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UCS falcon rumours (that turned out to be true!)

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  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    Hmm. Maybe I'll get one of those for Christmas instead.
    bluedragon
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,208
    ^^ Ouch! To think not long after I got back into Lego, a guy at Brick-a-laide tried to convince me that I should buy an extra #10179 he had for $4.5k, because they weren't going to get any cheaper & Lego would never again release an iconic set like that. Wonder if anyone took him up on the offer & if they regret doing so...
    xiahna
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    Was it ever actually that high? I though 3 grand was the limit.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,593
    There were many first editions that sold well above $3k.
    FollowsCloselypharmjod
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,208
    edited April 2018
    @Kaitch keep in mind I'm talking Australian dollars, currently AU$4,500 is US$3,469, £2,465 or €2,808. Not a hundred percent on it, but I think there were a couple of sellers on eBay with first edition 10179 sets, with all the extras for over US$3k. I doubt his was a first edition, but it's likely I was one of a few 'just out of my dark ages' marks he probably figured he could swindle first edition level coin from for a regular sealed 10179.
    SumoLegoxiahna
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    That does make more sense. Silly currencies. I would ask why we can't all use the same one, but after the Eurozone crisis...
    VorpalRyuFollowsClosely
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,243
    that would probably imply all countries must have the same monetary policy, which is probably extremly complicated.
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    Exactly. When the Eurozone was set up, all participating countries were given certain rules they had to follow to synchronize the various monetary policies. But most of them, such as (for example) Greece, did not follow the rules, and did not actually meet the prerequisites. Hence, the Eurozone Crisis.

    A few years ago, there was talk of all EU countries being obligated to adopt the euro. David Cameron had to go to Brussels to ask permission the retain the pound as an officially recognized currency. Cameron won that one, but he should never have HAD to ask for such a basic sovereign right. Britian was also promised that we would never be forced to bail out any Eurozone country, a promise that was forgotten as soon as the EU needed more money.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,225
    Off topic much?
    FizyxomniumMuftak1
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    ^Sorry
    Astrobricks
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 672
    Was anyone else hoping for extra May 4 perks with the black card?
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,605
    ^ It would be a good time for Lego to do something wouldn't it, everyone should have there cards by now but I fear we wont seen anything special.  
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 672
    Am I the only one who’s been disappointed by the one month of double VIP points? It’s already 4 months into the year and that’s all we’ve gotten for “a full year of special Star Wars-themed offers throughout 2018” 
    gmonkey76M_BossFollowsCloselyBumblepantsSeanTheCollectorLobotYo_dAThe_RancorRainstorm26
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 948
    My interest had been waining, then this Falcon came along and I was excited. Now I am definitely back into a dark age. My falcon is still sealed.
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 727
    ^ I'm still trying to decide on a suitable way of displaying it before I crack it open. I have replacement printed parts so there will be no printed stickers! :-) My ideal solution would be a glass topped coffee table. Backup solution is a tilting stand but I would still need a suitable free space somewhere. Even then I'm going need a bucket load of free time to get it done!

    Although I don't regret buying it straight away, I was definitely looking forward to more than double VIP promotions. Virtually all Star Wars sets can be had with significantly better discounts at other retailers if you are patient.

    Perhaps we should all threaten to return our unopened falcons if the Black Card benefits don't materalize in 2018. I'm sure that would go down well in the media! :)
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 701
    Am I the only one who’s been disappointed by the one month of double VIP points? It’s already 4 months into the year and that’s all we’ve gotten for “a full year of special Star Wars-themed offers throughout 2018” 
    I'm not too butt-hurt as I'd have been happy with just the black VIP card and the Falcon. Hell... I'd still have bought day one with no freebies, without the black card and even if it was a straight re-release of the prior one.

    But to promise something and not provide it is pretty crappy. As Yoda said: "Either do or do not. Don't say you will then just offer double VIP points on a bunch of sets that can be bought elsewhere for a lot less". Or something like that.

