Sets that you want but won't buy...

sjerakatsjerakat Member Posts: 27
I noticed through my years of buying Lego that there are always sets that I want but won't buy because of their theme, price, etc. Most recently, I find myself really wanting the LOTR and Hobbit sets. I'm not a fan of LOTR by any means which is what is frustrating, because most of the sets are incredibly designed. I bet fans of the series are in love with these sets considering how much I fancy them as a non-fan.

Most specifically I want Helms Deep, Unexpected gathering, Council of Elrond.

I also like the Lone Ranger sets, mainly the train and the stagecoach but had no interest in the movie.

Also, I really love the Ninjago minifigs, especially the Green Ninja, but I know that buying one will have me collecting the whole theme.. Sigh..

How about you guys?
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  • 09090900909090 Member Posts: 47
    Hehe, I would make at least 2pages long list of sets I want but I can't buy them because I can't afford them. LOLOL But seriously probably The Tower of Orthanc since I have few things which I want more and also the set is very pricey for me.
    icey117
  • pillpodpillpod Member Posts: 273
    I think it'd be cool to have all of the superhero minifigs but at the moment I only have one of the iron mans.
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    This one is easy, every set except those I already have or buy in the future :)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,788
    sjerakat said:

    I'm not a fan of LOTR by any means which is what is frustrating, because most of the sets are incredibly designed. I bet fans of the series are in love with these sets considering how much I fancy them as a non-fan.

    I wouldn't say they are incredibly designed. Each is reasonably designed to fit with a specific part count, but most fans can do significantly better.
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,359
    I'd say I have about 5 or 6 right now. Some small (only important for finishing a larger collection, and I'm banking on discounts for those). The rest are >£60, some LotR, LR, Castle and LOC in there amongst the expensive sets I want but probably won't buy. I have a particular interest in #70010 because I think it's a remarkable looking thing not dissimilar to #2507 (which I snagged off eBay for £40) imo (and I just have a thing for animal themed buildings and vehicles).

    But it's also a set I don't really want to buy at the moment, for these reasons:
    1. It's £100.
    2. I don't have £100 lying around for it.
    3. None of the minifigs are exclusive, they're all in cheaper sets
    4. I have all the minifigs from it already, why do I need copies?
    5. Isn't it going to be half price if you wait long enough? I'll wait until a figure-less one pops up on fleabay for a good price.
    6. I bought Orthanc instead :-P
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,624
    Super Star Destroyer #10221 < I want it to be half price, I still don't have any doubts about it apart from the price!!

    It is overpriced: Taj Mahal had nearly 6000 pieces and cost £200 which was a bargain, This set has half the amount of pieces but is nearly double the Taj Mahal price!!

    I will pick this up only if it is under £250 (Being Reasonable) But for now I could pick up: #10220, #10225, #10226 and #79003 for £350 instead!!
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,624
    I try to lay off the small retail sets like #6865, #6866, #60018 as they quickly eat your money away, I will wait for a sale or just not get it!!
  • jjb5000jjb5000 Member Posts: 103
    I would have to go for the new castle theme, the missus has banned me from getting it cos our son is too old (10) and she reckons I already have enough :-(

    Would also go for chima, sets not speedorz, but can't start another theme or else would have to go out and get the lot!!! So tempting at the mo too as they seem to be heavily reduced in most places :-)
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    Adzbadboy said:

    Super Star Destroyer #10221 < I want it to be half price, I still don't have any doubts about it apart from the price!!

    It is overpriced: Taj Mahal had nearly 6000 pieces and cost £200 which was a bargain, This set has half the amount of pieces but is nearly double the Taj Mahal price!!

    I will pick this up only if it is under £250 (Being Reasonable) But for now I could pick up: #10220, #10225, #10226 and #79003 for £350 instead!!

    IMO the most overpriced set Lego have produced and I think this has contributed massively to it's poor sales.

    I also want a #10221 but there is no way I'm paying £350 for it. If I see it with a 20%+ discount I'll bite, otherwise I think I'm gonna have to pass.

    LOTR and the Hobbit are two more themes for me. Part of me wants to collect the lot but I'm not sure I can justify the spending!

