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Builders Club (BC) was a premium membership that granted users extra privileges on Roblox which could not be obtained by non-Builders Club users, such as a daily Robux stipend or the ability to make shirts and pants. These items enable much greater customization of users' avatars and their interactive creations.

There were three types of Builders Club memberships that a player could have purchased: Builders Club, Turbo Builders Club, and Outrageous Builders Club. Roblox cards (which were most commonly used to obtain BC memberships) could be purchased at various retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy, EB Games, and Walmart. When purchasing Robux, a user who had Builders Club would have received a somewhat significant bonus of more Robux with their purchase compared to a non-Builders Club member. Prices for both Builders Club and Robux varied between currencies, e.g. a user with their account's country set to the United Kingdom viewed prices in GBP rather than USD.

In early May of 2019, Roblox began to remove certain features that were exclusive to or a bonus for Builders Club members. On August 14, 2019, the Roblox Premium program began. On September 23, 2019, Builders Club was replaced entirely by Roblox Premium, which rolled out to all users by October 16, 2019. During the period in between, users who did not have access to Premium yet could still use BC with its remaining benefits.[1]

Builders Club variants

Former Builders Club

Former Builders Club was an unofficial membership reserved for players who had previously purchased any type of Builders Club membership. Members who previously purchased Builders Club, Turbo Builders Club, or Outrageous Builders Club had the same features as a free user but were still able to keep the Welcome to the Club badge, the hard hat corresponding to the Builders Club membership they had as well as the extra hats they were given if they bought OBC, and still stay in any groups they were in above the maximum limit of 5 (but will be unable to join new groups unless they go back down to only being in 5 groups or buy a new Builders Club membership).

Welcome To The Club Badge

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The Welcome To The Club Badge is a badge that was obtainable by purchasing any type of Builders Club membership at the time of their availability. It was released on October 14, 2014, along with the Official Model Maker badge. This badge would have also been obtained if a user's BC membership expired before the badge's release. The player can still keep this badge if his or her Builders Club membership expires. It is a permanent badge, unlike the other Builders Club badges. As of October 16, 2019, this badge has been retired and is no longer obtainable.

Comparison of Builders Club variants

The following chart compares and contrasts the membership types and the bonuses they had.

Note that the NBC Icon is unofficial, and although the Upgrade page claimed that OBC users had 70% paid access, it was actually 75%.

 
Benefits
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OBCIcon.png
Daily Robux Cross2.0.png 15 35 60
Join Groups 5 (100 as of now) 10 20 100
BC Only Places Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Create Groups Cross2.0.png 10 20 100
Robux Purchase Bonuses Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Welcome To The Club Badge Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Membership Badge Cross2.0.png
BC Badge.png
TBC Badge.png
OBC Badge.png
Membership Hard Hat Cross2.0.png
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TBC Hard.png
Obchardhat.png
Membership Gear Cross2.0.png
Sell Stuff Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Create Clothing Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Profile Icon Cross2.0.png BC.Icon.png TBC.Icon.png OBC.Icon.png
Player list icon Cross2.0.png

Icon BC-16.png

Icon TBC-16.png

Icon OBC-16.png

Trade System Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Developer Exchange (DevEx) Cross2.0.png Cross2.0.png Cross2.0.png Tick2.0.png
Paid Access 10% 70% 70% 70%
Bonus Membership Hats Cross2.0.png Cross2.0.png Cross2.0.png
Signing Bonus (first time only) Cross2.0.png 100 100 100

Membership Badges

Users who purchased a Builders Club membership would receive one of the respective badges. The badges could be kept until their owner's membership have been expired.

Roblox Cards

Originally, Roblox Cards with codes allowed the user to grant themselves the Builders Club. They were sold for $10-$200, $10, $25, $40, $50 $100 and can be found at various places like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, EB Games, 7-Eleven, etc. Toys "R" Us cards were released earlier than 7-Eleven cards, on September 26. 7-Eleven cards were released on October 1. After that was announced, card gears were released, also being the first gear costing Tickets.

Toys "R" Us cards can no longer be obtained as the company filed for bankruptcy.

