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Of course, the alternative is to have a decent stock ready at the time of launch,
I doubt that the main goal of TLG is to satisfy the AFOL market.
By iabstract in United States, 30 Oct 2009 18:22
Just got the email for this. Glad I ordered mine some time back. The email also said you can get it with free shipping while it's available, which is a decent deal.
I'll be curious to see how much this one eventually goes for on eBay and Bricklink. Hard to see it having the appreciation of the last Falcon (2004 had an MSRP of $100, but goes for $200-$400 on eBay) given how expensive this one already is.
By goldfish in United Kingdom, 31 Oct 2009 05:27
I doubt these are available at £100 when they are £349 from Lego.
On a related point about deleted Lego sets, I have noticed there seems to be a whole cottage industry on ebay of deleted and older lego sets being sold at increased prices. I don't have a problem with this, as I suppose it is people giving the market what they want. Does anybody have any thoughts on this? I have a lot of sealed lego sets in my collection, and it makes me wonder if I should stick a lot of them in the loft for 5 years and watch them appreciate at a greater rate than my actual home. lol.
Does seem luck of the draw a bit on how the value of certain sets appreciate though. For instance, Cloud City has gone ballistic if you want a MISB set, yet some of the smaller sets, like the landspeeder etc, you can still get for not much more than the original price. Same with Harry Potter, where sets like the Castles, and the Shrieking Shack are very expensive and routinely go for over £150 if they come up mint.
By keithkram in United Kingdom, 31 Oct 2009 07:32
Supply and Demand, Lego Sets always have a short shelf life, so once they are discontinued the price will go up if people still want them. And yes I think its down to the minifigs in the Star Wars sets, I collect Minifigs and have had to pay a lot of money for the older rarer ones.
I dont think the UCS MF will go up in price as its overpriced for the standard parts and not so rare minifigs. But I may be wrong and they may go up in price, but if people can not afford £350 now to buy one, I doubt they will pay much more in the future. Now do I buy a couple and put them in storage just in case I am wrong.
btw, I tried to order one and you dont get free shipping in the UK?
It looks like people on ebay are starting to buy them at £13-14 each inc postage.
With the toy factory set as the freebie, resellers that bought £50 worth of reindeer / snowman will do nicely out of those while lego doesn't restock them.
Well you win some you lose some.
"If they do another UCE, the Slave I would be a great model - especially if they do the wings correct. A model of Executor would be great but not if its on the same scale as the ISD - it would end up having around 20,000 pieces."
Might want to keep going with that piece estimate.
I'm in the US and the store by me had them in stock for two Tuesdays back to back, but limited them to one per person each of those days. Enough for me to get one for myself and another for my GF as her Christmas present.
Millenium Falcon #7965
UCS R2-D2 #10225
and does someone know about the Death Star? Will it be available till the new version (if there´s coming someday a new version) or will it retire soon? It´s been available since 2008.
My local store will let you buy 1 Tumbler per day. I think Lego is just up against some production limitations and decided to use the Tumbler as a way to drive traffic into the stores. I'm guessing that Lego couldn't care less about the secondary market and I doubt they make any strategic decisions with the secondary market in mind. We are of no importance to them, other than being an interesting side effect of their success. To Lego, secondary market sellers are primary market buyers - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It should be, it has been out long enough, but who knows...
No idea on the other two, those no longer show up on the lists that I see...
But, LEGO brings a lot of it on themselves. Primarily through production limits and the retiring of sets. Two flaws (if 'flaw' isn't too excessive a word) in their business model. It is very interesting, because they know that a lot of the modular and UCS sets become collectible (and soar in price and feed reselling) after they are retired. So, what have they changed to try and combat that? Extend the life of many of them. But, that causes production issues, because they have so many current sets and their product is in demand at an all time high (or so it seems). And, it hurts new set sells. Most people are only going to spend so much $$ on LEGOS. And, modulars and UCS sets are pricey. Joe consumer is probably thinking "On NO!!! Yet another expensive set that I need to buy in order to maintain having all of the theme!" (So, many of us deal with that issue by buying 2-3 of a set, saving the extras for reselling later at a great price when the set eventually retires.) And, LEGO is also trying to combat the above issues by limiting discounts and sales. It is a complex problem with many moving parts. And, you're dealing with a very fickle consumer base. Just as hot as LEGO is now it can become a bane if parents tire of spending lots of $$ on expensive LEGOS sets and buying a lot of sets on top of the high price. Doesn't Timmy have enough LEGOS at some point?
Perhaps, but every day a new Timmy is born and an old Timothy awakens.
After the Detective Agency is released in January there will be a renewed interest in the Modular series. It will be followed in April/May by another very cool modular - either a bank or hospital - which will continue the momentum.
Summer 2015 is when you're going to see Fire Brigade push into $400+ range and Grand Emporium $300+