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Hopefully they can replace it for you. I can take a ding or two, but broken seals is a deal breaker for me when I get one from a retail store, or Amazon.
I went through the box to check I had all bags, baseplate and instructions and all was present and correct, because in the condition I could have assumed this was a return in which someone just opened the box and took out the bag for the parts they needed and returned - honestly some people :/ I wouldn't dare myself...
But anyway, they offered me a return for a full refund... or a partial refund... She went to speak to her manager while I started drafting possible figures in my mind, I mean £10, £20 just wouldn't be worth it... But nearer 50% discount is what I would... Something which I didn't think would come back with, not even close in fact...
But she did, very close in fact, they offered me a £60 refund... £73.99 for a GE (not going to translate into USD due to the fact Lego is cheaper over there anyway) But you get the idea... So yes I went for it...
I just thought if I got offered a Cafe corner with that box now it would still be worth more than what a MISB ever retailed at so why not.
Im glad the compensation was more than just a half hearted one similar to what I have been offered by other retails such as Argos (who also batter Lego boxes) in the past :)
That is unless it was already damaged prior to it being dispatched to me.
so indeed the rate for importing Lego sets is free.
Now showing "Out of stock, expected ship date 20 Jul 2014"
Buy it then. I rarely build and display, however I like it and it takes its place in my corner unit along with other collectibles
I would say more power to you if you happen to stumble upon them for 50%, but I would say around BF and Cyber Monday you will likely find them for about 35-40% off.
I tend to not pay retail for any 100+ dollar city sets (at least those can still be put on sale)
I guess I can also see the #6857 Funhouse doing well, as ironic as that is considering how many were sold of that set and the length of time it was out, but if you got them on sale it probably will be worth it to have a few of those stashed.
I also got my notification that my GE shipped from LEGO (US) today
The entire line of Superheroes is minifig driven, with a few exceptions for good builds in the Quinjet & Arkham Asylum. And prospects for the line's success in the long term will come down to the characters & costume variants available in a given set. Which will be the same factor why the new Bat vs. Tumbler set will be a solid gainer in the future, as Diggy and Vitreolum pointed out.
If you think Star Wars fans go gaga for costume variants, then just wait until the SH segment catches up. As it's a natural aspect for comics and becomes a necessity to the hardcore collectors needing every version of that character.