New feature: the cost of your collection

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Several people have requested this feature, most recently Luciano T: If you are in the US or the UK, the total cost of your collection is now shown on your My Sets page. However, there are few things to overcome before it becomes really useful:

First, the database only contains retails prices for the US and UK. The US prices have come from the LEGOshop.com product feed and only go back to 2007. For the UK, they go back a little further to around 2001.

Second, it's only good for two countries. I'd really like to display this information for others and go further back in time, and this may be where you can help. Do you have a list of retail prices in your country that you'd be willing to share here? Get in touch if so!

Update: I've imported US$ MSRP information, for those sets which we didn't have a price for, from Lugnet, which has increased the coverage considerably. I'm not entirely sure whether that is within Lugnet's terms ot use so I am currently checking.

68 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

very helpful huw thanks :D this website just keeps getting better

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By in United States,

nooooo!!! now i have to admit how much i've spent on LEGO.
i'll have to keep reminding myself that i've bought most of them on sale.
:)
no rush on getting on the pre-2007 retail prices.
please!

seriously, this is a great feature.
i agree with legocity... this site just keeps getting better.

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By in Colombia,

What about a calulation using the current Bricklink average price?
I have an Excel list with this information and it is very nice to see how your collection price increase year by year

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By in Belgium,

Hello, I have all the Belgian catalogues since 1968, the year I was born. Not all of them have prices but I could spend a weekend with typing. I think the easiest way is to use two columns in an Excell sheet and send this as an attachement. These prices will be more or less the same in The Netherlands and Germany. For those before 2000 I will recalculate to Euros. Would that be OK?

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By in United States,

@Huw - On a completely unrelated tangent, is there any way we can block our wives from visiting Brickset? :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Xiaolong, that sounds like hard work but if you're willing to do it that would be great, thanks!

A 2 column XL sheet would be good: if you can include the set suffix (-1, -2 etc.) as well I can import the data easily. Better still, I can provide you with a data dump of all sets here to make it even easier: get in touch.

@yellowcastle, perhaps I should provide a sanitised version of the site for when she's peering over your shoulder :-)

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By in Belgium,

I want to know mine too :o:o

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By in United States,

Very cool idea... BUT I try to buy as much as I can on sale, and some I've picked up on Ebay for which I didn't pay MSRP - so this number doesn't necessarily reflect what I've actually paid. Would there be a way to add a field to input what you paid for a set, and then calculate a total based on that? So far I've been keeping track of this in the 'notes' of each set. Perhaps it would automatically default to MSRP unless a different number is submitted to a 'What I Paid' field somewhere on the 'My Sets' listing?

Also, I presume this multiplies the MSRP by the quantity of each set you own, yes?

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome! Thank you Huw!!! Luciano T. Aka Legoluch.. ; )

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By in United States,

I was going to suggest the same as @vynsane. A "what I paid" feature in conjunction with this new feature would be awesome!

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By in United Kingdom,

WOW! This is a really good idea. I had no idea I've spent this much on LEGO!

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By in United States,

Wow...my collection is worth more than my car...scary. Is there such thing as Lego Insurance? Excellent feature Huw!!!! And I second the "sanitized" page for our wives, mine would probably not be too happy with me if she saw that number. LOL

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By in United States,

I agree with vynsane. I got King's Castle Siege (MSRP $100) and Skeleton Ship Attack (MSRP $70) for $30 each at a little store up in IL. However, I paid $70 for Temple Escape (MSRP $60) and $60 for Luke's X-Wing (MSRP $50) at Toys R Us.

So yes, it would be nice if there was a little field to write out how much we paid for each of our sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

@vynsane, I do plan to add an 'enhanced collection manager' feature to the site at some point which will include the ability to add price paid.

@FizzleMeSexy, I'm not yet in a position to request or enter individual user provided prices but ultimately I would like to make it possible for people to submit that sort of data directly into the database. The main problem is one of trust: Everyone reading this is entirely trustworthy I am sure, but it only takes one person to enter rubbish data for the integrity of the database to be compromised.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great work Huw.

Now all we need to know is how much is our collection worth vs. how much did we paid. To do that properly you would need to be able to record here how much you paid and whether it is 'sealed' or 'used', then cross reference with the average price on Bricklink for the set for new and used. Sounds complicated!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent - thanks, Huw ! Peeron also has this feature, but it's exclusively in $US, so nice to have a figure based on UK RRPs (which don't have a predictable relationship with US RRPs). Also, the Peeron database of new sets is starting to fall behind somewhat.

It'd be superb if we could get hold of UK RRP info from pre-2001; presumably LEGO themselves might have this data, so maybe they'd be willing to share it....?

I do like the idea of being able to input what we paid for sets ourselves rather than rely on RRP; sadly I seem to have paid over the odds for retired sets a lot more often than I've paid the RRP for current ones.....

