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  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 741
    ^^^ Where are your white gloves @samiam391
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    samiam391 said:
    So excited to complete the only possible set of all 3 solid metal exclusive R2-D2 minifigures!
    The other two are pewter and silver?  (I vaguely remember the previous giveaways.  Along with the bronze C-3PO.)
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,328
    SumoLego said:
    samiam391 said:
    So excited to complete the only possible set of all 3 solid metal exclusive R2-D2 minifigures!
    The other two are pewter and silver?  (I vaguely remember the previous giveaways.  Along with the bronze C-3PO.)
    White Gold and Sterling Silver.

    ^^^ Where are your white gloves @samiam391
    I was excited to take it out of the box for the first time...
    GothamConstructionCo
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,853
    ^It says 2 of 5 produced. So you own 3 of the total 5? Pretty dang incredible! 


    In related news, I just pieced together 10 storm troopers from a bulk lot. And they were only partially chewed. So, pretty impressive as well...
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,775
    @samiam391 - please post a photo of all three together - that's such an acheivement.
    mustang69panchox1
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    edited March 5
    Not that I don't trust revenue reports from a family-owned company, when all of the books/accounting isn't made public or audited...

    But this made me scrunch my brow.


    Unless 'upgraded' has been expanded to mean 'not dilapidated', this is suspicious to me.
    BumblepantsPyrobuggmonkey76mustang69datsunrobbieKungFuKenny
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,604
    ^ How much of that 27% increase was due to people trying to redeem VIP points? And does that 27% represent that many more people, or just 27% more visits? (By people repeatedly trying to redeem VIP points!)
    gmonkey76Pyrobugmustang69datsunrobbieKungFuKenny
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,081
    SumoLego said:
    Not that I don't trust revenue reports from a family-owned company, when all of the books/accounting isn't made public or audited...

    But this made me scrunch my brow.


    Unless 'upgraded' has been expanded to mean 'not dilapidated', this is suspicious to me.
    I think they're counting the frantic page refreshes from customers desperately trying to check out as seperate visits, perhaps? 27% increased activity seems about the average for a basic transaction now.
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 406
    edited March 5
    My status is being frustrated by ups yet again not delivering an Amazon order on time. If it was up to me, I'd never use them
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 494
    That was just the amount of refreshing people did to the malfunctioning website when trying to buying the 1989 Batmobile to get it with the mini-1989 Batmobile GWP.

    KungFuKenny
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,330
    SumoLego said:
    Not that I don't trust revenue reports from a family-owned company, when all of the books/accounting isn't made public or audited...

    But this made me scrunch my brow.


    Unless 'upgraded' has been expanded to mean 'not dilapidated', this is suspicious to me.
    Don't confuse US auditing rules with requirements elsewhere in the world ;)

    The default in Europe (Audit directive 2006/43/EC) is that all companies or public entities require a statutory audit to certify the financial statements, with exemptions based on balance sheet/turnover/employees thresholds. These thresholds basically exclude small companies only.

    So TLG's accounts have certainly been audited; the 2019 annual report is signed by PWC.
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    I also happen to think that 27% is in the range of weird made-up growth that looks big, looks sustainable, and can't be verified.
    560Heliport
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    stlux said:
    So TLG's accounts have certainly been audited; the 2019 annual report is signed by PWC.
    Yes, I'm sure they're accurate to a certain extent - they are accountable to their family shareholders.  But we all know that there is a level of wizardry when it comes to corporate accounting.  Enron had fabulous audited accounts.

    Nonetheless, my misgivings are that we don't see actual revenue reports (sales figures, etc.), expense reports, and all of those things that a publicly traded company is required to provide in the US.  It'd be interesting to know how much annual revenue is generated by the licensing to third-parties, or how they account for revenue from LEGO Masters.

    I really want to know how many units the UCS MF has sold!
    Pyrobug560Heliportgmonkey76msandersKungFuKennydavetheoxygenman
  • vanvonfullvanvonfull washingtonMember Posts: 78
    edited March 6
    Went to buy a birthday gift for my nephew today (two Harry Potter sets) but ended up buying 4 sets from my want list as well. Whoops!

    the wife might send me on less birthday errands soon. 
    560HeliportPyrobugKungFuKennyBumblepantsgmonkey76mustang69pxchris
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,330
    edited March 6
    @SumoLego As a European company, TLG has the same reporting and auditing requirements as a public company. As they are privately held (75% KIRKBI, 25% LEGO Foundation), they just don't need to make them publicly available. We're pretty lucky they make this summary available to all. But I'm sure KIRKBI's accountants, lawyers and investment managers are all over the much more detailed numbers available to them 😉

    There's actually some information in the annual report (page 21) regarding licencing revenue: DKK 451M (USD 68M). VS 38B from sale of goods. Looking back over the past 10 years, licencing revenue has on average made up 1,3% of TLG's total revenue. You also get numbers on e.g. how much they invested in plants and equipment (DKK 1.8B) and how much they paid their executives.

