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That being said, how about that death star?
Perhaps this thread is running out of sets to discuss...
Of course you like me. What's there not to like? I'm adored by many from around the world...lol :)
Anyway, I think some stores will have to pick and choose which sets they want to actually display effectively and which ones they want to shuffle off to the sides.
Whoops, I mean.. "There are.'
I think right now the predictions are going south, because it is usually not the time of year for LEGO to sell out of a set.
I have noticed though that sets sales seem to be increasing now.. maybe everyone is getting over their Christmas/Holiday Hangover.
I like the lone ranger stuff, not so much for how well it can do EOL but for parts and that train engine.
I really do not see many 'winners' this year.. I'm guessing the City Hospital/ helicopter rescue or whatever they call it if it retires like other Walmart Exclusives do.
Maybe the City Mine, but since so many people cleared out Walmarts when they were half off who knows.
VW Van I think should do well once gone, and TB... again even though people are buying them, I still think they should do OK.
Maybe Kingdoms Joust, although the subject is really specific Vs the MMV which can be used in many contexts IMO.
GE I think may not be as popular when it goes EOL, but then again it is a corner and if many people are 'meh' about it maybe that will help it in the long run for the die hard collectors/ AFOLs out there that must have every set.
I forgot to get one this weekend when I hit the LEGO store, I wanted the hospital set bu they were all gone.
I never bought one for myself, let alone resell.
Anyway I think Lone Ranger will be a theme with very different demand depending on location. In America I can see this selling. It's an old piece of Americana. But I think it will be a hard sell pretty much everywhere else considering they must pay "licensed set tax". I won't be touching the theme for at least six months to see how it goes.
Re: LotR. I don't think Target has a slot for Helms Deep in the newest reset. I'll have to double check, but I'm almost certain its not there. Of course neither was the MF Castle, and now it's back.
TLG is starting to produce more sets than retail stores can carry. I've noticed the big retail stores have started phasing out sets that have been only out for 6 months.
People never get bored with zombies. Each year there seems to be a new movie about them and the depictions of them get more creative with every film. Walking Dead does a great job at showing how a classic zombie should look and act. Stray too far from this normal image of what a zombie is and it doesn't appease the fans enough. There are tons of variations of zombies, but artists and writers almost always return to that idea of a slow walking, dull witted, decaying corpse because its a winning formula.
Resident Evil spawned its whole series off of the fear and love of the zombie almost two decades ago and has since created the most successful movie franchise based on a video game along with an absurd amount of cash for the owners up at Capcom. The games are getting dull simply for the fact that they strayed from the formula, but they sell extraordinarily well still solely because of the love of the zombie.
I don't see the popularity of zombies dying this decade, if ever. New age technologies and things like biological warfare have allowed the imaginations of fiction writers to create the idea that a zombie outbreak could be an any day occurrence. Scary to some people, but most people I know enjoy the thought of zombies or maybe even shooting zombies. I think this ability to scare us yet also make us happy is powerful. We love it, just look at roller coasters and how many crowds gather around them.
TLG definitely needs to take note of how well the zombies set is doing right now, there is a huge potential market there. Sure wish I had the chance to buy the small alcove I came across at my local Target again.
It would be good for them to bring out a zombie battle pack - maybe four different torsos and legs, that would give 16 possibilities for different zombies to be built, even if they all have the same head print. They fit into many different scenes and are also popular with slightly older kids that might be starting to look elsewhere for their toys. I just hope they all have light grey hands though. I guess they think they have done it - with the halloween set including the witch and mummy too. But more variation would be good.
The set was not as rare around here. I saw plenty on shelves until the start of December. They all went away though when Target had it on sale for $30 and then you could knock another $5 off with a coupon.
(showing my age)
That being said, who knows what LEGO is thinking these days and you may just want to get it if you want one for yourself.
If you are in the US, check Amazon for them and pounce when it hits 99.99