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What is your LEGO New Year’s resolution?

Happy New Year! We made it to 2013! Yay! Many people come up with resolutions for the New Year; perhaps take better care of themselves, be kinder to others, get their finances in order… so I was wondering if LEGO-fans make resolutions for the new year in regards to their hobby. I was talking with some LEGO-fan friends and here are some ideas we shared…

Get all that LEGO organized! – as you get more involved in the hobby you will find that LEGO can get out of hand pretty easily. All those hundreds and thousands of tiny pieces! So coming up with a storage solution can really make a difference to get everything in order. How are you doing with your LEGO organization? Any plans for improvement in 2013? Or are you happy with the system you already have?

Create a LEGO display place! – this is another issue LEGO fans can run into and requires some planning. Especially if you are collecting some of the LEGO Ultimate Collector or Expert Builder series, or even a lot of smaller sets; where to display them all? Do you have a designated LEGO display place or is it all over the place? Are you planning to come up with a new or improved system for displaying your best and favorite LEGO creations?

➡ Narrow down LEGO shopping! – with all the LEGO sets coming out  it actually takes some serious thinking to decide what to buy. Do you like to collect a specific theme? Are you looking for sets that have great parts for your own creations? Are you buying LEGO for display? Or do you like to play with them?  Are you good at sticking to your plan in this regard, or find yourself doing some binge-shopping at times? Any plans for improvement?

Create a LEGO budget and stick to it! – another challenge LEGO fans face with all the choices is being careful not to spend more than they can afford. How are you doing in this area? Do you have a designated LEGO budget? Or have some other means to support your hobby? Or do you have to hide your LEGO purchases? Any ideas of how to manage better in 2013?

Decide on what LEGO projects to build! – if you build your own LEGO creations do you have some ideas and plans what to build this upcoming year? Or do you just create on the fly, depending on a sudden inspiration? Any big plans for 2013 to build something new?

Meet new LEGO friends! – thinking about going to a LEGO convention to make some new friends? These are great events to get inspired by the awesome ideas and creations of others! Do you have any plans to mingle with other LEGO fans in 2013?

Write a LEGO book, start a LEGO blog! – after years of LEGO building people often start to feel like wanting to share their accumulated knowledge and experience with others. Perhaps in the form of a book or blog, or even starting a local LEGO club for kids or adults. Are you inspired to do something like that in the New Year?

Put up a LEGO project on CUUSOO! – do you have a LEGO creation or an idea for a creation that you strongly feel should be an official LEGO set? Are you ready to take the plunge, put it up on CUUSOO and see what people think then promote it to reach 10,000 votes?

What else? Buy more LEGO? Buy less LEGO? Focus on buying, collecting or building? Opening up those still sealed boxes sitting in the closet? What are your plans and resolutions for the New Year? 🙂

To start out here are my 2013 LEGO new year’s resolutions; I have 2 new ideas for my 16×16 LEGO project (if you don’t know about my project; I create LEGO structures – mostly different style castles, forts, palaces, etc. – on 16×16 baseplates). I also have 3 new LEGO army plans (this is also part of the 16×16 project with 16 minifigs in each army). I’m happy with my LEGO budget; only allowing myself to spend money I make in my Bricklink store – it has been working well for several years now. However I do need a better storage-system for my finished creations as they have been creeping all over my room; either putting up more shelves, or boxing some of them. I keep going back and forth if I should collect the LEGO Modular Buildings or not. One day I think I should, the next day I think I shouldn’t. All those sweet LEGO indecisions! Anyway, 2013 should be a great year! 🙄

Okay, it’s your turn; what are your LEGO new year’s resolutions? Anything that worked well last year that you would like to keep doing? Anything new you would like to try? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! And have a wonderful and LEGO-filled year! 😉

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  • Nace10 January 1, 2013, 10:15 AM

    I was thinking that getting more visitors to my LEGO blog would be my resolution, but now it’s also going to be to sort my LEGOs!

    • admin January 1, 2013, 10:39 AM

      Those are great goals! Wishing you the best with them! 🙂

  • Nace10 January 1, 2013, 10:19 AM

    BTW Admin your structures and armies are awesome! I’ve had the same feeling were I want to collect one theme and then the next day I don’t! It drives me crazy!

