Senior builds up LEGO collection



The shelves in senior Borna Oghabian’s room are stacked, from top to bottom, with carefully displayed and lovingly put together LEGOs. Oghabian has collected over 150 seperate LEGO sets since he first began playing with LEGOs as a child.


Lego blockades and miniature toy creations make up the foundation of one senior’s favorite past time.

As an avid collector, Borna Oghabian has managed to amass a rich variety of knick-knacks and trinkets ranging from Lego to Pokemon cards to Rubix cubes. 

The pride and joy of his collection lies in his Lego sets, which he proudly displays. In total, he has amassed around 6000 mini-figures and over 150 separate sets.

“Legos aren’t [just] for kids,” Oghbaian said. “Whoever says that is definitely wrong.”

His collection includes large and particularly expensive lego sets like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon and Death Star. According to Oghabian, combined, all of his sets total out to around $50,000 – enough to put him through college.

Though Oghabian is aware that he could sell his collection for a massive profit, going through with the act has never actually crossed his mind. Instead, he intends to keep every Lego brick with the goal of doubling his collection over the coming years. Even though Legos already fill nearly every shelf in Oghabian’s room, he believes there is still room to expand his collection.

“My family says I should stop because I’m gonna run out of room, but I tell them I’m going to move into my [own] house and get the biggest sets,” Oghabian said.

LEGO figurines that senior Borna Oghabian has collected over the years. While his passion started as a child, he continues to adore LEGO-building today. 

His passion for building and collecting Legos developed at a young age. Oghabian’s parents directly contributed by buying him various sets as a child. From there, his collection expanded.

“My parents would buy me lego sets, and I just wanted them to get bigger and bigger, and build more complicated stuff,” Oghabian said.

He got his wish. Oghabian’s dedication to maintaining his collection impresses friends and family alike, including Nathan Sangria, who appreciates the enthusiasm it takes Oghabian to create and curate such a large-scale collection.

“I’m proud that he’s turning such an uncommon thing into something that he’s super passionate about,” Sangria said.

As he got older, Lego started to take on a different appeal, so Oghabian discovered a way to keep them interesting: modification. By adding electrical components to his Lego creations – including creating a driving Lego car with working headlights, and a fully-functional crane – Oghabian’s passion withstood his teenage years.

“I’m never going to stop because there is so much cool stuff,” Oghabian said. “It never gets old.” 

After spending nearly $10,000 on Legos, Oghabian has seen his collection move from a hobby into an investment. Though expensive, he finds it to be worth the money.

“It is very interesting, fun, and relaxing,” Oghabian said. “It’s my hobby. Whenever I have free time, I play with Legos.”