Sheffield schoolteacher Michael LeCount believes he has as much as four,000 Lego units – totalling what may very well be 10 million bricks.
He is been named the UK’s greatest Lego fan, and has even moved dwelling to accommodate his gathering ardour.
Right here – on the 60th anniversary of the favored toy – he tells the story behind his love for constructing:
Once I was one or two, my father was within the military and introduced dwelling some Lego from the US.
It was what’s now known as Duplo, and I should have been one or two on the time.
I suppose my assortment over time has grown from just some units to 1000’s of units now.
It will be tough to explain which is my favorite set. The Lego brick has been going for 60 years and there are iconic items from completely different eras. However I suppose my biggest pursuits are the units I bear in mind from my childhood within the 60s and 70s.
In actuality, my assortment in all probability takes up about 4 rooms. I’ve obtained a museum room, I’ve obtained a constructing room – though my son makes use of that as I do not construct an important deal any extra – and I’ve obtained a few what I name overflow storage rooms for those that are not on show.
My assortment begins off with units from the 50s, after which continues into the 60s, 70s and 80s. Whereas clearly they’re bringing out units now and there is some that I like, as a collector I just like the problem of monitoring down units and it is typically too simple with the trendy stuff.
Individuals actually did not accumulate within the very early days, so to get one thing that is full, that is all within the field, is kind of uncommon. I’ve collected for 35 years and there is some that it is taken me 30 plus years to trace down examples of.
Hearth stations, a Volkswagen storage, and a church constructing from the 50s are examples of issues that had been actually laborious to search out on the time.
The factor I really like is creativity, the sensation that I can construct no matter I would like. If I see a constructing in Sheffield that I fairly like, I will construct that. My son’s the identical – he’ll construct from his creativeness and he loves that problem.
I really like Lego for a similar motive that Lego survives and goes so effectively. It adapts with me: I can take what I’ve, break all of it up and alter it as my pursuits change. I can see that my son has fully completely different pursuits, however he can create what’s in his creativeness with the identical bricks.
The opposite great factor is that you may accumulate the historical past of the corporate. A brick from 1958 remains to be suitable with all of the stuff at this time, it is nonetheless usable and might nonetheless be used. You’ll be able to break up units and put them again collectively, work on making one thing actually distinctive.
I used to be all the time a collector. My father collected, my grandfather collected. So there was this gathering bug that was there.
Once I was a child there was sure Lego units in my childhood that I liked and clearly did not get as a result of I did not have the cash. Once I was 16 or 17 I got here throughout a set in a junk store that I remembered actually wanting once I was a child. So I purchased that, after which the gathering a part of me began in search of others.
And naturally then once you become old and you’ve got your individual bank card, the sky is the restrict actually.
Once I began gathering there was part of me that needed to get the whole lot, which might have been unattainable. So I turned selective. The wonderful thing about Lego is it lasts. It stands the check of time.
Earlier units have way more of a private worth than a financial one. However folks accumulate what they bear in mind, and naturally the folks coming into it now do not bear in mind the 60s and 70s.
I actually don’t know the way a lot I’ve spent in whole. I do not hold information as a result of it is meaningless: what it means to me is not a financial factor. It solely has a price once you come to promote it and I’ve no intention to promote it, due to this fact it has no worth.
With regards to the query of what number of bricks I’ve obtained, it is like asking how lengthy is a chunk of string. I would say something between two and ten million bricks.
My spouse appreciates the gathering as a result of it does inform a narrative and it tells the story of Lego and a narrative over time.
She does assume it takes up a bit an excessive amount of area although.