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The "brag" thread: Post your recent great finds!

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  • Brick_ObsessionBrick_Obsession in a "Brick" house - Calgary, AlbertaMember Posts: 654
    A friend of mine scored the following from a local add in our city:

    Sydney Opera house $100 (with box and instructions)
    UCS Snowspeeder $100 (with box and instructions)
    UCS Tantavine IV $100 (with box and instructions)
    USC Star Destroyer $100 (with box and instructions)
    Simpson House $100 (with box and instructions)

    When he shows up, he is able to get UCS X-Wing and UCS Tie Fighter for $50 each (no box, no instructions) and also the UCS Imperical Shuttle for $200 (with box and instructions)

    I told him I was convinced it was a "Divorce Sale" of which the husband would know nothing about. But he was the one selling. Just crazy!
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    ^ I don't get it when people are selling their own Lego and don't take the time to see what it is worth.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    I can understand an older set, but why would anyone let a Sydney Opera House go for $100? Unless it was a gift and they have no clue how much it cost.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    I agree, surely if you were going to sell any Lego sets, you actually check out what they are going for first....even if you sell cheap than this, that's fine...but to almost give them away is crazy.

    Lucky find. Right place at the right time.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 500
    In January I found 75-80% of the Death Star playset, plus about 2,000 other pieces of not-played-with Lego at a second-hand store that raises money to help war veterans recover from injury (mental and physical). I buy there because they actually donate 90% of gross earnings to pay down hospital bills.

    After some solid bricklinking and searching through my own overflow of loose bricks, I was able to complete the construction of the Death Star tonight! Final cost for the Death Star (after bricklink and shipping) = $125.00

    My girlfriend is actually enjoying this playset more than I am... and Princess Leah is now in charge of everything ;)
    LegoboyMorkMan
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,398
    @krklint - nice find. I wish I had a place like that up here. Especially since the bulk of the money goes to a good cause.
  • DraugDraug CanadaMember Posts: 34
    edited March 2014

    A friend of mine scored the following from a local add in our city:

    Sydney Opera house $100 (with box and instructions)
    UCS Snowspeeder $100 (with box and instructions)
    UCS Tantavine IV $100 (with box and instructions)
    USC Star Destroyer $100 (with box and instructions)
    Simpson House $100 (with box and instructions)

    When he shows up, he is able to get UCS X-Wing and UCS Tie Fighter for $50 each (no box, no instructions) and also the UCS Imperical Shuttle for $200 (with box and instructions)

    I told him I was convinced it was a "Divorce Sale" of which the husband would know nothing about. But he was the one selling. Just crazy!

    Haha! I'm the guy who actually made the purchase. Thanks for the Shout Out! I'm not sure my purchase qualifies for this thread. I remember one post relaying the 2013 discovery of a NISB Taj Mahal on clearance at Walmart. What a find!!!

    My purchase was a strange one. I was second in line with my response to the ad, so of course it was already "Tentatively Sold". Perhaps it was in a moment of poor judgement, but instead of moving on, I enlightened the seller that those older UCS sets were very collectable and the 5 sets that he was selling clearly had a value of over $1500. I offered him $1000 to sell them to me instead.

    I just couldn't let it go - those three UCS sets were 3 of the 4 that I needed to complete my UCS collection (If anyone offers a 10143 at an unbeatable price, pick me, pick me!!!). In the end, I had all 8 of the sets mentioned above for $1300. Even that price is roughly half the value, I'd guess.

    It turned out that I sat and visited with the happily married couple for almost an hour (My ATM cash withdrawal limit was reached at $1000, and the $300 email transfer took a long time). The wife was happy to get these behemoth sets off her dresser and out of her bedroom. The husband was happy to sell them because he "appreciates the building experience and not the display or collectible value ". Husband was educating Wife on the ever increasing value of collector Star Wars Lego. Wife was making fun of us "Lego Fanboys" as I didn't hide my excitement for the purchase.

