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Buying A Set Just For The Minifigures

BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
Hey everyone! I am sure most avid collectors have run into that one over priced set that wasn't all that great but they threw in an exclusive debuting minifigure to spice it up. When that happens it can really mess up budgets because obviously to buy a set for one minifigure or two is crazy. I want to hear what sets throughout LEGOs releases have you bought for just the minifigures. More interesting would be the expensive sets because obviously the 12.99 battle packs are bought for the minifigures.

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  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    I'm guilty of this when it comes to Super Heroes figs, since I don't trust the secondary market for buying parted out from sets. Way too many counterfeits running around now.
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  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    iccarus said:

    I'm guilty of this when it comes to Super Heroes figs, since I don't trust the secondary market for buying parted out from sets. Way too many counterfeits running around now.

    You are not kidding. Smart very wise and expensive though. So will you be getting Jokerland for Starfire and Beats Boy?
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    I will probably get Jokerland, assuming it's not an exclusive and ends up on sale at some point. I'm kind of past the point of being able to get every fig released and I honestly care much more about Marvel than I do DC.
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    BACbrix said:

    iccarus said:

    I'm guilty of this when it comes to Super Heroes figs, since I don't trust the secondary market for buying parted out from sets. Way too many counterfeits running around now.

    You are not kidding. Smart very wise and expensive though. So will you be getting Jokerland for Starfire and Beats Boy?
    Ah yes, Beats Boy, the charming new sidekick to Dr. Dre. ;)

    I agree with the above statement about Superhero sets. I am guilty of buying those mostly for the Minifigs, but usually if I can get them on sale or with some kind of promotion. It makes it more reasonable to buy the set than to pay the big prices on Bricklink. I guess my biggest purchases just for figs were 76028 Darkseid Invasion and 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush, both Amazon Warehouse Deals, which cut down on the cost.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,896
    BACbrix said:

    ... because obviously the 12.99 battle packs are bought for the minifigures.

    Not always. I bought a large number of Wizard Battle and Witch King Battle for the parts. If you get them cheap enough and sell off the minifigs, then they are free.
    vitreolumAdeelZubairBuriedinBricksPitfall69RonyarNorlego
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,656
    How small my collection be if it wasn't for sets based on intellectual properties. It would be much easier to buy the really cool Creator Expert sets! Hey LEGO is a business so you can't blame them. I try and avoid it now but it never seems to work!
    AndorVorpalRyu
  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    As a kid I bought sets because of the minifigs. Nowadays I hardly do that ever. If some set only interests me because of the minifigs, I don´t buy it. I buy then only the minifigs (from ebay/bricklinc etc.) especially if it´s a big and expensive set.
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Essex, UKMember Posts: 687
    edited February 2015
    Guilty as charged! I frequently buy sets that have no real interest to me, except for the minifigures. The problem is, I always feel the compulsion to keep the sets complete (must be the OCD part of me!), so I end up keeping loads of sets I don't really want.

    Strangely enough, I took my first step towards overcoming this strange affliction yesterday, when I opened my Juniors Batcave set, removed the minifigs and then listed the rest of the set on BrickLink! Baby steps!!
    BACbrixAndorBrickDancerJenniVorpalRyu
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    I personally have done this with Star Wars sets. 2014 Kashyyyk set with Commander Gree only bought for that reason.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 495
    I buy all SH sets keep the figs and sell the parts, tumbler and helicarrier included.
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655

    I buy all SH sets keep the figs and sell the parts, tumbler and helicarrier included.

    Buying a set and parting out the pieces isn't so bad because then the figs pay for themselves in a way. But on my end I don'tdon't have the time/space for parts to send out and keep inventory by parting out so I am stuck selling on ebay so I try to avoid buying sets now for just the minifigures.
  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    One situation where buying set for the minifigs would be a good deal:
    You want the minifigs from Ewok Village. Buy the set and sell the rest to someone who wants to get a bigger ewok village. That guy won't need the minifigs if he had already bought one Ewok Village set.
    BACbrixVorpalRyu
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    TarDomo said:

    One situation where buying set for the minifigs would be a good deal:
    You want the minifigs from Ewok Village. Buy the set and sell the rest to someone who wants to get a bigger ewok village. That guy won't need the minifigs if he had already bought one Ewok Village set.

    Wow! Great idea
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,896
    TarDomo said:

    One situation where buying set for the minifigs would be a good deal:
    You want the minifigs from Ewok Village. Buy the set and sell the rest to someone who wants to get a bigger ewok village. That guy won't need the minifigs if he had already bought one Ewok Village set.

    Although after fees and postage costs (if you need to pay fees and post it) it might be cheaper to buy the minifigs from him when he buys two sets, rather than him buy the set from you after you remove the figures.
  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    CCC said:

    TarDomo said:

    One situation where buying set for the minifigs would be a good deal:
    You want the minifigs from Ewok Village. Buy the set and sell the rest to someone who wants to get a bigger ewok village. That guy won't need the minifigs if he had already bought one Ewok Village set.

