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My Fortress of Solitude
Whipping out the measuring stick. Let's just keep in mind, folks, it's not about what you got, but what you do with it...so I'm screwed either way.
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WARNING! Prepare to be...BORED!



The Den


Here is my LEGO den, my Fortress of Solitude, if you will. As you can see, it looks as if a tornado blew through it. I recently acquired a large tub of LEGO and, due to work, only get in sporadic sorting time. Plus, there are so many new pieces to my collection that I get distracted with build ideas and setting aside parts for current projects...


This is my make-shift/ghetto photography station. Two dinner trays, white fabric backdrop, styrofoam frame-in. Can you spot all three UV lights? Ooh, look, yellow!


The shelves. These used to house all my Star Wars sets, before I discovered The Pages and tore them all down for parts. It is now the home of my containers. Usually. As you can see, it looks a little bare...


What IS up there. Left tub has ALL my classic gray, except what little hasn't been sorted from the new tub and what's in a bead container. Same for the tan. Yellow (how'd that get up there?), blue and red have a bunch more that needs sorting, but we'll get back to that later.


Classic dark gray. That is a pillowcase holding my unsorted, little pieces, as I do not have a bead container for them yet. How ghetto is that, man?


AT-AT legs and Hyper-ring, the last remnants of my SW stuff, and my MOC Athalon Crab-Mech. The Crab Mech is the only old MOC still intact. I'm keeping him around for that day when I get back to doing some Atlantis stuff, if that ever happens...


Speaking of Atlantis, my sub that I had 3/4 built before the MOC Athalon, only to be raped and pillaged for parts. Not to fear, the acquisition of so many new black pieces and the fact that I loved the design I had going, guarantees that it WILL be revisited. Whether it remains a sub or becomes a spaceship is yet to be determined...


The bead containers. One for every basic color, tiles, technic pins, wheels, etc. 20 compartments in most, a few are 17 and one is 8. I use them for all small and specialty pieces. The great thing about this is their portability, as I often build in the living room or even my bedroom, using my portable table. More on that later.


My Clonies and some Stormies. A Tauntaun, a Dewback and whatever the hell that stupid lizard thing is called. Jabba is back there too, but the fat ass lizard is blocking him.


My Confederate army; far cry from 6200. My Castle folk; Eggy would probably laugh until he cried...


Baseplates. Three green 32x32, one blue 32x32, one green 16x32, one green 16x16 with driveway pattern.


Instruction booklets. I sure wish I had them all, but I lost quite a few over the years.


My not-so-portable table. Really it's just a giant 'catch-all' for misc. pieces I can't decide what to do with. Rarely is it clean enough to actually BUILD on.


Hey, look, it's the Mech that I've been tinkering with for months now. Someday I might actually be happy enough with it to post.


Some more stuff underneath. All my lime and orange, all my green except for what's in a bead container, my animals. 5 horses, 2 octopi, 2 piggies, 4 dogs (3brown, 1 dark blay) handful of scorpions and spiders.


The portable table. As I mentioned, I often like to build or sort in other areas of the house and this is what I use. This way I can be in the same room with my wife and she can feel like she's not ignored. However, having a giant tub that you're constantly sifting through will get a shoe or some blunt object thrown at you. Just a little tip from Uncle Hansi...


The Tub. Back when my SW stuff was up, all of my extra parts, in containers, would fit in here. It might be safe to say that my collection has tripled over the last year, possibly more. DON'T TELL MY WIFE!!!


The tub full of LEGO I purchased, the remnants. It was FULL, now down to just some misc. stuff and partly chewed pieces. Not just teeth marks, mind you, but CHEWED! And NOT by an animal. A little part of me died each time I found one...


Just for Yuri, Bionicle! Until I purchased the tub, I had less than a dozen Bionicle parts. Some great pieces that I can't wait to toy around with.


My unsorted red and blue from the tub. Probably increased my collection by 50% or more in each of those colors. Score!


All of my white. This is probably about two of Nannan's multiple piles of white that he posted on Flickr and easily my second largest amount of one color.


My largest quantity of one color: black. I LOVE black.


More black.


The one color that I have two bead containers for and could use a third. These are usually PACKED, which tells me I have some sorting to do...


Back to parts. All my brown.


