Buying, Selling and Collecting LEGO
A unique group of people
The title says it all - "a unique group of people". That phrase epitomizes collectors.
I have met quite a few collectors over the years, but none quite as complicated or focused as toy collectors. For nearly every toy that has been made, there is a person who lives to collect it.
Even my son has a few collections. If I were to ask him which would be his favorite, he would list his Halo collection and his LEGO guns. I must say his gun collection is fairly impressive, not only in size, but in creativity.
Each one is as close to its actual counterpart as possible, (some with modifications, according to his taste,) and they were all built from pictures without the help of directions, and each one is built entirely from LEGO building bricks!
An early start
My son, who is mentioned above, has graciously consented to allow his collection to be presented here. As previously stated, each one of his creations is modeled after either a real weapon or something from on of his many video games. Then when he has finished building, he places the new piece on his shelf and starts another.
It is rather difficult to tell what type of gun he has built, as they all have the same, distinct, yellow, blue, white and red bricks! Even though these items were not built from a kit that was purchased in a store, and even though they don't have one distinct color, they are still, to him, very collectible and worth displaying. It just goes to show that every collector has their own idea about what is worth collecting!
One of the most popular venues for toy collecting are, of course, toy shows. There are several large, yearly events in Canada and the U.S., that garner thousands of viewers and buyers from across the country. As well, there are smaller, community events that are held throughout the year which cater mostly to local buyers and sellers.
Another option for collectors is online shopping. The most popular place to search for toys is e-Bay, with thousands of choices and daily auctions available for both buyers and sellers.
If you were to search e-Bay for LEGO bricks, (as shown in the capsule to the right,) you would find dozens of auctions and "buy it now" listings for these popular building blocks. What you might not know about, is the collect-ability of this product.
Nearly everyone has heard of LEGO in some form or another - building sets, DUPLO, TECHNICS, Bionicles, Star Wars, and Harry Potter to name a few, but the building of these toys is not limited to children. Many adults are just as enthralled by the creativity LEGO provides. Not everyone is a Master Builder, but the bricks and figures captivate an extensive adult audience world wide.
I recently did an e-Bay search for research regarding our own extensive LEGO collection, and was amazed with the prices and available lots. Some collectors like the mini figures, sorting them into categories such as; warriors, knights, Harry Potter, cowboys, construction workers, families, and firemen, while others prefer to mix them together in lots, or 'grab-bags'. Still others sell them separately or in pairs with their little helmets, tools, or accessories.
Each collector is different. Some prefer buying (or selling,) building bricks by color, size, and/or shape, while others prefer large mixed lots. Some simply want to collect sets, and there are those who prefer accessories and hard to find pieces. What they do with them is anybody's guess! I know of a collector who sorts row upon row of little figures and accessories simply for the enjoyment of it.
Even Amazon sells Lego sets! As you can see from the adjoining capsule, I did a quick search on Amazon.com using the keywords "Lego sets" and voila! It seems that more and more people are enjoying and collecting this versatile building toy.
I will add here that Amazon only sells complete, new and unopened sets. If you are interested in adding to your collection, or looking for the older, harder to find items, I would suggest checking out your local Flea Markets and toy shows - you would be surprised what you can find!