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Thanks for the heads up @Yellowcastle and @sidersdd
Nothing to match with GE however... :)
Or should it be :(
Besides, MMV and Expedition is probably the best "match" I can find...
edit: TRU is $10 too high on that, so while it is a savings, it isn't as much of one... :(
I only bought some MMV, Shuttle, and Public Transport, so you have nothing to fear from me.
Even if both FB and GE were in stock, I'm not buying GE right now so that wouldn't be a deal to me, WAY too far in advance to be buying GE.
If it would let me have a pair of FB, sure, that is easy, but it wouldn't have even if they were in stock, which they were not and are not.
I have 23 FB stocked away right now and I've made space for a total of 40 of them. Big deal, that is probably 1 day of sales for Amazon on a bad day... in February... when the weather is nice and everyone is outside having fun...
Even if there are a thousand people like me, 40,000 such sets that will be slowly moved to the market over 2 or 3 years after the set EOLs, is nothing...
Does anyone here have any idea how many FB's Lego has made? If it is any less than 500,000, I'd be downright shocked, I'm guessing the number is over a million.
TLG sold 220 million sets last year, they sell 7 sets a second, this is just noise...
I could ask someone to order these, get free shipping and then ship these out to me (as one way or another I have to pay full shipping to me :P)
Any suggestions on BOGO for a Pakistani LEGO lover?
I could have grabbed my first modulars (GE & FB) but decided to wait and hope for a BOGO50 plus coupon. Maybe there'll be another MC monday.
For the exclusives, I believe the production runs are closer to 20,000. FB might be an anomaly becuase of the parts disaster and the need to send through another production run, but still no where close to the million or even half million you suggest. Think about it from the supply chain side -- there are only about 50 places in the world that you can physically buy the exclusives. TLG, TRU, Target (and probably some other non-US large retailers) only sell them online. If they made 500,000 then each Lego Store might end up with 5,000 copies (half the production run being distributed and half going to online retail warehouses). Think of the physical space required (2 to a case) to store that.
I believe (with no inside knowledge) that the FB had no more than 60,000 produced over its life. The lower demanded exclusives - Taj Mahal, Tower Bridge, etc. are probably only about 20,000 each. The "crossovers" that extend a theme, such as MMV, Diagon Alley, etc. probably around 100,000.
Amazon sells dozens, if not hundreds a day... I would think that Amazon could easily take 10,000 at a time, I've seen them during the holiday's go through 1,000 in a few days. If Amazon sells 200 a day during the holiday season, that would be about 6,000 units for that retailer alone, last Christmas alone...
20,000 isn't nearly enough, you have to account for [email protected], Lego stores, TRU, Target, etc. Plus you have all the non-US retailers, those Amazon sell through numbers are US only, Europe has its own inventory count.
edit: consider for a minute UCS Falcon (10179), it had a collectors edition with numbered certificates from 1 to 10,000, and those sold out pretty quickly, then it was on the market for years... I would think fewer of them are produced than FB... and they must have made a WHOLE lot more than 20,000 of them...
I'm trying to do better at holding to 30% off--especially since as a new Lego collector last spring I was too quick to act on marginal discounts--but I recognize there are times to be a bit flexible.
This, of course, depends upon my resistance to collecting the modulars remaining futile. Reading this site almost guarantees that.
More often than naught if you do not get in on the BOGO within the first hour (even half an hour for the sought after sets) then orders will have a greater chance of getting canceled.
Also, like those have said on the main page thread, keep an eye out over the week for these to appear on the site as they go in and out of stock during the week.
As for those complaining about TRUs dubious limits they impose.
I get that TRU can limit one set in a cart and it helps those get sets and stops those from loading up on those sets, but for goodness sake, at least make the limit number for the item consistent on the TRU site.
Do not list a limit of two in the item's specific page, only to drop the limit to one in the cart when you try to add two into the shopping cart.
Mercifully the Unimog and Excavator limits were two per limit so you could order two of the same set and maximize the value, same with the Maersk train set (most likely with the Unimog and Maersk sets being 10 dollars over retail, it is still a good price).
Also the Log trucks for Technic are BOGO and not limited to 1 as well.
IMO, Dr. Dave's Discount Threshold (DDDT) of 30% is more important overseas where LEGO is much more expensive than here in the U.S. Additionally, it's almost impossible to reach here in the States for sets not sold at the wrongly-vilified TRU.
So i understand people buy modulars and some sets 100 plus sell well when i sit down and looks at the numbers.
But of those 225 million sets sold id bet anything that half of those sets are the 50 and under US dollars.
Not a big spender like some, but did get a few things. I got a couple of excavators, space shuttle & hillside house (not the best BOGO combo, but decent), and a space shuttle and public trans (both $99 and not marked up). I think I will wait on the unimog until later. I already have 2, and built mine (awesome set). If I got anything more I think it would shuttles. What do you think?
As a recap - -
Looks like a few early birds got some modulars, Maersk train, and MMV, but the are sold out now. Looks like other people are after the excavator, unimog, space shuttle, public transportation, and those are still available. Is that about it? Anything else worth snagging at this time?