“cool cheap lego sets +”

Now I know I said the project can move forward, however I like to do one more step just so there are no unpleasant surprises. This step involves taking a look at the parts in a set. For this I use the BrickLink. I click Catalog at the BrickLink website and then find the set by either browsing the categories or entering the set number in the search box. Once I find its page, I click on the View Inventory link. Seeing all the parts in the set laid out on one page lets me look for expensive and/or unusual elements. There are no prices immediately listed on this page and I doubt anyone wants to click through and see prices for each part, but I look for three main criteria: rare part design, rare part color, and large quantity.
Surprisingly, the sleek, AT-AT-toppling Snowspeeder is rarer than its space-based brethren the X-Wing Fighter. As one of the early entries in the sought-after Ultimate Collector Series, the Snowspeeder unfortunately doesn’t include a minifigure for Luke Skywalker’s short-lived co-pilot Dak Ralter. Poor Dak.
Lego helpfully make all of their instruction sheets downloadable for free from Lego.com. (This doesn’t stop people on eBay trying to sell the instruction booklets for a  good price, however. Buyer beware!)  If you have a good supply of Lego bricks already, you could start by downloading the plans of a coveted Harry Potter set, and see how many of the pieces you already have. Probably most of them, but the colors might not be exact. But here’s the thing: don’t get caught up with being exact. Kids don’t let a desire for 100% accuracy get in the way of play. One of my daughter’s friends saw the multi-colored Hogwarts we built and exclaimed “A rainbow castle! How cool!” That reminded me kids aren’t as uptight as adults about collecting or having things perfect.
If you do not have these sets yet, here’s your final chance to get them at their usual retail price. Add them to your collection ASAP (if you do not have them yet) before the prices start to inflate (and you may have to pay unreasonable prices to get them from the secondary market in the future…)
Scrub water-sensitive parts with a dry towel or toothbrush. Set aside any pieces with stickers or printed patterns, as well as any multi-part units that are not meant to be separated, such as turntables. Scrub these with a dry towel, or remove serious grime using a new toothbrush.
➡ LEGO ELVES SETS ON SALE: The mysterious and enchanted #41180 LEGO Elves Ragana’s Magic Shadow Castle is sale, and also the #41175 LEGO Elves Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave with a very pretty dragon. You can find them under the LEGO Elves section or under Sales and Deals at the Online LEGO Shop.
Various different Star Wars LEGO sets, instructions and mini figures included. All sets are discontinued and can no longer be bought new/in stores. – Malevolence (9515) – $190 – Clone Turbo Tank (8098) – $160 – Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter (8037) – $110 – Attack Shuttle (8019) – $90 – Saesee Tin’s Jedi Starfighter (9498) – $60 – Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter (7669) – $40 – Freeco Speeder (8085) – $35 – Geonosian Starfighter (7959) – $45 – Geonosian Cannon (9491) – $30 – Endor Rebel Trooper and Impe
$Star Wars Lego 75105 and 7965 Millennium Falcon – Acrylic display stand only. [model not included.] This display stand is heavy duty, 150mm tall and is made from 6.0mm thick clear acrylic. It features a 35° angled mounting surface that allows the model to be opened with full view of the interior when displayed. There are two 6×3 top plates that mount either side of the gun turret. 4 – 1×1 round Lego “nubs” on each top plate secure the model to the stand. – Specifications: Material Type: Cast Acrylic Material Thickness: 6.0mm Height: 150mm Base: 127mm x 85mm Top Plate: 2 x Standard 6×3 [lego compatible plate] Disclaimer: – This is not a LEGO® Product. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this product.
Ah, got it. FYI – the Market was introduced at the beginning of the year and the Fire Brigade was introduced in the middle of the year. I would be shocked if the Market was still on shelves in 6 months, but I could be wrong. – Nathan Stohlmann Jan 3 ’12 at 4:06
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As I mentioned above, there is some software available to make the BrickLink shopping experience more automatic, but I personally like shopping without the aid of a program that will do everything for me. Sure I might not be getting the very best price, but I can support some of my BrickLink favorite sellers. At any rate, I like to start any project by pulling up some of the rarest, most expensive parts I need to purchase. I do this by selecting those pieces individually and finding the cheapest prices on BrickLink for them.
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But while they are great for specific parts, you should only use this service for a few rare parts you can’t find anywhere else. In my experience BrickLink prices are usually 30-50% below the offical Lego prices, or even more for very common pieces.

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