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World's Biggest Private Collection of Lego

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A British collector and big fan of Star Wars revealed his unique and huge collection of Lego that includes more than two million brinks. The 32-year-old Darren Smith started collecting the colorful bricks when his parents gave him a set of Lego town as a Christmas present when he was only five. The boy was so fascinated that he decided to collect Lego all his life.

Now the entire collection of the data analyst from Exeter, Devon, fills his garage and a loft constructed specially for his toys. He said that his favorite figures are the characters from the Star Wars: C3PO and Dark Vader. All in all he possesses 2,000 sets that include various superheroes, astronauts, cowboys and police.

It is interesting to note that his collection outruns the previous record of a British collector Phil Traviss, 50, from Yarm in North Yorkshire, who possesses 500,000 bricks. The value of Darren's 2,000,000 bricks collection is about GBP 50,000 ($92,800).

"'I love Lego - the colors and the shapes are timeless. The wife doesn't mind me having all the Lego in the garage and the loft but she goes mad when it gets into the rest of the house. We get on really well as long as I keep the collection under control - but it's hard to do that at times," he said.

Darren also added: "We plan to have kids in the future which would give me a great excuse to build on my collection even more. Hopefully they will share my passion for Lego. Storage is an issue but I just keep on collecting. Lego produce about 200 new sets each year and I want them all."

According to Claire, Darren's wife, the Lego collection is "gradually spreading" all around the house.

"It drives me mad. His collection is unbelievable - he is completely obsessed. He is always talking about Lego. It has got to the point where I need to take steps to stop his habit getting out of control. The house is over run. If he had his way we'd have a Lego extension built. The bricks are slowly spreading to other areas of the house like the lounge and kitchen," said Claire.

She added that Darren talks about Lego 24/7 and chats non-stop to other fans of Lego. Claire mentioned that her husband sometimes spends enormous sums of money on Lego.

"He knows I will get angry so he keeps it to himself. But I always see these little parcels arrive which are the new toys he has ordered," she said.

When Darren turned 27 he joined a club for adults, called Brickish Association. Now Darren builds a 5ft Lego figure of Winnie the Pooh and 3ft Piglet.

Source: Telegraph

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//15 Mar 02, 2011 08:10 AM | posted by: max
it is not my fault i coul not find the right stores in 1999 so i gave up 10 years of buyng lego. i am 26 years. i just like asambling small sets or collect the new minifigurines. big sets of lego will not fit in my room and they are too expensive,,,anyway i liked the pirates and the castle sets, but i guess lego stoped producing them and developed for well known movies adapting them to lego sets. we got to stop sometimes ,,, (the white bricks from 1995 look yellow by now , ha ha)
7 votes

//14 Jan 17, 2011 04:48 PM | posted by: Mack
Actually Nathan Sawaya has a larger collection, its several million parts. Personally I have a collection of (at the time of this writing, and not including spare parts and parts I have bought separately from sets) 59154 parts from 282 sets (256 if duplicates aren't included) and 511 minifigures.
8 votes

//13 Dec 21, 2010 02:50 PM | posted by: Galowalo
i tot i had alot of lego,i ave like 1500 pieces,but this guy,he has just alot,im hopin sumday if im rich i can buy like 1milion basic lego bricks
7 votes

//12 Oct 20, 2010 10:22 AM | posted by: joe
really stupid
10 votes

//11 Mar 22, 2010 09:35 PM | posted by: star
you rock
9 votes

//10 Aug 25, 2009 04:08 PM | posted by: Unknown
I'm around 100.000 I think, most of it exclusives, construction and technic but to buy EVERY set????? I don't know how much money he makes every month but if you don't win a lotto or have rich parents that's just impossible to do cause it's too expensive. I have a very good job and if I would buy every new set it would be staying home every month, sell the car and eat every 5 days lol...
10 votes

//9 Aug 23, 2009 09:40 PM | posted by: crazy collector
I am hoping to collect a lot of legos.I'm 9 and thats the only toy i ever play with.every cent i get it's ALWAYS is spent on legos.My favorite type is Lego City.My brother may call me a loser,nerd, and all this other stuff but i won't give up legos.My brother thinks i will grow out of it.I'm obsessed and i never wanna give it up.I also have a little bit of Mega Blox.I hope i'll someday get a record.Everyone who sees my collection is amazed.I think if i sold all my legos i would have about $300 worth.Thanks for reading,and goodbye.
-Conor
8 votes

//8 Aug 13, 2009 08:27 PM | posted by: jose
wow i cant belive it im so intrested in legos i was wondering if u wood send me an email so i could borrow some bricks please.





jrhog707@yahoo.com
10 votes

//7 Jan 06, 2009 02:42 AM | posted by: zech
great job it would of took me a year to get half way done but good job
8 votes

//6 Oct 23, 2008 12:39 AM | posted by: unknown
Dave, did the math wrong.

It would be 50,000 / 2,000,000 or L0.025 per brick.
10 votes

//5 Oct 13, 2008 08:30 PM | posted by: vanilla [InfoKID]
Oh, I don't envy the wife of this mad man. But if a person goes in for something it is to difficult sometimes to get rid of this or that liking. Be strong, brave wife of the mad husband!
9 votes

//4 Sep 26, 2008 04:37 PM | posted by: salta
ye where are some pics
9 votes

//3 Sep 25, 2008 03:34 PM | posted by: maggosh
Where's some pics?
8 votes

//2 Sep 24, 2008 10:54 PM | posted by: Unknown
nice story, but I'd love to see some pics of his collection...
9 votes

//1 Sep 24, 2008 06:17 PM | posted by: Dave
So on average, each Lego brick is worth £0.25?


Dont think so!

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