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

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  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^^ Not sure as I not home this weekend. The cat sitter said that some some boxes showed up on the fornt porch so it's probably there. Thanks!
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,117
    Found a couple of these at my local TRU today....
    1265bobabricksandhepharmjod
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^Too bad it was a "Hot Price Item" and they still charged you $79.99!!
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 648
    Thanos75 said:

    Found a couple of these at my local TRU today....

    Golly that's amazing! I've been hunting for a reasonably priced MISB version of that set, as I missed it, but it can be somewhat difficult to find. I wish my TRU would price retired sets that low, as they still have loads of Lone Ranger sets priced well ABOVE MSRP. :(
    margot
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,300
    I bought #60062 for $1.56, yes I said $1.56!!!! image
    Thanos75bobabricksBrickDanceraimlesspursuitschuckp
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,300
    sorry it posted upside down
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 944
    ^^
    I'll feel bad giving you props knowing that some person(s) might be fired over this.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,128
    starfire2 said:

    I bought #60062 for $1.56, yes I said $1.56!!!! image

    I'm sincerely curious on how the heck that happened
    binaryeyebobabricks
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,300
    Target doesn't sell the set at all.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    starfire2 said:

    I bought #60062 for $1.56, yes I said $1.56!!!! >

    How did that happen?!
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,300
    Who ever marked it " as is " screwed up on the original price and marked it as (was $5.99 now $1.56).
  • NeilJamNeilJam USAMember Posts: 271
    edited August 2014
    The price on that Arctic Icebreaker has to be the deal of the year, and possibly the decade. The price tag isn't very clear, but looks like it could be a Target clearance label. Is that where you got it? I have seen some odd sets on clearance there. The most recent being #70132 Scorm's Scorpion Stinger 30% off for $27.98 a couple months ago, which was just a few months after it was first available.
    1265 said:

    ^^
    I'll feel bad giving you props knowing that some person(s) might be fired over this.

    That is a HUGE pricing error on someone's part, but firing them might be a little extreme. However, I would say that someone will definitely be getting written up (or whatever term that store uses to document corrective actions) for this mistake. Even if they were directed by a manager to label it with this price, anyone with even a minuscule knowledge of Lego should have realized that it was not correct and had it verified by another person with some authority there. It's almost unfathomable that someone would not realize the error there.

  • NeilJamNeilJam USAMember Posts: 271
    ecmo47 said:

    ^Too bad it was a "Hot Price Item" and they still charged you $79.99!!

    No, that item would be sold for the marked $21.98 price.

    There is no extra signage around the label and HP is not printed on the it, so it would not be a "Hot Price" item. A "Hot Price" at TRU just means the low price can't be combined with any other promotions like a BOGO deal or any "additional % off" coupon that you may have.
    Because that is a plain white label, it is not part of the "Clearance Blast" sale which reduces the marked clearance price by up to 95% for some items (YMMV). I don't expect anyone to find any real Lego sets included in hat category.

  • NeilJamNeilJam USAMember Posts: 271
    slappy said:

    This has been a little while back, but I figured it was still worth sharing. I stopped at my local Goodwill, and while looking in board game section, came across a 3840-1 Pirate's Code box. It was marked at $3.99, but when they scanned it at the register, I ended up getting it for under $3 out-the-door. I checked when I got home, and every piece was accounted for!

    That's the only LEGO Goodwill find I've ever had up to this point.


    The GW stores around here use different color labels (apparently a the change weekly) so when items sit around anything with a certain color will be 50% off the marked price (the deal I assume you got there) one week, then $1.00 the following week. Not sure what they do with stuff that remains past that.

