Brick Insights Sets Statistics FAQ

Not comparing apples to oranges anymore

Price Per Part

Can we really compare Price Per Part (PPP) between sets?

A couple of weeks ago I received this question by Jared Hinton:

"Just a quick question on the PPP data. Most years have a average PPP of 20c+ per part. This sounds very high, especially when most sets come way under that (which are then marked as good value). Do Duplo sets get included in the years average PPP figure? Because they tend to be alot higher than LEGO sets. This is the only thing I could think of why the year average is almost double what I'd expect it to be."

This is a very good observation, and something I hadn't really thought about. I built the PPP comparison when Brick Insights first launched in 2018, almost as an afterthought. I wanted to see if a set was worth buying from a MOCing point of view, and threw it in to help guide me. It was definitely time to take another look at those calculations.

All numbers in this article are adjusted according to inflation to make them comparable over the years. This isn't something we did before this investigation, so thank you for that too, Jared! Check the FAQ to learn the details about this. All categories referenced in this article are collected from Brickset, where we get most of our set data. That's also in the FAQ.

138 set categories with average PPP and example sets

Bonus/Value Pack

4 Juniors ($0.41)

Remote Control Dozer

Action Wheelers ($1.69)

Temple of Mount Everest

Adventurers ($0.19)

Robo Attack

Agents ($0.12)

Alpha Team Secret Mission Collector's Pack

Alpha Team ($0.19)

Aquabase Invasion

Aqua Raiders ($0.10)

Sea Creeper

Aquazone ($0.25)

Burj Khalifa

Architecture ($0.13)

Super Value Pack

Assorted ($0.14)

Atlantis Super Pack 4 in 1

Atlantis ($0.14)

Bathtime Boat

Baby ($2.14)

Mosaic Dino

Basic ($0.37)

Batman And Joker (SDCC 2008 exclusive)

Batman ($0.12)

Sunshine Home

Belville ($0.47)

Skull Scorpio Mask

Bionicle ($0.24)

Firefighter

Boats ($0.34)

LEGO Minifigure Handbook

Books ($2.73)

Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost ($0.19)

The Mandalorian & The Child

BrickHeadz ($0.09)

LEGO Creative Bucket

Bricks and More ($0.09)

Flags and Posts

Bulk Bricks ($0.27)

Rod 'Torque' Redline

Cars ($0.14)

Classic Knights Minifigure

Castle ($0.21)

Fireman and Drone

City ($0.17)

Bricks and Animals

Classic ($0.06)

Letters & Keyring

Clikits ($0.24)

Cat

Creator ($0.09)

Old Trafford - Manchester United

Creator Expert ($0.09)

Sloped Bricks

Dacta ($0.90)

Buttercup Fun Pack

Dimensions ($0.31)

Dino Defense HQ

Dino ($0.16)

Dino Attack Parachute and Minifigure

Dino Attack ($0.14)

Baby Dimetrodon

Dinosaurs ($0.39)

Lunar Lander

Discovery ($0.12)

Aurora

Disney ($0.15)

Mini Frame

Dots ($0.11)

My First Giraffe

Duplo ($1.10)

Tech Machines

Education ($1.00)

The Elvenstar Tree Bat Attack

Elves ($0.10)

Bonus/Value Pack

Exo-Force ($0.10)

Bonus/Value Pack

Explore ($1.39)

Wally Walrus

Fabuland ($0.79)

Custom Car Garage

Factory ($0.09)

XL Bucket Red

Freestyle ($0.10)

Hot Dog Stand

Friends ($0.13)

Create and Race

Fusion ($0.16)

Kek Powerizer

Galidor ($2.33)

Limited Edition Box Set

Games ($0.13)

Firehouse Headquarters

Ghostbusters ($0.10)

Golden Snitch

Harry Potter ($0.15)

Unknown

HERO Factory ($0.26)

Possessed Biker

Hidden Side ($0.10)

USS Constellation

Hobby Set ($0.08)

