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Which LEGO sets do you now regret having bought?

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  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,783
    Cad Bane's speeder, bought for my nephew - what a piece of junk - should've got him grievous' fighter instead.
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    7317
    What a stupid set. Skimpy ugly space station, far too many colours making alternative building difficult, idiotic gimmick. Looks more like a vacuum cleaner than a Lego set. Built it once and later sold it. Never got back the money I spent on this ridiculously overpriced set.
  • 4WD4WD Member Posts: 18
    I don't like when licensed sets are just a bunch of poorly built set pieces, and set #7195 Ambush In Cairo was a perfect example. $15 CAN for one big regret.
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    Those early Harry Potter sets looked rubbish. Very over-simplified. Glad I never got any. The later ones are great.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    ^^ Ambush in Cairo is one if my favorite battlepacks!
  • zjygkmattzjygkmatt Member Posts: 75
    I was pretty let down with the Arc Fighter, I didn't like how the cockpit had open spaces on each corner, and stickers on windshields make me cringe. They should have never started that.
    They started that a long time ago...

    7191 - UCS X-Wing, has stickers on the windshield...
    Yes I know, but I hate windshield stickers more than anything. Its just getting pathetic how common its getting that more and more excellent printed pieces are becoming stickers. The day the tie fighter piece gets a sticker is when I might just turn my head.

  • lulwutlulwut Member Posts: 416
    ARC-170 (8088). Sold it for way less than I bought it for after building it, no regrets.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Hoth Wampa Cave. Always pass it over when I build something new. Will sit in box for eternity.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    @Stormsworder I know right? But it's amazing how much they go for on eBay!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    @4WD - these are really just a way of selling minifig packs to get around the licensing agreement. If they do not have the action figure license they cannot sell the minifigs alone. So they package it as a building toy, with minimal building pieces.
  • 4WD4WD Member Posts: 18
    @Yellowcastle - It's a lot of peo
  • 4WD4WD Member Posts: 18
    Sorry about that, posted by accident. :P

    @Yellowcastle - It's a lot of people's favourite battle pack, or at least one of their favourites. I still see the appeal in the figures, I just regretted the build/size of set.

    @CC - That's a good point to bring up, I guess the battle packs should always be for figures. I'm still looking forward to #9469 Gandalf Arrives (although it could be said that it's less of a value).

    Either way, it's all personal preference.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    As some of you already know, I somewhat regret buying Life of George! To be fair I haven't given it a good try yet - mostly because it won't give ME a good try!! I'm doing something wrong when I come to photograph the model and George always says I am 'not that awesome', which is clearly a lie. Every other AFOL around me in the bar at AFOLCON had 'awesome' success with George >:o(

    And it was depressing opening the £30 box to discover 100 very basic bricks and a piece of cardboard. The money of course goes to the software development, which I currently rate as not so awesome. Nyahh.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    ^ It really should be half that price. Fun little game, but never going to sell loads at that price point.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226
    ^You're still of course welcome to borrow it on June 3.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    I have thousands(literally) of Series 7 packs. The demand seems to be trailing off considerably, so I might regret buying these(although at a significant discount).
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    ^ For the first 3 Series, I must have bought 5/6 of every CMF and 10+ of my favorites. I have since given up on doing that and now only get dups of my favorites.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Ya, I've just been dumping them lately. Don't wanna be stuck with them when series 8 comes out.
  • BillDeenBillDeen Member Posts: 9
    edited May 2012
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    8376-1: Hot Flame RC Car
    Stopped running just hours after opening...although, I must admit, probably because I ran it non-stop during that time... :) Some great parts, though.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Ya, I've just been dumping them lately. Don't wanna be stuck with them when series 8 comes out.
    Does that mean no one here wants to buy my sealed case of S6 and S7? :)

