I wanted to try something else rather than just review about my Lego sets. I am sure there are too many other reviewers that does a way better job than me. But when I started writing this blog, I wanted it to be real and relatable. That’s why I wanted to talk about my struggles as a Lego builder and collector. Maybe some of you might agree and some might not. Leave your comment below and share with me how you go about managing this hobby! :)
I often get asked by people around me how I decide on buying Legos. My friends sometimes assumes that I just buy every new set that is big (partially true). But I am going to explain my 3-step decision making process on buying Lego sets and hopefully it can help some of you or provide a good laugh.
This is the reason why I am writing this blog. There are way too many Legos that ranges from expensive to dirt cheap. Just because a set is expensive does not mean that you’ll love it, and just because it was bought on sale for less than $10 does not mean it won’t bring you joy. My point here is that you have to find out whether a specific Lego set is really what you want. I have made the mistake of buying impulse buying Lego and leaving it in the deepest darkest corner of my apartment 3 days after completing it. Again, this is not because the set is bad, it just did not align with my expectations. Different people like different products and that’s the truth. Just because X amount people bought the UCS Millennium Falcon does not make it the most valuable Lego set (although I am still thinking about it). I found that I really want to build a Lego city, that is why I started to collect the Modular series.
Where to put it?
I am speaking for intermediate Lego builders/collectors like me who lives in apartments with limited space. This is actually the worst nightmare for me despite lying to myself that I will find space for it. If you like buying big and challenging sets like me, this should be very relatable. My solution to this is to research online on how big the set you want is, and finding out what furniture could fit it nicely (I usually go on Ikea’s website). This takes out a lot of guess work on whether you will actually be able to display the set properly after building it, and ensuring that your guest can actually sit on the sofa when you host parties.
This is not about buying it as soon as it comes out. This is actually waiting for the best time to buy it based on price. I live in Sydney Australia and what I love about this city is a place called Myer. I often tell my friends “if there isn’s a sale, just ask them and they will give you a sale”. For those of you not living in Australia, Myer is a major departmental store that has a relatively good Lego section. I found that buying Lego from the online store is extremely expensive because they rarely discount the good stuff. I hate the feeling when I bought the Assembly Square set for full retail price from Lego, and I see it on almost 40% off a month later. I just gonna say it now, owning the assembly square on the very first month of release did not make the set more fun or happier; it was the same. “Good things come to those who wait”. But again of course don’t wait too long until they discontinue the set.
I must reiterate that the above 3-step decision making plan is purely made up by me. I know of builders around me who don’t actually buy sets and instead use their existing pieces to build a replicas. I have seen various different versions of the Star Wars UCS collection during exhibitions and I must say they are SUPER AWESOME. Maybe one day I will become as talented as these builders and be able to design my own creations! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next review coming very soon!
Til next time.