    It was a strange buying experience indeed. Needless to say, I left all my contact information for the next time Husband wishes to buy, build, and dump a massive set. Maybe I'll get another great find someday ...

    khmellymelaimlesspursuitspharmjodMorkManLegobutterfly
  • MiniFigHunterMiniFigHunter Member Posts: 113
    4617: Dual Turbo Prop for 99p and 2.00 p&p
    I love ebay lol
    not the best set and with awful reviews but its old, cheap, and BNIB
  • NinjapaulrunNinjapaulrun Member Posts: 2
    ninjacopter 30 at target
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    daswooten said:

    I was in an old and unorganized bookstore two years ago and I spotted a 6040 Blacksmith Shop behind some books on a bookshelf. It was marked $11.95! When I decided to spend an hour or two looking around the place, I ended up finding another 6040, three 6823 Surface Transports (I think they were $4.95 each), and two 6826 Crater Crawlers (I think they were also $4.95 each).

    I also saw a small police set (either 6681 or 6632?), but it was faded from being near a window so I didn't buy it - I wasn't really collecting yet .

    I wouldnt buy any food from that store XD
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Not a great find as such but......

    #41008 Friends Pool X 2
    #60007 City Police Chase X 2
    Mixels X 2
    #3315 Olivias House
    #41015 Dolphin Cruiser X 2

    Rrp £413.92
    Paid £205.77
    Vouchers worth £100 issued

    Makes for a good Fairy day with stock of 10+ of each set on the shelves.
    StormKitty
  • afireinsideafireinside MichiganMember Posts: 38
    I forgot the number but a large troop transport, 8088 and a 8018 some misc SW and other minifigs dosent look complete for the transport but we got a decent amount of bricks for $50. My nephew gave me and our kiddo one bin maybe 40lbs and says he has another bin and more manuals somewhere (mostly my old castle space and small pirate sets) in his i found a slave 1 2010 and a ton of other SW minifigs. He has my old xwing and darth tie fighter from late 2000's for sure mixed in and his mom thinks their is a death star in here too...... i dont see evidence of the mini figs but it may be possible in next bin.
  • Mandalorian_BuilderMandalorian_Builder Member Posts: 197
    I just picked this up from a guy on Craigslist for 40 bucks. It was sealed and brand new. I only opened it to make sure the mini figures were still inside before he drove off too far.
  • afireinsideafireinside MichiganMember Posts: 38
    I looked 8098 is the troop transport i got in a box for $50
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    Today I stopped buy at my local Lego store because I had some points racked up from a huge haul I just made and I got a set for $1.10. It was the penguin vs. batman something something I don't remember :P (it was the one with the duck). It was a small set but I was happy to only pay $1.10 for it, I also got 2 free minifigs from a display that employees just took down which was manbat and nightwing! I think it was dollar well spent (much more well spent than a nasty doughnut I bought for $1 earlier today). Today was just another day I'm happy to be a VIP member :) .
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    put down some great VIP moments you have had over the years its been around (I forgot to put this in the actual thing XD).
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 945
    When the Arkham Asylum came out last year, I was able to score it for just $4.xx after paying for tax. I saved up for nearly 2 years to have that moment!
  • HokieJoe99HokieJoe99 Member Posts: 348
    I used some VIP points once at the LEGO store. They just asked if I wanted to use them, and I said "yes!"
    joel4motionscrumper
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    teal93mr2 said:

    When the Arkham Asylum came out last year, I was able to score it for just $4.xx after paying for tax. I saved up for nearly 2 years to have that moment!

    Nice! I would never be able to hold onto points for that long XD . I usually get near to free small sets after I've spent about $300 :P

  • dmg111dmg111 Member Posts: 40
    I keep forgetting to bring my VIP card to the LEGO store. *facepalm*
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    ^ Give them your email and they can look it up. Or you could give then my email :)
    LegoboyTheLoneTensor
  • sdetskysdetsky Member Posts: 35
    My recent great find is the pinnacle (to date) of my Lego bargain hunting (I'm a collector, not a reseller). I typically search on kijiji (a Canadian classifieds site) for people selling bulk used Lego and I typically can only guess at the sets included based on unique parts in a photograph or when viewing the Lego in person, although sometimes people indicate what sets are included.

    My first purchase of this type was for $50 and the seller indicated that #7697, #7692 and #8289 were included. After sorting it all, I found as well #8671, #7694, #7695, #8354 and 2 copies of #5616. 99% of the parts were there along with some boxes and instruction manuals. I was quite happy.

