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The old price for battlepacks

mr_bennmr_benn Member Posts: 941
edited April 2012 in Collecting
Sifting through some old boxes today, found a heap of old Lego catalogues and bits I'd cut out from boxes (mostly the alternate builds!) - I did find the front of this Space battlepack though - seems quite a bargain now...


  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    That price is enough to make a grown man cry!
  • SherlockbonesSherlockbones Member Posts: 411
    D: I am so sad, sadder then when Jar Jar binks walked onto the screen D:
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    That must be what 25 years ago?

    Star wars now are commonly had for £8 (picked up some mandalorians for £5 a month or two ago) I'ld say lego prices probably haven't kept up with inflation.
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    edited April 2012
    If you convert the price into today's money, it's around £7.50. And once you compare the quality of that set to, say, sold recently for about £9, I'd say the better deal tends to be available these days.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    £3.29 was a weeks wages in 1988!
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,108
    ^was my hourly rate in 2006
  • legocrazy1234legocrazy1234 Member Posts: 8
    Still think £11.99 is a bit steep for todays battle packs prob because im in my 30s and can still remember what a tenner could get you 20 rears ago.
    I guess its all relative.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    edited April 2012
    Despite the widespread belief that LEGO set prices are increasing, I am not convinced. LEGO has always been an expensive toy. I don't have my vintage sets accessible at the moment, but I remember adjusting them for inflation when I came across them previously, and they were priced about what I would expect for their piece counts.

    Two changes:
    1. we are seeing bigger sets, which naturally are more expensive.
    2. licensing is more prevalent these days, and those seem to cost more than their non-licensed counterpart.

  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    edited April 2012
    I just remembered that the Lugnet set guide has some original prices entered.

    6080 King's Castle - $52.75 USD (1984) -> $115.58 (2012)

    6285 Black Seas Barracuda - $126.50 (1993) -> $199.30 (2012)

    Now, there's definitely a case that could be made that modern manufacturing and distribution processes that are more efficient than yesteryear should result in LEGO being able to offer lower consumer prices. But that's not the same as saying that sets are less affordable than in years past.
  • SpaceCakeSpaceCake Member Posts: 291
    Am I a fool for thinking the sheer quality and pleasure of Lego entirely justifies the price?

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