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Contributor Page: Maxx Kroes

LOCATION: Netherlands
NICHE: LEGO colors
STORE: 3001: A Brick Oddity
GALLERIES: Flickr, Brickshelf

Maxx got seriously involved with the LEGO hobby after his three children – Melle, Emma and Ike – were born. He wanted to restore some of his own childhood sets for them. (And of course we all know what happens when you unpack your old childhood LEGO! Yep, it comes alive and takes over!)

Maxx’s main interests in LEGO are the older sets from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, although he also likes some of the new LEGO Exclusive Sets coming out like Market Street and Green Grocer. And of course LEGO Star Wars! He is also just restarting his own MOC building, being inspired by other LEGO builders.

Building and designing comes naturally for Maxx as in “normal life” he builds gardens. He has his own landscaping business called Kroes Tuinen. Although he prefers to refer to his business as “garden building”, rather than landscaping, as he builds gardens from the ground up.

Maxx’s newest collection contains 2×4 LEGO bricks in all colors available. This collection includes some very special bricks called Bayer Test Strikes. These are 2×4 bricks made between 1962 and 1965 as a try-out for plastics used by The LEGO Group.

It is Maxx’s incredible knowledge and collection of LEGO colors that motivated us to ask for his contribution in the LEGO colors section. If you have some special LEGO colors to trade, or would like some, you can contact Maxx directly.


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  • James McConnell November 18, 2011, 4:10 PM

    Hey there. I have been researching Lego prototypes and came across you! I would love to ask how you get these? I looked at many places and have only found a single proto. Red vader helmet. I also would love to find R2-KT. Can you (if your allowed) tell me where I can find ANY prototypes? Btw if your wondering the only “old” bricks I have are these 🙁


    Thanks if you have the time to reply!

  • Maxx November 19, 2011, 3:31 AM

    Hi James,
    I noticed you asked the same on BrickLink(c:
    You got good answers there.
    But to add, keep searching, dig deeper and make friends.
    A lot of it is up to luck and being in the right place at the right time.
    Start simple, buy some rare parts on BrickLink and take it from there.
    Keep in mind, some collectors like myself, will only TRADE rare items for other rare items.
    So also invest in rare items you happen to come across in your search.
    I hope this has helped you a bit.
    P.s. Try and define which items you want to collect, the market is to big to simply collect everything.
    P.p.s. If a seller has 100 parts of a rare item, it’s NOT rare.

    • James McConnell November 19, 2011, 3:38 PM

      Thanks! Yes I wanna go for select parts and all SW protos. I also noticed you a SW fan. Cool! Yes, Bricklink is nice but a $50 red Vader helmet is going to be costly. I added you as a contact on Flickr so we don’t fill up a 100 comments! Thanks again! (And nice collection!)

  • Blac Panther May 2, 2012, 11:28 AM

    Nice Collection Max! They’re gonna be worth a hell of alot in fifty years, give or take!

    • Maxx May 2, 2012, 11:47 AM

      Some of them are already worth a lot of money(c:

  • lego chronicler July 13, 2012, 4:38 PM


    • Maxx July 20, 2012, 11:25 AM

      I do have the old Town plan…

  • nice brick collection! 😯

  • Meneldur son of Garamar May 9, 2013, 7:52 PM

    Do you have all the modular buildings?

  • Brick Buddy April 30, 2015, 12:37 PM

    Hey, Maxx! I have a question. How can I get the Bayer bricks?

    • admin April 30, 2015, 4:10 PM

      Your best resource is BrickLink for both Bayers and marbled bricks. Just as in the BrickLink forum and people will help. Keep in mind that collector items like these are not cheap. 😉

  • Brick Buddy April 30, 2015, 12:39 PM

    P.S And how do you get the marbel bricks?

    P.S.S Which is the cheap it way for both?

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