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Town Hall and Grand Emporium Retired!

Today, I called like 15 Lego stores in the US. None of them has Town Hall in stock. 7 stores told me Town Hall and Grand Emporium were officially retired together and they will not be getting any of them in the future.

I already got Grand Emporium, but still need Town Hall.

Anyone know if they will be back in stock on Lego.com in the future?


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  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    No, they are, like, retired.
    TheCableGuycaperberryPaperballparkjust2good
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,735
    I know brand store staff have been known to give unreliable information, but did you really expect a different answer on here than that given by the 15 stores you called?
  • broken_mopbroken_mop Member Posts: 5
    Matthew said:

    I know brand store staff have been known to give unreliable information, but did you really expect a different answer on here than that given by the 15 stores you called?

    I'm hesitating whether to buy one from amazon or ebay now or just keep waiting. Now Town Hall is like 300+ bucks on amazon and ebay.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    They're not going to get cheaper if they've retired. Which, by all accounts, they have.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    TH is discontinued but the odd set continues to filter through to the stores. It might be worth checking stores every day now that they are receiving their Christmas deliveries daily - you never know. However, the longer you leave it the closer it gets to Christmas and the higher the aftermarket prices will be.
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,620
    Is Amazon Europe no longer shipping to the UK ?
    or is this the Christmas embargo?
  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 674
    Wait until after the holidays to shop for one on the aftermarket. Prices will be lower.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    ^I'm not confident that they will be lower. In fact, they may go higher once it finally sinks in that these sets are indeed gone for good.
    pharmjod
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,918
    Oops... the TH was next on my modular list.
    jasorHangedSanchezyys4u
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    So glad I have no interest in modulars. Actually I have a used GE with box if anyone wants one.
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 883
    Glad I got both of them in time. They're still sitting in their boxes waiting to be built, although my GE's seal came open. It came directly from Lego so fingers crossed nothing's missing.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,310
    What is Town Hall? Isn't it called TH?
    Bumblepants
  • LeonCLeonC United KingdomMember Posts: 364
    Just broke the seals and started building my TH last night - very liberating :-)
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,916
    edited November 2014
    If Town Hall is gone, and I believe it is on its way out, I doubt very seriously that prices will ever again be as low as where they are today. I'm not saying that to encourage someone to spend over MSRP on it as it has been popping in and out at most the major online retailers off and on for the past couple of weeks. Good luck getting one there though. If you want it, I'd be trying to snag one when it comes in or look for a price that you can stomach elsewhere.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth USMember Posts: 1,430
    can we just merge this thread into the predictions thread and be done with it?
    TXLegoguy
  • squarebear47squarebear47 Ohio - USAMember Posts: 29
    Is this the shortest run for a modular yet? Glad I grabbed mine awhile ago.
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    I don't have one either but im hoping somewhere down the line someone doesn't have a GE that a can swap.
    TheBrickLadd
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    ^Same... :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446

    I don't have one either but im hoping somewhere down the line someone doesn't have a GE that a can swap.

    GE kinda caught people off guard, but TH definitely caught people off guard. I would think that a person would have GE before TH anyway. Might be difficult for an even swap though. TH was more expensive and I'm assuming was not stockpiled like GE.

  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    ^I agree if you're only looking at the prices, but desperate people do desperate things to minimize the pain of finishing a collection. None of the trades I've done with Brickset members were exactly parity, but I know I was happy with the outcome.
  • ericqqaazzericqqaazz Member Posts: 4
    My friend just received a letter from LEGO today saying that they are not making the Town Hall and Grand Emporium Sets any more. It is an official answer for the retiring question. Therefore, If you don't have one, must buy one asap :)
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 687
    I'm frankly amazed that GE lasted as long as it did; obviously it was a very popular set. TH is the next-oldest Modular on the market (Palace Cinema and Paresian Restaurant are newer), and I'm not too shocked that TLG is only keeping the two newest Modulars in production.
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,145
    ^ Don't forget about the Pet Shop.
    Pitfall69FollowsClosely
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,735
    I recently picked up the Pet Shop assuming that it would be the next to go so I'm fairly annoyed that the Town Hall overtook it!
    TheBrickLaddPitfall69
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 687
    Wow, Pet Shop is not retired yet? Any bets on when that one goes away?
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,310

    My friend just received a letter from LEGO today saying that they are not making the Town Hall and Grand Emporium Sets any more. It is an official answer for the retiring question. Therefore, If you don't have one, must buy one asap :)

    Who sent it? Customer services?

