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  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    ^ The bowling alley is what you want. The aquarium does not interest you. Move along. (waves hand around) 😜
    pxchrisKungFuKenny
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    I bet they did that on purpose so there won't be three "winter village" sets in one year.
    Would have been 4 that could fit in a WV scene: Hogsmeade, Home Alone House, Real WV, Chalet.
    vizzitorRussell844
  • EGRobertsEGRoberts OntarioMember Posts: 253
    EGRoberts said:
    I feel like things like the aquarium are great but don't appeal to the mass due to it is not minifig scale.. Minifigs sell lego as there is a large group who enjoy being able to add it to something of there own collection like town buildings for there cities or that windmill for my medieval village! Events like the designer program are also going to draw crowds who will be willing to spend more money on a single set as it is all collectors who are looking due to Bricklinks fanbase.
    Personally I don’t give a hoot if it’s minifig scale or not. I hope to get the aquarium and maybe the bowling alley.
    Well I don't give a hoot about your not hooting so there =P  But ya I get the bowling alley, it's geared for minifigs =)  As for the aquarium, meh its good but not "funded" good...
    Astrobricks
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,248
    I took a second look at that aquarium... it's kinda fun actually... I mean, it does have a sunken pirate ship option!
    Switchfoot55FizyxKungFuKenny
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,176
    I'm a huge fan of the aquarium. I'll definitely consider funding it. 
    AstrobricksFizyxReesesPieces
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 330
    Well, I really hope you all get what you want but for me:
    1) You pay a premium for the Designer sets
    2) The ordering process is a mess (see round 1)
    3) No printed instruction book
    All adds up to no sale for me.
    560HeliportIan_Sgmonkey76
  • EGRobertsEGRoberts OntarioMember Posts: 253
    Well, I really hope you all get what you want but for me:
    1) You pay a premium for the Designer sets
    2) The ordering process is a mess (see round 1)
    3) No printed instruction book
    All adds up to no sale for me.
    I remember the day like it was 2 months and 2 days ago... It was July 1st.. Canada Day, my birthday.. I woke up late, made coffee, and loaded up brickset home page and saw Huw's post reminding everyone about the designer program.. Hopped over and the castle in the forest was showing funded.. Ordered 1 right away.. No hassles, just sweet sweet lego ordering.. Now just have to wait 4 to 5 more months to get it =(   Hope the Windmill goes as smoothly for round 2 but who knows..  I also thought the prices where quite reasonable, I was expecting far worse and thought it was more then fair but each of us has different experiences so different for all of us to judge things.
    Jern92YellowcastleFollowsCloselyMarshallmarioKungFuKennykiki180703
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    The lack of printed instructions is very disappointing. I wish they’d at least offer some way to get them printed professionally for a small fee.
    Marshallmario
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    autolycus said:
    The lack of printed instructions is very disappointing. I wish they’d at least offer some way to get them printed professionally for a small fee.
    Printing and binding booklets is not cheap unless you do very large volumes, when the cost per unit drops.
    stluxYellowcastleFizyxdaewookiki180703
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    The lack of instructions doesn’t greatly bother me, especially if it keeps the prices down and doesn’t otherwise delay the sets any further.
    FollowsCloselycanon03MaffyDkiki180703
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    Prices are now up for round 2. Quite expensive sets, although the price per part is reasonably constant, and these are big sets.
    Yellowcastle
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 3,456
    BumblepantsAstrobricksgmonkey76YellowcastleFireFox31kiki180703Jern92
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 3,456
    Very glad I don't want any of these. Or any of them at all really. The castle had my interest in R1, but that was never going to be easy, and it was still very expensive. I think I'll stick to #31120 - Medieval Castle
    Bumblepantsiwybs
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,734
    I'm not seeing any prices on the Bricklink site - where are they listed?
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,734
    Basty said:
    Great - thanks!

    I'd love the Ruined House, but I'm struggling to believe that 2,999 others will rush to pledge $299.99 to push it over the line....
    KungFuKennyMarshallmariogmonkey76Yellowcastle
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 782
    Whelp, too pricey.  I can safely not worry about trying to get any of them now.
    KungFuKennyBumblepantsiwybsMarshallmariogmonkey76
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,491
    The Mountain Windmill and Clockwork Aquarium both appeal to me but the prices seem slightly higher than their appearance would suggest i.e. not taking PPP into account.
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    I ordered 3 in the first round. From this round, I was mostly interested in the Seasons in Time Calendar. I really did not appreciate how big it is though. In my head, I was figuring it would be $100-150. $250 is really expensive. I get it. When I saw the price and really thought about it, I shouldn't have been surprised. I must not have ever looked closely enough at the vignettes to see how many pieces are on each of those.

