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25 Rarest Lego Sets (And What They’re Worth)

L-E-G-O. Toys don’t get much better than Legos—they appeal to both girls and boys, they’re constructive yet fun, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Next to my one-of-a kind teddy bear (That proved to be a good cuddle buddy at night), Legos were my absolute favorite toy.

And being a kid that wasn’t bathing in cash, I more often than not played with a random arrangement of legos over sets. I still remember the days of putting the final touches on my “Lego City” where pirates fought Han Solo and Chewbacca in the street—and where Batman and the Joker shared a cappuccino at a local bakery. Truly it didn’t look as good as I’m making it out to be, but for 11-year old me, all you needed for fun was a couple of bricks and a semi-good imagination.

Now, I did buy a few sets from time to time, but what always kept me from buying more was the outlandish prices. Even now, when I peek into the Lego store at an attempt to rekindle my childhood, I look around at the different sets and realize that even for adult me, Legos would break the bank. $60 bucks for the Ecto car from Ghostbusters! $140 dollars for the Batmobile!! And holy moly, am I reading this right? $800 for the Millennium Falcon!!!

For the most part, you get what you pay for when it comes to Legos, but these crazy prices truly begs the question: “Just how expensive can Legos get?” So today, instead of talking about games or movies we’re gonna look at the 25 most rare Lego sets and see just how ridiculously expensive they can get—I wouldn’t let your wallet look at this one.

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25 Star Wars Co-Pack (Naboo Swamp & Gungan Sub) - $856.90

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Talk about bang for your buck—there was a time when this 2 for 1 deal ran you $29.99 at Toys 'R Us. The problem with that now is you’re probably not going to be buying any legos at Toys 'R Us anytime soon... oh, and this deal is now offered for a ripe $856.90.

I even found a sealed version that is currently being sold for $1000, so make sure to add this to the list of things you should be kicking yourself for not investing in.

If that set sells, then the person will make $970 bacK. That’s more than 3000% profit (and maybe the most math I’ve done in years). The set was released in 2001, so make sure to be extra mad at yourself if you were an avid shopper at Toy 'R Us back in the early 2000s.

24 iFountain (Lego/Coca-Cola Employee Exclusive) - $958.55

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Here we have something truly unique, and kind of weird. Back in 2001, Coke was going around promoting their new modular soda machines that were supposed to be “integrated, intelligent, and individual” to each customer.

How Coke was going to pull that off is anyone's guess, because the project failed, but that didn’t stop the company from sending out promotional items like the Lego set we see here.

I was crossing my fingers in hopes that this was somehow functional, but sadly it’s just a small set that features no minifigures. If it seems boring that’s because it is; all you get here is the set, a kind-of cool message from Coke/Lego, and a few stickers.

23 The Legoland Train (Lego Fan Weekend Exclusive Edition) - $963.30

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Just barely edging out the iFountain is Lego’s Legoland Train that also happens to be a weekend exclusive, meaning there aren’t too many of these out there. The Legoland train might be small in size, but at least we get seven minifigures this time around.

The minifigures in this set range from the too cool for school kid who’s rocking the backwards hat to a hipster dad with his splendidly colorful shirt.

This set is quaint in all senses of the word, and would truly make for a fun gift to receive on a weekend at Legoland. However, these things were handed out back in 2014, and unless you’re willing to fork over $900+ dollars, then you’re out of luck.

22 Star Wars Y-Wing Attack Starfighter - $1130.50

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You’re going to find that with a lot of things on this list, the disparity between new and used is flooring. For instance, you can pick up this set for around $300 if you’re willing to get a few pieces that are a bit worn out. Or you can drop a grand if you prefer that every piece be pristine.

Yup, I was shocked too. Granted, new is always more expensive in basically, well, anything, but I didn’t expect the gap to be that large between new and used Legos.

All that being said, though, we do have a pretty cool set here for Star Wars fans that looks like a real model of the actual ship.

