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Metroliner Legends Reissue
Bullet Run Tiny Turbos set
It's obviously a little too early for used display sets to pop up frequently. So I guess the question is, am I just going to kick myself if I wait awhile for used sets to start showing up more often? Or should I just bite the bullet now and pick up the new set while it's still averaging below the $300 mark? I don't have that much experience with price trends on retired modern sets, so I want to avoid making a huge mistake by waiting too long. I also imagine it will be awhile before someone decides to give up such a wonderful display piece.
Most of the people who post here seem to be pretty savvy about this stuff, so I figured it would not hurt to ask.
Don't worry, it happens to us all - I vaguely remember the UCS Falcon and Green Grocer available when I came out of my dark ages - if only I knew then what I know now!
I fully expect that by this fall, new this set will be $500 and used sets will be $300, so you might as well buy a new one now for $300.
Just my opinion anyway... :)
In favor of buying sooner, I will say, I bought a used GG last January for $220 and was glad I did for two reasons:
1) I got to build it sooner
2) no more nagging "worries" in the back of my head about getting one...not sure if the prices ever dropped over the summer, but a little peace of mind was worth a few extra bucks of potential savings (to me at least).
During October 2010, I found a seller who was auctioning off a lot of MISB sets as part of a personal "Bricktober" sale of his. One of those sets was brand-new Aqua Dozer from 1997. I wanted that set so bad back in the day, and I never got it. Starting bid was the MSRP from 1997, $24.99. Somehow, NO ONE else bid on it (or wanted it), so I managed to buy it for that price. A brand-new, then-13 year-old Lego set for MSRP. How often does that happen for a set of that age?
Another example: The Cyber Strikers from 1998's "Cyber Slam" Technic theme was another missed set due to its $50 price tag back in the day. Nonetheless, after searching for it semi-regularly on eBay, I found a MISB one for only $19.99. You read that right. And it had the "Buy-it-Now!" option. No brainer. And indeed, when I received the set, it was sealed and in perfect shape, like it had time traveled to the year 2009 without so much as a fuss.
Obviously, for big-ticket items and much older sets, this kinds of opportunities will be much more difficult to find, if at all. But trust me, with a little patience, you never know what you happen upon on eBay.
If you are going to purchase on ebay I'd wait until summer and no doubt groupon or living social will come up with yet another 50% off.....a great time to scoop any retired set. Im selling my IF's for $600 around xmas time.
That said, TLG is very creative and there will always be more iconic sets in the pipeline so don't sweat it.
I think this one's coming to the dark side.
Unlike many other Lego sets that I missed out on due to my dark ages, 10134 strikes a chord with me because I held it in my hands, and was a few steps and $120 away from taking it home. Something I never did with sets like UCS Falcon, Carousel, Cafe Corner and Grocer.
This is my Lego set that got away...
I'm sure some of you have similar experiences. Again this is not Lego sets you simply missed out on, but rather Lego sets that were so close to being yours, and now far far away...
I may yet buy it, but with #10236 Ewok Village coming out soon and the set presumably being retired at the end of this year, it seems unlikely.
1) Emerald Night
2) Grand Carousel
3) Mill Village Raid
In each case I prioritised other sets and then these were removed from general sale.
But then when I decided i DEFIANTLY wanted it, it had JUST retired.