This post is about a few ideas and observations since I started LEGO hobby.
LEGO is so versatile that there is not a single recipe to get started. Here’s a list of what I observed people do with their LEGO hobbies:
- Build official LEGO sets: LEGO has so many sets available it’s almost impossible to get all of them (It would cost a fortune too!)
- Build MOCs: Most fun path IMHO! Just use your own imagination, creativity and skills and build your own models.
- Buy LEGO sets and other collectibles (promotional items, keyrings etc)
- Buy and sell LEGO sets.
- Buy and part out sets and sell the parts/minifigures on BrickLink or BrickOwl
These paths are not mutually exclusive though. It’s very likely a collector might as well start selling some of the items for profit or to buy more LEGO.
My main goal with this hobby is to build my own MOCs and combine them with lights and electronics to add motion and bring more life to the models I build.
The easiest way to get started is to simply go to LEGO.com and buy some sets. Start small and cheap. Pick a theme that you are interested in (Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Ninjago, Minecraft etc) and pick a set you fancy. After you build it you’ll know if this hobby is for you or not. If not then it’s perfectly fine because you haven’t buried a lot of money. If yes, then you’re about to embark a long and fun journey!
Sourcing the materials
If you intend to create your own models it becomes tricky because you now have to buy individual bricks and pieces. There are a few ways of doing this:
- Buy some sets on clearance and part them out. “Parting out” means putting all the individual pieces in boxes/bins or whatever storage you’re using without building the actual set. It’s generally cheaper to supply the pieces this way.
- Buy bulk used LEGO: Possibly the cheapest way of obtaining parts. Some people are simply trying to get rid of their child’s old LEGO and don’t care about making a huge profit off of it. That’s where you come in! The biggest downside of bulk used LEGO is you almost always get a whole bunch of non-LEGO in the bulk. It can be some off-brand bricks, crayons, rocks, dirt, hair etc. So it’s a good idea to give them a wash before even touching them. eBay and Facebook marketplace are good places to buy bulk LEGO. Another downside is the amount of time you need to spend on sorting it.
- Buy individual parts directly from LEGO marketplaces such as BrickLink or BrickOwl
- Buy individual parts from LEGO Pick A Brick (In stores or online)
- Buy individual parts from LEGO Bricks and Pieces. It’s mostly meant to replace missing/broken pieces but can be used to order other pieces as well on the cheap side.
This post is just a few observations and opinions about how to get started and how to expand going forward. Hope it helps to give a broad overview for beginners like me.