March 10, 2012

Lego,..good investment?

I couldn’t believe old lego set could be so expensive.
I remember drooling at a lego shop, couldn’t keep my hands off of the star wars lego set called ‘the millennium falcon’ retailed at about 310 GBP,....
yes,..... that was expensive but it was the largest lego ever produced back then.
In the end, I came home empty-handed, believing I was going to pay too much for the toys.

Three years later after playing much with city lego and village lego, Star Wars lego has become a dream toy, and the millenium faclon is the one I have my eyes on.

However, the set can be purchased via online market only, and the price for a brand new set is staggering at the minimum of 1,200 GBP, but the 2ndhanded one can be bought at around 420 GBP.
Meanwhile, lego also released two new sets: a superstar destroyer and an imperial shuttle at a combination of 420 GBP.
I’d love to lay my hands on all sets, but my pocket wasn’t quite big enough; which one should I go for?

I was thinking of getting the 2ndhand falcon, but how could I ensure that all the pieces could be accounted for?
How could I be sure that the tiny plastic pieces are not contaminated with diseased and it’s possible that the set could have been a third-forth handed.

Nevertheless, in my limited budget, If I decided to go for the new sets over falcon, of course at the retailed price, I would get something totally brand new and they would be only mine,
and that means it will take me quite sometime to save up for falcon, and till that time the price of the falcon could keep on skyrocketing until it’s far out of my reach.

In turn, the price of the new set could have ballooned up too, if not now, so things became much more complicated as there’re way too many factors to consider.

So Time is crutial, Millenium falcon went from 310 GBP to 1,200 GBP in not many years times.
It is important that time must be taken into account when making a decision, as well as depreciation and future value.
Now with lego, it is harder to predict its future value, since some of them are more valued and expensive while some sets aren't.
In this case, market research and statistical data would be the best thing to rely on; what kind of lego sets are likely to be more expensive in the future, what set would be in demand, will lego company has a plan to produce more of that particular set in the future.

In the end, good decision should be made with enough information, as thorough as it could be.

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  1. Sue

    When you’ve made your decision and you finally get the lego set put all the pieces in the sink (especiially if it is third or fourth hand) and wash them in warm, soapy water. Rinse them and soak them in diluted dettol for a few minutes before laying them out on a tea towel to dry (don’t administer any heat as I’ve known lego to melt)>

    11 Mar 2012, 00:04

  2. Sue

    You can use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices.

    11 Mar 2012, 12:57

  3. Ungsutorn Thavornlertrat

    Thank you very much Sue,... :>

    I also heard about people using Oxy to clean lego, not sure if that’s too strong for lego plastic.

    11 Mar 2012, 22:13

  4. Sue

    I’m not familiar with Oxy but I think spraying it with Dettox would be another way of cleaning it. Although I remember playing with Lego on the floor as being all part of the fun of it so maybe cleaning it is not really necessary after all.

    13 Mar 2012, 22:03

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