A few weeks ago my family held a Non-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving dinner. I know that sounds confusing, but it was really more of an excuse to gather my extended family and friends and plow down a turkey we had in our freezer. Surprisingly enough, we had a blast and had little to no drama that is associated with a large family gathering. During dinner, my sister in law told us about a service that was sorta like the old school Netflix, but for Legos. In fact Pleygo is a non-lego, lego club. Sounds confusing right, but it’s actually a pretty unique idea that when my little guy is old enough, will bring hours of enjoyment to the entire family.
Non Lego – Lego Club?
Let me be exact for a change. Pleygo actually isn’t endorsed, supported, or otherwise sponsored by the Lego company. It isn’t the official Lego club. Lets face it, Lego makes money when parents buy lego sets for their little ones. Pleygo on the other hand is a Lego subscription service, so Lego only makes money off the initial sale to this company. This Lego club actually works just like the old school, non streaming Netflix service. You simply sign up for one of their monthly packages, and you get to load up your wish-list with the lego sets your little one wants. They are shipped one at a time to you and when your kiddo gets bored, you just mail it back in a pre paid package, just like Netflix. I can’t believe that someone hasn’t thought of this before!
During the conversation with my sister in law, we had a few questions that she was able to answer for us. It seemed like the entire family actually had a question or two and according to their website, they are pretty common. My concern was what happens if you lose a piece? Although my in laws haven’t lost any pieces that they know of (yet), if they do and it’s only a piece or two there is no charge. It’s all built into the monthly plan. She said that in the event they get a set that is missing a piece, they even come complete with bag of spare pieces just in case. My wife having the medical background in the family was concerned about the cleanliness of the pieces. Lets face it, kids put them in their moths, all over the floor, pets munch on them, oh and lets not forget about the contact with your feet when you find them at random late at night scattered around your house by stepping on them. It was quickly pointed out that each set is cleaned prior to shipment so they are germ free. According to their website, they use a sonic sterilization technique that gets them clean.
So how much for the Non Lego – Lego Club?
Pleygo rates are actually very reasonable. They start off at just $15 a month and go up to $39 a month. The difference in plans is really all about the size sets you can borrow. Pleygo has done a great job of making each plan really age and price appropriate. For example, the “Fan” level at $15 monthly will allow your child to borrow small to medium sets, the “Super Fan” level for $25 a month allows for medium to large sets to be borrowed, and the “Mega Fan” level for $39 will let you check out the super large sets. By the way, they have an awesome Star Wars Death Star that looks awesome! I think I would get the Mega Fan level just to be able to check that out!
Ok so how does adding another monthly bill equate to being frugal? I thought Frugal Florida Fun was all about finding new ways to reduce expenses and have fun? Well think about it, if you have little ones, and are constantly buying lego sets, they can really add up! If you check Amazon, lego sets range from $5 for a small vehicle set, up to $25 for a small house or building. Remember that Lego Death Star I personally want to play with? It’s on amazon right now for $399.00. Why spend all that cash on a one time Lego purchase when you can subscribe to this non lego club and spend $39, build it, play with it and return it? The really great thing about Pleygo, is that the service can grow with your child. Odds are you wouldn’t buy a huge Death Star for you 6 year old anyway, they would be just as happy with a maybe a medium sized set. As they get older you can upgrade your plan and change your wist list options. Since there is no commitment, you can cancel at any time just return the current set you have. If you kids get tired of Legos, then just halt the service and resubscribe at a later time. It really is that easy!
See What You Can Get With This Non Lego Club!
If you’re interested, checkout the Pleygo website, and see what sets you can check out. They have a great browsing feature that allows you to see what sets are available in each of the categories, so you can really get a feel for the service. If you have a ton of legos already floating around that you want to get rid of, you also have the option of selling your Lego bricks in bulk for Pleygo credit! If you have a complete set lying around they buy those too! If you have a kiddo or grand child that loves Legos, then you may also want to consider purchasing a gift subscription. Pleygo offers 3, 6 and 12 month packages which any kid (or even adult for that matter: (Hint, Hint to the wife!) would love to receive. My recommendation would be to check out this get non Lego – Lego club!
All membership levels include FREE shipping both to you and returned to Pleygo ad unlimited sets!
Fan – $15 Monthly – Small to Medium Sets
Super Fan – $25 Monthly – Medium to Large Sets
Mega Fan – $39 Monthly – Large to Super Mega Huge – Ginormous sets!
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