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Has Lego every re-released a retired set exactly like the original? If so, how ofter have they don this?
#8041 = #42041
#8459 = #8464 = #8439
#8431 = #8460 = #8438
#10000 Guarded Inn (2001) #6067 Guarded Inn (1986)
#10001 Metroliner (2001) #4558 Metroliner (1992)
#10002 Railroad Club Car (2001) #4547 Railroad Club Car (1993)
#10021 U.S.S. Constellation (2003) #398 U.S.S. Constellation (1978)
#10036 Pizza To Go (2002) #6350 Pizza To Go (1994)
#10037 Breezeway Cafe (2002) #6376 Breezeway Café (1990)
#10039 Black Falcon's Fortress (2002) #6074 Black Falcon's Fortress (1986)
#10040 Black Seas Barracuda (2002) #6285 Black Seas Barracuda (1989)
#10041 Main Street (2003) #6390 Main Street (1980)
#10151 Hot Rod (2004) #5541 Blue Fury (1995)
BTW - that Metroliner was released at least 2 more times as the passenger train - same design.
Of course, one might also argue that there is little appreciable difference between a reseller that purchased a set from Lego two years ago, versus an end-user purchasing a current/equivalent set from Lego. The revenue to Lego might be similar either way, excluding time value of money. After all, the reseller would not have purchased the set if the aftermarket didn't exist.
But to that point, the set could come also with a 7-11 and a bunch of minifigs for the flash mob. Might as well keep it real...
I would like to see some modular houses or apartment buildings. Almost every set released so far has to be a business, with an apartment upstairs, but real cities have homes too for people to live in. I think an apartment building or a hotel would be nice.
The Legends line did not sell well, at least as well as LEGO was hoping for.
Pretty sure I recall Metroliners being clearance'd for 50% off at some point and even then they lingered (days before all the speculators), same with main streets too I think.
This has been debated endlessly in this and other threads I believe, but people forget that LEGO constantly evolves, so when Main street and Metroliner and even Black Seas Barracuda were re-released they looked outdated. Not to mention they still were not exactly duplicated (Some hair changes, some pieces no longer manufactured).
Cafe Corner, while expensive now , was retailing for 120 because people were not hugely interested in it back then, never mind look at the parts utilized for it. I wonder if LEGO even makes some of those parts needed anymore.
Plus many claim the design is really poor now, and the building was also empty, like Market Street.
Will we see a set 'like' Cafe Corner? Likely, but I doubt you will see Cafe Corner re-released by LEGO again.
* Pieces would have to be reintroduced, at least 4 of them.
* It would take a spot in the already packed production schedule.
* The repeat modular would start off with a smaller potential audience as many fans already have the original set.
* Design as evolved (so has the piece selection) and the original sets lack something that is seen in the newer modulars (minus TH)
NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
Releasing rehashes of Cafe Corner and Green Grocer will not happen. Anything is possible, but I think Lego has learned from their earlier mistakes and I don't see it ever happening.
1.) Yes, TH was harshly criticized, a bit unfairly IMO.
2.) No one needs to leave the forum. This is a safe place!!
With search terms: Fire Brigade Lego New - the total number of sets available is about 81. This is down from 105 a year ago.
Grand Emporium is at about 107. I would imagine that in a year it might be down to about 80 as well.
The number of sets a given person has effects the length of time it takes that set to achieve desired pricing, but the total number of sets available at a given point in time is a more powerful impact on price.
The length of time TB has been available makes it natural that it will take longer to burn through early secondary inventory, but I think it definitely catches up with Taj and Eiffel over time. It's expensive and somewhat difficult to pull the trigger on - even more so than Town Hall was.
Just my opinion.
Grand Emporium will be a better test because I have a feeling that Grand Emporium sold the MAXIMUM number of sets possible based on the false EOLs that happened. Anybody who wanted to load up had multiple opportunities to do so. It will very interesting to see how GE plays out through 2015.
I've noticed the price on ebay of the exclusive store opening minifigure 3 packs has dropped. Seems like with more stores opening, more "exclusives" are out there making the market flooded, even though they are technically all different. Also, anyone who was collecting all the openings will have a hard time with so many new stores. These things used to go for over $100 if I'm recalling correctly, but now they're sitting at half that.
Also, the NYCC Bionicle masks (only 1500 made) are sitting at $20-25. Is that because they're crappy bionicle masks? Or are exclusives just taking a hit across the board? I wonder if it had been an exclusive DC minifig, for example, if it would be going for like $100.