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They also massivly underestimated the demand for the sets AFTER the Lego Batman game came out- which meant that all the people that bought the game and then wanted the sets featured could only get them on the aftermarket. I dont think they were massive sellers when they were availible, but demand shot up when people couldn't get them, thus inflated prices to what they are now.
At the very bottom of the page where Lego has all the license info theres this paragraph...
"BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. WB Shield: TM and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s08)"
Seems strange that this is in the shopping section of the website but there are no Batman related items in the store....
Post edited by @Matthew 03/04/11 14:50 GMT
Reason For Edit: Spelling: Night - Knight
"The Dark Knight" is the seventh highest grossing film of all time, I think that had a bit more to do with second-hand Batman LEGO becoming so incredibly over-priced than "LEGO Batman: The Video Game".
Sorry about that, I was talking on the fone while I wuz tiping.
Lego sets are like any other FAD out there.. they carry a licensed theme for a while.. not many people buy them... and then when they discontinue them because of low sales.. years later people complain they didn't make them long enough..
What you people don't remember is that back in the summer of 2007 you could get all the batman sets for almost half price.. at that time no one seemed to want them on Ebay.. Now since you can't get them anywhere.. everyone wants them that missed out..
Right now would be a great time to get Prince of Persia sets before they are gone.. I stocked out last year when they were marked down at Walmart..
Every themed licensed sets goes dramatically up in value once they discontinue them..
It's basic supply and demand.. Economics. we all had that in high school..
If you want my advice.. from a collector.. I would buy as many POP (Pirates of the Caribbean) sets. they will be worth their weight in gold one day,,
Even if you do remake the Batman line.. the old sets will be worth even more than the new sets..
PoTC (Pirates of the Caribbean) is a more established franchise and thus there's maybe a greater chance that they'll become collectors' items. I'm not convinced, however. I'll probably get them anyway.
If you want sets with a higher likelihood of increasing in value, you probably don't need to look too much further than Star Wars; when the Death Star is discontinued it'll probably go the same way as the Falcon with respect to value I think. Other minifigure heavy sets like the Endor playset are also probably a good bet.
I've sorted it now.