    I'm sure class action lawsuits have been brought for lesser offenses. Hopefully the number of Falcon sales just outstripped the inventory of amazing freebies and Lego is currently ramping up supply in order to blow our socks off at the end of Q2. Or maybe not. Worst case scenario will be if there were some cool promos that have now been cancelled due to demand outstripping supply.
    LobotomniumFizyx
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 672

    From LEGO Customer Service: 

    “Thanks for getting in touch with us.

    I enjoyed reading your email, and I hope you've had a great time building the 75192 Millennium Falcon™! 

    I'll be sure to pass your feedback along to the Promotions Team. Due to the overwhelming response of the Falcon, we're really happy to hear that our fans are looking forward to the next promotion attached to the Falcon VIP cards!

    Even though I can't disclose any details yet, we hope you'll keep an eye on your emails, because the Promotions Team likes to surprise our fans, (and us!), with the perks! 

    Happy Building!
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,695
    Even though I can't disclose any details yet” meaning there are details or meaning “not another ungrateful wretch who was stupid enough to fall for the promotion in the first place”?
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,589
    I have been pretty optimistic the rewards would improve as the year progresses. But if nothing turns up in May that is nearly half the year gone with only the weak 2x in February. A far cry from the promised 'throughout the year'.
    VorpalRyuYo_dA
  • stevemackstevemack 1567km Drive From BillundMember Posts: 879
    Has anyone else noticed amazon.co.uk has lego #75192 to order (currently oos)
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    Yeah, I spotted that a few weeks back. But it's cheaper at [email protected], right?
  • willp2003willp2003 Member Posts: 86
    Rumours are that black vip card holders will get a blue print poster of the new y-wing and a raffle to win that pewter r2d2
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 613
    ^ The latter makes sense as they featured a pic of the 'platinum' R2D2 with the original promotional guff that came with the card. However, even if only Black VIP card members can enter, it's probably only a slightly better chance of winning than the original platinum R2D2 draw over the new year - by the way did anyone on a fan site actually win it?

    There was also an image of the DJ polybag in the original 3 deals suggested on the Black VIP promo card but we've recently had DJ polybags in their droves at Tesco stores so the appeal is minimal if that's a freebie - I already bought 2. The third deal I think related to VIP points or discounts but was more vague.

    i'm sure I'm just getting drawn into the marketing hype from the customer service team but the slightly generic comment of 'surprise' makes me hope the promo will at some point make available something that we haven't seen yet which is truly exclusive. A blueprint of the Y-Wing sounds nice but not "I'm going to spend (up to) full RRP for a lot of Star Wars sets" nice.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,593
    Pewter!?!?!? 

    (Rodney Dangerfield says:  Pewter? I hardly knew her!)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,695
    edited April 2018
    willp2003 said:
    Rumours are that black vip card holders will get a blue print poster of the new y-wing
    Something like this?


  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,589
    I am going to laugh if you have to buy the Y Wing to get the poster.
    LobotYo_dAM_BossFollowsClosely
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,695
    Or worse, have to go to store to buy the Y-Wing and collect the poster.  That being the case, how would they know how many VIPs will visit what store?  And what happens to the unsold excess?  Doesn’t sound very exclusive to me.
    gmonkey76M_Boss
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 442
    ^ The latter makes sense as they featured a pic of the 'platinum' R2D2 with the original promotional guff that came with the card. However, even if only Black VIP card members can enter, it's probably only a slightly better chance of winning than the original platinum R2D2 draw over the new year - “”by the way did anyone on a fan site actually win it?””

