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Do you want to sell your retired LEGO sets?

by admin on June 6, 2012

in Useful Resources

Sometimes even LEGO fans would like to sell their LEGO collection, or part of their collection. This may be due to not having enough room, moving, financial challenges, loosing interest in the hobby (hope not!) or just wanting to free up room for new LEGO sets. ūüėČ

There are several venues to sell LEGO – Craigslist, eBay, BrickLink or even running a garage-sale are some of them. However if you don’t have the time to do the selling yourself, you can take advantage of the services of Brian¬†Semling, owner¬†of Brian’s Toys. Here is what Brian¬†wanted to let our readers know about what he can offer to LEGO fans who desire to sell:

“Brian’s Toys (brianstoys.com), founded in 1994, has primarily been a retailer of Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Marvel toys and collectibles for the last 18 years.¬†We started selling LEGO sets about 4 years ago and are now aggressively purchasing sealed (and opened boxes¬†with new, unused contents) LEGO sets.

We are paying top dollar for sealed LEGO sets. We have a complete list of prices we are paying for sealed Star Wars LEGO sets. We are working on a more comprehensive list of prices that we are paying for other LEGO categories from the last 10 years or so, which we expect to have ready in July. For now, just send us a list at buying@brianstoys.com of the LEGO sets that you have for sale, and we will be happy to issue a price-quote within several days. For a limited time we are offering FREE shipping on your first box shipped to us by UPS, and we offer our account for discounted UPS rates on all of your other cartons shipped.

The¬†following link will take you to a page with more information on prices we are paying and how to sell LEGO sets to us: Sell LEGO at Brian’s Toys. Or email buying@brianstoys.com or call (608)-687-7572 ext. 3 and discuss with Joe any questions you may have about selling LEGO to us.

So if you have any LEGO sets to sell you can contact Brian and his team and see what you can work out. I have also added a quick banner-link¬†to the sidebar on the right (the¬†bright-green box)¬†to reach Brian’s LEGO buying page and regularly updated LEGO Buy List. This is a great resource you may want to take advantage of now or in the future¬†when you need to move some of your LEGO collection.

By the way, Brian also runs an eBay store, also called Brian’s Toys. If you are interested on the buying side you can check out his website at brianstoys.com¬†or Brian’s Toys on eBay.

Also, here are some other related articles you might like browse:

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

nace10 June 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Cool!!! Can’t part with any LEGOS yet, still using all of mine!!!

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ninja-of-earth June 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Nice post, I have every released Lego Aquaraiders except one hard to find item now worth upwards of $100, and will probably sell them individually in about 10 years after picking up a couple missing pieces on PAB. I also plan to do the same with my Indiana Jones sets (of which I have 4/5 of all of the released sets) but my SW & Ninjago sets are keepers.

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admin June 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Yeah, it is a good idea to keep a balance. Some sets/themes are worth letting go, other’s are worth to keep. I know many people who greatly regret selling their collection, others are afraid to sell them and are burried under boxes they never even opened. For me the judgement to sell anything (LEGO or otherwise) is that if I haven’t touched it/used it for 6 months, it is time to let it go and have someone else enjoy it. This also opens up space (and money) for new things in my life. So it’s a win-win. ūüėČ

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Tydroid Ninja of NINJAGONESS June 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I like older sets alot. I have a couple of old Bat lord(Knights theme) sets. :)

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admin June 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Oh, Bat Lords! That was an awesome theme! Love their helmets! I have a couple of them myself. BTW, eBay is a great place to pick up older sets for cheap! I have gotten some gorgeous sets from the Viking line (love those!) and also the Orient Expedition Dragon Fortress and two copies of the Scorpion Palace. ūüėÄ

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nace10 June 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I problobly have about 7/10ths of the IJ sets released. I loved those even though I never saw a movie!!!
( Got home about 10 min. ago. Yay!!! :lol:)

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admin June 6, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Nace, nice to have you back! Hope you had a good trip! :)

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legolotr June 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Hey, how much would the spiderman lab be worth. I never use it, or the rest of my spiderman sets.

