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

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  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    edited August 2012
    About 2 weeks ago I won a job-lot of LEGO on eBay that contained a selection of fire minfigs and vehicles and a couple of others too. On arriving there was about 1.5kg of bricks in total and the following sets in there, 5 complete and the others almost complete (couple of bricks here and there):
    7043 Firefighter
    7238 Fire Helicopter
    7239 Fire Truck
    7240 Fire Station (missing a minifig)
    7241 Fire car
    7245 Prisoner transport
    6818 Cyborg Scout
    6816 Cyber Blaster
    4742 Chill Speeder

    from the remaining bricks there was also about 1/2 of 4790 Alpha Team Robot Diver, the 3648 Police Chase red car minus 5 pieces, part of 4436 Patrol Car and the platform from 7201 Final Duel II (about 10 pieces)

    Anyway, the whole lot was 38 euro inclidng shipping and for the parts to complete 9 of the sets it was perhaps another 10 euro. I've gone on to complete the cars, alpha team and final duel 2 set as well which was another 15-20 euro - 10 full sets for that much is a bargain.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    Nabbed one of the Amazon DE Diagon Alleys for £86, for delivery in September, but just got an email revising that delivery to next week. Yippee!
  • jamiewjamiew Member Posts: 165
    My largest purchase to date but I'm pretty please. $1400 for the lot (all new, all sealed)

    Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator 7961
    X-Wing Starfighter 9493
    TIE Fighter 9492
    Naboo Starfighter 7877
    Millennium Falcon 7965
    Malevolence 9515
    Jabba's Palace 9516
    Sith Fury Class Interceptor 9500
    Gungan Sub 9499
    Republic Striker-Class Starfighter 9497
    Anakin's Jedi Interceptor 9494
    Disney Cars Flo's V-8 Cafe 8487
    Disney Cars Oil Rig Escape 9486
    Dino T-Rex Hunter 5886
    Dino Defense HQ
    Dino Triceratops Trapper 5885
    Super Heroes Batcave 6860
    Super Heroes The Avengers Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869
    Super Heroes The Avengers Hulk Hellicarrier 6868
    Super Heroes Batmobile & The Two Face Chase 6864
    Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle 9450
    Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider 9449
    Ninjago Fangpyre Truck Ambush 9445
    Ninjago Destiny's Bounty 9446
    Samurai Mech 9448
    Lord Of The Rings The Battle Of Helms Deep 9474
    Lord Of The Rings The Mines Of Moria 9473
    Lord Of The Rings Attack on Weathertop
    Lord Of The Rings The Orc Forge 9476
    Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle 9468
    Monster Fighters Ghost Train
    Monster Fighters The Crazy Scientist & His Monster 9466
    Monster Fighters The Zombies 9465
    Spongebob Bikini Bottom Undersea Party 3818
    The Mine 4204
    Police Station 7498
    Forest Police Station 4440
    Mobile Police 7288
    Fire Plane 4209
    Fire Station 7208
    Space Center 3368
    Heavy Duty Helicopter 4439
    Marina 4644
    Mobile Police Unit 7288
    Off Road Command Center 4205
    Bank & Money Transfer 3661
    Friends Olivia's House 3315
    Friends Heartlake Stables 3189
    Friends Heartlake Vet 3188
  • josecafejosecafe Member Posts: 29
    ^ so you bought every LEGO set they had at walmart?
  • jamiewjamiew Member Posts: 165
    from a woman on Craigslist. My cost was more than half off retail
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    ^ Seems suspicious. She could be in some fraudulent activity.
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 674
    Could of been a shipment that "fell off the truck"
  • brickriverbrickriver Member Posts: 27
    went to brickfair this weekend and found a few little deals, I got a wampa for two bucks at the tag sal. and a few nice mini figs, will turner for 3 bucks and a maersk hard hat crew member for 5 bucks. I am not sure what they were running on bricklink but I knew I wanted the hat. not alot of other finds but it was great fun, peace brickriver.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    She could also have been given loads for gifts and needs the cash. Or bought them and regretted it and needs to pay bills.
  • odueckodueck Member Posts: 48
    Was able to order 5770 Lighthouse Island for £21.62 from amazon.co.uk shipped to Canada. That's $34 CDN instead of the normal $50 + tax.
  • LordHarrierLordHarrier Member Posts: 21
    jamiew said:

    My largest purchase to date but I'm pretty please. $1400 for the lot (all new, all sealed)

    Jabba's Palace 9516
    Sith Fury Class Interceptor 9500
    Gungan Sub 9499

    Are you in NJ? this looks familiar, I wanted 9516 from her
  • jamiewjamiew Member Posts: 165
    No, Maryland

    jamiew said:

