The Results

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The Top 5

#1:  MinifigBay (www.minifigbay.com)                                                  94%

mbay1MinifigBay came out on top as the cheapest place on the web in 2013 for LEGO accessories, figures and hard-to-find exclusives. The store’s large inventory has added to the popularity of this unofficial source of LEGO products.

Unlike many other stores, MinifigBay primary focus remains official LEGO parts rather than unofficial but LEGO-compatible parts such as those from manufacturers such as Mega Bloks, Sluban, SI-DAN and BrickArms.

Popular categories include Collectible Series and Theme Minifigures, Animals and Plants and Sets.

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Score: 94%
Ships: Internationally (from €2, $2.80)
Minimum Purchase: None
Payment Method: PayPal Secure Checkout
Checkout Mechanism: Guest or Sign-up supported
Accepted Currencies: euro, US Dollar, British Pound, Australian Dollar
Core Brands: LEGO

#2:  LaPetiteBrique (www.lapetitebrique.com)                                   72%

lpb-linkLaPetiteBrique polled second in the review thanks primarily to high scores in both the official and non-official Inventory criteria.

The France based store not surprisingly has a French language version which may suit some shoppers. The product range is focused on custom brands that are compatible with the LEGO products including SI-DAN, Arealight, Citizen Brick and Green Pea Toys although it does still have a decent LEGO range.

Expensive prices coupled with steep shipping rates resulted however in a poor score under the Price criteria which cost this store highly in the overall rankings.

This store also sells a limited stock of Used LEGO minifigures for those who don’t mind the odd bit of wear n’ tear.

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Score: 72%
Ships: Internationally (from €6.10, $8.30)
Minimum Purchase: None but minimum order quantity requirement for some parts
Payment Method: PayPal Secure Checkout
Checkout Mechanism: Requires Sign-Up
Accepted Currencies: euro only
Core Brands: LEGO, SI-DAN, Arealight, and 10+ more

#3:  Firestar Toys (www.firestartoys.com)                                            69%

fslinkFirestar Toys scored highly in the Inventory criteria but the cost of its products weighted heavily on its overall score.

Firestar Toys remains a good source for Clone Brand accessories and custom unofficial LEGO-compatible parts such as those from manufacturers such as Sluban and SI-DAN.

The store has a large LEGO figure and accessory inventory but at somewhat high prices. If you’re looking for LEGO sets, you won’t find much complete sets but may come across parts of sets for sale.

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Score: 69%
Ships: Internationally (from €2.35, $3.20)
Minimum Purchase: None
Payment Method: PayPal Secure Checkout
Checkout Mechanism: Guest or Sign-up supported
Accepted Currencies: British Pound only
Primary Brands: LEGO, BrickForge, SI-DAN and more

#4: Little-Legends (www.little-legends.com)                                      68%

llegendsLittle-Legends focuses primarily on making minifigures and minifigure packs using a mix of official LEGO parts and parts from other brands.

If you’re a fans of non-official compatible figures and accessories you’ll find plenty of bits n’ bobs to tickle your fancy.

Little-Legends is a good source of Military and Zombie theme figures and parts.

The store does have a limited stock of LEGO figures and parts. These tend however to be somewhat expensive.

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Score: 67%
Ships: Internationally (from €4.25, $5.80 )
Minimum Purchase: None
Payment Method: PayPal Secure Checkout
Checkout Mechanism: Guest or Sign-up
Accepted Currencies: British Pound
Primary Brands: LEGO, BrickForge, BrickArms

#5: BrickRepublic (www.brickrepublic.com)                                        66%

brBrickRepublic is a source for LEGO, compatible home brands and Clone Brands such as Mega Bloks and COBI.

Compared to the leading stores it has a relatively small LEGO inventory but it is a useful stop if you’re a fan of military with a large inventory of weapon packs.

This site may not be to the purists’ eye but can add another string to the LEGO collector’s bow.

Although the $10 minimum buy is not too difficult  to reach the BrickRepublic is not the most expensive store out there.

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Score: 66%
Ships: Internationally (from €4.20, $5.75)
Minimum Purchase: $10
Payment Method: PayPal Secure Checkout
Checkout Mechanism: Guest
Accepted Currencies: US Dollar
Primary Brands: LEGO, Mega Bloks, COBI, Oxford

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