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Seems the have rhyme and reason, but I couldn't tell you what they are... best advice is keep checking back. When I got the ones I found, I saw Fight for the Dagger with no clearance at all.
On a different note: The Meijer had the shelf tags for the new SW sets up already. I was surprised to see the TIE fighter at $49.99 or so. I though it was going to be more than that.
In regards to the Star Wars - I bought some at Meijer last week. When I went in this weekend they had pulled them from the shelves. One of the workers told me that corporate reps (Meijer) had come through the store and demanded they pull the items. They are not to be sold until Jan. 30. Which sucks because just down the street Toys R Us is happily selling them at marked up prices - and now they have exclusive in-store sales until Jan. 30.
I am almost tempted to stop buying at B&M stores altogether due to this.(not to say it couldn't occur online too)
The only sets that I would consider reasonably "safe" are the ones that are not taped, but have the dashed perforated line where you jab your thumb in to open the box.
Otherwise Ill just buy most of my sets online.
And if you work hard enough, smart enough and do well you will get the honor of being labeled a greedy business owner who doesn't care about anybody and be taxed more.
I took it to the register and the guy didn't know what to do. He took it to a manager and they told him $49.98. He put that in the register and I asked if that was with the 70% off because it was clearance.
The guy didn't know, so he took 70% off the $49.98...I quickly swiped my card and left when I totaled out at $16.04 for the Pyramid!
I think I will try that again tonight with the Atlantis Portal I found stashed away too...
I can't think of anything I'm really looking for though I'm sure I'd find something in your list.
Before we go any further you need to know that last year my family in Australia got their 2010 Christmas presents in October because of my reluctance to go to the post office, really, this is why I didn't ask if anyone had an Earth Dragon Defense to swap.
I'd hold on to them till the next time we head your way but with our own LEGO store opening in March I don't know when we'll next be there. Eventually we will, the call of the Children's Museum will grow and grow until we give in, but probably not this year.
The other thing is that two other people bought one just while I was there, there may not be any left by now.
But I understand about priorities - more important things to do than running around buying LEGO for strangers. :) Let me know if something strikes your fancy at my shop:
I'd actually like to make it to that store opening down there in March. Is there a definitive time yet?
Also, BTW, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is having a LEGO display starting in March.
And our LUG is having our LEGO show March 10-11 at the convention center:
You've caught me on a slow day (housework or Target? decisions, decisions) so I'll run by that Target for you later. Honestly, nothing in your shop is on my list but I'll check with my husband whether any of the train cars or Star Wars sets interest him. We'll figure something out.
I haven't heard a date for the store opening, where did you look for news when the Indianapolis store was on the way? I did check and they were hiring for the store manager a couple of weeks ago so it seems to be moving along.
Well, why wasn't the museum advertising that in December? It was all Mr. Potato Head. Now we may be back there in March. I'll have to think about it. We love the museum, for many reasons, but ever since Nashville had two major Chihuly exhibitions one year my daughter's been in love with his work. She enjoys the entire museum, and I enjoy watching her, but I'd happily sit down there for hours looking at the ceiling. Your show looks great too, we haven't been to one, apparently we missed the Birmingham one by a day when we were there last week.
I'll let you know if I find anything.
Sorry, totally off topic. I just thought that was great. :D
I'd suggest contacting them and see what they know. You might also ask if they need help with anything. On the day of the grand opening, those who put in X number of hours for the model build (I think it was 4 hours), received 30% off a total purchase in the store that day (some restrictions applied - such as the stipulation that it not be for re-sale).
So I got the Pyramid and portal for a total for $32.07... SCORE!
@tamamahm I checked an open box this week too, they were more than happy to let me and it was all there.
BTW TJ Maxx may be getting sick of PoP, I found Quest Against Time for $10 yesterday.
Note that the stores often do a soft opening, and that the "grand opening event" may not coincide with the day the store actually opens to the public. Excellent. I need to revisit a TJ Maxx I found which had some of those.
I don't think I'd make a special trip to TJ Maxx, the other sets weren't that low, but if you were in the area
I've not seen an MVR at any of them (or anywhere except TRU for $80), that would be a nice set to have extra of, you can't ever have too many cute little farm animals. Actually, you can, but two sets wouldn't be too much.
It sounds like they do mark-downs monthly, so may be worth checking again come Feb.
2 MVR $40 each
3 PoP Ostrich Races $7 each
1 PoP Quest Against Time $30
I want the Ostriches so at $7 they were a no brainer. The Quest Against Time was not the greatest deal but I have wanted another of these sets for about 2 years and couldn't pass this set up finally. I'm really glad to have found the MVR as this is the only set I was hoping to find at TJ Maxx.
I know I could have gotten a better deal last year when the PoP were clearanced at the LEGO Stores but I passed on them. I picked the Ostriches up yesterday because I "needed" more ostriches.