Builders Club Purchases on Mobile

Builders Club purchases on mobile were different from purchases on the website. Unlike Builders Club purchases made by the website, app purchases are not recurring. There was an option to purchase 3 months of Builders Club, a feature not available on the website. Also, mobile app purchases are $0.05 more expensive than the website, likely due to the 30% fee Google and Apple charges for purchases. These purchases are also available through the Windows 10 app.

Builders Club Type Duration Price (USD) Price (GBP)
Builders Club 1 Month $5.95 £5.99
Turbo Builders Club 1 Month $11.95 £11.99
Outrageous Builders Club 1 Month $19.95 £19.99
Builders Club 3 Months $15.95 £15.99
Turbo Builders Club 3 Months $29.95 £28.99
Outrageous Builders Club 3 Months $49.95 £48.99

Discontinued features before removal

Discontinued benefits

These are the changes that were made, which took out the benefits of having a Builders Club membership:

  • In early May 2019, the 100 Robux sign-up bonus was removed.
  • Builders Club exclusive items have been made accessible to all players.
  • Builders Club only games have been made accessible to all players.
  • Builders Club beta features no longer exist (most were removed in 2011).
  • Creating badges has been made available to all players.
  • The feature for Creating a MEGA Place was removed in 2014.
  • The place limit has been set to 200 for all users.
  • Personal servers were removed in June 2016.
  • The group building was removed in 2011.
  • The feature that allowed users to get a Robux streak up to x3 has been removed.
  • Robux Purchasing bonuses have been decreased.

Discontinued membership plans

These membership plans can no longer be purchased.

Players were able to purchase Builders Club memberships that automatically renew monthly or annually. Previously, they could purchase memberships that last, 6 months or lifetime (100 years) up until August 4, 2015, when it was deprecated. Despite the inability to purchase this option, players with an active lifetime Builders Club members will continue to receive their Builders Club benefits for the duration of the purchased period.

Prices (in USD) Builders Club Turbo Builders Club Outrageous Builders Club
6 Months $29.95 $44.95 $69.95
Lifetime (actually 100 years) $199.95 $299.95 $349.95

Criticism

Multiple discussions within the community have occurred that debated the features a premium member has compared to a free member. Some features have sparked criticism within the Roblox community, such as members of the community believing that users who had purchased a Builders Club membership were less likely to be moderated on Roblox, though these reports cannot be theoretically proven. It has also received critique due to the assumption that online daters purchase memberships to show off their "wealth."

In January 2019, Roblox unexpectedly changed the icons of the BC and OBC to TBC, and the majority of the users supspected that their membership (either BC or OBC), out of nowhere, changed to Turbo Builders Club. This issue has outraged a lot of users that their prior membership was changed to TBC. Despite that the users believed that their membership changed to the TBC, their prior membership was still highlighted, shown in the "Upgrade to Roblox Builders Club" page, and features still functioned to the prior membership. This issue has since been resolved.

Trivia

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  • On April 12, 2007, the 1st place winner team of the Paintball Tournament on Ultimate Paintball got free Builders Club and Robux.
  • From August to October 2009, the official Roblox Twitter account sent tweets about Roblox staff working on a project with the code name "Outrageous."[2][3] This was likely Outrageous Builders Club.
  • TBC and OBC were later created in 2009. OBC also had its own uniquely themed page before a change that brought it onto the main Builders Club page.
  • 6-Month and Lifetime (100 years) plans existed alongside Monthly and Annual, before being removed on August 4, 2015. Any users who purchased a Lifetime plan before its removal got to keep their "permanent" membership.
    • The lifetime memberships were then transferred to their respective Premium counterparts upon Premium's announcement.
  • On January 21, 2019, a glitch occurred in which all users with a membership had their membership changed to TBC. Some even received the TBC hard hat. This was a visual glitch and benefits were not changed.
  • Builders Club Hard hats were still obtainable even after not being displayed on the bonuses page.
  • When Roblox launched its Premium Features API, there were 2 endpoints related to canceling a Builders Club Membership & being refunded. If a GET request was sent to this endpoint, it would respond with how much Robux a user would receive. If a POST request was sent, it would cancel and refund the membership.
  • According to the Roblox staff, Builders Club was renamed into Premium because many new Roblox users thought BC was required to build things on Roblox.[citation needed]
  • Some Builders Club code remains on the Roblox website itself.

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