21 Market Street - $1152.35

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Funny thing is, I remember this set—it was around the time I was beginning to transition out of Legos and into video games (well, I guess I mean playing more video games) and I remember Lego was beginning to usher in this absurd series of lifelike Legos.

And the absurd part wasn’t the sets themselves, but it was the prices that Lego was slapping on them.

Granted, I don’t remember them being over $1000 dollars but I guess these sets were rare enough and valuable enough to make people fork over big amounts of dough for this particular set.

20 Lego Store Grand Opening (Glasgow Minifigure Set) - $1210.30

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Technically, this shouldn’t count as a set, but how in the holy heck did these three minifigures reach prices of over $1000? Their price is justified in the sense that these things are amongst some of the rarest Legos of all time.

They were exclusive to the store in Glasgow, Scotland and were only offered during the store’s grand opening.

Not sure how these three particular minifigures represent Glasgow, or even Scotland for that matter, but the plainness of these minifigures has in no way taken away from their worth.

19 Darth Maul Lego Head - $1254.95

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Holy smokes that’s a lot of pieces; 1868 to be exact. Back in my glory days when I was building with Legos, what seems now like almost every day, I don’t think I could even begin to approach a set of this scale.

This set might even be too complex for most engineers, leaving me hopeless if I ever had to build it.

Though I would love to have a Lego rendition of Darth Maul’s head just so I could place it in my room to be the ultimate bragging right. “Yeah, you know, that’s just my Lego Darth Maul head. It’s like 1800 pieces, nothing special.”

18 Rebel Blockade Runner - $1330.00

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From this point on, prepare to see A LOT of Star Wars themed Legos—because if there’s something Star Wars, then you better believe that there are thousands of nerds just clamoring at the opportunity to collect it.

That brings us to our next set over here, the Rebel Blockade Runner from A New Hope; and don’t let the box fool you, this thing is gigantic.

It almost beats the Darth Maul head in terms of pieces as it reaches 1746 separate Legos. It may not come with any minifigures, but this is one set that would look sweet in any Star Wars collection.

17 Rebel Snowspeeder - $1421.20

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Back to back Star Wars sets, and back to back rebellion themed Lego sets—I did warn you. This time however, we’re looking at a set from The Empire Strikes Back and we get to see one of the franchise's most iconic vehicles revisioned as a Lego set.

The thing that stumps me about this set is the fact that it looks like any old set that you’d see on the shelves of your local Kmart.

It’s got the bright colors of a generic set and the piece count doesn’t get too high as it only reaches 1457 individual Lego pieces. So it’s anyone’s guess as to why this beats out all the previous entries—guess people like this movie more.

16 Taj Mahal - $1422.15

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There’s always a point in collecting where you have to separate the boys from the men as you step into the tier where things get truly mind blowing—well, we’ve reached that point in our Lego list here.

Just look at this thing. LOOK AT IT! Not only is it massive, but it’s riddled with detail.

And don’t even get me started about how many pieces are packed into this thing. Ready for this? 5922 individual pieces… this set utterly destroys every set up to this in terms of scale and Lego piece count. This is the type of set that you see professional Lego builders (can’t believe that’s a thing) put together.

15 Eiffel Tower - $1455.40

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Continuing our theme of breathtaking lifelike structures, we now get to see the Lego rendition of the Eiffel Tower. It may not be anywhere near the amount of pieces as the Taj Mahal, but this thing is still massive and is truly a sight to behold.

Released in 2007, this set is actually scaled after the real Eiffel Tower (1:300).

It’s truly impressive to see just how far Legos can go, as I don’t think I could’ve ever imagined the plastic pieces that I used to throw at my sister one day going on to create something this jaw dropping.

14 Imperial Star Destroyer - $1603.60

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Ohhh, mama, this is daddy of all Star Wars Lego sets. At just over 3000 pieces, this set is something that every Lego and every Star Wars fan dreams of owning. But looking at this set, I don’t even know where to begin with it.

As a kid, I actually got an Imperial Star Destroyer for Christmas, except it was much, much, MUCH smaller than this monstrosity. But it came with minifigures, so suck it, $1600 dollar Star Destroyer.

