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The "brag" thread: Post your recent great finds!

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  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Richmond, VAMember Posts: 336
    When TRU was doing Buy 1 Get 1 50% off in November, I found 2 of Brickbeard's Bounty [6243] that this store has had forever, marked down to $42.98, and then qualified for the buy 1 get 1 deal. I added some polys to get it right above $75, so got the the free figure diplay case and got the $10 gift card with the ad coupon.
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    @LegoFanTexas - 10196 needs to be built properly, and very firmly assembled, and then it works beautifully. Mine works well without any problems spinning forward (anti-clockwise weirdly), but struggles/doesn't spin backward. I'm no Star Wars fan, so I'd sell the DS, and the Taj Mahal assembled is to big to be practical. Just my opinion.

    and @DavidBrickley, wow, a great deal.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    @Eric - I have avoided really paying attention to how big the Taj Mahal is, don't want to know how big it is until it is built. ;) The DS looks like a bear to build, but then so does Taj Mahal.

    The only one that really looks like a sure thing is Eiffel Tower, it will look amazing in the living room. :)

    As far as "too big", keep in mind that I have places already picked out for SSD and Eiffel Tower, so the space is really not my concern, it is the 4x build of it.

    Tower Bridge was fun at first, then the middle bit with all the cheese slices was a bore, but it was fun when it came together, from 5 feet away, it is just impressive.

    I look at all those little windows on Taj Mahal and figure they are just one after another after another... :) Maybe I'll get my wife to help me on that one! :)
  • jocappyjocappy Member Posts: 207
    got 12 target holiday gift card sets today :)
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,551
    got 6 kilos of star wars lego today for 140 plenty of sets i have id already. And some I have no idea what they are
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    Found a 7145 "Von Nebula" on clearance for $13.49. I bought it because it looked badass, despite never having bought a Hero Factory set before in my life.

    When I got home I checked eBay and found that they sell for $30-45. Win!
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 1,763
    A mostly complete 4563 plus, 20 pieces of straight 9V track, 40 curved 9V track, an extra controller, an extra 9V train motor, part of a 7722 with nice battery car and all the track plus extra staights and a pile of misc. parts BIN for 59.99 plus 12.00 to ship. You can still find a good deal on Ebay once in a while.
  • mikeyobmikeyob Member Posts: 26
    Purchased off EBAY POTC the mill for $23.05 shipping incl. was used with all minifigs, box and instructions.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Picked up a 10030 new in box for $675 today... 9/10 condition, minor wear to the corners, otherwise nice a can be.

    That is not a bad deal, in my humble opinion... :)
  • HohumHohum Member Posts: 1
    I was at the Lego Store in Glendale, California. Bought 3 Grab bags FILLED with minifigs. Mostly from the build a bar, but a Weasley from Harry Potter as well as a bunch of assorted parts from different sets including printed bricks. Must be over a hundred minifigs between the 3 bags I got for $7.99 each. All the bags were gone within a minute of being put out...
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,429
    edited December 2011
    Was able to get Happy Holidays Game (2010-2), new/sealed, for $50.

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  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator Posts: 4,401
    ^ I thought employees weren't allowed to sell sets? Maybe that doesn't apply to former employees...
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,714
    ^ they aren't supposed to sell sets that they have purchased with their staff discount. This was a gift from Corporate, so would be OK. I've also heard that some non-employee partners received the set too.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 7,818
    ^ Yeah, I saw one of these floating about a few weeks ago. Can't remember where though!?
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,429
    ^ I thought employees weren't allowed to sell sets? Maybe that doesn't apply to former employees...
    Dunno. It was from a former employee. I was hoping he'd get the duck set as well, but it doesn't sound like it. He stopped working there earlier this year. Anyone know when they give the sets out?
  • scratchdeskscratchdesk Member Posts: 155
    Today I grabbed
    3 - 5983 Space Police - SP Undercover Cruisers $7 each
    2 - 7591 Toy Story - Zurg $5 each
    1 - 7571 Prince of Persia - The Fight for the Dagger $7
    1 - 8061 Atlantis - Gateway of the Squid $12

    All were being pulled out of a shrink wrapped pallet that were in the clearance section before Christmas stuff hit. Coincidentally all are up for trade for Star Wars sets I need, lol.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,714
    edited December 2011
    Anyone know when they give the sets out?
    My wife received her duck mid-December. That's also traditionally when she has received her Xmas gifts from TLG, but it may vary by a week or two depending on where you work in the company.

  • LambringoLambringo Member Posts: 104
    I recently picked up a sealed 7019 viking fortress against the fafnir dragon for $100aud on ebay. Was a bit concerned since the pic was a stock image of the wrong set as per the description, but I emailed the guy and he said it wad just the wrong pic. I think this must have scared the other bidders off but it showed up a week later.

    Also got a mint (no box) 1737 scorpion detector for $0.02 + $5 shipping. Was amazed no other bidders
  • SherlockbonesSherlockbones Member Posts: 411
    I've had a few lucky finds in my LEGO life.

