LEGO is educational, physical and now virtual, also painful (if left out in a dark room)! It has stood the test of time and is a favourite of children the world over however, it can be rather expensive if you’re not careful. Below, we have pulled together some cunning tips on how to save on LEGO purchases…
Buying LEGO sets – shop around.
The LEGO portfolio is enormous and its sets cover everything from Super Heroes and Star Wars to the hugely popular Friends collection for girls. If you want to get your hands on the major sets, the main retailers keep the biggest stocks and LEGO tends to favour them with new supplies. You will find that some sets are exclusive and retailers such as The Entertainer won’t offer some (Harry Potter and Monsters being two of them). As part of our research into the cheapest Lego outlets, we looked at three of the most popular sets currently out and compared prices across 6 well known retailers, you can see the chart at the bottom of this post.
The Amazon Lego Store (which fulfils the Roosterbank Shop) is a safe bet when buying LEGO online as prices are competitive and a free delivery option is available. Make sure you check the delivery terms with online retailers, as this is where they notoriously take advantage on cheaper items.
If you are buying on the high-street, John Lewis with it’s price match that currently runs across all high-street retailers, should make for some competitive pricing. Toys R Us has free delivery on orders over £50 so it may be worth checking out if you are ordering one of the larger sets. Hamleys is consistently more expensive in store and although the online price is reflective of RRP’s a delivery charge at £5.00 is rather steep.
Buying bricks by the Kilo.
Buying individual bricks or used LEGO can be a great way to pack out collections without the need to buy sets. If your child wants to create his own masterpiece and just needs materials, John Lewis stores sell individual bricks in various colours in a pick and mix. It costs £11 for a large tub (around 190 2×2 bricks) and £6 for a small tub (around 100 2×2 bricks). If you have a bit more to spend then the LEGO Creative Tower packs 1600 assorted bricks for £49.99, representing great value.
Another good place to look save on LEGO is Ebay. With many sellers offering 1KG of assorted pieces for under £30. There is a risk of course and it’s wise to clean all the LEGO when you get it if giving it to young ones. However if you give a creative young mind 1KG of LEGO you are sure to get them thinking!
If you are after one figure in particular, specialist shops like Firestar Toys are also a good place to save on LEGO.
Another great resource to check out is Brick Link. This is the unofficial LEGO marketplace where you can buy and sell almost anything LEGO related. It is great for finding that one piece or character you are missing but not so great for buying the newest sets. One option could be to buy some new mini figures and then buy loads of old themed LEGO that matches, for example you could buy a new Frodo minifigure and loads of old medieval LEGO making your own custom sets.
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