Pleygo: Netflix for LEGO Sets



So you’d really like to put together that 1,200-piece LEGO Millennium Falcon, but you’re not quite ready to drop $130 on it. (Besides, your long-suffering spouse has told you that the dining table isn’t a suitable permanent display area once you’ve finished.) Here’s a solution for you: Pleygo: you can rent the set for a fraction of the price, get the satisfaction of putting it all together, and then send it back and try, say, the 3,800-piece Death Star next.

Pleygo uses Netflix’s model. (Well, the DVD-in-the-mail model that is. I can’t wait for LEGO streaming.) You pay a monthly fee, between $15 and $39 a month, which lets you borrow one set at a time—the higher prices give you access to bigger sets. Shipping is free both ways, of course. And if you and your kids have sets you no longer want, you can even earn credit toward your account by sharing them.

The service launched in May this year and currently has about 5,000 sets in their system. Each set is sanitized before shipping it out again (though you’re responsible for taking it apart before returning it).

Pleygo is providing one 6-month membership to GeekDad readers. If you’re interested, simply enter your email address below—we’ll randomly select a winner at the end of this week and notify you if you’ve won! (Note: we will not use your email address for any reason except to notify the winner, and we do not share email addresses.) If the form below doesn’t work, you can click here instead.

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4 thoughts on “Pleygo: Netflix for LEGO Sets

  1. Finally! What a fantastic idea! I love the fact that you can now rent Lego sets instead of buying them. I can’t wait until the end of the week to see if I’ve won the raffle, I’m going to sign up TODAY!

  2. Ok, this sounds like a neat service for adults but there is no way this would be a good idea for my family. I have no idea how we would ever keep track of and return 3800 pieces of lego?! I get a bit weak in the knees even thinking about how I would have to regulate his play to keep the pieces from being absorbed by our general lego mass. I don’t think my son has one single set of lego that I could find all the pieces to right now.

  3. Sounds very cool.
    What level is the giveaway?
    I could easily see doing the lower level for a few months and once we have built all those increasing to the next and so on… My son oohs and aahs the Death Star each time he sees it (and I oooh when I see the price again…)

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