    Sometimes regular sets will end up in the same space as the games at the local GW stores. It seems like that happens because when they are in boxes they can stack or sit upright neatly with the board games, whereas the rest of the toy isle might be hard to keep neat due to the lack of packaging for many donations. I've found a few good deals there, including a half dozen of #6918 sealed with slightly crushed boxes for half retail, #196 Antique Car last year (don't know if it was complete, but I now regret not getting it just for the box and old tires), and a bucket that contained most of #7199 Temple of Doom + a large bin about 2' x 4' and 8" deep with some off brands that needed weeded out and a bucket for around $10 combined. These clearly came from the same donor as the minifigs and other parts from the ToD were in the large bin.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^^ The comment was with tongue firmly in cheek. TRU is the worst when it comes to giant, screaming sales headlines and then you come to find that many sets are not included in the BOGO due to the "Hot Price" tag. It is refreshing to see that sometimes a good deal can be had at TRU.
  • crazycarlcrazycarl USAMember Posts: 392
    Just got back from the local thrift store and got 2 $29.99 creator sets for $3.99 each. Both NIB. Boxes were thrashed but great deal for parts! Im going to have to keep checking all 3 of the targets in my area. They have been getting a lot of "online only" items in the store that I guess they just clear out like the ice breaker above. Two local stores have toy dept. resets right now. That's when the hidden treasures come out.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,300
    Yes, it was bought at Target. I asked the price accuracy team if they knew that that set was retails for $130. They told me they didn't know, didn't care and just marked it low enough to get it out of the store. Target does not carry the set online or instore. So their loss = my gain :)
    Thanos75Gurooostarfailure
  • NeilJamNeilJam USAMember Posts: 271
    The local Kroger that has a full aisle of toys had a lot of sets marked down 50% on closeout. Mostly older Chima, Hobbit, Super Heroes, and Star Wars sets. Bought #70010 Lion Chi Temple for $59.99, #79014 Dol Guldur Battle for $34.99, and #76006 Extremis Sea Port Battle for $9.99.
  • brickriverbrickriver Member Posts: 27
    not a huge find but fun none the less. I managed to get a rare duplo doll boy on bricklink. they are only found in lego dacta early education sets. and as far as I know arnt making them anymore. I have the four little girls and now I can say I have a boy. its not really a huge find but to be lucky enough to get one means a lot to me. I quite enjoy reading about all of peoples finds. I call finding something of of cl or tag sale being lego lucky! peace Brickriver
  • greekmickgreekmick UKMember Posts: 710
    Smyths in Lakeside had 20% of all Chima. Spotted a #70006 behind the newer sets which was beaten up. Had reduced price of £49.99 but thought I would see if they would take anything else off. I nearly fainted when she said I could have it for £14.99. All pieces in the box as I have just finished building it for my son. His birthday money went further than expected this morning!
    aimlesspursuitsGurooobobabricks
  • greekmickgreekmick UKMember Posts: 710
    picture of box
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    sorry forgot to attach
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,188
    Wow, that is a good find!
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,510
    Sounds like your son got lucky with his birthday money, nicely done.
  • JdurgJdurg Member Posts: 18
    First post here, and happy to be a part of such a great forum. Not sure if this is considered a "great find", but for me the AFOL who came out of his dark ages just a few months back, I finally got the Holy Grail for my Star Wars collection: UCS Super Star Destroyer - Executor. Got it on Amazon for only $500 including shipping after I used the cashback rewards from my Amazon card. Recently came across a great deal of money after a former employer discovered that they hadn't paid me my full severance pay after being laid off a few years back. Decided to take that money and put some of it towards my Lego addiction after paying off my credit card. Can't wait for this thing to arrive!
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 473
    Just got a boxed one of these for £20! Haven't checked through the pieces yet, but still a pretty decent find - wanted it loads when it was out.

    http://brickset.com/sets/8868-1/Air-Tech-Claw-Rig
    bobabricksNorlego
  • OmniusOmnius Member Posts: 45
    A friend recently sent me 8845 as he had obtained a second one. Didn't want anything for it, and when it arrives there's an extra surprise - it's boxed!
  • edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
    Scored a second hand #10214 Tower Bridge, only a small handful of parts missing, for $30 AUD. When I saw the ad on Gumtree I thought there was no way this was possible. I actually asked the seller what the price was despite having the listing right in front of me because I was sure they'd left off a zero. But no, $30 it was. Apparently to some people lego is just another plastic toy... But I'm not complaining.
    BumblepantsGuroooNorlegobobabricks
  • speedpro50speedpro50 Member Posts: 12

    Scored a second hand #10214 Tower Bridge, only a small handful of parts missing, for $30 AUD. When I saw the ad on Gumtree I thought there was no way this was possible. I actually asked the seller what the price was despite having the listing right in front of me because I was sure they'd left off a zero. But no, $30 it was. Apparently to some people lego is just another plastic toy... But I'm not complaining.

