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Request valuation of "LEGO Bike"

mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
edited March 2013 in Buying & Selling Topics
Hey all.

When i was younger i was given a LEGO bike. My mother won it at LEGO (she worked there). Only 7 were ever made. It's made by the BMX company GT.
Now i've gotten older. I need to sell this thing.

How much would you guys think i could get for it?

It has been used, but does not have many scratches, etc.

Thanks

Comments

  • leppgleppg Member Posts: 45
    I am by no means an expert on this, but that looks like any random bike with a LEGO decal put onto it. It is hard to tell from the picture but is there anything else on there that makes it a "Lego Bike"?

    Just wondering because that totally sounds like something my parents would have done (and did do once) put a brand name sticker on a no name brand and gave it to me telling me it was the brand name.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    I think your biggest problem is going to be documentation. You might want to find a BMX bike collectors forum. I'm sure there is one out there somewhere.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    I was expecting a bike made out of Lego. Epic fail!
    LegobrandonCP
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    I was expecting a Lego bicycle in a rare color.
    legoprods
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    ^ Same here. I have a collection of these and thought there might be a new color.
  • BrickographyBrickography Member Posts: 15
    I was at least expecting something small and...you know....plastic!
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    I have a one-of-a-kind Lego washing machine. Made by Sears Kenmore but proudly displaying a Lego Octan label just below the cycle dial, it may not work but is definitely a collectors' item!
  • BanditBandit Member Posts: 890
    Hey, at least it's chrome. It could have been just a plain old Han Solo bike.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    @mixtheman I think the answer is: not a lot.
    Lego collectors don't collect kids bikes
    And
    Kids bike collectors don't collect Lego.

    There may be one or two people out there obsessed with both, but I think it's a long shot personally.

  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    I'll try and find some proof through my dad (he currently works at LEGO, so maybe he can search through the database)
    Thanks for your answers so far :-)
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 870
    So do we think more or less than http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4719c01 in either bright light blue or medium blue?

    My money is probably on less...
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Replacement stickers for that thing are going to be a nightmare
  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    Sorry to continue the thread hijack, but mudguards and a chainguard on a BMX? Isn't that why Mums wash with Persil?
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,260
    edited March 2013
    Maybe I am just being a spoilsport, but that looks suspiciously as though a Lego sticker has been added to a standard bike. Also, having two parents working at Lego seems improbable to me (but fantastic)...

    Good luck to you though, finding collectors of both bicycles and Lego might be a challenge, but I bet they are out there somewhere.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,685
    It's not actually that uncommon for large brands to have half a dozen bikes made by a recognised manufacturer for a promo of some sort. I remember my mate as a kid having a JCB labelled bike. I'm fairly certain it was made by Raleigh but there was no mistaking it was a JCB.

    Take all of the licensed LEGO tat thats available right now. There's no reason for me to think this bike wasn't given away to a member staff by LEGO. Having said that, proving might be a little harder. I'd put a call into GT if I were wanting to trace its origin.
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    @CapnRex101 - we live in Grindsted right besides Billund :-)
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,260
    @mixtheman - Ah, that explains it, lucky you!
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,025
    That's one really sweet bike. What I would try to do is find out as much of the history of it as possible. You say that only 7 was made. That's sounds like the bike was decaled with the LEGO label for some kind of a special event. Finding out the history of this bike is what would give it value. Interview your mom, your dad, other people who worked there around the same time... maybe there was some poster or something made for the event... that would really validate it's specialness and value...(c:
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    news.lugnet.com/loc/uk/?n=3027&t=f&v=a

    There's an article about it. I was wrong - 10 were made :-)
  • Jonn420Jonn420 Member Posts: 267
    Dont they ride bikes and such around the factory as well?
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    They have yellow scooters :-)
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 487
    I was going to say it looks authentic because it's more than just a "Lego decal slapped on a bike". You can clearly see the word "Roboriders" on it, too, signifying a tie-in to that short-lived precursor to BIONICLE, the Roboriders from 2000. Connected with the Technic logo and the overall color scheme of the bike, and it definitely looks like something Lego would commission in those days of imminent collapse (1999-2000).
    madforLEGO
  • adventure_aladventure_al Scotland Member Posts: 243
    sidersdd said:

    ^ Same here. I have a collection of these and thought there might be a new color.

    How common are the yellow ones? I have have a yellow mail carriers bike Im selling. I dont really do city now and I want to invest in other lego.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,874
    In the meantime, if your dad works at Lego - can you ask him when the Fire Brigade and Death Star sets will retire? I'm only half-joking, of course.
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    Haha, no one knows :-D
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432

    sidersdd said:

    ^ Same here. I have a collection of these and thought there might be a new color.

    How common are the yellow ones? I have have a yellow mail carriers bike Im selling. I dont really do city now and I want to invest in other lego.
    The yellow one is uncommon. Only came in that mail carrier set. Goes for about US$8.50 (used) on Bricklink.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    prevere said:

    In the meantime, if your dad works at Lego - can you ask him when the Fire Brigade and Death Star sets will retire? I'm only half-joking, of course.

    You can't even talk about those 2 sets at Lego. A memo was sent to all employees.

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ And TLG claims they don't care about or pay attention to the retired collectors market. ;)

    They would save themselves a lot of trouble if they would just publish the retirement dates for those two sets and be done with it.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,223
    I was was only kidding buddy. It is just taboo to talk about those 2 sets.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,172
    So do not run into the LEGO offices and say 'Fire Brigade'?
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    Has anyone got a guess on value?
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited April 2013
    If I saw this in a garage sale, and I could take it home then, I would pay $20. If I saw problems other than the pictured seat issue and basic maintenance items, $0.
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    No one else has an idea?
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,942
    More importantly, that bike hasn't been assembled correctly. The headset stem is the wrong way round, which makes it a bit dangerous!
  • mixthemanmixtheman Member Posts: 9
    Can just be turned :-)
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    As I mentioned earlier, I really don't see this being appealing the the 'collector' market, therefore you are looking at the price of what every other bike of its condition would sell for, give or take a few $'s depending on whether the kid likes Lego.
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 540
    I agree, I really don't think you'll get much for it unfortunately.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 804
    Yeah, most LEGO collectors are in it for LEGO building elements and a smattering of related things like instructions, boxes, and catalogs. Other promotional items are.... tricky. There are a few people that collect odds and ends like this, but not many.

    Some people might want it for their kids to ride, but they probably won't pay much more for it than a regular bike-- their kids won't know what Roboriders are, so it'll look a little odd. Collectors MIGHT want it, but it's a difficult item to display (because it's so large), it's not well known (so most people wouldn't even associate it with LEGO), and falls outside of the realm of what most collectors would consider to be a "necessary" part of their collections.

    In short, it's an interesting novelty, and it's cool that we (as a community) now have a bit more information about it. But it's probably not worth very much.

    DaveE
  • meyerc13meyerc13 Member Posts: 227
    Maybe some place like the Plastic Brick Museum would be interested, but outside of that unless you find someone who loved that theme, I don't see it being in much demand.
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