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.

142 set categories with average PPP and example sets

Doc Ock's Crime Spree

4 Juniors ($0.42)

Helicopter

Action Wheelers ($1.72)

Scorpion Tracker

Adventurers ($0.19)

River Heist

Agents ($0.12)

Chill Speeder

Alpha Team ($0.19)

Deep Sea Treasure Hunter

Aqua Raiders ($0.10)

Neptune Discovery Lab

Aquazone ($0.26)

Buckingham Palace

Architecture ($0.13)

Five Set Bonus Pack

Assorted ($0.15)

Wreck Raider

Atlantis ($0.14)

Musical Apple

Baby ($2.18)

Basic Box 5+

Basic ($0.38)

The Batcycle: Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck

Batman ($0.12)

The Queen's Room

Belville ($0.48)

Lewa - Master of Jungle

Bionicle ($0.25)

Wave Cops

Boats ($0.34)

The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build a LEGO Town!

Books ($2.77)

Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost ($0.20)

BB-8

Brick Sketches ($0.14)

The Hulk

BrickHeadz ($0.09)

LEGO XXL Box

Bricks and More ($0.09)

U.S. Flag

Bulk Bricks ($0.28)

Tokyo Pit Stop

Cars ($0.14)

Classic Knights Minifigure

Castle ($0.21)

Arctic Exploration Team

City ($0.17)

Creative Supplement Bright

Classic ($0.07)

Stylin' Citrus Jewels-n-More

Clikits ($0.24)

Rainforest Animals

Creator ($0.09)

NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Creator Expert ($0.09)

Community Workers

Dacta ($0.92)

Back to the Future Level Pack

Dimensions ($0.31)

Ambush Attack

Dino ($0.17)

Steel Sprinter vs. Mutant Lizard

Dino Attack ($0.14)

Baby Dimetrodon

Dinosaurs ($0.40)

Mars Exploration Rover

Discovery ($0.12)

Disney Castle

Disney ($0.15)

Extra Dots - Series 1

Dots ($0.10)

Emmet and Lucy's Visitors from the DUPLO Planet

Duplo ($1.12)

Fairytale and Historic Minifigure Set

Education ($1.01)

The Water Dragon Adventure

Elves ($0.11)

Stealth Hunter

Exo-Force ($0.10)

Fearless Fire Fighter

Explore ($1.42)

Perry Panda and Chester Chimp

Fabuland ($0.81)

Star Justice

Factory ($0.10)

Girl's Freestyle Set, 5+

Freestyle ($0.10)

Heartlake Supermarket

Friends ($0.13)

Town Master

Fusion ($0.16)

Nick

Galidor ($2.37)

Ramses Pyramid

Games ($0.13)

Firehouse Headquarters

Ghostbusters ($0.11)

Quidditch Match

Harry Potter ($0.15)

STORMER XL

HERO Factory ($0.26)

Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000

Hidden Side ($0.10)

Harley-Davidson 1000cc

Hobby Set ($0.08)

Nurse and Child

Homemaker ($0.37)

Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Ideas ($0.10)

Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb

Indiana Jones ($0.16)

Super Glider

Jack Stone ($0.51)

The Great Home Escape

Juniors ($0.19)

Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase

Jurassic World ($0.13)

Star Wars The Sith

LEGO Art ($0.04)

Wooden Minifigure

LEGO Originals ($4.00)

Fire Fighting Launch

LEGOLAND ($1.07)

Life Of George 1

Life of George ($0.24)

Imagine and Build

Make and Create ($0.05)

Mickey's Fire Engine

Mickey Mouse ($0.41)

Mindstorms EV3

Mindstorms ($0.66)

The Village

Minecraft ($0.13)

Iconic Pencil Pot

Miscellaneous ($0.29)

Krog

Mixels ($0.09)

Giant Truck

Model Team ($0.16)

Demon Bull King

Monkie Kid ($0.10)

Ultimate Macy

Nexo Knights ($0.15)

Gamer's Market

Ninjago ($0.19)

D.Va & Reinhardt

Overwatch ($0.10)

Golden Staff Guardians

Pharaoh's Quest ($0.21)

Treasure Island

Pirates ($0.25)

LEGO® Power Functions Motor Set

Power Functions ($2.57)

Mine Mech

Power Miners ($0.16)

Hub

Powered Up ($2.00)

