It’s strange how adults always seem to collect the toys they played with when they were children. It’s almost as though they are trying to reclaim that youth, but instead of playing like they used to they go about it in a very orderly and ‘mature’ manner. Yet, it can’t be denied that starting a collection is a very satisfying and relaxing hobby. Sure, you might not have the energy to play and imagine with them for hours like you used to, but being around something you loved so much when you were young can fill you with a sense of peace and help you feel at home. But how do you start collecting them?
There has never been a toy as naturally collectible as LEGOs. There are literally thousands and thousands of different sets, unique pieces, limited quantity items, and endless nostalgia to be enjoyed. LEGOs are also an excellent collector’s item because the price range can vary so greatly. If you have a lot of money to burn, there are plenty of highly valued collector’s items you can find and purchase online to add to your collection. If you’re working with less money but still want to collect, there are plenty of inexpensive lego sets you can purchase, and there are tons of legos sold far below their value at yard sales and goodwill stores all over the country.
LEGOs are also great to collect because there are so many sub-sets within LEGOs, like Harry Potter LEGOs, LEGO Space, LEGO Star Wars, and Medieval LEGO, to name a few. This allows for a compartmentalized approach to collecting which, if you’ve ever collected before, you know is the most fun way to collect something. Of course, all of the things that make collecting LEGOs such a fun time also make it a bit overwhelming to initially get into.
LEGO Collection Tips
It can be tough figuring out how to really begin collecting LEGOs, and the best advice for it is rather simple. Just jump in and start from where you are. If you already own some LEGOs, start by filling out some of the sets you already have. If you don’t have any, try starting with some of the sets you remember having as a child. Just start, and you’ll be able to figure out where to go next from there. Besides that, however, here are some tips which can help you avoid some of the mistakes other collectors have made.
- Avoid Cheap Clones
Unfortunately, the popularity of LEGOs has invited a ton of copycat products. Often, these will be sold on sites like eBay and Craigslist as the real product, but any real collector will be able to tell their true value as soon as they show up on their doorstep. However, not all clones are necessarily cheap. Some, in fact, are genuinely good and interesting in their own right. These provide alternatives to the name brand LEGO products and can provide less expensive collectibles to customers not overly attached to the LEGO brand. For more information on these clones, check out some in-depth articles on the subject over at LEGO Ways.
- Impulse Buys
When you first start collecting, you’ll find yourself wanting to jump on every opportunity that comes up. This is the most surefire way to make your collecting process as slow and painful as possible. Buying a set as soon as it comes out is equivalent to wasting money. LEGOs go on clearance more often than most toys, and waiting for a sale can keep you from depleting your funds too quickly for only a few sets. Also, some of the types of sets are more expensive than others. Many people start their LEGO collection with LEGO Star Wars sets. It is this very popularity which has made them the most expensive sets to buy. If you have your heart set on LEGO Star Wars as your main goal, then, by all means, go ahead. But if you want to expand your collection faster and at a lower cost, consider focusing on other sets and only buying Star Wars sets when you see them on sale at a low price or buying incomplete sets and buying the missing pieces for cheap on your own.
- Get Polybags
Polybags are the small plastic bagged sets with less than 100 pieces. These small sets are often inexpensive and easy to get a hold of. Buying up a few good Polybag sets can help you fill out your collection without breaking the bank.
Collecting LEGOs is a great way to spend your time, and the only thing holding you back from starting is you. Don’t worry about finding the best set right off the bat, just jump in and start collecting. Remember, you’re doing this for fun, so have fun with it!