Over in the show off your game collection thread, my pictures of my game room elicited a few comments about the Lego sets also on display. There seemed a possibility of discussion of Lego taking over the thread so how about a new thread for our buildable collections? Surely I’m not the only one who can show off toy and display kits they’ve built such as Lego, models (maybe not gaming minis since I think that has a thread already?), 3D Puzzles, or whatever else can be put together from a box.
I’ll start things off with my Lego, though I also have several 3D puzzles and a few other similar things.
I recently moved in with my boyfriend and have considerably less display room than I had before so a great many of my Lego sets are currently in a closet. All the boxes and all but the bottom-most bin are filled with Lego. The purple bin is jigsaw puzzles. It’s a little sad having so much stored away, but I’m thinking I might start rotating sets, having one on display for a few months then switching to another. It’ll keep things interesting and also just gives me more excuses to build and rebuild. Plus, I have quite a few Winter/Holiday sets I’d only want out for a few months anyway. If you want a sense of what all is in there, I keep my collection pretty up-to-date on Brickset, the Lego equivalent of BGG. Sort by pieces (desc) will give you the biggest sets first.
One set that will never be rotated is the UCS Millennium Falcon, on display in the living room in a glass-top coffee table selected specifically for showing off the Falcon. For those who don’t know, UCS is Ultimate Collector Series and is the designation used for Lego’s biggest and most detailed sets. At the time of its release, this Falcon was the biggest Lego set ever. It has since been passed by a few sets, the most recent that I know of being an updated and improved version of the Falcon. I’m tempted by the new one, but it’s hard to justify the several hundred dollars price tag for a slightly improved version of a model I already have. In the not-too-distant future I’ll probably put together an X-Wing set to go next to the Falcon. I think I have one or two smaller ones that should fit in that spot.
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Other Star Wars sets I currently have on display are pretty much all UCS. When I moved, any UCS builds I had out were moved as is, while the littler sets got put in baggies that are still mostly in the boxes and bins of the closet. The sets currently out are:
Tantive IV. I typically display this one nose out but I always debate turning it because I think the back is almost more interesting to look at.
Y-Wing. I love the details on this set.
Death Star II. This was the worst to move as there’s no good place to hold it. One section did come off in transition, but fortunately Lego are easily put back together.
Death Star Diorama. I love all the little rooms showing various Death Star scenes ans have it on a lazy susan so it can be turned to show all rooms. My favorites are the prison with a drop chute to the garbage masher which does mash and Luke and Leia swinging across the chasm.
I’m currently working on building the Super Star Destroyer. I’ve got the main support frame done, which somehow includes Vader, bounty hunters, and an imperial officer. The rest has to wait a bit as I’m soon going out of town for a couple weeks.
I’ve also got an R2-D2 on display. After the SSD, I’m planning to put together the BB-8 to go next to Artoo.
Other Geeky Lego: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Marvel Comics, etc.
After Star Wars, my biggest Lego sub-collection is probably Harry Potter. I have most of those sets. Currently, none of them are display. At my old house, there was a fireplace that no one used so I had all my Harry Potter out there, castle above the fireplace and everything else on the built-up hearth. All I can find right now are a couple old cell phone pics of that display.
I’ve also got several other geek sets like Marvel superheroes, Back to the Future, and Doctor Who. The TARDIS is the only regular set currently out.
I have some of the Marvel Brickheadz built, little blocky figures. I don’t like the Star Wars Brickheadz at all, but I like some of the Marvel ones and they just released some Harry Potter ones that I think look fantastic and can’t wait to get my hands on. I’ve also got some Marvel buildable figures from a Lego knock-off (Mega Blocks, I think) put together.
I’ve also got non-geek Lego, but they’re all in storage. Only exceptions are the collectible minifigures I’ve accumulated, and quite a few of those are geek-themed, too with history making up most of the rest (I have a PhD in American History). The most recent acquisitions here were the girl dressed as a blue Lego brick and the boy dressed as a red Lego brick for a costume party. I was very excited when Lego released these as blue is my favorite color and what I always play as when gaming while my boyfriend’s favorite and gaming color of choice is red. We’ve joked if we ever get married, we’ll have to have blue and red meeples on the wedding cake, but I’d take these Lego people as an acceptable substitute.
So that’s my collection. Or at least, the small parts of it currently put together. Anyone else have Lego, models, or similar built stuff they want to show off?