    My next purchase was for $200 and was simply a big bin with very little indication of what was there. When I went to meet up, I could tell this was about 40 lbs of Lego and included Star Wars, Mars Mission and Exo Force sets, but no boxes or instruction manuals. After two months of sorting, I determined that I had the following sets: #6205, #7659, #7649, #7697, #7646, #7591, #8769, #8893, #8892, #8926, #8118, #8111, #8103, #8101, #8102, #8100, #8113, #8962, #8956, #8960, #8957, #8958, #7694, #8115, #8632, #8631, #8630, #8967, #8058, #7772, #7770, #5969, #7884, #7657, #7655 and #7663. The sets were all between 80% - 100% complete with almost all of the missing parts being Technic pins, bushes, axles, etc. Although I haven't finished pricing out completing every set, I was still very happy.

    My third purchase was also $200 and the listing had no sets listed and stated 30 lbs of Lego, but from the photos I could tell it was some Bionicle but I could also identify #6209 and other parts which looked like mid-2000's Star Wars. It was listed for much higher but when I viewed the Legos in person, I was able to negotiate a better price since there were more Bionicles than I had anticpated (although it was way over 30 lbs, more like 40-50 lbs). I am still sorting through it (I haven't even touched the roughly 40 Bionicle sets, which at the very least will provide me with many of the Technic parts I am missing from my second bulk purchase), but I have so far been able to identify: #6209, #7258, #7283, #8757, #8168, #8705, #8822, #8105, #7700, #7701 a whole bunch of pull-back racers and to my incredible surprise #4894, a set I've always wanted. This also meant 3 light bricks (all working!).

    My most recent purchase (which prompted this post) is going to take me forever to sort as every single part has been separated and dumped into a bin and will include both the old and new grey parts. Although the seller had instruction manuals for some of the sets, he was sure there were others in there and just from quickly poking around I have already located minifigures and parts that are not from the sets with manuals. Although this lot cost me $750, it is about 80 lbs and the sets with manuals total 11,000 parts ranging in years from 1979 to 2012! I won't list all of the sets, but some of the highlights include #857, #6919, #6278, #6617, #8125, #7625, #8779, #8780, #7661, #7784 and #10226.
    DaraghMorkMan
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 363
    Delighted to have something to post here, at last! Recent job lot for €350:
    #226 8 Named Beams (1958) -incomplete
    #1688 Large Play Bucket, 3+
    #4755 Knight Bus
    #4894 Mythical Creatures
    #5599 Radio Control Racer
    #6210 Jabba's Sail Barge
    #7040 Dwarves' Mine Defender
    #7199 The Temple of Doom
    #7261 Clone Turbo Tank
    #7347 Highway Pickup
    #7621 Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb
    #7639 Camper
    #7667 Imperial Dropship
    #7694 MT-31 Trike
    #7714 Golden Guardian
    #7775 Aquabase Invasion
    #8058 Guardian of the Deep
    #8156 Ferrari FXX 1:17
    #8270 Rough Terrain Crane
    #8764 Vezon & Fenrakk
    #8904 Avak
    #8935 Noctum

    #4559 Cargo Railway
    #6208 B-wing Fighter
    #6243 Brickbeard's Bounty
    #7249 XXL Mobile Crane
    #7627 Temple of the Crystal Skull
    #7656 General Grievous Starfighter
    #7661 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring
    #7663 Sith Infiltrator
    #7672 Rogue Shadow
    #7675 AT-TE Walker
    #7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon
    #10174 Imperial AT-ST

    There may be more, the ad only list the last 12 items, the rest are based on the instructions I got and some of the rarer parts I found on first sort.

    Then today I found #2505 in mint condition in a local shop for €48.99, the only Ninjago set that I actually like!


    prestonstormerMorkMan
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited April 2014

    Today I stopped buy at my local Lego store because I had some points racked up from a huge haul I just made and I got a set for $1.10. It was the penguin vs. batman something something I don't remember :P (it was the one with the duck). It was a small set but I was happy to only pay $1.10 for it, I also got 2 free minifigs from a display that employees just took down which was manbat and nightwing! I think it was dollar well spent (much more well spent than a nasty doughnut I bought for $1 earlier today). Today was just another day I'm happy to be a VIP member :) .