    However TLG's job is to make KIRKBI money from selling bricks. Most other non-core activities are done by either KIRKBI (where the LEGO trademark is held) or the Foundation. E.g. the crackdown on leaks was done by KIRKBI lawyers. Strengthening the LEGO brand is a 100% KIRKBI responsibility, so I wouldn't be surprised if contracts for the LEGO Masters programs have been signed between Endemol Shine and KIRKBI, not TLG. If you ever want to apply your lawyer skills at LEGO, it's at KIRKBI you need to look for a job, not TLG 😁
    SumoLegoKungFuKenny560Heliportpanchox1davetheoxygenman
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,330
    Lego status this evening: gutted 😞

    New COVID-19 related restrictions were put in place by the Danish government today, and as a result TLG cancelled all arrangements that are not absolutely business critical. Including the AFOL event I was attending next week...

    Oh well, next Billund trips planned for November and December. 😊
    KungFuKenny560HeliportpxchrisPyrobugMynattPumpkin_3CK5
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 1,928
    I wonder if that means the Inside Tour has also been cancelled or postponed.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 536
    edited March 7
    Went to the LEGO Store on Wednesday. Haven't been in there since it closed in Sacramento. Sadly, the Pick a Brick wall...I only filled one cup. Nothing super neat. I did get the pink elephants from BAM...And another train, a LEGO Store set... Will have to get pictures.
    KungFuKennypanchox1
  • Pumpkin_3CK5Pumpkin_3CK5 CaliforniaMember Posts: 782
    edited March 8
    Was hoping to pick this set up(or any other exclusives, if they're not sold out yet) in Japan but gotta cancel my trip cause of that [email protected]$&+?! stupid virus. Maybe they'll have a cool exclusive come Halloween.

  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,604
    Wow! I love that Dagobah swamp!
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,580
    Wow! I love that Dagobah swamp!
    A lot of trans green!

    560Heliport
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 851
    Lego status today is 'Party like it's 1999'.  Getting super close to the 5k minifig mark too!




    Pyrobug
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 536
    I've been playing with my LEGO DOTS band. Parts actually stick fairly well! I stuck some 4x4 plates on it, and created a nice curve.
    560Heliport
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 839
    I actually managed to visit my closest LEGO Store yesterday and walked away highly disappointed. They were out of almost everything I was looking for.
    Modeltrainman
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,365
    Got an email from Lego asking me to call them to correct a payment issue. I reread the email five times, nowhere in it was the phone number they asked me to call.

    Anyway apparently if you pay for Bricks & Pieces with PayPal and it takes a long time for them to ship, PayPal will cancel the payment.
    560HeliportFizyxgmonkey76PyrobugKungFuKennymsandersSumoLegoPumpkin_3CK5
  • PyrobugPyrobug Louisville, KyMember Posts: 179
    When I unboxed my #10262 there was a small bag of eleven light bluish grey 1x1 bricks loose inside the box. I knew that they were to fix a problem with some of the parts in the set and figured I would find the answer at some point.
    I wasn't too far into building the last bag when I realized what they were for. The 1x1 bricks that were in bag 4 are way off in color, like there wasn't enough blue. I'm glad LEGO caught the error themselves so I don't have to call customer support and have them fix it. First time I've personally seen anything like this.The one on the right came out of bag 4. The one on the left is what light bluish grey is supposed to look like.When I realized what the extra 1x1s were for.
    BumblepantsMr_CrossKungFuKennyFizyxdatsunrobbie
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,448
    edited March 11
    ^^ Are they accidental old gray? ;-)
    KungFuKennyFizyxPyrobug
  • PyrobugPyrobug Louisville, KyMember Posts: 179
    sid3windr said:
    ^^ Are they accidental old gray? ;-)
    Nah. The old grays had a lot more brown in them. These look like they could be pretty close to the old very light gray color but I don't have any parts in that color to compare.
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 406
    saw a facebook marketplace listing for a bin of bricks that had what looked like an intact Kwik e mart in it. $20. reached out to the seller, said it was available but couldn't talk right now. later, it got marked up $35 and no reply.
    PyrobugFowlerBricksSumoLego
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,853
    Well, this isn't LEGO related, and I don't want to divert the course of the forum to something super off-topic, but my kids schools just closed for the next 6 weeks in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    Looks like I'll be starting summer break a little earlier this year...
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 406
    bummer. Disneyland are closing the gates starting tomorrow , the day we're scheduled to arrive, through the end of the month. Trying to figure out what we're gonna do now. I was really looking forward to hitting the lego store there.  
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,853
    ^Oh no! I had hoped you had already gone! That's a big bummer to say the least. Best wishes as you figure out next steps. 
    SumoLegoKungFuKennypanchox1
  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 152
    Finally ... there is something useful to being pretty much housebound by mobility handicaps. Of course it's not so nice for you other people.
    560Heliport
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 831


