller boxes in the bigger ones - A box in a box in a box in a box etc. I flatten the small boxes. I even keep the plastic bags. But no Nils O I dont build in them ;)

I think if I start keeping all the boxes I'll get some trouble with my girlfriend ;-)) I'll only keep some of the Creator sets together. And, of course, I'll take care of all instructions.
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| June 21, 2012, 11:54 am
Quoting Halhi 141
The VW camper isn't actually a creator set. No idea why it's listed as one on the website. Probably there's no other place for it.

I know, there aren't even instructions for alternatives. But, the word "Creator" is printed in big letters on the box, so for me it's a Creator set ;-).
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| June 21, 2012, 11:59 am
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