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Train track (temporarily?) out-of-stock on LEGO.com

gruetzmacherdgruetzmacherd USA, WIMember Posts: 30
edited December 2011 in Everything else LEGO
Has anyone seen or heard any rumors of possible changes to LEGO's track offering for 2012?

Both "flexible and straight tracks" and "switching tracks" are currently out of stock on LEGO.com in the US and are listed as not being available until late January. While it appears that these will come back for at least awhile longer, this situation reminds me of last Christmas when the 7896 "straight and curves" set unexpectedly sold out, only to be replaced by the aforementioned "flexible and straight tracks".

I can't believe how silly LEGO has been in their track offerings of late. First straights/curves sold together causing a glut of curves on the market, only to be followed by virtually removing curves from their offering causing their price to nearly exceed that of straights in some cases. Why not offer each track type in an independent pack like back in the 9V days?

Comments

  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    Maybe that's what they have planned?

    Let's hope so. ;o)
  • Rollo_TomassiRollo_Tomassi Member Posts: 113
    That would make more sense, wouldn't it? I'd also like them to bring back the X-style crossing they discontinued a couple years back.
    AND....individual cars. Like they used to do. Starting with the EN Passenger Car Hint Hint, TLG.
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    Unfortunately individual cars don't appeal to as broad of a customer base. Buying packs of either straight or curves tracks makes sense though. Hope that will be the change.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,245
    Based on how they've sold road plates the last several years, I wouldn't get my hopes up on this.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,477
    I'm guessing the real reason is Christmas.. their production seems to wind down for end of year and demand is up during Christmas, as a result lots of LEGO sets tend to go on backorder until the beginning of the next year...
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,245
    There's nothing quite so sad as a skeletonized Toy Store in the days leading up to Christmas...
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    *shudder* (imagining shop full of skeletons)
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,245
    They mostly come out at night, mostly.
  • Rollo_TomassiRollo_Tomassi Member Posts: 113
    An Aliens reference! I love it. Well played, Sir. ;-)
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