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Minifigure Series 13 ... sold out ...already ?

VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
edited March 2015 in Buying & Selling Topics
 Hello all -

is is this true for US shop at home ?  I had ordered some 6 some two weeks back, along with the new Slave and Birds set. Back then it was showing as the the top selling article in the current inventory .  So I went back again to place afresh order a few days back and it's showing as "sold out " .

SO the is this it for series 13 . I do feel its production run seems extremely short lived if it's the case . I remember most series last well or close to the release of the new series . Also didn't see no sales on them either.

another peculiar thing, when you visit the site and go on the mini figures theme , it shows series 13 sold out high lighted in green whereas the older series are red . Is that a clue that I'm fretting over nothing ? 

Im im likely not going yo take a chance though and purchase some from Turkey, which is convenient for me at the moment and are readily available at $ 5 per fig. Luckily all 6 that I have are unique . Still need the hot dog , unicorn , fencer and lady Sumurai for sure .

False alarm hopefully , and just a reason to say Hullos ! :)


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  • KiltyONealKiltyONeal Columbus, Ohio, USAMember Posts: 27
    edited March 2015
    Shows "Available Now" for me.

    This series is still in a lot of Target, Walmart, Meijer, and Walgreens stores around me. I think the increase in price caused them to not sell as fast.
    AndorVortexmadforLEGO
  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    Ah,relief .... If I'd only had waited just a few hours .

    though I must say it's highly misleading and confusing of TLG here , I mean why not simply the good old "out of stock" here instead of this "sold out "

    anyway no biggie ...

    cheers @KiltyONeal ;
    KiltyONeal
  • novicebuilder101novicebuilder101 Member Posts: 130
    edited March 2015
    I personally hate the price hike. These were a fun impulse purchase at $3 a pop, but $4 is too much. 

    Anyways, I'm still seeing tons of these at all of my local stores.
    TheLoneTensorKiltyONealVaderXAndormadforLEGO
  • HokieJoe99HokieJoe99 Member Posts: 348
    ^They were even more fun at $1.99 a pop. Ahh, the good old days. 
    madforLEGOgmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,942
    $3.99 is ridiculous, but it doesn't seem to stop anybody from buying them. (Me included.)
    hkcrazy88
  • novicebuilder101novicebuilder101 Member Posts: 130
    I was able to pick up the Garbage Truck polybag for $3.49 at Target. Sitting next to the $3.99 minifigs made it seem like a steal. I bought the last two.

    30313: Garbage Truck

    madforLEGO
  • dimefielddimefield Edmonton Alberta CanadaMember Posts: 314
    I still see lots of series 12 and 13. I quit buying after series 11 but almost get tempted to catch up when I see full boxes on the shelves.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    I was able to pick up the Garbage Truck polybag for $3.49 at Target. Sitting next to the $3.99 minifigs made it seem like a steal. I bought the last two.

    30313: Garbage Truck

    This is my biggest beef with the CMFs now. 3.49 gets you a guy with a whole vehicle whereas you pay 3.99 USD for a figure with one or maybe two accessories. Maddening.
    Plus you also see many places have to drop the prices on them to sell the old series out, which did not have to be done much before. The good thing is I think Simpsons series 2 is the next CMF slot, which will save me a ton of dough as I am not interested.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,218
    edited March 2015
    All the comparison to polys just makes me think that the price of polys will just be put up. CMFs are a completely different kettle of fish to polys. CMFs are often used to introduce new parts as well as having all new prints/designs. Yes some are fairly simple but some are quite complicated and it all takes time. Polys use existing pieces and existing prints, obviously the time to design the 'set' has to be accounted for but as it's all stuff thats generally in production anyway there is little to no need for special productions runs to put the set together. 
    In the UK the current price of £2.50 for a minifigure still seems pretty reasonable to me, then again the increase here was only from £2-£2.50 so it probably stings more in the US remembering the 'good old days' 
    I get why a poly looks better value but I do think that the more people point it out the more likely TLG/retailers are to put up the poly price than lower the CMF price.
    Andor
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    Plus many polys tend to contain the more boring highly generic city style workforce of police, fire, road sweepers, etc. Plus the vehicles tend to be a little lame anyway.

