One of the big themes of the LEGO world is the Star Wars theme. Along with it being one of the biggest and most popular themes, it is represents a fairly big investing world.
A large portion of this world is SW minifigure investing. Many sellers on eBay, Amazon, and BrickLink “part out” sets, which means that they take individual aspects of a set and then sell each aspect seperately. An easy way is selling the minifigures seperate from each other, and selling the vehicle/main build apart from the minifigures. This is mainly where the sellers of minifigures come from.
The buyers of minifigures, especially SW ones, are either from die-hard fans of SW such as myself, who are completists, and want every single Lego SW minifigure there is (trust me, they exist!). Such collectors will pay a top dollar for a minifigure in mint-to-great condition, if that is what it takes to get that minifigure.
Let’s take an example of the 10123 Cloud City set. The set alone, in new condition commands a constant price of about $850 USD. In total, there are 7 minifigures:
– Darth Vader
– Storm Trooper
– Han Solo
– Luke Skywalker
– Princess Leia
– Lando Calrissian
– Boba Fett
Darth Vader and appears in 5 other sets in the exact variant, the Storm Trooper in 4 others, and Han Solo in 2 others. The remaining 4 are exclusive to this set. Thanks to BrickLink.com, we are able to figure out the average prices of these 4 minifigures in both new and used form in current listings.
- New: $80.71 USD
- Used: $98.28
- New: 47.95
- Used: $66.55
- New: $162.94
- Used: $111.34
- New: $329.85 USD
- Used: $292.59 USD
Looking at these numbers, we can figure out that the minifigures alone command a price of about $620, which is amazing. Our little gold mine of this set is Boba Fett however. Let’s look at a little picture of him:
This is the only Boba Fett varient to have both printed arms and legs, which makes him very special and unique. Also, some of the newer variants of Boba Fett do have printed legs, but they are not as carefully made as some of the older LEGO minifigures such as those from 2011 and back.
How can I spot a Solid Minifigure Investment?
I can’t give you a definite key, but here is an idea of what I have that might help you spot your bit of gold…
Let’s follow ____ main points:
1. Popularity/Demand – The minifigure has to be in high demand for buyers to pay a top dollar.
2. Unique – What makes it different than other variants of the same minifigure? Are these differences advantagous our not?
3. The Set – Thought this might not seem as related as the above points, it is very important that the set is iconic and in demand. If it is iconic and not in demand, that makes it all the better, because down the road, people will want it.
4. The Price of the Set – This ties in with the demand of a set. When a set is priced lower, in the $10-$40 range, it is in significantly lower demand, as parents might want to give their child a special little prize, but nothing too major. Also, smaller sets are more managable for a larger population. Higher priced sets have lots of attention, but less demand, as it takes a more seasoned builder and more dedicated Lego fan to pay $100+ on plastic.