    That's a good buy!
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    Bought a box of lego for £20 at my local car boot sale. When i got hone i found out it contained mainly unusal bricks. Some of them i have never seen before...
    Bought also a set for a tenner that I sadly had to let go for 140 :(
    All in all a good day.
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,117
    My buddy that works at a Wal-Mart across town called me while I was at work and said the manager was going through the clearance isle and marking all the LEGO 50% off the sale price. I had scoped this store just a couple of days ago and it had a bunch of the Monster fighters trains and other older sets. By the time I got there after work it had been pretty worked over. Still a couple of good deals but I was shocked to see a stack of older star wars battle packs... #8084 and #8083.
  • CaptainBasterdCaptainBasterd AustraliaMember Posts: 4
    I've only recently begun seeking out the Winter Village sets, once again leaving my run too late to pick up the older sets.
    I was super happy to find #10199 the other day at a random hobby shop for $145AUD.
  • procyonprocyon Member Posts: 3
    Hey I just bought a mint 375 Castle off trade Me. IT HAD NEVER BEEN OPENED. I paid it off at NZ$100 a week for five weeks and she has heaps more mint sets from 1980 too that I'm going to pay off. I had to ask her why were they all still unopened. She said her husband's parents used to buy the sets and not let him play with them o/O. I know, I'm stumped at that as well lol
  • procyonprocyon Member Posts: 3
    Here's my lucky find. cannot wait to get the rest. there's the snack bar, the Firestation (the yellow one), 673 the shell tanker, 671 the broken down car, 6647 the clean up street cleaner, 678 the dozer, 645 the police chopper, 622 the tipper truck, 6306 spruce trees, 623, the nurse (with the prolific original minifig female hairstyle), 851 tractor, 870 unit box and parts. Plus some 1980 brochures and intruction books :D
    PepperRonyarjadedancBobflipbobabricks
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 473
    Got another haul today - £32.50, including the crate. Loads of Star Wars and minifigs, and a bit of Bionicle. There's a bit of Megabloks as well, but it's got some of those studs-on-both-sides plates they have. Here's what it looks like after the first round of sorting, the rest is going to take ages!

  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 328
    Not much of a find, #70708, got it from B&M and cost £24.99.
    The "Brag" is buying this set has just brought me, @GentlyBenevolent, out of my Lego dark ages and back into the light...... I'M BACK !!!!
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    ^ Careful. I found one of those for $35 earlier this year. Next thing I knew, I was buying other Galaxy Squad sets at full RRP so I could get them before they were discontinued.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,781
    ^^glad you are back, hope you didn't sell off too much you regret!
  • iplanteiplante USMember Posts: 164
    Nothing extraordinary but I'm happy nonetheless - Target Online has the Leaning Tower of Pisa on sale at $25.99. That minus a 10% employee discount from the wife and another 5% red card discount and free shipping makes for a nice brand new set at a low price. :) I think the end total was $23.something
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 328

    ^^glad you are back, hope you didn't sell off too much you regret!

    I sold everything @Bumblepants, so I am starting my new Lego collection from scratch.
  • edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
    NISB UCS R2D2 for $100. (Local RRP $250). As usual it was located in the western suburbs. Everything good I've ever bought locally seems to come from western Sydney.
  • edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
    So I'm sitting on a university computer on a Sunday night, refreshing my local online classifieds site (Gumtree) every 5 minutes and wondering whether I should go home and rethink my life. Suddenly the type of thing I've been waiting for pops up, someone apparently wants to sell a SH #10188 Death Star and #10179 UCS Falcon (plus extra) for $250. I call up the number, only to find the person answering the phone has no idea what I'm on about, and that apparently it's a wrong number. This is rather embarrassing, so I send through a reply via email. The ad appears to be posted again in a separate listing, with a different number. I try it, again, the guy who answers has no idea what I'm on about. I refresh the page and wait to hear back.

    It slips my mind altogether that it's 6 o clock and I should be at Church (last service of the weekend in my parish), but I convince myself that this is 'necessary work' and therefore releases me from Sunday obligation. Unfortunately despite refreshing the pages every few seconds to see if they edit the listing to correct the phone number, both ads are removed 45 minutes later and I never hear about it again. I'm sure though the two people whose incorrect numbers were given were very confused by the end of the night.