    My largest purchase to date but I'm pretty please. $1400 for the lot (all new, all sealed)

    Jabba's Palace 9516
    Sith Fury Class Interceptor 9500
    Gungan Sub 9499

    Are you in NJ? this looks familiar, I wanted 9516 from her
  • WeezyCupcakeWeezyCupcake Member Posts: 86
    I just got all the star wars sets for this year at 30% from a buddy at the LEGO store and I got a Gold C3PO for $105 on ebay and the money went to Make a Wish. Unfortunately my friend just got a new job :-(. Last day is friday time to stock up ...lol
  • ryderfanryderfan Member Posts: 15

    ryderfan said:

    I found 4 Series 6 CMF for 76 cents at the local Target, On the 50% Clearance aisle in a display box of pinwheels...

    You from Washington state by any chance? I found the same thing at Burlington Target a few weeks ago.
    No, North of Dallas, in the middle of a triangle of Two Lego Stores and a Discovery Center
  • pilfospilfos Member Posts: 4
    An almost perfect 4996, with box and manuals, only two missing pieces (the extra pieces were included in unopened bags), for 13,50 EUR
  • LEGOBRETTSDADLEGOBRETTSDAD Member Posts: 1
    edited August 2012
    just bought (for my boy) SW 10030 from a guy at work for $75. Came with spiral instruction book no box and had been built twice. I printed a parts list for the set and it was only missing 6 of the all gray levers and one 2x3 wing wedge plate. we replaced them with pieces we had at home. we plan on building it next week. should I keep it for myself or give it to my nine year old? what is the estimated value of a used 10030? thanks for any advise/help.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    I just bought one used but complete with box for $550 shipped. Thought it was a good deal, so yours is an incredible deal. Gratz on having such a nice coworker.
  • LEGOBRETTSDADLEGOBRETTSDAD Member Posts: 1
    WOW!!!! so maybe my son and I should "share" this one. my co worker needed money fast and he knew my son was into Lego SW. He said $75. he thought it was $250 new. I couldn't resist. UCS for $75. I knew it was a"good deal" but $550 is outstanding. I'm gonna ask if he has anymore sets he wants to unload. thanks
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^It was indeed $270 when current and new. A new set is above $900 now, with used between $500-$750. Every retired UCS set in used condition (except 10215) is above its original retail price. So if he has any more at similar prices, you can't go wrong.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    Great deal @LEGOBRETTSDAD. You are making my UCS Falcon deal seem bad by comparison :).
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    Update on my UCS Falcon haul:

    I've disassembled the entire model, and I'm in the process of sorting and checking piece count against Peeron. The good news is that the set appears to be pretty close to complete if not 100% complete (aside from the manual and placard). All minifigs, all levers, boat rigging, rare technic parts, etc. Stickers applied to the control panel pieces.

    The bad news is that the reason why it is complete is because a number of parts were glued together. It's a real minority -- maybe 50 plates and then another 100+ greebling pieces of the 5000+ pieces, but it is an issue. I've tried to gently break them apart but I'm having some bad luck (even using acetone to loosen the glue).

    So I have to decide -- retain the glued pieces as is, or go out and buy new ones to replace. I may split the baby -- some of the glued pieces are things like the round 2x2 plate within the black radar dish - no big deal because it is all part of the same step and it is uniform for all parts. But with others the glued pieces will make it hard to re-assemble. So I think I'm going to just replace those parts and have a "new" set.

    And there are some pieces that separated but have some glue residue. I think that so long as the bricks still "grip" it's fine, but I will likely replace the ones where the glue is visible / and or there is damage to the brick.

    Question -- for max potential future resale value, what's the best approach - buy "new" pieces from TLG whenever possible. or just go through Bricklink? I will have to bricklink some of the large plates/unique pieces anyway, but wanted to get your collective thoughts on the most efficient approach to this. I don't mind spending a little more to get this right, given my absurdly low base point of $175 for a (apparently complete) UCS Falcon.

  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^I have a spreadsheet from my Bricklink project of the UCS MF. It shows the pricing for parts as new that are obtained for cheaper through TLG versus BL, and vice versa. Shoot me a PM with your email if you would like it.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    ^Thanks so much, BrickDancer! Big help!
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^^ It doesn't matter where you buy the pieces from so long as they are new/like new. Either way they are made by Lego so whatever is cheaper.
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 327
    I just won a eBay auction last night, (Friday), for "LARGE LOT OF STAR WARS LEGO.APPROX 1 KILO .EX CONDITION..". turns out to be a large amount of parts for a Lego 7181 UCS Tie Interceptor.
    My maximum bid was £35.98 and I won it for £35.56 + £5.75 postage, total of £41.31, down side no box or instructions but the sticker is included.
    When it is delivered I will check to see what is missing, (the important bits look to be there), and update my post.
  • LordHarrierLordHarrier Member Posts: 21