All my greenery. Not a lot there, making it hard to diversify the shrubbery. I have some more flower stems coming, but only about a dozen...


Hinges


Technics pieces and unsorted pins.


Wheels and other car parts. The orange Mars Mission stuff is newly acquired and begging to have something built around them.


Most of my beautiful trans pieces. Ain't they purty?


Ahhh, my favorite, my minifig collection. In the middle is the container with the gang.


My Star Wars figs. Except for the Clonies, Stormies and droids still on the shelf.


My second favorite, fig accessories. This is what playtime is all about!


The two books that I own. I bought the Star Wars book for the Luke fig through Barnes&Noble online for $12.99 with free shipping. How'd that happen? The sticker book was given to me by a co-worker. It's pretty cool and something I would never have bought myself.










Fourth Dimension Commentary: Well, that's it folks, at least those of you who stuck in there this long. With my one year around the corner, I figured it was time to do SOME kind of documentation on the status of my collection and give myself something to refer back to in a year and see where I'm at. To say that my collection has tripled or more since joining MOC Pages is no joke, it really launched me head first into this magnificent hobby! Man I love this place! Keep on brickin' on!~H



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  September 13, 2011
Coooool.(By the way I wasn't bored). You sould jion my group the man qwerty's sorting group.
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  August 31, 2010
Hah, your house is -for lack of a better word- INFESTED by lego ;-)
  August 25, 2010
Im on the money it was the first bin, Anyways, wow, hahah, I just got back into the LEGO's Im finding it to be inviting and a fun thing to do, brings back memories of about a year ago. (:
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  August 24, 2010
Quoting Owen Williams Dude, i have so much more sortign to do >_< If I sorted I would add another third to my collection, or more. My word, I absolutly HATE sorting, ALthough, doesnt it make you feel all cheery after 2-5 days of sorting, your all done, and WHAMO you have ALLLL these pieces to build with (: Oh I love that, i love how you have the same amount off yellow in THE SAME EXACT container as me, ahahhaha.
Depends on which container of yellow you're referring to; there were two, three counting the bead container:) Amazing that this was only two months ago...I now have nearly twice that amount of yellow, along with a plethora of new goodies that I picked up at yard sales. Throw in the new Star Wars sets I bought and...it's been a good summer. Now I'm waiting, impatiently, for the series 2 mini-figs. ~H
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  August 24, 2010
Dude, i have so much more sortign to do >_< If I sorted I would add another third to my collection, or more. My word, I absolutly HATE sorting, ALthough, doesnt it make you feel all cheery after 2-5 days of sorting, your all done, and WHAMO you have ALLLL these pieces to build with (: Oh I love that, i love how you have the same amount off yellow in THE SAME EXACT container as me, ahahhaha.
Hans Dendauw NPD
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Nicks Bricks
  August 23, 2010
Man thats quite the brick load, impressive collection, i'm still sorting out my stuff, but hopefully i'll be able to show it soon enough~Nick
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  August 22, 2010
Wow..everything is sorted..I just fill boxes with parts and leave it at that.Difficult to build stuff though,every part is somewhere.Awesome MOCumentary-style-thing!
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  August 20, 2010
My room makes yours look clean - it is a dumping ground for orders for BW2011 at the moment. Lee.
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  July 30, 2010
You're a lucky man, you've got a lot of Lego (or vica-versa) !
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  July 3, 2010
Wow, my collection would probably fit in three of your tubs:P Thats incredible man, and honestly, I think that mechs time of posting shall come soon:) A sweet collection, its nice to see what others do to sort their stuff, so I can get ideas for mine. *stares at mountain of Lego off in the distance as it tries to fall on him*
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  July 3, 2010
Lookin good, Hans. Glad to hear MOCpages has been such an inspiration. (i.e. your pusher for your addiction!)
  July 2, 2010
wow.
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  July 1, 2010
Yah! I'm not the only one with my lego room in an ordered disarray. Nice collection.
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  July 1, 2010
LOL Nice :D If you think you have a small amount of orange, you should see my collection XD Maybe not a bad idea... LOL
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  June 30, 2010
You have a fantastic lego collection, Hans. However,I do believe it would be appropriate for you to go pack away that Raider flag I see in the background and possibly take it back out in 10 or 15 years when they get a winning record for once. HAHAHA -Dylan
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  June 30, 2010
