We own 200 million dollars-worth of LEGO

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If you keep an eye on the site statistics at the bottom of the page you may have noticed another landmark was passed overnight: we now own US$200 million of LEGO between us.

The 100 million mark was crossed in August 2012 so in less than 2 years, together we've spent $100m on our favourite plastic product.

Taking into account the number of sets we own and the number of people who record their collection here (79927 people):

  • The average size of our collections is 101 sets
  • The average value of our collections is $2502

In August 2012 the values were 85 sets and $2300 so collectively we are buying more. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that...

The next landmark will be 2 billion pieces which I suspect we'll pass this year.

37 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Woo hoo!

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By in United States,

Not sure how difficult the programming would be, but I would love to see some comparisons of my collection v. other collections (a bit like the stats on rebrickable).

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By in United Kingdom,

I've just added another £79.99 to that total. :)

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By in Germany,

I only add sealed sets to my collection here. As soon as I open them, I remove them from my collection here, even though I still own them.
I am sure we have passed the 2 billion bricks, we all own tons of loose parts, too, do we not?

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I'm always wary of publishing that sort of information because it is likely to encourage people to abuse the system and inflate their figures.

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By in United Kingdom,

I assume that the figure reflects the original purchase price.

Given that (1) the database doesn't contain the prices of all sets, and (2) many sets have significantly increased in value post-retirement, my suspicion is that the actual value might be significantly higher...

;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

^Don't forget the number of sets that are bought at 50% off RRP - if any resellers are using the site as an inventory they might have bought ten £50 sets at £25 etc etc - there is never going to be a way to track it perfectly.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes it is of course only an estimate based on RRPs of the sets we know them for. But nevertheless it's an impressive figure :-)

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By in United States,

I recently started using "My Sets" so you had 9000 more pieces worth $900 to add! You're welcome.

This is fantastic!

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By in United States,

This is funny. A few days ago I looked at the site stats and I saw that we owned over $200,000,000 worth of LEGO. I was really surprised by this, but in the big picture, we could all combine our money for a mansion, but I think we'd all rather have our LEGO. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ We probably own sufficient enough bricks between us to be able to build our own mansion.

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By in United States,

I'll do my part to try and reach the 2,000,000,000 goal ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Despite the fact that a fair amount is bought at discount prices, i.e. not RRP, I suspect the true figure is actually a lot higher than $200,000. I don't bother to catalogue my sets here on Brickset or anywhere else and I have a feeling a lot of regulars here don't either.

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By in Italy,

initially i tought it was only between you writers of brickset, and i was like "holy god, i need to start a Lego website too"

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By in United States,

I think we all my have a problem that needs consoling

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By in United States,

I'm actually quite surprised (and, frankly, concerned) that my collection tallies are much higher than the average, though I have purchased a great deal of my collection on discount and have been rather diligent in logging the actual price I've paid in the 'notes' boxes. Quick no one tell my wife until I've had a chance to make a spreadsheet of all my sets comparing the MSRP to the actual price paid!

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By in Singapore,

Happy to contribute! Cheers and here's to more bricks!

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By in United Kingdom,

My collection includes... 279 sets.
But the database only lists the prices for 189, and even then it's £4,744 ($7,600-ish)

So with all those missing prices, plus the various non-set bricks I've bought on Ebay, Bricklink, Lego Pick-a-Brick, and various promos and freebies that don't have a retail price...

... I think we've more than passed 2 Bill-yun bricks between us, and the "value" is probably closer to $300 million :D

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By in Canada,

Great statistic. I have been watching this one for a while, and waiting for it to go over.
$200,000,000 is a Lot of money and a lot of LEGO..... :)

Sir Valiant~

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By in United States,

Just entered about 450 sealed sets. One or two of which were purchased in the last two years. Your premise is flawed. What the numbers really show is that a lot of people have added to their list. If we all added ALL of our sets owned, whether opened or sealed, we'd cross these milestones very quickly. (I know I'm good for about 2,000,000 pieces myself - I just haven't entered my opened sets yet.) The only way to justify your statement is to focus on the 2012 - 2014 sets alone. If there were $100,000 worth of those sets, the statement would be true. That would be amazing!

