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Predictions on Discontinuing Sets and their Secondary Market Value

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  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 366
    Ha. I know it’s a loaded question, but figured I’d ask and see what people thought
  • LyichirLyichir United StatesMember Posts: 684
    kbw said:
     If you had to guess, how much time do we have on the Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ? End of year?
    Hard to tell. The best I can offer is that the Ghostbusters license itself is not necessarily going to end as soon as might have otherwise been expected, considering the very recent release of the Ghostbusters BrickHeadz set.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,208
    Lyichir said:
    kbw said:
     If you had to guess, how much time do we have on the Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ? End of year?
    Hard to tell. The best I can offer is that the Ghostbusters license itself is not necessarily going to end as soon as might have otherwise been expected, considering the very recent release of the Ghostbusters BrickHeadz set.
    I do not equate the brickheadz release with how long the HQ is out for. My guess (and yeah its a guess) is that the HQ will not be around much longer as there is no Ecto 1 to put into the HQ. It has also been out for over a year and my guess is that it is essentially remaining stocks of these that are being made. It may last beyond this season only due to numbers of them left. My guess is they are gone at the end of the year (and may wind up on discount as well)
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 395
    ^ Well don't leave us waiting in anticipation.  What did the string say
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,720
    PapaBear said:
    ^ Well don't leave us waiting in anticipation.  What did the string say
    "All signs point to maybe."
    PapaBearpharmjod
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,590
    With Walmart and Amazon US discounts on the Firehouse and Brick Bank we should declare that proof they are on the way out and begin a panic!
  • stevemackstevemack 1567km Drive From BillundMember Posts: 879
    PapaBear said:
    ^ Well don't leave us waiting in anticipation.  What did the string say
    127.3mm

    I hope you didn’t want imperial sorry
    SprinkleOtter
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    You mean the reboot.  As I recall GBII did pretty good at the box office.

    (And I am still afraid of Vigo the Carpathian.)
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  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,401
    edited July 2018
    ^Wow...I learn something new on this site every day. I didn't realize there was a second Ghostbusters with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (or maybe I just forgot), but I'm sure it was much better than the chickified version from 2016. Some things are just better left alone...
    SumoLegogmonkey76
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 273
    edited July 2018
    ^Totally agree with you.
    Fortunately Robert Zemeckis has been able to stop a Back to the Future remake, but I fear that won't last long...
    Farmer_JohnSumoLegoVorpalRyu
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    jnscoelho said:
    ^Totally agree with you.
    Fortunately Robert Zemeckis has been able to stop a Back to the Future remake, but I fear that won't last long...
    If there is more LotR content coming... there will be another Back to the Future.
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRAOnebricktoomany
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 586
    ^NO!!! Leave Back to the Future alone!! Make a different time travel movie. If they have to make a movie with a delorean, don't touch anything else from the original trilogy
    VorpalRyuFarmer_John
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,393
    Forward to the Past, with Farty McMye.
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  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 977
    edited July 2018
    Man if we were Eurobricks users we would ALL be so totally timed out...
    Back to the derail...
    SumoLego said:
    jnscoelho said:
    ^Totally agree with you.
    Fortunately Robert Zemeckis has been able to stop a Back to the Future remake, but I fear that won't last long...
    If there is more LotR content coming... there will be another Back to the Future.
    Is this the LOTR TV series they have been talking about for like...forever.  And, if so, what network is making it?  And how weird will it be to see Middle Earth Westerosised?  I'm sure this Hobbitses will be fine, half men are VERY fashionable!
    SumoLegoBaby_Yoda
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    ^ I think either Amazon or Netflix paid something like a billion dollars for the limited franchise.  The Tolkien Estate was in litigation for years over those rights and as I recall Christopher Tolkien wasn't at all thrilled about the LotR films, and even less thrilled about the Hobbit trilogy.
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    I've noticed renewed interest in the older Lego sets (they're catching a bid). Here's why:

    In November 2017, Amazon Studios spent $250 million to outbid Netflix for television series rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-renowned Lord of the Rings fantasy series. Produced in conjunction with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, the project will explore new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, with the option of an additional spinoff series based in and around Middle Earth.

    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,868
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,225
    ^ OOS now :(
  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 366
    With Walmart and Amazon US discounts on the Firehouse and Brick Bank we should declare that proof they are on the way out and begin a panic!
    Thanks for letting me know. Now to buy from Amazon or Lego for Double VIP. . .
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,225
    kbw said:
    With Walmart and Amazon US discounts on the Firehouse and Brick Bank we should declare that proof they are on the way out and begin a panic!
    Thanks for letting me know. Now to buy from Amazon or Lego for Double VIP. . .
    Well, double VIP is only a 10% “discount”, so that makes it simple.
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    Yea but those VIP dollars add up. It was much easier to explain to my wife that I only paid $29.99 for the UCS Falcon than list price. 
    Onebricktoomany
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    Final thing I bought before I left working at Lego. So the employee discount didn't hurt either 
    SumoLegoFollowsClosely
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 743
    Can I ask what the employee discount is, or are you not allowed to say?
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    I will tell you that it is worth getting a job at an LBR store.
    BrickByBrick
  • stevemackstevemack 1567km Drive From BillundMember Posts: 879
    Yup, just don’t sell any on though as it’s against ur employment t&c’s I think
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 943
    Can I ask what the employee discount is, or are you not allowed to say?
    50% discount.
    SumoLegoPitfall69MAGNINOMINISUMBRAFollowsClosely
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    edited July 2018
    1265 said:
    Can I ask what the employee discount is, or are you not allowed to say?
    50% discount.
    Depends on what kind of employee you are.  Part-time or seasonal employees at the retail stores only get a 30% discount.  Full-time managers at the retail stores get 50%.