    Last year, I was at the local schools car boot sale, a woman came in late, with the money I was given, I brought some Robot wars toys.
    She said if there was anything else and I said
    "Have you got any LEGO?"
    She said
    " I do, but it IS rather expensive"

    I went :/ :(

    She took out a HUGE back of LEGO, she said it was her sons old bionacle sets, in it were ALL of them from 1999-2002, I asked her how much.
    She said £5!


    Also, I saw on Bricklink, that the River expedition from the Adventures theme, COMPLETE for £30

    RESULT
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,219
    just snagged a 4479 tie bomber boxed complete off evilbay £15
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,092
    Found an advert in my local paper in Summer last year and bought Jango Fett's slave 1 MISB with figures etc. for £5. Then a couple of weeks later from the same person I got 6kg of assorted Lego with some instructions for £25. I found sets 4480, 4475, 4476 and all 8 mini sets from 2003 as well as about twenty other SW Minifigures from that era, including two Greedos! Even after I had got all of the parts and Minifigures out I had about 2kg of random pieces left.
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 830
    @CapnRex101, that's awesome! I remember buying a 7159 Pod Race Bucket about two years back for about £25 and finding it full of SW minifigs, mini sets, etc.

    Anyway, reason for my post is I popped into TRU with the kids this afternoon and very randomly they had an MISB 8709 Power Miners set on the shelf, at £36.99.

    After inspecting the box, checking the seals and cross-referencing the MSRP at m.brickset, I thought it was worth getting. Unfortunately I know nothing about Power Miners - although I have the feeling I either got a good deal or have completely wasted my money. Any thoughts - will it have any more value with the forthcoming City mining range?
  • BigBoote66BigBoote66 Member Posts: 1
    edited January 2012
    So, our son is 4 years old and has just started getting interested in Lego building. My wife regularly visits a local second-hand & surplus store (Savers) for a variety of stuff, but you can often find bags of unmarked, miscellaneous Lego parts there for around $5 or so.

    In December, she found one a complete set (well, at least it was an original box that seemed heavy enough) - one of those for much older kids, 2000+ pieces, for $30. Even if he couldn't build the set, she knew it was a great deal just for the bricks.

    Turns out the set was complete with manuals - it was already assembled inside the box. She was shocked when she looked it up on Amazon when she got home: Cafe Corner 10182.
  • dino_girldino_girl LondonMember Posts: 107
    a lady at our church said she had an old lego set of her son i could have.
    She gave it to me today. It is 7140 X-wing!
    The box was opened and had no instructions but i rebuilt using the instructions on the site and apart from a couple of tools and lightsaber and one of the stripy tiles it is complete.

    I bet her grown up son is going to be a little mad when finds out his mum has given his X-wing away!.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 4,914
    ^^ Wow! That's like finding the Lego Holy Grail or something! I think that's got to count as one of the best bargains I've seen in this thread.
  • ErnstErnst Member Posts: 133
    edited January 2012
    I think the best deal I made last year was a lot of old sets of the LEGOLAND theme including set 355 WITH cardboard baseplate and about 8 other sets of the 70's all in good shape. Paid for the whole lot € 115,00. Another good deal was set 383 (Knights' Joust 1979) in perfect condition for which I paid € 50,00.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Picked up a complete in box 7191 for $250 last week... includes instructions that are in great shape, unused sticker sheet, original box is a bit beat up, but the manual and parts are in great condition.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 7,818
    @BigBoote66 - great story and certainly up there with the Greats! :-)
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,219
    Not a find (yet) but ive been offered sealed sets 7144 slave l & 7171 podrace for £100 total inc shipping. Is that a good deal ?
  • LegopantsLegopants GermanyMember Posts: 1,450
    Picked up a used Sand Crawler (10144) off eBay back at the end of 2011. At 160 EUR it wasn't particularly cheap, but it was in excellent condition (just one black 2x1 brick had been replaced with two dark-grey 1x1 bricks). The box was also in fantastic condition. Second-hand eBay buys are always a bit risky, but I was well chuffed with this one (especially as new it would've cost me at least 300 EUR).
  • ErnstErnst Member Posts: 133
    Made my first good deal this year, just bought a used Flying Ninja Fortress (6093-1) and paid € 46,50. Got it by mail today so the building can start, considering the prices on Bricklink I'm happy !!
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 3,988
    BNIB 7642 Garage arrived today. Box in great condition. I did pay £70 so full retail but its still quite a bit less than ebay prices.
  • granthgranth Member Posts: 11
    I've had some decent buys from ebay in the past but they seem to be fewer and farther between these days. Some that I think were good deals:

    6160 - Aquazone Sea Scorpion, boxed and parts still in bags - £8.89
    7690 - Mars Mission Base - Boxed, complete and in good condition - £28.00
    6088 - Ninja Robbers Retreat - Boxed,complete and in good condition - £10.00
    6195 - Aquazone Discovery Lab - Boxed, complete and in good condition - £20.00
    8681 - Tiny Turbos Tuner Garage, Boxed, complete + 3 extra cars - £3.20!!!
    8958 - Power Miners Granite Grinder, Boxed + complete - £3.41

    Plus quite a few more.

