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Plastic Bricks Fading — Keep bricks away from natural light to avoid colour fading. (Models in Legoland Miniland are subjected to year-round weather. The chemicals in the plastic bricks are broken down by UV light.) Heat — Keep bricks at room temperature in a dry place (like a cupboard). The melting point of a brick at 105 °C (221 °F) shouldn't be a concern....


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I'm a big fan of Simon Sheehan's answer, and use a bunch of those myself for a lot of those small "technic" LEGO pieces. But once your collection grows too big, it's time to dedicate a wall to your collection: I find these at Global Industrial Supply: These clear tilt-out storage bins are stackable and sturdy and just about perfect to catalog your pieces ...


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I prefer what I call the "block" method. You can get to almost every piece in less than 3 steps. I was inspired by this: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/efficientlego


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I took all my blocks out and layed them out on a table. This took a few days actually. From there I purchased a plastic storage container from an IKEA type location, that had multiple bins that slid in. It looked a lot like this: They are intended for crafts, but Lego is a craft too! From there I sorted it like so: 2x2 bricks 4x4 bricks Flat pieces Large ...


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I have to disagree somewhat with the other answer in that I do not think it is quite as cut and dried as a simple "no". There are several factors to consider: How old is the glass in the windows in the room? Older glass tends to be less effective at UV diffusion/blocking though really if the glass has been made in the last 50-70 years it's probably fairly ...


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After researching the question further via some local AFOL, the answer appears to be "No". The tube/stud system remains robust if stored in a connected state. Connectivity issues arise after the studs/tubes begin to wear down due to excessive usage or the elements become cracked. Simply storing a model intact does not lessen the life of the bricks. However, ...


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I've used those stack-able organizer cases for years. They are great for storage and access to the parts is a lot easier than in drawers. Another big advantage over the drawer-organizers is how easy they are to transport. You might have noticed that they are now empty. That's because my kids are now 7 and I've decided to mix my Lego blocks with theirs (...


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Store them in a place with no direct sunlight shining on the block to avoid bleaching. Also, make sure it isn't getting too warm (>50°C) - that's about all, the standard LEGO bricks consist of ABS, which is very robust. In conclusion, the ideal place is dark and has as least fluctuation in temperature as possible: put your LEGO in a box/chest and store it ...


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I know of no desktop applications that have functionality like Rebrickable, but an API has recently been released which would enable any applications to integrate with the site and display this kind of information. I know of one such application currently being developed but not ready for release yet. disclaimer: I created Rebrickable.


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I take 2 of these: Place 2 pins in the holes And then sandwich the loop of string between. It works well and you likely have the pieces lying nearby.


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This may sound odd, have you considered using an upside-down fish tank? I've actually seen this used in the past after the former occupant died. It was only a smaller model on a baseplate, but the width of the glass for the tank managed to fit inbetween the studs on the baseplate and worked quite well. Granted, stacking them could produce an issue, and you ...


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Think about what causes the stickers to deteriorate: Heat loosens the bonds in the glue, which results in stickers peeling. Exposure to natural light will cause the colours in the stickers to fade over time. Unlike LEGO bricks, stickers fade faster under natural light. With those points in mind, keep stickers in a cool, dry, place away from sunlight like ...


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The LEGO company has indeed regularly issued storage solutions. They may be great for kids (the latest ones are brick-shaped), but let's face it, for serious fans they are mostly pointless. And expensive. Depending on the size of your collection and your sorting method (which is another debate, but remember to sort by form first, not by color), you'll want ...


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It appears from the photo that there may be some "blooming" where the axles have changed color? You say you rinsed them, but I wonder if you noticed whether the axles felt oily or sticky at all beforehand? This would be consistent with the kind of deterioration that is common with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a kind of plastic that was once common in toy ...


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These bins would work well. Others have mentioned children and these would work well especially for kids. (This one can be found on Amazon here.) Adults could use this kind also or go for an industrial looking version like this: (This one can be found here.)


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For physical manuals, I personally like to use clear presentation sheet protectors similar to the ones that @BradC mentioned. Regarding organization, I place the ones that I refer to frequently in some binders, sorted by theme, while sets that I don't use as much go into a set of hanging file folders. If you don't mind electronic storage, you could download ...


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While the LEGO plastic elements are very durable and should be considered as safe as long as they remain in their box, the boxes themselves are much more vulnerable. As you mention, direct sunlight may be damaging to the printing, but you'll also need to be wary of humidity and possible shocks. As a minimum, I'd recommend storing them in another cardboard ...


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I have some standard Red 2 x 4 Bricks that have been stuck together in the same configuration since the early '90s, I just separated one and tested it compared to another Red 2 x 4 Brick from the same era, (and probably the same basic building set), but stored loose, and I could not discern any real difference in clutch power. This is of course highly ...


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My first LEGO set was a police station I think from 1976 where I was 2½ years old. This and many other bricks (have around 50-60kg) have been stored in cardboard boxes, in the attic for years and now my son and I are playing with them to great fun for the both of us. Some of the bricks have some wear and tear, but overall the majority is looking just as ...


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Another option may to be store them inbetween the pages of a heavy book. This would have the advantage of keeping them flat, as well as cool and dry. The book would need to be kept dry as well, as if the pages got damp they could stick together and make it impossible to get the stickers out. The downside is that you'll need to remember which book it's in......


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I can tell you for a fact that removing the tire from some of the older wheel design has a pretty sizable chance of breaking them.


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I'm not sure exactly how many lights you are looking for, or the exact effect you are trying to create, but you may be able to get what you want using individual LEDs: These have a diameter of 5mm, so the nose is able to fit snugly into an antistud. I've used them successfully in Technic holes and Erling bricks. The main advantage here is that you can ...


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Tom Alphin has a template of labels you can download and print with the appropriate label printer. Sample:


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I can't speak to "best". But as a point of reference, many many of my lego tires are many years old and they are usually stored on rims. The older tires were often not removable from the rims. As I rarely build cars, I take no special care of the tires, and I've found that there doesn't seem to be any particular problems. The rubber ages over time, but this ...


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Generally yes, as long as: there are no electronics inside (like Power Functions, Mindstorms, etc.) the temperature stays below freezing you allow plenty of time in dry environment to thaw out No, if the temperature rides up and down and you want to keep the box and paper booklet intact - it will draw moisture with each thaw cycle. No if electronics, ...


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Very specific to your region (and mine): The ALDI chain carries the following hobby sorting drawers from time to time (about once a year): They are very cheap, about 7 Euro for each type and they are VERY popular with AFOLs in Belgium and the Netherlands. Unfortunately it is hard to predict when ALDI offers these and they are often sold out immediately.


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There is a tool called BrickStore that might do what you want. It is tightly connected to BrickLink.


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I had my childhood lego in a bucket for about 20 years. After opening it up again, I didn't notice any real damage. The older part molds for some pieces are more prone to breaking as they have thinner connections etc, but just because they were in storage does not seem to have affected anything.


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That would not happen naturally. I have Technic (actually, Expert Builder, to give you an idea of how old they are) axles that are probably 25-30 years old and look like they were purchased yesterday. At times they have been stored in a hot, humid attic in New York City, reaching temperatures over 120 degrees F. What maybe happened here is some oil or other ...


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