The 10 rarest mass-produced LEGO kits
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Bat-Pod (5004590)
As a result of the collaboration of LEGO with DC Comics, the famous LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes line appeared, and later the separate The LEGO Batman Movie appeared. In general, sets dedicated to Batman are not too rare: they are produced in large quantities and are freely sold. But in 2015, the designer of Bat-Pod was released - an exact copy of the Batcycle from the Christopher Nolan trilogy. This is an exclusive set, made in the amount of only 750 pieces, and it could not be bought in a store just like that.
To get the kit, you had to be a VIP member of the LEGO club and, from July 1 to July 30, 2015, buy any kit from the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes line. Among the buyers, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Bat-Pod sets were also raffled off. You could increase your chances by buying not one, but several sets, but this opportunity was limited to one purchase per day. Today, Bat-Pod is the passion of all LEGO collectors.
LEGO Technic “4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition” (41999)
The beautiful sports SUV from the LEGO Technic line was not a truly rare set - its “circulation” was 20, 000 copies, and although its production ended in 2013, buying a kit is not a problem today.
Only there is one “but”. The fact is that LEGO decided to make one unique part for each of the 20, 000 sets - a license plate. That is, it is different for all SUVs, and in fact it is 20, 000 unique sets! So if you have such a set, know: it is the only one in the world, another one does not exist.
LEGO Star Wars "Gold Chrome C-3PO" (4521221)
In 2007, LEGO released a limited-edition series of C-3PO chrome robots C-3PO from Star Wars (respectively, in the LEGO Star Wars lineup). Today, the cost of such a figure among collectors reaches $ 500.
But this story also had a sequel. The five winners of the 30th Star Wars contest held the same year by LEGO Magazine received a similar 14-carat solid gold figurine as their main prize! Gold C-3PO is the most expensive and rare figure in the history of the company. It is interesting that until 2011 no one believed that the competition was really held, but then a man appeared on one of the fan forums whose son really won one of the golden figures. He brought photo evidence and asked how much such a figure could cost.
LEGO Ideas "Shinkai 6500 Submarine" (21100)
An ordinary-looking set depicting a Japanese robotic submarine appeared in 2010 in the usual amount of 10, 000 copies. The trick was that it was intended only for sale in Japan! There were not even boxes and instructions in other languages! Interestingly, this kit became the ancestor of the whole line developed by the Japanese division of LEGO Ideas.
LEGO Star Wars "Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon" (10179)
This kit includes 5195 parts - this is the second largest designer in the entire history of LEGO (the record holder is a model of the Indian Taj Mahal, which can be assembled from 5922 elements and which we will talk about below). Due to the abundance of parts and the end of the release in 2010 of LEGO Star Wars complete sets, the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon practically does not exist, and only unopened sets are valued among collectors. In view of this, the designer costs an average of $ 4, 000 today (however, at the initial price, he was the most expensive set in LEGO history, exactly $ 500).
Comparable in complexity, modern sets are the LEGO Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Headquarters (75827) with 4, 634 details and the LEGO Disney Disney Fairytale Castle (71040) (4080 elements). By the way, in the LEGO gamut, another set of LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (75105) is a smaller (1329 parts) and more common version.
LEGO Minifigures Series 10 (71001) - Mr. Gold, surprise figure
LEGO Minifigures is an entire lineup that includes various figures to fill in with the inhabitants of LEGO cities. Sets of mini-figures are actively produced now, and in 2013 the LEGO Minifigures Series 10 (71001) set was released. There were 16 figures in the standard set, but 5, 000 lucky ones bought an extended version with an “undocumented” figure - Mr. Gold. It was included in honor of the 10th edition of the LEGO Minifigures line and was coated with a brilliant gold plating. Included was a promotional code that allowed you to register your Mr. Gold on the official website and receive a certificate of compliance from the company.
LEGO Creator "Taj Mahal" (10189−1)
Actually, we already mentioned the Taj Mahal model: this is the largest model in the history of the company, it consisted of 5922 parts and was produced from 2008 to 2011. It's funny, but among collectors it is much less valued than the LEGO Star Wars "Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon". This is due to the fact that the Millennium Falcon is part of the Star Wars universe, without which it seems incomplete, and therefore even collectors who collect individual episodes (for example, all LEGO Star Wars) tend to get such a set. LEGO Creator “Taj Mahal” is a separate set, not related to any particular Universe, plus it is more uniform in terms of assembly.
LEGO Star Wars "Cloud City" (10123)
A set of 675 parts and 7 mini-figures was released as part of a collaboration with Star Wars in 2003 and at first seemed completely ordinary. But the future has shown that this set has certain features. Firstly. 4 out of 7 mini-figures have never been repeated - they are only in this particular set and nowhere else. Secondly, LEGO Star Wars "Cloud City" was the first set to include a black figure.
LEGO Studios "Nesquik Rabbit Film Set" (4049−1)
The kit, released in 2001 in conjunction with the Nesquik brand, was developed as part of the LEGO Studios line dedicated to filming movies. The director, cameraman, and cameraman cards already existed, and for this set they additionally developed the Nesquik rabbit figure. The set was never on sale - it could be received by residents of Germany, Australia and New Zealand by barcodes cut from Nesquik boxes and sent to the company office.
LEGO City Police Headquarters (585)
“Classic Police” is one of the most popular series in the LEGO City line. The first police department appeared in the company's gamut back in 1972 - even without men. Over the years that followed, many stations, crews, and police were released, but the first police station, which had a set of mini-figures, was most valued.
These are early mini-figures that did not yet have arms and separate legs and were produced from 1975 to 1978. The Police Headquarters set was released in 1976, and the ratio of the figures to the building in it is quite funny: the police do not fit in the door of the department, and when they try to pilot a helicopter they simply chop off their heads! Modern figures, which appeared in 1978, are already fully consistent with the scale of the sets.