    Why did they send it? Did he have an order cancelled, or did he ask "can I buy this set?"
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    Matthew said:

    I recently picked up the Pet Shop assuming that it would be the next to go so I'm fairly annoyed that the Town Hall overtook it!

    I did the same. I do however have a spare GE and would trade it with some money from me to get a TH.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    I think it's safe to say that Town Hall will go down as the first dud modular. They should have really kept the $150 price point. Especially with the no discount policy. I bet even the Parisian Restaurant sells less because of it being ten bucks more.
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,525
    I've got a Grand Emporium and Haunted House out the way till the time is right.
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    mathew said:

    I think it's safe to say that Town Hall will go down as the first dud modular. They should have really kept the $150 price point. Especially with the no discount policy.

    To be fair, TH was released before the policy was put in place. It went as low as $120 from that WM once-in-a-lifetime-modular fire sale, and I believe could be regularly found for around $150-$160 before the policy took effect. The $200 did not help afterward though.

    dougts
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    I didnt get one. It was on the list, but TLG EOL'd it ahead of my budget. There was opportunity to get it, but I had other modulars to catch up. It wasnt high up on the list, and the worst-case scenario happened. The obsessive collector in me regrets it, but the the practical logistic part in me says, "You gambled with a less-than-favorite set for this very reason." I slept well last nite.

    *ONLY regret --- Not having a clock tower for BTTF. That's about it. Well, and the design of the Delorean....but that's a completely different monster.
    Shibminicoopers11
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    Poochy said:

    To be fair, TH was released before the policy was put in place. It went as low as $120 from that WM once-in-a-lifetime-modular fire sale, and I believe could be regularly found for around $150-$160 before the policy took effect. The $200 did not help afterward though.

    Yep...it's a poor assumption to believe that the cheapest time to pick up a set is just before they EOL. The best approach is to prioritize your list and purchase accordingly based on interest and price. If a significant price drop happens to occur, than perhaps a re-prioritization may be necessary.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    edited November 2014
    jasor said:

    I didnt get one. It was on the list, but TLG EOL'd it ahead of my budget. There was opportunity to get it, but I had other modulars to catch up. It wasnt high up on the list, and the worst-case scenario happened. The obsessive collector in me regrets it, but the the practical logistic part in me says, "You gambled with a less-than-favorite set for this very reason." I slept well last nite.

    *ONLY regret --- Not having a clock tower for BTTF. That's about it. Well, and the design of the Delorean....but that's a completely different monster.

    Sums up my feelings exactly. I had a billion opportunities to buy the TH (even at discount) and never did b/c at the end of the day - I didn't *really* want it. It was just something on my radar for completion sake which is a habit I'm trying to break. It's gone. I'm glad it's gone. The unexpected departure just saved me $200.

    I honestly never caught the Modular bug though. GG is greatness, PS and PR get honorable mentions, and the rest are just whatever. I do have high hopes for the upcoming DA though.
    jasor
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    edited November 2014
    mathew said:

    I think it's safe to say that Town Hall will go down as the first dud modular.

    A dud today but I'm willing to bet it becomes one of the most sought after Modulars tomorrow.
    yys4upharmjod
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    I liked the look of GE and FB...those were my priorities, and got both of them. I know GE is lamented sometimes, but it looks good to me. PR is a solid win, PC is my new TH, and cant wait for DA!

