Baby's collection suddenly worth a packet
"I think we were both in shock all night."LEIGHTON KEITH
A New Plymouth couple is facing a tough decision after discovering a coveted golden Lego man.
Marc and Jane Murray made the find - one of only 5000 figurines issued worldwide - when they started stockpiling Lego for their 8-month-old son, Arlo.
The couple bought six Lego mini-figurines from The Warehouse in New Plymouth at the weekend and decided to return for six more after they learned about the gold Lego man from a brochure in one of the first packets.
While waiting at the counter Mr Murray said he asked a boy what he thought about his chances of finding one of the sought-after figurines.
"He laughed actually and said ‘nah, not in New Plymouth, they're too rare'."
However they were "stoked" to find one of the special Mr Golds.
"I opened it and pretty much put it straight in there," Mrs Murray said pointing at Mr Gold in a display case.
"I was just in shock. I think we were both in shock all night."
The couple moved to New Plymouth from Dunedin six months ago and said the find was another reason to love their new home.
Mrs Murray said the discovery had made them the envy of all of their friends.
"I've told a lot of people about it and they've spent years collecting these things and never found one and we get one on our first day."
Initially the couple thought about selling the figurine, which has been fetching up to $1500 online, but they've now decided to keep it and see how much it appreciates.
"I do think about if we should be keeping it or not," Mrs Murray said.
"I would kick myself if we did sell it and then found out it could've been a university fund for Arlo."
Only 1676 Mr Golds have been found so far, from Italy to the USA, with 18 turning up in New Zealand.
In April a Napier Trade Me user sold a Mr Gold with a small scratch on the torso for $750, but several Mr Golds have been listed on eBay with asking prices of more than $1000.
Mrs Murray said theirs was in mint condition.
Mr Gold's bio says he is "shining and golden from the top of his tall tophat to the tips of his toes", and could be discovered in all sorts of unexpected places.
"He never seems to turn up exactly when and where you're looking for him," it says.
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