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(Not often I get to name-drop)
Not just the ship, but all the stuff that came with it...
I actually collect G.I. Joe aircraft and vehicles. I do customs and/or restore them.
Below are some before and after photos. It is much like completing old Lego sets.
I just was trying to compare the FLAGG with the SSD. I know crazy Star Wars collectors will have to have it, but I don't think the general public is that much interested. I think the Death Star has a lot more going for it.
My point was the SSD will never have that kind of mainstream relevance.
A few years later I ditched that kid and made friends with someone who had a great nintendo game selection and a really nice pool. When you grow up poor you have to be resourceful.
Interestingly nearly every Lego retailer in Australia has had issues keeping shelves full over the last year and a half at different times. It's obvious that retailers can't get enough stock.
See this all the time in US. #75020 Jabba's Sail Barge is a notable one, 119.99 USD, but has been on sale usually and for about 80-90 USD , at times less. #9516 Jabba's Palace was retailing for $119.99 USD, but routinely at 90-100 USD or lower some times. Rancor pit? Retails for $59.99 USD , but Routinely at 45-55 USD (some times lower). To the point you could buy the palace and pit for 150 USD combined.
Also not just SW line either.
LoTr #79008 Pirate ship ambush was 99.99 USD, but have always seen them for 80 or way lower ($60-65) -notably during the holidays last year.
LEGO #31020 Creator family house.. Retails for $69.99, but routinely down to $55 or lower.
Most city sets that retail for 99.99 have been sales to 75-80 or lower at times as well. Heck even TRU has gotten into it; the #60026 Town Square retails for 119.99 but is on sale for 95-100 at times (with discounts).
I doubt retailers are losing their shirts on these 'deals' or I doubt you would see many 20-30% sales and then replenishment of stocks when they run out so they can discount it again.
Serious play will be no different I think. Retails for dear; will be put on sale occasionally for 20-30% off at various outlets.
I have a few, I like them for parts and you multiple models to build, just do not like them at RRP.
Not sure if 'serious play' will do the same though
I know what you're saying @Pitfall69 but I've only had the one response to that and they wanted to trade #4954 #5770 and a poly for a GE. I had a few #4954 and did ok on them but I think the price of them has dropped significantly this last 12 months.