    • Nace10 January 1, 2013, 10:29 AM

      Let me guess, the day before yesterday you wanted MBs, yesterday you didn’t, now today your not really sure.

      • admin January 1, 2013, 10:41 AM

        LOL! You must be psychic! How did you know that?! 🙄

        • Nace10 January 2, 2013, 9:37 AM

          Are you joking or did I really guess right?

          • admin January 2, 2013, 10:06 AM

            Yeah, it was about right… you must have been spying on me! :mrgreen:

            • Nace10 January 2, 2013, 10:08 AM

              My powers won’t be complete until I get the Fortune Teller! 😛

    • admin January 1, 2013, 10:40 AM

      Yeah, tell me about it! Indicisions killing me!… (that’s from an old song) 🙄

      • Nace10 January 1, 2013, 10:53 AM

        Ohh, those Castle sets are really cool looking!

        Wow, I love the look of the Hobbit sets!

        Oh my gosh! Those Galaxy Squad sets have pretty nice colors!

        Oh man, those Modular Building would be great for a city!


  • Ninjoey (the lego block head) January 1, 2013, 10:45 AM

    admin my new years resolution is to become a contributor on TBB

  • NinjaNut January 1, 2013, 10:59 AM

    1. Buy Lot’s Of LEGO!!!!!!
    2. Sort My Lego
    3. Transform my room to ninjago room!

  • Ninjoey (the lego block head) January 1, 2013, 11:14 AM

    i’m vary happy cause this year i will become a T-F-O-L!!!!

  • obi-wanfan2282 January 1, 2013, 11:19 AM

    Hmm….I don’t really do a “New Year Resolution”. 😛 Though I may start a LEGO blog this year, so that might be one. 😛

    • obi-wanfan2282 January 1, 2013, 5:16 PM

      *Update* I started a LEGO blog. 😛 It hasn’t got anywhere, and it doesn’t have anything really at the moment, but it’s been started. 😛

  • Sam, ninja of water January 1, 2013, 11:54 AM

    Come on people! Don’t you know that no one keeps their resolutions!

    • xtc2g isaac January 1, 2013, 12:58 PM

      true but we a should allways try

    • admin January 1, 2013, 3:04 PM

      Good intentions are worth something too! 🙄

  • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) January 1, 2013, 12:23 PM

    Get more Lego sets!

  • legostuff71 January 1, 2013, 1:09 PM

    My new years resolution is to learn to be happy with what I have and not what I can get all the time. Lets remember that other people can’t aford to buy a LEGO set all the time and that families are still having money problems. Every thing we get now is a bonus. I try once a year to give a LEGO set to kid that doesn’t have one.

    • admin January 1, 2013, 3:00 PM

      That is sage advise and well taken. There is absolutely no need to buy everything LEGO makes. In addition LEGO is not a necessity like food or shelter. It is a fun hoppy that we have the privilege to participate in. And yes, remembering those who are less fortunate and bringing joy to a child by giving them a LEGO set is a way we can give back. Always be grateful for what we have… thanks for reminding us! 🙂

  • Legoman640 January 1, 2013, 1:22 PM

    Wow! Thats really nice! I should start doing that. Plus I need to work on storage…. 🙄

    • Ninjoey (the lego block head) January 1, 2013, 2:02 PM

      me too my lego (yes the plurel of lego is lego) are all over the floor in my room

      • Håkan January 1, 2013, 2:25 PM

        I don’t think it’s a plural, really, I see it as a mass noun, such as sand, water or ice cream…

        • admin January 1, 2013, 2:55 PM

          Ice-cream is always good in plural or mass, that’s for sure. Single-scoop ice-cream is for noobs! :mrgreen:

      • Meloetta January 1, 2013, 8:55 PM

        The plural is actually LEGO bricks. LEGO is the company that makes the bricks, not the bricks themselves.

