Customers snapping up new LEGO Technic sets could see a return on investment of over 50% this year.
Sets including the Ferrari F8 Tributo and 1960s Ford Mustang are being sold for more than one-and-a-half times their recommended retail price online, and the Ford F-150 Raptor is generating an ROI of over 35% when sold as used.
Sets like the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 and Bugatti Chiron are offering the best quality for construction, though the Sian and Chiron are failing to deliver a great ROI, often being sold for much less than they were originally purchased for.
Ferrari F8s have been selling for around £9 more than their original £17.99 RRP, with the Mustang sets swapping hands for £60 more than what they cost originally. This means the latter are the most valuable sets in terms of cash returns.
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Best value: ordered by best to resell new
|Car type||LEGO original price||eBay price (new)||Price difference|
|Ferrari F8 Tributo||£17.99||£26.99||50%|
|1960s Ford Mustang||£119.99||£179.83||50%|
|Ford® F-150 Raptor||£129.99||£180.00||38%|
|1985 Audi Sport quattro S1||£17.99||£24.73||37%|
|Toyota GR Supra||£17.99||£23.99||33%|
|Nissan GT-R NISMO||£17.99||£16.99||-6%|
|Jeep Wrangler Rubicon||£44.99||£42.00||-7%|
|McLaren Senna GTR™||£44.99||£39.95||-11%|
|Chevrolet Corvette ZR1||£33.99||£29.99||-12%|
|Land Rover Defender 110||£159.99||£139.95||-13%|
|2016 Ferrari 488 GTE||£169.99||£138.99||-18%|
|Porsche 911 RSR||£139.99||£84.99||-39%|
|Lamborghini Sián FKP 37||£349.99||£210.00||-40%|
The research, carried out by Vertu Motors, identified the Ford F-150 Raptor as the only pre-owned set in the Technic range to deliver any ROI. This emphasises the need for collectors to keep their sets boxed and in mint condition if they want to make a profit further down the line.
However, these models are seeing a wider release on 1st October 2021, meaning that collectors who do want to make a profit must aim to sell on their models prior to this date.
Best value: ordered by best to resell pre-owned
|Car type||LEGO original price||eBay price (pre-owned)||Price difference|
|Ford® F-150 Raptor||£129.99||£175.00||35%|
|McLaren Senna GTR™||£44.99||£40.50||-10%|
|Toyota GR Supra||£17.99||£15.99||-11%|
|Nissan GT-R NISMO||£17.99||£15.99||-11%|
|Ferrari F8 Tributo||£17.99||£15.00||-17%|
|1960s Ford Mustang||£119.99||£99.99||-17%|
|Jeep Wrangler Rubicon||£44.99||£35.00||-22%|
|2016 Ferrari 488 GTE||£169.99||£110.00||-35%|
|Land Rover Defender 110||£159.99||£99.00||-38%|
|Chevrolet Corvette ZR1||£33.99||£19.99||-41%|
|1985 Audi Sport quattro S1||£17.99||£10.00||-44%|
|Porsche 911 RSR||£139.99||£75.00||-46%|
|Lamborghini Sián FKP 37||£349.99||£165.00||-53%|
Sets that require substantial construction time are particularly appealing to new buyers. Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 and the Bugatti Chiron offered the longest construction times of all models assessed during the study. Construction time appears to be a big influence on price.
The Sian has the most pieces of all the Technic models and is also the priciest, coming with a £349.99 price tag. The Chiron had the second-biggest number of pieces and was priced at £329.99, making it the second-most expensive set.
Best value: ordered by most hours of fun
|Car type||No of LEGO pieces per set|
|Lamborghini Sián FKP 37||3,696|
|Land Rover Defender 110||2,573|
|2016 Ferrari 488 GTE||1,677|
|Porsche 911 RSR||1,580|
|1960s Ford Mustang||1,471|
|Ford® F-150 Raptor||1,379|
|McLaren Senna GTR™||830|
|Jeep Wrangler Rubicon||665|
|Chevrolet Corvette ZR1||579|
|Toyota GR Supra||299|
|Nissan GT-R NISMO||298|
|Ferrari F8 Tributo||275|
|1985 Audi Sport quattro S1||250|
Although the sets above are popular amongst new buyers, they fail to deliver big returns when they are sold on. The Sian sells for around £140 less than its original retail price when placed on auction sites as new, losing £185 when sold as pre-owned. The Chiron loses £70 when sold as new and £165 when auctioned off as used.
Experts say Technic sets have become particularly appealing to LEGO collectors and players. Enjoyed by various generations of LEGO fans, this collection is having more products added to it each year. The figures these sets sell for even on a second-hand basis are testament to their enduring popularity.
A Vertu Motors spokesperson said: “Whether for play or profit, LEGO Technic sets are incredible pieces of construction for both kids and adults. And as more Technic sets are added to the mix every year, they are fast becoming one of the biggest boons for collectors.
“Here at Vertu Motors we’re always inspired by their collection of the world’s best supercars, along with some of the most iconic (like the 1960s Ford Mustang) and the ‘wonderful everyday’ vehicles (Land Rover Defender) which you’re likely to spot on the road.
“Analysing their markups is our way of admiring their stunning constructions and, when chosen correctly, coming away with substantial monetary gains!”
For further insights about Vertu Motors’ LEGO data, visit the Vertu blog.
Notes to editors
Vertu Motors ranked LEGO’s car collectibles according to three categories: potential resale value (for both new and used sets), hours of fun and price difference vs real life models.
Potential resale value was evaluated based on the used and new prices on eBay’s Buy It Now (Most Relevant) top result for their respective searches. These prices did not include postage and packaging and all figures are correct as of July 2021.
Real car costs were converted from dollars to pounds where necessary.
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About Vertu Motors
Vertu Motors is part of the Vertu Motors Group, which launched in 2006 and also trades under the names of Bristol Street Motors, Farnell Land Rover, Farnell Jaguar, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Macklin Motors and Hereford Audi.
Dealerships are established nationwide, from Morpeth to Doncaster, where the world’s top manufacturers, including Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Kia, are available for purchase.