    There are some very hard core collectors out there looking for the winner of the platinum R2D2, with Deep Deep pockets waiting for it to surface, or the owner to be identified. When these people spend thousands on something like the George Lucas minifigure, you can just imagine how much they would spend to get hold of this..
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
    Bumblepantsomnium
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,589
    Well if I win the other one I will be happy for all the deep pockets people to find my broke self.
    OnebricktoomanyAwesomenessSumoLegoVorpalRyugmonkey76M_BossMr_Cross
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,593
    Fireheart said:
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
     Yes, I have.  Eh, um... nevermind.  -Whistles-
    VorpalRyuomniumgmonkey76FireheartM_BossFizyx
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,868
    edited April 2018
    Fireheart said:
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
    The smart thing is to float it out there on a forum like this and get plugged into the right places to get a bidding war started. That figure will easily be worth $50k-$100k to the right person. Maybe more since we are talking platinum.

    Why anyone outside of a millionaire / billionaire would keep something like that is beyond me.
    BumblepantsMr_Cross
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    No, I get it. Because it's not just something valuable, and it's not just something you paid for. It's not even just a rare piece any collector would love. There's also the fact that YOU won it, that you're the won who had the numbers fall juuust right, that it's yours in a way buying can't quite replicate, because of all the people who entered, YOU got it. It's a kind of sentimental value you can't really replicate with a pile of cash.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,593
    Kaitch said:
    It's a kind of sentimental value you can't really replicate with a pile of cash.
    I can think of $100k other things that can create sentimental value!

    And on a completely unrelated thought, if someone wants to offer me $100k for my Mr. Gold, I will hand-deliver it to you.
    BumblepantsOnebricktoomanypharmjodgmonkey76Mr_Crossdatsunrobbie
  • KaitchKaitch N. IrelandMember Posts: 354
    Your decision, but don't knock the appeal of sentiment.
    SumoLego
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,605
    edited April 2018
    I have a few things that are worth far more than I would ever pay for them but at the same time I would not sell them. So I kind of get it but yes I would sell this one for sure.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,593
    I would punch sentiment in the throat for 100K
    What if it looked like a kind-hearted elderly great-grandmother?

    (By the way, I thought the exact same thing.)
    pharmjodFowlerBricks
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,868
    edited April 2018
    If you have sentiment for a stupid r2d2 made from a precious metal that you neither created yourself or needed no skill to acquire and that sentiment means you miss out $100k plus dollars, you're not sentimental, you're dumb.

    I  should also add that I think it's dumb that someone would pay that much for said bauble. But that's a different thing all together. When you are that wealthy you can afford such extravagances. It's irresponsible for pretty much everyone else. 
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    pharmjod said:
    If you have sentiment for a stupid r2d2 made from a precious metal that you neither created yourself or needed no skill to acquire and that sentiment means you miss out $100k plus dollars, you're not sentimental, you're dumb.

    I  should also add that I think it's dumb that someone would pay that much for said bauble. But that's a different thing all together. When you are that wealthy you can afford such extravagances. It's irresponsible for pretty much everyone else. 
    Easy now, tiger...
    pharmjodSumoLegoJooTog
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    pharmjod said:
    Fireheart said:
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
    The smart thing is to float it out there on a forum like this and get plugged into the right places to get a bidding war started. That figure will easily be worth $50k-$100k to the right person. Maybe more since we are talking platinum.

    Why anyone outside of a millionaire / billionaire would keep something like that is beyond me.
    It's easy/fun to throw out random numbers, but it's probably best to go with the limited sales history that we do have; the last gold C-3PO that sold went for approximately $40,000.
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,243
    relatively speaking, it's probably more reasonable for a billionnaire to spend 100k on this than for an average joe to buy a single CMF at 4€. :-/
    also the 100k can then be spent on useful things by people who really need them.
    datsunrobbie
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,868
    edited April 2018
    samiam391 said:
    pharmjod said:
    Fireheart said:
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
    The smart thing is to float it out there on a forum like this and get plugged into the right places to get a bidding war started. That figure will easily be worth $50k-$100k to the right person. Maybe more since we are talking platinum.