Schoolroom

Homemaker ($0.36)

International Space Station

Ideas ($0.10)

BrickMaster (SDCC 2008 exclusive)

Indiana Jones ($0.16)

Fire Attack Team

Jack Stone ($0.50)

Edna Mode

Juniors ($0.18)

T. rex

Jurassic World ($0.13)

Wooden Minifigure

LEGO Originals ($4.00)

Weetabix Castle

LEGOLAND ($1.06)

Life Of George 1

Life of George ($0.23)

Bonus/Value Pack

Make and Create ($0.05)

Mickey's Car Garage

Mickey Mouse ($0.41)

Gyroscopic Sensor

Mindstorms ($0.65)

The Skeleton Defense

Minecraft ($0.12)

Fairground Accessory Set

Miscellaneous ($0.29)

LEGO Mixels - Series 9 - Display Box

Mixels ($0.08)

Hot Rod

Model Team ($0.16)

GigeByter

Nexo Knights ($0.15)

Lloyd

Ninjago ($0.19)

Ganymede

Overwatch ($0.10)

Skeleton Mummy Battle Pack

Pharaoh's Quest ($0.21)

Classic Pirate Minifigure

Pirates ($0.24)

Train Motor

Power Functions ($2.52)

Power Miners Promotional Polybag

Power Miners ($0.16)

Train motor

Powered Up ($2.00)

Flower

Primo ($2.00)

Valentine Panda

Promotional ($0.10)

Bag of Bricks

Quatro ($0.82)

Gearbox Pack

Racers ($0.21)

The Rock Raiders HQ

Rock Raiders ($0.24)

Swivels and Base Plates

Samsonite ($0.35)

Rings

Scala ($0.81)

Scooby-Doo Influencer Kit

Scooby-Doo ($0.13)

Valentine's Bear

Seasonal ($0.14)

Connections Kit

Serious Play ($0.24)

4.5V Motor

Service Packs ($0.53)

UFO Value Pack

Space ($0.20)

Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO

Speed Champions ($0.09)

Bonus/Value Pack

Spider-Man ($0.15)

French Team Bus

Sports ($0.37)

Shadowstrike S70

Spybotics ($0.36)

The Razor Crest

Star Wars ($0.22)

Barb

Stranger Things ($0.09)

Spider-Man Action Pack

Studios ($0.21)

Service Station

System ($0.09)

Stunt Show Truck & Bike

Technic ($0.20)

Micro Scale Bag End

The Hobbit ($0.15)

Unikitty -- CheeryKitty

The LEGO Movie ($0.10)

Colby City Showdown

The Lone Ranger ($0.14)

Kwik-E-Mart

The Simpsons ($0.09)

Time Tunnelator

Time Cruisers ($0.21)

World Cup Starter Set

Town ($0.22)

Carnival Thrill Coaster

Toy Story ($0.17)

Blue Track Layout Pack

Trains ($0.53)

Ultrasonic Showdown

Ultra Agents ($0.11)

Dr. Fox Magnifying Machine

Unikitty ($0.22)

Army of Vikings with Heavy Artillery Wagon

Vikings ($0.11)

Fort Legoredo

Western ($0.21)

Trains Value Pack

World City ($0.18)

Rocket Kit

World Racers ($0.14)

Botanical Accessories

Xtra ($0.29)

Unknown

Znap ($0.18)

Average PPP for each category

If Jared's suspicion is correct we ought to see that some categories have a much higher PPP than others, which would skew the comparison.

Since we've got the PPP for each set, it's a simple matter to calculate the PPP for each category by averaging all individual values. If we display the average category PPP in a bar chart, we can quickly see if some categories differ a lot.

Finding comparable categories

Alright, Jared's suspicion is definitely correct - some categories sway the PPP comparison. The best way to solve this is by grouping the categories into comparable chunks. We want to ensure we compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges, so to speak. Here's the breakdown I came up with. It roughly groups categories together by part types.

