Selling LEGO® minifigures can be a fun and lucrative hobby, but it does require some careful sourcing, photography, and research. Here are some tips on how to sell LEGO® minifigures:
Sourcing LEGO® Minifigures, Pieces, And Parts
You can buy bulk LEGO® minifigure pieces off eBay or other online marketplaces, and then put them back together. Make sure that you are buying from a reputable seller, and check the condition of the pieces before purchasing. You can also look for LEGO® minifigures at garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets.
Use A Solid Background (White) For Photographing Minifigures
When taking photos of your LEGO® minifigures, make sure to use a clear white background to showcase the details of the minifigure. Use good lighting to show off the colors and details of the minifigure, and take photos from different angles to give potential buyers a good idea of what they’re getting. A photo of the front, back, right profile, and left profile, should suffice for photographing your minifig. If you are photogaphing, let’s say a LEGO® Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper, it might be preferable to use a darker, solid background to help the white of the armor stand out!
This minifig photography staging kit below is perfect for doing this right:
Ensure You Properly Research Your LEGO® Minifigures
Before listing your minifigures for sale, research what set the minifigure is from and whether it’s authentic. You can use Google Lens or other image recognition tools to help identify the minifigure and find out more about it. Sometimes, if you get a bulk buy of LEGO® minifigures, you might find yourself with some expensive LEGO® LOTR minifigures. You should also check the condition of the minifigure and make sure that it’s complete.
How Do I Accurately Price The Market Value Of My LEGO® Minifigure?
(A Super Quick LEGO® Minifigure Pricing Guide)
This is incredibly simple:
- Go on eBay
- Then type in the name of the LEGO® minifigure you have identified (as exactly as you can, and to the best of your ability)
- On the left hand side of the screen, scroll all the way down to “show only”
- Check the box for “sold items.”
- This will then show you what the minifigure sold for on eBay in chronological order, with the most recently sold listings appearing first!
Pro tip: Selling $1-$2 dollars below market value gets you a faster flip and happy customers if you are able to source LEGO® minifigures at a low cost.
Check For Areas Of Damage On Your LEGO® Minifigure
These small, plastic figurines made by LEGO® are known for their insane durability. These minifigs can last decades in near-perfect condition if stored properly. However, minifigs that have been played with frequently can show wear-and-tear, which will decrease their resale value. Check the back of the arms for cracks, the pegs behind the legs where the legs connect to the bottom half of the torso, and check the sides of the torso for cracks too. You cannot repair these cracks, but it will make you a reputable seller if you accurately report the conditions of your minifigs to prospective buyers.
Selling Your LEGO® Minifigures On Third Party Platforms
There are many third-party platforms that you can use to sell your LEGO® minifigures, such as eBay, BrickLink, and Amazon. Make sure to list your minifigure with accurate descriptions and photos, and price it competitively based on the rarity and condition of the minifigure. You should also be responsive to potential buyers and provide good customer service to build up your reputation as a seller.
You Sold Them, Now How Do You Ship Them?
You can use bubble wrap, bubble mailers, tissue paper etc…, and honestly, they will do the trick. However, if you want to keep your reputation high on third party platforms, I usually box my minifigs new or used, and also encase them in bubble wrap. This pretty much ensures nothing can happen to them I use the following materials off of Amazon:
How Much Are My LEGO® Minifigures Worth?
As for how much you can sell your LEGO® minifigures for, it depends on several factors such as rarity, condition, and demand. Rare and highly sought-after minifigures can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, while more common minifigures may only fetch a few dollars. To get an idea of how much your minifigure is worth, you can search for similar listings on the platforms mentioned above and see what they are selling for. You should also take into account the condition of your minifigure and price it accordingly. Remember that pricing your minifigures competitively can help you sell them more quickly.
What price can LEGO® figures fetch?
Depending on the platform you use for selling, the price of LEGO® figures sold by the pound typically ranges from around $5 to $12. If you categorize the pieces by color or theme, you might earn more.
Is BrickLink a profitable platform for selling?
The BrickLink marketplace is a great alternative to platforms like eBay for selling LEGO®. With significantly lower fees and a vast potential buyer base, it’s worth considering. However, it’s recommended to register a business before starting to sell on BrickLink.
Should You Begin Selling Minifigs?
Selling LEGO® minifigures can be a rewarding hobby that allows you to share your love of LEGO® with others while making some extra money for your new side hustle. By following these tips, you can become a successful LEGO® minifigure seller and build up your collection!