I really don't know how you find the time to continuously improve the site, Huw, but I'm very glad you do - serious respect !

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By in United States,

@Huw - kewl, man. All in due time, right?

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By in United States,

I'm glad I was sitting down for this...

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By in United States,

Good idea Huw!

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By in United States,

Oh God that's scary. This is cool. I was just thinking a couple of weeks ago that this would be a great feature..... and then immediately wondered if I really wanted to know what me and my son have spent on Lego's.....
And I too will have to keep the wife away from our page.... I don't know if I could live hearing the same gasp of horror I heard when she looked in the closet years ago and saw all the Star Wars (not lego) stuff in one place at the same time (BIG closet stacked floor to ceiling with boxes of star wars toys). :) My son has them all now, opened and played with like they should be.

Could there also be a filter to see just the sets that there is no pricing info for?

Thanks guys, this site is a daily visit (ok, several visits) for me.

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By in Canada,

Would it be possible to add the ability to look up collection prices in other countries? I live in Canada, and I wouldn't mind just seeing the cost of my collection (since 2007) in US dollars.

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By in Canada,

Anyway for someone in Canada to find out their collection cost in USD?

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By in Spain,

Cant beliece Ive spent £2460 on lego ,quite a lot

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By in United States,

I've evidently spent 9,685$ O_O I didn't buy all of my collection new, however. Thank God for garage sales and thrift stores.

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By in United Kingdom,

How many people have passed out yet? :-)

I got £1632 (only!!!) but not all my LEGO is on Brickset.

Really good Huw but I bought some of my discontinued sets for an inflated eBAY price and some of them I got in sales. Also can we see how much other people's are worth?

Off topic but www.mailorderexpress.com have a 10% discount on ALL LEGO. Big banner on their home page.

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By in United States,

sweet

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By in United States,

Hey, Huw? How much did YOU spend on your Lego according to the computer? Mine was USD $3,254. That's a lot! (for me!) But, most of my Lego is in bins, (in pieces) so I really don't have a very big layout. Thanks for the new feature, Huw!

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By in United States,

I'm too afraid to look...

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By in United States,

oh men I got $997 cant believe that came out of my wallet

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By in United States,

$1668 wow! How did that happen??

Huw just a suggestion but it would be kind of cool(or shocking) to see how much our "wanted sets" would cost... is there any way you could do that???

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By in United States,

AHHH!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! i spent 2000$!!!!!! well some of them are my brothers that he gave me, ughh but i didn't get many at discount. any how this new feature is AWESOME Huw, yes it is a bit frightining that i could have bought a CAR (well i cant drive but) from all my legos. but hey legos dont break down or crash (they can be sucked up by the vacuum and be shattered by your feet (which KILLS your feet in the procces) but yeah its a cool feature (wonder whats its gonna be when i'm 80 :[ 100,000$?
LegoCoastGaurd-well i have, so thats 1 fainting. (Huw your killing people with the features you put on this site :P)
Shamu1Bleieve-Dont look, it'll give you nightmares for YEARS!!!
MrLooney- it's not that bad, just try not to think of all the things you could've gotten with 9000 :P (car,Tv, Computer, ro legos :D)

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By in United States,

@sky-guardian, I agree, I would love to see how much my wanted sets would cost. It would be crazy...

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By in United States,

Is there a way to import a set list from peeron? I know I could do this manually, but that would take many hours.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brickbuilder0937, from Lugnet, yes.

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By in United States,

Wait, wait, I spent HOW much money?!!! Man, I agree with Yellowcastle can we have a sanitised version? ;) But wow, nice addition Huw.

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By in United States,

@Huw , I figured as much. McDonald and other promos seem like the type of sets to get overlooked if you do ever put things in by hand.

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By in Canada,

Well I figure any pricing in US dollars is okay for Canadian members. With the dollar moving around most of Canada's Lego shoppers are ordering through America (if possible). Being in North America one can get use to always looking at American currency.

Although the price idea is a little sad for those of us looking at 'wanted' sets they can't afford yet! LOL!

I don't really see the point of keeping track of the older sets... once they leave Lego they're in Ebay's hands. I figure it's too hard to keep track of that.

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By in United States,

Now this is scary! Just between our family (okay, okay, me and my bro) we have $4,444 worth of LEGO! Seriously!!! (Just keep in mind we normaly get a few sets every Christmas and birthday, so don't think we just blow every dollar that comes to us ;) )

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By in United States,

I am SO glad this was added so that you don't have to total up your sets with a calculator!

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By in United States,

I updated my sets to see what my dollar amount is and it seems some of the more obvious sets don't have price values. One easy fix example is this years target bagged star wars sets that were $3.49. If you decide to allow people to scrub the database though, those sorts of things will be an easy fix. =)

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By in United States,

wow, I spent $14,052, that is way more than I expected. It didn't count sales or gifts though. Well, I have been doing this for 11 years too.

