A Fair Price for Darth Vader's Meditation Chamber? A Lego Price Analysis

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2021-06-04 23:30:03

Earlier this week I was taking a break from work and browsing lego.com (as one does), and came across Darth Vader’s Meditation Chamber (75296), which is newly available for preorder.

My first thought was “this looks nice, but $69.99 feels a bit steep for 663 pieces.” Being both a Lego and data nerd, I decided to see how good or bad this price actually is compared to other sets.

I searched for a freely available source of data on Lego set prices, but didn’t find any that were suitable to answer my question. After a few hours of frustration, I wrote a small Python script using Beautiful Soup to scrape brickset.com’s historical data on Lego sets dating back to 1980. Out of respect for the hard and excellent work of the Brickset team, I won’t be sharing the scraper code, but I have made the data set (scraped on June 1, 2021) publicly available. This is the first post in a series analyzing this data.

About a quarter of the sets do not have a Subtheme, but each set has data for every other column. We see below that most sets are classified as “normal” building sets, but there are some books and other types of sets present in the data.

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