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Lego theft may increase.
French police have investigated an international ring of toy thieves with special affiliation for the colorful, interlocking bricks, according to a recent report from The Guardian.
In this case, three suspects were arrested for taking boxes of Legos from a toy store near Paris, with the aim of selling them in Poland, according to Le Parisien.
And it’s not just Europe. Lego robbery has also taken place in the United States. Last month, a man in Oregon was arrested after local police suspected him of stealing $ 7,500 for Lego toys.
There’s a lot of money in Legos. Lego sets come out in limited editions, and they will soon become collectibles.
There may even be a completely black market for the bricks, says Lego specialist Gerben van IJken to Scott Simon Weekend edition.
“Well, it’s very difficult to prove that it’s a black market. However, there are a huge number of collectors out there who are missing out on certain sets right now and are willing to pay a lot of money for these sets,” he says. .
Van IJken is an auctioneer on an auction site for collectibles. He says that the most valuable and in-demand sets are those in the original packaging, but not opened yet.
For example – Lego Café Corner, a set that was released in 2007 for around $ 150, can today run up to $ 3000 if kept in its original condition, says van IJken.
Other sets routinely fetch thousands of dollars from online marketplaces. Some sellers are asking for more than $ 3,500 for an unopened set of Lego Millennium Falcon.
Like almost everything else in the world, the pandemic can be a driving force behind this phenomenon.
“Especially during the lockout period, which we are in right now – it is still extremely popular,” van IJken adds. “And Lego sales are still extremely high, not only in the Lego Company itself, but also on our platform. We saw a 100% increase in sales over the past year.”
Peter Breslow and Kitty Eisele produced and edited the audio version of this story.