        • admin January 2, 2013, 10:37 AM

          Using LEGO is actually fine. If we want to be really technical, the actual term LEGO wants us to use is LEGO Construction Blocks for the elements, and The LEGO Group for the company, but people rarely use either, including LEGO employees. One of the big culprits is the media. Even when they know better they often use the term Legos, or LEGOs, so we can’t blame people for picking it up. Also, I speak three languages, and in some languages it is impossible not to add extra letters at the end of LEGO due to the grammar structure of the language. At least in English we only have the occasinal “s”. 😉

  • Legoman640 January 1, 2013, 2:49 PM

    I have to agree with that,the plural is lego not legos. Admin talks about it in beginners guides in the Lego dictionary. By the way,did Ninjoey change his picture again? It looks good though! :mrgreen:

  • Eric at a LEGO a Day January 1, 2013, 2:50 PM

    Refocusing on my LEGO blog, and getting back to daily LEGO pictures.

    • admin January 1, 2013, 2:54 PM

      Eric, wishing you the best with that! It should be a fun project! 🙂

      • Eric at a LEGO a Day January 2, 2013, 9:10 AM

        Thanks. This year, I am going to really focus on building. I seem to have been stuck in the accumulating and sorting cycle for too long. I won’t buy any LEGO until:

        A) I’ve sold some of what I already have to pay for more.
        B) I’m caught up on my blog
        C) What I purchase is at least 20% off MSRP

        • admin January 2, 2013, 10:13 AM

          Those are great goals. C is especically interesting. I don’t have the patience for bargain-hunting or waiting for discounts, so I admire those who do. If I run into one I go for it, but I’m usually happy with the regular price if I really want a set, or I buy parts on Bricklink. I know it is not the most economical way to do things but my minifigs are such a nagging bunch! 🙂

  • lego king January 1, 2013, 4:16 PM

    I need to find space to put legos my house is going to explode if i build another set.

  • Baseboy311 January 1, 2013, 4:38 PM

    Mine is to check out other stuff like lego(Mostly character building) only beacuse lego cant make doctor who 🙁 ,and because some lego imposters are quite interesting

    • admin January 2, 2013, 10:51 AM

      So you are getting into customizing! Nice! If you ever have any questions just ask. I’m a big fan of LEGO customizers and own pretty much every custom LEGO item out there. Also own some clone-brands – but only the really good ones. 😉

  • nevil January 1, 2013, 5:31 PM

    I was thinking about that sort of stuff. If any one has any ideas do tell especially in sorting.

  • legostuff71 January 1, 2013, 6:13 PM

    I store my LEGO sets in 16 qt to 15qt containers and put the containers on bookshelves. I also keep sets with sets (star wars with star wars and so on) It doesn’t solve the problem entirely, because at some point ( DARE I SAY IT) you are just simply out of space.

    • admin January 2, 2013, 10:47 AM

      Yes, even with the best organizational system there is such a thing as too much LEGO. I know LEGO fans who actually had to build an extension to their house to fit all the LEGO they had. I also know someone who built an entire separate house just for their LEGO. 😀

      I have been reading that the biggest issue is for Star Wars fans. Star Wars sets are just huge. They are also not sets that would line up neatly like the Modulars. So yeah, you need a lot of space to display them. I know more than one LEGO fan who actually got out of Star Wars because of this dilemma.

      When you start to have too much LEGO displayed in a room or a house, it just starts to look messy. One well displayed set looks a lot more impressive then a huge collection that is all over the place. But then where to put all the other LEGO sets? This is a dilemma that has been around as long as LEGO… if someone solves it they should get the Nobel Prize! :mrgreen:

      • nevil January 4, 2013, 9:48 AM

        agreed. who ever solves it should also be awarded 10 billion dollars.

  • CD's Lego Blog January 1, 2013, 7:03 PM

    I really like the idea of making a budget for my Lego buying.

    • admin January 2, 2013, 10:40 AM

      Yes, it is a technique that can support the hobby tremendously. You can spend on LEGO guilt-free and with a clear conscience because you know you are not jeopardizing other areas of your life. 🙂

  • studless January 1, 2013, 8:17 PM

    I need to sort my legos,
    I am someone who leaves them all over my floor and never finds the right piece.

    And also finally drive.

    • studless January 1, 2013, 8:18 PM

      turning 16 this year.