Now, armed with this data, we can compare a set with other sets that are similar. You can see the grouping below, along with the average PPP of all times. But stick around - we can also see how prices have changed over the years!

Baby (Average PPP: $1.4)

Larger blocks for toddlers.

Remote Control Dozer

Action Wheelers ($1.69)

My First Giraffe

Duplo ($1.10)

Bonus/Value Pack

Explore ($1.39)

Flower

Primo ($2.00)

Bag of Bricks

Quatro ($0.82)

Junior (Average PPP: $0.53)

Sets with larger parts, usually aimed at a younger audience to introduce them to the other themes.

Bonus/Value Pack

4 Juniors ($0.41)

Sunshine Home

Belville ($0.47)

Wally Walrus

Fabuland ($0.79)

Fire Attack Team

Jack Stone ($0.50)

Edna Mode

Juniors ($0.18)

Rings

Scala ($0.81)

System (Average PPP: $0.18)

The sets we most often think of when we think of LEGO. Studs and tubes.

Temple of Mount Everest

Adventurers ($0.19)

Robo Attack

Agents ($0.12)

Alpha Team Secret Mission Collector's Pack

Alpha Team ($0.19)

Aquabase Invasion

Aqua Raiders ($0.10)

Sea Creeper

Aquazone ($0.25)

Burj Khalifa

Architecture ($0.13)

Super Value Pack

Assorted ($0.14)

Atlantis Super Pack 4 in 1

Atlantis ($0.14)

Mosaic Dino

Basic ($0.37)

Batman And Joker (SDCC 2008 exclusive)

Batman ($0.12)

Firefighter

Boats ($0.34)

The Mandalorian & The Child

BrickHeadz ($0.09)

LEGO Creative Bucket

Bricks and More ($0.09)

Flags and Posts

Bulk Bricks ($0.27)

Rod 'Torque' Redline

Cars ($0.14)

Classic Knights Minifigure

Castle ($0.21)

Fireman and Drone

City ($0.17)

Bricks and Animals

Classic ($0.06)

Cat

Creator ($0.09)

Old Trafford - Manchester United

Creator Expert ($0.09)

Dino Defense HQ

Dino ($0.16)

Dino Attack Parachute and Minifigure

Dino Attack ($0.14)

Baby Dimetrodon

Dinosaurs ($0.39)

Lunar Lander

Discovery ($0.12)

Aurora

Disney ($0.15)

The Elvenstar Tree Bat Attack

Elves ($0.10)

Bonus/Value Pack

Exo-Force ($0.10)

Custom Car Garage

Factory ($0.09)

XL Bucket Red

Freestyle ($0.10)

Hot Dog Stand

Friends ($0.13)

Create and Race

Fusion ($0.16)

Firehouse Headquarters

Ghostbusters ($0.10)

Golden Snitch

Harry Potter ($0.15)

Possessed Biker

Hidden Side ($0.10)

USS Constellation

Hobby Set ($0.08)

Schoolroom

Homemaker ($0.36)

International Space Station

Ideas ($0.10)

BrickMaster (SDCC 2008 exclusive)

Indiana Jones ($0.16)

T. rex

Jurassic World ($0.13)

Weetabix Castle

LEGOLAND ($1.06)

Life Of George 1

Life of George ($0.23)

Bonus/Value Pack

Make and Create ($0.05)

Mickey's Car Garage

Mickey Mouse ($0.41)

The Skeleton Defense

Minecraft ($0.12)

LEGO Mixels - Series 9 - Display Box

Mixels ($0.08)

Hot Rod

Model Team ($0.16)

GigeByter

Nexo Knights ($0.15)

Lloyd

Ninjago ($0.19)

Ganymede

Overwatch ($0.10)

Skeleton Mummy Battle Pack

Pharaoh's Quest ($0.21)

Classic Pirate Minifigure

Pirates ($0.24)

Power Miners Promotional Polybag

Power Miners ($0.16)

Valentine Panda

Promotional ($0.10)

