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Blue line fits (via linear regression) all data, yellow just the last four years. I see slow growth.
71042 Silent Mary
75159 Death Star
75827 Firehouse Headquarters
70751 Temple of Airjitzu
71006 The Simpsons House
The have also had others in the past such as 76052 Batman Classic TV Series - Batcave
Nope, no LEGO Stores here unfortunately.
What's the difference between:
10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout (1619 Parts) £129.99 / $159.99 / 159.99€
70912 Arkham Asylum (1628 Parts) £139.99 / $149.99 / 149.99€
I'd also agree with THIS statement for countries that have LEGO brand stores.
About ten quid the wrong way, and ten dollars and euros the right way I reckon...
That said, the price increases in all of these themes besides the two that got LEGO movies this year have been fairly gradual, not abrupt. And in the case of Star Wars, these high price points seem to be somewhat justified, seeing as Episode 7's $150 Millennium Falcon was the second best selling set of 2015 and the best selling set of 2016. If The Last Jedi generates anywhere near as much demand as The Force Awakens did, LEGO is going to want to have sets out that can fulfill that demand.
City and Friends haven't seen their peak retail prices rise in a couple years, and truthfully haven't even been hitting them with any of their new releases, but that's probably in part because their most expensive sets from two years ago (City Square, Heavy Haul Train, and Heartlake Grand Hotel) are all still available. Anyway, AFOLs might not care so much about these themes' prices as about the prices for more complex sets and themes that are closer to an adult building level.