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There is absolutely no way they ran out of ideas. Let me repeat that.
There is absolutely no way they ran out of ideas.
I am still holding out slim hope that their idea is to refresh the line for those that missed out, and that a new set is still coming down the pipe.
Am happy they did remake the toy story and am hoping for more retired sets to get a remake. Only have the last 2 winter sets and it is one of my favorit themes,am happy that I can now pick up one of the older sets for a decent price. Hope they will remake the cottage with that flatbed truck again as well. Would not have mind a completely new set either btw, but this is by no means a disappointment.
If you already have this set then yes,i can imagine you are disappointed. Still waiting for that church,well one can hope.
Does seem an odd choice though - they can't have run out of ideas already. Wonder if there's a 2nd 'sweet' set still to come.
I'm assuming the winter village sets are good sellers - they certainly come across as a popular theme.
Last year's Winter Village Market seems to have been the exception; it did not seem to sell well. The lack of discounts didn't help matters.
Is it still April 1st in the galaxy somewhere?
And as someone mentioned earlier that only resellers are the ones that are upset that this set got a rehash couldn't be more wrong.
What about those who bought the Toy Store in the secondary market b/c they missed out and wanted a complete collection. They paid upwards for $250-$300 for a set that was gonna be re-released. I'd be pretty ticked if I just bought this set last year on ePay to then find out if I waited a year, I'd have a nearly identical set for retail.
Plus like @Pitfall69 said, those who like the exclusivity of it even if they started from the beginning would be upset too.
If you make a Toy Store, make it a NEW one...not the same one w/ little add ons. I just looked at an old review of 10199 and it's a spitting image.
Sad for collectors, people who overpaid after missing out on the first one and for resellers. :)
Anyone who spent $250 on the toy shop only has themselves to blame. Possibly the reseller who took them for $200 but certainly not TLG.
Any collector who wants to feel special because other people don't own the same set (a mass produced toy from a few years ago) needs to get over themselves. Also they'll surely still know that they own the original, not the rehash.
That said, just normal fans of the winter village line who already have the toy shop will rightly be upset that there effectively isn't a new wv set this year. I'm in that category but by tomorrow I'll have got over it.
hopefully it means they'll put more effort in to next years wv set (assuming there is one, and assuming its no the bakery/post office).
Something to differentiate it from #10199 at the first glance
It also opens up the possibility of further re-issues of 'older' sets - I'm not expecting a new USC Falcon, but wouldn't object to a refreshed Green Grocer or similar. And if they re-do something I've already got, well Lego is already producing enough product to keep my wallet under strain for the foreseeable future (Ferris Wheel, Ninjago temple, large Technic sets, and numerous other bits and pieces)...
Having said that, I would have preferred to see the rumoured Sweet Shop over this anyway - maybe next year @Grogall? ;)
<ducks the incoming LEGO snow balls>
Scenario 1- Put out a brand new great winter set- You get purchases from people that are already hooked on the theme, and anybody interested in a winter set.
Scenario 2- You put out a repeat- You get those that may have missed it, who in all likelihood are people interested in a winter theme, and would have bought a brand new winter set anyway. On top of that, you tick off your current customer base that plans on buying the new one.
It seems that Scenario 1 brings in more money, so why go with Scenario 2?
- They were done with the theme and already had planned on not making any more and felt this was an easy way to bring in some money.
- They have another set coming out.
- They were sending a message to resellers.
I don't buy most of those options.
Does anyone have the sales figures of the Winter Collection? One has wonder if they are flat, so no matter what they release, it's a guaranteed sell out.
I am frothing over the prospect of a Cafe Corner re-release...
With the Emporium gone, it's time for another corner modular!
The Winter Village Toy Shop, our first set in the Winter Village series, was a huge hit with fans when it launched in 2009 and we are excited to announce the Winter Village Toy Shop is back. Our designers have made several updates including adding some new printed details, additional bricks and elements along with a new minifigure. This 2015 version offers a great building experience to both those fans who have the original set, and those who may be new to the Winter Village series. This is not an indication of any future re-release or set updates.
Did y'all watch the designer video? paraphrasing - "it was a challenge to make the roofs at 45 degree angles." Umm...how'd it happen back in '09? Or did he mean it was a challenge back in '09. :)
Anyhoo...i've had this building experience before. It doesn't look like it will be exciting or different the second time around.
It would have not been the first time LEGO stopped production on popular theme. Remember when they replaced Ninjago with Chima ? Not saying it was a savvy business decision, just pointing out that it had happened before
Historically, Lego has no issue with selling out of product. Market analysis shows that the casual Lego buyer will buy a comparable set, rather than purchasing another competitor's product.
(I always cite the Friends Dolphin Cruiser and Disney Princess Elsa's Palace as the prime example of the production cycle.)
This decision about the Winter Village was made well before the beginning of the production cycle. I'm sure if the sales take a nose-dive, that may very well be the end of the collection.