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Which LEGO sets do you now regret having bought?

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  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    For me possibly the King's Castle (Kingdoms). I stumbled upon it on Amazon a little while back and impulsively purchased it. It's ok but after building Helm's Deep I just don't find it very interesting for display or playability. I do like that it's an enclosed fortress like the classic Castle sets. Hopefully Lego will incorporate the more intricate design cues from Helm's Deep and Joust into the next one.
  • taconight2taconight2 Member Posts: 3
    edited August 2012
    Recently bought #9492-1 TIE Fighter. The set is great rendition of the movie model but I just find it to be such a dull design (it's two flat plates slapped on a connecting tube). Not lego's fault - I just realized I only bought it because it's a SW model and not interesting enough on it's own.

    Also the wings are a little flimsy and it seems the height would make it cumbersome to play with.

    It's not even a very good parts set. The only unique pieces are the canopy window and the shafts on the wings.

    kwkw
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    ^ Honestly most of the OT ships including the Millennium Falcon look rather dated now. The only one that holds up for me is the Imperial Shuttle. Most of the prequel ships are kind of lame too. I do like the Sith Fury quite a bit though.
  • citruscaesarcitruscaesar Member Posts: 16
    edited August 2012
    Although I got it as a present and didn't technically buy it- 4707 Hagrid's Hut is a bit lame! The base is really nice and I loved the fact you got Dumbledore and Norbert the dragon with it, but the roof is horrible. It is kept together by a plastic band and I never was able to get it to look nice. When you unfolded the hut it just looked weird. I think the later reincarnations are much better, actually using bricks! The card roof has got a bit battered by living in a box of Lego for years and as such is not very durable.

    I was a bit disappointed when I opened my first CMF. I was so excited about the prospect of collecting all these amazing looking minifigs, but I was a bit put off by the plastic quality. I got the "Swimming Champion" from Series 7 recently, and the medal piece is awful!! (it does not deserve to be called a Lego piece imo)

    I know my qualms are about materials rather than set quality but I am disappointed nevertheless :P
  • RobbRobb Member Posts: 144
    I agree with the disappointment over Prince of Persia. Admittedly, I bought my only POP set on a 60% discount, but even still I have found no use for the pieces. I feel the same way, for the most part, about the Atlantis sets I bought. Even at 75% off during last summer's crazy clearance discounts at Target and Kmart, I find these sets to be disappointing. Then again, my son LOVES to play with the Atlantis minifigs, both the "aquanauts" and the monsters. Beauty is in the eye of the builder, but I think I'll stick to Creator sets and Modulars.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    Oh God #4707 is awful, but again, you get Norbert. Most of the the first Harry Potter sets weren't that good, but I still have them all. 70-80's Star Wars figures compared to the figures made today are awful, but they highly collectible.
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 789
    Oh Atlantis was such a waste. I can't believe I actually bought the biggest sub they had!!
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    ^ I actually like the Atlantis stuff. I like how they're quite involved like technic sets in some ways.

    My biggest disappointing sets would be a Cars set. I got one of them for cheap but they are very simple to build and not much in the way of reuse. I tend to wait for sales and rarely do I buy sets full price so even if they suck it's not so bad.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    ^ I thought the Atlantis sets had too much technic. That's one reason I like the LotR sets so much. They're almost all brick. I have a pile of technic from a couple of Atlantis sets that I have no use for.
  • unkthebarbarianunkthebarbarian Member Posts: 27
    I have no sets i regret buying, but trying to get replacement parts for a 12 year old kit is a pain. Some are just unavailable or ya get them in the wrong color. What ya gonna do!
  • sadowsk1sadowsk1 Member Posts: 124
    I regret buying sets that were on sale but outside of my primary theme interests. Just hard to pass up a sale. Oh well, gifts for the future. Who doesn't love Lego?
  • unkthebarbarianunkthebarbarian Member Posts: 27
    sadowsk1 said:

    I regret buying sets that were on sale but outside of my primary theme interests. Just hard to pass up a sale. Oh well, gifts for the future. Who doesn't love Lego?

