Polybag collectors' review of the year

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As many of you will know first-hand, collecting polybags is one of the more fun, and challenging, aspects of the hobby. I thought it would be useful to look back on the polybags released this year and consider which ones turned out to be the rarest and hardest to get, based on the number of people who have marked them as owned here at Brickset.

So, by my reckoning there were 59 polybags released in 2013. Here are the rarest:

40073 Panda: This is similar to 30026 and it's likely that it's been made for the Chinese market and available only from there. A pretty reliable indicator of whether a set has actually been released is if any have been sold through BrickLink, and in this case, none have so it looks as if it is yet to be sold anywhere.

30066 Duplo Circus: We don't have any notes about the availability of this one, but I had a set of five of them sent over from Hungary earlier in the year. A small number of people have indicated ownership but that might just be because it's Duplo and nobody has gone out of their way to get it.

30184 Little Helicopter: Not many people have managed to find this one it seems, but it has just turned up packaged with three mini DK books in UK branches of Tesco for £5. Thanks to Garethmoore for this piece of information. There are some on BrickLink but they are commanding a high price so if you need it you'll be best getting it with the books.

30186 Christmas Tree: This one has apparently started to show up in Toys R Us in the USA and thus can easily be obtained on the secondary market if you're not in the US.

So, which of the 59 don't I have? I've still to take delivery of Kraang's Turtle Target Practice and Robin and Redbird Cycle (thanks Kempo81...) which will leave just the panda, the Christmas tree and the Iron Patriot gun mounting system to track down. Maybe you can help? :-)

How about you? How many do you still need to get hold of? Which ones have you found most difficult to find?

45 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,


I'm currently sitting patiently for the postwoman to bring my Iron Patriot Fig with the Marvel game which I got from Amazon. If by any chance there's two figures in there Huw, you can have one!! ;-)

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By in Canada,

Ah yes, it's released today in the UK, isn't it...

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By in United Kingdom,

Same as xcrossx, I too am waiting for Lego Marvel Super Heroes with Iron Patriot from Amazon. I noticed as of last night, this edition had sold out, so the price for these guys on the secondary market may increase quite a bit in the weeks to come. I wouldn't normally shell out £32 just for the polybag, but we're looking forward to the game also.

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By in United Kingdom,

If Amazon are selling that edition there must be other places in the country selling it from today??
Wouldn't be surprised if Tesco are, they are quite good with figure based DVD's/Games and such.
I initially ordered it just for the figure too but after being blown away by the Lord of the Rings game I have high hopes for this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's just arrived!!! Only one in there I'm afraid Huw, sorry. You should be able to get one a a lot cheaper now though. He looks amazing!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I've played the demo on Xbox 360, and it looks to be shaping up to be one of the best Lego games yet. As a huge Marvel fan to boot, that's a good thing!

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By in Hungary,

The Duplo Circus 30066 set is still available here in Hungary, I've found it in two webshops.
(If their online inventory is up to date.)
Anyone interested in getting one, fell free to contact me, maybe we can do a trade or sg.
I'm just an average AFOL, not a retailer, so if 20 people will turn up, I'll be a bit suprised,
but I promise to do my best if you ask for my help. :-)
Price is around 5 EUR.

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By in Australia,

My favourites for the year have been the Little Eagle and all of the seasonal sets. I mist admit that the Iron patriot is a fantastic fig, but he doesn't rank my list of favourite polys purely because of the minimal build - I really enjoy polybags with a detailed build :-)

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By in Indonesia,

I envy you guys. The rarest polys I have are Geoffrey, Ganrash and Santa. Two of which, I didn't get myself...

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By in United Kingdom,

As i am ThePolybagCollector (YouTube.com/ThePolybagCollector)
I have found a few of them hard to find this year. With my hardest being 'Robin and Redbird cycle' which are going for quite a high price on Ebay alot of the time. But, this year have had brilliant polybags.

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By in Singapore,

HiHi, I m from singapore, n want to get the 30184 with three little mini book . Any one can help me to get n mail to me ? I know is rare, but I really wana to get the book. I got the big version . I like the minifigure version one a lot.

