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Value of Unopened Hero Factory

MyKidsLoveLegoMyKidsLoveLego Tasmania, AustraliaMember Posts: 4
(First time posting and new to the Forum, sorry if this is better posted elsewhere.)

My young son (6 y.o.) picked up an unopened box at an op-shop last week. The detail are:

Hero Factory
Surge 2.0 (2141)

Had a look online and saw a very wide range of prices, almost none unopened. Here's an example of the box:


Other than the value to him (quite high at the moment!), is something I might be missing on the value of this?

Thanks in advance,
Ben


Comments

  • MyKidsLoveLegoMyKidsLoveLego Tasmania, AustraliaMember Posts: 4
    edited January 17
    Forgot to say that he paid $8 AUD
  • NateMN2020NateMN2020 MinnesotaMember Posts: 39
    You’re not going to want to look at prices of “buy it now” on EBay. Most of those rarely sell for the asking price, and it’ll give you an inflated value. You’ll want to look at completed listings only on EBay and on Bricklink to gauge the value and see what comparable items are currently going for. On Bricklink you can look at only New items for the specific set.
  • NateMN2020NateMN2020 MinnesotaMember Posts: 39
    https://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?S=2141-1&ColorID=0   No new items have sold in the past year so won’t be the easiest to judge, but it doesn’t appear to be a sought after item.
  • MyKidsLoveLegoMyKidsLoveLego Tasmania, AustraliaMember Posts: 4
    Terrific, thanks for the help Nate.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,559
    I imagine you will have trouble finding a buyer as these are not really sought after. It is not very valuable but you will also have quite high shipping costs (compared to value) if going worldwide. I'd let him open it and play with it.
    560Heliport
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,805
    Yes, let him play with it!  HERO Factory is not sought after at all.

    Posts like this, which suggest people put potential monetary value above the fun to be had from the set by a child, sadden me slightly...
    Bumblepants560HeliportTkattAstrobricksOldTownBricksBrainslugged
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,606
    Agree with the comments above - my recollection is that HERO Factory sets ended up being dumped by retailers at a big discount due to a lack of demand.

    I'd urge you to let your son build it, particularly as the monetary value is negligible!
  • MyKidsLoveLegoMyKidsLoveLego Tasmania, AustraliaMember Posts: 4
    Thanks for feedback. He's opened and had plenty of fun already. Wasn't a set type I was familiar with so had a quick look online and saw some weirdly high prices so thought I would ask some experts! Thought it highly unlikely to be worth much but just in case it was worth checking....if could sell for much higher than he paid he would have had the money for bank & buying more Lego!
    Cheers
    drdavewatfordbandit778snowhitieandheBrainslugged
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,805
    Good, glad to hear it, and welcome to the forum!
    AstrobricksMyKidsLoveLego
  • ShropshireShropshire UKMember Posts: 477
    Similarly I had a stash of older sealed advent calendars, each Christmas my girls can have the new one for that year or can pick one of the older ones. eg. Dec 19 they went for a 2009 and a 2011 set to match their birth years, so definitely agree some finds/stashes are there to be opened / play with by your children no matter what value.

    Worryingly for Dec 20 they didn't want one, instead insisting on a Schleich Horse Advent Calendar - these are worrying times indeed in my household.
    andhe
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,606
    Worryingly for Dec 20 they didn't want one, instead insisting on a Schleich Horse Advent Calendar - these are worrying times indeed in my household.
    I feel your pain - 2020 was the first year that my boy didn't want a LEGO Star Wars advent calendar (or any other LEGO for that matter....).

    :-(
    andhepxchris
  • ShropshireShropshire UKMember Posts: 477
    I have already started corrective behaviour, the January Lego catalogue dropped through the door on Friday so I keep leaving it lying around where they'll see it open on the HP and Friends pages...
    560Heliportpxchrisdrdavewatford
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 455
    Huw said:
    Yes, let him play with it!  HERO Factory is not sought after at all.

    Posts like this, which suggest people put potential monetary value above the fun to be had from the set by a child, sadden me slightly...

    My daughter was born in 2010. When LEGO put out the Friends line I thought it was great, but I worried that the theme would fail and disappear before my daughter was old enough to play with LEGO. Obviously I was wrong about that. I bought nearly every set they released from the first and second waves in anticipation of her being a LEGO fan. 
       Ten years later my daughter has a large collection of Friends sets. And I still have a few of the sets from the first and second wave, unopened. 
      One reason is that she does not lack fun LEGO sets to play with. Also much of what she has are essentially just updated versions of those original sets. 
      I have looked up the prices those older sets sell for, and even though I never sell LEGO and have no desire to, it almost feels wrong or irresponsible to open them. I don't just hold back old sets from her, I've done it to myself too.
     I have #7190 Millennium Falcon unopened. I bought it in 2000 while still in my dark ages, I hadn't bought any LEGO in years. My nephew asked for a LEGO set for his birthday, and when I saw Star Wars LEGO I knew I had to have it. But I had a tiny apartment and no where to display LEGO. A lot happened in my life, but I always kept ahold of that set. 20 years later I find myself looking at it like an antique and can't get myself to break the seals on it, although they've threatened to unseal on their own. 
      So my opinion on this subject is that yes(!) LEGO should be opened and enjoyed. But there is a point to be made for keeping some sets sealed, because collecting sealed sets can bring joy too. 
     I'm curious how other AFOLs feel about sealed sets they own. Is there a point where a set become too rare or valuable for you to open? 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,559
    Tkatt said:
    Huw said:
    Yes, let him play with it!  HERO Factory is not sought after at all.

    Posts like this, which suggest people put potential monetary value above the fun to be had from the set by a child, sadden me slightly...


     I'm curious how other AFOLs feel about sealed sets they own. Is there a point where a set become too rare or valuable for you to open? 
    Yes, especially if there is a better modern equivalent. I'd sell it and buy something else. Especially if it has sat that long unopened and unbuilt. 

    I think there is also a difference between sets an adult bought that have now become valuable, and sets that a child has bought.
    ShropshireTkattFizyx
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 589
    Similarly I had a stash of older sealed advent calendars, each Christmas my girls can have the new one for that year or can pick one of the older ones. eg. Dec 19 they went for a 2009 and a 2011 set to match their birth years, so definitely agree some finds/stashes are there to be opened / play with by your children no matter what value.

    Worryingly for Dec 20 they didn't want one, instead insisting on a Schleich Horse Advent Calendar - these are worrying times indeed in my household.
    I totally misread that and thought on 20th December they requested a completely new one with just days to go
    560Heliport
  • Brikkyy13Brikkyy13 AustraliaMember Posts: 20
    I received Surge 2.0 as a birthday gift the year it was released. I already had the set so I’ve held onto the duplicate since then, it’s been gathering dust in my closet. A little disappointed to see that they’re still not in demand, I always thought Hero Factory had quite a lot to offer and I did enjoy it when I was younger. It never really escaped Bionicle’s shadow, and understandably so, but the simpler story of “we build heroes to fight the villains” was much more accessible. I would point to CCBS as LEGO’s greatest innovation in the 2010s, a real shame that the building system never quite lived up to its potential. Hopefully they will try constraction again one day. 
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