The LEGO Collection
The largest collection that I own, and one of my favorite hobbies as well, is the LEGO collection. LEGOs have been a hobby for me and my twin brother ever since we were three or four, and we would go upstairs all the time to play with the LEGOs our older brothers had collected. Some of my earliest memories are of building with LEGOs and role-playing silly adventures in the large playroom upstairs. As I continued growing up LEGOs were still my favorite thing, and I would ask for LEGO sets as Christmas presents and buy them with my monthly allowance. Of course having trouble walking and getting to the LEGOs upstairs is what led to the collection moving to the Mancave, and my love for LEGOs didn't wane there. As I kept getting LEGOs the collection kept growing, and I built many of my own creations and basically lived and breathed LEGO until high school. This is right around where my muscle disease made it difficult to build LEGOs, and naturally in high school I started focusing on other things. The collection's growth slowed down quite a bit, but I still build new LEGOs occasionally. I hope that LEGOs will always be one of my hobbies.
As of now, most of the LEGO collection is in large plastic boxes in my storage shelves. There are tons of pieces in all of these boxes, and any number of creations could be made with all of the parts.
In the higher shelves are sorting bins in the time since we tried to sort some of the collection, but we gave up on that. There are some pieces in all of these sorted by type, like LEGO figures, bricks, plates, etc.
Not everything is so well-organized, as there are LEGO pieces scattered all over the place. My nephews love to play with LEGOs so there is the associated mess! Scattered LEGO parts is just part of the fun ;)
Probably the best-looking part of the Mancave is the display shelves. To the right of the biggest shelf is an improvised shelf made from stacking two tables, and on top of the tables is my mother's collection of LEGO buildings. Yes, she loves LEGOs too.
The main shelf is the first thing most people notice in the Mancave, and we actually put it in less than a year ago. I got it from IKEA and filled it with most of my completed LEGO kits, mostly Star Wars related. We even put LEGOs on top of it when we ran out of space.
Finally, in the corner by my desk is a manual bin where I keep all the LEGO instruction manuals I've had over the years. There is a shocking number of manuals in there, and it's full to the top.
That's the entirety of the LEGO collection. There are bigger collections out there, but this one is big enough for me. I always enjoy it when people see the Mancave for the first time and let out an audible gasp because of the LEGO collection, and it just goes to show how important LEGOs have been to my childhood and entire life.