I had Legos as a child - late 70s Legoland town sets and classic space. Sadly, most of them are long, long gone almost 40 years later, but I did find a box of pieces and parts around my parent's house and took them when I was there recently. I looked through my pieces with some nostalgia and then started looking up sets, shocked at what I found (prices for Galaxy Explorer, etc.). It really is too bad that the ones I found are probably only a tenth of what I had as a child. At rate, I will give these Legos to my child when he is old enough to safely play with them.
For some reason, I watched the Lego "Brickumentary" rather out of the blue on Amazon. I learned of the Cuusoo initiative and the Curiosity Rover. I decided I had to get one of those for my kid. Now, I didn't realize that the Brickumentary was several years old by the time I watched it - and that the Mars Rover was long since out of stock. Very disappointed of course, but I was mentally committed to getting one...even though it cost me, $220. Then I noticed the cool Arctic sets, which by that point, had gone into "unavailable" status with the prices that follow.
Determined not to let THAT happen again, I decided to start buying other Legos for my child NOW, so that when he is old enough to play with them, there will be a lot of sets, bought at TODAY's prices, and bought when I (mostly) have the money and can get them on sale (my rule is at least 40% off retail unless I make an exception), rather than "on the spot" for birthdays, Christmases, etc.
Being "down on commercialism" and "child-directed marketing" in general - I'm not buying, nor will I ever buy, movie-themed sets like Star Wars or Marvel Superheros, etc. My goal here is also not "collectability" either...but I also don't want to pay more than I have to. I'm trying to balance availability vs price in a sort of hedging activity. Anyway - I buy things that I think have real learning value or can be of general interest. So this means City sets that are science-based or municipality based (police, fire, etc.), automotive-based sets, space-based sets (that are not movie-based), Technic sets, etc.
My question: To what extent am I just throwing away money that could be better spent? The sets that I am buying will sit unused, in the box, for a LONG time. My child is only 15 months old as I write this. Although he is playing with used Duplo blocks now, he will not get even the smallest/simplest Lego sets for another 4 years at least - and the "good" sets could be in the box, sealed, for 10 years or more!
Am I better off putting the cash aside every time I see a set I would actually buy, and then invest that cash over that same time period - and then buy whatever Legos are out at the time? It is worth pointing out that we're not exactly sacrificing more critical things at the moment to buy Legos. I have been putting $200/month into his education fund since several months before he was even born (and will increase that as I get some bills paid off). But I could be putting the Lego money in there too.
As it stands right now, according to my spreadsheet, I've paid close to $2300 for the Lego sets I have bought, since 11/23/2016 (when he was about 9 months old). By comparison, his education fund is currently sitting at $4500. Looking through my list, I see sets like this:
- Saturn V Rocket, Mars Curiosity Rover, Exo Suit
- City Volcano, City Deep Sea, City Police, City Fire, City Arctic
- Speed Champions
- Creator (smaller sets), a few random vehicle sets
- A few smaller Technic sets
- Lego Maze Building Kit
I know I have gotten a little out of control (that was driven by a few good sales where I bought multiple copies of a few things, just to get the brick pile going). The PACE will certainly be slowing down - but I am wondering about the advisability of "buying now" at all. I mean, the kid is probably not going to care that maybe he COULD have some cool set if I had bought it 10 or 12 years earlier.
What do you guys think?