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Lego Sorting & Storage + Ultra Rare Pics
About this creation
I actually had the idea to post some pictures of my collection along with some pictures of MOCs that never made it to MOCpages a long time ago. Eventually I was encouraged by Artifex Creation, who recently created the group Lego Sorting & Storage. So I will rather focus on the sorting system instead of showing you every piece of my collection ;)

Sorting needs
I have a fair amount of Lego. Compared to most other AFOLs it probably is a humble collection, but it works for me. I don't have my own Lego room, I usually build on a small table in the living room. My girlfriend isn't a huge fan of Lego, so I usually have to put it away while I don't build. It's then stored in the bedroom, where you can't see it during the day. So that's why I can't really use a drawer-based system like so many others do. I have to move my Lego everytime I want to build, and that's why I have boxes.

I don't have the space to spread out all my boxes around the table. I tried to limit the amount of boxes I have to use at the same time to a minimum. It doesn't always work that well though. The main idea is, that I always use black/grey/dark grey parts on my space MOCs + one additional colour. Because I just recently started to build more colourful MOCs, and none-space MOCs, the system isn't that good any more. Anyway, here we go:


Sorting
These wooden boxes are about 37x56cm. They are from IKEA ;) Here we see all bricks, plates, slopes and some other parts in grey, dark grey, dark bley and black that are smaller than 4 studs. There are no light bley parts though, I don't have much of that colour.


Here we see the bricks, plates, slopes and so on that are 4 studs and above (4 studs isn't always true, the actual definition is much more difficult, but not that important anyway). The light bley box however, contains all different sized parts and some special parts as well (I really don't use this colour that often, except for tiles). Dark grey and dark bley are mixed. The black box is pretty cram-full, that's why I subdivided some bricks.



Special parts (hinge bricks,clips,bars,headlight bricks,etc.) in grey, bley and black. This is probably the most random box I have. You can find almost anything in there...guns, battle droid arms, cups and anything that is good for greebles or snot. It's not always easy to find the desired parts. But it helps being creative. If I don't find what I seek after a few minutes I might find another part that works even better. And it helps to be familiar with all the different parts you own.


I have the same box for coloured parts. It looks really empty compared to the previous one. I tried to stock up on these recently. A similar box is the technic box. I quite often use technic bricks and parts, but usually you won't see them. I store some technic parts, like wheels and tires, pneumatic parts and such in a separate cardboard box, to keep it clear.


Now on to the colours. I don't have that many bricks in colours, so I did not subdivide it by size. I even mixed two colours together where possible. I would have liked to do the same with black and grey, but there would have been too many parts in the box. Maybe I'll sort out black + grey plates and black + grey bricks in the future. Anyway, these are just the basic parts. White and blue ;)


Red and yellow (the picture isn't really good, but trust me, it is all yellow :D). Brown.


Two smaller boxes. They are half the size of the bigger ones. One is for green parts, one is for all the rare colours.


This was my first Lego box. It all started with this. But of course it's much too small now. I use it for parts that use up too much space in my other boxes or parts that I just happen to have, though I'm sure I won't ever need/use them.


I have a total of six plastic cases. This is for tiles, jumper plates, cheese slopes, grill tiles and so on.


There are cases for minifigs, minifig accessory, plants, transparent parts, and tiles again ;)



There are some parts that didn't fit in somewhere else or where just using up too much space. Animals+accessory, windscreen pieces except trans-black, pirate stuff, wheels & tires and trans-black windscreen pieces.


As you can see on the main pic, I couldn't find a proper place for my baseplates. Though I have that wooden and plastic boxes, I still use cardboard boxes quite frequently. They usually contain parts that I just recently bought, or that I just recently used while building, but because I did not finish the MOC yet, I didn't want to put them back in their respective bins. Here you can also see two WIPs. A white snubfighter and a pirate ship. I don't really plan to finish them anytime soon. The pirate ship just turned out to be tougher than expected and the white fighter doesn't really strike me that much. I like those wings, but I still don't know how to use them. Actually this is my baseplate box. ;)



Ultra Rare Pics
For those who weren't interested in my sorting system anyway, here you go:

I remember that Shannon asked, what was going on on the right end of my diorama. While the diorama itself was disassembled long ago, this pictures still remain. As you can see there was a lime green line running beneath the fighter. I was running out of grey 2x2 tiles, that's the only reason ;) There also was a ladder to enter the room. I felt it looked rather poor and never photographed it.

From a lower angle you couldn't really see that there were red tiles under the grid. I didn't notice it when taking the photos. So here is the power room in all its glory.



This was built on a 16x16 baseplate. Dates back to 2008. Never felt like posting it. Not much going on anyway.


Built shortly before my Container frighter. Never managed to finish it. I then needed the parts for another MOC.


Igloo, built in 2008. Around the time of the jungle MOC. It used up almost all of my white pieces I had at that time. Remember, this was prior to my discovery of bricklink ;)


This was my first ever MOC using the new grey colours. I bought some rebel and stormtrooper battlepacks and a magna guard fighter. These were my first Lego sets for 10 years I guess.


