If you are a Lego builder and need a little help keeping track of all your Lego Products, Brick Collection is a Windows Phone 8 app that might interest you. The app taps into the BrickLink (opens in new tab) database to deliver all the Lego goodness to your Windows Phone.
Brick Collection allows you to easily add Lego sets, parts, mini-figures, accessories and books to your collection. Your inventory can be synced between devices including Windows 8 tablets and PCs through the Windows 8 version of the app. Brick Collection might not appeal to everyone but if you are into Legos, you may want to check it out.
Brick Collection Main Pages
To maximize the capabilities of Brick Collection you will need to register with the app (free) from the main page. You do not need to register to make use of the app but to build/sync your collection you will need an account.
The main pages for Brick Collection include:
- My Collection: This page offers options to search the Lego database, view your sets, parts, mini-figures, accessories, books and catalogs.
- Trial Version: Here is where you can make the jump from the free version to the paid version ($1.49). The paid version removes the ad-support and is more frequently updated.
- My Account: A summary page of your Lego inventory where you can add items to your collection.
- Brick Collection: Essentially an About Page with links to the app’s Facebook page and a link to contact the developer.
- Themes: A collection of background themes for the app.
At the bottom of the page is a button control to customize Brick Collection’s appearance, which includes the theme selection, opacity of the theme, accent colors and more.
Building your Collection
From the My Collection page, you can search the database or browse your collection from the individual categories of the Lego culture.
Brick Collection Search Options and Item Description
In searching the database, listings for parts includes the part number, category, weight, and general description. There are filters that can be applied by category, collection and number/name. Along with the Lego information page, you also have a My Collection page that displays a summary of similar parts you have in your collection. You can add the current item to your collection by tapping the circles and adding the number of parts to add.
Individual listings will have button controls to add the item to your wish list and pull up the Bricklink website page for that item. When viewing Lego sets, Brick Collection adds the option to open up any building instructions that are available for that set.
You also have the ability to add items to your collect from your My Account page. Just tap on the collection you are looking to add to and a listing of existing items in that particular collection will be displayed. Up under the three-dot menu you will have an “add” function that will send you to the database search feature where you can search for and then add items to your collections.
I can see Brick Collection being an appealing Windows Phone 8 app for those who need to manage their Lego collections. The biggest hurdle with Brick Collection is the user interface which isn’t the smoothest around. It takes a little while to become accustomed to but with a little use, navigation gets more familiar.
Brick Collection is a Windows Phone 8 app that won’t appeal to everyone but is a nicely drawn-up app. Brick Collection is still a beta version and the developer is ironing out some performance issues. If you run across an issue, you can contact the developer directly through the contact tile on the Brick Collection page within the app.
Brick Collection is a free, ad-supported app that is available for Windows Phone 8. You can remove the ads through a $1.49 in-app purchase. You can find Brick Collection here in the Windows Phone Store (opens in new tab). The Windows 8 version of Brick Collection is also free and can be picked up here in the Windows Store (opens in new tab).
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
So is this the first of its kind on the Windows Phone store?
When I read "brick" I thought it was another article about the Lumia icon :)
(Yes, I know im having a piss of a day)
Can MS make their own app and video search engine on windows and wp giving competition to u tube?
Oh, this sounds nice. My husband would probably get a lot of use out of this app.
Never knew it was that serious. An app just to track the pieces.
When some sets contain 2500+ pieces, knowing what you have when building big projects can get complicated. It is quite serious, there are a lot of AFOL's [adult fans of LEGO], e.g. just check eurobricks.com
There are hundreds of fan sites and forum sites.
Seriously? I never knew. As a kid, once I realized I could never get my castle to look like the one on the box, I flat gave up and went to domino stacking. At least there I could get all the pieces to fall almost every time. )
Thanks for the heads up! I've been waiting for a app that would connect to Bricklink to show up. I have one for Brickset but this one is most welcome!
Would be cool if you could build stuff with the pieces you own within the app. Then print out a list of parts used when done. Or even better, then work backwards and take screen captures along with parts used to create your own instructions.
This is so niche but I like it haha
I was going to do a very basic one for mega bloks Halo. But realized basic isn't good enough. I hope one cones out
The app looks like a really cool idea, will give it a try. Would be cool to track all the sets I own and see it all in one place.
Yeah um, I have way too many pieces for this to be anywhere close to practical.
You can also download PDF instructions for many sets, so if you have enough Lego parts, you can build even the sets you don't own yet :-) .
Everything is Awesome
Everything is cool when you are part of a team.
And I only work in black... and sometimes very, very dark grey.
Great app. Bought it instantly.
Thank you sir for supporting the development of Brick Collection :-) ! In case you have any ideas for improvement or new features, feel free to contact us through the Contact form in the app. The app is still in beta phase, so all feedback is greatly appreciated ;-) .
Hey George - you may also want to check out a similar app - Brick Manager, which is totally free... And pretty awesome (but I'm a bit biased). ;)
Everything is awesome!
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