    This is actually a deal that I have to pass on (well a deal for me..don't know about you all). The seller's kid is entering his dark age and wants 300$ for his collection. He told me he has all the figs and instructions but the pieces are unsorted in a number of bags. I added names to the sets he's listed. Seller is in Stormville, NY, USA and I told the seller I'd post it around. Items of interest are Jabba's Sail Barge, 7734 Cargo plane, Peril in Peru, SP Max Sec Transport

    http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tag/3167610785.html

    300$

    Atlantis 8056 monster crab clash
    Atlantis 8060 typhoon turbo sub
    City 7734 cargo plane
    City 7639 camper
    City 7991 recycle truck
    Indiana Jones 7628 peril in peru
    Indiana Jones 7620 ij motorcycle chase
    Indiana Jones 7682 shanghail chase
    Lava Dragon (game)
    Pirates 6240 kraken attacking
    Pirates 6241 loot island
    Power Miners 8962 crystal king
    Racer 7971 bad
    Space Police 5974 galactic enforcer
    Space Police 5970 freeze ray frenzy
    Space Police 5979 max sec transport
    Space Police 5982 smash n grab
    SpongeBob 3834 good neighbors at bikini bottom
    Star Wars 7749 echo base
    Star Wars 6212 xwing
    Star Wars 8015 assassin droids
    Star Wars 7654 droids
    Star Wars 8036 seperatist shuttle
    Star Wars 6210 sail barge
    Star Wars 8096 palpatine shuttle
    Technic 8045 mini telehandler
    The Black Pearl
    Toy Story 7595 army men
    World Racers 8898 wreckage road
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 400
    4737 Quidditch Match
    8899 World Racers Gator Swamp

    Wife's $2 garage sale find!
  • kezkez United KingdomMember Posts: 818
    Today I went to my local Sunday market and I bought a huge box of Lego which was really old stuff, there must be at least over 10 sets inside the box and all sets have instructions and some still have the original box included, most of these sets date back to the 1960s and I only paid £30 for the whole lot, there must be at least over 1000 pieces included and I also spent £8 on a Lego technics set 8286 which was nearly 100% complete
  • Short_RoundShort_Round Member Posts: 161
    Not my great find unfortunately, but two auctions for Town Plans have gone for under £150 posted each on ebay in the last couple of days. Gutted I missed them.
  • cynthilinacynthilina Member Posts: 188
    So got another collection from the same guy I bought from a month ago I will have to post Pictures Saturday. Here is the list and the cost....So far. All sets are complete and with instructions, no boxes though. Still not a bad grab.

    4957 Ferris Wheel $50
    4954 Model Town House $50
    4996 Beach House $50
    5891 Apple Tree House $50
    5771 Hillside House $50
    10187 Volkswagen Beetle (VW Beetle) $50
    10177 Boeing 787 Dreamliner $50
    10021 U.S.S. Constellation $50
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,138
    I think I am officially done reading this thread ;) Getting too jealous of these amazing deals!
  • cynthilinacynthilina Member Posts: 188
    LOL its ok, I was lucky and answered an add on Craigslist for someone selling Lego's. Turns out this guy is moving and wants to dump his collection. The down side is that It also included Mega Blocks. So it was all or none. The Lego's by Far are better. So he has a ton of Technic stuff left, mostly construction trucks. In the end i valued his stuff all used and complete wiht instructions at around 5K. Im getting it all for around $1500
  • josecafejosecafe Member Posts: 29
    Nabbed a Clone Turbo Tank from Wal-mart for about $40 + tax. Was a return and box was very beat up, so I took it to customer service made and made them open it. Two bags had been opened and put into zip lock baggies. They said they could sell it to me for $75 dollars, and so the haggling began. In the end, all the pieces including mini-figs and instructions were there!
  • jadedancjadedanc USAMember Posts: 1,303
    I think I agree with @Renny lol, seeing some of these sets people find that I would love to have, making me jealous too :)
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 327

    I just won a eBay auction last night, (Friday), for "LARGE LOT OF STAR WARS LEGO.APPROX 1 KILO .EX CONDITION..". turns out to be a large amount of parts for a Lego 7181 UCS Tie Interceptor.
    My maximum bid was £35.98 and I won it for £35.56 + £5.75 postage, total of £41.31, down side no box or instructions but the sticker is included.
    When it is delivered I will check to see what is missing, (the important bits look to be there), and update my post.