For some reason, I’m just itching to see someone build this and then drop it off the Empire State Building or something like that. Something so beautiful deserves to fly, if only for a few seconds.

13 Lego Toy Fair 2005 Star Wars V.I.P. Gala Set (Vader) - $1672.00

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The interesting thing about this list is you’ll see sets that reach 5000 pieces, so it somewhat justifies the price, and then you’ll see sets that have less than 50 pieces somehow outrank them in price.

Well, that’s what we have here, a set that undoubtedly looks cool. But also makes you wonder how it got so ridiculously priced.

Well, the set was released back in 2005 to promote Revenge of The Sith, and since then it’s only skyrocketed in price. This set is so rare that I couldn’t even find a legitimate person selling it or even a someone showcasing it in a video—truly a rare set amongst rare sets.

12 Limited Edition Batman Announcement Set (Comic Con 2005) - $1708.10

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When I see sets like this, I almost immediately get depressed. Why, you may ask? Well, this isn’t a set that was released expensively or something that was even that hard to find, initially.

All you had to do was show up to 2005’s San Diego Comic Con and you probably had a good chance of grabbing one.

It didn’t take much effort, and all you had to do is hold onto one til now and you’d be making bank. Sadly, you and I probably didn’t make those decisions and now we’re looking at this throwaway Batman set that goes for $1700 dollars—depressed yet?

11 Grand Carousel - $1847.75

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And now we’re back to the nonsense, as we can see here. But at least with this nonsense we get to see some minifigures and a set that clearly has a lot of life in it. The Grand Carousel has just over 3000 pieces, and it gives us a glimpse at a big set that kind of looks manageable.

I’m sure once I start building this thing I’m in for a whole heap of trouble, but the Grand Carousel looks like it’d be a fun build.

Plus, there’s icing on the cake for this one, because this thing not only looks cool but it’s fully functional too. It comes with a remote control that allows you to really give your minifigures a ride they won’t forget.

10 Death Star II - $1971.25

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Well, if the Star Destroyer is the daddy of Star Wars legos than the Death Star II is the grandaddy of Star Wars legos. Just one look at this set and you’ll realize it’s a monster.

The detail is perfect, the size is perfect, the set is 1000% PERFECT!

You can’t really do better than this, and the crazy part is it only hits 3000 pieces. Which, yes, that still is a crazy amount, but it really makes me rethink just how big that Taj Mahal set was (5000 pieces). Still, I’d love to have this Death Star set in my life if only to hang it up as a Star Wars themed disco ball.

9 Statue Of Liberty - $2131.80

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We did it, people! My car cost me roughly $2000 dollars, and we finally broke that threshold. Somebody go pop some champagne, because I don’t even know how to react right now.

I can’t be too mad because it’s the Statue of Liberty, and it’s in Lego form! But I’ll still hold a bit of a grudge against Lego for having products that are worth more than my car.

Just think; instead of buying a vehicle meant for human-sized transportation, I could’ve bought 3000 individual plastic pieces and constructed them into a giant plastic piece. I sure did get a sour deal, now that I think about it.

8 Yoda Wearing "I Heart NY Shirt" (New York Toy Fair 2013) - $2276.20

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And now we’re in territory that is even more expensive than my car, but this time I think I’m ready to accept it because this set is truly unique. Yoda, in New York, wearing a "I heart NY" shirt.

After seeing this I could leave this world and be at peace—life’s basically complete.

What I like most about this set is the fact that there are only a few Lego pieces to be found here, and the rest are just the regular looking toy stuff. You also gotta appreciate the wall art here and the street signs—good work on this one, Lego.

7 LECA Automobile (LEGO Inside Tour Exclusive 2005 Edition) - $2351.25

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Anyone else scratching their head looking at this one? Well, I'm glad I’m not the only one because this thing looks like junk. And not the good junk that you see on American Pickers or Pawn Stars, this just looks like plain old junk you find in your Grandma’s attic.

