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Store Display Valuation

philo426philo426 Member Posts: 13
edited May 2021 in Buying & Selling Topics
I have a large  City undersea expporaton store display.Value?


  • philo426philo426 Member Posts: 13
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  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,076
    I think @Fireheart is in the know about these things?
  • FireheartFireheart Member Posts: 631
    That is a different one, two levels.. 48”, very nice.

    The City theme store displays don’t have a high value though, but this is a 48” one, so to the right person who collects this theme $200..

    As it’s been mentioned many times before though, it’s the shipping, and damage in shipping that makes these hard to shift.
    For the high values ones from the US (Star Wars 48”, Or Star Wars 19” Darth Vader) going to the UK, I’ve paid a shipping company to just pack them professionally, and this seems to work.. but at $100 a time it has to be the right store display to do this.
  • philo426philo426 Member Posts: 13
    I also have the large Movie display with the Chinese junk as well as the Lego Batman movie.
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Member Posts: 555
    edited May 2021
    Does anyone know what the store display sets are worth? Have an opportunity to buy the star wars display set with Palpatines shuttle, grievous' ship, the hoth speeder, and plo koon's starfighter for $200
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,215
    They vary widely.  I've seen the highest values on minifigure-heavy Star Wars displays.

    The valuation problem is finding someone else to buy it when you're done with it.  They're terrible to ship and display, and have a limited collector market.

    All that said, I think $200.00 is a premium price for the display.  Subject matter is Episode III, with somewhat obscure vehicles.  I'd try to grind them down depending on whether you need to pick it up or account for shipping.
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Member Posts: 2,525
    edited October 2020
    That value sounds about right, maybe even slightly lower than expected for a larger display so could be a good find. I have a 2011 Podracing display and a 2017 Y-Wing display and they were both around £140-£180. These are both smaller than your find but they are almost mint with barely any scratches and great interactive elements.

    The two key things to find out if you can are 1.) The condition of the clear plastic on the display and 2.) the functions / whether they’re working. I really love the sound effect ones and there’s often ones with knobs to turn to move the models. If the plastic’s really scratched on the display it might not be worth it but if the lights don’t work that might not be a dealbreaker if you just want to look at it.

    You also need to think about shipping - if it has to go further it probably stands more chance of being damaged in transit.

    I think there might be a store display thread somewhere on a similar topic to this, but i’m going to be honest I can’t remember where it was.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,215
    I don't tend to like to cite eBay as a source, but there is a tremendous disparity...

    This is a more flimsy TRU model case, but similar subject matter.

    This is a 'more' valuable minifig-heavy model case.  LEGO did three or four of these styled model cases.

    So, for the model case at-hand, someone agreed to pay $320.00, then backed out.  I don't blame them.  It seems not comparatively valuable as the minifig model case, but it is 'better' than the Gunship model case.

  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Member Posts: 5,435
    There is another thread on here where store display cases were discussed (maybe under Collecting?), but the takeaway I remember is do NOT buy one that must be shipped to you. It WILL break in shipment.
  • FireheartFireheart Member Posts: 631
    First of all is the plexiglass clean, with no scratches? And everything inside still in place, and not physically broken. Any major damage and the value is almost gone.
    The one your talking about above is quite a nice one from 2010, 48”. $200 for a nice clean version of this is about right.
    like mentioned above, is it being shipped to you? As I know from experience that some arrive perfect, and some arrive damaged... and thus you have lost all value.
    if your picking it up, take plenty of bubble wrap with you, and handle with care. 

    I’ve got a few of these displays, the one for $549 listed above I had shipped from the US, packed well. When UPS dropped it off my home, it was standing tall ways as the delivery chap had it on his shoulder and just sat it down.. my face! 😳. Luckily it was 98% ok, just a figure position movement inside, which is easy to fix (open the case, which you can in these and move back) ..
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Member Posts: 555
    Thanks for the input everyone! The case does seem to be yellowed and yes it would need to be shipped. I guess it's not a high priority item so I'll avoid it as it's somewhat of a liability.
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,120
    I have a bunch of the store displays. They are a cool thing to have but they do take up a lot of space. Personally I like my Lego Dimension display. Was able to play other movies on the LCD screen.
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