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Lego Hard To Find Items

Updated on September 28, 2013

Do You Want Hard To Find LEGO Items?

If you are looking for hard to find LEGO items - the kind of thing that's marketed as "Exclusive!" or "Not sold in stores!" then you have come to the right place. As a LEGO lover and collector I have decided to compile a list of LEGO hard to find items The LEGO company sometimes makes sets which are very large or expensive, or which appeal to a fairly small market, and these are usually marketed online, in the paper catalog, or at LEGO brand stores as "Hard to Find".

From a very young age I`ve been a LEGO fan. My cousin, my sister and I pooled our LEGO collections as kids and built large towns (inhabited by gangs of orphans, for some strange reason!) and I still have many of those early pieces. LEGO is a great toy to introduce to young children that teaches them how to enjoy creating and building using their hands and minds through reading and following the instructions. LEGO was designed and created as a learning toy and has become very popular among all ages over the many years since it was first introduced. Adults and children love this toy that is LEGO and it is the most sold item within the toy industry.

Intro photo: Custom LEGO city models by kevinw1.

What Makes a LEGO Set "hard to find?"

There are two main kinds of sets which could be thought of as "hard to find". First are the exclusive sets which the LEGO company itself describes as "Hard to find". These are actually quite easy to buy online through Amazon, or other online retailers, and at LEGO retail stores, but they are not available in your local toy store.

The second type are those sets which are no longer in production, but are still for sale on the aftermarket. These too are easy to find if you know where to look - Amazon and eBay sellers have them, and you can find them on too. The problem with these is that as soon as they are discontinued, the aftermarket price starts to rise... in some cases of very popular sets like Cafe Corner, the aftermarket price can get very high indeed.

On this page I'm going to feature the current Exclusive and Hard to Find sets first, and then go on into the discontinued sets.

Current Hard to Find Sets

LEGO Volkswagen Camper Van 10220

The 60's are back! Head back to the land in this super-cool replica of the original Volkswagen camper in all its wonderful quirkiness. We had great times camping as a new family in ours in the 1980's, and when we sold it, the new owners headed out across Canada in it.

LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Model has 1332 pieces, is nearly a foot long and has all kinds of opening and operating features inside.


LEGO Star Wars Death Star 10188

LEGO Star Wars Death Star (10188) (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Star Wars Death Star (10188) (Discontinued by manufacturer)

LEGO collectors who love Star Wars will love this LEGO set of the Death star amazing detail.


LEGO Creator Grand Emporium 10211

LEGO Creator Grand Emporium 10211 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Creator Grand Emporium 10211 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Fantastic Addition to your Lego City. This one is still currently available from LEGO, hence the reasonable price.


LEGO Creator Fire Brigade 10197

LEGO Creator Fire Brigade 10197 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Creator Fire Brigade 10197 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

For the LEGO City lover and collector here`s the LEGO fire brigade department to add to your LEGO City LOVE IT!


LEGO Architecture Sets

Famous architectural buildings rendered amazingly in LEGO. These are quite small models so they are not unreasonably expensive (like some of the super-sized models!)

Discontinued LEGO Sets

These sets are hard to find because they are discontinued.

LEGO Shuttle Adventure 10213

Lego Creator Shuttle Adventure (10213)
Lego Creator Shuttle Adventure (10213)

LEGO Collectors that are interested in the space program WILL LOVE THIS!


LEGO Ferrari Super Model Sets

There are multiple LEGO Ferrari models. Here are some of the larger and more stupendous ones!

LEGO Green Grocer 10185

LEGO Creator Green Grocer
LEGO Creator Green Grocer

Here is another cool addition to add to your LEGO City with the LEGO Green Grocer! This set is now discontinued so you will be paying "after market" prices for this set, but at least it has not yet reached the stratospheric price of the first set in this style, Cafe Corner.


What's your favorite "Hard to Find" LEGO set?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Green Grocer is such a great set, but the after market price is ridiculous. I regret not buying it in time.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love that VW bus and flatbed truck. I'd never seen those Lego sets before. Nice selection of cool Legos to buy for someone who has them all!