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LEGO storage: LEGO sort & store head

by admin on January 10, 2012

in Taking Care of LEGO

(Written by William)

Over the years, LEGO has released a wide range of LEGO storage containers. Some feature their logo sculpted into the container while others use LEGO baseplates for their lids. Still others are little more than plastic containers with stickers on their sides.

Recently, a new product has entered the market. It has the appearance of a large LEGO minifigure head and claims to both sort and store your LEGO pieces. By far, this makes it look like one of the most unique LEGO storage accessories in quite some time. The question remains, is it worth it?

WHAT THE LEGO STORAGE HEAD COMES WITH

Let’s start off by examining all the pieces of the LEGO storage head. This will give you a better idea how it all works and allow you to see details that you may miss in the store.

  • Stud cover with the raised word LEGO.
  • Top part of head with a hole that matches the stud cover. It also has two clips and carrying handle.
  • Two trays with holes. Each tray has different sized holes. The one with larger holes should be stacked on top of the other.
  • Base unit. This is what holds all the pieces and has the face panel.

HOW THE LEGO STORAGE HEAD WORKS

Start by removing the stud cover. Then dump the LEGO elements you wish to sort inside the opening. Then close the stud cover.

Pick up the entire unit and gently rock the LEGO head around. Make sure not to shake the unit since this will decrease the effectiveness of the filters. You may add additional pieces to the LEGO head and repeat the process several times.

Once the LEGO head has finished sorting, you may unclamp the top of the head and un-stack the trays. Pieces should be sorted into one of three main compartments. The largest pieces should be up top while smaller elements will be lower down.

EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LEGO STORAGE HEAD SORTER

As you can imagine, there are some problems with this sorter. LEGO has such a wide variety of elements that you’ll often find large elements that are skinny slip down to lower levels. Also, there is no guarantee to get all the same elements on the same level.

Ideally, this works the best for sorting out basic elements like bricks. For this reason, the sort feature on this unit is especially nice for play situations. For instance, you have a variety of unsorted pieces that you want to play with. Put them in the LEGO head and you instantly have a rough separation of small elements, medium elements and large elements. A more detailed builder will most likely not find this very useful.

TIPS FOR USING THE LEGO STORAGE HEAD

As stated before, this unit will be most effective with basic elements. However, if you want to have a bit more versatility in how this is used, you can try the following methods to get more out of the LEGO head.

  1. Presort like colors first. Then place the same colored pieces in the LEGO head for sorting.
  2. Create cardboard or card stock circular inserts that fit inside the LEGO head. Then place these large circles into the trays. This will give you large solid compartments for storing your pieces.
  3. Use the trays outside of the LEGO storage head. This will allow you to have a bit more control on what is sorted since you can put your hands on the parts.
  4. Experiment with different rocking patterns to get the type of sorting pattern you like.

SUMMARY

The LEGO storage head will definitely be a bit more collectible than other LEGO storage units. However, this should not be your only reason for purchasing this item. As it stands, full retail price does seem a bit much. It is my recommendation to get it when the price drops below $30.

The LEGO storage head is available at several local department stores as well as on Amazon. Check here: Lego Sort & Store Head.

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admin January 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Using the sorting trays reminds me of panning for gold! There also, the most important thing is to get the right rocking pattern. But I own a lot more LEGO than gold. 😛

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Giza January 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Nice review! One question; are the storage heads stackable? Do they have a hole on the bottom so the stud of another head woudl fit under?

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kingcobra January 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Not the most practical for AFOLS, but they look fun anyway. Thanks for the review!

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GREEN NINJA April 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

cool

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