Caterpillar and Friends

Primo ($2.04)

LEGO House

Promotional ($0.03)

Large Quatro Bucket

Quatro ($0.84)

Le Mans Racer

Racers ($0.22)

The Loader-Dozer

Rock Raiders ($0.24)

Space Rocket

Samsonite ($0.36)

Bracelet

Scala ($0.83)

The Mystery Machine

Scooby-Doo ($0.13)

Easter Egg Hunt

Seasonal ($0.15)

Starter Kit

Serious Play ($0.25)

Tender 4.5V Battery Red. For Trains with Battery Motor 810

Service Packs ($0.54)

Raid VPR

Space ($0.20)

McLaren P1

Speed Champions ($0.09)

Doc Ock's Hideout

Spider-Man ($0.16)

Flip Shot

Sports ($0.37)

Technojaw T55

Spybotics ($0.37)

Rey's Speeder

Star Wars ($0.22)

The Upside Down

Stranger Things ($0.09)

Nesquik Rabbit Film Set

Studios ($0.21)

Adventures with Mario

Super Mario ($0.32)

European Taxi

System ($0.09)

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Technic ($0.20)

Escape from Mirkwood Spiders

The Hobbit ($0.15)

Melting Room

The LEGO Movie ($0.10)

Stagecoach Escape

The Lone Ranger ($0.15)

Kwik-E-Mart

The Simpsons ($0.10)

Flying Time Vessel

Time Cruisers ($0.22)

Outback Airstrip

Town ($0.22)

Garbage Truck Getaway

Toy Story ($0.17)

Train Cars

Trains ($0.54)

Infearno Interception

Ultra Agents ($0.12)

Party Time

Unikitty ($0.22)

Viking Ship challenges the Midgard Serpent

Vikings ($0.11)

Showdown Canyon

Western ($0.22)

Firefighter

World City ($0.18)

World Race Buggy

World Racers ($0.14)

Sea Accessories

Xtra ($0.29)

Promotional Set

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: $1.43)

Larger blocks for toddlers.

Helicopter

Action Wheelers ($1.72)

Emmet and Lucy's Visitors from the DUPLO Planet

Duplo ($1.12)

Fearless Fire Fighter

Explore ($1.42)

Caterpillar and Friends

Primo ($2.04)

Large Quatro Bucket

Quatro ($0.84)

Junior (Average PPP: $0.54)

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

Doc Ock's Crime Spree

4 Juniors ($0.42)

The Queen's Room

Belville ($0.48)

Perry Panda and Chester Chimp

Fabuland ($0.81)

Super Glider

Jack Stone ($0.51)

The Great Home Escape

Juniors ($0.19)

Bracelet

Scala ($0.83)

System (Average PPP: $0.18)

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

Scorpion Tracker

Adventurers ($0.19)

River Heist

Agents ($0.12)

Chill Speeder

Alpha Team ($0.19)

Deep Sea Treasure Hunter

Aqua Raiders ($0.10)

Neptune Discovery Lab

Aquazone ($0.26)

Buckingham Palace

Architecture ($0.13)

Five Set Bonus Pack

Assorted ($0.15)

Wreck Raider

Atlantis ($0.14)

Basic Box 5+

Basic ($0.38)

The Batcycle: Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck

Batman ($0.12)

Wave Cops

Boats ($0.34)

BB-8

Brick Sketches ($0.14)

The Hulk

BrickHeadz ($0.09)

LEGO XXL Box

Bricks and More ($0.09)

U.S. Flag

Bulk Bricks ($0.28)

Tokyo Pit Stop

Cars ($0.14)

Classic Knights Minifigure

Castle ($0.21)

Arctic Exploration Team

City ($0.17)

Creative Supplement Bright

Classic ($0.07)

Rainforest Animals

Creator ($0.09)

NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Creator Expert ($0.09)

Ambush Attack

Dino ($0.17)

Steel Sprinter vs. Mutant Lizard

Dino Attack ($0.14)

Baby Dimetrodon

Dinosaurs ($0.40)

Mars Exploration Rover

Discovery ($0.12)

Disney Castle

Disney ($0.15)

The Water Dragon Adventure

Elves ($0.11)

Stealth Hunter

Exo-Force ($0.10)

Star Justice

Factory ($0.10)