    Why anyone outside of a millionaire / billionaire would keep something like that is beyond me.
    It's easy/fun to throw out random numbers, but it's probably best to go with the limited sales history that we do have; the last gold C-3PO that sold went for approximately $40,000.
    Don't try to artificially depress the market in hopes that you can find the winner and get it for a steal... ;)
    FizyxBumblepantsgratefulnat
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    pharmjod said:
    samiam391 said:
    pharmjod said:
    Fireheart said:
    Maybe the winner of this unique piece has done the right thing by keeping quiet..
    The smart thing is to float it out there on a forum like this and get plugged into the right places to get a bidding war started. That figure will easily be worth $50k-$100k to the right person. Maybe more since we are talking platinum.

    Why anyone outside of a millionaire / billionaire would keep something like that is beyond me.
    It's easy/fun to throw out random numbers, but it's probably best to go with the limited sales history that we do have; the last gold C-3PO that sold went for approximately $40,000.
    Don't try to artificially depress the market in hopes that you can find the winner and get it for a steal... ;)
    Rumor is the last real gold C-3PO went for $25. Winners please contact me to discuss details. I'll pay shipping.
    pharmjodFizyxSearchlightRGBumblepantsgratefulnat
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,778
    When you're paying 10-100 times the material's worth, what it's made of becomes irrelevant. If it's made of platinum or pewter, neither are worth more than £5k (assuming it.won't weigh more than 5 troy ounces, if Platinum).

    Precious metal prices are screwy right now anyway, with Platinum being 10x rarer than gold, being more commercially useful than gold, but being less in favour with investors wanting to put their money in a safe place, it costs about 25% less. Before the 2007/2008 crash, platinum was markedly more expensive
    than Gold and palladium was far cheaper than it is now. 
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,130
    edited April 2018
    Legoboy said:
    willp2003 said:
    Rumours are that black vip card holders will get a blue print poster of the new y-wing
    Something like this?


    According to Hothbricks something similar is indeed what we're getting: an A4 blueprint of #75181 UCS Y-Wing Starfighter.

    @Bumblepants At least you don't need to buy the Y-Wing to get it:
    • For black VIP card holders: free when buying any SW set.
    • Everybody else: free when spending EUR30 or more on SW sets.

    Supposedly valid both online and in store.

    Weak sauce.
    omniumgratefulnatbandit778
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 701
    So black card holders can potentially this poster free with a £13 spend (battlepack) but the hoi polloi have to drop around a massive £25 to get one? You're spoiling us Mr. Ambassador! I think I'd have preferred no exclusive offers to date as I have the horrible feeling that someone somewhere is laughing at us.
    gmonkey76BumblepantsLobot
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,778
    ^ Nothing exclusive for black card then, we just have to potentially spend a little less to get it than someone without one? Very poor "exclusive benefit/perk".
    gmonkey76JBricks27FizyxYo_dA
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,605
    ^ what a pointless promo for black card holders when you have to send £65 to get BB8. Just like the double points not many will take up the offer and even less will vaule it.
    monkeyhangeromniumgmonkey76BumblepantsJBricks27
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 701
    ^ I was about to say the same thing. How many black VIP card holders will be visiting a Lego store on May 4th and spend LESS than €30 anyway? I'd say absolutely zero. Thus adding another layer of pointlessness/insult to this "exclusive" offer

    Again, I'd have been happy with zero offers when I bought the Falcon and wasn't expecting anything too amazing, but these offers are starting to take the p!ss.
    omniumgmonkey76BumblepantsSeanTheCollectorFizyx
  • Johnyk668Johnyk668 Melbourne, Australia Member Posts: 73
    Legoboy said:
    willp2003 said:
    Rumours are that black vip card holders will get a blue print poster of the new y-wing
    Something like this?


    Is anyone else annoyed the front view is not to scale with the profile and elevation views?


    Muftak1dmcc0
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