Author: Ananda

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SALE & GIVEAWAY(Legos and Other Small Scale Stuff)

It is time for a sale of my personal collection of Legos and other small scale stuff, including Zuru Mini Brands, The Simpsons’ Playmate Interactive sets, and dollhouse miniatures. I’m running out of space in my tiny condo plus I’m thinking of moving again, either back to California or (possibly) overseas! The items I plan to list for sale include used miniatures, but there are a few “exclusive” Lego sets that I received that I plan to offer. However, before that… A NEW GIVEAWAY!! While I plan to sell items on eBay, I want to give one lucky reader a...

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LEGOS AS AN INVESTMENT

While I – and many other adults – enjoy building Legos, I learned that many folks use Legos as an investment. A toy as an investment – what do I mean? A few months ago, I read an article online about how certain Lego sets appreciate in value far more quickly than the stock market. To be honest, the market sucks right now – I’ve seen the value of my retirement accounts drop 18% this past year. However, certain Lego sets have soared in value. For example, I received as a freebie the 20th Anniversary Star Wars set called Battle...

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LEGO GLOBE

I am a fan of Lego Ideas sets (discussed in an earlier post), such as the new Lego Globe. I gifted myself the Globe for my birthday – partly as inspiration to take up traveling again in 2022. It also helps that I, as a Lego VIP member, had points to redeem, thus bringing the cost of the Lego Globe down by $20. The Globe sells for $199 on Lego.com, when it is available. At the time I bought the set, Lego had a promotion and included a freebie. The Freebie I am a sucker for promotions and I tend...

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ZURU MINI TOYS

Mini Toys are a newer line ZURU created after its Mini Brands line became wildly popular. Mini Brands are miniature versions of household products and food products. After social media influencers started posting their Mini Brands reveals, kids AND adults began collecting these ZURU products. In fact, ZURU has a collectible guide included in each Mini Brands ball, letting the consumer know if any of their products are “rare,” and thus worth something. ZURU has several lines, including grocery products (Mini Brands), Mini Toys, the Unicorn Squad, the Dino Strike, Monster Trucks, and so on. A white ball houses the...

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FAKE LEGO SETS #1: Politically Incorrect

Friends often send me texts with some crazy Lego pictures, which -although funny- are definitely fake Lego sets. I am a little appalled by the sets that I discuss below in this first post on fake Legos. What motivates these sets’ creators to take a fun building block and make it into something offensive? This is the world we live in now. Incidentally, I pulled all these images from the internet and have tried to list the creator where I could. Oftentimes, the creator probably doesn’t want the publicity, so it’s difficult to “credit” the builder. WARNING: If you are...

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NEW YEAR MUSINGS

We are in a new year and I am looking at turning 60 at the end of the month. I had hoped the pandemic was behind us, but here we are – Year 2 and the omicron variant is running amok with new variants on the horizon. This does not bode well. I admit I am depressed. Part of the reason I retired early was to travel. International travel (or at least overseas travel) is out for now, which means my long-planned trip back to the U.K. is on hold. Perhaps in June things will settle down and I can...

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Lego Christmas Sets

Around Thanksgiving, I brought out my Christmas decorations, including my collection of Lego Christmas sets to adorn the mantel of my fireplace. I don’t have a lot of sets, but the centerpiece is definitely the Lego Creator Expert Gingerbread House, pictured below. I also have a Christmas carousel and a Christmas scene with a reindeer and elf. I also have – still boxed- the Lego Christmas Carol set, which is the featured image on this post. In case you don’t know, Lego often has freebies with purchases over a certain dollar amount. These freebies seem to be offered around the...