    You do realize that this is kinda like saying. "I had a $10 bill in my left pocket, so once I used that, I only had to pay $1.10 for the set. It was a bargain!"
    binaryeye
  • afireinsideafireinside MichiganMember Posts: 38
    I just got another full to the top 22 gallon bins full. The first was about 7/8 full. I see parts to my old vader tie and xwing. Found some of my old castle stuff weapons, forest guy hats helmets castle doors. Old space minifigs more SW minifigs i have to try and get the minis together. So far i have the three from a Slave 1 and the carbonite piece. How do you guys deal with a huge lot?
  • motor_ace123motor_ace123 Member Posts: 10
    I just picked up 12 immaculate old light grey toad plates for $20! Very happy indeed!
    prestonstormer
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    edited April 2014
    Toad plates? Road?
    TheLoneTensor
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,335
    edited April 2014

    I just got another full to the top 22 gallon bins full. The first was about 7/8 full. I see parts to my old vader tie and xwing. Found some of my old castle stuff weapons, forest guy hats helmets castle doors. Old space minifigs more SW minifigs i have to try and get the minis together. So far i have the three from a Slave 1 and the carbonite piece. How do you guys deal with a huge lot?

    http://tomalphin.com/2014/02/buying-and-selling-used-lego.html

    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/14266/from-buckets-to-bins-how-to-sort-a-lot-of-lego-part-2-in-my-craigslist-series#latest
  • prestonstormerprestonstormer Guest Posts: 17
    I got mark surge on amazon for $8
  • Cosworth3dCosworth3d Member Posts: 42
    edited April 2014
    Just recently bought

    #6990 + #6921. Mint in sealed box for just 300 euro they bought the lego for their son back in 1988 but he never bothered to look at it .... Lucky me ;-)
    prestonstormersweetness34chuckpvitreolumMorkMan
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    Because people find it a hassle to sell on Ebay these days you can find bargains elsewhere. Even those that sell job lots on Ebay, just want rid of the Lego even though they now the true value. But it does take a long time to sort the Mega Bloks out and people cant be bothered.
    With a bit of knowledge you can buy anything and turn a profit. For some they want rid of things rather than getting the most for their money.
    So "laugh" at people whom sell things cheaply, but think about what you are throwing away that is worth a lot of money. (I sold a well used t-shirt on ebay for £40...)
    MorkMan
  • sweetness34sweetness34 San Diego, CA.Member Posts: 324
    ^ I don't think this thread is about laughing at people who sell things too cheap.

    It is more about sharing your good fortune for great finds at a good price.
    SuperTrampprestonstormerCosworth3dPenkid11NorlegoPitfall69
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    I read some posts that seemed to think people were silly selling their Lego cheap. I have made some very good bargains. (In fact every job lot I have bought has been bargain. I see so many on Ebay and other places but cant buy them all....)
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    No it's not silly. Some people don't know what their Lego is worth, but you can find out by doing some quick searches on eBay. Some people just don't do it for what ever reason. Their loss someone else's gain.

    I don't think people are silly, I just find it surprising sometimes. I sold 1kg of no name bricks on eBay, I clearly mentioned in the title and in the description that they were not Lego. But someone paid $38 for it. Not silly either, just surprising.
    Pitfall69
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    I have just been given* a complete Star Wars micro fighters shelf display by my local toy shop.
    image

    given*
    includes a donation to the shop's charity
    Apologies for the potato photo quality, at the fermented vegetable juice shop celebrating and playing David Bailey with my iPad.
    BumblepantsGothamConstructionCostarfailureMorkManLegobutterflyPitfall69andhe
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,234
    That's pretty darn cool but would be massively impractical for me...I dream of having space to put up nice big display pieces!
    FrothyCoffeeMan
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    Shib said:

    That's pretty darn cool but would be massively impractical for me...I dream of having space to put up nice big display pieces!

    Sorry to read that buddy :-(
    I'm currently getting odd looks from my customers and friends when they discover that I am blessed with a wife who has relinquished the dining room to contain the majority of my Lego obsession...... The problem is that wifey likes Star Wars Lego, so it's allowed in the lounge.....
    Er.... Technically this is Star Wars lego........
    Best not push the envelope on this one, it will be her decision where it lives.