    Maybe my view on that sort of poly is a bit jaded as they tend to be newspaper give-aways here. £3 for a generic city poly seems expensive to me.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,218
    I know what you mean, its hard to think of the as worth more than the 70p for a paper but I don't think £3 is unreasonable for a one that hasn't shown up as a freebie.
    Andor
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    edited March 2015
    Shib said:
    All the comparison to polys just makes me think that the price of polys will just be put up. CMFs are a completely different kettle of fish to polys. CMFs are often used to introduce new parts as well as having all new prints/designs. Yes some are fairly simple but some are quite complicated and it all takes time. Polys use existing pieces and existing prints, obviously the time to design the 'set' has to be accounted for but as it's all stuff thats generally in production anyway there is little to no need for special productions runs to put the set together. 
    In the UK the current price of £2.50 for a minifigure still seems pretty reasonable to me, then again the increase here was only from £2-£2.50 so it probably stings more in the US remembering the 'good old days' 
    I get why a poly looks better value but I do think that the more people point it out the more likely TLG/retailers are to put up the poly price than lower the CMF price.

    CCC said:
    Plus many polys tend to contain the more boring highly generic city style workforce of police, fire, road sweepers, etc. Plus the vehicles tend to be a little lame anyway.

    Maybe my view on that sort of poly is a bit jaded as they tend to be newspaper give-aways here. £3 for a generic city poly seems expensive to me.
    Excitement is not 'tangible' to me when it comes to cost of something. Yes the CMFs are unique figures, until you pick randomly and get three packs of the same common. I believe the polybag figures and parts are not made in China so their torso print will likely not easily wear off and the arms and legs will not be loose either out of the bag (i.e. higher quality parts). With a poly I know what I'm getting without having to feel the pack for 5 minutes to get an idea of what I'm about to purchase.

    I get that some like the idea of getting a 'random ' pack. I would not mind either, if they were back to 2 dollars a pack and I can 'throw away' two dollars for a random pack (that is of course if those 'random' packs have not been picked through already). However, the novelty wears off when packs are 3.99 USD. For 3.99 USD I want to know exactly what I am getting and should not have to stand around and grope a pack to figure out what figure it is.
    Excitement and uniqueness IMO also does not count toward price either when the sheer part numbers for less in a poly means that the CMF, however unique, can be far cheaper than they are now. The higher cost for them being more 'unique' to make production-wise would mean something if they were not being made in China by workers likely making 2 US dollars an hour to make them (and make them poorly) and the fact millions of these guys are produced. Often now you also hear of people opening these packs to find out that stuff is missing (yknow, little things like the CMF head)... all for 4 USD.

    No, I believe now LEGO is just gouging for these, at least in the US. I would not be surprised to see them at about 4.50 - 5 USD dollars sometime next year in the US.
    Sethro3gmonkey76
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 988
    The comparative items in terms of value for money are the city starter sets. In Australia the starter sets (with four 'Billund' figs (and their associated builds) are RRP $14.99 AUD (and regularly found between 15-25% off). Our CMF RRP is $4.99 AUD. That's gouging in ANYONES language...
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,218
    edited March 2015
    Don't forget that while the chinese workers are paid peanuts the designers, sculptors etc that work on them are not. People often throw around supposed costs of having a new mould made, and it's generally agreed that it's a lot.

    Again I think more than anything the worst reception to the price had been from the US where the rise is much steeper and more noticeable, I wouldn't be happy about them being £4 when they used to be £2 and now £2.50 and in fairness the american price does now work out slightly higher than the UK cost.

    As I said before though I don't ever expect the price to go down.

    The comparative items in terms of value for money are the city starter sets. In Australia the starter sets (with four 'Billund' figs (and their associated builds) are RRP $14.99 AUD (and regularly found between 15-25% off). Our CMF RRP is $4.99 AUD. That's gouging in ANYONES language...
    According to a quick currency check thats only about 10p more than we pay in the UK for CMFs
    Andor
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    Excitement is not 'tangible' to me when it comes to cost of something.

    Excitement and uniqueness IMO also does not count toward price either when the sheer part numbers for less in a poly means that the CMF, however unique, can be far cheaper than they are now.