    Thats so true. I've bought small sets that at the time seemed pretty cool, but have since given to my 11 year old nephew. I know that some folks collect the mini figures but if ya give someone something it may as well be complete. I'm basically a collector, but wont give up too many sets even for my nephew. ( he rips them apart & throws everything in one big bucket. ) it makesme crazy!!!! Lol.

  • citruscaesarcitruscaesar Member Posts: 16
    edited February 2013
    I thought I'd finished thinking about sets I regret buying, but have hastily returned!

    Tonight I opened and made the #8058 Guardian of the Deep from the Atlantis theme. I bought it two years ago but it got packed away and I forgot about it- until now. Anyway, I'm shocked! The shark is awkward and flimsy, and half of the pieces seem to be either made of rubber or inferior quality plastic. The top part of the tail fin is ridiculously long! Completely out of proportion with the set! The shark also keeps falling over, and has to rest awkwardly on its tail to stay upright. If you look at the image on Brickset, imagine the whole set being supported on THAT tail! I fancied getting more Atlantis sets but I'm not so sure now.

    I feel bad on the designer, who obviously put their heart and soul into it... but yeesh! XD
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    Npne of the Atlantis sets really appealed to me but I got the 7985-1: City of Atlantis on sale and I agree - there's some technic parts that really do nothing. I just BL'ed them out. To the eye though, and the reason I bought it, is that it is quite a nice looking set on face value and can be used in a cityscape.
    I bought an Alien Conquest set earlier this year and really have no idea why.
    It's pretty much a paper weight.
  • bluelion3bluelion3 Member Posts: 156
    I have a few cheapie/impulse Atlantis sets that I could live without (8072 Sea Jet and 30042 Mini Sub). IMO, the Minifigs are ugly--lime green and grey.

    ^ I have the 7066 Alien Conquest Earth Defense HQ, and it's pretty awesome. I did buy multiples of the 853301 Alien Conquest Battle Pack that I don't need, but they were at least 50% off. I also overbought the 853176 Pharaoh's Quest Battle Pack when it was on sale.

    I liked some of the design of 3061 Friends City Park Cafe, but it's just too unrelentingly pastel for me. I don't like how the Friends figs sit down. They just slide right out of their chairs.

    The 20200 MBA set 1 Space Designer set had some nice ideas, but the building techniques could have been presented with just a simple four page booklet. The MBA booklet just seemed like a lot of filler, and I didn't like the actual models or the color scheme. I'd rather see building techniques taught in the instructions of a regular decent-sized Creator set. Once you build the MBA set, you just want to disassemble it and put it away rather than display it. You could probably learn as much from a set like 6912 Super Soarer for USD $12.99 as the USD $29.99 MBA set 1.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ I think the MBA is more mean to teach kids, and they'll sit and read all the detail, and probably need it.

    I've bought them and looked over the book with my son, I think it is geared and written with him in mind, not us. :)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    What do I regret? I try not to have regrets, but if I could rewind...

    The entire Cars and Toy Story lines, I would have ignored, they are all boring. I would also have not bought so many city sets, none of my kids seem all that interested in City.

    MMV, believe it or not, bored me. I stopped and started the build several times. I know I'm in the minority here, but I just didn't find it all that interesting. For the huge part count, it is a very simple, basic build that mostly involves hunting and hunting for parts (no numbered bags).
    Eric
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    As an official Lego set, yes, I found it lacked pizzazz and it was labor intensive at times to build. What drives my interest in this set is the value and interesting pieces in great colors. With alittle imagination you could create your own version of MMV and that would make it less boring :)
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    edited August 2012
    Hmm, I think MMV, despite the laborous build (mostly because of the lack of numbered bags) is still one of the most detailed Lego sets. Just as detailed as any of the modulars IMO.
  • duilimduilim Member Posts: 61
    I don't regret buying any sets as such, but if I could have my time again, I probably wouldn't have collected all of the collectible minifigures to date. Initially, I thought that it was going to be a limited run offering only unique characters but 8 series in and after about 40 re-releases of some characters, I kind of wish I only bought the ones that actually appealed to me. Since I've got all of them to date, I'm finding it hard to stop as it would mean that my collection would no longer be complete. However at $5 a pop here in Australia, I don't know how much longer I can keep this up.
  • sonsofscevasonsofsceva 1904 World's FairMember Posts: 542
    We incorporate LEGO sets into history lessons at my house whenever we can, so the PoP sets have some limited value for building Persian/Xerxes-era kinds of things (at least Battle of Alamut). The Ostriches will be nice for a zoo (if they ever make such a set). Too bad that movie of PoP didn't 'pop'. Like John Carter, bad editing and cinematography took a decent idea and made it flat. I am glad LEGO skipped John Carter.

