Why would I ask this…well…our 7-year old LOVES LEGO bricks, but as you know, new sets can get expensive QUICKLY.
One of the best gifts my son EVER received was a bulk container of my childhood LEGO bricks from the 1980’s. Grandad unpacked them from the garage and split the lot between his two grandsons for Christmas.
BIG TIME WIN!
(Plus, I spent several hours that day recreating sets from my childhood, because of course my Dad saved the instructions, too!)
We were thinking we could once again use a large bulk set of LEGO bricks to replenish our collection, so we recently turned to EBAY. (We checked Facebook marketplace, but our area had very little options for LEGOs). During our search, I kept seeing assortments listed as 10lb sets. I had no idea what brick count that might be, so I turned to good ‘ole Google.
What did we find?
WIRED magazine’s writer, Doug Cornelius, ran an experiment and wrote about it in his article, “Finding Lego Bricks in Bulk.”
What do you get when you order 10 pounds of Lego bricks? According to our barely scientific measurements, about 3,000 pieces.Doug Cornelius, WIRED.com
3K LEGOs sounded like a good deal to me, especially as you can purchase 10lb bulk boxes from $20 to $50 + shipping.
Our first bulk purchase was a complete success!
Our son spent an hour or more sorting out all the NEW, and VERY COOL pieces.
“YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS!”
“OH MY GOOOODNESS!”
“LOOK AT THIS!
and more…over, and over, and over!
Our bulk LEGO set had many full LEGO Bionicles (from early 2000’s) in it. As these are new to us, we didn’t know how to put them together, but again, Google served us well. We quickly located building instructions for 3 or 4 of the Bionicles included in our bulk set.
Should you buy LEGO in bulk? Yes, we recommend bulk used LEGO brick purchases.
So, if you’re considering purchasing used LEGO sets in bulk, our advice is to go for it. Our box was FULL of many very useful bricks for building robots, animals, vehicles and structures plus very unique pieces from the Bionicle sets.
And, NOPE, we did NOT count our pieces, so we can neither confirm or discredit our suggestion that 10 lbs of bulk LEGO bricks equal 3,000 bricks.
Happy building (and shopping!).
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