  • KING_BOO_XDDX January 1, 2013, 8:56 PM

    Well i got many resolutions but i must say im making a blog-team and first post will be what i got for xmas oh and ittl be a blog-team about more than lego and i got with my money Attack on weathertop and gandalf arrives on a huge sale at walmart AOW was 72.97 but sale at 40.00 and GA at 9.00 instead of 15.68 And check out toys n bricks for sales and more i saw l middle 2013 sets including lotr! But of course small and leaked but surely real. There making a lotr wizard battle and council of elrond set (which will hopefully have an alike or same elrond fig

  • Nace10 January 1, 2013, 9:30 PM

    OK, here’s another. Make Robert Plant, John Bonham, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones minifigures!!!

  • Andy at www.smallplasticbricks.com January 1, 2013, 11:06 PM

    Work on different types of themes/styles rather than just City: mosaics, microscale, Space, Castle, etc. Only buying collectible minifigs and modular sets. The only other Lego bricks I should buy are only the pieces I need from BrickLink to build current projects I’m doing. No more impulse buys at the Lego store!

    Also, going to more Lego conventions (going to Brick Fair Alabama in 3 weeks!). It would be nice to start a group of AFOLs here in Charlotte, NC too.

    • admin January 2, 2013, 10:28 AM

      Andy, those are great goals! Keep us posted on how you liked Brick Fair! It should be an exciting event! BTW, there are actually quite a few readers here from the Charlotte area, so it seems like it is not lacking LEGO fans. There is a group in my town that is into Mindstorms and they meet at the Public Library on a regular basis. Your library may also be a good place to advertise for meeting other LEGO fans. Most libraries are happy to accommodate LEGO fan events and also like to have occasional displays. 🙂

  • HP January 2, 2013, 6:23 AM

    Hey! it’s Samuel, the guy who made the forced-perspective post a long while ago. I wanted to write more posts about lego but haven’t had the time. this year though, i have lots and lots of time. i would be glad to make more posts, how can i contact you again admin?

    • admin January 2, 2013, 10:15 AM

      Hey, HP, nice to hear from ya! Sure you are always welcome to contribute. Just email me at admin@theBrickBlogger.com

      • HP January 2, 2013, 11:48 PM

        Any good topic in mind? I don’t actually have any idea about what to write about…..

        • admin January 3, 2013, 9:21 AM

          Hm… whatever inspires you… you could write another tutorial/building-technique post. Those are always very interesting and helpful and I haven’t written anything lately in that category. You could also address a news item, but in that case send me a note on what it is to make sure I’m not writing about the same thing (I usually write posts the day before publication). Or if you find something helpful and inspiring; it could be a video, a MOC… there is so many things we can talk about, so there is really no limit. If you are in doubt, just send me a note on the subject you are thinking about and we can discuss. But remember; no preliminary images with confidentiality watermarks. LEGO asked us not to use such images and we should respect that. 😉

          • HP January 3, 2013, 9:41 AM

            oh…. about the watermarks…. I just sent yo an image of the new castle sets for 2013. i didnt write about it hoping you could make a good write-up. I will contact you when i have a good idea of what to write about. thanks

            • HP January 3, 2013, 9:49 AM

              i got the pictures from flickr, a guy posted the new sets of his catalog. He got it kinda early. i also saw the new lord of the rings sets. Try checking it out. I sent the email.

            • admin January 3, 2013, 10:17 AM

              Yes, those are the pictures I was referring to. We all know about them and talked about them extensively at various posts here. They have been up on Flickr since Christmas. I can’t upload them here though as they have watermarks. 😉

  • legostuff71 January 2, 2013, 11:56 AM

    Hey, guys do you know of any LEGO groups in the sacramento area. I ‘ve been trying to fine one to join. If not how do I create one.

  • Strider January 2, 2013, 12:15 PM

    I want to get my Legos sorted. Also I am going to try and stick to Castle this year. Speaking of it do you know when the 2013 Castle sets are coming?

    • admin January 2, 2013, 12:43 PM

      Strider, wishing you the best with your goals! The 2013 Castle sets are scheduled for the summer. We should probably start to see them show up at stores in May. 😉

      • Strider January 2, 2013, 2:25 PM

        Thanks 🙂

  • AFOOL January 2, 2013, 6:32 PM

    Exercise control and not buy too much LEGO. Spent way too much and the sets for 2013 look great! There’s too many good ones.