  • Faedian7Faedian7 Member Posts: 50
    Glad I picked up TH when I did (Oct 1). I've just been going down the line on modulars from oldest to newest in buying whenever I can get a double points promo. PC will be next on the list.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Am I one of the few that enjoyed building the Town Hall then? While it's a waste once built because I don't play with them, I loved the build variation of the interior, so for me definitely no dud.
    givmellisklatu003
  • indigoboxindigobox Member Posts: 470
    edited November 2014
    I am with @SirKevbags‌. I enjoyed the build. In fact I love building all my modulars.
    andyscouse
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    I loved the Town Hall as well. I spend a fair amount of my day at city hall, and it is fun to pretend.
    Shib
  • squarebear47squarebear47 Ohio - USAMember Posts: 29
    I liked the TH build too. 3 floors, decent detail/furniture, and a fairly unique and creative facade. I would rank it above GE and on par w/PC. FB, PS, and PR are all hard to compete with. Holy cow. I feel like I'm speaking in a different language!
    jasorBuriedinBricksSirBen
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    GE was my first modular, so it will always hold a special place for me. That said, I like the look of the GG and FB far more.

    I have a TH and it looks good, but I do agree the price tag probably seriously hampered sales.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Town Hall might be the first casualty of Lego's no discount policy. $200+ tax for most people is a lot. Would be interesting to see a sales chart on this one from the time it was released. I bet sales dropped dramatically after the policy went into effect.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,220
    For me, TH was easily better than GE. Fortunately I now have all the modulars (except CC and MS, neither of which I'm bothered about).

    Need to get a PS at some point for my mum though...
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    Ugh sad I didn't get it. It was always next on my list for modulars but wanted some discount. Tried to get it in October, went to the LEGO store a handful of times looking for that and the Research institute set but couldn't find either. Scared the completest in me is going to end up paying a lot more than MSRP for it soon...
  • msandersmsanders Member Posts: 1,017
    I really really enjoyed building the TH. Its difficult to compare with the other modulars because it is very different, however, I prefer it compared to GE for example. I was very lucky and picked it up for around 30% off with the Pixmania sale around this time last year.
  • DadDad UKMember Posts: 816
    Legoboy said:

    mathew said:

    I think it's safe to say that Town Hall will go down as the first dud modular.

    A dud today but I'm willing to bet it becomes one of the most sought after Modulars tomorrow.
    And I thought I'd done ok when I had 2 from [email protected] sent straight away when they were on back order only to open the box and find two Tower Bridges instead. Why does it always happen to me @Legoboy ?

    BTW No reply required!!!!!

  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    edited November 2014
    @Dad, you can have one anyway. ;o)

    In your position, I don't know what I'd rather - a £150 Tower Bridge or a £150 Town Hall.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,482
    Yeah, I saw THs being picked up a couple of weekends ago at the LEGO store when I picked up the RI, but that was the latest I saw them and the store by me did not even have them on the shelf they were grabbing them from the back to those who asked or reserved one
    My guess is that GE, TH, HH, and, RI are really gone for good.
    juggles7
  • sklambsklamb speaker of American EnglishMember Posts: 512
    Oddly enough, when I decided I only wanted one red-brick Modular, which meant choosing between getting a FB and a TH, I decided to pass on FB; TH seemed better value for money and I never liked the fire truck very much. I probably won't get PC either (I did buy its two sticker sheets on BrickLink and here)--I'm MOCing a modular-like version of the art deco style Cinema from Town Plan instead. While I haven't taken TH out of its box yet I definitely don't regret my choice. (And I did get a set of the mini-modulars, so I do have a version of FB after all!)
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545

    Yeah, I saw THs being picked up a couple of weekends ago at the LEGO store when I picked up the RI, but that was the latest I saw them and the store by me did not even have them on the shelf they were grabbing them from the back to those who asked or reserved one
    My guess is that GE, TH, HH, and, RI are really gone for good.

    Dumb question, but what is RI? Sorry...all these acronyms are getting hard to keep straight...
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