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Ok, who here is hoarding all the Hoth Hans???
1026 items, 220 times sold. Whoever you are, you are halfway to clearing out Bricklink. Oh, and pm me as I have "a few" as well!
as for ninjago...
look at the nindroid mech-dragon for instance. this set has been around for a while. its from the first ninjago wave (white box) and its definitely one of the "uglier" dragon sets. people want to sell it for 40€ MISB. it can still be bought for 80€ in the official lego store!
people dat grew up with classic 80ies space sets didnt have such a huge supply we have nowadays. there always was just this 1 big spaceship when u went lego shopping! nowadays there is tons of supply.
i think some sets will crystalise as valuable. some sets everyone will already have, some of them they will get cheap. and some sets will stay utter crap that nonbody wants even if its 50% off retail.
And really, I think any theme the size of Ninjago is bound to have both winners and losers in the aftermarket. Well, except maybe Star Wars? I don't have the patience to go through all the high-priced Star Wars sets and see what they're selling for, but seeing as even some older Star Wars sets and figs I'd consider pretty awful in hindsight still sell for a lot in the aftermarket, it wouldn't surprise me if that theme's a safer investment than most.
(Part of me was also hoping that they would get rid of the squarish-large box. They're a complete pain to ship, and there is a lot of dead space in the box, which also affects their durability when stored.)
I had 5 packs of #7913 Clone Troopers that I picked up about 50% off. I tried selling them for about 18 months at RRP on BL. Not one sold. 3 have sold in the UK (at least in GBP) in six months (although at higher than RRP). I ended up opening them and selling the minifigs off. That recouped my investment plus a little bit but nothing special. The bonus were the old skis that are needed for the Cafe Corner. I got lucky there. They ended up being worth more than the minifigs. But if they hadn't, and I hadn't bought at 50%, that set would have been a loss-maker. It seems to be the same as other battle packs, I cannot see any profit in reselling them if bought at RRP.
Then there are slightly bigger sets like the landspeeder #8092. It is creeping up towards RRP. But less than 10 sell per month worldwide on BL. You've got to be lucky to shift one. There seem to be many other sets like that. The rate at which new ones come out, I don't think people care too much about older ones.
I think there are just as many SW sets that don't perform on the secondary market. There is a certain point where the sets are ubiquitous and can't possibly command astronomical after-market prices.
If anyone has all the modulars (built) and a good scale, I'd be interested in their weights. ;)
I parted mine out, selling off the minifigs.
"You mean the mass migration of Star Wars fans?"
"No, that was the Star Wars trek."
A hot dog guy army. We'll I guess they could be an 'army'. Couldn't help but think about the Wicked Witch of the West's witch guards and their chant - "Ooohhhh Eeee Ooohhh"
(Kudos on the Ronald Reagan reference.)
I don't think you need any popcorn for Star Wars puns. Granted, SDI jokes is the Mark Russell realm of old-people humor. I would suggest getting some metimucil instead...
Does anyone else consider the Ferris Wheel and the Mixer to be pseudo-Modulars?