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Your rarest Lego item?

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  • Vindic8edVindic8ed Member Posts: 166
    This is the oldest set I have:
    4030: Cargo Carrier

    Not sure what the rarest ones are. These little promotional ones I have seem like they'd be kind of rare:
    1560: Glory Glider
    1561: Stunt Chopper
    1562: Wave Jumper
    1563: Track Blaster
    Those were the first Lego sets my dad gave me when I was really young. Some other rare poly bag ones I have would be the McDonald racers too.

    Some that are worth a lot that I own would be the Millennium Falcon and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Ma1234Ma1234 Member Posts: 693
    edited January 2015
    The rarest I have are probably two sealed promo sets from the late 1980s: a sealed #1484 and a specially packaged Danish Red Cross version of #6523.

    And while not "rare," I own a sealed #6394, and that set is, in my opinion, the greatest classic LEGO set.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,601
    edited January 2015
    There are several that I can think of that would be considered "rare" even though the term is heavily over used. You just have to remember that Lego sets weren't always "mass" produced even though there are other sets that sell for a lot more money. Rare isn't always desirable.

    Set #742 which was made for the U.S. but the sets weren't sold in the U.S. and only 16 are owned by members.
    Set #726 owned by only 40 members.
    Set #722-2 owned by only 15 members.
    Set #721 owned by only 30 members.
    Set #720-2 owned by only 34 members.

    I could gone on but you get my point.
    madforLEGO
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,764
    sstoroe said:

    andhe said:

    @Duchessa, I got them off someone on eBay. They had a range of rare items (including a bright orange c-3po prototype!). Was pretty excited about the ponies as they're the only ones of their kind I've ever seen.

    Did you buy the orange c-3p0? I have one here and I have been trying to find out how many of them exist?

    http://www.minifigpriceguide.com/detailPages/STARWARS_sw010a.html

    Any ideas how many he had for sale?
    There are quite a few in existence, many of them fake. I remember bidding on one once (probably not his though) and I was way off the high bid, but got a second chance offer within 30 minutes of the auction end. There were at least five people in front of me. I assume every got offers, so he could get rid of as many as possible quickly.
  • just2goodjust2good Member Posts: 247
    Mr. Gold.
    Jonn420
  • I have some of the older wooden LEGO stuff, including one of the 1932 Yo-yos*, and a copy of Klodser from 1946. I also have some of the older brick sets, including #280, #282, and Mursten #211. I also have the UK and AU version of #810 Town Plan.

    *(On a side note, does anyone happen to know the names of the six employees who worked under Ole in 1932? I've done some research but to no avail.)
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,144
    Mine would likely be my original Black Seas Barracuda. Built back in 1989 with my dad and is one of the last good memories I have before my parents separated.

    Ah well, happy memories.
    TheLoneTensormdelleman
  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 859
    NYTF bleeding edge ironman and bucky Barnes captain america
  • aldreddaldredd United KingdomMember Posts: 203
    My 'pride any joy', and probably hardest to find (though not all that hard, nor all that expensive in the grand scheme of things) is my #1237 Asimo Robot, made as a promo for the Honda 21 Open Fair. Still boxed & sealed.
    MorkMan
  • licowboy74licowboy74 Member Posts: 12
    My rarest pieces / set I have are 1/2 the pieces form the 1976 set excavator and truck and also the 2 original figures and most the pieces from the 1976 police van and motorcycle. These were my first 2 sets when i was 3! I still look at them at times and it puts a smile on my face.
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,460
    sstoroe said:

    andhe said:

    @Duchessa, I got them off someone on eBay. They had a range of rare items (including a bright orange c-3po prototype!). Was pretty excited about the ponies as they're the only ones of their kind I've ever seen.

    Did you buy the orange c-3p0? I have one here and I have been trying to find out how many of them exist?

    http://www.minifigpriceguide.com/detailPages/STARWARS_sw010a.html

    Any ideas how many he had for sale?
    $1500? Sheesh, I wish I'd bid on it now! From my vague memory I think there were about 3, all incomplete, or just the heads.

    But to add to this thread, I have since been generously given a red wizards hat (prototype I believe) that has completed my lego wizard hat collection!
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    Pitfall69 said:

    How can a mass produced Lego set be rare?

    lol
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    edited January 2015
    I was talking the Town Hall, its not rare Pitfall, get over it, most of the items in this thread weren't produced at the same level the MOD's were. Not one item in this thread is newer than 25 years old. Im sure the Town hall in 2045 will be rare too.
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 155
    edited January 2015
    Good question, its hard to say but perhaps:

    http://brickset.com/sets/853303-1/Exclusive-LEGO-VIP-Key-Chain (it just arrived in the post one day, TLG loved me that year!)

    http://brickset.com/sets/21101-1/Hayabusa (not especially old but in demand now)

    http://brickset.com/sets/1593-1/Super-Model-Building-Instructions (my Mum saved lots of Persil vouchers to get me this!)

