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Unusually high number of sold out sets on Lego.com
It looks like a real inventory problem at Lego. Grand Emporium, Town Hall, and Pet Shop all sold out, with only Pet Shop showing a future ship date. And a large number of the new Arctic City sets currently sold out (with 30 day ship dates).
Grand Emporium has had several "false starts" to EOL over the summer, where it looked finished, only to come back on-line. I wonder if the same will happen with Town Hall.
I regret having missed the full sized Tumbler and Exo Suit in early August but it looks promising that we'll get a chance at those in 2015.
I'm guessing that the reason for all this is a surge in popularity of Lego in general.
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HH is no surprise, it is near the 'typical' EOL date.
GE is likely gone for good one way or another by end of this year.
Batcave should be no surprise either, as I believe it has also been out for at least 2 1/2 years. From what I hear HE may be on its way out this year as well.
TB I'm guessing is also on its way out.
Now, If Arkham Asylum goes this year, that would be a bit of a surprise.
From sources in other threads, it sounds like the VW is round for another year, same with DS as well.
Sets have moved between these states in the recent past, so it is not too surprising.
As for production sets being out of stock on backorder, or even listed as 'sold out'. From what I hear, this is because LEGO makes sets in batches, and if they sell out of their existing stock, then it is on back order.
I think if the stocks cannot be replenished within 1-2 months of what their sold date would be, they are listed as 'sold out' until they can make them to satisfy orders within a certain time allotment from sold on date. Temporary out of stock is a new one that you see with the Idea exo-suit set, but not sure how that will translate into 'standard' sets.
RI, as others reported, will be back in stores only, not online from what I and others have heard, but again they had to go back to make more from 'scratch'
A set is sold out officially for me when it appear on LEGO's site with the 'retired product' tag on the listing otherwise you have to go by how long the set has been out in relation to its 'sold out' status IMO.
Or maybe that's just what I'm hoping. ;)
I was attracted to Lego initially from the investment angle, but I soon fell back in love with the product I knew as a kid. It just keeps getting better and better, and even when they make a misstep, Lego is nimble enough to keep this freight train running strong. Amazing, most of their strategies have been great - like the movie.
Here's what I've been wondering - how will the investors impact Lego. Investors defined as people who buy sets at retail to resell on the secondary market. My opinion is that Lego investing is still in its infancy and hasn't even formed a blip on the radar of supply and demand. I say this mainly due the amount of information returned on simple google searches on investor targeted sets (modulars for example). Try googling for up-to-date info on the topics we discuss on these forums and nothing meaningful comes up. That tells me that lego investing is still flying far below the radar.
For example, I've heard it said that you'll never make any money on the Death Star because everybody has 10 of them in the closet. I don't believe that the number of people involved in Lego investing at this stage could have any real impact on the secondary market. I think there has been one Prime-Time article on Lego investing that hit USA today and that was a few years ago - nothing since. The average Joe is clearly "not" on board at this time - in my opinion. If true, this should be great news for anybody hoping to make a profit by serving the secondary market.
I've tried to dig back through the forum to find proof, but can't find it...