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You guys actually play with your LEGO?

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Post by NoShelfWear on Thu 07 Oct 2010, 9:11 am

Hi All,

Long time collector.. haven't really been part of the AFOL community since being involved in a mailing list way back when. Usual story of playing with LEGO as a kid.. etc.. but now collect LEGO a lot more seriously and keep it all sealed.. the part people have a problem coming to grips with.. and I worry about things like shelf wear (thus the name) . Currently trying to finish off the City collection from the 2010 catalogue (if someone knows where I can find 8404 I would appreciate it!)

Was hoping I might find some like minded people who also keep their LEGO sealed so I don't feel as crazy.. because if at least one other person does it.. I can rub this INSANE stamp off my forehead.

Recently finished a visit to LEGO Land in Denmark and also the Lego Discovery Center in Berlin, hoping to visit some of the others in the not too distant future!

Found this site because I was looking for information on shipping forwarding from the US LEGO store (hoping to save some money on the rarer items).

Here is where I am at according to Peeron (hope that means I don't have to be a Sheep-Dog forever!):
Totals: 258 Sets (228 unique), 34,617 Parts, 306 Minifigs.

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Post by TazManiac on Thu 07 Oct 2010, 10:28 am

Unless your planning to sell it all somewhere down the track..........then yes your INSANE legotounge

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Post by Lightningtiger on Thu 07 Oct 2010, 10:45 am

INSANE.......depends on one's own point of view ! legowink
I collect to keep as built sets and MOC stacks of stuff......you couldn't guess that could you ! legolaugh
Anyway, if TRU doesn't have any 8404 public transports left or you could try BTTW too !
Keep on bricking ! legohappy

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Post by TazManiac on Fri 08 Oct 2010, 3:57 am

If it makes you feel better my sister in-law collects MIB things and has just begun collecting LEGO ........she wants the Deathstar (minifig one)
MIB ... so your not alone there.

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Post by Lightningtiger on Fri 08 Oct 2010, 4:58 am

Ouch, that will hurt her bank balance ! legolaugh
I do have some sets as MISB, but they are only small city sets which are no longer in production.....but if my son wants to build them I'll let him....I just that kind of dad ! legohappy
The only real sets I collect and NOT open/build are impulse packs, I have all but two in the last 4 years - even have an empty merchandiser so one day I can display the boxes (always made sure I brought more than one so I/my son had fun with them too.
Keep on bricking ! legohappy

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Post by TazManiac on Fri 08 Oct 2010, 5:44 am

NICE!!!
now that's a little different, that sounds like something I'd do

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Post by peterab on Thu 14 Oct 2010, 6:40 am

Nope, you are insane legosmile2 I can't see the point of not enjoying my Lego. Until it's out of the box it's just not any fun.

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Post by Lightningtiger on Thu 14 Oct 2010, 6:49 am

Yes, mad....mad......haha....ha !
Goodness, 98 % of what I buy gets built and played with.....you should see what my son did with the fort from the latest pirate series......it has Jedi fighting a pirate called Darth Spongebob ! legolaugh
Keep on being ......CRAZY.....man ! legolaugh

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Post by TazManiac on Sat 16 Oct 2010, 10:26 am

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh as many would call my LEGO.........thingy insane so I guess it's really each to his/her own.

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Post by Lightningtiger on Sat 16 Oct 2010, 1:34 pm

They are comming to take me away ha....ha ! lego@_@
Some people play golf, I chose Lego ! legohappy
Keep on.....going MAD ! legolaugh

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Post by OuterRimTradingCo on Mon 30 May 2011, 3:21 pm

Wow, so how many years back in the city theme do you go back? It must be a great collection. I must admit, I've still got most of the 2010 range sitting in their boxes waiting to be built, but I just don't have a home for them. I've even got an 8404 in it's box while I try and figure out where to fit a light rail into my train layout legotoungesmall

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Post by Baskin on Mon 30 May 2011, 4:05 pm

I keep some MISB but I always have 2 so I can build one :D

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Post by AnitaE on Tue 31 May 2011, 9:13 am

I play... my husband would be a collector if I didn't take apart his sets for the bits I need legolaugh

(My husband doesn't MOC, he loves sets... I have no interest in the sets themselves, I just see them as potential for fulfilling what is in my head).

