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Then the 999 qty thing was an override, because the sales rank tells me it couldn't have sold that many units in less than 24 hours.
Does it come back again? :)
But I will say the spinning action along with the UFO sound is really cool. For a few minutes anyway. :)
#7065 Alien Mothership and #7052 UFO Abduction were passable sets with nice features each. I didn't like the heli-jet in #7067 Jet Copter Encounter too much, but the alien twin-craft with its twin-functionality struck me as cool. Maybe the designer should have made the twin-craft bigger and the jet-copter smaller instead. But well.
In any way, I feel that it's easy to come up with a theory why Alien Conquest wasn't quite as popular, in particular with the target audience. In fact, the theme's lack of success seems to have almost been predictable: The whole alien theme with flying saucers, abductions, brain washing and all, seems to have been strongly influenced by 60's-Roswell-style. And I guess that's just not that accessible to today's kids, who (I guess) are thinking more along the lines of Battlestar Galactica or so.
#7066 - ED HQ is indeed a great set to build perhaps, but not from a money point of view. It helps that I picked up a bunch cheap, but today they still are selling below RRP.
That is a bad sign! :)
Looking at the sets, I guess that Galaxy Squad might do better than AC for Lego because it seems a bit more dynamic. I suspect it boils down to how kids react to insect-themed aliens. I didn't like the Insectoids theme. Did kids like that?
In any way, I don't think Lego really wants a Space-themed seller at this moment which cannibalises on the Star Wars franchise. So I would be surprised if Galaxy Squad became a huge seller. I guess it will make money for Lego, but I can't imagine it becoming particularly profitable for resellers.
The AC Mother Ship was a blown opportunity. I know they were probably restricted on piece count and price point, but the overall design is half-baked. This is one of those sets that if it could get the 'Lego Exclusive' treatment it could of been something special.
The ships in GP do nothing for me.
IMHO...There is just no way HH is gone. That's a minimum of a 2-year set. Likely 3. I will buy a bunch at some point, but it's not even on my radar right now.
I actually like the design of the spaceships, to me they look like a cross between 80's space sets and japanese animation shows. I can't stand the insectoid aliens though. IMHO, GS would have been better as galaxy exploration sets (little to no bugs), not a conflict in space. Star Wars already fill up the fighting in space quota just fine.
Come to think of it, why do we need 2 fighting sides or some kind of conflicts to sell LEGO ? IIRC, there was no alien fighting in classic Space sets.
I can only presume that extensive testing has told LEGO they need to have "2 sides" in all their sets/themes aimed at boys. Very unfortunate
Good point, because the Friends sets are just the opposite. Even the name - 'Friends'. :-) If there's conflict I guess it's the gossipy kind. :-)
1. Monster Fighters theme is pretty much done, the Haunted House is Monster Fighters themed. So is/was it a one and done item?
2. The HH came out around Halloween time, and is Halloween themed. So some may of thought it might be a seasonal item, like the Winter Village sets. Maybe to return or maybe not.
3. It's also a very large set that has to be packed by hand. So the larger sets can sometimes get limited runs.
So there are those factors of why some think it would go away.
Now I think that there are several factors that probably go into this:
1) HH has the same colors in it, so people may just be buying HHs for that green brick instead of trying to get GG, conversely more people could be trying to BL them with the same brick from HH.
2) I'm guessing that the lower prices are partly due to the economy as a lot of sets have falling in price from last Winter to this opening month of winter.
3) It is Christmas, and not everyone is buying a 600 dollar set for their loved one, they probably are buying current sets. I expect prices for EOL's sets to rise after Christmas (as they usually do each year).
4) Glut on the market: Again there are far more GG available now than at the same time when the CC retired, same with EN, IF, RD, etc etc. Combine all of these factors and you will get lower prices.
#8097 I think I saw hitting very near 150 consistently on eBay a month ago, but then dropped. Why? Because another 30 sellers all saw this and dumped their inventory on eBay at once. Same with many other sets... It really is a buyers market right now IMO. (so I guess Resellers actually have to be thanked for once for keep prices lower..lol) Cafe Corner is still climbing, albeit at a snails pace, probably also due to some of the reasons above. I seriously doubt CC will drop due to the Cinema, corner or not.
If they make another corner hotel that looks like CC complete with same color arrangement OR the Cinema has the same color scheme? Then I could see it possibly happening.
I think like you said above this is a bad time to judge the performance of these sets.. Usually the climbs occur after Christmas, when people get their bonuses, or Christmas money from Relatives.
I guess it will eventually get to double. A nice set.
BTW, no logic zones. We have a lot of those where I work. :-)
And will be the one set that takes me outside of my comfort zone into themes I told myself I wouldn't buy!!!
I don't think I'll be buying any GS for personal or resale. And I'm not a space hater. I actually liked almost the whole SPIII line.
It's time to wait.
I originally thought Chima was weaker than Ninjago, and that would drive buyers to seek old Ninjago stock. This however is even greater, and as far as I know unprecedented for one of Lego's inhouse themes. Unless they are never retired (near impossible) I believe the pre 2013 sets will be resale gold. This does slightly change my plans for the "final battle" wave (thats not a very good name now either, is it?). I was expecting this to be way underproduced so that it would not intrude on Chimas shelf space. However they may now produce a proper amount so that Ninjago has a retail presence throughout all of 2013 in preparation for a full return 2014.
I guess finding a perfect MISB IS will be almost impossible soon and they will fetch premium money when sold to a MISB-collector!
Ill add the caveat of course that if you want it, get it in case it does go away. :-)