    I checked the inventory via Peeron and I am missing 75 common bricks. I have done a wanted list on Bricklink and should be able to complete the Tie Interceptor for less than £40.00 including a set of instructions.
    When I complete this I may well keep it.
  • jadedancjadedanc USAMember Posts: 1,303
    I just received an auction I won for $75 plus shipping. Emerald Night train! The engine was partially build, so I finished that one and bags 2 & 3 were unopened. Also had all 3 minifigs and accessories! And at my last LUG meeting, I almost bought an EN for $200 MIB :) So finding and winning one for less than half price was awesome!
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    Fantastic!
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,908
    ^^ Now THAT is a great deal.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    I have 2 MISB ones and would still have jumped at a blink on that find @jadedanc. Nice one indeed, gratz!
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    @jadedanc Awesome find! Happy for you!

    Won an ebay auction for 855 Mobile Crane Truck for just $49. plus shipping. The last one that sold before this one sold for over $70.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    Just finished ordering the bulk of the pieces that were needed to replace the glued / missing pieces from my 10179 Falcon find from last week. Virtually all were "new". Total bricklink damage will be around $100 (a decent amount of which was shipping). So total cost for a basically complete 10179 is $275 :).

    I'm still short a bunch of the dark bley 1x1 cones and the light bley technic connectors - both are available but are quite expensive. Hoping for a better day. Also short three white 2x2 plates with pin and 9 of the 4x 2 light bley slopes as well, which I can't seem to find on Bricklink at the moment. I'm sure they'll pop up sooner or later. Even with those final parts, I'm still going to end up well below retail :).
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,366
    Very nice. I admit I'm jealous.
  • kezkez United KingdomMember Posts: 818
    I have just been through my big box of Lego that I got for £30 the other day at my sunday market and here are the sets I got (some stuff is very old and most came with instructions)
    Lego systems motor set 100 with original box
    Lego systems battery box set 101 with original box
    Lego space car set 886
    Lego space ship set 6872
    Lego ambulance helicopter set 6691
    Lego 5 in 1 car and house set ????
    Lego space centre set 6930
    Lego fire helicopter set 6685
    Lego technic set 8050

    Then I got about three old Lego catalogues (might come in handy for the database) and included I have about a thousand Lego pieces exluding the sets and about 20 minifigures and a very old metal and plastic car but sadly it is slightly broken. Lots of the pieces are very old and to be honest Ive never seen them before until now, please could any of you guys in this thread tell me if any of these sets are worth anything such as the two sets with boxes
    :)
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 327
    edited August 2012
    I went to town today, (Salisbury), and got a 100% complete, built once, dismantled, all parts bagged & original box 8038 "The Battle Of Endor" for the princely sum of £69.50, (they also have a 10193 MMV for £75.00, that will be my next buy I think that is if I don't see one cheaper on eBay!)
    What made it such a bargain was I didn't have to bid for it on eBay or wait for a sellers invoice from Bricklink or pay for postage & packaging or wait for the postman to leave me a card saying "we have something for you down the parcel office", I just walked in off the street & picked up the box, paid the nice lady my money and went home....SIMPLES.
    As soon as I got home I built the set & the only thing wrong was the box had some water damage to 1 corner,( I put it in the bin), all the lego was resealed in the numbered bags and all the parts are in mint condition so I am going to keep this one also. Now to finish my UCS Tie Interceptor
    please check out the pictures:-
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ #10193 is still available from [email protected] for £71.99.
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 327
    atkinsar said:

    ^ #10193 is still available from [email protected] for £71.99.

    Thanks for that, although add the £3.95 postage charge makes it £0.95 more expensive than the one in the local shop. Unless I can get one for less than £75.00 all in on eBay I will take a trip down town, the one he has got has been there for a couple of months so he may well haggle a bit to make some room on his shelf ?.

  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,695
    ^ Although, use your loyalty card with [email protected] and gain £3.55s worth of VIP points back and so really you're approximately £2.60 better off. Plus, take into account either the bus fare or petrol used to get to town and back or the calories you'll use up for the walk, moreso on the way back with a dead arm, @atkinsar 's suggestion is a far better deal. ;-)
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    Got about 15 lbs of bulk Lego and a stack of catalogs, instructions, and books including Star Wars Visual Dictionary, Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection, and Cool Cars and Trucks by Sean Kenney, all for $25. A few instruction books are complete but some are just a few pages of the instruction book. Still in all it is a really good buy!
  • jadedancjadedanc USAMember Posts: 1,303
    Went to one of my local Walmarts that is doing the clearance on their Legos. I had already picked up several for parts, but found a #4867 Hogwarts someone had marked $21 instead of the normal markdown of $40. So I took it up front and the manager let me have it for the price it was marked. :) Yah more space Hogwart's parts for a MOC
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    If I wanted an MMV, I'd get one from Amazon.it for €71.80. Including shipping to the UK should be not much over £60.
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