    I did regret buying City Mariina, even at an awesome discount. But then I sold it on Craigslist for a decent return, so that made it better. :-)
  • citruscaesarcitruscaesar Member Posts: 16
    edited August 2012
    @duilim Despite the price aspect, I imagine it must be awesome to own all of the CMFs! If anything, to have a collection like that is probably a good investment :P

    I am a big fan of the games that the PoP movie was vaguely based on, but (as sonsofsceva said) the film WAS really uninspiring and that stopped me from wanting to spend my money on the sets.
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    None, actually.
    At least I can use the extra parts to build something good :) I still consider them as an investment of some sort.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    I bought a Kreo Transformers set at 80% off. Thats my only regret... because it isn't Lego :)
  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 785
    ^You could get thrown out this forum for using that kind language. ;-)
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,336
    @krklint - There has to be a law against that kind of thing somewhere.

    Another set I regret buying is set 2505, Garmadon's Dark Fortress and any of the other Skeleton related Ninjago sets, they are all hideous looking back at them and I have not used the parts from them for anything (except a few of the purple bits, which are few and far between).
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    #4207 it may be great for play value for young children but we had hoped to use it as a parking garage for our airport = FAIL!
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    @GothamConstructionCo and @CapnRex101... I should, I should! Seriously, it was my cat trying an underhanded trick to gain my attention from me. He typed that "bad" word on here :) I am not strong enough to do so ;)
  • lilmonster777lilmonster777 Member Posts: 53
    I regret all the harry potter sets I've purchased,i have no interest,my kids have no interest,my wife "who loves h/p" has no interest...
    why why WHY ...do i have to impulse shop :(
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Yes, @duilim, me too. Yes, the CMF's display nicely, but damn, I could have bought something much bigger/better than the minifigures.

    They totally ruined the fun in it, I didn't even get a chance to finish one series before the next was on the shelves. Now we're up to Series 8? Wish I'd stopped sooner than Series 6. :/
  • lovelegolovelego Member Posts: 16
    I'm kinda regretting buying Hogwarts Castle now that I have built the battle at helms deep. Always wanted to MOC a castle and battle at helms deep looks like a great starting place for that. But with hogwarts, what was i thinking with the light colored tan tiles and greenish roof...for a castle!
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    edited August 2012
    @Eric, after reading your comments (and becoming house-bound due to Tropical Storm Isaac) I started building a display for all the CMF's. I finished three of eight levels this weekend, and each level is the color of the minifigure packaging.

    Might be an idea for you to enjoy the CMF's? Just a thought, since they do seem to come out too fast, but are great to look at :) Btw, thank you for the motivation! Otherwise they would have gone into storage until I bought a display case.
  • Richmannn1Richmannn1 Member Posts: 7
    @krklint, that sounds great. Have you a picture?
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    @Richmannn1, I just opened a MOCpages account to share: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/338897 Since I am new there, the link might not be available for a few hours. I'm only using PAB and Grab Bag pieces to build with, too.

    The set I honestly regret buying was the skull motor bike (2259). I thought I'd find uses for the parts in MOC builds, but I really have not :(
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    @krklint, Wayyy, ahead of you. Haha. Got sick of having all over the place, so I made a couple of grand stands (or 'Bleachers' as you American's call them, :P ) for them. Had a few different designs, but quickly became too small, and difficult to enlarge, so this design is really easy to grow/shrink as necessary, mostly using old 2x4 bricks.

    Haha, no problem, good luck wading out the storm, it's all over the news over here in Australia, looks very ominous. Stay Safe.