  • emilewskiemilewski CT, USAMember Posts: 475
    I really like the LEGO Ninjago dragons, but refuse to buy any as it is not a theme I collect and space is at a premium. (If they come out with a Hobbit Smaug then I will buy it in a heartbeat though).
    FollowsClosely
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    I bought most of the first wave LotR sets and I don't consider myself a huge fan. I disagree that the sets are poorly designed. Show me another Castle theme that has as much detail in construction as the LotR sets do. With that said, I have already disassembled those sets and they are currently in storage. I'll keep one or two sets for parts, and most likely unload the rest as they are discontinued.

    So it's one thing to like the sets, but I think you really need to be a fan to make it worth the investment. That's part of the problem with this Lego addiction. It's compulsive. I say stick with a budget and focus specifically on one or two themes that you really, really like and really want.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Well for us (the father son Duo) the set should have a cool mini figures before we would think about buying. In past 4-5 years of Lego buying, mistakes were made to acquire full range of theme say Atlantis, PQ and POP only to BL them off Used. BUT with recent Super Heroes and LOTR boom, we have managed to get almost all of the Super Heroes and the LOTR sets. Tower of Orthanc is in my Want list but I doubt it due to the price. Though our all time favorite theme is City and Castle as these themes are pretty easy to collect due to clearance/sales and the non license prices.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    I would buy every set in the catalog but the one thing stopping me is I'm poor and don't have any money!
    But if I did have the money my top priorities would be Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and all of the LOTR and HOBBIT sets I'm missing, in that order.
    Then I would buy every other set released in the catalog, even Friends and Legends of Chima. :}
    Adzbadboy
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,448
    The only thing that really falls into this category for me is #7189 MVR. I really like the look of it, but even at RRP I would have struggled to justify the price to myself, let alone at the price it's going for now.
  • addemlitaddemlit CaliforniaMember Posts: 118
    Any Star Wars sets. :( if I buy one ill need to buy them all. Though if I were to buy a set, it would be Palpatines Arrest.
  • 91stlegotrooper91stlegotrooper Member Posts: 92
    I would really like the larger Star Wars sets, but I don't have the money. I never have paid more than $92 on a Lego sets. I also have a second hobby that takes up alot of money. If you think Legos are expensive, try model trains as well.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    I have several hobbies and Lego is probably my most expensive, unless you count travelling as a hobby.
  • charlatan13charlatan13 Member Posts: 118
    mathew said:


    So it's one thing to like the sets, but I think you really need to be a fan to make it worth the investment. That's part of the problem with this Lego addiction. It's compulsive. I say stick with a budget and focus specifically on one or two themes that you really, really like and really want.

    I struggle with even the 'fan' aspect since I know I suffer from the compulsive aspect of the hobby. I try to stick with certain lines like Superheros and LotR, but I know at some point I'll buy the Palace Cinema since I enjoyed Diagon Alley and the Haunted House so much. Then I look at specific minifigures and rationalize how it will be cheaper to just buy them now than to pay more later. Visiting this site certainly doesn't help either.
  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134
    #10188 Death Star. I have wanted that set since I first saw it, but just cannot pay £280 for it.

    I would also like to start collecting the Modular line, but with so many other smaller sets coming out (Marvel/DC LOTR LR) it's hard justifying spending £100+ for any one set at the moment.
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    ^ Stop the small purchases and try a modular!
    Adzbadboy
  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134

    ^ Stop the small purchases and try a modular!

    I'm not the only buying the LEGO and the LR sets aren't for me, they are for my fiancé. I can't very well turn to her and say 'you can't buy that because I want to buy the Pet shop'

    As the majority of the LEGO in the house is mine, it wouldn't be very fair of me. I'll just have to wait until my birthday I think and get just one set (modular) rather than a few smaller sets.
  • NeilCrosbyNeilCrosby United KingdomMember Posts: 77
    I've found the big sets are great ones for building together. Try and sell your fiancé on the togetherness experience - it's what I did with mine and the Campervan. We've got the Palace Cinema and Sopwith Camel waiting to be done together now.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    I've taken a break from the modulars. I have them all except the TH and PC and while I want these there are too many other sets which have my interest. Both the modulars will be around far too long for me to worry.
  • Brinstar85Brinstar85 Member Posts: 42
    Tower of Orthanc for me. I've got all the first wave LOTR sets and will probably get most of the second wave at some point. The tower is an impressive set but I simply can't justify spending £169.99 on it.
    icey117
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,624

    I would buy every set in the catalog but the one thing stopping me is I'm poor and don't have any money!
    But if I did have the money my top priorities would be Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and all of the LOTR and HOBBIT sets I'm missing, in that order.
    Then I would buy every other set released in the catalog, even Friends and Legends of Chima. :}

    My parents pay for my Lego but they do try and avoid to as they think is a waste of money but my mum is with me sometimes!!

