One of the features in Issue #3 of our Newsletter was a piece about Lego, and the investment opportunity it can offer to the wise collector. For those who didn’t receive that edition of the Newsletter, the piece is reproduced below. (If you’d like to be added to our mailing list and be assured of receiving all future issues, then please complete the Subscribe form alongside.)

Lego – An investment for the future?

stormtroopers_01It’s official! Since the Danish company first started manufacturing their Star Wars ‘Stormtrooper’ mini-figures in 1999, they’ve churned out just over one billion – yes, a whole billion! – examples of the miniature warriors. That makes them officially the largest army in the world, outnumbering every human soldier on Earth by a factor of fifty to one. Be afraid … be very afraid, but only in a small way.

A Lego 10179 Millennium Falcon model dating from as recently as 2007 is currently nearing the end of its auction with Catawiki and is expected to realise over £4000 when the sale ends tomorrow. That’s a hike of nearly 800% over its sale price from just nine years ago, proving that toys can still be a wise investment, especially in today’s low-interest environment. But it’s not all about Star Wars (although hype helps!) and early Lego pieces across the board are starting to garner serious interest from collectors. Some of the individual micro-figures can command three-figure sums on their own, and as the Telegraph recently reported, Lego can prove a better investment than gold. Their feature from last December claims that the average Lego set has increased in value by 12% annually since 2000. Read the whole piece there: Better than Gold. Just don’t expect a Lego stormtrooper to be so rewarding … unless it really is made of gold!

newsletter_04As a follow-up, we checked, and hammer price for the Millennium Falcon was a mere £3,500 in the end, so not quite as high as predicted, but still an astonishing figure.