    There is still a couple of boxes that theoretically could have a chrome Vader in them that are stored in boxes waiting for me to be bothered to check so theoretically one of them could count as well, or not!
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU USAMember Posts: 644


    There is still a couple of boxes that theoretically could have a chrome Vader in them that are stored in boxes waiting for me to be bothered to check so theoretically one of them could count as well, or not!

    ^ Schrödinger's Lego set

    my rarest item... probably my White Boba Fett and Vader Star Wars book, the book being the more rare item. brickset entry: BOBAFETT1-1
    ShibreckonballCapnRex101bobabrickskhmellymel
  • Captain_EyebrowCaptain_Eyebrow Test Valley, somewhere between Brickset Towers and Narnia . . . .Member Posts: 155
    @GallardoLU‌ bravo, nothing like a quantum theory joke of an afternoon!
    plasmodiumbobabricks
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 533

    I have some of the older wooden LEGO stuff, including one of the 1932 Yo-yos*, and a copy of Klodser from 1946. I also have some of the older brick sets, including #280, #282, and Mursten #211. I also have the UK and AU version of #810 Town Plan.

    *(On a side note, does anyone happen to know the names of the six employees who worked under Ole in 1932? I've done some research but to no avail.)

    Out of personally curiosity how do you know that it's a Lego yo-yo? None of the photos I've seen of legitimate Lego yo-yos have a logo on them. I've seen a few on eBay and been offered a couple over the years. But there doesn't seem to me to be any way of telling who really made it other than the seller's assertion that is was. Without proof to me it's just an old wooden yo-yo.
  • ToddMyersToddMyers Cincinnati, OHMember Posts: 403
    I have #1552 and #1650 with original boxes an all original packaging. Still looking for #1651....
  • ToddMyersToddMyers Cincinnati, OHMember Posts: 403
    Forgot perhaps my rarest set - The Ramboll Oil Platform (Ramboll-1).
  • MattPetersenMattPetersen Florida, USAMember Posts: 282
    I'm not at all sure about rareity and value of what I own.
    I know I have all the original Pirate sets (including ships), Forest Men sets, and Lego Space.

    I also have the San Diego Comic Con minifigures of Green Lantern, Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!), and Bizarro!

  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134
    I don't really have anything rare as such, but I guess I would have to say the Valentine's Day key ring LEGO sent me.
  • manmythicmanmythic CanadaMember Posts: 22
    The only 'rare' item I own is the blue coat Bilbo Baggins from the Blu-Ray Combo pack.
  • ajm390ajm390 Nelsons own CountyMember Posts: 38
    I have the instructions and parts for set 313 London Bus released in 1966. I probably inherited it from someone in the family as I was born that year!! Also have several sets from the early 1970s in bits
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,144
    On a philosophical note isn't "rare" simply in the eye of the beholder? Are we talking rare as in TLG only made so many pieces/sets or rare as in something so special and irreplaceable that only that particular piece/set fits the bill?
  • reckonballreckonball Member Posts: 18
    I don't know if it's rare per se, but the oldest 'set' set I have is 107-3 "Reversible Power Unit" from 1968. In terms of something that I actually 'value', I have a pristine 6000 "Legoland Idea Book" with all stickers intact. Love that book :)
    MorkMan
  • mh3490mh3490 NW Indiana Member Posts: 329
    My rarest sets have to be the MF zombies, santa fe, and the BNSF
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,842
    My rarest set would be a sealed #6845 (can't find another one anywhere) and the rarest piece I have would be the goalie mitts from #3573 (again, can't find them anywhere).
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,079
    My rarest Lego item? Probably two 1x8 bricks in Maersk Blue. :)
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,601
    After much searching I finally found my rarest Lego item, #760. There is no picture in the database but only 6 people including myself own a copy and I do have the red and blue drawers that came with it. Unfortunately it's not very desirable.
  • FASTER345FASTER345 Member Posts: 20
    I found this birdcage in my (Danish) wife's childhood LEGO collection.
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 182
    Probably not rare, but I have a few of the red (1x2) Lego bricks that have the word Lego stamped and printed on them. I say stamped because they feel slightly imbedded in the brick.

    I also have several of the minifigures that didn't have arms but just bumps on the side of the torso and legs that were just a solid piece. A plain yellow head to top it off.

    I let my boys play with some of my older sets, but after a few broken pieces, decided to get them their own. They love building!
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,275
    edited January 2015

    I have some of the older wooden LEGO stuff, including one of the 1932 Yo-yos*, and a copy of Klodser from 1946. I also have some of the older brick sets, including #280, #282, and Mursten #211. I also have the UK and AU version of #810 Town Plan.

    *(On a side note, does anyone happen to know the names of the six employees who worked under Ole in 1932? I've done some research but to no avail.)

