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Posted by Engineer Alexandra Humva , Jun 20 2013 · 122 views

Whoo Legos
 
So due to the fact that my season pass at the pool doesn't seem likely to be used, I will soon have 60 some dollars refunded back to me. Now, due to that amazing Lego Movie trailer, I feel like I am not buying enough Legos. Indeed, it's been a year and a half since I even looked at a set in the Wal-mart alley, nor less bought some.
 
So I ask you, the people of the blogs; what sets or set lines should I get off of eBay? Now, please, don't say anything too expensive; anything that runs more than 20 on eBay is something I'm not going bother with, because I can get whole hauls for that money. I also have a particular fondness for the classic lines right now, so be sure to recommend some of them.

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Get Alpha Team stuff. :3 Preferably the first wave of sets.

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Canis Lycaon
Jun 20 2013 04:09 PM

Rock Raiders and Johnny Thunder. For the second, get waves other than Orient Expedition.

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Aanchir: Rachira of Time
Jun 20 2013 06:35 PM

Rock Raiders and Johnny Thunder. For the second, get waves other than Orient Expedition.

Let me go ahead and recommend NOT getting Rock Raiders. The theme had a neat and unique aesthetic and it was a very imaginative concept, but the sets were pretty much rubbish compared to anything available today. Lots of oversized, overspecialized elements, not many interesting building techniques, and Rock Monsters that pale in comparison to more recent LEGO monsters like the Power Miners giant rock monsters or fantasy-era LEGO dragon.

Generally, I'd say most things from the late 90s are to be avoided. Some were good for their time, but compared to today's sets a lot share this trait of using lots of huge, specialized elements and lacking especially creative details. If you want classics you'd be better off getting sets from the late 80s and early 90s, I'd think. But those might of course be pricier. There's more demand for those, and for a very good reason.

6048 is a nice little set from my childhood, and one of the ones I don't regret liking as much as I did. Great parts, great overall design, and great minifigures. The lowest-priced one I see on eBay is from a British seller and it's going for around $13. There's around a day and a half left for bidding. Some large pieces in that set (two BURPs and two 4x8x2 prefab battlements), but they're used smartly and aren't nearly as specialized as the Rock Raiders drills, cockpits, etc. At that price, it's a steal (its original price was $26), so unless the seller really cheats you on the shipping then I'd say grab it!

There are also a couple of set 6887 floating around eBay for around $20. This set was before my time, but I've held one in real life and it's a lovely little model with lots of classic appeal. It uses a brilliant technique to create that 360-degree bubble cockpit, which can detach as an escape craft.

Finally, 6350 is a set I had as a kid that I can thoroughly recommend. It was evidently very well-loved, as it was re-released in 2002 as part of the LEGO Legends line. It was noteworthy as being one of the sets featured in the video game LEGO Island. Some STAMPS (Stickers Across Multiple Pieces), but nothing a sharp pair of scissors or a sharp knife can't fix. Here's one going for less than $20, but it's got three days left on it so the price may increase. The stickers on the pizza truck are in somewhat rough shape, but not too awful to bear.
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1728 is a good set. Aquazone in general can go for fairly cheap since it's not in as high demand as comparable Lego Space sets.

 

Otherwise I'm not sure what to recommend. A lot of the sets from my childhood have not aged well. The few that have aged well often go for exorbitant amounts. In my opinion, you may get better value out of modern sets, since small sets these days can be quite high quality. You can get a decent Hero Factory set for under $10 NEW, and for a bit more you can get classy sets like 70700 Space Swarmer. At the $20 price point there are awesome sets like 60018 Cement Mixer or 70701 Swarm Interceptor. And that's just this year's sets; themes from the recent past like Space Police, Atlantis, Agents and Power Miners all had great sets at budget prices. As a bonus, with those sets you're more likely to get them new or like-new, versus those older sets where you are unlikely to get any of them in the condition they originated in.

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Engineer Alexandra Humva
Jun 20 2013 09:19 PM

Sadly my current problem is that I really love a lot of the old classics, but the ones that are any good are $20 a bop. I can buy 25 pounds of legos for $20. No seriously, there's a bunch like that on eBay. So I'm always kinda leery to buy sets that cost that much, especially since most of them are rather tiny. And I mean, a lot of the classics haven't aged well, as you guys have pointed out.

 

Aquazone though, Aquazone is amazing <3 Probably splurge some on that.

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I also couldn't help but notice when looking at prices for sets that there are an awful lot of sellers selling just the instructions. I can't help but wonder whether there's a big enough demand for instructions to justify selling, or if those sellers have the less-noble intention of fooling someone into buying the relatively cheap instructions thinking that the sale is on the set itself.

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Engineer Alexandra Humva
Jun 21 2013 11:47 AM

Yeah, too many times I went "holy beep, this set is on sale for ten bucks!" and then realized it was the instruction manual.

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WARNING:
 
The following blog contains excessive rambling on the world and extremely poor paragraphing. If you are easily offended or turned off by these two things, leaving now would be a good idea.
 
This blog is written by Alex Humva, penname of some random teenager named Alex Censored. He writes stories, writes rants, writes screenplays, plays games, makes games, has a terrible work ethic, and is generally sarcastic. He believes in a Judao-Christian god, but most other people who do too give him a glare because of his weird beliefs, possibly because he's somehow bi at the same time. He's an utter equalist who feels that any discrimination amongst humans for things they were born with is wrong. He doesn't care about xenos though, let them all burn.
 
He's also an aspiring engineer who hopes to get a scholarship at his local big engineering college and one day help humanity. More likely he'll be a pencil pusher in a basement somewhere, but he's a bloody minded optimist.
 
Because of his peculiar personality and beliefs, he gets into fights often, though they usually end when he wakes up the next morning and doesn't feel motivated anymore.

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