Girl's Freestyle Set, 5+

Freestyle ($0.10)

Heartlake Supermarket

Friends ($0.13)

Town Master

Fusion ($0.16)

Firehouse Headquarters

Ghostbusters ($0.11)

Quidditch Match

Harry Potter ($0.15)

Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000

Hidden Side ($0.10)

Harley-Davidson 1000cc

Hobby Set ($0.08)

Nurse and Child

Homemaker ($0.37)

Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Ideas ($0.10)

Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb

Indiana Jones ($0.16)

Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase

Jurassic World ($0.13)

Star Wars The Sith

LEGO Art ($0.04)

Fire Fighting Launch

LEGOLAND ($1.07)

Life Of George 1

Life of George ($0.24)

Imagine and Build

Make and Create ($0.05)

Mickey's Fire Engine

Mickey Mouse ($0.41)

The Village

Minecraft ($0.13)

Krog

Mixels ($0.09)

Giant Truck

Model Team ($0.16)

Demon Bull King

Monkie Kid ($0.10)

Ultimate Macy

Nexo Knights ($0.15)

Gamer's Market

Ninjago ($0.19)

D.Va & Reinhardt

Overwatch ($0.10)

Golden Staff Guardians

Pharaoh's Quest ($0.21)

Treasure Island

Pirates ($0.25)

Mine Mech

Power Miners ($0.16)

LEGO House

Promotional ($0.03)

Le Mans Racer

Racers ($0.22)

The Loader-Dozer

Rock Raiders ($0.24)

Space Rocket

Samsonite ($0.36)

The Mystery Machine

Scooby-Doo ($0.13)

Easter Egg Hunt

Seasonal ($0.15)

Starter Kit

Serious Play ($0.25)

Tender 4.5V Battery Red. For Trains with Battery Motor 810

Service Packs ($0.54)

Raid VPR

Space ($0.20)

McLaren P1

Speed Champions ($0.09)

Doc Ock's Hideout

Spider-Man ($0.16)

Flip Shot

Sports ($0.37)

Rey's Speeder

Star Wars ($0.22)

The Upside Down

Stranger Things ($0.09)

Nesquik Rabbit Film Set

Studios ($0.21)

Adventures with Mario

Super Mario ($0.32)

European Taxi

System ($0.09)

Escape from Mirkwood Spiders

The Hobbit ($0.15)

Melting Room

The LEGO Movie ($0.10)

Stagecoach Escape

The Lone Ranger ($0.15)

Kwik-E-Mart

The Simpsons ($0.10)

Flying Time Vessel

Time Cruisers ($0.22)

Outback Airstrip

Town ($0.22)

Garbage Truck Getaway

Toy Story ($0.17)

Infearno Interception

Ultra Agents ($0.12)

Party Time

Unikitty ($0.22)

Viking Ship challenges the Midgard Serpent

Vikings ($0.11)

Showdown Canyon

Western ($0.22)

Firefighter

World City ($0.18)

World Race Buggy

World Racers ($0.14)

Sea Accessories

Xtra ($0.29)

Technic (Average PPP: $0.25)

Not studs and tubes, but pins and beams.

Technojaw T55

Spybotics ($0.37)

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Technic ($0.20)

Promotional Set

Znap ($0.18)

Constraction (Average PPP: $0.96)

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

Lewa - Master of Jungle

Bionicle ($0.25)

Nick

Galidor ($2.37)

STORMER XL

HERO Factory ($0.26)

Robotics & Electronics (Average PPP: $1.19)

Sets with electronics.

Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost ($0.20)

Mindstorms EV3

Mindstorms ($0.66)

LEGO® Power Functions Motor Set

Power Functions ($2.57)

Hub

Powered Up ($2.00)

Train Cars

Trains ($0.54)

Other (Average PPP: $1.14)

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

Musical Apple

Baby ($2.18)

The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build a LEGO Town!

Books ($2.77)

Stylin' Citrus Jewels-n-More

Clikits ($0.24)

Community Workers

Dacta ($0.92)

Back to the Future Level Pack

Dimensions ($0.31)

Extra Dots - Series 1

Dots ($0.10)

Fairytale and Historic Minifigure Set

Education ($1.01)

Ramses Pyramid

Games ($0.13)

Wooden Minifigure

LEGO Originals ($4.00)

Iconic Pencil Pot

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!