Wonder if anyone can help me or do me a flavor. We can chat offline. By emailing. Thsnks

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By in United Kingdom,

I still need 11904 and 11905 (which I'll get with the Brickmaster books at some point when they go really cheap), 30186 Christmas Tree (only just released in the US), 40072 Rocking Horse (not released yet) and 40073 Panda (nowhere to be seen but hey, somebody has marked it as released). Everything else I have.

Amongst the rarest for me have been:

30185 Little Eagle
30184 Little Helicopter
30255 Crawley
30261 Tonto's Campfire

Obviously the Panda too, if anyone knows the whereabouts of that one, please let us know.

Let's not forget either 5001622 LEGO Store Employee (who isn't on your list for some reason), he's been very difficult to get hold of unless you happen to live in the US.

Overall though it's not been a hugely challenging year for getting hold of polybags thanks to the wonderful network of LEGO collecting friends I have around the world, thanks guys!

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By in Singapore,

HiHi,

Appreciate, if anyone can help me to get the 30184 ?

Thanks

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By in United States,

I managed to get a few of the Iron Patriot and Iron Man vs Droid during NY Comic Con from Marvel. The 'Robin and Redbird Cycle' has been the toughest for me to find, at a decent price. Toys R Us just ran a promo with it, so they came up on Ebay for around $9 ea. So I managed to pick up a few. My local Toys R Us managed to find a few 40077 Geoffrey and Kraang's Turtle Target Practice. I picked up a few for trading of course.

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By in Canada,

30184 Little Helicopter is/was found in abundance in Canada at $7 (with three books mentioned) at Costco. I picked up 30186 a few weeks ago at my Ottaa TRU; somebody must have put them out a little too early. Though not a completist when it comes to polybag, I definately like the panda.

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By in Poland,

As we are discussing polybags... it is last year set, but I am still missing it: 30212 Mirkwood Elf. I have nice collection of polybags for trade, if anyone have this set for exchange please let me know !!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw 30184 in Tesco, not W H Smiths. :)

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By in Singapore,

Curious, is the three book ? Is it the minifigure ones ? The exclusive version , aka the Smaller ones.

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By in Canada,

^ The books are abridged versions or extracts from others: http://images.brickset.com/DKbook.jpg

^^ Thanks, corrected.

@atkinsar, I excluded all 'extended product line' polys from the list as I'm mainly interested in collecting 'proper' ones.

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By in Poland,

@Huw - how do you define "extended product line" and "proper" ones?

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By in Canada,

'Proper' ones have a set number less than 99999. Other ones have longer numbers, SAP allocated 7-digit item numbers starting 45 or 60), or no number at all and thus have something made up by the community.

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By in United States,

I wish Iron Patriot wasn't so pricey. I would kill for that mini fig!

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By in United States,

The Kraang's Turtle Target Practice showed up at my Target in the Us in the Christmas area, by the stocking stuffers. I don't know if that's national, but might be worth a look if you still need it.

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By in United States,

I wonder what 40073 would sell for in the states. My in laws saw those at the corner store last week and asked me if i wanted any. I said no.... :-(

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By in United States,

My local TRU had a ton of TMNT polys last weekend. If anybody needs one, I'll go see if any are left.

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By in Canada,

^^ Where are your in-laws?

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By in United States,

Nanjing.
I double checked the picture they sent my wife, it was set 30026 for 55rmb. dang it!!!!!

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By in Singapore,

Curious, is the three book ? Is it the minifigure ones ? The exclusive version , aka the Smaller ones.

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By in United States,

I have a couple of Krang, Geoffrey, LOTR Elf, LOTR Gandalf, Tonto, Iron Man, etc. if anyone is interested. I've been lucky to find all of these at my local TRU. I also have an extra of the Monster Fighters ghost from last year as well. I'd be looking to trade. I for sure want the Harry Potter train and the Toy Story army men bags if anyone has those.

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By in United States,

I also have Hot Dog stand and Santa's Sleigh

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By in United States,

I also have Hot Dog stand and Santa's Sleigh

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By in United Kingdom,

If anyone has any spare Krang/Tonto or Iron man polys would be interested, I am in the UK.

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By in United States,

Wow, I only have 11 of those listed. Good thing I'm not a completist/completionist. I haven't found a lot of them in venues near me though -- iron man, robin, even the star wars. Not sure exactly how some people go about getting them.

I thought the Christmas train set was new this year? It is in the Target Christmas section with the TMNT and Friends Ice Cream stand polybags. Unless I missed the listing.