So our house is a battle between collecting and playing... playing wins legoeyeshutlaughing

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Post by Red_Five on Mon 12 Mar 2012, 4:12 am

I play with all of my LEGO.
I would only keep the boxes if I had room to store them all.

I'm not crazy about collecting sets and keeping them original, because I always need more bricks. In fact I have just parted out my 4504 Millenium Falcon for spare parts. legoskull

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Post by brickie on Mon 12 Mar 2012, 12:01 pm

Red_Five

I will buy a LEGO set and then build it.

I'll leave it built overnight whilst I gather thoughts on how make it better and how to make it move.

If it fails, the elements end up being sorted for possible use in a MOC.

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Post by Kaila on Fri 27 Jul 2012, 12:57 pm

When i first read this topic i thought wtf but now i'm actually going to buy some MISB 12v era train sets lol. starting small of course, bit like an investment/hobby thing though.

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Post by peterab on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 4:21 am

As an investment the 12V era might not be the best choice for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they're already pretty pricey MISB, so there may be a limit to how much they appreciate in the future, secondly the demand for them may not grow as fast as other sets since most AFOLs emerge from their dark ages in their mid twenties to early thirties, so most of those who feel nostalgic for this period probably are already in the market.

My choice for investment MISB sets would probably be the exclusive trains and modular houses at retail.

Of course I may very well be wrong on this, and collector markets are alien to me so I have no experience to go by in my guesswork.

If you purely want them for nostalgias sake, buying nice used ones you can actually play with without losing money seems a better deal.

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Post by jigsaw on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 11:15 pm

i dont 'play' with lego, but i build stuff, for display... i dont 'swoosh' the star wars fighters etc.

building isnt playing is it? cos i build and experiment with creations. i also have about 30 MISB sets which wont get opened for now.

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Post by peterab on Wed 01 Aug 2012, 6:04 am

I guess it depends a lot on who describing it. Some train heads say the operate model railways to prototypical timetables. Other people might describe that as playing with toy trains.

I don't get too hung up about it myself, while I do build stuff for train shows, it's the fun that I get building and seeing other peoples stuff that makes it worthwhile. I'm happy enough if people see that as playing with LEGO. I've never really cared much about what others think of my hobbies.

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Post by Kaila on Wed 01 Aug 2012, 7:52 am

peterab wrote:As an investment the 12V era might not be the best choice for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they're already pretty pricey MISB, so there may be a limit to how much they appreciate in the future, secondly the demand for them may not grow as fast as other sets since most AFOLs emerge from their dark ages in their mid twenties to early thirties, so most of those who feel nostalgic for this period probably are already in the market.

My choice for investment MISB sets would probably be the exclusive trains and modular houses at retail.

Of course I may very well be wrong on this, and collector markets are alien to me so I have no experience to go by in my guesswork.

If you purely want them for nostalgias sake, buying nice used ones you can actually play with without losing money seems a better deal.

Thought quite carefully about this actually and yeah your advice seems good. Thinking I may just purchase a couple of the small MISB sets eg the Crane wagon, the Shell tank - from what i see those smaller ones can be got for around $100 - 200 which seems okay for me personally. But yeah no way will I shell out $2500 for the full train misb's.

It seems better like you suggested to go for boxed but playable good condition stuff instead, hence i'm looking to purchase the best condition used ones i can find (with boxes and instructions of course).

Also it's funny but I found a whole heap of my own Exo force sets that are unopened lol, sometimes I buy and just forget about them. I will keep them unopened especially that Golden mecha one ^^

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Post by Lightningtiger on Wed 01 Aug 2012, 2:14 pm

I must admit, that some of my sets are display pieces....but I play with 4207 garage and in fact built a shop for it....it's fun working the lift. Takes me back over thirty five years ago.....yeah, I'm getting old. legolaugh
It all depends if you are young at heart or not....perhaps. legowink

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