The LEGO Buyers Guide 2014

The 2014 guide to the purchase of your favourite plastic parts from unofficial LEGO sources

In recent years there has been a proliferation in the number of unofficial LEGO online stores servicing a niche market with which the LEGO Group and high-street resellers are not adequately catering for.

Many LEGO collectors want simply to cherry pick the parts and figures they actually need rather than having to buy a complete (and expensive) set that contains just a handful of what they’re really looking for. These unofficial stores allow them to do just this. In short these stores supplement LEGO collectors’ collections and enable them to build and display what they want, cheaper.

As with all businesses however there are the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Review

This guide rates some of the most widely used stores following a review of their key attributes; inventory, price, shipping and handling and checkout mechanisms. In essence, the key things buyers look out for. Read More

The Criteria

The evaluation and survey was based on 7 criteria (Price, Shipping, Inventory, Other Brand Inventory, Delivery, Service and Usability) each assigned a weighting of importance between 0.3 and 1.5. Read More

The Results…


The Criteria Explained | Best by Price | Inventory | Service | HELP

This Year’s Top Brick on the Block

mbay1 MinifigBay ( came out on top on both our public survey and research team reviews thanks to consistently high scores in all key criteria evaluated making it probably not just the best brick on the block but also the best brick for your buck.

The online store scored best in 5 of the 7 evaluation criteria and secured the much coveted Price and LEGO Inventory criteria with maximum marks.

Core Products Range:

LEGO Minifigures
LEGO Minifigure accessories
LEGO Animals
LEGO Plants
LEGO Parts
LEGO Box Sets and Polybags

The Top 5

Click to view the Top 5 unofficial LEGO stores and find out more about their pros and cons.