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Do LEGO® Sets Increase in Value? (Complete Guide)

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Published: 30 November, 2021
Updated: October 19, 2022
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If you’re looking to invest in something, there are many options like stocks or old books, antiquities, gold, and so on. However, in recent years, more and more people started to buy LEGO® sets as a way to invest and make money in the long run. This brings in the question, are LEGO® sets increasing in value? What can you expect when you buy LEGO® sets as an investment? Are they actually bringing in a good ROI in the long run? Let’s find out.

Key Takeaways

•Investing in LEGO® sets can be a great idea, as they tend to increase in value over time.
• It’s best to focus on investing in unopened sets, which retain more value than opened sets.
• To maximize your investment, you can research which sets are rare and sought-after by collectors.
• Some people are only interested in LEGO® Minifigures, so you could sell the figures separately from the set.
• Some examples that might be considered good investments include the Ewok Village (10236) set and Café Corner (10182) set.

Why do you need to invest in LEGO® sets?

This can be a great idea for those of us that want to invest in something different. It’s actually a wonderful idea to invest in LEGO® sets because they tend to increase in value as time goes by. Don’t expect a massive return per year, if anything the return is under 1% but if you have a rare set, for example, people are actively looking for it.

Aside from the fact that some buy it as an investment, a LEGO® set that’s rare can also be widely sought after by collectors. There are people collecting certain sets, and that’s why some sets are a lot more sought after when compared to others.

Are unopened LEGO® sets the best investment?

In the world of collectibles, everything that’s not opened can increase in value quite a bit. In fact, anything that also has the original box and package tends to sell at a premium. If it was never opened, that further adds to the total value.

These are the things you want to focus on, to invest in unopened LEGO® sets, as they retain quite a lot of value in the long term. It’s a very good idea to avoid any rush and study the market if you want to buy LEGO® sets as an investment.

This way you can see which sets are very rare, which are great purchases for investment purposes, and so on. Knowing that breathes new life into your investing approach and the outcome itself can be great.

Even opened LEGO® sets tend to retain value a lot more when compared to older toys. It’s easy to see why, they are made by a reputable brand, and if they have good quality, then the price won’t go down like would happen most of the time.

After all, LEGO® is one of the most successful toy companies in the world. Decades on, it still thrives and it has more sets than ever on the market.

Obviously, it makes a lot of sense to buy and sell LEGO® sets, as you can make quite a profit. If you keep some sets in the long run, they can actually have a very good ROI, so try to keep that in mind for the best possible results.

3 Tips to keeping LEGO® Sets

1. Diversify LEGO® sets to maximize your investment

Some sets are plentiful in Minifigures, perhaps they have a rare or exclusive Minifigure in it too.

Believe it or not, some people are not that interested in the actual sets themselves but they are hooked on LEGO® Minifigures. Why would they want to buy the set for $200 when they could buy what they want for $200?

Now I know what you are thinking, as a fan of LEGO® it does seem like a lot of money but at the end of the day some people like the sets and don’t really care for Minifigures, some the other way around and some of us want the whole thing.

So when you are looking to invest in your LEGO® set do some research, is it a long-term investment or are you looking to split the Minifigures from the bricks and sell them separately on eBay or Bricklink? This is definitely something you can use to maximize your profit!

2. Which LEGO® sets are a great investment?

The Ewok Village (10236) set is widely known as a great investment, and a lot of people like it.

ewok village LEGO® set 10236
ewok village

Café Corner (10182) is another popular LEGO® set whose price has increased quite a lot over the years. This is currently fetching over £1000 ($1300) on eBay!

When it comes to Minifigures, the Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) and the Printed Boba Fett are known to be very expensive. The same thing can be said about the Original Star Wars Millennium Falcon or the new NASA Apollo Saturn 5 LEGO® set.

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LEGO Betrayal at Cloud City
cloud city LEGO® set
LEGO® Betrayal at Cloud City
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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn 5
nasa apollo saturn 5 LEGO® set
LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn 5

3. Should you invest in LEGO® sets or not?

It all comes down to what you expect. Some sets that are widely sought after and visually appealing tend to increase in value quite a bit. You do want to think about liquidity and see if you can actually sell the LEGO® set and transform it into money as fast as possible. Some sets don’t have great liquidity, while others do.

In fact, you will notice that branded sets tend to go for a premium and those can be a very good investment. Some LEGO® innovations are also going or a premium too, which is why you want to study the market and see if you are indeed getting the right value and results.

The market size also matters. Are the LEGO® sets you want to buy created for a niche, or they are catering to a more general audience? Sometimes niche collectors will go crazy for a set. For example, medieval collectors liked the LEGO® Castle set quite a lot because it looked incredible.

All these tiny details matter when you want to invest in LEGO® sets. Take them into consideration, study the market, and then see which is the ideal LEGO® set to invest in right away!

Have you invested in LEGO® before? Drop a comment below with your experiences investing in LEGO® sets.

If you enjoyed this and want to learn more about selling LEGO® click here to read our in-depth post about selling LEGO® on Bricklink!

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