The only saving grace that this set even has is the fact that it says “Special Edition.” But even that can only make me “ouuuuu” for so long.

What makes this even crazier is that there are two people selling this set right now for $3000 big ones. So if you happen to ever stumble upon this set at a flea market or in your Grandma’s basement, make sure to send it to me.

6 Collector's Edition Millennium Falcon - $2413.95

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The more Star Wars stuff I saw, I kept wondering well I wonder what new Star Wars set will top this one, and I wonder which one will top this one. But after I saw the second Death Star brought to life by Legos I stopped wondering what could top it, because it seemed like nothing could. Well, here we are.

Should’ve remembered that when it comes to nostalgia and nerdy Star Wars collections you always have to remember the Aluminum Falcon, or Millennial, or whatever.

Despite Star Wars being at its peak in terms of a polarizing its fanbase, we can all agree that we love this ride. Millennium Falcon, you’ll always have a place in our hearts.

5 The Legoland Train (LEGO Inside Tour 2014) - $2748.35

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Déjà vu much? If your memory still serves you (unlike mine) then you’d be quick to remember that this is the second time you’re seeing this Legoland train. And yes, this basically the same exact set as before, with maybe two big differences.

The first is that this set is a re-released version of the past set where only 80 were put into commission. And the second thing is pretty obvious, the PRICE!

The re-released version of this set makes our way into the top 5 and essentially destroying the first edition of this set. Do I understand why people would pay so much for the exact same thing? Nope, and don’t even want to begin to.

4 Han Solo On Tauntaun (Miniland Scale) - $3158.75

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Well, this is it for the Star Wars sets on this list—and what do we get to see be the crowning achievement of this series that has dominated Legos? The Star Destroyer? Nope. The Millennium Falcon?? Nope again.

The most valuable Star Wars set is a faceless Han Solo on a Tauntaun that looks straight out of K-Mart.

This thing doesn’t look pretty, really at all, but we guess that doesn’t mean anything to collectors because this thing is the first set we’ve seen on this list that has sold for over $3000. It’s weird knowing that this is the most valuable Star Wars set, but that’s just the way the world is.

3 LEGO Inside Tour Exclusive 2012 Edition Of Piper Airplane - $4016.60

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We’ve seen some expensive sets up until this point, but none that have reached the $4000 dollar mark. Well, Piper Plane and airport, you have the honors of reaching that landmark on this list.

This set is double the amount of money I paid for my car, making me seriously wonder if it’s time for me to upgrade my ride.

For a set that’s in the top 3, I have to say that this thing looks pretty dismal. Sure I’m happy to see minifigures make a return on this list after having a brief hiatus, but after the minifigs, there really isn’t much to go on about. Still, it’s double the value of my car so I guess it beats me there.

2 TMNT Antonio's Pizza-Rama (New York Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive) - $4276.90

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Yup. This is one that I didn’t see coming; the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make a splash into this list with one of the most expensive Lego sets on the planet—and it’s just a slice of pizza.

And let me say that it’s not even the best looking slice of pizza I’ve seen, like, I’m pretty sure that I can find a group of 5 year-olds who could do the same thing.

But the simplicity in this entry is one of the main reasons why I love it so much, because this meager set trumps the Eiffel Tower, the Death Star... even the Statue of Liberty. Once again, I couldn’t find anyone selling this one, meaning its worth really comes from its rarity.

1 H.C. Andersen's Clumsy Hans (Exclusive 2015 Edition) - $7375.80

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Last but certainly not least (especially in terms of price), we get a set that has sold for over $7000. That’s right, someone on this big blue Earth actually forked over 7 grand for a bunch of plastic pieces. If that doesn’t prove that Legos are the best toys, than I actually don’t know what will.

This set was only given to 80 Lego Ambassador members and many of the members today refuse to sell.

Currently, you can find one being sold for just over 2 grand, but that’s really the only one being offered. So if you’re looking to get the most expensive Lego set on this planet, there’s no better time than now (still would be more expensive than my car).

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