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In seriousness, the box is too small for the set and, in most cases, the contents wind up reverse crushing the box. This is especially likely given Amazon's propensity for packing sets loosely with limited padding.
Then I went and received 2 more from TRU. Yes, again in perfect condition.
My luck has been holding, except that Amazon yesterday delivered a pair of Helm's Deep, a set that usually comes just fine, both crushed beyond belief. But that wasn't Amazon's fault, I have a temp UPS driver who doesn't get it.
I find that my local driver has a lot to do with it, hopefully my regular guy comes back, I don't like having to break in a new driver!
I tried to pickup a deal on a Like New Town Hall a month or so ago, it came opened with the plastic bags opened and loose LEGO parts floating around the box.
Needless to say, I sent it back.
So "good" and "like new" are just random guesses from someone making $10/hr who may have never seen a LEGO set before in his life.
For whatever that is worth. :)
Either way I'm not really concerned about box condition as long as their not destroyed and I get a decent deal on it
Thanks for sharing this.
While this does not necessarily mean much I will say that it has appeared that most, if not all, sets that have been marked this have eventually been 'sold out' so far.
Thoughts on the VW Van selling out?
EDIT: In Germany it shows OOS, delivery Jan 10th.
Notice that TRU is bumping up prices on sets that they have available that are sold out at LEGO?
For example, Technic Excavator was always 200, now it is 220?
Because everyone from TRU to Walmart does the same thing.
Not saying it is right or good or anything, just saying that if you won't shop at Amazon because of it, to be fair you need to boycott the rest of them as well.
I just received an IS a couple of weeks ago in which the shipping box was well oversized with not much thought into filler material. There was a footprint on the side of the box and sure enough the inner box was crushed. Amazon is great about replacements, but I would think that getting a grip on their packing issues would go a long way.
4x your investment in Lego sounds like a good return for any term, imo.
I really doubt this is the last of Minecraft for LEGO.
It is too lucrative and costs them almost nothing to make.. they are tiny sets and obviously are selling.
Seeing what they have done with the modular sets I would not be surprised to see these still being sold for a long time, especially if there are paying a licensing fee to the owners of Minecraft for each set, which basically to them is printing money at this point.
What is really sad IMO is people paying 100 dollars for a 35 dollar set... LEGO is out of their mind to only put out 5000 sets to the US market (If that really is the number) and One again has to wonder if they are keeping demand up for themselves to sell out quickly buy only releasing so many before Christmas.
500,000 sets would have been a nicer number, but I'll bet you they still would have sold out within a week. Let people order 5 at a time and they would have sold out in 1 day. :)
500,000 sets x $35 sold via [email protected], that is $17.5 Million. Not a huge number to TLG, but still not chump change, even more considering how cheap this set must be to make.
Marketing campaign because the hot toy is generating a lot of buzz... if they were readily available to everyone that wanted one I extremely doubt they would be talked about as much (just look at how many times its been mentioned in these forums!!).
Or maybe TLG is gonna be sneaky and absolutely flood the market with these at some point... hype the product up and have resellers salivating over their profits so that when those 500,000 hit the stores the resellers snatch them up right away thinking they will flip them for profit!!! But lets hope that Lego isn't that ruthless ;-)