    Have to say though that all of the above were in 2010 and I think bargains like the above are difficult to come by now.
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 514
    edited January 2012
    I've had a lot of great Craigslist buys but I think the best find was the following for US$60.00 total. The only downside was no manuals. :\

    Complete sets:
    8039- Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser (this was my favorite of the lot)
    7662- Federation MTT
    7259 - Arc-170 Starfighter
    8018 - Armored Assault Tank (AAT)
    7672 - Rogue Shadow
    7669 - Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter
    8086 – Droid Tri-Fighter
    7681 – Separatist Spider Droid
    7261 – Clone Turbo Tank
    7675 – AT-TE Walker
    7877 – Naboo Starfighter
    7656 – General Grievous Starfighter
    7666 – Hoth Rebel Base
    6210 - Jabba’s Sail Barge

    And a bunch more incomplete sets that I was able to part out. Here's what some of it looked like while we were organizing:

    LEGO Organization process
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    ^ Love it.. I have had 2 similar scores in the past and am anxiously awaiting my third :-) Nothing beats those 'dining room table sorts' that always last twice as long as you promise they will.
  • MontyKensicleMontyKensicle Member Posts: 59
    edited January 2012
    I Got Mill Village Raid for $35 last time I stopped by the Wal-Mart in Martinsville Virginia, a while back I was also able to nab a box of Series 5 for $30.

    The one in Rocky Mount I was able to buy The Burrow for $30, Hagrid's Hut for $20, and the Quiditch Match for $10.

    Stopped by a Goodwill on the way and found a bundled up cube of toys for $10.

    It mostly contained fast-food toys and clone brand bricks but it also had a 32x32 green baseplate, an odd mixture of bley bricks and green plates, a white horse and 6 minifigures, five of which were from Legoland Castle and Town!
    The last one was a fleshie Clone Trooper with yellow Collectible Minifigure arms, weird.
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 343
    @littletoki Great haul. Love your Lego room, Wish I was that organized.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    @littletoki Love your Lego setup as well. And from the looks of your place I'd say there are no kids. There's no way things could be that clean and organized otherwise :P
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 514
    LMAO @gmpirate. You're right, no kids. We're just 40 somethings who live like unsupervised teenagers.
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 343
    @littletoki how long have you been collecting and at what point did you out weigh the expense of some storage over just buying more Lego. It's a dilemma I just can't win :-)
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    @Bluefox1966 Personally, I think setting up Lego storage is fun in itself. So you are spending money on fun :)
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 514
    @Bluefox1966. We got back into LEGO back in 2007 but that was only to buy 4-5 sets a year. It wasn't until 2 years ago that we seriously started collecting. I remember playing with LEGO when I was 7 and then there was loooong gap (like 30 freaking years) before I picked it up again.

    The money spent on storage versus money for LEGO has been an ongoing debate as well. But as @gmpirate says, the organizing/storage part is enjoyable too so we don't see it as taking away from our LEGO budget anymore. Although I use the word "budget" loosely because we don't seem to stick to ours.
  • LambringoLambringo Member Posts: 104
    not as great a find for value as littletoki, but I found this lot at a garage sale this morning for $150AUD including the containers (and the unit they stack in). It is mostly late 80's, early to mid 90s. Even if I can't complete most of the sets, this is the era that I got LEGO as a child so it will either be spares while I rebuild all my original sets, or my stuff will become spare for this lot. Some good inclusions are the black sea barracuda, 14 horses, fabuland figures, the shell service station 6378 and I found 4 100%, undamaged transformers.
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 514
    ^^ Awesome!!!! I need to start going to garage sales.
  • MatthewMatthew UKAdministrator Posts: 3,709
    I managed a new sealed 7733 from a Bricklink seller in the USA. It arrived a couple of weeks ago, in perfect condition. Now the RRP was £20, the cheapest on BL before was £25 used or £30 new (both excluding shipping). I got it for £13 including shipping!
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,429
    ^ Wow, WTF? Was it listed wrong and the seller honored it?
  • MatthewMatthew UKAdministrator Posts: 3,709
    I honestly don't know. The seller was shonboi. I got home one night, about half 5, and I had a BrickLink wanted email. I was amazed to see it at $12, and even more amazed that no-one had bought it, as the email was sent at 10 am! I just added it to my cart and checked out faster than I've ever done before :-) I had heard of BrickLink deciding to change prices and make available stockroom stuff by itself.... but the seller didn't mention anything like that. I'm just really delighted. It's sitting here it it's perfect sealed box!
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Wow @Matthew, you are very very lucky :) And to get a grab like this from BL. Great job.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Ok, I've got to say, this is one of the better deals I think I've done... (if anyone disagrees and thinks I'm nuts, say so)

    7662 - Trade Federation MMT - $275
    7675 - AT-TE Walker - $150

    Both used, but nearly mint in original boxes (not a scratch on them), manuals in perfect condition, all the parts sorted in zip-lock bags

    Very excited about this one. :)
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    @LegoFanTexas I don't think you are nuts, but those seem like the regular "going rate" for used sets for each. Still - ENJOY!
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