My Online Journey – Entry #2 – Investing in Lego Minifigures

Lego minifigures

LEGO MINIFIGURES


Lego Minifigure Inventory

 

Surely many people have heard about these little guys by now?

They have even made movies about them, the most recent one being “The Lego Batman Movie“.

Some like to spend hours having fun playing with them, some like collecting and trading them and some loath Lego period (like Parents).

They have been swallowed by children, sucked up by vacuum cleaners, flushed down toilets, used for BB gun target practice and have even gone to space!

No one can deny that Lego has been and still is one of the most popular toys on the market.

Why invest in Lego Minifigures?


Lego Boxer MinifigureIt was fairly easy selling Lego online back in 2010. The platform BidorBuy had hardly any competition and although I was not the first person to sell Lego on this site, I was the first person to start selling brand new loose Lego minifigures and parts, like they do it on eBay and Bricklink.

Eventually the competition grew and the bigger fish came in to capitalize on the Lego minifigures and parts niche. Nonetheless my passion exceeded the pressure and to the day I still happily trade Lego minifigures on many local and international platforms.

I grew up playing with Lego and already knew so much about the parts and different themes and sets, that’s why I decided to sell Lego because I had a history and loved dealing with these toys. There are probably many of you out there who are the same and have developed a certain fondness for this brand over the years and decades if you a bit older like me, an AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego). 🙂

In May 2010 Lego launched a very exciting new Minifigures Series 1 collection with 16 different characters that came in blind bags. This was something new and grabbed the attention of collectors and children because they could trade with their friends. Some of the adults soon joined in on the FUN!

At the time I thought it would be a good idea to invest and bought a few Series 1 cartons of 60 units per carton. I figured out a way to know which characters were inside the “blind bags” and started making complete sets of 16 and put aside all the doubles, triples etc. started listing the full sets and sold out within a couple of weeks!

I made the mistake of selling them off cheap (about $30 per set and $2 for singles) instead of keeping them. 7 years later some of the Series 1 minifigures are selling for $50+ like the Zombie and Nurse. Crazy right?!

Oh well, lesson learned and it’s good to know that these plastic toys have such great market value. Even though by now the collection has become rather saturated and gone up to Series 16 with a few different themes in between like; The Lego Movie, London Olympics 2012 Team Great Britain, The Simpsons, Monsters, German Football Team, Disney and Batman Movie, it is still worth investing into these minifigures. There are collectors out there who are obsessed with having them ALL!

Not only do people collect the Series 1 – 16 minifigures but they collect all the other themes as well. Star Wars and Super Heroes are currently the two biggest themes in Lego minifigure collecting. I have seen some rare comic con version Super Hero minifigures on Bricklink selling for up to $800 each!

How about this… “Mr. Gold” trading at around $1900+ !!!

This is a short list of some of the most popular Lego minifigures (not in any particular order) based on what has recently sold:

Video Game GuyClassic Space Astronaut

Darth Vader

Batman

Indiana Jones

Boba Fett

Spider-Man

Iron Man

Superman

Battle Droid

Wonder WomanSnowtrooper

Grandpa Simpson

Gladiator (Series 5)

Princess Leia

Emmet

Surfer Girl (Series 4)

Green Army Man (Toy Story)

Bandit (Series 6)

Sheriff (Series 13)

Bumblebee GirlBaseball Fielder (Series 10)

Intergalactic Girl (Series 6)

Carpenter (Series 13)

Pizza Guy (Series 12)

Conquistador (Series 8)

Samurai Warrior (Series 3)

Boxer (Series 5)

Gangster (Series 5)

Graduate (Series 5)

Pharaoh (Series 2)

Recommended Lego Sets & Minifigures


It is clear that some Lego Minifigures have great investment potential.

If you have been in this business long enough, you will be able to predict which sets and minifigures will be highly sought after and reach the “CRAZY” price marks.

Here are some of my recommendations for investment that are still very affordable and before the prices shoot upwards.

SET CODE: 60134

60134

 

SET CODE: 71017

71017

 

SET CODE: 71012

71012

 

SET CODE: 71013

71013

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19 Comments

  1. Anthony Manzolillo

    Kamil, I used to collect star wars figures. I had all of them and then one day… we moved and somehow they ended up missing. Come to find out they were left behind in the small storage unit under the house when we sold the property. What a treat for the new owners, or what? I never would’ve thought LEGOS would have become this huge. Where is the best place to buy collector LEGOS as well as to sell them for the most money? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Anthony

      Wow, what a story, if they were in good condition they might be worth a small fortune now so you are very generous! 😀

      The best place I can recommend or know is Bricklink, to buy and sell Lego but you can also find good deals on eBay, just be warned there are MANY fakes on eBay, check ratings, credibility and if they claim it’s 100{87e56780531fb49397975d6ccdf5fd583fe12882c640bab7ecd9d9198b593911} genuine Lego, if not you can file a claim.

      Good luck for the draw! 😉

      Regards,

      Kamil

      Reply
  2. Corrieb

    I loved these little guys growing up and who new that they could be another source of investment.

    I know you mentioned that the market has become saturated, with new series coming out and people joining in but I suppose its like every new niche that makes money. Like any investment, ensuring you researched what figures and products have the greatest growth/re-sale potential is vital, and your post has some great information on getting started.

    What would be the average time period you would suggest holding onto the Lego for, before any profits can be established?

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Corrie

      That’s a great question!

      You can make profits off the mark if you have a vat registration and pre-ordering cartons from a Lego distributor, you will save about 20{87e56780531fb49397975d6ccdf5fd583fe12882c640bab7ecd9d9198b593911} – 30{87e56780531fb49397975d6ccdf5fd583fe12882c640bab7ecd9d9198b593911} off retail price depending on how much stock you buying. I’m not sure how it works overseas but here in South Africa there are some stock restrictions and strict terms.

