First-stage sort of all the parts from all 14 of the Friends sets. In January I did a review of each of the sets in 14 days called “Fortnight of Friends” and these are the parts after dissassembling all the sets.
This first pass uses a bunch of my sorting bins to divide the parts into the following major categories. Each one will require its own second-stage sort (and perhaps in some cases, a third) before the parts reach their final resting place. These categories are totally arbitrary and seat-of-the-pants, and though they do roughly correlate to how I store the parts, really anything that reduces entropy is helpful.
Slopes, curved slopes, and anything that has a curved upper surface
Cylindrical parts and anything that has a curved side
SNOT pieces and Technic parts
Wheels, fenders, and other car parts
Small parts (1×1 rounds, jumper plates, grille tiles, Henrik/cheese slopes, etc.)
Bars, antennae, flags, and controls
Printed parts and modified bricks (grille bricks, log bricks, bricks with clips on them, etc.)
Minifig accessories, including the new flowers (which should probably go under foliage) and bugs (which should probably go under animals)
Foliage (plant parts and old style flowers)
Minifig and minidoll body parts
Large parts (tall bricks, windows, doors, large detail parts, etc.)
Now that I’ve finished the initial sort, I need to process these further.
I’m having trouble deciding how to integrate these into my collection. For bricks, plates, and tiles, I sort by color and then within the bin for each color I have Ziploc bags for each size, so I can put the new colors into their own little mini-categories, probably just one bag for each color… But for the other parts, I generally sort by type, and I’m worried the exotic rare colors will get lost among the ordinary ones… so should I mix them with the other colors and maybe never see them again? Or should I put all the purple pieces together regardless of shape?
This is a problem I’ve been facing for some time and I keep going back and forth on how to deal with it. Any new ideas out there?
Missing “LEGO Girl” Heather Braaten has been found dead. The LEGO community mourns her loss.
I never knew her well, but Heather “LEGO Girl” Braaten was a fixture in the Seattle LEGO community and a regular at BrickCon. She went missing last week, and her body has been found. Lino Martins created this tribute image for her and is in touch with her family.