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By in Netherlands,

I wonder, if you own 16 collectable minifigures, than you own 16 sets? In that case it's not really a surprise the overall total has grown so big, is it?
Further it is good for TLC's knowledge that WE have spent 100 million in the past 2 years, so maybe we can have a bit more influence is futuristic sets...
[bring back the vikings and the forestmen!!!!!!!]

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By in United States,

@ doubledbrick.
Problem? What problem? I don't see a problem all over my floor and shelves. :P

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By in United States,

I think the average is brought down a little by all the non active members (and I think there are quite a few) on Brickset, and that usually means their not as enthusiastic about LEGO, which means for less sets. An they might not update their collection. That makes me feel a little better, since I have 4x the average amount (eek!).

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By in United States,

^tell me about it! I have 10 times the average so I like your logic. but I have also been an active collector for more than 12 years now. I also have tons of loose bricks from my childhood that are not listed here.

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By in United Kingdom,

That is a huge amount of lego, but it does mean that an awful lot of people probably do not own one piece of lego. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess I could add the gluttony of sets I've bought recently to help bump the stats up too :-)

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By in Australia,

The average collection value has gone down and then back up actually Huw as you can see here:
http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/trendy/plots/1252

This one shows the nice jump in new database entries in January followed by a steady incline after that. http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/trendy/plots/1320

and this one shows the data Huw mentioned:
http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/trendy/plots/1234

The strange jumps in the data coincided with the transition to the site at which time some of the stats seemed to be a bit out of wack.

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By in Australia,

Often when I add a set to my recorded collection, it's not because I've only just bought it. I add the sets from my childhood collection when I stumble across them while browsing here. I threw away the packets years ago, so it would be very difficult and time-consuming to try tracking down their entries on Brickset.

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By in Singapore,

I've only started recollecting Lego toys about 3 years back. So far spent around US$40K to 50K.

My small contribution to the overall figure would be around 1200 sets and 370000+ brick pieces. :-)

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By in Venezuela,

Wow!!! Kudos!!!!

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By in United States,

@legokenny- Wow, that's a lot. I've only collected for 7 years and I started when I was six. But there have to be people that bring the average up! I think after 2 billion pieces we should go for 100,000 members!

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By in United States,

Per Brickset my sets:

You own 5190 sets, 1520 different.
We have piece counts for 1446 of them. You own 790780 pieces.
We have retail prices for 1351 of them. Their retail value is $80032.

DISCLAIMER: No, I'm not a reseller ...... :)

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By in United States,

For me:

You own 284 sets, 281 different.

We have piece counts for 280 of them. You own 61371 pieces.

We have retail prices for 274 of them. Their retail value is $5526.

And had just got 2 more sets (another Emerald Express and the 10666 Digger), along with the Lego Movie last week. Only other sets I have more than one of is 630 and 7942.

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By in Australia,

Reminds me, need to update my listing with the latest purchases :)

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By in United States,

I am also significantly above the average and I've only been back into LEGO the last few years. Most of my sets are from my childhood and yet I am still above average. There must be a lot of people who didn't put all of their sets on here.

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By in New Zealand,

I think reason the statistics reflect a growing member base, collection size and value is simplicity by which members can update their collections, view other collections and gain insights to all Lego sets and news.

Yes members must be purchasing more sets and there is a resurgence in Lego generally but if this site didn't function as well as it does, their collections would be recorded elsewhere.

This website has a very professional look and it is easy to seamlessly navigate around.
It must take a lot of work keeping it all together and there must be some talented web masters toiling away.

Thanks and well done.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Branko, that spike you see in your graph on the green line was caused by someone claiming to own hundreds of copies of thousands of sets, I deleted their data, which was obviously false.

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