    No, I believe now LEGO is just gouging for these, at least in the US. I would not be surprised to see them at about 4.50 - 5 USD dollars sometime next year in the US.
    That's fine. If you don't want the unique characters or parts provided by the CMF range then you can buy the same or variations on the same old city figures or whatever you are into, and others that want them can buy the wider variation that is provided by the CMF.

    Remember that CMFs also provide many new parts, something that costs money. So CMF headgear will cost more than another police hat, which has already appeared in 350 sets, or the construction helmet that has been in 200 sets already.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    edited March 2015
    Shib said:
    Don't forget that while the chinese workers are paid peanuts the designers, sculptors etc that work on them are not. People often throw around supposed costs of having a new mould made, and it's generally agreed that it's a lot.

    Again I think more than anything the worst reception to the price had been from the US where the rise is much steeper and more noticeable, I wouldn't be happy about them being £4 when they used to be £2 and now £2.50 and in fairness the american price does now work out slightly higher than the UK cost.

    As I said before though I don't ever expect the price to go down.

    The comparative items in terms of value for money are the city starter sets. In Australia the starter sets (with four 'Billund' figs (and their associated builds) are RRP $14.99 AUD (and regularly found between 15-25% off). Our CMF RRP is $4.99 AUD. That's gouging in ANYONES language...
    According to a quick currency check thats only about 10p more than we pay in the UK for CMFs
    Is it really the cost of the new mold that is made when that part will likely end up in a production set?
    It is not like they are making these molds solely for CMFs, so I do not buy that argument. Designing maybe, but it is not like they are paying the designers to ONLY make the CMFs, they are doing it as part of their job and you cannot tell me it take a long time to come up with a crown, or sword, or an idea for a pie. Also, implying that would mean that standard set would be dramatically higher in cost every time a new part was included (like the recent addition of scissors in the detective office, or scooters in the Parisian restaurant or Friends sets).
    They make CMF in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in a series so I do not think you can say it because they are making a low number of those parts either.
    Could it be inflation? Maybe if again I did not see polybags for $3.49 for a set that is a figure AND enough parts to make a helicopter. These sets also require a designer to build, but yet the cost is still only 3.49 USD and as they are being assembled in other countries, arguably it costs more for them to make these sets than a CMF figure.
    VaderX
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,218
    @madforLEGO - I think this is one of those agree to disagree moments, you aren't happy with the current price, I don't mind it. If we were all the same the world would be a dull place.
    madforLEGOAndor
  • luckie_reubsluckie_reubs Member Posts: 299
    Come on; the price of these has only risen because of the popularity of the sets; there was a  time when these couldn't be found at any of our Targets (I think series 10 was the first I saw), but now Target can't keep them in stock. Even at $3.99, they sell well.

    Lego would be leaving money on the table if they sold these for less, especially with the brand popularity right now. The question to ask, though, is what their cost is; what the wholesale is; and we know the RRP. I'd be surprised if they weren't making upwards of 75% profit on these mini figures, and one they're in stores, they're already paid, right? Anything that sits on the shelf is money out of the pockets of the stores.

    As long as we (or someone) buys them at $3.99, they'll stay there. Has it topped out at $3.99, or might they jump straight to $4.99? That might really be a bridge too far for me.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I'd agree, $3.99 is steep. I was comfortable with $2.99, but it is harder to justify. Before I'd pick up multiples, but now I can't afford that. I'm not sure why exactly I am trying to complete the sets. I don't have series 1-5, so why do I bother...
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    Come on; the price of these has only risen because of the popularity of the sets; there was a  time when these couldn't be found at any of our Targets (I think series 10 was the first I saw), but now Target can't keep them in stock. Even at $3.99, they sell well.

    Lego would be leaving money on the table if they sold these for less, especially with the brand popularity right now. The question to ask, though, is what their cost is; what the wholesale is; and we know the RRP. I'd be surprised if they weren't making upwards of 75% profit on these mini figures, and one they're in stores, they're already paid, right? Anything that sits on the shelf is money out of the pockets of the stores.