    Anyway, I remain on Gumtree, and blow me down *another* absurdly priced UCS Falcon is listed within an hour of the first one. And again, I'm the first person to answer the ad. The guy has:

    #6206 - TIE Interceptor
    #6209 - Slave 1 (2nd ed.)
    #6210 - Jabba's Sail Barge
    #6211 - Imperial Star Destroyer
    #6212 - X-Wing Fighter
    #7256 - Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid
    #7658 - Y-Wing Starfighter
    #7676 - Republic Attack Gunship
    #8017 - Darth Vader's TIE Fighter
    #10178 - Motorised Walking AT-AT
    #10179 - UCS Millennium Falcon

    Almost all the sets (and everything important) have their instruction manuals, most minifigs are included, and he has the box for the Falcon. He's listed everything for $1000 AUD, and over the phone I offer him $1300 to make it worth his while to ship, (but not before seriously considering making the 12 hour drive from Sydney to Ballarat to pick it up). Even that price he feels he needs to justify to me by pointing out that the Falcon cost him $800. Given that, he's basically priced everything more or less right around SH market rates assuming it's still 2009. Remarkably, the deal holds up even after he receives a torrent of interest and figures out the real value of the Falcon (which he *slightly* overestimates, quoting it real worth to me as $4500). I still can't quite believe that after waiting for two years to secure a Falcon for a reasonable price suddenly there's two in a hour.

    Thrilled to finally acquire a UCS Falcon, since I'd laughed off the idea of buying it for $1000 back in 2010 and have been kicking myself ever since.
    BrickDancer
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^So you have received all these sets and are in-hand for the $1,300? If so, congrats because that is one incredible deal!
  • edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
    Yep, I'm sorting them now, my fingertips and nails had to grow back however after breaking down the Falcon!
    GuroooBumblepantsSirBen
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 527
    I bought a #2521 Lightning Dragon Battle from a person on Craigslist who had advertised it as a "Lego Set". When I saw the picture I contacted them immediately. It was missing the claw part of the helicopter and two or three of the blue cones for the wings but otherwise was in perfect condition. That was the best $40 I have ever spent.

    But now I have a Pavlovian desire to check Craigslist whenever possible. Excuse me, I need to go check something real fast.....
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^ It can become an obsession real quick. Especially when you land a Grand Carousel one weekend and then a great bunch of 9volt trains the next!
  • sdetskysdetsky Member Posts: 35
    I like to buy used bulk lots from Kijiji, but usually only if there are assurances that complete sets are in the lot. Oftentimes I only have a couple of grainy photos to try and figure out what sets might be contained in the lot. What I do is offer a price that I think is fair based upon the sets I can identify and figure that anything else received is a bonus.

    Recently, I was able to buy off of one person a few separate lots which he said were around 400 pounds. From photos, about 30% of the sets were mostly put together with the balance being partially loose and the majority of the lot were sets from 2009-2014 with Star Wars, LOTR and Super Heroes being the most common but part of the lot were tons of smaller sets (between 20-150 parts) from the 80's and 90's. There were also some large other sets I could identify such as #6753 - Highway Transport, #10231 - Shuttle Expedition and #8877 - Vladek's Dark Fortress.

    The best part about going through these types lots is finding the gems which I never knew would even be included. This 400 pound lot has been the absolute bonanza for that. I am still not completely finished going through the sets, but so far there are around 250 sets totaling 83,000 parts! Here are just some the sets (out of the 100 or so) I didn't know I would be getting and therefore didn't include in my calculation of a fair price:

    #6769 - Fort Legorado
    #4559 - Cargo Railway
    #8927 - Toa Terrain Crawler
    #6243 - Brickbeard's Bounty
    #4894 - Mythical Creatures
    #4842 - Hogwarts Castle
    #4184 - The Black Pearl
    #9450 - Epic Dragon Battle
    #10937 - Arkham Asylum Breakout
    #79007 - Battle at the Black Gate
    #79014 - Dol Galdur Battle
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 328
    I have just come out of my Lego dark ages at the end of October, (only lasted 6 months before coming back into the light !).
    I have started my collection from scratch, apart from having a uni-kitty fig on a shelf in my sitting room, I managed to get the following sets of ebay :-
    #70702 Warp Stinger - 100% complete with instructions - no box- £0.99p + P&P
    #8060, #4201 & #7241 together in 1 lot - all 3 NISB (few creases in the boxes but all 3 still sealed)- £0.99p + P&P
    Nothing special but its a start :)
    Norlego
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 88
    edited September 2014
    Found a complete 375 Yellow Castle!
    Bumblepants
  • gevgev Member Posts: 2

    I have just come out of my Lego dark ages at the end of October, (only lasted 6 months before coming back into the light !).

    That kind of begs the question: "how long does a Dark Age have to be before it's truly considered a Dark Age?"

    I'm pretty sure mine qualifies, as it started in 1981 and I had zero LEGO from then until about a year after the Star Wars sets started, so roughly 20 years.

    Given that, 6 months seems like a minor hiatus. Just sayin'...
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