I have an old big bin of at least 20,000 Lego and Lego-like pieces. I never kept the boxes or the instructions when I was finished building sets and I have Lego pieces from at least 50 different sets, plus other non-Lego brand bricks of various types. I could sort it out, but that would take an extraordinarily long time. I want to know if they have any play value left; if I can still use them as Lego without any instructions or boxes, and no memory of what half of the sets that went into it were. Do these pieces have any play value, since they are random pieces with no way to reassemble the original sets?

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    Yes, there's play value (build whatever you want with whatever pieces). On finding the original sets, see bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/404/… . On sorting big collections, see bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/550/… . Does this cover your quandaries? Dec 8, 2022 at 22:24
  • @IvanSanchez I think so. I didn't know if legos could be put together any which way or if the legos would only fit together the way the instructions showed. So I can build things from legos that aren't the way they are in the instructions? Dec 8, 2022 at 22:32
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    Yes, you can combine together bricks from pretty much any set. Try it out. Dec 8, 2022 at 22:50
  • @IvanSanchez That comment would be an upvote-worthy answer in itself.
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    Dec 9, 2022 at 10:18
  • Just bought 1 for £5, so yes, quite a few parts I was after, p!ate with 1curved, petrol pump, blue window. Jan 30, 2023 at 15:09

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It definitely has a lot of play value for random creative building. With a box like that I would recommend to donate it to a primary school or kindergarden. If they have lego it would be in exactly that form anyway. A nicely ordered collection of indivual boxes with manuals would just quickly be turned into a huge mixed box anyway.

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