Gearbox Pack

Racers ($0.21)

The Rock Raiders HQ

Rock Raiders ($0.24)

Swivels and Base Plates

Samsonite ($0.35)

Scooby-Doo Influencer Kit

Scooby-Doo ($0.13)

Valentine's Bear

Seasonal ($0.14)

Connections Kit

Serious Play ($0.24)

4.5V Motor

Service Packs ($0.53)

UFO Value Pack

Space ($0.20)

Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO

Speed Champions ($0.09)

Bonus/Value Pack

Spider-Man ($0.15)

French Team Bus

Sports ($0.37)

The Razor Crest

Star Wars ($0.22)

Barb

Stranger Things ($0.09)

Spider-Man Action Pack

Studios ($0.21)

Service Station

System ($0.09)

Micro Scale Bag End

The Hobbit ($0.15)

Unikitty -- CheeryKitty

The LEGO Movie ($0.10)

Colby City Showdown

The Lone Ranger ($0.14)

Kwik-E-Mart

The Simpsons ($0.09)

Time Tunnelator

Time Cruisers ($0.21)

World Cup Starter Set

Town ($0.22)

Carnival Thrill Coaster

Toy Story ($0.17)

Ultrasonic Showdown

Ultra Agents ($0.11)

Dr. Fox Magnifying Machine

Unikitty ($0.22)

Army of Vikings with Heavy Artillery Wagon

Vikings ($0.11)

Fort Legoredo

Western ($0.21)

Trains Value Pack

World City ($0.18)

Rocket Kit

World Racers ($0.14)

Botanical Accessories

Xtra ($0.29)

Technic (Average PPP: $0.25)

Not studs and tubes, but pins and beams.

Shadowstrike S70

Spybotics ($0.36)

Stunt Show Truck & Bike

Technic ($0.20)

Unknown

Znap ($0.18)

Constraction (Average PPP: $0.94)

Action figure parts, basically. Definitely not system and barely technic.

Skull Scorpio Mask

Bionicle ($0.24)

Kek Powerizer

Galidor ($2.33)

Unknown

HERO Factory ($0.26)

Robotics & Electronics (Average PPP: $1.18)

Sets with electronics.

Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost ($0.19)

Gyroscopic Sensor

Mindstorms ($0.65)

Train Motor

Power Functions ($2.52)

Train motor

Powered Up ($2.00)

Blue Track Layout Pack

Trains ($0.53)

Other (Average PPP: $1.13)

Categories that are hard to group with the others. Not really bricks, most of the times.

Bathtime Boat

Baby ($2.14)

LEGO Minifigure Handbook

Books ($2.73)

Letters & Keyring

Clikits ($0.24)

Sloped Bricks

Dacta ($0.90)

Buttercup Fun Pack

Dimensions ($0.31)

Mini Frame

Dots ($0.11)

Tech Machines

Education ($1.00)

Limited Edition Box Set

Games ($0.13)

Wooden Minifigure

LEGO Originals ($4.00)

Fairground Accessory Set

Miscellaneous ($0.29)

And now, the ultimate question: what has happened to LEGO prices over the years?

With this grouping done we can do a quick calculation to figure out what the true Price Per Part has been over the years. Many people quote that a set should be priced at around $0.10 per part to be worthwhile. Is this the average?

Looking at the data, System and Technic sets have been pretty stable around $0.11 - $0.13 per part the last couple of years. Other categories are higher. We might need to revise that guideline a bit!

Play around with the chart below to have a closer look. You can toggle a category by clicking on it in the legend.

Fun stuff! How do I use it?

Whew, that was a rabbit hole, to say the least. With all of this done, the following things have now been improved on Brick Insights:

I have to say, doing this deep dive was super fascinating. I hope it'll prove useful to you. As always, let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements.

Hold on! I want to dig deeper into the data!

Happy to oblige - here's a bonus page with details. It contains charts displaying PPP and PPM for each category and comparable category over the years. Have fun!