    I probably shouldn't have bought them...
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    There are duds in Series 5/6/7. In fact, in all series there are some duds that no-one wants. I only go for dupes of my favourites. Some of them are just too hard to get rid of. Some of them do have interesting accessories for MOCs. And sometimes it is better financially to part out the minifigs and sell off the legs, torsos and heads separately.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    I got a ton of the 120 pack cases that Target carries, but now the demand is waning. Just trying to dump them for $120 for 60 packs.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,654
    I found the 8039 Battle for Endor to be rather underwhelming. I think the build for the base structure was particularly lacking in interest. At least I got it off clearance so not too much wallet damage
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    @pvancil27 I didn't buy those exact sets for the same reason. I really want the minifigs, but would be standing there holding the box, and couldn't bring myself to do it! This even happened when I found them at a 50% off sale! I'll grab them all eventually I suppose...
  • rolvtdrolvtd Member Posts: 52
    Please excuse the "-itchcing",

    This isn't about a set per se, but logistics. I just bought an older version of the X-Wing (6212) on eBay for a great price, so I was pretty excited. It came with no instructions, but the price warranted the purchase.

    I opened the package and this is what I received, with the kit in pieces of course.
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    Remember this is the X-Wing that has rubber bands to control the transforming wings. So far this is all I have recovered, though my floor, pants, and arms are covered in shredded paper..

    image

    I am torn about leaving a bad review, but I just left it with, "I will not be leaving feedback until I can recover all the pieces."

    What a nightmare...
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ If I had received a set in that condition, I'd offer the seller the chance to make it right, some percentage of refund, or I might just return the whole thing and get all my money back.

    That is insane, completely nuts, I would be rather vocal with my annoyance. But that is just me.
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    ^^LOL my cats would love to receive that package. I agree with LFT. Really, what is someone thinking when they pack something like that? I'm sure the sender wouldn't appreciate receiving something like that, so it's hypocritical for them to send something in that condition to someone else.

    You didn't say if the set was supposed to include all pieces, but I'm going to assume it was. I would definitely be sending that back unless you really want the set (even if incomplete). And it would probably require a negative feedback.

    Hope you have a good vacuum cleaner!
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    I dislike all of the "base" sets. Endor, the new Hulk set has a dreaded base, etc..
  • jadedancjadedanc USAMember Posts: 1,303
    I had a bad purchase a while back. I won an eBay auction for a Shuttle Expedition. It arrived wrapped in Christmas paper inside out. Needless to say, the box wasn't in even a decent shape. It even had a hole about the size of a half-dollar punched in the front. Asked for a refund, seller refused, told me I wouldn't get my money back at all and so I filed a grievence. Got my money back and he got a destroyed box back. Don't know if everything was still in there. I reshipped it with his paper under the brown thick paper UPS used.

  • rolvtdrolvtd Member Posts: 52
    *sigh*

    I think I am done with used eBay auctions....

    I got three sets for cheap again (sensing a theme?) and this is what came in:

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    I don't know if the image is really portraying it, but that is definitely glue. In their infinite wisdom, whomever owned this set decided that whatever mechanism TLG used to keep their bricks together is not as good as old fashioned Elmers...At least I hope it's Elmers anyway...

    Again I think I am done with used sets online.

    I feel like I am gonna get the "whiner" label online though...


  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    I've had poor service from bricklink too recently, it's not just ebay. I bought half a dozen minifigs from one seller, all described as used but excellent. One of them (with a hook for a hand) had a broken hook, both arms cracked and the torso so rubbed you could barely make out the design. The light grey parts of a gorilla suit guy had been coloured with red marker pen. Two of the figures had sand inside the legs and torso. Seller refused a refund, and I had to go via paypal to get a refund. From a different seller I bought 100 or so plates - again apparently excellent condition. They were so heavily scratched, I will not use them and they are having to go back too. I've decided not to buy used again.
    icey117
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    ^That's unfortunate that sellers would think it's ok to send stuff in that condition, without describing any defects. It gives sellers like me a bad name. When I sell used sets, the set is complete with box, and the Legos are in excellent condition (ie I build the model once, let it sit on a shelf for a while, and then sell it). Nothing wacky involved like glue, scratched pieces, etc.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    Buying used Lego sets is indeed risky. That's one of the reasons NIB sets tend to do so well. Awhile back I purchased a used set on ebay that was supposed to be only missing one piece. I even paid the buy it now price because I was itching to own it. Turned out that the set was missing around ten pieces. I managed to get a seven dollar refund (replacement part costs from Lego) but I was pretty ticked about the whole fiasco. There is not much worse than putting together a set and finding pieces missing.
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    I once bought that old Space Rocket Base from about 1979 off ebay and the pieces had dried glue on them. Not only that, but the vehicles had been built with the pieces glued together, couldn't be taken apart.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Seller refused a refund, and I had to go via paypal to get a refund.
    What continues to amaze me is that sellers, in 2012, continue to refuse a refund for orders via PayPal, and are somehow surprised when PayPal approves the refund.

