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Which LEGO set would you most struggle to part with?

edited April 2012 in Collecting
With only a few years experience of lego its hard to put a finger on any one set of mine which I would like to keep. But perhaps it would be the Pet Shop. I think its interesting to look at, doesn't look too childish, and small enough to be kept on a shelf (behing glass of course!).

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  • Easy 10179 - UCMF
  • ^Just about to post the same thing. Don't think I could part with that thing.
  • 7994 - best city set imho
  • Taj Mahal. It's just so beautiful. Most of my sets go in the giant MOCing pile but I can't even bear to tear it down. It's been built and on display since I got it. Also, it was a present from a very generous sister.
  • ^Second that, Taj Mahal is beautiful.
  • Tough call, I would say my msib 10179 (but I just BL'ed another one so I could build it). I would go with the 10178 Motorized AT-AT, it is my favorite set so far. I absolutely adore how it looks and moves. Very fun and challenging build (at least for me).
  • My 6212 X-Wing and 7622 Race for the Stolen Treasure. Not the biggest sets but they are great sets and bits of my favorite films.
  • My Town Plan is by far my favorite followed closely by my original Yellow Castle.
  • While I would never think of letting go of any of my collection, I think I would actually break down into tears if anything happened to my 1682 Space Shuttle Launch. Got the set when I was around 8 and I still have the box!
  • I would say http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7665-1. She was the first big set I ever bought and for £60 for 900 odd pieces she is a bargin to.
  • Fire brigade, my only current modular :)
  • ^ I am still kicking myself for passing over the last of those in the Chicago Lego store for 33% off. I didn't think I had room to get it my my luggage. Should have throw away some shirts or something to make room for it.
  • 10188-Death Star. It took me awhile to save up for it, so it will always sit on my entertainment center. Plus, it is suck a beautiful set.
  • Motorized Hogwarts.. Not that cool compared to some other Lego trains, but it completed my HP world im building.
  • Hmm....probably my old Lego collection, the GE and FB Modulars, and lots of other sets :P
  • edited April 2012
    UCS Imperial Shuttle. I still say it's the best Lego kit I've ever built.

    The thing is HUGE when displayed on its tall stand with wings folded down, it looks more like an accurate model kit than a Lego set, and the rather complex gearbox with tons of Technic pieces for folding the wings was a sheer delight to build.

    My perception is that this kit is not super well received, which I simply can not understand! If you don't have one, buy it while you can in brand new condition for a reasonable price from Lego! If only I could still get a 10179 in brand new condition at the Lego store for $499!

    I will never part with the Imperial Shuttle and it will remain built and on display forever!

  • ^I second that on the Imperial Shuttle. It's my favorite display set of them all and is just beautiful to the casual visitor. The glowing all-white exterior, combined with a sleek and art-deco profile, makes it the most visually appealing piece for me.

    I was thinking about breaking down all my Star Wars on display (Slave-1, UCS AT-ST, TIEs, etc) to make room for my new sets to be displayed, but the IS will never be taken out of rotation (along with the growing block of Modular building). Which brings me to my foremost concern, preventing yellowing of the pure white since it will always be on display.
  • The 8860 Car Chassis without a doubt. I have rebuilt it many times over the years, and it is still an interessting build. It gathers a lot of attention (The Imperial Shuttle gets more glances, but the car has so many interessting details.)

    I still remember some 30 odd years ago, when I got it for my birthday - happy memories, interessting build, conversation piece, classic LEGO, functional technic, a model of a real car (VW Beetle), and an oportunity to teach someone about gears, suspension and differentials.

    If I had the 8880 - competition would be fierce ...
  • I'd have to say #7623 Lego Indiana Jones Temple Escape.....just brings back so many memories of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark when I was a kid....a really cool playset.
  • For me its the Cafe Corner.
  • edited April 2012
    That is a tougher question to answer than I thought it would be. For me I think I will have to go with the Taj Mahal. It is simply beautiful on display (and I suggest putting a small light inside in the base and turning off the lights for a real visual treat).
  • For me, I would say either SSD or GG. I love both of them :)
  • #3450 Statue of Liberty by all means. Hubby would probably choose #6399 the Airport Shuttle (monorail).
  • @wagnerml2 Good choice on the Town Plan #810 set. That iconic 1962-67 set is very very collectible today... and was a LOT of fun to build.
  • Simple - 6971: Inter-Galactic Command Base, 6080: King's Castle or 6074: Black Falcon's Fortress. They're not worth much, they're not particularly detailed and they're certainly not aimed at AFOL's but I still, 28 ish years later, remember being given them as presents, breaking open the boxes, building them in a flurry and playing with them exclusively for days and then over and over again for many years more. Nothing I buy from LEGO since or in the future will have those kind of memories attached.
  • My modular plus MOC layout

  • I would most struggle to part with the brick i have stuck up my nose... though not for want of trying. (only joking... i never tried to remove it). (Joking again)



  • I'm surprised at so many new builds being listed - particularly the sealed in box one.

    For me, while all the modern stuff, licenses, UCS's, modulars, etc, are amazing, they're all just examples of what LEGO can do. BUT none of the ones I own really have any emotional connection for me (beyond the obvious enjoyment of... well, enjoying them). If i was forced to, i could probably sell any or all of these modern wonders, and be quite content.

    But I think I would have most difficulty parting with one of my earlier childhood sets, that began the whole affair, and helped build so many hours of play time (even though they're all mixed up in an old box, and some of the parts are probably cracked, warped, missing, up my nose, etc). Which one... phew, toughie...
  • UCS Imperial Shuttle. I still say it's the best Lego kit I've ever built.

