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    Making Money off of Custom Lego Models and Minifigures


    Legos are an iconic toy. Through my work at www.BrickPicker.com, I have also found out they are valued as an investment vehicle for some very smart collectors out there. Year after year, new sets are released and older sets are discontinued, making those older sets more valuable with each passing year. But an untapped market within the Lego world is now emerging...Custom models and minifigures.  

     

    With the advent of CAD software for the Lego community, programs such as Ldraw(www.LDraw.org) give the amateur Lego bulider ways to record and document their creation's 'instructions.' For some talented people, this is a pathway to making money from their hobby. On any given day on eBAY, there are 5000+ listings for custom Lego models, instructions and minifigures. Obviously, someone is buying these custom Lego items.  

     

    As with anything, there are quality custom creations and then there is the garbage. As a Lego collector and fan, I have invested in a lot of these custom creations. Some people have a knack for creating some pretty cool stuff, that they sell on eBAY and make a pretty penny doing it. There is a huge amount of time invested in these creations by the builder. But that time investment is rewarded with numerous sales on eBAY. Let me share some of these custom creations with you...  

     

    One of my favorite custom Lego companies is ArtiFex Creations. They have a large presence on eBAY with their custom Lego lighting for various large scale models and a Lego 'cleaner.'  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Lego Brick Lights PRO PLUS Kit

     

      Artifect Creations Lego Custom Lights  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Brick Duster Kit

     

      Artifect Creations Lego Brick Duster  

     

    I have seen the lights on their R/C Turbo Tank model and they work great and have purchased the Lego Duster and it does a spectacular job of removing dust from my Lego displays.  

     

    They also dabble in model 're'creation. One such item is their Star Wars R/C Turbo Tank.  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Custom R/C Motorized Turbo Tank Instructions & Lights - Lego Star Wars 8098 7261

     

      Artifect Creations Lego R/C Turbo Tank  

     

    Awesome is all that I can say. I have bought and built this monster and it is something any Lego Master Builder would be proud of. Over 4000+ pieces, R/C controller that works multiple functions, lights, working rocket launchers, etc...It is a creation that took a year to make and I can see the love and effort that went into it.  

     

    Out of those 5000+ custom Lego listings on eBAY, the majority are for custom minifigures and their accessories. It is a huge market. Anything from custom weapons to headgear to entire figures, make up the major part of custom Lego creations. My favorite custom Lego minifigure creator is a gentleman by the name of Haunted Pirate. This guy comes up with some stuff that Lego was afraid to make. LOL. Minifigures replicating famous movie villains is his specialty. Characters such as Chucky from Child's Play...  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Lego Custom Horror Minifig Minifigure Display Chucky Childs Play

     

      Custom Lego Chucky Minifigure  

     

    Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street...

     

    EBAY LISTING: Custom Lego Minifig Freddy Krueger Halloween Display

     

      Custom Freddy Krueger Lego Minifigure  

     

    Jason from Friday the 13th

     

    EBAY LISTING: Lego Custom Minifig Jason Friday the 13th Movie Display

     

      Custom Jason Lego Minifigure  

     

    All in all, some awesome creations in my opinion and not a bad price. For a basic investment of anywhere from $30-$50, you can have a one-of-a-kind minifigure. He even made a couple special ones just for me. Pretty cool.

     

    Besides custom Lego models and minifigures, there is a large selection of custom instructions that use the LDraw CAD system that are for sale on eBAY. Instructions for Star Wars models such as the Imperial Walker...  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Custom Star Wars AT AT Imperial Walker are top notch.

     

      Lego Star Wars custom instructions  

     

    The most popular custom instructions are for the Lego Modular Buildings in the City/Town series. The Modular Buildings line of Legos were based on actual Lego fan's designs that Lego converted into actual sets. These sets can be combined to form an entire town block. Sets included buildings such as grocery stores and pet stores. Lego fans continue to produce new and interesting custom instructions for this Lego line and sell them like hotcakes on eBAY. Instructions like these hospitals...  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Custom Lego Hospital Instructions CD

     

      Lego Custom Hospital Instructions CD  

     

    EBAY LISTING: Custom Lego Modular Building Instructions Hospital

     

      Custom Modular Lego Instructions  

     

    are also top notch custom creations. As you can see from their listings, these designers have numerous types of buildings to compliment the stock Lego sets. So in conclusion, this author can safely say that the custom Lego market is growing year to year. The amount of 'custom Lego' listings continues to rise annually on eBAY and other Lego sites. Custom sets, instructions and minifigures are being created by the average Lego fan and being sold for a profit. Build or make a quality Lego creation and there is money to be made...a lot of it. All you need is a vision, some spare time and of course, some Lego bricks...
     

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    also another way to make money off of MOCs is by going to lego.cuusoo.com and submitting one your creations. If it gets 10,000 supporters LEGO will review your product and if they like it they'll sell it to the LEGo community. The way you make money is that you get 1% of the total net profits of the set. It may not seem like a lot but its better than nothing.

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    Excellent point...When I wrote this article, I was unaware of the LEGO CUUSOO program. It is indeed a very cool site: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ ,,,and really a fantastic idea.

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    I love how easy this part of the business is to get into! Have you seen some of the green ninjas people are selling? They go for like $15 and they're just the old ninjas with modern accessories! Clones are probably really easy to do this with, too...

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    Is a custom item really a good investment? It's true that these sets are one-of-a-kind, or at least rare, but will they really appreciate? I wouldn't think it would make a difference when a custom item is listed on eBay since, well, they're custom. They aren't official sets that have an End of the Line to boost their value, and the custom creation could concievably be sold again by the original seller. Does anyone else feel this way?

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    I take commisions for people, just finished a big mech that turns into a bear for a guy, you won't make back the time involved, but if you already enjoy building stuff with your lego pieces, go for it if you can

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