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#1 DaLittleEd

Posted 21 January 2020 - 11:14 PM

The 4yo has discovered a love of Lego. I am happy to support this as the amount of imaginative play, hand strength, logical thinking and fun from 2 small sets has been amazing.

So, what do I need to know about lego? It seems kmart is the cheapest spot, are there any sales or other places to look? And how on earth do I manage/store it all (I have already stepped on some - ouch!)?

#2 Bereckii

Posted 21 January 2020 - 11:25 PM

Kmart - yep, usually the cheapest.

#3 Ellie bean

Posted 22 January 2020 - 12:46 AM

Lego is the best! We have a slightly horrifying amount. Kmart is usually cheapest, target sometimes has good sales. Target sells packs of generic blocks (not lego brand but fits together and hard to tell the difference) that is good for plain coloured pieces as it’s a lot cheaper- ds mixes that up with his characters and special stuff.
The stuff that gets used all the time here is stored in office works drawers because Ds can easily sort through a drawer at a time.
Start the “you play with it, you put it away before bed” from the very start to minimise painful feet!

#4 Ellie bean

Posted 22 January 2020 - 12:47 AM

Eta these sort of drawers (but I know people have special lego tables that are no doubt much better)

#5 DaLittleEd

Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:07 AM

Those drawers look handy - I can see a set in our near future. Especially as all the family have asked what to get for the child's upcoming birthday and I told them Lego. Have already tried and failed with the packing up before bed, sigh, I may as well just embrace the chaos,.

I am loving how adaptable the Lego is, it makes playing a lot more interesting (for me) and diverse.

#6 Ellie bean

Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:34 AM

If you’ve asked for it fir gifts, it’s handy to know Kmart will generally let you exchange without a receipt- I have swapped a few double ups for ds that way

#7 Bearynice

Posted 22 January 2020 - 05:34 AM

Early builders often love the wheels and base plates to start. Sometimes you can pick up lego second hand on Facebook marketplace in bundles of pieces.

Get one of those bags with the pull along string ( bad description sorry) which contains “ free build” stuff. Just a bag with random bits in there.
The pull string makes for easy pack up.

Find a spot where he can place things he has made. Eg. A bookshelf. He might have made a cool vehicle or house that day but in room pack up might not want to wreck it.

#8 AllyK81

Posted 22 January 2020 - 05:54 AM

Set up the Lego play and storage area in a part of the house where it can be left a bit spread out. DS is 6 and he loves his lego. We have containers for storage and also a box for all the instructions (important that you keep these!!).

We do insist on it being ‘packed up’ before bed but he is allowed to keep special pieces he is playing with or working on on an extra desk we bought for his room. All the storage goes under the desk.

Have fun - we love lego!!

#9 Crombek

Posted 22 January 2020 - 06:04 AM

Run. Run now before you drown in it.

Seriously though, I also recommend those 5 drawer storage systems. And a dedicated Lego space if you can. We bought a cheap but huge coffee table with a shelf under it (1.5 x 2m) and attached lego plates to the top. It still ends up all over the floor. It is by far an away our most used toy though, I could probably get rid 90% of our other toys and they wouldn't even notice.

Edited by Crombek, 22 January 2020 - 06:05 AM.

#10 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 22 January 2020 - 07:29 AM

Our local Toy World has cheaper Lego for members, plus a Lego sale once or twice a year. And their range is bigger than the big stores.

My son is Lego obsessed. We have so much Lego I bought a school-room Lego table and it’s almost full!
We have this, which is overkill for you, but may be your future

Any draw system with big plastic tubs is good

And get your child to play on the floor on a big bed sheet. Then pack up is easy, just gather the sheet and pour it all into a tub.

Edited by ~LemonMyrtle~, 22 January 2020 - 07:29 AM.

#11 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 22 January 2020 - 07:32 AM

Kmart does everyday cheaper but Big W and Target with a 20% off will often match or be a bit better than Kmart. Myer prices even with 20% off, just doesn't get there.
Target's generic base plates and simple block sets are great for cheaply and quickly building up and free play set. They work well with real Lego. You also should get a few of the yellow Lego parts packs for more specialised pieces, wheels etc.
Agree with having a bookself or table to put partially or finished pieces on.
Those Lego mat/ storage bag might be helpful. It does require all the pieces not spread off them before packing up, but certainly would help not have to scoop stuff back into the box again. We store tiny pieces in a screw/ nail tiny drawer system and just put the bigger blocks in a Lego storage box.

#12 seayork2002

Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:39 AM

It breeds even overnight - we go to sleep wake up and it seems to grow just like that, alright a slight exaggeration but it is EVERYHWHERE!

My son only wants to do the kits but Big W has more range (of all the shops near us not saying all Big W's have it though)

#13 hills mum bec

Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:48 AM

Yes, Kmart is the cheapest for everyday prices but Big W & Target often have some great specials and even Myer sometimes have some really good deals and they often have sets that are harder to find.