    I would also want to buy every set, ploybags and SDCC exclusives etc!!
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    After thinking more about it, one specific set I have deliberately not bought is 9496-1 Desert Skiff. The reasons I'm constantly drawn back to it are:

    a) I'm an old-school SW fan
    b) It has an incredible version of my favorite character, Boba Fett
    c) The set is actually something I could realistically afford

    The reason I DON'T buy it is:

    Although I certainly had the opportunities to collect Lego SW from the beginning, I didn't and the fact I've missed so much has lead me to the decision to collect other, more recent licenses that I could (in theory) collect all of.

    Lego SW has drawn me back to it again and again but this time I'm...going...to...resist!

    (Why do I have the feeling I'm going to buy this set the next time I'm at WM with an extra $30?) :}
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734

    After thinking more about it, one specific set I have deliberately not bought is 9496-1 Desert Skiff.

    This reminds me of a comment I made a few months ago:
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/171399/#Comment_171399

    I bought Desert Skiff because Amazon had it for ~$16. Since then, I've bought #7965 Millennium Falcon, #9489 Endor Battle Pack (x2), #9492 TIE Fighter, #9493 X-Wing, #9678 Cloud Car, and #75003 A-Wing.

  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    I bought the Desert Skiff on a whim while shopping at Walmart. Aside from the figures, I'm not sure it's all that great of a set at RRP. In fact, I'm not a fan of any of the Jabba sets because I think they offer lack luster design and are terribly over priced.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    Yeah, if I saw it for $16 and had a twenty in my pocket I would probably break down and buy it. I've made the mistake of not buying sets when they went cheap before. Harry Potter Knight Bus went on clearance a WM. Passed it up. More bricks than figures I thought. Now you have to pay triple if not quadruple the original price if you want one! Still kicking myself for that one.
  • Lego2012Lego2012 Member Posts: 60
    Haunted House for me, I wont let myself buy it no matter how much I want it, it's just that little bit too much!
  • flakmaniakflakmaniak Member Posts: 50
    Hmm. Well, a bunch of Ninjago sets... I guess I'd like Kai's Blade Cycle, but seeing its price double retail is meh for me, and the Ultra Sonic Raider, despite having all four ninjas and in ZX no less... I mean come on, it costs eighty bucks! (Yeah sure, sixty or so from Amazon, but still!)

    But, some are very old, like the various Aquanaut et cetera sets that probably cost a ton on the secondary market. I did love the underwater theme so, but... Perhaps not enough to track down old sets. Enough to wistfully imagine those dioramas at Toys R Us when I was a lad, though. (I suppose you'd say I'm still a lad, at 21. Relatively short dark ages, I know.)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    Lego2012 said:

    Haunted House for me, I wont let myself buy it no matter how much I want it, it's just that little bit too much!

    No it's not....it's perfect! My favourite set of 2012. :-)
    Chesney107AdzbadboyT_Lars
  • legonickblegonickb Brighton, UKMember Posts: 57
    Legoboy said:

    Lego2012 said:

    Haunted House for me, I wont let myself buy it no matter how much I want it, it's just that little bit too much!

    No it's not....it's perfect! My favourite set of 2012. :-)
    I agree, haunted house is one of my favourite sets, my girlfriend who isnt a big Lego fan loves it as well
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Haunted House is one of the coolest sets I've ever built.. My only complaint is I wish the vampire and bride were exclusive to the set.


    I won't buy Ewok Village.. I just don't like the look of it or the figs, and ROTJ is my favorite episode.
  • jtrjtr Member Posts: 37
    I'd love to buy the LOTR sets - the big ones. I could imagine creating a great battle scene and many hours spent playing with the kids - but i have to draw the line somewhere - so no LOTR/Hobbit, TMNT, SW Clone wars.

    Hard choices hey ?
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,228
    I usually won't buy sets more than $100 (or that equate to more than $100, as I currently-kinda-live in the UK). I have a set budget I allow myself for LEGO every month (although that doesn't include CMF purchases), and too many other sets that I want :)
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    mathew said:

    In fact, I'm not a fan of any of the Jabba sets because I think they offer lack luster design and are terribly over priced.

