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I built my first lego set in ages last week! It was awesome I was wondering why I stopped so I went to buy some more then I saw the price...
Keep an eye on brickingaround.com - an Australian Lego blogger who keeps track of all the sales and deals locally. There is plenty of activity in this space - I haven't paid anything near RRP in recent times. Also amazon's prices are somewhat fluid, it's worth a check there every now and then (eg they have at the moment the Pirate Roller Coaster for $75 (RRP $120), and shipping is free over $50, or with no minimum if you have Prime)
 

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Possibly. If you're buying Lego for investment do check the various advice sites - it's not always the obvious or large or limited sets that hold their value. A case in point - the most valuable set I had was the original Taj Mahal - biggest ever released at the time and only in market for about eight months I think. So what did Lego do but re-release it, and not only that, the re-release is identical.

The original Harry Potter wave I think is the most valuable (and was released before the change of the grey colours, so it is harder now to recreate them from parts). The later releases were more available and popular, although one of the last sets released, Diagonalley in 2011, is one of the most expensive on the aftermarket.

The best investment sets are generally those that have a limited release (like, for example, the ones given free with purchase - one of the recent Christmas giveaway sets can fetch a few hundred dollars now) or have rare parts (or better still, rare minifigures)

Start with brickpicker.com if you're interested in investigating further.

My philosophy is to buy sets I would enjoy building and displaying. If they turn out to be valuable then yeah, one day I may be able to sell and buy some more. That's quite different to investing. I think if I were doing it for investment there'd be a lot of chance involved. But possibly no more so than the stock market ;).

PS there are rumours of a "UCS"-like Hogwarts coming before Christmas. I think that's the one I'd go for, but those sets often stay in market for a long time (eg Disney Castle)
 

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walked into the local toyworld a few days ago.

picked up the tron lightcycles, good little build.
also recently picked up the back to the future brickheadz
 

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Even Mrs said holy **** as she is massive potter head

The postage quality ok from them?
Do they package well....for 700 bucks you'd hope so
 
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Re postage from Lego shop online - everything I've had has come in a robust box well packed with those plastic air pocket things, and I've not had damage. Others have occasionally reported shipping damage, but this is invariably sorted by Lego's customer service.

Local delivery is by the post office, just allow 2-3 weeks as it comes from Europe.

Oh, and as it's classed as a foreign transaction even though you pay in $A, you may find your bank adds the foreign transaction fee - on my card last time that was 3% so not insignificant.
 
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