View PostEllie bean, on 22 January 2020 - 12:47 AM, said:

Eta these sort of drawers (but I know people have special lego tables that are no doubt much better)

We have two sets of these drawers for our lego that are in a dedicated "lego space" in our rumpus room and a low table from Ikea to spread everything out on.  Our love of Lego started when my eldest was 4 and he is now 18 and still occasionally spends a bit of time with the lego and his youngest sister who is 8.

#14 Elsegundo

Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:50 AM

Don't buy fake Lego and mix. The fake lego doesn't stay together well, the people are really crap. Genuine lego has a great resale value in packs or random mixes ($20 per kg) more with mini figs or in sets. Having fake lego mixed in means nobody will buy it. Having a giant pull string bag that you cn wrap it in seems to work well.

Aldi have storage box thingies  (like organising boxes that pull out) at the ment according to a lego site I'm on if you're looking for serious storage!

#15 Ivy Ivy

Posted 22 January 2020 - 09:19 AM

Keep a list of the boxes you buy/they get.  It's easy to forget after years.  I just bought my kids a huge contruction box ($$$) only to have them announce "oh we already have that one".  They opened it anyway to make one of the other 3 things because an important piece of the 1st box was missing, but I wish I hadn't spent that much on what was essentially one piece.

#16 spr_maiden

Posted 22 January 2020 - 09:39 AM

We have underbed drawers from Ikea to store lego.  You could dump it all in loose, keep in bags or get small storage containers (with lids or not, like those clothing drawer dividers ikea sells). If opting for  loose, I'd think of a sheet or make a bigger lid to keep dust out (no night sneezing then lol).
We also have a foldable tray table that they like to put the pieces they are building with on. It's not big but they seem to like it as it is white so easy to see pieces,  and has a border so pieces don't fall off. Also,  they can leave that unpacked overnight with half built items and nobody gets sore feet.
There are brick reseller fb pages,  and if they lose pieces from a special set, online sellers that sell individual pieces. Agree with all PPs that Kmart has the best prices but places like toyworld or myer will have harder to get sets sometimes.
There's a fb page which lists current lego sales in Australia.  When Myer bricks n mortar and ebay Myer both have sales, there can be great discounts but sets go quickly.
I love Lego. I worry about the environmental impact, but apparently Lego is developing bricks made from plant cellulose or such.  Fingers crossed!!

#17 #notallcats

Posted 22 January 2020 - 09:55 AM

View PostEllie bean, on 22 January 2020 - 01:34 AM, said:

If you’ve asked for it fir gifts, it’s handy to know Kmart will generally let you exchange without a receipt- I have swapped a few double ups for ds that way

They don't anymore!  I've done it a few times no problem but tried recently and they said no.  Tried two stores too but they said no because it could have been bought anywhere.

I second buying genuine stuff.  The cheap stuff is awful to pull apart and doesn't last as well.  I have bought some of the (fake lego) figures off Aliexpress though as you can't seem to buy them separately here.

#18 Fluffy Potatoes

Posted 22 January 2020 - 10:27 AM

Ditto not buying imitation lego, not worth it IMO. Better off stalking gumtree etc and buying second hand if you want to buy basic bricks cheaply. Lego washes quite well in a delicates bag on the dishwasher top rack if you need to sanitise it.
As for storage, we haven’t worked out a workable system for us. We have a lego table, two of the draw string bags and a display shelf for special creations and it’s still all over the floor. It is contained to the 7yr olds room with a baby gate to keep out the toddler. Might have to give those storage drawers a go!

#19 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 22 January 2020 - 10:40 AM

Yes not all fake lego is worth it, but some is. Don't bother with Kmarts but honestly Zuru's and Target's are great. Anyway the patent on the Lego brick has expired and there are plenty of well made Lego add on products ( curved bricks etc) created by inventive people which are fabulous. You don't need to be a Lego "snob". Yes, companies shouldn't directly copy and reproduced a Lego set, but making bricks?

#20 Dadto2

Posted 22 January 2020 - 10:47 AM

We got an old coffee table and glued lego mats to it, so they can build on it. My kids have built an entire city! It's pretty cool.

#21 AdelTwins

Posted 22 January 2020 - 12:04 PM

We have the big sets in a bookcase and the loose pieces in one of these:
Separated by colour, base plates on the top. If you have a big enough room you can put 2 or 3 together.

We also have a Brikbag to tip the tubs onto: https://bttw.com.au/brikbag

#22 ~floss~

Posted 22 January 2020 - 12:39 PM

you could also look online at facebook marketplace and gumtree as lots of people sell tubs of it ! Saves lots of money. I once got a full City police set valued at over $300 for $50 !

#23 sahmie

Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:36 PM

I buy through the official LEGO shop a bit. The sets we get aren’t available in Kmart/target etc, and with the LEGO loyalty program, we end up with discounts to offset the prices.

I don’t agree about LEGO having a big environmental footprint, as it lasts forever, and is easily resold. Half of our collection would be 30+ years old.
I have a huge amount of duplo that is also 30+ years old. I’ve never had to buy duplo.
I can’t imagine a lot of LEGO ends up in landfill.

#24 Ellie bean

Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:46 PM

Yes my son plays with the lego my 43 year old brother had as a kid, it’s in perfect condition

#25 Tokra

Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:51 PM

We use a taller one of these to store lego.


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