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well, could’ve done worse 😉
Now to find the Blacktron GWP on eBay...
G A H ! ! Curse you LEGO!
I was on the Lego website bang on midnight but there was quite a lot of traffic, so it took around 5 minutes of refreshing before I was able to add to cart and checkout.
I could and probably should have waited until the double points in March, or the May the Fourth promotion, but I've had that space reserved for it on my shelf since the rumours were first announced months ago, if I don't find something to put there soon, my wife will LOL.
Roll on the summer for the Tie Interceptor :)
I am Green (Grocer) with envy!
I did recently pick up an essentially complete UCS Grievous for $50.00, so I should probably dial-back my jealously.
Let us know how it turns out so we can both curse and congratulate you at the same time.
From the pictures I also see a small sliver of the Winter Village Bakery, I'm certain it's just a fraction so I'm not getting my hopes up. There are also a few tan brick walls, I cross referenced and it's from a Creator set but I won't turn those bricks down either.
So. I got a few sets for Christmas, including the DeLorean Time Machine. I heard about the Blacktron GWP but either didn't connect the dots, didn't think it would be so soon, or just thought it couldn't really affect what I was buying for Christmas.
Well, Christmas morning came and went and I opened up my stash of Lego (including some amazing gifts sent by my Secret Santa). But I didn't open or build anything - we've been feeling a bit under the weather the whole month, and we had visitors and house guests, and Cathy was really quite ill on Christmas Day (not ambulance ill, but she was in bed all day and couldn't eat the Christmas dinner she had prepared for us all). So I barely looked at the boxes, let alone started building!
And then the Blacktron GWP was announced. I was initially very happy, then a bit amazed at the threshold, then more than a little sad - there was no way I could spare further funds to acquire this excellent companion set to my Galaxy Explorer(s).
But then I had an idea. I hadn't touched my DeLorean. It was back in the Lego bag I had originally brought it home in, receipt and everything. I could take it back, get a refund and just buy it again.
It seemed rather straightforward. Almost too straightforward. I checked the T&Cs to see if there would be any issues. The only thing I could think of is I'd have to return the Christmas GWP at the same time, but that was an easy decision.
So yesterday I toddled along to my local LEGO Store, and said I was going to be cheeky, but did they have any Blacktrons left (they did - apparently there's a lot of them about).
I told them what I wanted to do, and apologised for the messing around. The supervisor completely understood and had no issues. Then came the interesting bit.
I didn't want to get a refund to my card and then have to wait until it cleared to buy it again, so I got the refund as a gift voucher. This was a little tricky, as the gift card takes about 10 minutes to be activated, but I could wait.
Then he scanned my DeLorean through the register to sell it back to me. And it came up at the pre-hike price of £149! Through the process of doing this, I had made £20! But I had to then spend it to get to £170 so I could get the GWP! So a quick dash around the store got me the Gandalf/Balrog set, and the Slave I microfighter!
So all in all I got the lunar pack, the Blacktron GWP, a LotR Brickheadz set and a SW microfighter for the princely sum of £6.98 and a Santa's workshop I probably would never have built anyway!
TL;DR: Lego's returns process gifted me with £20 of Lego and the opportunity to get the Blacktron GWP! Could not be happier!
I'm glad I went this route, because I of course walked back to the LEGO isle quickly while I was in-store, and it was pretty bare-bones. I didn't even see these two polybags out on the shelves or endcaps anywhere. I did end up grabbing a couple more of the newest DOTS extras packs though as well as a couple of LEGO books that were on clearance
Went to Barnes & Noble. They had two half full boxes sitting on a shelf. There were lots of the Rocking Horse Girl. I was able to get 6 of the 9 figures I was still missing. Of course the missing 3 I couldn't get there were the Falconer, Orc & Spaceman.
Decided since I was close to it I'd check Scheels again but struck out there. They only have some series 22 CMF's and a few polybags I already have. They had tons of the Duplo one that Lego is offering as a VIP reward.
Had to pass Walmart on the way home so I figured I'd give it a shot. They must have dumped a full box in the Minifig spot because I was finally able to get the Falconer, Orc & Spaceman. I didn't count what was there but I think it was a full box worth. But I only found 2 of the Spaceman which I took as well as all 3 Falconers and 2 of the Orcs. I left an Orc and everything else. The Minfig gods were smiling on me today.
I've got two 6 pack boxes arriving from Lego tomorrow so hopefully I get some more Falcon & Space army builders to add to my collection. I resisted buying doubles of anything else until I see what I get in the two 6 packs.
...bored while on the road can be like navigating a minefield. I will say that I'm thankful for the current VIP policy! Redeemed an oddball $84 bucks on this haul right at the register last minute - no voucher code required. Probably old news, but I haven't purchased in-store in quite a while.
I always forget about KOHLS. Might need to swing by there on a lunch run to see if I can get lucky with the few figs I'm after.
Another set I didn't know I need, and now I won't sleep till I get it.
(Also, my set tags don't seem to work so well anymore, it refers to forum searches instead of Brickset pages, did something change? It used to be # + set number, no?)