Marine Breaks Record for Biggest Lego Collection, Gains Huge Geek Cred
By Elizabeth Fish
PCWorldJan 27, 2012 3:49 pm PST
There’s something about finishing off a Lego set that feels quite rewarding–the bigger and trickier the better. You then usually add it to your collection on the window ledge or shelf and admire your collection. However, there’s one guy who’s collection is so big, not only does it take up most of his house, but also earned him a world record.
Marine Corps’ Captain Kyle Ugone from Arizona has 1251 different Lego sets scattered across his home in Yuma. Each set is organized by its theme, ranging from Star Wars sets to the likes of space, castles, and trains–his biggest box set contained over 5000 individual pieces in order to complete. The collection is so cool, it could probably make some Lego theme parks blush.
Kyle received his first set when he was five (a windmill, which he still has now), and is still hooked to the little plastic bricks. He brought in the Guiness Book of Records to check out his collection after being informed that in order to be the first to claim the title, he would need at least 500 official sets. Out of his collection, 1091 make him the current record holder. The remaining few were reporductions or didn’t have the original instructions, so they don’t count.
There are over 5000 Lego box sets out there, some of which are pretty rare or location-specific, so it will be interesting to see if anyone contends for Kyle’s spot at the top. In the meantime, Kyle is slowly regaining control of his house by dismantling some of the sets, and turning his attention to a new project: restoring a classic muscle car.
I reckon one of the many GeekTech readers could potentially have enough sets to steal Kyle’s crown. If it’s you, drop us an email at our tip line below!