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admin June 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You can check going prices on BrickLink. Here are the Spider-man listings: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=S&catString=469

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legolotr June 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

thank you

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Joe January 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

This place only buys your items after you pay to ship them to them. They are known to not pay and rip people off. So your out your items, your payment, and the cost to ship your items. WARNING BEWARE

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admin January 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Joe, sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Do you want to me contact them on your behalf? I haven’t heard any complaint about them before.

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ASHill11 March 30, 2015 at 8:33 PM

I have Lots of Galaxy Squad, Alien Conquest, and a few Ninjago sets, but my best ones are my Power Miner Sets. I have the Titanium Command Rig, the Underground Mining Base, Lavatraz, the Crystal King, and a few others. I mainly see these big ones (Command Rig and Underground Base) go for $200-$400 on Amazon and other places. I have them preconstructed with the instructions. However, I see them sold on Brian’s Toy’s for only $90-$100. Is that realistic? Please respond to this as I am BURIED in my sets and really want to sell them. Oh yeah, I also have the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Set and the Lego MBA Level One Space Designer set. The Space Designer has all original pieces and content and the box, but it has been opened. Is that worth anything? Thanks, hope you can get back to me!

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admin March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM

When you sell LEGO you basically have two options; you either do all the work yourself of taking pictures, advertising, packing, shipping, etc. or you have someone else do it for you. If you do it yourself you will maximize your profits, but it will also take up significant amount of your time. If you ask someone else to do it, they will have to do all the work of reselling themselves, so you can’t expect them to pay you top price.

Whether it’s Brian’s Toys, a friend, or someone who responds to your add through Craigslist who will resell the sets for you, they will have to have enough wiggle-room to be able to make the deal profitable and worth their time.

If the sets have been used (pre-built) I would try Craigslist first to see if there is a local buyer. If you luck out you will have an end-buyer who just genuinely wants the sets you have for themselves and they are willing to pay a bit more for used sets, or you can sell them to a reseller for a bulk price. If you want top dollar you can list on eBay, but it will take up a lot of your time.

Even on eBay you will have several options, depending on how much money you hope to make and how much work you are willing to do. If you take apart the sets, clean them, verify all the original pieces are present, re-pack them into bags and the original boxes with original instructions, you can make significantly more than if you just take a picture of the bulk lot and say “what you see is what you get”.

Galaxy Squad, Alien Conquest and Ninjago are pretty common, so in used condition you might be able to get half of the original price. Right now Galaxy Squad is 50% off in most places, and those are brand new sets. Power Miners can get better money as it has some fans and it has been retired several years ago. Indiana Jones really depends on the set and the condition. Same with the MBA set. You can look at prices on eBay and BrickLink for comparable condition sets as yours and see how much they go for.

If you want to get rid of them fast, I would really suggest Craiglist first and be willing to take less. Preparing, listing, and selling items on eBay is a lot of work. If you have the time though, you can pace yourself and list 2-5 items per month. It may take you a year to sell everything, but you will get the best return. So it just depends. :)

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ASHill11 April 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Thanks for the help! This really helps alot!

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ASHill11 April 7, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Also, is there any market for the lego magazines? I have plenty of those.

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admin April 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM

What kind of magazines? LEGO Club? Or the shop catalog?

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ASHill11 April 9, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Lego Club

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admin April 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Those magazines are available for free directly from LEGO, so they don’t have much value. They sell for less than a dollar on eBay. An other problem with a collection of magazine is that they are very heavy to ship, thus expensive. You would be better off listing them on Craiglist to see if there is anyone locally who is interested, or just donate them to your local library. Kids would appreciate them. :)

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ASHill11 April 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM

And here I thought I was being a loyal fan, keeping those mounds of paper… *teardrop*

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admin April 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

You can keep them for your kids, grandkids, other kids you know, or donate them to your local shelter, school or library. Kids very much appreciate browsing through them. :)

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