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By in United States,

^ The Christmas Train was at LEGO Stores last year and sold out very fast.

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By in United States,

^^I believe the Christmas Train was a TRU 'exclusive' last year. It is pretty readily available at Target in the US this year. Retail is $4.99.

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By in United States,

My TRU has a horde of the Kraang and Iron Man Polys, I guess I keep seeing them thinking they are common and easy to find. If anyone needs me to pick them up something, PM me.

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By in United States,

I hope that 30261 wasn't that hard for you to get as we just ran a promo on Brickset. During the 30261 promo we also had a stealth sale on 30260. Since we didn't have a lot of it we just figure a speical stealth sale for BrickSet reader who are looking for it. I guess that is our hidden way of thanking the people who also look around in our store besides the promo. :) We are trying to get some of the polybags on the list to run a speical but it is always hard to get the enough quantity to run a proper promo for BrickSet. Maybe we will just run more specials but then really limit on how many each person can get? That would make per item shipping charges fairly high for some people though.

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure the TRU near me has the tree. I will ship it to you if need be.

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By in Canada,

Of the 59 on the list not many interest me too much that I haven't picked up yet, most of the seasonal ones are on my list to get (the ones with Mini-Figs not so much the ones without) and of this year's City sets I'm only missing the Seaplane because they ran out at TRU before my first Bricktober purchase.

I might just bite the bullet on those Friends Books with Ice Cream Stand so I can have that Poly, for anyone with the books is the Poly loose or is it still packaged? The only reason I didn't get it from Costco a while back was because I wasn't sure if it actually came packaged in the Poly or the parts were just loose in the cardboard slot designed to hold it.

Mini-Mech is on my list still, only spotted Space Insectoid so far.

I'm all set for Star Wars, minus the Frigate.

Legends of Chima have been slow in coming, I thought someone reported here that Winzar's Pack Patrol was going to be given away during Bricktober at CND TRUs? Either way it never happened. Leonidas and Razcal haven't show up either, but Crug and Ewar did. (Crooley isn't much to get excited about.)

The Creator Polybags have yet to show up in Canada also, I suspect soon though as a lot of Polys tend to pop up in time for Christmas.

Missed Robin, but nabbed both Marvel polys, hoping Robin might show up more in stock during the holidays to. (Hey if they can bring out a bunch of Gandalf at Dol Guldur again why not Robin?)

Don't really collect much else from there, certainly not Duplo or the Monthly Mini-Model Builds. (Isn't TRU Canada running a promotion where you can get that Rocking Horse when you buy 30$ or more in Creator LEGO? Probably all gone by now, but if they put any overstock out during the month I might consider nabbing it just on principal alone.)

Wasn't there also some kind of Foot Soldier Polybag slated for release? I've got 3 Kraaang Polys already and it's still around these parts, but I thought we saw images back in the summer of a Foot Soldier Poly from TMNT?

I can totally understand the frustration of hardcore polybag collectors, LEGO's decisions on how they distribute these things can be downright maddening sometimes. Ah well, they're still worth every penny. Looking forward to the 2014 Polys this year, hope they include some decent choices for the Themes they select. Oh yeah, really wish those Lone Ranger polys would hit Canada already... Is it my imagination, are we just slow to get anything or do I just miss them all the time because collectors and scalpers alike go nuts for these things?

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By in Poland,

@blars82 - I am interested in exchanging - I don't have spare HP Train not ToyStory, but maybe you will be interested in other sets - contact me via PM

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By in United Kingdom,

Back to the subject of Marvel Superheroes, can anyone tell me where to find the regular DS version of it? It completely slipped my mind to pre order, and all the sites I've looked on either have it out of stock or have it to pre order for about March 2014! Can someone please help? Sorry if this is off topic.

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By in United Kingdom,

WAGH, I might have known 30184 would become easier to buy, if only I waited a year. I bought that and 30185 from a seller in Hungary after four months of failing to find a source for them from Romania. I should have a 30186 in a week or so, once again thanx to a Hungarian LEGO fan - the wait for this to appear been really short in comparison. I have been fortunate to be able to buy all of these for no more than £10 a piece (excluding postage).

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By in United States,

Before today it would be the chirstmas tree but I just found so than my answer would be the little helicopter.

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