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The One That Got Away: Biggest Non-Purchase Regret
I'd love to hear stories of everyone's most significant regret over not purchasing a particular set.
From recent memory, mine would be passing on 10123 Cloud City. While in production, for some reason or another I kept buying other sets instead of Cloud City. Soon after it retired, I remember watching the eBay prices climb to about $150, and again I passed over it and purchased sets like 10152 Maersk Sealand Container Ship. Fast forward to present day and MISB Cloud Cities currently sell for around $650 on eBay, while TLG has re-released (and thus devalued) 10152.
Looking back, I have no idea why I never purchased it. It's 1 of the only 2 significant holes in my Star Wars Lego collection, and fulfilled virtually every criteria to ensure it would be highly collectible (Star Wars, limited release, exclusive minifigs, high price point). At this point, I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to justify purchasing it at the price it commands.
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PS. Not to rub it in, but I do have Cloud City. :-)
For me, hope of ownership is not lost, though. My sister lives in Manhattan and bought it for her husband when it was released. It has since been brought back to California because Manhattan apartments suffer from lack of space perhaps more than anywhere, and I never refuse an opportunity to comment on how well it would look on display with my other Lego large scale buildings.
I have a 3450 MISB (that's bag, not box, since I threw the box away when I moved house in 2006). One day I'll get round to building it!
I agree with you regarding Cloud City, incidentally. I only bought it to fill a gap in my collection, but it isn't a great set IMHO - definitely a candidate for "Most Overrated Set". And you're welcome to borrow my Boba for the Star Wars minifig gallery !
It was only a boring monochrome one in any case.
For me, it's probably Fort Legorado as I had opportuntities to get this the first time around as well as when it returned as a Legends set. Recently, I regret not picking up more Batman sets especially the Tumbler, but that's mostly just my greedy side seeing as how these have skyrocketed in value. I'm sure the Temple of Doom will probably skyrocket too, but I just didn't care for the set outside of the figures, and thus passed. So I reserve the right to add that to this list at a later time. :o)
@Matthew - Lego released the really interesting Family Home and Limousine sets and then discontinued them so quickly. I imagine a lot of people didn't get a chance to get them.
Now I see all those sets in the hundreds BUT, Xmas of that year I got lucky and got the Tumbler offa' eBay for only $35 bucks. A couple months before the price craze took place.
Also the Agents Volcano base I passed on thinking it'll be around and now it's like a $300 + purchase on eBay...whhhhyyyyyyyyyyy.
Ok...I'm better now...sniff......
Original Death Star (On sale at the local Lego Store)
Green Grocer at the Lego Store when I knew they had been discontinued. I have one built and another in the box. I could have bought them and re-sold them to buy more sets.
The Helicopter and Limo. That one really bothers me....
UCS Falcon. Should have bit the bullet and just put it on a Credit Card...
I know that this one could be debated but the Indian Jones line. Iconic movie...
I know that I will think of more.
10184 - Town plan - I still remember the day I saw this set on sale and to this day am still wondering why on earth I never picked it up.
10185 - Green Grocer - this one I CAN explain. I didn't get into modular buildings until I picked up last year's Grand Emporium - by that time, it was too late.....
7662 MTT - probably put off by the price of Star Wars sets, this one came back to bite me in a big way.
There are a few others, but I put those down to the fact that I was a kid when they were available and so, couldn't really afford them. As an adult, these three will haunt me for a long time to come.......
4957 Ferris Wheel
10181 Eiffel Tower
10182 Cafe Corner
10185 Green Grocer
10123 Cloud City
When I was at university many years ago, I sold my castle Lego collection for £100 - It was pretty much all sets released from 1984 to 1990, all complete, instructions and boxes...
I have since purchased from eBay all these castle sets, but at many many times the cost of what I received.
I picked up a few copies of the Toy Story train on a very deep clearance at Sam's Club and now I'm hooked and have been buying and building everything I can get my hands on. I had always overlooked the trains and now looking back I see there were so many great sets that I missed. With the exception of all my childhood castle sets the only theme I've been into for the past few years has been Star Wars and I'm slowly taking apart sets on display to make room for more Trains.
I do regret missing most of the UCS sets before the Falcon as I was in a bit of a dark ages between 2000-2006. Also missed most of the regular SW sets in that time frame. Now the prices are just too high for me to justify getting them. I can afford them, but they just aren't worth to me what they are to others I suppose. I do keep an eye out for cheap offerings on them though and have filled in a few gaps in my collection.
I also REALLY regret selling some of the stuff I did. I remember when Batman and Spiderman were being heavily clearanced. I bought up a ton of sets and ended up selling everything on ebay. I made good money but now they're worth an arm and a leg....
To this day I kick myself for not buying it over Green Grocer which just retired.
I try to be happy with my lot. A couple of years ago I had too many unopened sets and got to the point where as much as I loved them, I was never going to build them so I sold them. I've learned to accept that having something that looks nice in a box isn't what LEGO is about, nor is it helpful from a storage/cost point of view. I now build stuff or plan to build stuff. If I have to think about whether I'll build it, I think about selling it.
It would have been nice to have Cafe Corner, but I can't really say that I had some big chance to buy it and missed out. it was only mid-2010 when I started really buying LEGO in a serious way again.
10184 Town Plan http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10184-1
4997 Transport Ferry http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4997-1
7628 Peril in Peru http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=7628-1
6754 Family Home http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6754-1
7633 Construction Site http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7633-1
7738 Coast Guard Helicopter and Life Raft http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7738-1
The Family Home disappeared just before Christmas, before my wife had a chance to buy it for me, so that's probably my #2 regret. I remember seeing Peril in Peru, Transport Ferry, and the Coast Guard Helicopter in stores, but always passed on them and then it was too late. The Construction Site I like, but the high price point held me back.
1) Cloud City
2) Jabba's Sail Barge
3) Arkham Asylum
I think in hindsight I was hoping to catch them on clearance, as each of them seemed rather overpriced at the time. I remember seeing Cloud City pictured in a Tuesday Morning brochure, but the nearest store was hours away and by the time I could get there, they were long gone (assuming any of them ever hit the sales floor).
Years later, I was able to get some of the Batman sets I'd stupidly put off buying (Batcave, Batcopter, Bat-Tank) thanks to another Tuesday Morning clearance sale, but the Asylum was not to be found. I've since acquired the Nightwing and Poison Ivy minifigures, and that helps alleviate the pain to some degree.
6560 - Diving Expedition Explorer
6559 - Deep Sea Bounty
So expensive on Bricklink and ebay now...
The moral of this thread must surely be if you want a set, buy is as soon as it becomes available, you never know when it's going to be discontinued. Back in the 1990s sets had a shelf life of 3 years, now you're lucky if it's a year.
My only regrets so far are the SW sets I had the chance to buy after I came out of my darg ages, such as:
- 7670 Hailfire Droid & Spider Droid
- 7673 MagnaGuard Starfighter
- 7678 Droid Gunship
- 7679 Republic Fighter Tank
- 7681 Seperatist Spider Droid
I actually missed all the SW sets before that, but have been able to get quite a few of them already.