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Very cool collection buddy! I noticed there's a cheerleader in the container with the gang.....a present for my fig???? You shouldn't have! :P
You and Chris are both half right...you figure it out! LMAO On a serious note, what has two thumbs and is FINALLY getting a Brickbeard? This guy!~H
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  June 30, 2010
No Heath, that's Kelso in drag. Nice collection Hans! Love to get an update when it's sorted and neatly packed on the shelves... yeah right, like that's ever gonna happen! Thanks for sharing man! Now get back to that Mech, lookin good! ~ Chris.
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  June 30, 2010
Very cool collection buddy! I noticed there's a cheerleader in the container with the gang.....a present for my fig???? You shouldn't have! :P
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  June 30, 2010
I kinda have this setup with my UCS Millenium Falcon. My dad helped sort, though, 'cuz I'm only 10.
Hans Dendauw NPD
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commander mike
  June 29, 2010
i have the sticker book but most of the stickers are GONE!!! So 100000,00000/5
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  June 29, 2010
Now that makes me feel better..I thought I was messy. I am disinclined to post my own collection as it is housed in my daughters room.....not much of a man cave that!
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  June 29, 2010
My collection is organized like this: current prodjects, on my desk and in one drawer, unsorted pieces, everywhere else, sorted pieces, are you kidding me!
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  June 29, 2010
Quoting Josh B. Hey Hans, if you are curious about a somewhat- close guess to your collection count...(instruction booklets are useful for a bad memory :P).
Hey, my memory is just fine! What were we talking about? Oh yeah, piece count. I really have no desire to know how many pieces I have overall, nor the time. Between sorting, photographing and keeping up with MOCpages, when does a guy have time to actually BUILD anything? Besides, putting a number on it just gives my wife ammunition...and my memory is just fine.~H
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  June 29, 2010
Nice mess you got there. I recently cleaned my mess, but haven't sorted it, so it can be hours before I find the right piece. - Hector
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  June 29, 2010
NIce mess Hans. I should show off my mess sometimes too. Maybe when it gets cleaned up more. see ya. garth
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  June 29, 2010
I sohould really do something like this... only then you'd be truly amazed at what I build with my actual collection. Oh and, can't wait to see that colorful Bionicle stuff in your MOCs!
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  June 29, 2010
MAn it so ggod to see a Mocers lab like that, and a relief to see normal people can't Moc tidily. I once took a photo of my room in full lego flight and it was disaster zone! Thanx for posting this, really fun to see...
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  June 29, 2010
Oh I feel SOOOO much better now having seen that. So I'm NOT the only one who doesn't keep my collection in tip top shape at all times. My Godzilla ruins are pitiful with only partly sorted colours and a few big boxes that I dive right into and swim around in for about 3 hours every time I need a particular piece and emerge out of breath and triumphant when I actually locate it. Oh, and my lego table hasn't been clear enough to build on in about 3 months, so I just been using a piece of cardboard on the floor! Great post! You have a great collection.
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  June 29, 2010
Still more sorted than my collection. 1/3 of mine is in "the ruins" as I like to call it, which is just a humble-jumble of random misc. pieces. Good to see a progression among your own collection, isn't it?
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  June 28, 2010
Cool pad. The Raiders suck though. ;D
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  June 28, 2010
Quoting Alex Fojtik Nice, I've always wanted to throw a grenade in my collection and see how the room looked afterward. Kidding aside, you have some nice stuff to work with and I am really jealous of the amount of space your family lets you have. The pillowcase full of small parts was my favorite. What treasures are inside, I wonder?
Grenades are always fun. The pillowcase...holds nothing more than unsorted dark gray, but I like your thinking. As for the space, I DO consider myself lucky to have so much of it. With our oldest daughter out of the house, I finally got somewhere to display my stuff and get away at the same time! I also have a TV and DVD in there, so I can watch/listen to sports or a favorite movie while I build. Like I said, Fortress of Solitude.~H
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  June 28, 2010
Quoting Newt Raiden Dare I ask: would this be the 'clean' state of the den? :D
Absolutely not. This post started because I was taking some 'before and after' pics in regards to the tub that I purchased and it turned into this. Usually I am VERY organized, to the point of being OCD, so it drives me a little crazy. The room is mostly picked up already, that was just the aftermath of a sorting session I had to stop in the middle of. I will have a future post when I get some more containers and have it properly presented, but this was a fun way to introduce people to my Fortress.~H