      If you buying at retail price it’s a good idea to hold onto them a while and watch the market, see which ones are popular and pay attention to how much they sell for. Generally they all gain value every time a new series is released, some increase in value more than others.

      If you don’t have a vat registration, try order bulk packets or a carton or two from a retailer / dealer and ask for a 10{87e56780531fb49397975d6ccdf5fd583fe12882c640bab7ecd9d9198b593911} discount and see what they say.

      It’s quite a fun and exciting niche market if you enjoy Lego ^^,

      Regards,

      Kamil

      Reply
  3. Peter

    This is so cool. I have so many Legos from my childhood and I always thought that maybe I would be able to, make money on them one day, but I never thought they would be worth that much!! Is BidorBuy the best website to sell Legos or are there better websites?

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Peter

      Yes, it would be interesting to have them evaluated now if they still in good condition 🙂

      I would recommend bricklink.com for buying or selling Lego parts and minifigs and you can also sell them on eBay.

      Regards,

      Kamil

      Reply
  4. Rhett

    Kamil,

    I would have never thought that there were so many different Lego Mini Figures out there and I definitely never would have guessed that they could sell for so much! Have you always been a Lego fan and eventually started selling them or did you see them as an investment opportunity and get into them that way?

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Rhett

      There are so many even I can’t keep up! lol

      Lego keeps bringing out more to meet demand, seems people are addicted to the series and have even started collecting other themes they fancy.

      I have played with Lego since childhood so yes, when I decided to sell things online I picked something that I loved and enjoyed already.

      Are you a Lego fan at all?

      Good luck in the draw 😉

      Regards,

      Kamil

      Reply
  5. Owain

    I used to love playing with Lego when I was a kid. What kid didn’t though right? Anyway now my daughter likes Lego, she even wants a Lego themed birthday party that’s coming up in a couple of weeks.

    She’s too young though for these mini figures. But if they’re welling a true crazy prices like that then maybe I should buy some and keep them as an investment. I see though that I would have to get the rarer ones though to get the good bucks.

    Do you have a list of the rarer ones, besides the two you mentioned? I might be lucky and find some at my local market. Who knows I might strike it lucky.

    Thanks,
    Owain

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Owain

      The children certainly go crazy for Lego, my little guy is only 2 years old but is already starting to find interest in the Lego block and loosing interest in the bigger Duplo blocks.
      Thank you for the suggestion, I will certainly add a list of rare minifigs when I have a bit more time, should be up in a few days.

      You might be lucky and win the draw also 🙂

      Best regards,
      Kamil

      Reply
  6. Sheldon

    In the early 70’s, I can remember using legos to create small buildings to provide shelter for my plastic green army men.

    We moved around a lot back then and once they were lost, that was it.

    Funny how the times have changed now, some of these legos item are worth some serious cash from what I read here.

    Your insight here is invaluable for someone like me looking to find older legos memorabilia, who knows, maybe one day.

    Keep on posting.

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Sheldon

      Wow, from the 70’s! I wasn’t even born yet but I have been fortunate enough to see some older Lego parts and minifigures, they were way different back then 🙂

      I will definitely keep memorabilia in mind for a future article, thanks for the suggestion Sheldon.

      Regards,
      Kamil

      Reply
  7. Ronnie Jordan

    Nice idea. I know how these things just take off out of nowhere. I think you found a really good niche here. Do you predict they will just keep adding more and more themes and characters? Wouldn’t that help drive the prices up on the older ones?

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Ronnie

      I think Lego will carry on making new series as there is a constant demand from the fans, it seems they have endless ideas for themes and new minifigures because they get ideas from the global Lego community.
      Each time a new series is released the older ones gain value yes.

      Regards,
      Kamil

      Reply
  8. Andrei

    Hmm… Interesting post Kamil!

    I also had those lego mini figurines and I believe that I did worse than you… I actually believe that I threw out mines several years ago. Damn, I wasn’t a bright kid. What stuff do you think that we should collect today and it will sell good in the future?

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Andrei

      Well, hopefully someone finds them and can still have some fun 🙂

      Investing in collectibles is always a good choice but make sure to do a bit of research before buying anything.
      I mainly invest in numismatics, comic books, Lego, action figures, statues etc. but only certain items, usually limited or exclusive.

      Regards,
      Kamil

      Reply
  9. Phil

    Hi there,
    This is great hobby to be involved with and I’m sure its also very popular with a lot of people. Lego has been around for ages and has stood the test of time, its great to see it still has that great apppeal.
    If I come across anyone who may be interested in this niche, I now know where to refer them to.
    Thanks again for posting this interesting article
    Cheers and best wishes………Philip Browne

    Reply
    1. Kamil (Post author)

      Hi Philip

      It truly is a fantastic hobby, so diverse in so many ways. For education, for great fun, for architecture and even NASA satellites 🙂

      Thank you Philip and glad you found the article interesting.

      Best regards,

      Kamil

      Reply
  10. Kamil (Post author)

    LEGO MINIFIGURE WINNER FOR THE 14TH APRIL 2017 DRAW.

    Rhett

    CONGRATULATIONS! 😉

    To claim your free Lego minifigure please contact us directly (support@affiliateincomemarketing.com) provide your shipping address and we will send your parcel out asap.

    DO YOU WANT TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?

    By simply leaving a comment related to this post between now and the 14th of May 2017, you will automatically be entered into the next draw and stand a chance to win a free Lego mystery minifigure packet. The winner will be announced on the 15th of May 2017.

    Keep in touch as we will do this every month from here on! ^^,

    Regards,
    Kamil

    Reply

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