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Oh well, I only paid $1.48 for them, so I don't mind, I'll give them to the kids... :)
It has been going up and up... This may have been a silent winner among retired sets, just two weeks ago it was $299 on Amazon, now the lowest price among sellers with any feedback is $399, and that is a single seller, above that it hits $450... The lowest FBA seller (to removal all hassles of condition and reputation) is $499 today (it was $299 two weeks ago for FBA sellers)
For a set that could be purchased for $175 on Brick Friday, that is a heck of a return...
No way of course to know how many are moving at that price, but sheesh!
Makes me wonder if Imperial Shuttle will do the same, similar price point, similar lack of interest from the community, it isn't talked about much like 10195 wasn't talked about much... If this coming Brick Friday it is 25% off, that tells me it is worth buying.
Is that one going to be a dead duck like Home One was?
Speaking of Home One, finally it is over $99 on Amazon, right now it is at $109... Took long enough!
Finally, would someone explain to me why people are willing to pay $215 for the AT-AT walker (8129) when you can buy the motorized AT-AT (10178) for the same price?
As a side note, since Star Wars has been extended by 10 years with Lego, who wants to put odds on there being another AT-AT at some point? :)
For another point, given a set like Home One, it is $72.50 on Bricklink right now, but without a listed shipping cost, it may well be closer to $90 including shipping (or more). $110 including free shipping from Amazon is not all that crazy when you consider that point.
Plus, PayPal requires the buyer to pay return shipping, Amazon does not. Plus, if the item is under $300 and the seller is not upfront offering to take it back and pay return shipping, often Amazon just refunds the buyer and doesn't require a return at all.
Now THAT is service. :)
I am actually surprised it is rising.
Much more hopeful for the Imperial Shuttle that I just took delivery of from Amazon Italy for £169. Not built yet though!
It'd be interesting to compare the value of something like the original Jabba's Palace a year ago and now, with the remake on the way in the summer.
Have always liked Tantive. Its a sharp looking ship, but with the EOL discounts I think it will take awhile to reach a good price. Never sold well but my gut feeling is it will do well eventually.
I think the Dropship is a great set but just out of the range of most buyers. Two separate ships and lots of figs. Lots of play and moc possibilities. Not something that's going to be duplicated every couple years.
As for the Home One and Tantative, they always have reminded me of each other for some reason. It's kind of funny that they are acting similar after being EOL'd.
Personally, I never picked up a 10195 even though I had the opportunity to get it cheap during the BF sale. I decided to use those funds on IFs and ENs, which I think was probably a better idea in the long run.
Because there will be 10 more years of Star Wars Lego, then there will be 10 more years of "new" AFOLs coming into the game, some of whom want to get the back catalog. What would concern me more is if they stopped them next year, then the retail shelves stopped having Star Wars Lego of any kind, then they become a long term collectible without any new buyers...
When the Star Wars license finally ends, I personally would get out at that point.
Your right in one point. I got back in to Lego several years back when I bought the first Star Wars Snow Speeder. So yes, Star Wars pulled me back in actually.
Just realised that we can test your theory pretty soon with Harry Potter exiting in the summer! Just out of interest since you are a seller, have you stocked up on any of these sets?, or do you think the interest will drop off given the big summer releases for Star Wars and Lord of The Rings dropping in.
In fact, I didn't even know Lego stores EXISTED until I walked by it... I was in the mall to buy an iPad for my wife, when I found the Lego store directly across from the Apple store.
Walked in and about fell down, this was NOT the Lego I remembered from my childhood... First thing that caught my eye was the Yellow Cargo Train, bought that on the spot for my son (he was MAJOR into Thomas at the time) and away it went.
If you remove current Star Wars Lego sets from retail shelves, then at some point your average person has no idea it even exists, so they aren't going to look for it. Oh sure, many will find it by mistake, but I think having "something" on the shelf draws people in, then they get hooked, then they want the back catalog.
To be sure, rereleases are probably not the best sets to invest in, the AT-AT is going strong now, but another will come along in a few years I imagine, same with Falcon, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, etc.
But will we ever have another 10195? 10212? No, those are unique, and special enough that 5 years from now, someone will want them to complete the back collection.
7676 is going strong now, but that also may get remade, and if it does, I'd expect the current prices to drop a bit. Now is probably the peak of the market for that set. Wish I had 10 of them to sell, but alas I don't... I have one of them (thanks to the member of this forum who hooked me up!) and my son and I are going to open it and build it!!! Ha! :)
I'm stocking up on 10217, but that is it, nothing else... Diagon Alley can be used for Castle, LOTR, and of course HP, I think it is special and thus will hold longer than the others. Hogwarts Castle is nice, and probably the best they have done, but what does it build besides Hogwarts Castle? Besides, the price per part on it isn't as good as Diagon Alley.
Planning to get it next month when the double points are on. Just the one copy though, and will build it with my daughter, although given it's going to be a complex build and she is only coming up to 6, I might put it away for a year.
LegoFanTexas is right though, Diagon Alley is the stand out set by a mile there. Totally unique and not likely to be ever remade. I just hope its still about when I visit the Lego store in Milton Keynes in March. At £132.99, I need the double points offer!!! :-D
The verdict is still out on SW with the contract renewal. Yes, buyers will be happy and TLG will be happy; however, I do wonder about the prospects for aftermarket sellers. I guess my gut instinct leads me to believe that it will be on a set-by-set basis (unlike HP).
Quick, everyone go buy Hogwarts Castle, no one will have them, it'll triple after EOL!!!
Quick, go buy now! ;)
That is why I try and invest in sets that won't get re-released too soon... AT-AT is going to get done again, so I wouldn't save those sets past this Christmas...
The UCS Falcon? Never happen... Lego has too many other fish to fry than to try that again... From everything I've heard, the first one didn't actually sell very well...
No, not a new one, one of their "used - like new" sets... Paid $102 for it... It sure looks new to me, there is some very minor shelf-wear on the box, a few nicks and bumps, but nothing major. The seals are good, it looks fresh off the shelf.
They had two more for sale for $104, also marked as minor damage, I just bought both of them... I won't invest hard in this one, but if they come in similar condition, then that is a heck of a price for that set. To me anyway. :)
I'll probably end up building one of them, to add to our general Castle theme, strip the HP elements out and make it Castle fodder, just like I'm going to do to Diagon Alley (I have not seen any of the HP movies, or read the books, and honestly know almost nothing about HP, amazing isn't it?)
Now THIS is nuts:
This is a 64 part polybag... ok, Brickmaster, whee! The lowest new seller on Amazon is $135 including shipping...
You can buy the FULL SIZE Clone Turbo Tank for less:
$102.95 shipped as of tonight
Now, I know some people like complete collections, but that is insane!!!