Over the last several years, The LEGO Group has seen increasing numbers in builders of all ages—with a double-digit growth in sales last year. Compared to the LEGO sets of the early 2000s and earlier, today’s LEGO sets offer something for builders of all ages, from sets aimed at kids like Minecraft, DUPLO and VIDIYO to adult-targeted sets like the LEGO Creator Expert Series cars and buildings or the LEGO Star Wars line’s Ultimate Collectors Series Sets.
In recent years, LEGO has taken intentional steps to invite builders of all ages and backgrounds to join the hobby, but with that comes the ultimate question: Where are the best places to buy LEGO?
Before you pull your wallet out, it’s important to know what type of LEGO set you’re looking for. Here are some quick tips before we get started:
⁃ Big sets cost more and take up more space, while smaller sets can allow you more space at a smaller cost.
⁃ When researching sets, remember that LEGO sets are only available for about two years. Then they “retire,” meaning that no new copies of that given set will be available. It’s best to buy “older” sets first, that way you have more time to save up for “newer” sets.
With that in mind, this guide will be broken up into two sections: the best places to buy NEW LEGO sets and the best places to buy RETIRED LEGO sets.