Rare LEGO collection grows in value
LEGO has always held a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts. However, as the collectable giant turns 90 years old, LEGO sets are growing in value and interest, with one Victorian LEGO enthusiast sharing his prized collection.
LEGO blocks have been around since as far back as 1932, when founder Ole Kirk Christiansen began making wooden toys in his workshop in Billund, Denmark. It was two years after that when he named his company LEGO after the Danish phrase 'leg godt', which translates to 'play well'.
Since then, LEGO has become part of the fabric of childhood, with boys and girls all over the world building all sorts of creations, from houses and cars to more intricate collectable items like those from popular film series such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.
Love for LEGO has not slowed down in the 90 years since it was invented. More than one million Australians tuned into the finale of TV series LEGO Masters (which won the Best Presenter and Best Program categories at the 2022 Logie Awards), which can be credited to not only growing the passion for LEGO in its traditional fan base but igniting a love for LEGO in people who have never collected before.
One such collector is Aaron, who started amassing LEGO sets as a child, and never envisaged his collection would grow to be so rare or be worth so much.
Aaron’s fascination with LEGO started as a 10-year-old boy, when he used his birthday money to buy his first LEGO technic set, which unbeknownst to him at the time would spur his passion for collecting.
“I still remember walking out of Big W with this big box in my hand being the proudest child,” Aaron says. “I’ve still got that piece today.”