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Lego R2D2 (on sale)

Hi,

Last year I became involved again in Lego as a adult. The set which got me back into it was the Lego R2D2. However, due to finances I could not get this set due to its £149.99 price tag at the time. Therefore, since i have bought other models and have enjoyed them very much.

A few weeks back I had some money and thought I would treat myself to this R2D2 model as it was one that I really wanted. However, online it was showing as 'sold out'. I presumed that it had been discontinued as had come to the fact if I wanted I would have to go through the eBay route etc.

Yesterday whilst looking at the online lego store for this set. I noted it had reduced price online / sale price (£109.99). But it still states its sold out. Can anyone shed any light on this, if it will be available etc? or as the Lego site over the past couple of days has been 'pooh' is it just another error?

Chris

Comments

  • msandersmsanders Member Posts: 1,017
    I think online has sold out and the reduction is an error. The last time I was in Watford store (begin of December) there were a few left so worth checking that out (phone them up).
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    edited January 2015
    If you check other threads, there are a few theories on this. LEGO often marks down the prices on retired sets for a few reasons (Some of this may be pure speculation)
    1. In the event of a return without receipt, LEGO now gets to refund a lower amount.
    2. Since stores can no longer discount exclusives manually, a system wide markdown is needed to help stores clear out old stock quickly.
    3. LBR is just pure evil and likes to play with our emotions.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Probably best to bite the bullet and buy now from a local reseller. After-market prices for R2 are actually not bad right now. You can probably even find a used one for around RRP.
    sidersdd
  • chris_bhamchris_bham Member Posts: 65
    Problem living in the Midlands there are no local lego stores. I am in Manchester in February but thats a one-off. Might go on a lego binge that weekend
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    I'd suggest calling all of the UK LEGO stores and if you find one having the set in stock ask whether they'd be willing to send it to you by post. Sometimes they agree to do this.

    Otherwise I'd suggest looking on ebay and aim to buy in the near future.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    It's been out in the states for a while. I wanted one for Christmas, but it looks like it was sold out, likely during the double points offer in October. I should have somehow came up with money sooner...oh well. I wonder what the bricklinked price will be.
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    Bricklink 6 month sales average of all the parts is just under $300USD. Remembet this doesn't include any postage.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    Typical. It's amazing the deal you get buying official sets instead of trying to part sets out in the aftermarket.
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