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Questions Thread: January 3rd – 9th, 2010

Posted in General Questions by lfanquestions on January 5, 2010

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  1. Shawn Wheatley said, on January 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I have a moderate sized collection at this point (by some standards, maybe not by die-hards who have collected for 20+ years) of 15,000+ pieces. Some elements are sorted, but more than two thirds are unsorted in multi-gallon bins. My daughter is almost at an age where she can play with LEGO System pieces without supervision. I’d like to partition out a subset of pieces so that she does not get overwhelmed by all the various choices, as well as giving me the opportunity to introduce new elements in over time. Outside of reassembling smaller sets for her to build, do you have any other recommendations on how to partition my collection?

  2. Riley Hunter said, on January 6, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I’ve noticed that for a good year or so Toys R Us has been getting certain Lego models out on their shelves sooner than other retailers like Wal-Mart and Target. I’m interested in some of the Toy Story sets and I don’t feel inclined to pay the extra cost that Toys R Us is charging, particularly an extra $10 for Woody’s Roundup. Last week the local Toys R Us had most of the Toy Story sets but as of today Target’s and Wal-Mart’s Lego shelves are nearly empty.

    I know I can mail order these, but on most sets it costs a little more to have them shipped than the sales tax. I don’t really mind waiting, just wondering why.

    Thanks for you time,


  3. Bobby said, on January 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I’ve been collecting LEGO for a few years, and I’ve noticed a surprising trend. More often than not, AS SOON as a set is retired it doubles and sometimes triples or quadruples in value on the aftermarket. I’ve noticed this has happened on many licensed sets (Batman was insane, a mere 2 weeks after “sold out” set #7884 had gone from $11 to an average asking price of $60) I’ve also noticed that creator set prices sky rocket, as well as many others shortly after retirement. The most recent example is cafe corner.
    What do you feel determines this? It’s pretty much across the board, once a set is retired it goes up in value, but it seems like the norm is for the jump in value to be extreme. Why? How?

  4. Bobby said, on January 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    ALSO, second part to this question… What current/ upcoming sets do you feel will be the most valuable once retired? Will Toy Story be the next batman? What about the upcoming Prince of Persia sets? Creator apple tree house? Will that be the next #4954? Will #6754 be the next #4954?
    I am convinced that Green Grocer will sky rocket in price once retired, as well as many of the Indiana Jones sets. What are your thoughts?

  5. Bobby said, on January 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I am getting into doing some mosaic stuff with LEGO. I mostly want to do 8-bit and 16-bit video game sprites since their pixels are represented perfectly by lego bricks. Are there any good places online to find source images of 8-bit and 16-bit art to use as reference? It would be amazing to find a ton of that stuff as each image is basically a set of directions for mosaic building. I just purchased A TON of 1×1 bricks for this purpose.

    This is a good example of what I mean:

    I have tried pic to brick and it does not seem to work well with this.


  6. polywen said, on January 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

    This past weekend, random Target stores across the country had the entire line of Atlantis sets on sale for 50% off in their clearance section. This makes little sense to me. The next nearest Target would have the sets, but at full price. Do you have any insight as to why Target would do this? The sets were only released to Target in January. They’ve barely been out for half a month. Did someone make a mistake? These stores must be loosing money on the stock.

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