    For the most part, if you're reasonable about the whole thing, PayPal has got the buyer's back. As a seller, never just "refuse" a refund, work with the buyer, or it could be worse.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Paypal backed me when I refused a refund. A guy told me that a Destiny's Bounty box had been crushed(even though it was shipped in another box). I offered a refund for the returned, unopened box and he sent me back an opened box missing the 2 most expensive minifigs. Box in perfect shape, except for where he opened it. Still demanded a refund too.
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Member Posts: 251
    I'd be concerned as a paypal user who they'd back. What would happen if you sold a set only for it to be returned missing a few expensive pieces/minifigs but the buyer said it came like that? How would they know who to side with?
  • lulwutlulwut Member Posts: 416
    I'd be concerned as a paypal user who they'd back. What would happen if you sold a set only for it to be returned missing a few expensive pieces/minifigs but the buyer said it came like that? How would they know who to side with?
    Buyer.

  • thorniethornie Member Posts: 245
    edited May 2012
    Paypal will back the buyer 99.5% of the time. The only time paypal will ever back you as a seller is if you have OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary. Although, speaking to lots of sellers who do business on ebay/paypal, having a ton evidence doesn't mean squat in a lot of cases.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,118
    Yep, with paypal, the risk is pretty much all on the seller. As a buyer, if you are scammed or don't get what was advertised, you are almost assuredly going to win any dispute. Sellers have all the burden of proof on their side, and often will lose even when they are the one being scammed.
  • LovaqueroLovaquero Member Posts: 23
    ^ I can attest to that. It is the chance you take with using Paypal. Interestingly, all of my bad experiences have had to do with eBay, not BL. For the most part BL folks are good to deal with.
    icey117
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,263
    The entire Prince of Persia line for me, the sets are not all that bad and there are some good parts included, but I look at them now and wonder why I ever bought them.

    I agree about the Sith Nightspeeder entirely, the figures are all very well, but the model itself is an absolute joke.

    As a general rule, if the back of the box displays the parts list, I find myself putting the set down (excluding Lego Creator sets or Advanced Models).
  • Legofanatic2414Legofanatic2414 Member Posts: 37
    I got 3 of the ''comic book edition'' Hulk minifigures, thinking they'd go for huge amounts of money in a few years. Sadly, it doesn't look that way....
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    I didn't like Hogwarts Castle (the big one) as much as I thought I would, but it's still an okay set... just didn't have enough of the castle as I would have liked. I think to make a really good one, I'll have to find another one and put together a MOC.
  • mressinmressin Lego City... erm LondonMember Posts: 843
    @rolvtd, that X-Wing's got to be the best practical joke I've seen in some time. ;)
  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,546
    @rolvtd @mressin

    Maybe they meant ex-wing, :oP
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    Mine was 7498 Police Station. The fact I paid RRP for it made it even worse. Thy now sell it as cheap as $60-80 shipped.
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,138
    A lot of the older Star Wars sets. When I initially started I wanted to collect all of the SW sets and ended up buying some which I didn't really care for but were needed to complete the collection, example being the older MTT or the ugly AT-ST's.
  • ShpadoinkleShpadoinkle 13 hours West of BillundMember Posts: 418
    I really regret getting the current Millennium Falcon (7965). I was jonesing to put something new together that day and paid full price for it. Was disappointed by the size, the value for price, and it takes up far too much horizontal space to be displayed. Not to mention it went on clearance three weeks later!

    The flip side was that the Genonosian fighter (7959) was a lot of fun for the clearance price, so I suppose the moral of the story is looks can be deceiving!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ I hear you, did the same thing...

    The current MF and Republic Frigate have both been sold at 30% off multiple times in multiple places, those sets just don't seem to be moving as much for whatever reason.

    They are above $100, which probably doesn't help.
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