    And then there are limits on the amount of product you can purchase.  I think part-timers could only get $250.00 worth of discounted product.

    Corporate folks get 50%, and have similar product limit amounts.
    madforLEGOpharmjodPitfall69
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    The 30% is only for people who are on their initial probationary 90 days. If you're kept on as a regular employee it bumps to 50. Spend limit is $2,500 annually after discount. There are stipulations: don't abuse it (let a friend by $1200 worth of stuff), don't trade your discount for favors from people, and above all, don't buy and then flip - that is fireable. I was there about 4 year, 3 as a supervisor. The falcon stock finally stabilized to the point where we could buy it, less than a week before I left working there. If you like Lego and have a store close, it's worth an ask....
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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,225
    And you collect VIP points too? That is a nice deal.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,388
    ^I assume the amassed VIP points are on the discounted purchase, not the full value of the item?
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    edited July 2018
    Correct. More accurately they were on whatever my final dollar total was after any redemption I used. Honestly a good chunk of VIP dollars I earned that eventually subsidized the Falcon were from Bricks and Pieces orders during double points for pieces for Brickadelphia. Once news of the Falcon hit I started saving VIP points in earnest hoping I'd be able to eventually get it. Cut it close, but it's in my basement, patiently waiting for when I get around to amassing the pieces for the Hangar Bay 327 MOC and build a coffee table, hopefully before the school year starts and I'm back at work. 
    Switchfoot55Astrobricks
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,208
    Interesting.. the 48x48 baseplate is now 'sold out' at [email protected] US
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    MrJackson said:
    ...Spend limit is $2,500 annually after discount...
    l would be remiss not to mention that the limits change (sometimes year-to-year) and there are odd parameters when buying in-store and online.  [email protected] is a nightmare to deal with.  (Not that I know this first-hand, but a few years ago there was a really arcane systems of having to get supervisor approval to put in a [email protected] order.) 

    The retail employees tended to have a easier time, but only because they didn't have to utilize [email protected]  I would be interested to know if the people that work for [email protected] have a simple method to order stuff for themselves.
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 312
    It is arcane, dealing with employee purchases through [email protected] I've actually used that exact adjective to describe the process, and it does require manager approval, although employee discounts need to be rung out by the manager or ASM anyway. Apparently normal supervisors used to be able to do it but that was before I started and long before I got promoted. The discount's been 50% for a long time as far as I know; well before I got there. 
    SumoLegoMAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,027
    Has anything been mentioned or does anyone have any ideas about the potential after market performance of the LEGO Batman Movie sets? Nothing in particular just overall.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,208
    Has anything been mentioned or does anyone have any ideas about the potential after market performance of the LEGO Batman Movie sets? Nothing in particular just overall.
    Id like to think the sets with different bat suits may be in demand as well as the villian characters that may be sought after for collectors. That should mean most of the TLBM sets may do OK, but only if you get them on discount (like most LEGO sets in terms of secondary value).
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,868
    I'd say given the number of sets I've seen on deep discount (50% or more off) and the performance history of the LEGO movie swts I'm not optimistic about the LBM movie sets. Which is a shame, cause I personally like most of them.
    Bumblepants
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,334
    edited July 2018
    ^^^Very few if any of the sets will make a decent return. You might do better parting the sets out and selling the minifigures.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,720
    Pitfall69 said:
    It's crazy, I had a dream last night that I was at a Target and they had a bunch of The Zombies sets and I didn't buy any. 
    No, no. Nightmare.
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  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 366
    So the GB Firehouse is listed “out of stock” at [email protected] No backorder available, just out.  Might be time to jump on it at Amazon or WM if you want it. I believe it’s also out of stock at Target too
    SumoLegoOnebricktoomanymadforLEGO
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    Geez, it's about time!  Is the Helicarrier retired?
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  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 366
    It’s available for backorder now. CRISIS AVERTED.
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,596
    ^Not yet. I heard they're doing another run of the Helicarrier to combined with the nano Hogwarts. A Heliwarts set for the ages.  
    If I can retrofit some friction pins before the GBHQ is retired maybe we can build a Heliwarts Hoghouse?
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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,388
    ^Yes! This is the true ingenuity that Lego is lacking! 

    But let's not sell ourselves short. UCS Heliwarts Hoghouse (it'll have a plaque, so obviously UCS)
    SumoLegogmonkey76sid3windr
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 977
    Pitfall69 said:
    It's crazy, I had a dream last night that I was at a Target and they had a bunch of The Zombies sets and I didn't buy any. 
    #9465?
    Welcome to my EXACT reality!  Australian Targets were one of the few places to get them. I did pick up one at very initial release (thinking that It looked cool). By the time it was evident that it would be a star, they disappeared in the blink of an eye...
    Pitfall69
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