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How much did you spend on Lego in 2011?

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Yes Ralph everyone has there own way of doing things. Unfortunately for me I can't exactly take it apart to make a new MOC either. Since I am building upon an already existing MOC I have to just keep buying more. However one day a few years from now, I will take it all apart and move onto something else.

Also we have to take into account collectors who never even MOC at all. Some people spend loads on LEGO just to keep the sets as they are. I couldn't do that, but I would think that us MOC builders are actually the minority of LEGO fans.

It's not every day you see a model of that size. That's one heck of a castle! I have participated in building large layouts of several square meters, but they were collaborative projects. I obviously understand that not having models on-line doesn't mean you don't have them. I do enjoy sharing mine, although I too don't really enjoy photography. Thanks for the comments on my models.

I realise that some people collect the stuff, but never quite understood got the attraction of doing that. From a very young age, any set that I'd get would be together for at most a couple of days before the bits were used to make something myself. The only sealed boxes I have sitting around are about a dozen -mostly 2011's acquisitions- that I haven't gotten around to parting out yet.

I don't know whether builders are a minority among AFOLs, but I do have the impression that we're the minority on Eurobricks.

Cheers,

Ralph

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I'm a tightwad, so not very much (except for me) but I estimate I spent about $350 last year.

Got some nice bargains looking back at it...

Mess o' polybags at 90% off

3 small/medium Atlantis for about 30% off

Troll's Mountain Fortress for 50% off

The big Atlantis sub for 50% off

Kingdom's Prison Tower Rescue for 66% off

SP3 Undercover Cruisers (2) for $3 each - 90ish% off

I did pay full price for a few things:

The four smallest Ninjago sets, wave 1

The three smallest Alien Conquest sets

City of Atlantis $70 (prolly could have waited for clearance on this!)

Yes, I am grateful to be a USAFOL and with a LEGO store nearby and the price / availability benefits that come with it.

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The rest of that LEGO has gone into this.

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Wow, I really love your setup. Amazing work! I'd love to see some more pictures of it, as I'm sure many others would as well. It looks absolutely stunning, and your Lion ship looks great. I've been considering doing such a ship for a few weeks now myself (though I could never do it this well, I'll admit).

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I am one of those who spends a decent sum annually. I can honestly say I have never traded or sold a single LEGO piece. I have given a few pieces and minifigs away to friends but otherwise I still have it all. Where does my LEGO go? A majority goes into storage for future projects; my mind is always planning. I hope those plans come to fruition or else my car is sitting out in the snow for nothing.

I'm the same way!

I will give, but not sell... though I unfortunately haven't gotten to the same level or scale as building as you... but I hope to! that's a great castle.

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If it would not have been for PotC and collectable minifigs my number would be close to zero.

Luckily I picked up the entire PotC line, the new Falcon, 2 boxes of collectable minifigs and a few random sets.

I'll say around $1000 plus or minus $100.

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OK, so what do you do with your LEGO?

Many used to be in a layout, seen in my sig. Since the collection has quintupled in size, I decided it was best to get those that were NIB or not in the layout out of the attic, box up the layout and use that room for climate controlled storage until I can move them into a much larger room for a new layout. Parts from BL do go into small, relatively simple MOCs default_classic.gif

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Sheesh, I don't want to think..

About $1200 in SW sets plus mabye a few other sets

Around $1800 in Parts from Various themes/Bricklink for parts

So that woould be about $3000. However, Since I buy and sell Lego for some money on the side, I have spent a total of about $18,000, And in total my hobby has made me a couple of thousand :wink:

Thats what we like, a hobby that pays for itself :wink:

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About NZ$3500. *huh* Would have spent more if I could afford to though. :blush:

Knowing I still need to get Eiffel Tower and UCS Millennium Falcon gives me a headache. :cry_happy:

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My best guess would be around $22,000 for the year. I need to learn to sell some of this stuff. I've actually considered hiring some kid to handle all the sales.

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Madoka, all of those minifigs in the bags should be easy to sell... to me perhaps?

You are one mad collector! But in a good way. :thumbup:

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I just got back in love with LEGO in Sept 2011. I think I have already spent over $500 just to acquire all the kingdoms set

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Sheesh, I don't want to think..

About $1200 in SW sets plus mabye a few other sets

Around $1800 in Parts from Various themes/Bricklink for parts

So that woould be about $3000. However, Since I buy and sell Lego for some money on the side, I have spent a total of about $18,000, And in total my hobby has made me a couple of thousand :wink:

Thats what we like, a hobby that pays for itself :wink:

This (underlined) is the only reason my wife puts up with it...

Edited by Edmond Dantes

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Oh god. I'm not really sure I want to know. But, I'm posting here, so that means I have to know! :grin:

Well, let's see, I bought 10 $11 dollar sets, 6 $20, 6 $30, 4 $40, 7 $50, and about 7 over that price range, so (Drumroll), my grand total is:

About $1,300. Not quite as large as some of the figures in this thread, but still large nonetheless. Unfortunately, that will just skyrocket this year with LotR, Dino, and Superheroes adding onto Ninjago, HF, and SW.

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Last year, I spent about 3880 CHF (~ 4100$) on Lego sets :oh: But bear in mind that even though the Swiss Franc and the Dollar are almost equal in value right now, sets are more expensive around here so comparisons are a little tricky :wink: Now I wonder whether I'm going to spend as much this year as I did last year (but with LOTR slowly approaching the shelves, I'm afraid I'm going to :grin: )

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The damage for 2011 is $1335 on trains and city. I'm running out of room so my budget for 2012 is $400.

*Edit: I totally forgot about birthday and Christmas presents... :hmpf:

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The damage for 2011 is $1335 on trains and city. I'm running out of room so my budget for 2012 is $400.

*Edit: I totally forgot about birthday and Christmas presents... :hmpf:

That is a very smart idea. I should set up a budget. As expensive as this year could be, I don't have to backtrack and pick a lot of older sets like I did last year, so this year could be significantly less expensive. But setting a budget and sticking to it would guarantee a more sensible year.

But if people set up budgets, Lego might go out of business since no one would overextend themselves getting these awesome sets!

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I would love to set up a budget. However, I never know what they are going to release until it is too late. We don't even know what is coming out in the fall yet. The one thing I never want to do is not buy sets that I later will pick up on the secondary market at a large markup. Mistakes like that make my LEGO spending that much worse.

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That is a very smart idea. I should set up a budget. As expensive as this year could be, I don't have to backtrack and pick a lot of older sets like I did last year, so this year could be significantly less expensive. But setting a budget and sticking to it would guarantee a more sensible year.

But if people set up budgets, Lego might go out of business since no one would overextend themselves getting these awesome sets!

I'm definitely going to "try" to stay under budget with the bulk of purchases planned around sales and clearances. I'll let the serious AFOL's keep lego in business!

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