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1. 6857 - The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape - Look at the mini figures in this set! Every one of them is awesome, and highly sought after and collectible! Once this goes EOL, I don't think you could have enough of these in your collection. The Exclusive status doesn't hurt either.
2. 6860 - The Batcave - Not unlike 6857, this has amazing mini figures. Bruce Wayne is a little lame, but Bane and Poison Ivy are great! The Batcave looks awesome, and was a fun build. Who doesn't want one of these? This will be a gold mine later.
3. 6862 - Superman vs. Power Armor Lex - Not as large scale as the above mentioned sets, but this one is great. Getting Superman and Wonder Woman together in one convenient package is tough to beat! Lex and the robot aren't too shabby either! I have built the robot 4 or 5 times and still find it very enjoyable.
So what do you guys think? I realize this list is a bit Super Hero-centric, but that is what I am into most right now. There are definitely other greats though. Vampyre Castle nearly made this list.
That is going to hold the price down for awhile. You also don't know how long it will be out. Could be just 1 year, could be 3 years.
I actually don't get the coolness of Lex's robot other than the minifigs, though...
I own #7783 and I just looked up the prices on Bricklink. Is it just me, or has the price of this set actually gone up in the past few months? I would have thought since #6860 was out it would have made the previous model cheaper.
It is now retired, but 6753, Highway Transporter, was also a fun build if you want a vehicle rather than a building.
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(most) non-license set are about the actual set itself.
2. Fire Brigade
3. Maersk train
If only Tesco would do a 3for2.....
I would like to get some of their plastic bubble ornaments with the gold bricks inside. Those seem to pop up on [email protected] randomly, then sell out lightning quick.
So to change in the direction of what has great mini figs vs. what is a great build?
The collest modern sets I have built recently were the Black Pearl, and the Vampyre Castle. They were both 2 or 3 day projects, and I savored every moment. :)
What are other modern sets that are great builds?
When you put the elements together, you marvel at the engineering of it... or how much detail was packed into a tiny area... or even the smile factor. How much fun was it? Some building projects are simply boring or uninspiring.
When I built the Black Pearl, I was smiling the whole time while watching it come together. The removable top piece to show the inside of the captain's quarters was terrific!
Lord Vampyre's pipe organ (9468) was just this tiny little thing, but it was made out of something like 32 pieces or something. (Not an exact number, I just remember it being a lot of pieces for something so small.)
Stuff like that...
Helm's Deep was a great build. A fair amount of variety and ends up as a pretty impressive display. Worthwhile given the price -- particularly as it is regularly available on sale. Jabba's Palace, by contrast, was a disappointment, even when acquired on sale for a similar price.
The Town Hall modular may not look great from the outside, but the inside detail makes it a very interesting build. I enjoyed that one quite a bit. Fire Brigade was also a great build.
I argue the first series were better designed with more parts (on those that we re-done - batwing, batcave, etc). The new Tumbler will likely be similar to the newer set designs.
In the end, they all seemingly go up in value. 10 years from now - we could have 4 generations of Batcaves, or maybe not. With the current one selling for $250...or $75...
But best one in the past months has been the recently EOL Republic Dropship/AT-OT. Kind of a cheat though, since it's technically two vehicles put in one so the build-variety factor is off the charts. Kind of like the Petshop of big SW sets.
I just sold my last few copies for a net price of $400 each last month, not bad considering I paid a net price of $175 each 10 months ago. More than double in less than a year, I'll take it! :)
I did later go back and get more, and a few were returned to the store, so I ended up with 6 of them finally, which felt like a lot at the time, but turned out to be pretty minor in the end.