I am sure every mom, dad, grandparent, aunt or uncle of a LEGO-loving child is constantly on the hunt for ways to save money on LEGO. Two years ago, out of curiosity, I tallied up how much money we have spent on LEGO products since my son turned 5 and was bit with the LEGO bug. This includes sets, minifigures, pieces, books, and games. The amount was so insane that I won’t dare share it.
Over the years, I’ve learned quite a few ways to save a ton of money while adding incredible sets, pieces and minifigures to my son’s collection.
How to Save Money on LEGO Minifigures
- Look for older minifigures
The prices on minifigures greatly vary, but savvy shoppers can find great deals. It is definitely best to know exactly what you are looking for before you start shopping. If your child only wants minifigures from an older movie like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, your best bet is checking Ebay or Brick Owl. Just do a search for “(insert character) minifigure” and you will hopefully find amazing deals on both sites.
Be sure to read all the fine print and reviews when shopping on Ebay and Amazon! There are many sellers who sell knock-offs that look exactly like real LEGO minifigures. Some are very good quality, others are not. If you do not mind a non-LEGO brand, you can usually find incredible deals, like this set on Amazon – an 8 piece Star Wars collection for $7.15. Or this set of 8 superheroes for $7.78.
- Mystery bags
My son used to love the excitement of the mystery packs, but after a while, the excitement wore off and we stopped buying them and turned to Ebay instead. Unopened mystery packs can be found at Walmart, LEGO.com, Ebay, and Amazon. Opened mystery pack minifigures can be found on Ebay and Amazon. Here is a list of every mystery pack minifigure ever made.
- Minifigure collections
LEGO sells two wonderful collections of non-licensed minifigures (meaning the characters are not from movies or shows.) These are the Community Minifigures Set, which has characters like doctors, mechanics, police officers, and farmers, and the Fairytale and Historic Minifigures Set, which has characters like mermaids, pirates, kings, queens, and wizards.
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How to Save Money on LEGO Sets
- Buy directly from LEGO.com
It is my opinion that purchasing directly from LEGO.com or the local LEGO store is the best deal. You may think that stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Target offer better deals, but LEGO’s VIP program makes buying directly from them worth it. Compare the prices from your favorite stores and you’ll see that typically, their difference is only pennies away from the LEGO.com price. You’ll earn points on purchases from the free LEGO VIP program and you can trade those points in for discounts off future purchases. Keep an eye out for the double point sales too.
- Free monthly mini builds
If you are fortunate enough to live near one, the LEGO stores offer free monthly mini builds. Your child will get to take home his or her creation.
- Rent sets
Pley.com is a toy rental company. For a certain monthly fee, you receive a certain number of credits to rent a LEGO set. This is a wonderful option for kids who love to build, but don’t really care about keeping the sets after the build is complete.
- Homeschool Buyers Co-op
LEGO Education frequently offers sales at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Be sure to register and sign up for sale notifications.
How to Save Money on LEGO Pieces
- Pick-A-Brick wall
Try the Pick-A-Brick wall at a LEGO store. You can purchase a small or large cup and fill it with as many pieces that will fit. This is where Tetris skills come in handy. Pack as much in there as you possible can.
- Online Pick-A-Brick
LEGO.com has a section called Pick-a-Brick, where you can purchase individual LEGO pieces. Heads are only 25-cents, torsos are 80-cents, and legs are 45-cents. This is a great way to stock up on general parts.
- Buy in bulk on Ebay
We have several storage totes filled to the brim with LEGO pieces that we’ve purchased in bulk on Ebay. Most of my purchases have been 10 pounds of random pieces for about $50.
How to Save Money on LEGO Games
LEGO video games are super popular with kids and adults. LEGO.com only offers the newer releases, but you do earn those precious VIP points. For older games, the best thing you can do is simply comparison shop these 5 places to find them new or used … Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and GameStop.
When shopping for used games on Amazon and Ebay, be sure to check the seller’s reviews. There is no need to worry about quality at GameStop, as they check every used game they sell.
Do you have any tips on saving money with LEGO? I’d love to hear them!
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