  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,234
    I'm currently living in a little 1 bedroom rented place, we're looking to get some money together to hopefully buy a place next year and I've been told that the "Spare room" can be a Lego room for a couple of years (that being until we hear the pitter patter of tiny feet so to speak)
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    edited April 2014
    Shib said:

    I'm currently living in a little 1 bedroom rented place, we're looking to get some money together to hopefully buy a place next year and I've been told that the "Spare room" can be a Lego room for a couple of years (that being until we hear the pitter patter of tiny feet so to speak)

    Ooooh big stuff ahead Shib :-)
    The thing with my Lego and probably the only way it is accepted by my Lovely wife is.....
    It requires a lot of back burner, not happening 'cos a wheel fell of the van, roof did what!...etc etc.
    It's no biggy, so you miss out on this years goodies, you'll have your own lucky finds when the time is right and they will be oh, so much more precious because you haven't done stoooopid things to acquire....
    So don't feel bad, it'll all come good, it's all about timing and luck.
    That's kind of a karma thing ( massive arrows heading my way with that ).
    Go team Shib house buying!
    Best advice on that is, least space that you can live with, in the best area you can afford ;-)


    GothamConstructionCo
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,901
    First day in the US in 2 years and decided the best course of action would be to check for some Walmart clearance. Found a couple #70402 Gatehouse Raids for $10.50 and $5 #70400 Forest Ambush. Not too shabby.
  • ShpadoinkleShpadoinkle 13 hours West of BillundMember Posts: 419
    First craigslist lot in five months came in today. Among a large number of really cool construction sets there appears to be complete #7783 Bat Cave, #7782 Batwing, and #7781 Batmobile. Very happy!
  • GuroooGurooo Member Posts: 268
    edited April 2014
    Got a used #3185 Summer ridig camp for about $30. No instructions, and the white horse is missing. Will build later today to see if all the other pieces are there, but it can't be many missing.

    The four year old is very happy, Friends is very popular right now :)
  • LosimagicLosimagic UKMember Posts: 397
    #9474 - The Battle Of Helm's Deep - £50
  • DaraghDaragh IrelandMember Posts: 363
    edited April 2014
    €20 for this lot, in ad photo I could just see some tracks and took a chance, on first look in the flesh I think I did well :-)
    http://postimg.org/image/hv8y7sxxp/
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,885
    Missed what looked to be at least 30 lbs of Lego for $100 today on craigslist. Great buy for someone.
  • RonyarRonyar Member Posts: 359
    Never purchased Lego trains before, so I kind of stumbled into this deal. Craiglist listing for $100: 2x Santa Fe Super Chiefs ( #10020 - not limited edition), 2x #10025 Santa Fe Cars, 3x #10022 Santa Fe Cars, #4561 Railway Express, #10128 Train Level Crossing, #10027 Train Engine Shed, 34 straight track, 53 curved track, 4 switches, and 1 90 degree cross over. Everything appears to be complete and working except the #4561, which is missing pieces and the motor for the engine. Craigslist is normally pretty sparse in my area, so this was completely unexpected.

    @pharmjod‌ - I missed a 30-40 lb craigslist listing for $100 a couple of weeks ago and have been kicking myself since, but I feel much better now. Hopefully you'll find something to help take your mind off it!
    Bumblepantsdmg111Pitfall69Daraghthenossweetness34
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,385
    ^I just threw up a little
    MorkMan
  • RonyarRonyar Member Posts: 359
    ^I kept waiting for something to go wrong the whole time I drove to pick it up. Had to consciously keep my foot off the gas, or a speeding ticket would have ruined the experience a little. (but only a little.)
    Pitfall69FollowsCloselyMorkMan
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,088
    Never purchased Lego trains before, so I kind of stumbled into this deal. Craiglist listing for $100: 2x Santa Fe Super Chiefs ( #10020 - not limited edition), 2x #10025 Santa Fe Cars, 3x #10022 Santa Fe Cars, #4561 Railway Express, #10128 Train Level Crossing, #10027 Train Engine Shed, 34 straight track, 53 curved track, 4 switches, and 1 90 degree cross over. Everything appears to be complete and working except the #4561, which is missing pieces and the motor for the engine. Craigslist is normally pretty sparse in my area, so this was completely unexpected.

    I wondered who got that gold mine! I replied to the ad but never got a response. That stuff is worth $1000.00 easy! Congrats!
  • RonyarRonyar Member Posts: 359
    ^Thanks. I think I replied within 30 minutes of him posting, which was pure luck that I saw it. There seem to be a number of us from the Charlotte region on here, which is fun, but also makes finding deals harder. :)
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