    As long as we (or someone) buys them at $3.99, they'll stay there. Has it topped out at $3.99, or might they jump straight to $4.99? That might really be a bridge too far for me.
    Im guessing LEGO will raise them eventually to 4.49 USD first, then 4.99 USD.
    I get there is inflation and such, but Im thinking that 3.49 USD is a more appropriate price for these and if LEGO cannot make them for that then they should just stop making them as random. Or for that kind of price (3.99 USD or more), allow people to buy the set of 16 at [email protected] as a set instead relying on 'randomization'.
    Aside from those cherry picking the good figures out of the set, I think most people sit there and feel for a set; not just grab a random pack. So give the folks what they want. Make a set of 16 available for purchase to allow those that just want a set to be able to get the set.
    And if someone really likes 'rolling the dice' and paying 3.99 USD to do it, let them.
    I would much rather not have to find a box not cherry picked and then sit there and feel for 16 figures. I just want the set, as I'm sure many others do.
    For 3.99 USD the novelty for the 'mystery pack' has worn off for me. These originally were supposed to be 'impulse buy' type purchases for kids (per what LEGO said when Series 1 was released)  but for 3.99 USD (and likely higher in the future) they are no longer impulse buys to me, not when the typical 'impulse buy': the polybag, is often cheaper than, or same price as, a CMF now.
    VortexRainstorm26MrJ_NYcharlatan13ktsam
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534

    "Lego would be leaving money on the table if they sold these for less, especially with the brand popularity right now."

    But people are only going to be willing to pay so much for so long. Sure they are popular NOW and apparently doing well for a theme that's been around for 5 years(rare these days) but the problem is that what happens when people get fed up paying 4 bucks a piece? Or even worse, what if lego decides to go to higher prices?

    At the 3 buck range, i bought a bunch of figures. At 4 bucks? I skipped the simpsons wave 1 at the MSRP (later got about 12 packs for .88 each). I only tossed ONE series 12 in the basket so I could finish a project(got another one free from lego since the first had an problem), skipped 13. Only going for 2 or 3 simpson wave 2's at the MSRP(1 or 2 CBG's and mom wants a professor frink.). Skipping Halloween most likely.

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    ^ Why should they stop doing them at $3.99? They sell, and they seem to sell well. Sure, you may not like them at that price, but many people are willing to pay that. There seem to be many people just starting out collecting them, so the higher price for later series isn't stopping people from getting into CMF. Neither are the inflated prices for earlier series on the secondary market.

    Kids do like little surprises, often more than getting something that they know what it is. Something Kinder Eggs have been providing (in Europe) for years.
  • luckie_reubsluckie_reubs Member Posts: 299
    @madforLEGO I agree completely; at $2.99, the impulse buy wasn't bad at all. I've grabbed a few of the S13 for the ones I wanted (got lucky a couple of times), but when I pick up a few more to complete a set, I inevitably put them back down, because I'd rather spend that $10 toward a set I want.