    Although after fees and postage costs (if you need to pay fees and post it) it might be cheaper to buy the minifigs from him when he buys two sets, rather than him buy the set from you after you remove the figures.
    True, if you do it on Brickset Marketplace where it´s easy to PM each other, have a little discussion and so on. But on Ebay, Bricklink etc you don´t usually know why the buyer wants to buy the set and seller to sell it and making this kind of deals is quite hard. Maybe that´s one of the reasons Brickset Marketplace is a good place to make deals.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    Over a third of the sets I own were bought for the minifigures. But almost all of the sets I own are broken down for MOCing, so buying sets for the minifigures just means more parts for that.
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  • JahcursJahcurs Member Posts: 40
    Last time I did this, I bought a handful of marvel sets on gumtree, kept the figures and sold the peices/boxes just shout broke even. The problem I find is that some sets are just so bad or don't look good on display that it's normally better to just bricklink the figures.
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,656
    edited February 2015

    Guilty as charged! I frequently buy sets that have no real interest to me, except for the minifigures. The problem is, I always feel the compulsion to keep the sets complete (must be the OCD part of me!), so I end up keeping loads of sets I don't really want.

    Strangely enough, I took my first step towards overcoming this strange affliction yesterday, when I opened my Juniors Batcave set, removed the minifigs and then listed the rest of the set on BrickLink! Baby steps!!

    binaryeye said:

    Over a third of the sets I own were bought for the minifigures. But almost all of the sets I own are broken down for MOCing, so buying sets for the minifigures just means more parts for that.

    The other day I also parted out all of my Super Heroes sets as well as the two Chirstmas sets to make space and plus I also needed parts for MOC's rather than pulling out more cash for stuff I already have. Hey it's LEGO after all, you are meant to reuse the sets in your own way :)

    Don't worry, stuff like the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, Mini Cooper and the Pet Shop are master pieces which never deserve to disassembled!
    Goldchains
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    Adzbadboy said:

    Don't worry, stuff like the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, Mini Cooper and the Pet Shop are master pieces which never deserve to disassembled!

    It's subjective. If I owned the Camper Van and Mini Cooper, they'd be broken down for parts probably a few months after I first built them. The only sets I own that are currently built are three Elves sets (because I built them just last week) and Parisian Restaurant (because I'm still on the fence about starting to collect modulars and it would take a long time to rebuild). It just depends on what LEGO is to you.
    AdeelZubairnatro220
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,263
    iccarus said:

    I'm guilty of this when it comes to Super Heroes figs, since I don't trust the secondary market for buying parted out from sets. Way too many counterfeits running around now.

    Guess that just depends on who you buy from. If you're buying from random ebay-ers then yes the risk of counterfeits is higher. I part out sets all the time on my BL store and don't deal with fakes or clones.
    binaryeye
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    binaryeye said:

    Adzbadboy said:

    Don't worry, stuff like the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, Mini Cooper and the Pet Shop are master pieces which never deserve to disassembled!

    It's subjective. If I owned the Camper Van and Mini Cooper, they'd be broken down for parts probably a few months after I first built them. The only sets I own that are currently built are three Elves sets (because I built them just last week) and Parisian Restaurant (because I'm still on the fence about starting to collect modulars and it would take a long time to rebuild). It just depends on what LEGO is to you.
    I completely agree with you Binaryeye. The only set I have that hasn't been absorbed into my parted out collection is the UCS Slave 1, which is currently displayed in my living room. It will eventually get broken down too. I much prefer the ability to build what I want from ALL available parts I have. Displaying sets is great for some people...but I don't like that they collect dust for months or years on end. I like to create something new from those parts.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 495
    graphite said:


    Guess that just depends on who you buy from. If you're buying from random ebay-ers then yes the risk of counterfeits is higher. I part out sets all the time on my BL store and don't deal with fakes or clones.

    I agree to an extent. BL is mostly free from fakes but these days I always worry when I see a store selling 50+ Heath Ledger jokers shortly after the set came out with no batmans to match at a price 50% below average. (numbers may be incorrect- just what I recall)
  • sklambsklamb speaker of American EnglishMember Posts: 496
    edited February 2015
    Something like that would raise a lot of red flags for me, I agree. Still, I think there's more money to be made on eBay than on BL if you're going to sell fakes. People on BL would IMO be more likely to recognize one, and much more likely to complain when they did. Plus the pricing is a lot more transparent on BL, even given the vague shipping costs. Since finding BL, I've bought very little used Lego or partial sets anywhere else, partly because of the risk of fakes on eBay.
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    Pretty much every superhero set except the Milano. It was pretty.
  • cody6268cody6268 Member Posts: 280
    I've always bought sets for parts, not minifigures. I build a lot of EMS vehicles, so I bought a Star Wars battle pack several years ago just for the white gloves the figures had.