    If I hadn't spent so much on retired modulars this year, I might still be interested, but I will _probably_ pass. It does look so good though, so maybe it will just depend on what I'm doing when the sale button goes live.

    I still want that chalet, although now I'm wondering how expensive it's going to be... It looks like it's 40 studs wide, so it will probably be closer to $300.
    Yellowcastle
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,248
    I was pretty interested in the Bowling Alley, but I don't think I'm $230 interested in it...

    However, I'm still eyeing that Aquarium... I think I can justify $65 for that.
    MarshallmarioFizyx
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Haymarket, VAMember Posts: 1,268
    Surprisingly, this is total pass for me. The Mountain Windmill and the Modular LEGO Store are great looking, but the price is not attractive at all. I think for me the value of printed instructions is too much to ignore.
    BumblepantsMarshallmarioFizyx
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,176
    The aquarium was the only one really on my radar for this round. Still not sure about $65, but I may end up coming around to it. 

    More money saved for the Chalet I guess?
    Russell844autolycusFizyx
  • ShropshireShropshire UKMember Posts: 646
    ^ ditto.. I was really tempted by the Seasons in Time but that price is higher than i'd realised for same reason - i'd not grasped the scale.

    It was the only one on my radar so could be a cheap round after all.
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,367
    Too expensive this round. Let's me save my money for the winter chalet.
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 749
    Hmmm.. A modular of 2149parts for 180 bucks... That's on par with the current "regular" ones, right? So not too expensive I think - just all huge sets! Hope some will get through, although if they don't, more likely the Chalet AND the Building Site might make it next round (the ones I'm really eager to buy).
    Switchfoot55iwybsJern92
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,248
    I agree @eMJeeNL - it's not that I necessarily think that the sets are way overpriced... they're just all really high piece counts and therefor expensive.
    autolycuseMJeeNLiwybsFizyxYellowcastlekiki180703
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    Yep, it’s the scale and piece count that are the issue. The prices aren’t unreasonable, they’re just high.
    YellowcastleBrainslugged
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,176
    Seeing this pricelist actually makes me appreciate the accepted Ideas sets and the refining process they go through in order to for LEGO to sell them. (Not that all Ideas sets are "cheap" compared to these prices) It's just one of those elements that I guess I never gave a lot of consideration to before. 
    autolycusiwybs7BSYellowcastleFireFox31amokkiki180703sklamb
  • karritkarrit USAMember Posts: 847
    There are a handful of these I'd be interested in but the prices on most seem a bit much considering the lack of printed instructions.  Don't know if I will actually buy any though as there are many other official sets on my wishlist.
    gmonkey76FollowsClosely
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    It will be interesting to see how well these sets sell, and whether LEGO does future rounds. There is a huge backlog of unlicensed rejected ideas, many of them quite big. But if these large part count sets don't sell, will LEGO keep up the scheme, or just go for smaller ones ...?

    It is also a bit of game play for the designers. The higher the part count, the higher the price, and the higher their cut. And with the cap on the numbers produced, the low price point of smaller sets doesn't necessarily mean a higher volume of sales. 
    MarshallmariopxchrisiwybsYellowcastleBrainsluggedkiki180703
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,734
    edited October 2021
    CCC said:
    It will be interesting to see how well these sets sell, and whether LEGO does future rounds.....
    I wondered the same. It's quite conceivable that none of these bigger, more expensive sets will get enough pre-orders to make the cut which would I think prompt a rethink.
    iwybsgmonkey76Yellowcastlekiki180703Jern92
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    Yeah. I don't see the resale value in these, which will cut down the people buying them for investment so it seems unlikely these will sell out instantly like the castle last time, especially since the max is now 2 instead of 5.

    I guess we'll see. I hope I am wrong, as it would be a shame for them not to go ahead in future, but this round just doesn't look good value compared even with the RRPs of regular LEGO sets.
    MarshallmarioBumblepantsdaewooFizyxFollowsCloselyYellowcastlekiki180703
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 972
    edited October 2021
    Max is 2 now is it? I thought it was 1 per person?

    Edit: apparently it's even worse, it's one per household.

    Sorry Mrs Bricktuary and the little Bricktuaries, you miss out.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    Ah, I thought they said it would go to 2, but could be wrong. I haven't checked if the FAQ has changed.

