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    In Depth LEGO Investing: 8068 Rescue Helicopter


    The 8068 Rescue Helicopter comes from the Technic theme. The set has 408 pieces. The set has a retail price of $39.99 USD. This means the set has a Price Per Piece (PPP) ratio of ten cents ($0.10 USD) per piece. There is another ratio that is called the Price Per Gram (PPG) ratio.The set has a weight of 0.65 kilograms, which is 650 grams. For this set it would be about six cents ($0.0615 USD) per gram.

    Unfortunately, the set does not come with any minifigures. The set was released in late 2010/early 2011. The set was retired in late 2012. This means the set was available on the retail market for about a year. Although the set was on the market for only about a years some stores still had the set for sale due to higher prices.

    Currently, the set has a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.71%, which is really good for two years. The CAGR is for the Technic theme is 9.43%. The set has a better CAGR than the theme by 9.28%. The set has a CAGR that is almost double its theme CAGR. Also the set has a better CAGR than the average CAGR for all the themes. The average CAGR is 11.36%. This means the set has a better CAGR by 7.35%. Let's look at a simple chart showing the monthly sold listings for the set new.

    • June 2012: 1
    • July 2012: 1
    • August 2012: 7
    • September 2012: 15
    • October 2012: 9
    • November 2012: 18
    • December 2012: 42
    • January 2013: 9
    • February 2013: 5
    • March 2013: 9
    • April 2013: 14
    • May 2013: 1

    According to the chart, there were 131 sets sold in the past year. This means there were about eleven (11) new sets sold per month on eBay. All this shows that there is an interest in the set, which means the set is a potential invest winner. Now, there will be a greater interest in the set because the set was recently retired. Now people will probably pay more to get the set, thus increasing the value of the set. Now, let's look at the sales trend for the set in the past year.

    • June 2012: $33.61 USD
    • July 2012: $32.47 USD
    • August 2012: $35.00 USD
    • September 2012: $35.72 USD
    • October 2012: $35.48 USD
    • November 2012: $38.33 USD
    • December 2012: $39.12 USD
    • January 2013: $43.96 USD
    • February 2013: $45.53 USD
    • March 2013: $50.33 USD
    • April 2013: $57.61 USD
    • May 2013: $56.35 USD

    This chart is very different from the other charts I have done. This chart includes the values of the set before and after the set was retired. According to my sources, which is brickset.com, the set was retired on October 30, 2012. Although the set was retired in late October, there still may have some sets sitting on some store shelves waiting to be sold, so I think that all the sets would be off the primary market by January 2013. Now, I will analyze both parts of the chart starting with before the set was retired.

    Before the set was retired, the set had a value below the retail price. Over the course of seven (7) months, the set had increased in value by $5.51 USD, which is about seventy-nine cents ($0.79 USD) a month. During those seven months the set was increasing in value for most of the time except for two months, which is July and October.

    After the set was retired, the set had rose above the retail price. Over the course of five months, the set had risen $12.39 USD, which is about $2.48 USD per month. During the past five months, the set has increased every month except for May 2013, when the set dropped $1.26 USD, or 2.19%.

    During the whole year, the set has gained $22.74 USD in value, which is about $1.90 USD a month. Hopefully, the set continues with this amazing growth in the future.

    Another aspect I look at is the Return On Investment (ROI). The ROI for this set is about 41% after two years. That is not bad considering that the set was recently retired.

    My recommendation is to buy this set. The set was recently retired and it is showing good signs of positive growth and investment potential. The set has a good CAGR of 18.71% and the set has been increasing in value a lot in the past five months. Overall, I think that this set has some great investing potential.

    Thanks for reading!

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