Probably something that I should ask Lego directly but thought I'd ask here in case anyone has had this experience.
So my kids primary school run a Christmas fair with funds raised going to the school. Parents all donating time, effort and materials to raise money. Have thought about doing a Lego stall, sourcing the components from bricklink/Lego.
My Question is would there be any issues in using existing Lego designs like the 30286 christmas tree polybag?
If I have to go custom build I'd probably try & get the blessing of the original designer but is there some good software for generating instructions?
I'd probably look at running a little workshop where the kids buy a small ziplock bag with the components, sit there & build it then take it home. Obviously it would be good to have a few choices of items to build but I think it best to start small before being ambitious.
I'm looking at maybe trying to source items for £1-2 and selling for £2-3. My list of potential builds so far:
30286 xmas tree - Seems the best bet. Can source within budget.
850850 santa bauble - Good alternaltive.
30186 xmas tree - Harder to source with decent margin.
30182 Santa - Harder to source with decent margin
40010 Santa with Sledge Building Set - expensive to source parts, would have to raise prices which is going to be less popular,.
30474 Reindeer - great build but v. expensive to source parts
40093 snowman - Way to expensive.
Any suggestions on small build sets that primary school kids would like?
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Yes you could ask LEGO for an answer to this but in reality by the time it reached someones desk who would actually say no because its simply far easier than saying yes, the event will likely have been and gone. This is a one off event, it isn't for commercial gain, you're not asking LEGO for free parts so I would say just crack on and do it.
Having been involved with various make and take type builds one of the huge differences is in the quality of instructions that LEGO produces. If you're able to use something they have produced it will make life way easier.
Another alternative is to source polybag sets from the newspaper offers during the year - these can be sourced for a £1 or less. Then either sell them directly or offer as some sort of lucky dip at £3 a pop with a guaranteed win or £1 a go with a 1 in 3 chance of winning the polybag, making sure to give the "losers" a free pack of haribo.
We have done this for the last few years at our school and have raised hundreds each year for the school. The kids and the school love it!
Sorry it doesn't really help your specific Christmas themed planned but may be worth a thought for other school fun/fundraising days.
We do this at events with great success. £2/go with a prize each time of either a minifig, a polybag or a boxed set. We have way more minifigs than polys and boxes of course but it becomes instant win and everyone gets something.
Then people can choose a snow plough or penguins. They should cost you under £1.50 each, you could maybe sell at £2.50-£3.