  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,822
    Are the instructions still going to be available later without funding the kit? Their was three I was interested in, but with the job status up in the air I can't justify the price. No printed instructions, box? or special prints make it hard for me to see this lasting if I can just buy/download the instructions later. 
    Marshallmario
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 741
    I really hope that the aquarium gets funded, I'm definitely supporting that. Considering brickwest studios, bowling alley, or the lego store too but probably not all three. A much pricier selection this time
    Yellowcastle
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 972
    FAQ says 

    How many sets can I pre-order?

    Pre-orders are limited to one copy per household.


    And have the prices disappeared from the site or can I just not find them?

  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    FAQ says 

    How many sets can I pre-order?

    Pre-orders are limited to one copy per household.


    And have the prices disappeared from the site or can I just not find them?

    I still see them (in the US). There's a list of the sets and prices in this announcement, and the link destinations for each set also shows the prices.

    https://www.bricklink.com/v2/community/newsview.page?msgid=1309695
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 972
    Thanks. Definitely user error then!
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 782
    It will be interesting to see how fast these reach the threshhold.  I'm guessing not as fast as round 1, but we'll see.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    These prices, while not necessarily unreasonable for the piece counts, seem a bit reactionary to the craziness of the last round.  I’m still focused on the bowling alley and windmill but the windmill seems substantially less formidable than the similarly priced castle.  The calendar and aquarium are intriguing and Brickwest is growing on me, but I think I’m priced out.  I hope they release new pictures before 11/9 as some of the set write ups and pictures are in conflict.
    gmonkey76pxchris
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 250
    edited October 2021
    I'm calling the top five as: Aquarium, Windmill, Bowling Alley, Calendar, and Brickwest Studios.
    I've been wanting that Aquarium since it was accepting votes.  I hope its low price (compared to the others) will encourage people to support it.
    Mountain Windmill seems like it occupies a large space for the price.  It's like a true, refined Lego set with judicious density while the others are overblown MOCs.
    Does the Calendar use stickers or prints to show the months and days?  How does it have a continuous feed of 31 digits for the day?  I'd love to see its internal mechanism because it seems quite impossible.
    I'll never understand the Ruined House.  Who wants to display something derelict, especially at that back breaking price point?
    pxchrisBrickByBrick
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    FireFox31 said:

    I'll never understand the Ruined House.  Who wants to display something derelict, especially at that back breaking price point?
    It's my favourite build of the round.
    Yellowcastlecanon03gmonkey76Jern92drdavewatford
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    FireFox31 said:
    Does the Calendar use stickers or prints to show the months and days?  How does it have a continuous feed of 31 digits for the day?  I'd love to see its internal mechanism because it seems quite impossible.

    I'm sure it will be stickers. The numeric part is the simplest, actually. The first digit only needs 4 numbers (0, 1, 2, and 3), and it looks like those are just on a 2x2 round brick that is rotated. The second digit does need 10 though, and that would have to be on a more complicated mechanism. But also, it somehow has to fit 12 months! I can't figure out what kinds of pieces it's using for the display.

    Ugg... looking at it closely again, I am reminded how much I enjoy that set! $250... uggg!!!
    KungFuKennyYellowcastle
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 782
    FireFox31 said:

    I'll never understand the Ruined House.  Who wants to display something derelict, especially at that back breaking price point?
    The Ruined House is actually the one I was most interested in.  I would change it to look more like a house that burned...or was even an active fire...for a City layout.  That price point is ridiculous though, so I'll use the pictures as inspiration for my own build eventually.
    gmonkey76drdavewatford
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,822
    FireFox31 said:

    I'll never understand the Ruined House.  Who wants to display something derelict, especially at that back breaking price point?
    I was going to get it and use it for a World War 2 display, but not at that price. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,526
    They have now removed Brick West Studios from this round and put it back a round due to the shooting during the filming of Rust. 
    Switchfoot55
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,128
    CCC said:
    They have now removed Brick West Studios from this round and put it back a round due to the shooting during the filming of Rust. 
    SMH. What a joke.
    gmonkey76
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,391
    Oh for cripes sake 🙄
    gmonkey76
  • Jern92Jern92 New ZealandMember Posts: 888
    I'm interested in the Modular Lego Store, the Retro Bowling Alley, the Ruined House and now the Venetian Houses, but not entirely willing to drop a thousand dollars on them. A part of me is kinda hoping that they don't all make it to production, so it won't feel like I'm missing out if I don't get them. 

    The Modular Lego Store is the only set there I really want, because it fits in with the rest of my modular city. Will see how well the rest sell before deciding.
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