8 Valuable LEGO Sets You Might Have at Home

People looking to make money could do worse than investing in LEGO. A 2018 study found that buying new LEGO sets to sell later yielded greater returns than stocks, bonds, or gold. Some LEGO products are more likely to multiply in value than others (e.g. anything with the name Star Wars on the box), but if LEGO collectors want to know if their old toys are worth cash, they should start by looking for these sets.

1. Millennium Falcon

LEGO is known for its elaborate Star Wars sets, and its Millennium Falcon model is the most sought-after of them all. The 7541-piece Ultimate Collectors Series edition, an update of the 5197-piece Millennium Falcon, hit the market for $800 in 2017, making it the priciest set the company had sold at the time. The toy was only around for a limited window, and now it sells on websites like eBay for more than $2000.

2. Hogwarts Castle

LEGO delighted Harry Potter fans when it released a detailed replicate of Hogwarts Castle in 2018. The set, which has over 6000 pieces, is a masterpiece of interlocking brick architecture. All of the building features that fans remember from the films—including the chambers, towers, classrooms, and even the Whomping Willow—are recreated in the toy model. Lego sells it for $400.

3. Taj Mahal

The 5922-piece Taj Mahal broke the record for most LEGO pieces per set when it debuted in 2008. That record has since been toppled by the 2017 Millennium Falcon, but the Taj Mahal is still legendary among LEGO collectors. It originally sold from LEGO for $300, and today buyers are willing to spend thousands on the classic set (Wal-Mart has two sets left, which are going for nearly $1500). The Taj Mahal model is so popular that LEGO relaunched the set in 2017. It's still available at the LEGO shop for $370.

4. Eiffel Tower

This 1:300-scale Eiffel Tower set from LEGO stands more than 4 feet high when assembled, making it one of the tallest LEGO sets ever made. The toy maker released the set in 2007 for $200, and while other Eiffel Tower LEGO models have been manufactured since then, none can compare to this stately structure. The set is currently available for $2757 on Amazon.

5. Death Star

The Death Star is another valuable Star Wars-themed product in LEGO’s collection. This set, featuring 4000 pieces, is available for $500 from the LEGO shop. When assembled, the 16-inch-high (and wide) model is good for more than giving your Luke Skywalker minifigure something to fly around; the interior chambers are exposed, so you can recreate several scenes from the film.

6. Cafe Corner

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In 2007, LEGO released the Street collection, which featured eight separate sets of buildings you would find on a city block, such as a pet shop, firehouse, and movie theater. The Cafe Corner set in this collection, featuring a little over 2000 pieces, sold for around $100 upon its release. Today it’s available on Amazon for close to $2000.

7. Disney Castle

The castle at the center of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is available as a LEGO set. The LEGO shop sells the 29-inch-tall Disney Castle for $350. With the 4000 pieces that come in each box, builders can construct a five-level palace that’s fit for a princess—or at least fit for the Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Tinkerbell minifigures included in the set.

8. Grand Carousel

With 3263 pieces, nine minifigures, and a motorized, rotating platform, the Grand Carousel is one of the more impressive sets ever released by the LEGO company. Even though it’s not attached to a particular property, it’s prized by collectors, fetching more than $2000 on online marketplaces. The set debuted at $250 in 2009 and was discontinued roughly a year later, and its limited availability drove up its value.

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Save Up to 93 Percent on 8 Gaming Accessories and Enter to Win a Free Nintendo Switch Bundle

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest video game consoles of the past few decades, with worldwide sales topping 55 million (that's more than the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, and it's only a few million behind the original NES). The problem with a console being so popular is that it's not always easy to spot one on store shelves. If you haven't had luck finding one in recent months, you can enter this contest to win your very own Nintendo Switch, along with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a pair of Switch-compatible Logitech wireless headphones, and a $300 Nintendo gift card. Head here for more details.

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8 British Expressions, Explained

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The British have many delightful and colorful expressions that often make no sense to the rest of the world. Luckily, Christopher J. Moore has decoded a number of them in How to Speak Brit: The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Load of Cobblers

This phrase, which means "a lot of rubbish or nonsense," has its origin in rhyming slang. The full phrase, Moore writes, is "a load of cobbler's awls," and awls rhymes with ... well, you can probably figure that out. So, don't use this one around anybody respectable.

2. How’s your father?

Brits are all about keeping things proper, so they’ve come up with many fantastic slang terms for referring to stuff that would be considered untoward in polite company. "How’s your father?" is one of these phrases. According to Moore, this turn of the century phrase was probably coined by comedian Harry Tate, who used it to change the subject when something he didn’t want to talk about came up. Eventually, it became slang for sexual activity.

3. All Mouth And No Trousers

Hailing from the north of England, this phrase is “used to describe a man whose sense of self-importance is in inverse proportion to his actual relevance,” Moore writes. The mouth refers to brash talk; trousers, of course, are pants.

4. Bob’s Your Uncle

It means “and there you are!” or “it’s that simple!” According to Moore, it’s thought to have originated in the late 1880s, when Arthur Balfour—nephew of the Victorian Prime Minister Robert Cecil—was appointed to be the Chief Secretary in Ireland though he had no qualifications. “So he got the job purely because Bob was his uncle,” Moore writes. “A nice theory, and no one has come up with anything convincingly better.”

5. By Hook or By Crook

“A very old phrase meaning to use any means possible and bearing no relation to criminals,” Moore writes. First used in the 14th century, it refers to peasants pulling down branches for firewood using either a bill-hook or a shepherd’s crook.

6. On the Pull

Another British slang term for something considered rude to talk about in plain terms. If you’re out at the pub and someone tells you they’re “on the pull,” it means they’re looking for someone to hook up with. Saucy!

7. Spend a Penny

This slang phrase for a visit to the bathroom “comes from the old practice, literally, of having to put a penny in the door of a public bathroom to use it,” Moore writes. It's only appropriate for informal settings, so don’t use it to ask where the restrooms are in a restaurant!

8. Sweet Fanny Adams

It means, essentially, f*** all, and though it sounds delightful, it has a dark historical origin: Fanny Adams was a real person, a child who was murdered and dismembered in 1867; she was nicknamed "Sweet Fanny Adams" during her murderer's trial and execution because of her youth and innocence. Not long after, the Royal Navy introduced tinned meat rations, which the sailors referred to as Sweet Fanny Adams, a reference to the crime. Eventually, Moore writes, “the expression spread into wider use as meaning something of little or no value, and was commonly shortened to Sweet FA. In modern usage the phrase has become crossed with another, more impolite FA, which also means ‘absolutely nothing.’”