    Out of personally curiosity how do you know that it's a Lego yo-yo? None of the photos I've seen of legitimate Lego yo-yos have a logo on them. I've seen a few on eBay and been offered a couple over the years. But there doesn't seem to me to be any way of telling who really made it other than the seller's assertion that is was. Without proof to me it's just an old wooden yo-yo.
    There is a serious problem with collecting very early LEGO.... they didn't come up with the "LEGO" logo until 2 years after the 1932 introduction of wooden toys. And even later LEGO wooden toys that are heavily played with that may have lost their decal logo can be problematic. A lot of old time collectors will avoid toys that don't have a logo... or if there's one (logo free0 that is found exactly as pictured in a Danish retailer catalog, they are often discounted.

    But calling something "LEGO" in auctions is often done for questionable old as well as new auction items... that often just really are not the product they are promoted as.

    As always.... the buyer beware...
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 533
    I've only bought a few older items without a logo, mostly train cars. Could they be Brio or Hanse? Sure, but I think it's unlikely. When I buy a wooden toy or an early plastic I want that logo to show that it was made by Lego. A lot of early Brio and Lego look very similar and hard to tell apart. And I'm not sure what the relationship between Hanse and Lego was. But Hanse sold toys that either were made by Lego and licensed to Hanse or were just out right copies. The latter was common in the toy industry before patents and copyrights become common in the late 50s.
  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    The rarest piece I have is the blob-head Leia from #10198.
    And I suppose the grey boat rigging that appears in #10179.

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    Pitfall69bobabricksandhejust2good
  • lluisgiblluisgib Barcelona (Spain)Member Posts: 225
    One of the rarest things I have is a box given to some employees during the 50th anniversary of the brick party. It has no reference. Inside there is a booklet with the history of the brick.

    image

    I maybe have even rarest things but not allowed to show in public ;P
    bobabricksMorkManGoldchains
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235

    I also have several of the minifigures that didn't have arms but just bumps on the side of the torso and legs that were just a solid piece. A plain yellow head to top it off.

    Just found one of those trawling through a loft box full of ancient lego. Didn't know they were minifigures, I actually thought it may had been a statue or something!

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    bkpr said:

    The rarest piece I have is the blob-head Leia from #10198.
    And I suppose the grey boat rigging that appears in #10179.

    image

    Did you find this in your set or did you purchase Leia by herself?

  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,693
    I think these are the rarest in my collection:
    #3223 Little Fish
    #4753 Sirius Black's Escape
    #8940 Karzahni

    My full collection can be found here (It does include some of the sets I have sold off)
    http://brickset.com/sets/mycollection-owned
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,831
    edited January 2015
    Funny that, your collection looks identical to mine. ;-).

    This is the link you are looking for:- http://brickset.com/sets/ownedby-Adzbadboy
    AdeelZubairFurrysaurus
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    The rarest in my collection (as in most precious) is #10194 Emerald Night.
  • JawascrumpJawascrump Member Posts: 112
    Fun thread, I'd say my favourite item is a sealed 7264 Imperial Inspection (I love the box art on that set)
    Rarest would be my collection of 9 mid to late 1950's supplemental sets. Again the box art is fantastic, "it belongs in a museum" A very fortunate find as I paid just £1 each for them.
  • ypinskerypinsker Member Posts: 5
    #4578 Ghost From Xalax
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    No idea how rare, but the oldest set is from 1978 #269 Kitchen
  • thedaveyboythedaveyboy Hampshire UKMember Posts: 55
    My Exosuit signed by Peter Reid AND his girlfriend Yve.
    BrickDancerMrShinyAndNew
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,693
    ^Yeah how could I forget my signed Exo-Suit by Mark Stafford and Peter Reid

    LEGO Ideas Exo-Suit signed by Pete Reid and Mark Stafford
    LegoboyGothamConstructionCoMorkMan
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021

    My Exosuit signed by Peter Reid AND his girlfriend Yve.

    Did Yve help make the Exo Suit?
  • GalactusGalactus NLMember Posts: 259
    The female character was named after her, I believe.
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    Ah I see, I've never read the product description so I didn't make the connection.

    Nice touch.
  • GalactusGalactus NLMember Posts: 259
    Ah, I found it. Quote from Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 1:
    I really like that the figures have been given names, Pete and Yve, (after Yvonne Doyle, yvd on flickr, Pete's girlfriend). What a lovely romantic gesture, to have your partner feature with you in a LEGO set!
  • lordzaraklordzarak OH, United StatesMember Posts: 329
    I have two that come to mind. First is the SDCC Phoenix minifig. I kinda overpaid for her, but still glad I have it.

    Second is this store display figure:
    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?G=displayfig07

    I saw these guys at TRU and had to have one. Alas, I had to get mine from eBay at the time. He's been a staple of my home for over a decade.

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