    @ACWWGal2011 I know what you mean; if they go up, I know I'd bow out pretty quickly. What I mean is that they'd be leaving money on the table if they still sold them for $1.99 (I REALLY wish I'd been buying them back then). $4 feels like highway robbery, but some of us stupidly still pay it.
    VaderX
  • VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
    They had to clear out series 12 on shop @ home for 2.99.  3.99 is clearly not sitting very well for the average customer.  I have seen other retailers such as target marking down stock also to get it moved.  3.99 is pushing the envelope very hard.   Inflation does not account to 25% in one years time.  
    madforLEGOACWWGal2011TheLoneTensorgmonkey76
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    edited March 2015
    They have to discount most items to clear the remainders, especially in high street stores. But that doesn't mean the price should be reduced. I don't how you define average customer, as many CMF sell when they come out. People do pay rrp for them. I reckon if you determine the average price paid in a retail store then it will be closer to rrp than the lowest sale price. If they cut the price to $3.50 then they'd still sell to the earlier buyers and the people that wait for sales would still wait until they are discounted. Same if reduced to $3.00. The end result is less revenue. If they went to $2.00, then stocks would be bought by resellers and they control the present and future markets. Lego know full well how to market these, balancing demand and cost.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    VaderX said:
    They had to clear out series 12 on shop @ home for 2.99.  3.99 is clearly not sitting very well for the average customer.  I have seen other retailers such as target marking down stock also to get it moved.  3.99 is pushing the envelope very hard.   Inflation does not account to 25% in one years time.  
    Technically $3 -> $4 is 33% inflation, so it's even worse :)
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,248
    Most of the local retailers here still have tons of them, all three TRUs here only really made a dent in their supplies recently when they were doing a three for $10 thing (works out to $3.33 versus RRP $4.99). Several Big Ws had them in anti-theft cases up until about the last week or so, then bam, they all have big baskets full of them next to the self-serve registers (for around $4.70 each). Whenever I've seen people go to grab a couple from these baskets, they quickly get a foul look on their face as they see the price, then most of the time (I'd approximate 80-90%), the CMF return home...
    xiahna
  • MrJ_NYMrJ_NY A flick missle away from Brickagara FallsMember Posts: 592
    I have only gotten back into Lego in the past year,as my kids are now adults so the majority of my purchases are for my grandkids.I bought the Lego Movie CMF's as we all enjoyed it very much & you can relate to each figure from it's place in the movie.I then bought all of series 12 after reading about bump codes & pack "fondling" because I neither have the desire to own multiples of figures I'm not all that interested in or spending vast amounts of cash trying to complete a whole set.
    I have also bought series 13 & planned on just buying the ones I liked as I noticed even the grandkids leave some figures unplayed with,so why buy them? I ended up trading a few doubles to complete the set,but at this point I don't have $4 to grab packs blindly & hope I get a figure I like/can actually use in my Modular city for display.
    I think a lot of parents who don't want to spend the money on the sets constantly break down & buy their kids a blind pack or two because this way you're spending a smaller amount and at least your child is content coming home with a new figure...until the next trip to the store.It's like a polybag.
    I will not be buying the Simpsons as I got tired of that show years ago.I also will not be buying the Monster CMF's set rumored to be next other than a few that look OK.If I had a Haunted House modular to display them with I might be more inclined to buy the entire set.At this point I will only be buying the figures I actually want from new series & maybe some of the older ones I missed out on but on a whole I'm done with them & my $ is better off spent on sets I want.
  • SolariousSolarious Kalamazoo, MI, USAMember Posts: 317
    Let's be honest, though they might hold at the current price for a series or two more, the price will never ever go down because that would be a clear confession by Lego that they were wrong. And as a business that can never happen because then you are admitting to your customer base that any of your prices can be wrong and should be contested (more then just the minor gripping most of us do from time to time)

    We are just going to have to live with it and hope that Lego gives good price drops in compensation- though I guess that does eliminate the ability to feel out the ones you want.

    That's it!
    The high prices are all a conspiracy!
  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,548
    Solarious said:
    That's it! The high prices are all a conspiracy!
    Hasn't anyone informed Dan Brown?!

    There's a Tom Hanks* movie in this, dashing from Chinese to Mexican factories, uncovering a hidden paper trail left behind by the Aztecs... (aztec paper trail? you sure?)... until finally reaching Billund, where he discovers a giant alien pooping out minifigures, being fed by oompa loompas singing a catchy ear-worm song (written by Will Ferrell, though they meant to hire Pharrell Williams; the names just sounded so similar), to drive all who hear it insane! 

    *or to a lesser extent Tom Cruise (he likes running... and aliens).

    Bumblepants
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    I've been out of collecting for a while, have had a lot of stuff going on. But it just occurred to me I only have like 3 figures from this series. If anyone has seen them in the Orange County area (That's OC of California not Florida) let me know! I want to try and track them down before its too late, unless it already is...
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,375
    I really don't understand completely why the CMF Series keeps jumping in price. It could be a combination of several factors; popularity, cost of production, inflation.