    My perception is that this kit is not super well received, which I simply can not understand!
    Really? I always got the opposite impression, I've never seen much aside from rave reviews. I sincerely hope this is around for another year, because it'll be that length of time before I can pull the trigger on it. But it looks beautiful.

    I agree with @legomatt, the sets I would find it hardest to part with are childhood sets. My 6090 Royal Knight's Castle may not be the best set in my collection, but damn it I can still remember building it on Christmas morning as an 8 or 9 year old.
  • ^I second this; parting with 565 Moon Landing (my first ever set), 462 Rocket Launcher (my first system set), or 497 Galaxy Explorer (my favorite set) will be difficult. The modulars (I have the full set) look fantastic, but they'll be sold off before the space stuff when the time comes...
  • ^ and ^^^ I would agree, but alas I no longer have any of my childhood space sets. If I did then due to the emotional attachment they would be the last to go. So I must consider the sets I actually do have to answer the question posed.
  • I don't part any of my sets, they are either built and stored in a cabinet or disassembled in their boxes. If I were to part my sets out, I would have a really hard time disassembling my only modular, the FB.
  • ^ The OP question was "part with" not "part out".

    For me it is something simple. The S6 CMF Roman. There may be no build to it, but it is something I have waited for, for a very long time. I have one on my desk at home, one on my desk at work. I have sneaked one on to the dresser in the dining room, and I don't think it has been noticed yet.
  • ^ Misunderstood the question. But my answer would still be the same, the FB.
  • The kid in me would have answered the Public Works. http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6383-1 Out of all the Town sets, that one had the most playability that I could spend hours with.

    As an AFOL, from an aesthetic perspective, I'd have to say Fallingwater http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=21005-1 is the most pleasing to look at. For build enjoyment it would have to be Green Grocer http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=10185-1. As a Lego investor, it would have to be my MISB Statue of Liberty http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=3450-1. I realize buying as investment means that you do plan to part with it eventually, but that one will be the hardest to let go.

    But they are all equally hard to part with. :)
  • My 10212 shuttle, can't say it was an amazing build. But it is a beautiful craft and very pleasing on the eye when displayed on the stand.
  • edited April 2012
    I just started collecting within the past 6 or so months, but within that time I managed to get the IF 10210 new. Since it is arguably the most impressive pirate ship ever made by Lego, I would probably be most reluctant to sell this set.

    But I'm somewhat limited on space for my collection, so I will likely end up selling it within the not too distant future to make room for the latest sets I want. I don't like the idea of packing it up in a box and stashing it away, as that seems to border on hoarding, and I know I would not realistically ever build it again if I did (sort of boring building the same thing twice). Plus, I can use the sale proceeds (profit) to buy other sets.
  • ^But what if you eventually moved residences and ended up having a spare room that can be used as Lego room? What if your attachment to these sets, first built upon return from the Dark Ages, grows over time? And the biggest what if, what if you wanted to build a fleet of different Pirate ships as they are released over time? This last one prevents me from selling most sets or even duplicates of certain things, like my growing number of stormtroopers. Or even my loose bricks for that matter. The pain of regret would be too much for me to bare.
  • edited April 2012
    ^ Very good points BrickDancer. I'm sure I'll look back fondly on the sets I once had, but with all the sets I want to buy, it would just be too much to keep even a few of my favorites without feeling like I have too much stuff! A Lego room would be cool, but that would probably too many Legos, even for me...

    I think it would be easy to regret selling some sets like you mentioned, but I think purchasing new sets would ease the regret quite a bit.
  • Only 1 model lasted through my dark ages, with the rest being boxed up and stored.
    and that was the Whirl N' Wheel Super Truck #5590 ... i think that would be the hardest to part with.
  • Give it two years, you'll want to build it again. And if the urge takes you, you'll be paying twice what you sold it for. If it doesn't, sell it then.
  • The S6 CMF Roman. I have sneaked one on to the dresser in the dining room, and I don't think it has been noticed yet.
    Sure it has, women notice these things... but she is ignoring it because it makes you happy... :)
  • Give it two years, you'll want to build it again. And if the urge takes you, you'll be paying twice what you sold it for. If it doesn't, sell it then.
    Wise advice...

    I have a few sets that are taken apart and stored away, for just that reason.

    Still, that being said, the issue becomes the volume of new sets released. We can't keep up with building current stuff, when would we have the time to go back and rebuild older sets?

    The truth is, we wouldn't, nor do we need to. At some point, I expect I'll end up with 50+ used sets packed safely away, I'll look at the closet and go "there is money in there!" and sell them.
  • ^ OK. I'll put it in the bedroom (up to now a Lego free zone, except for anything that I might have stashed away in my trouser pockets), just to see if she says anything then.

  • My UCS Millenium Falcon would be #1 followed by Cloud City and Jango Fett sets
  • Any of the modulars ...
  • My original yellow castle. It's discolored but I still like it. One day I may consider bricklinking it and building another much cleaner version. I'm still kicking around expanding it a bit... so you'd see the original plus know where the expansion was. Another project for the project heap.
  • Market Street since I pieced that baby together brick by brick.... too many man hours went into that.
  • ^last I checked you have to piece every set together brick by brick =)
  • @graphite - LOL. Yes I'm a really slow builder :)... when it comes to sets that I'm missing a bunch of pieces.
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