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How to Buy LEGO on a $100 Budget

There’s no doubt that collecting LEGO can be an expensive hobby. In fact, I’ve found that LEGO sets are a lot like tattoos: people rarely only have one! As a lifelong collector, navigating the waters of budgeting for this hobby is one of the most common questions I get asked. Let’s explore some creative ways to buy LEGO on a $100 budget:

1. Choose a focus

By choosing a focus, this will help you fend off temptation to spend your budget on multiple themes. By choosing a focus, you can narrow your scope and buy a few sets to build a clone army, get most of The Avengers, or obtain most of the main characters from Harry Potter. Whatever focus you choose, this can help you from feeling overwhelmed with all of the options available for sets to buy when you walk down the LEGO aisle.

2. Six of One, Half-Dozen of Another

One of the unique aspects of collecting LEGO is army building, particularly in the LEGO Star Wars theme.

For example, getting a clone trooper from the Star Wars Black Series of 6 inch figures would cost $22.99, but the LEGO Star Wars 501st Clone Trooper set costs $29.99 and comes with five clones, a walker, a speeder, and some battle droids to fight against. While neither line of toys is better than the other (though I may have a slight bias,) it’s evident that LEGO offers an easier route to army build than perhaps any other toy line available today.

3. Go Big, or Go Small

In our hypothetical scenario of using a $100 budget, it can be easy to feel stuck with what you buy. $100 can get you some amazing Avengers or Harry Potter sets. It can also get you a bunch of great smaller City sets, or even a few medium-priced Star Wars sets. The options are endless, but one approach I always like to suggest is to think about your home’s display space. Do you have space to display a large build, or is displaying several smaller builds more feasible for you?

Either way, thinking about where your LEGO set(s) will live before making your trip to the store is a great way to help determine what the best option for you will be.

4. It’s Okay to NOT Be a Completist!

In today’s social media-driven world, it’s easy to feel the pressure of keeping up with the Joneses. As a content creator, I feel pressure to buy the biggest and best of everything LEGO puts out. While LEGO can be satisfying (and addicting!) we as collectors have to realize that at the end of the day, we can’t have it all. It’s okay to not have certain pieces in your collection.

If you choose a focus, it can really help alleviate the manufactured pressure of the need to own everything. Buying the sets, minifigures, and pieces that make you happy should always be the goal. As long as you’re enjoying your hobby, you are unstoppable!

Do you have your own approach on how to buy LEGO on a $100 budget? DM me on IG any time with your tips, and as always, stay inspired and happy building! 

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SUPES and Brad Review Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Supes and Brad

This film is definitely in the conversation for best MCU solo film.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights, introducing the first solo film for an Asian American Superhero, continuing the story of the infamous “Ten Rings” who were first mentioned in 2008’s Iron Man and giving us our first look at the real Mandarin.

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This film is a triumph on multiple levels, but the action and fight choreography is some of the best we’ve seen in a long time. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has obviously had some incredible action sequences over the last 20+ films, but we have never seen hand-to-hand combat done at this level. The speed, ferocity and choreography of the fight sequences will leave you in awe and the change in pace with the use of slo mo shots really enhances the overall experience.

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With a star-studded cast of Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Meng’er Zhang and Fala Chen, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings delivers a visually stunning, action-packed and heartfelt experience for both hardcore MCU fans and traditional movie-goers. We chatted with director Destin Daniel Cretton about this special project and the team that brought this story to life and this is what he had to say: “I feel extremely proud to be a part of this team. I’ve never worked on a team that was so diverse and so full of creatives who were really passionate about telling a story full of minority characters. I feel extremely proud of the movie we all worked on together and can’t wait for people to experience it.”

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings to life Marvel’s newest hero in the most epic way possible. Shang-Chi will easily be one of your favorite Marvel characters by the end of the film. Not only is he extremely skilled, but Simu Liu brought so much charisma, comedy and heart to the role. His co-star, Awkwafina shined as “Katy”, as we see her character grow both personally and professionally as she blossoms into a hero herself. It’s also worth noting—the chemistry between the two actors was phenomenal and garnered so many laughs from the audience. One performance that really stood out to us was Meng’er Zhang’s “Xialing” (Shang-Chi’s sister). She had some of the best moments in this movie and captured the audience every time she was on screen. Tony Leung was also fantastic as the villainous “Wenwu” and perfectly portrayed a loving, yet menacing father who just so happens to have been leading one of the most lethal criminal organizations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a very long time (The Ten Rings).

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The most powerful moments in this film are when Shang-Chi and his father share the screen. You feel the history and tension between the two, without them having to say a single word. It all builds to an epic finale that’s heartfelt, action-packed and visually captivating. The resolution between Shang-Chi and Wenwu was as satisfying as we hoped it’d be. Once the dust settles, there’s still more to this film and it’ll leave you even more excited for Shang-Chi’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an incredible addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is certainly in the conversation for best solo MCU film. Make sure to check out Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, only in theaters September 3rd.