    After spending some time in the dark ages, I’m back with my long-awaited Stranger Things set, and the new Lego Dots! Can’t decide if I’m more excited to explore the Upside Down or make rainbow bracelets! :D
    PyrobugFowlerBricksLostInTranslationSwitchfoot55Cymbelinebrickventuresvanvonfull
  • CharmiefcbCharmiefcb SydneyMember Posts: 277

    panchox1 said:
    bummer. Disneyland are closing the gates starting tomorrow , the day we're scheduled to arrive, through the end of the month. Trying to figure out what we're gonna do now. I was really looking forward to hitting the lego store there.  
    Terrible luck. I was going to see family in New York as well as catch some NBA games. I landed in LA and saw the news the season was suspended. Now I am not going to go to New York as I want to get home asap and am booked on a flight out tomorrow.
    Now the fun part of chasing up airlines and hotels to get credit or a refund.
    Then I'm going to self isolate for 2 weeks just in case.
    In Lego news if you want a retired A Wing and Kylos TIE fighter Microfighters pack in Sydney the store at Sydney Airport just before the departures gate in the International terminal has a couple.

    panchox1
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 514
    Trying to convince the wife of the importance of self isolation/quarantine to minimise the risk of COVID-19. Unfortunately she isn't keen on taking the kids to her mums so the plan to shut myself away on ny own to work on my LEGO backlog is on hold...
    Bumblepants560HeliportPyrobugKungFuKennyJern92CymbelineSumoLegomsandersgmonkey76
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 839
    Well, this isn't LEGO related, and I don't want to divert the course of the forum to something super off-topic, but my kids schools just closed for the next 6 weeks in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    Looks like I'll be starting summer break a little earlier this year...
    Oregon just closed through at least the end of March. So crazy.
    panchox1 said:
    bummer. Disneyland are closing the gates starting tomorrow , the day we're scheduled to arrive, through the end of the month. Trying to figure out what we're gonna do now. I was really looking forward to hitting the lego store there.  
    That's a tough blow. I have some friends who were due to be hitting Disney World this weekend too.

    Well, the good news is, that if we end up having to quarantine, I've got a shiny new #21318 ready to crack open.
    KungFuKennyPyrobugCymbeline
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,100
    pxchris said:

    Well, the good news is, that if we end up having to quarantine, I've got a shiny new #21318 ready to crack open.
    That set was a joy to build- I think you will really enjoy it!
    pxchrisPyrobugCymbeline
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,853
    Well, my office has closed for the next two weeks now as an employee somewhere in the building tested positive. NOT a 2 week vacation of course as the expectation is that work continues uninterrupted. Dang work from home accommodations...
    Pyrobug
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,081
    Dang work from home accommodations...
    They threatened us with that today. I assured them that I would get absolutely nothing done if I'm expected to work at home. 
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    edited March 13
    Am I the only one building a Sheldon-robot in anticipation of the virus hysteria continuing?

    (Frankly, I'd be happy to be ordered to do a two-week quarantine.  I've got three seasons of Rebels to watch, and embarrasingly... 20 episodes of Blue Bloods.  I do love me some Selleck!)
    560HeliportSwitchfoot55datsunrobbie
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    klinton said:
     ...I would get absolutely nothing done if I'm expected to work at home. 
    I tried working from home when my son was born.  My mortgage company was not impressed with the number of diapers I changed that month.  They still insisted on being paid with money.

    (Maybe this time they'll take payment in the form of 'Episodes Watched on Netflix'.)
    KungFuKennyklinton
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,319
    This made me giggle... 



    Is that a dodgy translation or trying to hide the fact it's a toy weapon? 
    KungFuKennypxchrisSumoLegoPyrobugBumblepantsFowlerBricks
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,909
    edited March 13
    I'm kinda afraid to see what a Ninjago 'Knife' would look like.  Maybe a bat'leth?
    KungFuKennyMaffyD
  • KeilupKeilup Frisco, TXMember Posts: 167
    pxchris said:

    Well, the good news is, that if we end up having to quarantine, I've got a shiny new #21318 ready to crack open.

    Awesome set.  One of my favorites.  Got it for my daughter for Christmas.  She built it herself.  I want to take it apart so I can build it, but she won't let me.  Maybe one day.
    KungFuKenny
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,081
    I decided to brave the hoardes at Walmart today, in search of cheap shrimp for my turtle. The store was just overrun with shoppers, all jostling dangerously close in their pursuit of quarantine supplies. It was kind of hilarious. For my troubles, I also managed to snag #76128 at 40% off. It was the only FFH set I was wanting, containing both Mysterio and Night Monkey as well as a pile of fun parts. Molten Man himself is currently helping the haunted port-a-loo attack the Newbury fairground.
    560HeliportKungFuKennyvanvonfullgmonkey76
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