    I did buy a Lone Ranger Battle Pack just for the new horse mold and the firing cannon, but that's about as close as I've come to buying a set just for the figures alone.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,288
    I am ashamed to say that I buy sets purely for the minifigures reasonably often, although most sets have some redeeming factors.

    My storage situation has reached capacity though so a combination of that and the desire for more loose parts means that I will be starting to disassemble some unlicensed sets in a few weeks time. Once I have done that I will start looking at licensed sets I don't wish to display.
    BACbrixAdeelZubair
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,263

    I agree to an extent. BL is mostly free from fakes but these days I always worry when I see a store selling 50+ Heath Ledger jokers shortly after the set came out with no batmans to match at a price 50% below average. (numbers may be incorrect- just what I recall)

    Well that is a red flag either way. Just like a 0 feedback new store popping up with 10179, CC, GG, MS, and Taj Mahal all new sealed for 40% lower than the lowest price.

    I sold 3 pairs of the Tumbler figs in the first couple days that set came out. But 50 of one fig is just stupid to try. Even people intentionally selling counterfeits should know better not to make it that obvious.

  • sklambsklamb speaker of American EnglishMember Posts: 496
    ^In any case, isn't it wiser to feed them slowly into the system so as not to cause the price to crash? Unless, I suppose, the idea is to dispose of the evidence as quickly as possible....
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,409
    Who are buying these minifigures? Is there anyone buying them? This is why I mentioned in another thread about getting minifigures authenticated.
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    @graphite I am far more comfortable buying figs on BL, since I can usually check to see if they have parts from the set also listed. I still am wary of loose figs though. I've seen so many good fakes.
  • CHERUBboyCHERUBboy Member Posts: 98
    I'm not wildly convinced about the fakes argument. The market for lego minifigs is pretty tiny (Even popular figs sell less than 50 per month on Bricklink)and for most modern figs you'd need to have moulds for every specialised piece at £20,000 a pop, match plastic colors, decals etc all to serve an annual market of a few hundred figures. I'm just not convinced. Also, if it's so easy to make a high quality fake, why are the bulk produced sets of SuperHeros etc produced on E-bay etc always so bad?

    The only area where I've encounterd fakes are figs like Mr Gold and figs where the only difference between one fig and a less valuable one is in the printing.

    As a minifig completest, I usually buy through bricklink because this works out cheapest. But there are exceptions, and even ways where you can break even or crack a small profit.

    1. Star Wars and SH sets tend to be cheaper in the USA. If you visit there regularly as I do, buy your star wars sets here. In Lego stores, get your VIP points at $1 per point and redeem back home. Sell your minifig free sets in the run up to christmas. Be aware that sets where you're selling an ATAT or vehicle, always do better without minifigs than a set like Cantina Lounge where the set is basically a backdrop for the figs.

    By way of example, I think I bought the Ewok Village in Las Vegas Lego store for $273 (Incl TAX), sold it without figures in the UK for around £135 so the 13 figs cost me around £30. Dollar is a bit weaker now, but the price on some sets is now £1 for $1.

    2. Look for sales and offers - pretty obvious this one, but Argos 3 for 2s and big amazon discounts often mean you can buy figs and sell on sets for less than buying on bricklink.

    NEVER buy City sets though. No matter how cheap, the figs are always cheaper on Bricklink. And don't forget the rule that boats, spaceships etc always do better than scene type ships.

    3. Figs with DVDs and video games. With movies, I tend tend to buy on Amazon.com if it's a US exclusive. With video games, I buy the Nintendo DS version with the fig (cheaper than other formats like PS4 or xbox) and sell the game on e-bay. If you buy at a pre order price and list the game/movie without figure while it is newly released you can expect somewhere between a small loss and a small profit. But basically you're getting a rare minifig for next to nothing.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I basically only buy sets for figures. I don't know the last time I actually bought just pieces.

    I do agree it seems silly buying certain sets for 1 or 2 new figures, but I've done it. Looking back, I can see how foolish I was. But when you price out the set vs just the figures you want on bricklink/ebay, it ends up not being that much more expensive to get the whole set (sometimes cheaper!). Of course, wait for a sale if you can, but sometimes at MSRP, it still works out cheaper to just buy the set from an actual retail outlet...very odd.

    I have since cut down my SW figure collecting, so that will help to a degree. They update them too often. Yes, the new figures look better IMO, but I don't need multiple versions of the same characters.

    But so far, I've bought all of Middle Earth, and 90% of Super Heroes (Marvel and DC) for the figures. I bought the line of Lone Ranger and POTC for the figures also...

