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LEGO Set Investment

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace by lfanquestions on July 12, 2010

Sammy writes:

Hi,

I used to play with Lego town sets in the late 80’s, early 90’s before entering the Lego dark ages. I have now fallen in love with Lego again and started purchasing the newer sets, but this time from an investment view. Also, I notice that the old Lego town sets have increased in value. Would it be wise investing in them at this point in time in the hope they will increase in value a further 10 years down the line?

For example, I recently picked up ‘6385: Fire House-I’ (a 1985 release) for around USD $250. Investment wise, is this a wise investment and will the value skyrocket 10 years go up down the line?

In terms of modern sets, apart from the modular and licensed sets, do other sets have value? For example, do you have foresee 7641: City Corner as a good investment?

Thanks!

Sorry for the many questions but I just want to make sure I am not investing around USD $1,000 a year in dead investments.

Dear Sammy,

Any investment carries the risk that you could lose most of your initial capital.  Collectors like rare sets in pristine mint condition.

Promotional sets with low production quantities will usually hold their value over the long term.  Recent examples include:

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=7848-1

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=4999-1

Certain licensed lines such as Batman increased in value after the line was discontinued.  Many fans purchased, built, and played with these sets.  Later, they sold the used sets for a large profit in order to buy other Lego sets.

Sincerely,

LFan

Future of LEGO Star Wars?

Posted in Marketplace by lfanquestions on July 12, 2010

J writes:

Maybe I already asked this via email, but do you know when the LEGO Star Wars line will be discontinued. I understand the contract ends in 2011.

Dear J,

The LEGO Star Wars line is extremely profitable for The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm Ltd.  Both parties are very likely to renew contracts as long as the line is profitable.

Sincerely,
LFan

Collectable Minifigures: Series 1

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace by lfanquestions on July 12, 2010

Michael writes:

Dear LFan,

Why were the Series 1 Minifigs so rare and difficult to find? Did lego really not anticipate the demand? Why the secondary barcodes that made each fig identifiable?

For those of us who were unable to complete a set of Series 1 MiniFigs and have some extras… where can we go about finding an active AFOL community to trade these rather than engaging in buy and sell on bricklink, ebay, etc.

Is TLG adjusting their production for Series 2? Sure hope so.

Dear Michael,

Large retail stores were skeptical that collectable minifigures would be popular.  These stores did not order many cases of figures.

TLG is aware of high demand for the figures and will likely increase production of future series.  Since most sets are produced months in advance, increased production will likely happen for later series of collectable minifigures.

Several fan sites have collectable minifigure trade treads:

http://www.classic-castle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19041

http://www.fbtb.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4093

Sincerely,
LFan