This was intended for a contest I never attended. The topic was musical vignette, and well...I haven't seen a single musical in my entire life, so I just googled some random musicals and found "the fiddler on the roof". It doesn't really look like a fiddler and it wasn't really a vig. I took some photos nevertheless ;)


Thanks for looking, and those who did, thanks for reading as well ;)

Feel free to comment.




Comments

 I like it 
  September 28, 2010
interesting,i like the trays best! lovely collection! i kind of have the same problems you do,i resolved it by mobility,i d like comments from you,in a quest to refine further, nice builds,they deserve their own space! thanks!
 I like it 
  June 17, 2010
You must've spent the better part of the week sorting it!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2010
Wow, a pretty effective sorting system, if a bit messy:P I don't have much space either, and some sweet unfinished mocs, well done!
 I made it 
  June 5, 2010
Quoting Cody G Awesome unfinished MOCs, it looks like you have close to the same amount of legos as me (although you build better ;P). Mine are better organized though, so I have you beat there! :)
Wow, I wish I had that much Lego as a kid! :) I may have a few more parts as pictured, some MOCs are still assembled. But as said, it was rather meant to show you how I sort it, rather than how much I own. As long as I keep some MOCs assembled (and those parts out of my boxes), finding parts works well. ;)
Quoting 2x4 . Das ist aber kein D-Wagen! :) Spaß bei Seite, schaut wirklich extrem gut aus. Auch sonst sind da ein paar wirlich nette Sachen dabei, vieles kenne ich schon von Brickshelf, aber eben nicht alles. Da wäre mir dann doch einiges entgangen.
Haha! ...nein. :) Ist aber einem Original nachempfunden. Kann's eh nicht erwarten, dran weiter zu bauen. Das mit den alten MOCs ist schon irgendwie lustig, ich find es total schade, dass ich von den MOCs aus meiner Kindheit keine Fotos gemacht habe...wäre sicher interessant, da ich mich auch nur mehr an einige wenige erinnern kann.
 I like it 
  June 5, 2010
Das ist aber kein D-Wagen! :) Spaß bei Seite, schaut wirklich extrem gut aus. Auch sonst sind da ein paar wirlich nette Sachen dabei, vieles kenne ich schon von Brickshelf, aber eben nicht alles. Da wäre mir dann doch einiges entgangen.
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
Awesome unfinished MOCs, it looks like you have close to the same amount of legos as me (although you build better ;P). Mine are better organized though, so I have you beat there! :)
 I made it 
  June 4, 2010
Quoting Garth Danielson I like to watch the tv when I build and the attic is too hot in summer.
I usually watch TV too while building. Watching is not the right word though, mostly it's just background noise. I won't even notice when a new show/movie starts. :)
Quoting Chris Phipson But fear not my friend, for this is a fun affliction! It'll only be a matter of months before you're telling your girlfriend "Dangit, I'm going to use the room we store grandma's ashes in as a lego room, she won't mind. I'll put her on top of one of the stacks of drawers."
Hehe, I bet she won't mind. But I indeed fear that day. Somehow I think that I won't be as creative any more if I don't have to rummage through a box of Lego. Probably I'd still keep the box based system in addition to drawers for parts in larger quantities or something like that.
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
Chris is right. But your system so far ain't so bad! Good day
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
And the slippery downhill slope has begun! There are many stages to sorting. It becomes an obsession eventually. Oh, don't worry about trying to fight it, it's inevitable. The only way to stop the evolution of your sorting is to quit building and sell your Lego. But fear not my friend, for this is a fun affliction! It'll only be a matter of months before you're telling your girlfriend "Dangit, I'm going to use the room we store grandma's ashes in as a lego room, she won't mind. I'll put her on top of one of the stacks of drawers." Of course, she'll have to be moved as soon as you get new drawers for storage, but she'll be just as comfy in the closet anyway. Let's put it this way, when I first started, the room I used was called the "office" or "kitty room." Now, even my daughter calls it "daddy's Lego room." Welcome to the begining of the end! MUHAHAHA ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
That's the problem with LEGO it sure takes up a lot of space. My building table is now in the living room, but I've no one else here make me put anything away. I like to watch the tv when I build and the attic is too hot in summer. That's where everything was before I moved it. It's too hot up there most of the summer. see ya. garth
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Hmm. Very interesting sorting system. I like the minifig tray. I may have to do one of these posts this summer. Thanks for sharing.
 I made it 
  June 3, 2010
Thank you both! I'd really be interested to see your sorting and collection too, Steef. ;) And you are lucky! Motivation is often a problem for me, because I don't want to move all the boxes over from the bedroom. So yeah, I guess I would spend more time building Lego if I actually had a permanent building space. But I have a feeling she knows that :D
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
That's a very interesting way of sorting there. I like it. I too have a small table on where to build, but my girlfriend doesn't make me move it. I guess I should make a post of my collection too then. Maybe after I finish with my current project ;) Oh, and cool bonus models there. I think they warrant a MOC post of their own.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Cool, thanks for sharing your sorting strategy. And I like that power room a lot.
 
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