    Then I put them in a ziplock bag and into a box...it makes a lot of sense...

    I think that is why I don't buy as often as I used to. I realize how stupid I am in doing this.
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  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Essex, UKMember Posts: 687
    edited February 2015
    Sethro3 said:


    Then I put them in a ziplock bag and into a box...it makes a lot of sense...

    Gotta love this line... it's exactly what I do :-)
    matticus_bricks
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 414
    I have bought a few sets here and there only because I wanted the minifigs. I tend to calculate what it would cost to just buy the minifigs and if it is greater than 50% of the cost of the set, I just buy the set. Otherwise I feel like I'm getting a bad deal. Often for low cost sets if I were to buy just the minifig that I wanted it would only be a few dollars more for the whole set. The Penguin from 76010 is a good example- with shipping it would cost at least $8 from bricklink, but the whole set is $10 at Target right now.

    I see a lot of fakes on eBay that are bought for way too much. It's not just super heroes. Star Wars, Chima, the Lego Movie, and lately Minecraft. My son wanted an Enderman from 21107: the End. I found a set of them on eBay but quickly realized they were fakes. ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-6-Sets-MiniFigures-Minecraft-Zombie-Steve-With-Diamond-Skeleton-ENDERMAN-/151595215793?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234bc76bb1 I can tell they are fake but who knows if the people bidding on the lot can tell, or if they even care.
  • TarDomoTarDomo FinlandMember Posts: 515
    Maybe Battle Droid Troop Carrier would be easily said as a great "only-for-minifigs-set". But in the end, it´s maybe not.
    You can get the droids cheaper from bricklink and the gungan too (maybe a bit more expensive figure, but not that). And what comes to selling the carrier: it´s not worth much alone.
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    TarDomo said:

    Maybe Battle Droid Troop Carrier would be easily said as a great "only-for-minifigs-set". But in the end, it´s maybe not.
    You can get the droids cheaper from bricklink and the gungan too (maybe a bit more expensive figure, but not that). And what comes to selling the carrier: it´s not worth much alone.

    Yeah. And those are the obviously figure orientated sets. Good answer
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 931
    I think most people who bought the spider copter bought it for green goblin (does a big fig count) and power man.  
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    I just kinda did this when i purchased the #76013 Steam Roller this weekend on clearance at Target.  I dont really care much for the Super Heroes line, but looking at it, the set has 4 of main Batman minifigures all in their basic outfits, Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Joker....so I bought it.
    BACbrix
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    Tkatt said:
    I found a set of them on eBay but quickly realized they were fakes. ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-6-Sets-MiniFigures-Minecraft-Zombie-Steve-With-Diamond-Skeleton-ENDERMAN-/151595215793?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234bc76bb1 I can tell they are fake but who knows if the people bidding on the lot can tell, or if they even care.
    I think anyone who can read will be able to realize that the item is not lego, since it is clearly stated in the description :smile: 

    Personally I don't see a big problem here. Majority of sellers now state that the item is "custom", "compatible" or else indicate that it is not genuine lego. Worst case scenario you use buyer protection guarantee on eBay, with new rules that the seller must pay for return postage. 
  • batdude3batdude3 Member Posts: 58
    I used to buy sets for Minifigures, and stopped. I collect mostly minifigures, and would buy expensive sets just to get them. The reason I stopped is sometimes the expensive sets will have a figure you can get only in that set, then later the figure will be released in a $10.00 set later on. I got a Ninjago Garmadon's fortress years ago which was purchased just for the Garmadon minifigure. Happened again with the 8129 At Walker, bought that set to have the Snow Troopers, then Lego released a Battle Pack in which most the figures could be bought for so much less.  I prefer to buy Minifigures from a seller now if I feel I have to have a certain Minifigure. I paid over $75.00 for some sets to get the figure, then not long after those sets were released, the minifigures were released in cheap sets for much less. Which isn't a big gripe, my guess is Lego does this to allow the younger audience a chance at owning some of the Minifigures in more expensive collections.  I see a lot of people sell "Mint" minifigures online over the years. However the figures are not mint once they have been assembled. The torso has the paint strip on it, then when the head goes on the body it scratches the torso. That's like selling a new corvette with a deep paint scratch, and calling it mint. I started buying sets because I would buy unassembled figures that would show up assembled. I'm sure it's not a big deal to some when figures are assembled, but not when you buy them listed as Unassembled. I'm unlucky when it comes to buying sets just for minifigures. :)
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 931
    I think most people who purchase superhero sets buy it for the minfigs since most super heroes aren't known for use of vehicles (except for batman of course).  I am guilty of it but will usually buy them only at a discount/sale and it just makes $ense when you calculate the cost of the set to possibly ebaying the figs.  I really want the modok fig but can't justify buying the entire hulk smash lab set just for him.
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