Rare, Weird, Or Super-Expensive Lego Sets You'll Probably Never Play With
Not counting some bizarre missteps such as the Scala, Fabuland, and Jack Stone offshoots, Lego has had a consistently excellent track record of delivering awesome, long-lasting building sets since 1949. But let's face it: some of them are so rare, expensive, or just flat-out weird that you're never going to play with them, let alone collect them. Some really rare Lego sets, in fact, sell for more than 500% of their original retail price of just a decade ago. They're basically plastic gold.
This list features Lego sets that are prohibitively expensive, insanely rare, or repulsively engineered. They're the sets that live in the fringes of the Lego universe - the inbred cousins and snooty step-siblings of the mainstream Lego we all know and love.
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- 11,218 VOTES
Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon
Released in 2007, the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon is rare because it's the most expensive Lego set ever produced ($499.99) and the second largest (5195 pieces), meaning it's harder to find complete used sets. Lego stopped manufacturing it in 2009 and sold out of it in July 2010, meaning you'll have to pay about $4,000 to a collector to get a copy that's MISB (Mint in Sealed Box). See also: the 2008 Death Star, the second-most expensive set Lego ever offered ($399.99).
Newer expensive sets include the The Disney Castle and the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters, both $349.00.
- 2872 VOTES
Gold Chrome Plated C-3PO
Only 10,000 lucky collectors found this shiny C-3PO in specially marked Lego Star Wars-themed sets back in 2007. Rarer still are the 14 karat, solid-gold C-3PO minifigs that Lego gave away to five fans in a contest that same year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.
- 3851 VOTES
Sometimes the rarity of a particular Lego set is all about the minifigs. That's the case with the elusive and now absurdly expensive 2003 Star Wars Cloud City, which features four minifigs found only in this set, including a unique printing of fan favorite Bob Fett. It's also the first time fans could get their hands on a tiny Lando Calrissian, one of the early examples of Lego making a black minifig.
- 4873 VOTES
Mr. GoldPhoto: LEGO / via lego.wikia.com
Only 5,000 copies of this smug plutocrat were ever made, given away Willy Wonka-style in 2013 as a surprise in the tenth incarnation of Lego's Minifigures blind bags. Unlike regular minifigs made with Lego's standard acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, Mr. Gold thinks he's better than everyone else and has a chrome gold finish.
- 5767 VOTES
Taj MahalPhoto: Brickset / via brickset.com
Like the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon, this gorgeous Taj Mahal model is hard to come by mainly because it's so expensive. When Lego released it in 2008, it retailed for $299.99, which isn't that bad, really, considering it's the largest set they've ever produced at a whopping 5922 pieces (that's only 5 cents per piece). Since Lego stopped making it in 2011, it will cost you at least $2,000 to get a mint set.
- 6709 VOTES
4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition
It's bad enough that only 20,000 copies of this sweet remote-controlled 2013 Lego Technic 4x4 were ever manufactured, but Lego also decided to give all 20,000 copies a unique numbered license plate. So even if you and your friends were fortunate enough to snatch one up, your buddy might have a more impressive plate, such as the incredible "1 of 20,000."