    @Richmannn1, took some pics for you. Excuse the excessive amounts of dust, the vein of all Lego-ists. :/



  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    edited August 2012
    @eric, wonderful grand stands! I grew up in the state of Minnesota. We used bleachers of smaller sets of stands outside or indoor stands for basketball... grand stands are usually outside at a football stadium or a race track (at least where I am from :) and I am drooling over your carousel around the corner :)
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 789
    edited August 2012
    I regret all Hero Factory purchases and there were quite a lot. Any one who wants to take that collection off my hands feel free to PM me for a trade. ;)
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    edited August 2012
    @AFFOL_Shellz_Bellz I agree the #4207 really doesn't fit anything. I got it and cant fit it into my layout - the dimensions/footprint are all wrong.
    I pretty much got it for the vehicles anyways but even the VW looks like a dwarf car - no offense to any ADFOL's :P
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Thanks. Haha, just maybe I left the Carousel in the shot intentionally. Haha. Most unregretted purchase, that Carousel is. :)
  • Richmannn1Richmannn1 Member Posts: 7
    @krklint Love it. Especially the way you've given each one so much space.
    @Eric Great grandstand look. Tell me about it. I have a special Lego duster.
    They can put man on the moon, but still can't stop by sets being a dust magnet.
  • tmgm528tmgm528 Member Posts: 457
    edited February 2013
    Has anyone ever bought a set and then went to yourself......."Why did I do it?"
    This does not happen to me very often because you can always use the pieces for something but it has happened every once in a while. So what about you?
  • tmgm528tmgm528 Member Posts: 457
    /\ AH thanks for the article.
  • ptericpteric Member Posts: 156
    I regret buying 2xFire Brigade
    Diggydoes
  • AnthonyC173AnthonyC173 Member Posts: 101
    tmgm528 said:

    Has anyone ever bought a set and then went to yourself......."Why did I do it?"
    This does not happen to me very often because you can always use the pieces for something but it has happened every once in a while. So what about you?

    black friday. i really wanted the haunted house so i pulled the trigger. i was really hoping to get a 50% or at least a 20% off ticket but only got a 10%off.
    so after i bought it 10 mins later i thought "why did i buy it" went back returned it and later that day got ghost train and toy story 3 train both for $90 :3
  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    Regret buying LEGO? Those words just don't seem to fit together right. Maybe if we put the word "not" in there :)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950

    tmgm528 said:

    Has anyone ever bought a set and then went to yourself......."Why did I do it?"
    This does not happen to me very often because you can always use the pieces for something but it has happened every once in a while. So what about you?

    black friday. i really wanted the haunted house so i pulled the trigger. i was really hoping to get a 50% or at least a 20% off ticket but only got a 10%off.
    so after i bought it 10 mins later i thought "why did i buy it" went back returned it and later that day got ghost train and toy story 3 train both for $90 :3
    Just my opinion, but you're going to regret returning the Haunted House.
    FollowsClosely
  • briziobrizio Member Posts: 31
    Not really a regret but I honestly don't know if and when I'll be able to build two big sets I bought in 2012 on offer. Both the Tower Bridge 10214 and the Imperial Shuttle 10212 are way to big to be build and displayed in my actual house. Even if they were on offer, I sometimes think it was probably better to buy a few smaller sets with that money.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290

    black friday. i really wanted the haunted house so i pulled the trigger. i was really hoping to get a 50% or at least a 20% off ticket but only got a 10%off. so after i bought it 10 mins later i thought "why did i buy it" went back returned it and later that day got ghost train and toy story 3 train both for $90 :3

    I think the real mistake is making the purchase on the assumption or hope you would get more than the 10% discount when it's ~75% likely that wont be the case.
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,145
    When I got out of my dark ages having bought the Imperial Shuttle about a year and a half ago I went on this crazy quest to own all Star Wars sets misb. 6 months later I had closets full of sets dating back from 1999 to now. It wasn't until I read about the 10 year Lego/SW extension that I realized what I had gotten myself into. I remember buying sets that I didn't even like for 2 or 3 times their original price just to complete the collection.

    I decided immediately to sell it all and just focus on what I actually like. Luckily I was able to do so and actually make a little profit. I can happily say that I have no regrets owning any of the sets currently in my collection.
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