    Take #6390 Main Street for instance. This set was released in 1980 and cost $40 USD. It retired in 1983. 20 years later (2003), Lego re released the set ( #10041 ) and it cost $65 USD. In 20 years, the cost of this set only went up $15 USD. If you calculate inflation, #6390 would have cost $89.99 USD in 2003, so technically, the price of Main Street went down ;)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,375
    As for minifigure polybags:

    Jor-El - Mexico and China
    Shirtless Darth Maul - Denmark and China
    Hoth Han - Mexico and China
    TC-4 - China
    TC-14 - China
    Chrome Stormtrooper - Denmark and China
    White Boba Fett - Denmark and China
    Shadow ARF Trooper - Denmark
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    They raise the price not because of production costs...but I think simply cause they can. Same with gas prices in the US. They claim instability and demand in the Middle East drives the price up for gas when really the business executives heading the companies fluctuate the prices to make the public think it is out of their control when really it is in their control. Lego does the same because they feel no matter what the price is people will still want to collect these decked out figures. I am guilty of buying them no matter the price. So I feel it is price driven by the sole ability to raise the price at will due to popularity.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    edited April 2015
    Pitfall69 said:
    I really don't understand completely why the CMF Series keeps jumping in price. It could be a combination of several factors; popularity, cost of production, inflation.

    Take #6390 Main Street for instance. This set was released in 1980 and cost $40 USD. It retired in 1983. 20 years later (2003), Lego re released the set ( #10041 ) and it cost $65 USD. In 20 years, the cost of this set only went up $15 USD. If you calculate inflation, #6390 would have cost $89.99 USD in 2003, so technically, the price of Main Street went down ;)
    I can explain it, it is called 'gouging'. If people (including me sadly) are silly enough to pay that kind of amount for the figures then they will keep raising the prices unfortunately.
    I would not be surprised to see the price hit 4.49 USD in the next few series (Im not sure LEGO would push across the 5 dollar mark though)

    But considering I could have gotten a garbage truck with figure and trash cans for 3.49 USD in a polybag I'm not sure why CMFs have to be 3.99 USD.
    I do not think you can complain about cost of production either as I'm sure that you need a designer to come up with a poly design as much as you need them to come up with a CMF design.
    As for production, LEGO makes many of a specific polybag set as CMFs Im sure (if not more CMFs)
    As for costs? I'm sure those Chinese works make far less than wherever the polys are produced (as I'm fairly certain it is not just China)

    I think, if not for gouging, I could see CMFs be 3.49 USD due to inflation or production cost increases over the years but not more.

    VorpalRyu
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 997
    Some Targets already sell them at the $4.49 price.  
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,248
    In Australia, the CMFs have always been RRP of $4.99. If they go up from there, can't see them moving that well, most places didn't see much movement unless they were included in any Lego sales...
    xiahna
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    If the prices go higher, expect to see even more craziness with the pack feeling and lots left over.

    Since CMF 9, I've just passed every box/end cap with packets that look sifted through. Just not worth the time anymore.
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 648
    So my Target hasn't had series 13 for at least two months now, but they seem to have just received a shipment of an innumerable amount of S12 (an end-cap crammed full) at $1.99 for the upteenth time. I think I've definitely seen enough of this series, and won't be buying anymore unless the price drops again. Is anyone else still noticing overwhelming stock of S12?
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    The only CMF packages at my local Target are S12 ones.

    Three, in fact, hung in the sports cards aisle.
  • KralaskanKralaskan Member Posts: 208
    13s getting pretty dried up here now (Idaho) still a few 12s around at some places.   Lots of simpsons still.  Seems like they didn't release as many 13s as 12 and simpsons 
  • fixitbobbyfixitbobby Member Posts: 17
    I have 3 Walmarts local to me, and only one ever put out any S13.  I asked the stocker to scan the 3.97 tag on the shelf where they should be, he said they "had 240 on hand", but they must be in a trailer out back.  Two of these three never put out s12 either...
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    ^Similar situation. I have yet to see any since series 10 at Wal-Marts around me. I've only found them at Targets in this area. Very odd. I agree the price is too high. As much as I want some of the figures, it is hard to swallow that price point. I don't necessarily need the series for any completion sake, but I do like the variety in figures. There is something compelling about them. But I have no interest (or money) to grab all of the early figures I missed out on.

    My daughter will love series 2 Simpsons AND the Halloween/Monster series coming later, so I'll still have to pick them up it looks like.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,356
    Sethro3 said:
    ^Similar situation. I have yet to see any since series 10 at Wal-Marts around me. I've only found them at Targets in this area. Very odd. I agree the price is too high. As much as I want some of the figures, it is hard to swallow that price point. I don't necessarily need the series for any completion sake, but I do like the variety in figures. There is something compelling about them. But I have no interest (or money) to grab all of the early figures I missed out on.