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  June 28, 2010
sorting is good, but I understand the mess becoming overwhelming. I have a small 5x2 foot desk in the coroner of may basement that is my 'lego table'. But that hardly means the floor ain't fair game. :P My clutter ends up everywhere, in a disastrous hodgepodge of bins burying other bins. It is still much easier to find stuff now than the hours of digging through the black-hole I call a lego bin. Dare I ask: would this be the 'clean' state of the den? :D
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  June 28, 2010
Nice, I've always wanted to throw a grenade in my collection and see how the room looked afterward. Kidding aside, you have some nice stuff to work with and I am really jealous of the amount of space your family lets you have. The pillowcase full of small parts was my favorite. What treasures are inside, I wonder?
  June 28, 2010
Hey Hans, if you are curious about a somewhat- close guess to your collection count, there is this cool site:http://www.brickset.com/. You just make a quick account and browse the sets you have (instruction booklets are useful for a bad memory :P). Then you just check those sets and the site counts up the pieces and minifigs for you. It's a little time-consuming, but A LOT quicker than counting.
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  June 28, 2010
Quoting Chuke Lapman I hope you get that Mech so that you're happy enough to post it, at some point. It looks awesome!
I'm working on it, but with all the great Mech builders, it's intimidating! Thanks for the words of encouragement.~H
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  June 28, 2010
Thanks for all the comments, glad I didn't bore everyone to death! As for the exact count...I have no idea, not even a ball-park guess. More than some and a LOT less than others! However many it is, it's not enough...:^)~H
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  June 28, 2010
*Jaw drops* *Looks at picture* "Want that!" *Scrolls* "Want that, too!" *Scrolls some more* "Want those!" *Sees minifigure collection* *Faints* "Want that, that, that, that, and...everything!" "Want tha-wait...a minfigure sticker book?" DONT WANT! lol awesome collection, thats like twice the size of mine...=0
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  June 28, 2010
*Jaw drops* *Looks at picture* "Want that!" *Scrolls* "Want that, too!" *Scrolls some more* "Want those!" *Sees minifigure collection* *Faints* "Want that, that, that, that, and...everything!" "Want tha-wait...a minfigure sticker book?" DONT WANT! lol awesome collection, thats like twice the size of mine...=0
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  June 28, 2010
Nice sorting! I kind of have my collection sorted...ish. But luckily I recently got my second PAB cup (a large one), and if I counted right, I have exactly 1025 more pieces! Do you know about how many pieces are in your collection? I'm jealous :P
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  June 28, 2010
Wow, that is a lot of Lego...
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  June 28, 2010
Very nice. Moodswim is wrong. The lizard's name is Boga but it is a varactal. i think it is spelled like that.
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  June 28, 2010
I hope that's not an electric room heater next to the Raiders sign ... I would be worried for them bricks (but not the Raiders sign). XD
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  June 28, 2010
Man, I wish I was HALF as orginized as you! I have... *counting on fingers, toes, and fruit* like 16 boxes of LEGOs, Bionicles, and Other stuffs, all scattered and even more tornado-y XD
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  June 28, 2010
Very well-achieved on a nice collection! ~Ryan
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  June 28, 2010
Very nice collection, Hans! Reminds me of my own messy scattered parts! I'm glad to see that the 'pages inspired you so much. Oh and that lizard thing from ep 3 is called a Boga:)
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  June 28, 2010
I hope you get that Mech so that you're happy enough to post it, at some point. It looks awesome!
  June 28, 2010
I couldn't have imagined, that a bigger chaos than in my room can be achieved! Well, till now :)
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  June 28, 2010
Quoting Matt David You wear KSwiss?
Hahahaha! No, but I have two daughters who do...~H
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  June 28, 2010
i REALLY need to sort mine, i have a bunch of bins filled to the brim with whatever fell in there
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  June 28, 2010
Has everyone got sorting fever or something!?! Everywhere i've looked today, people are talking about sorting! Keep at it. You'll eventually get everything in order. Well, i'm off to take some shots of my collection... i love bandwagons!
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  June 28, 2010
WOW, nice collection! how many bricks do you have?
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  June 28, 2010
You wear KSwiss?
 
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