Free SG50 commemorative Lego sets from MOE being sold online for $100 and more

An SG50 lego set made up of 244 pieces and can be used to build three Singaporean icons - the Cavenagh Bridge, Changi Control Tower, and the Supertrees from Gardens by the Bay. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK/YS TAN/I'M A SINGAPOREAN ADULT FAN OF LEGO PAGE
An SG50 lego set made up of 244 pieces and can be used to build three Singaporean icons - the Cavenagh Bridge, Changi Control Tower, and the Supertrees from Gardens by the Bay. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK/YS TAN/I'M A SINGAPOREAN ADULT FAN OF LEGO PAGE

SINGAPORE - Lego fans have paid $100 each, or even more in some cases, to get their hands on a commemorative SG50 Lego set that the Ministry of Education gives to students for free.

On Thursday, a public group on Facebook called "I'm a Singaporean Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL)" was abuzz with information on the prices of these collectible sets, and opinions on people who were selling and buying them. The sets are being sold widely on popular buy-and-sell platform Carousell.

Each set is made up of 244 pieces and can be used to build three Singaporean icons - the Cavenagh Bridge, Changi Control Tower, and the Supertrees from Gardens by the Bay.

The gift, meant for students from primary level to junior college level, commemorates Singapore's 50 years of independence and is named "Building My SG: Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire".

One netizen, who goes by the name Y S Tan, on Thursday posted a photo of a set, and posted more photos as he took his fellow enthusiasts through the building process. He also posted a photo of a set that was being sold at $180.

One Facebook user Ken Yeoh said: "When there is a demand, the market forces will be at work. Just hope that we don't deprive our own children of the fun they can get by forcing them to give up their sets for parents to sell. That's sad."

While some sought to buy the set, others on AFOL discussed how they could buy the pieces on a website that sells them, and urged those who have instructions to make them available.

A check by The Straits Times showed that at least 17 sets were up for sale on Carousell on Friday morning. None of the sets appeared on another popular international selling site, eBay.

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