    My daughter will love series 2 Simpsons AND the Halloween/Monster series coming later, so I'll still have to pick them up it looks like.
    I am thankful for Simpsons series 2, I do not want them and it helps me save my cash for the Monster themed CMF series afterwards. I hate the 3.99 USD price point and just now go find a set, and maybe a few duplicates of figures I can use 'around the town '(like the carpenter). I'm just glad the Carpenter was common so i could find those fairly easily. The Hot dog guy was hard to find in a store that already had someone rummaging through the packs, and the Unicorn girl was a PITA trying to find in the store for me, but my GF did not have an issue.

    I'd buy a box, but it just not seem like much of a discount now over buying packs when the folks selling boxes all seem to have them around retail per pack (minus tax but still).
    So now I just limit myself to a set for me, a set for the GF and some spares for parts or figures I wanted duplicates of.

    Common sense tells me to not buy at all, but it goes against my mantra with LEGO lately for sets I may want, but not sure: 'Buy now or pay dearly later'
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 799
    In http://brickset.com/sets/60066-1/Swamp-Police-Starter-Set I can get 4 mini figs, a croc and some small vehicles for $10, or http://brickset.com/sets/60072-1/Demolition-Starter-Set i can get 4 minifigs, a cat, and a leaky toilet for $10.  Why, oh why can I only get 2 cmf's for that same amount?  It's ludicrous.  The sooner the general public tires of Lego, or the clones bring some competition, the better prices will get.  Until then...
    dougts
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    Dedgecko said:
    Why, oh why can I only get 2 cmf's for that same amount?  It's ludicrous.  The sooner the general public tires of Lego, or the clones bring some competition, the better prices will get.  Until then...
    Or LEGO decides to just end the line if the general public no longer want them.
  • LegoKipLegoKip A cottage by the sea, California, US Member Posts: 259
    @yys4u
    I'm in your area and I'm missing 3 of Series 13, so I'll let you know if I find any.
    yys4u
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    Just got back from my Lego Store.

    Two boxes of CMF 13 were mostly full and out for customers.
    They also had two trays full of CMF 13s.
  • canon03canon03 USAMember Posts: 323
    CCC said:
    Dedgecko said:
    Why, oh why can I only get 2 cmf's for that same amount?  It's ludicrous.  The sooner the general public tires of Lego, or the clones bring some competition, the better prices will get.  Until then...
    Or LEGO decides to just end the line if the general public no longer want them.
    It's not that we don't want them, just that they are getting overpriced for what they are (for the reason @Dedgecko states).  LEGO could still make a healthy profit at a reasonable price.

    Since the build a minifig is 3/$10 (in the US), why not make the CMF $3.50?  I realize quibbling over $.50 is somewhat trivial, it still covers tax.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,817
    canon03 said:
    CCC said:
    Dedgecko said:
    Why, oh why can I only get 2 cmf's for that same amount?  It's ludicrous.  The sooner the general public tires of Lego, or the clones bring some competition, the better prices will get.  Until then...
    Or LEGO decides to just end the line if the general public no longer want them.
    It's not that we don't want them, just that they are getting overpriced for what they are (for the reason @Dedgecko states).  LEGO could still make a healthy profit at a reasonable price.
    Note that I was replying to the comment "general public tires of lego .. the better prices will get". I don't believe that is true. If the CMF range stops selling in large numbers to the general public, then I cannot see prices for them getting better. If anything, if the numbers being bought drop then I expect the price to go up or the quality (as in the use of newly designed parts) to go down, or that they just stop making them.
    Since the build a minifig is 3/$10 (in the US), why not make the CMF $3.50?  I realize quibbling over $.50 is somewhat trivial, it still covers tax.
    If you want build-a-minifig figures, then buy build-a-minifig figures. They are a totally different product. The pricing is different since the CMF contain new parts and prints, minifig stands, instructions and are individually packaged whereas the BAM bins tend to contain rather common and older parts with the odd gem thrown in.

    vitreolumMODVLEXdougts
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