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By in United States,

This is cool! I have about $2000 in legos.

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By in United States,

Awesome! Though Not For Me. I Get Most of My Sets from Borders for 33%-40%. If I Didn't Do That, I Would Have Spent, $1777. :)

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By in United States,

only $3081

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By in United States,

I have catalogs for 2002-now. If you need anything from that era, let me know. My Dad's in the hospital, so it could be a while for I got back to you, but I have them, none the less.

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By in United States,

$14,209 - quite a bit! I've saved a lot of catalogs over the years - I'll look through them tomorrow and see what I have.

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By in United States,

Woohoo! I've been wanting this feature for quite some time now, so thanks a lot for adding it! But yes, an 'enhanced collection manager' would be even better! It would also be great if there was the option to see what the collection is worth today, meaning what each set (and minifig) goes for on Bricklink. Kinda what legowomen1980p was saying.

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By in United States,

$1,743... this will easily surpass $2,500 this fall with all of the great City sets and modular buildings I need to pick up...

Huw - stellar addition to the site! Keep it up with the great new features!!!

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By in New Zealand,

Hi, is it possible to show the US or UK (or both) prices for people that are not in a region that you have pricing for?

I shudder to think what I have spent on my collection, but some indication would be very interesting (damn those UCS sets).

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By in Australia,

Can you at least turn it on, in US Dollars, for the rest of the world?

I'm in Australia.. and I know it won't be accurate, but it'd be fun to see!

RB

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By in United Kingdom,

@Rohan, OK, will do.

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By in United States,

Nice feature but I swear to never look. Some things are better left as mysteries.

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By in Denmark,

Firstly, it could be a good idea to use NPV (net present value, aka inflation compensation), so that the cost of older sets reflect todays value. Otherwise sets you bought a long time ago will appear cheaper than the ones you got today.

Secondly, why are not prices shown if you're not in the US or UK? My country is determined by IP adress. I think it would be nice if I myself could decide wether I want to see this information, and if I do I could simply use a currency converter to get a rough figure of the value in my currency. And don't forget there are also cases when US or UK citizens live abroad ;-)
So I guess my proposal is: Show both the US and UK value and people can themselves use the information as they see fit.

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By in United Kingdom,

@everyone, OK, I will tweak it later to show both figures to everyone regrdlesss of your location.

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By in New Zealand,

To be honest, I don't think I'd WANT to know how much money I've spent on Lego over the years... but it's a good feature just the same.

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By in United States,

Schar-dude you cant just swear like that. i know several little children who go on this site daily. this is a kid-friendly site which means there shouldn't be any swearing, and it wouldn't hurt to say,''darn'' instead of what you said.

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By in United Kingdom,

@itsaturkey, we've been through the 'D' word arument many times here before. Unfortunately in every other English speaking country it bears no special significance or weight and is in everyday usage. It is therefore acceptable to use it here: I appreciate a large percentage of the audience is from NA and may be offended, but I can't really prevent those in other countries using it. 'Darn' is not a word we use.

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By in United States,

$1,035, but I calculated what I actually paid, and the total came to $815, as I've gotten a bunch of sets discounted via Walmart or Toys R Us sales...

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By in United Kingdom,

well, i like it, but it's scary :)

i Buy a lot of stuff off ebay tho so it's not that bad...

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By in United States,

Could you turn on a price check for the 'sets you want' section? Who cares if it's not accurate for the discontinued items, aren't you currious to see how much you need to save up?

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By in United States,

lol @ yellowcastle. I was going to ask the same thing. Last thing I need is for my wife to see how much my collection costs.

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By in Belgium,

Hello Huw, Please no DataDump or my system will get overloaded. What do you mean with the suffix? I would just use the same number as they use in the catalogue. Where to would I've to send it.

@ allmost everyone: why are you all so surprised? I've an Excell sheet with all my sets, paid price, shop and city where I bought it and two years ago I added year of release and number of bricks when I discovered Bricklink.
My wife knows everything. Every hobby costs money. Other people go to a sports game, eat hamburgers and drink beer. Their money is gone but my very first train, 721, is still running.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw PLEASE provide the option not to display this info when people are looking over your shoulder! :-)

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By in United States,

45295 pieces totalling $3,888.... My parents say it should all have gone towards my college education....right :p

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By in Ireland,

It's not working in Ireland, or is it me doing something wrong?
It's a great idea and really would like it in Sterling as most of our buying is in Northern Ireland or from LEGO UK and of course Ebay.

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By in Ireland,

Working now, In dollars but thats ok.
Think better go and have a chat with the insurance company!!!
Many thanks, a great new item to an already great site.

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