Wow!!! While building the other ST Mega Blok kits it was definitely frustrating finding the pieces, they are packaged most illogically. I didn't know about the patent issue, there must be a way around that somehow.
As far as the build goes, I have never built a block-system kit this big but I love the process and I am always kind of disappointed when it's done so this should be a lot of fun. I will sort them as you suggest, that just makes for a more enjoyable experience. Thanks @ponyboy88 .