    • admin January 2, 2013, 7:46 PM

      Yeah, I just came back from Toys’R’Us… you need to have serious self-control to not want to buy everything on the shelves! 🙄

  • gid617 January 3, 2013, 8:29 AM

    Well I haven’t posted here yet because I wasn’t sure what exactly to say…
    Become a better builder, I guess? (More of a goal than a resolution as I’m not sure my will will help me that much… )
    I don’t have much trouble with spending too much… and my LEGO Construction Blocks (I was reading, even if I wasn’t replying!) are all sorted… and even if they weren’t I can’t exactly resolve to make everyone eat more peanut butter so I can have more jars…
    I’d like to participate in a few LEGO events this year, but it all depends on our schedual and where we are when. Slim chance I could make it to BFVA… depending on when it is, when we go to VA (if we go to VA), where exactly it is in VA – a very slim chance!
    Oh, and I want to be in St. Louis MO when the LEGO store opens there (May I think?), which is not too farfetched as my Grandparents live there. At least I should get to visit it…

    • admin January 3, 2013, 9:14 AM

      Gen, not everyone make resolutions for the new year, so it is totally fine if you don’t have any, or they are more like goals. Mine are more like goals too, not really resolutions. It would be fun if you could go to a LEGO event! They can be really fun and inspirational. As far as the opening of the LEGO store in St. Louis, just remember; there are usually insanely huge lines. But then you also often get a promo set – so take something with you to keep yourself entertained while waiting in line. Happy (and LEGO filled) 2013! 😉

      • gid617 January 3, 2013, 11:03 AM

        Thanks, you too! 😉
        Yeah, I know there could easily be a ton of people, but any promo would be worth the wait to me… and I love to read so bringing something to keep me entertained shouldn’t be a problem!

  • Micho January 3, 2013, 11:27 AM

    Well, I have three resolutions:
    1- Get all 4 Ninja Turtle minifigs and the Shredder plus 5 foot soldiers, and finally April.
    2- Get all the new CAstle sets at a discount
    3- Build my Forest for my castle outlaws. I already started with the buying phase as I have the Ewok Attack set, and the Warewolf… I’m trying to get all the sets that revolve around trees, I need about 4 green 32X32 baseplates, The Atatck of the Wargs, that other Hobbit spiders set and some bricklink brown pieces and folliage.

    I forgot one more, I also need to get teh LEx uthor set, Batman Vs. Mr. Freeze, and the Spider Cycle set.

    I hope I can do all of these in 2013.

    • admin January 3, 2013, 1:05 PM

      Micho, would love to see your forest with Ewoks, Werevolves, Wargs and all! 😀

  • Legoman640 January 3, 2013, 6:31 PM

    I want that Artic Batman vs. Mr.Freeze set too Micho! So many cool sets for 2013! How am I going to afford them! Ahhhhhhhhhhh………..

    • Micho January 4, 2013, 4:26 PM

      I hear you brother, I’m hoping my bricklink store does as well as Anna’s, that’s my only hope, The first $200 I’ve sold the last week I already spent on 2 new tires for my truck =(… I wish I could have spent it on my collection instead

  • Fikko3107 January 1, 2014, 12:15 PM

    Numbers 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. Oh my. Rather a handful. I think number 7 is my highest emphasis, with 6 being the one that is least priority. At least I’m not alone in number 7…

    • admin January 1, 2014, 12:23 PM

      Fikko, that is very inspiring! And also a handful! Should keep you busy for the rest of the year! 😉

      What aspect of #7 are you considering? (I should have really numbered those points so we can easily refer to them. I had to count down the page to see which one was #7.)

      • Fikko3107 January 1, 2014, 2:38 PM

        Book. Me and HP. We ran into a brick wall, well, maybe more appropriately steel wall: I don’t really have the bricks and expertise to make Minilanders. David sort of ran out of bricks. I’m really starting to consider opening a Bricklink account…

        • admin January 1, 2014, 4:32 PM

          Can your LUG help out? You guys should be able to pull together your LUG’s resource for a book project like this. Maybe even get the help of a LEGO Master Builder. Yeah, for special projects BL is your friend. 😉

          • Fikko3107 January 2, 2014, 3:09 AM

            I don’t know about HP, but I don’t even have a LUG! And HP’s connection via our VIP trip to LLM allows us to get in touch with a master builder.

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