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All my boxes are in my garage as well as packing material. I use the same boxes my sets came in to ship out the sets I'm selling. I have never purchased a box to ship anything in.
As far as time, it doesn't take that long to take a photo or two with my cell phone and use a previously created template to list my item(s). Shipping is included in my Buy it Now price and I just guesstimate what it might be based on past shipments I'm usually spot on. My post Office is only 2 miles away and most of the time I don't have to wait in line.
Of course, who knows what the current license is. With the existing Lego Disney lineup, maybe they t already have Frozen locked up. Don't forget, as of Sept last year, Disney had no idea that Frozen would be as phenomenally successful as it has been, they may have given the license away cheap as a toss in. Everyone is certainly playing catchup with the merch.
I took a ton of pictures and sent the buyer an email telling them that it is very hard to find these in mint condition and he agreed.
I guess the question is, is adding a new line targeted towards females any different than adding in any other line?
With a typical line added in, it provides
- New, new, new. Kids do gravitate to new ideas and themes, thus Lego needs to refresh.
- Options. Some kids have no interest in Chima or City or Super Heroes, but hey... Minecraft is pretty cool.
In both cases, the reasons for adding a theme is to provide something new or options to keep kids interested in Lego, so that they keep wanting more. They also target kids that may have no interest in the items available, but this new target area may draw in a new group of people.
I am not sure the female demographic is much different in that. Not every girl out there is going to be interested in Friends, but they might be interested in another line, or a new line may cause them to want 'more' than they typically have. Sure there is going to be some eating into the Friends line, but is that really any different than eating into the City line? I'm sure there are plenty of kids that opt out of City for other areas.
Adding in Princess, at least targets a slightly younger demographic than the Friends line. Where Lego misses, though, is they have yet to put any targeted line out for girls that want anything past Friends. Both my girls are getting a bit 'eh' on it, because they already have it. The newness factor is gone, and Lego is not bothering to replace it or add in anything that targets their demographic. They need a way to keep that new demographic they have created and get them interested in options once they are out of Friends, or once the newness of that wears off. Frozen is a no brainer to add, in my opinion, because there are plenty of kids that will gravitate to it, but still plenty of kids that will not want princess themed sets. I think also, with as much Frozen merchandise moves at the moment as well, it would also pull in new customers.
She is one that is moving out of Friends... Asylum was the only set in Super Hero that ended up interesting her, and much of that was due to Poison Ivy.
Yes I know Frozen merch is hot now, but the movie has been out on DVD/BR for a month or so already and the luster will begin to fade quickly as new movies come out and kids move on to the next big thing.
Both Disney/Lego, or at least one of them, made a mistake to not have out merchandise for the new movie. I really never did understand why they did not put out a basic Frozen set with the first wave. That really is the entire idea of merchandising a movie.
I think opportunity to do a one and done Frozen theme was 6 months ago, not now, but I would expect to a set or two at some point in the Princess theme. Perhaps the next move for LEGO is to do one-and-done themes tied in with new movies, like they do on the "boy" side with PotC, LR, Hobbit, etc.