    After building Jabba's Palace and the Rancor Pit recently I would have to agree.
    I will probably pass on the Tower of Orthanc and the Ewok Village. Wish I had passed on the Malevolence.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    #10229 Winter Village Cottage. I want it b/c I have all the other Winter Village sets, but I have avoided it so far bc I just don't like it as well as the others. This is the part where being a completionist really sucks.

    Unexpected Gathering has the opposite problem. Love it, but I don't collect the theme and have decided to pass.
  • Chesney107Chesney107 Member Posts: 9
    Theres only four sets that I've regretted not getting, the first one is #4195, The Queen Anne's Revenge. The second is #4184, Black Pearl. Third is #10219, Maersk train and the fourth is one of my all time fav Lego Models #10210, The Imperial Flagship!!!!
    icey117
  • trickydicky0880trickydicky0880 Member Posts: 134
    I really want #75021 Republic Gunship because I really like the minifigs it comes but it's too similar to the older one.

    @Chesney107 - If we're talking about sets that we regret for not getting, mine would be #7199 The Temple of Doom.
    Legoboy
  • DevastatorDevastator Member Posts: 66
    Imperial Star Destroyer #10030 would be at the top of my list, but unless the price starts dropping I doubt I'll be picking one up.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    We're starting to stray here so let's keep it all on topic.

    As for me, I keep staring at the Fury Class Interceptor and think it looks just amazing. But I'm not into the Old Republic and am already 2 modulars behind. I feel similarly about the Chima Gator Boat.

    One thing I've learned, though, is to decide on a set early and don't look back. Otherwise, doubt creeps in, sales appear and republic credits will do just fine.
  • EKSamEKSam Member Posts: 349
    edited July 2013
    The Taj Mahal #10189,I went to the Lego store many a times and did not buy it back then. I can afford it at current prices but can't bring myself to buy it. If procastination was a religion, I'd be considered it's devout follower.:-))






  • bellybutton290bellybutton290 Member Posts: 453
    The bttf set for me I hate the hood and windsheild sorry shield but love the rear and the figs.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,272
    The Battle of Hoth Board Game, for two years I have seen it in stores and waited for sales, and seen sales come and go, and still not bought it...

    But I am still deluding myself into thinking I might buy it :o)
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,826



    As for me, I keep staring at the Fury Class Interceptor and think it looks just amazing. But I'm not into the Old Republic and am already 2 modulars behind. I feel similarly about the Chima Gator Boat.

    These two sets are the same ones I thought of first when reading this topic. I love the look of the Sith ship and all that olive green on the croc boat but just can't put them high enough on the list of 'wants' to ever get them.


  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    For me it would be the large Star Wars sets. I want to build them, but no interest in displaying or keeping them.
  • weaselkingweaselking Member Posts: 61
    I can think of two off-hand, more if I really thought about it--

    -Death Star (#10188)- I want it, but I don't like it. Doesn't make sense, I know. I think I would like individual dioramas a little better, like the trash compactor or the detention block. I know, I'm in the minority. And minifigs do nothing for me, so who knows.

    -The Quinjet from Avengers (#6869). Love the movie, love comicbook movies in general. Hate the jet. But I still want the set. Now that I saw it on clearance at a local Target, maybe I'll grab it finally.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,293
    I got into Technic at Christmas, and have bought pretty much everything still on sale, plus managed to track down several sets that have gone end-of-life in the past year or so.

    But the two 'pull back racer' sets, #42010 and #42011 I just can't get any enthusiasm for. Silly thing to say about Lego, but they seem like toys, rather than construction sets.

    The completist in me says 'It's less then £30 for the pair, just go and buy them!', but I don't know.

    Maybe I can find something interesting to do with the pull back motors...
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,359
    ^^^^ I actually own that croc boat. Don't get me wrong btw, the boat and minifigs look amazing in person, the boat has one AFOL Achillies heel...

    The hull is ONE PIECE. Just for the sake of allowing the ship to float in the bath. Great for kids, but I'm not sure what sort of parent is going to pay £70 for a bath toy imo :-P

    Personally, the set would have been much better with a brick built hull. Not dissimilar to Destiny's Bounty from Ninjago (and that ship was cheaper). (I'm not helping to sell the croc boat am I?) :-)

    Back on topic, I can't help but look at the Silver Mine LR set. I so badly want and lust for that mine (I like rocks), but gut instinct tells me to wait since I'm sure it will go on sale for half price in the near future. My goodness, buying Lego is hard in that case.
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