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While I do think this set will do well in the aftermarket, you are certainly right. This isn't a gold UCS set, and certainly doesn't touch the UCS MF. I don't think anything ever will for at least a decent time period.
Even still, I don't think $100 profit is something to sneeze at. I certainly think that while it may not have the highest of ceilings, the initial increase could be somewhat substantial (roughly $100). After the first period of overflow on the market from May the 4th, there should be a quick increase. Just depends upon how many LEGO released into the market, and what hands they were put into.
However, without a doubt, the most promising and 100% fact thing you said was... Was never a truer word said, eh @y2josh?
With free shipping. :D
To be fair, Han is averaging about the same, but the market is basically flooded with him right now (and B-Wings... who'd a thunk?).
By the by, that final point I alluded to way back when I was explaining why this figure was so much better than TC-14 was that, at least according to what I'd heard, was that Han was produced in much lower numbers than TC-14 after they wound up with so many leftover TC-14s last year. Whether or not this is true, I have no real way of knowing... but at least anecdotally, it sounds like it could be possible.
Patience usually wins though, and holding onto it for a long while will no doubt prove more profitable.
In any case, only time will tell :o)
I would rather have a B-wing than a DS anyday!!
Will be fun to see how b Wing does. Will low demand be superseded by low supply?
TC-14 was kind of a junk figure with low demand, which is why he's still lingering around en masse a year after he came out.
Did anyone order the B-Wing from TRU? I've had the confirmation email but nothing further...
- It's OT. That always helps popularity.
- Decent size set and parts count (compared to say, the UCS Obi-Wan Starfighter)
- Low demand owing to high-ish RRP. Over in places such as Singapore, Australia, NZ etc, the RRP is insanely high. Something like US$300-350. This means that there will be a good aftermarket for US sellers into overseas markets. Assuming people are willing to pay for shipping. When it's gone , there will always be a 'Damn, I should have bought it way back when' demand.
It could all be handled so much better and done so quite easily. It would make things easier for ALL involved. A store employee steps outside before the store opens with sequentially numbered tickets up to the quantity of B-Wings they have in stock. The employee states how many B-Wings can be purchased per ticket (1, 2, 3, whatever) and that tickets are one per person. Then, the tickets are handed out to those in line if they want a B-Wing.
Then, no one is in a rush. They can only get a B-Wing if they have a ticket. If all of the tickets weren't handed out to those in line when a person goes up to the counter wanting one they get a ticket (if any are left) and get their B-Wing.
They use this process at Best Buy when they have limited quantities of popular items and people are lined up before the store opens wanting them. It works great.
I got my B-Wings, so I'm fine with the way it worked out. And, I didn't 'cheat' or anything like that to get mine.
But, I can relate to how some people are upset when they make an effort to get to the store before it opens and find people buying 5 B-Wings and having friends or family members by 5 as well. Then, a lot of people leave empty handed. Thing is, it could have been handled differently with minimal effort. The store could have met their goal and had a lot more happy customers. A win-win situation. Just sad that businesses don't put forth the effort to try and make that happen.
However, after his explanation I felt it was necessary to apologize considering he was wrongly accused. Also, what he did was not complete abuse of the system. I'm not saying I really agree with what he did, but at the same time I felt it was necessary to apologize for harsh accusations that were un-justified and inaccurate. :o)
Fingers are still crossed for a nice hairy Chewbacca exclusive next year ;)
However, it was a bit of a let down compared to the previous years. It was just to similar to a figure that looked like it could come straight out of a LEGO box.
That's why I place so much emphasis on chrome. It gives any figure that sense of "special" and "exclusive". I don't really like chrome, honestly, but I like what it does to the overall "grade" of the figure.
My LEGO store opened with a 2 B-Wing limit and within the first half hour when the demand was apparent and the queue growing, the manager changed it to a limit of one. I think this is a perfectly sensible approach. A common sense approach for a store manager would be to take a tally of all the people in line before the store opens and set a limit so that everyone would at least get a copy.
I can understand disappointment or frustration but not to the point of being upset or thinking it was someone else fault. If someone makes it to the store before me, plain and simply, they beat me to it and it's fair that they are served first. After all, isn't that the reason someone is trying to arrive early? They know there is demand, they know supply might be an issue, and they're effectively trying to beat out other people.
And where are the Mods to reprimand us: "This is not a reselling thread"? ;-)
(Just kidding around, not inciting debate.)
Corporate TLG indeed does their best (we can thank them for the 50% off sale in the first place), but poor sale distribution needs to be addressed with the store managers.