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May the 4th Promotion 2013

margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
edited March 2013 in Buying & Selling Topics
What kind of deals are usually offered for May the 4th?
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  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 834
    Star Wars-y ones! Often there's been a freebie polybag figure for spends of over a specific amount (usually £50) and reductions on a bunch of sets, though these tend to vary in how good the discounts really are.
    Jarren
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    What was offered last year? I can't remember.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 834
    Not sure what the USA offers would have been, but the freebie was the chrome TC-14 droid which was quite nice :)
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    Oh yeah, I remember. I looked back at my order and see that I got the TC-14 and an R2-D2 poster but didn't order anything Star Wars so there must not have been very good deals. At least nothing I wanted.
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    IIRC they had SSD at 20% off (and the Death Star as well?)
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,382
    ^ IS was 20% off, and SSD, I don't think DS was. I think there was free shipping too as I made an MBA order then and generally I waited for free shipping.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,834
    there was a smattering of 10% offs as well on 'Revenge of the 5th' on what were mostly the previous years sets. Most likely sets to go on sale will be the 2012ers this year.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    What has the precedent been for "hard to find" retailer-exclusive sets, such as 9495 Gold Leader's Y-Wing? Is there any chance that one will be discounted?
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    @jenni, thanks, thought there were two 10xxx series, forgot IS was still available at [email protected] last year!!
  • AvengerDrAvengerDr Member Posts: 453
    @binaryeye Last year I bought exactly that set, the Y-Wing. I just checked the invoice, and I paid £49.99 which I guess was the RRP. But I got a free TC-18, so if you plan on quickly off-loading it to ebay then you could have saved at least £10.

    Maybe we'll have a similar deal this year...
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    ahhh, Iron Man 3 and May the 4th.. hopefully will be a good weekend.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    Here are the deals from May 4th 2012:
    http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=3140

    Brickset is indexed pretty well by google. I was able to bring it up right away by doing a targeted search:
    "may fourth 2012 site:brickset.com"
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    I think 20% off Imperial Shuttle, free shipping, VIP points and a free TC-14 Minifigure was a great deal. Basically the TC-14 added another $20-25 [US] incentive.
  • doodlebirddoodlebird Austin. Texas. Member Posts: 85
    edited March 2013
    may the 4th this year will have the release of the new UCS x-wing. i'd seriously doubt it will be discounted at all on it's release date, but i wouldn't be surprised to see discounts on the large 10225 R2 or 10227 b-wing.

    here's the x-wing:
    http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Red-Five-X-wing-Starfighter-10240

    and we should know for sure by early april when the may store calendar is released.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    I think the R2 is prime for a discount - it's been out a year now and I'm sure sales have slowed dramatically on it. the B-wing is still only 6 months old, so not sure it will get the discount treatment. That said, it's not exactly an iconic SW vehicle either, so maybe they want to bump up the sales a bit.

    the SSD is the most likely to go on sale again. Honestly, does ANYONE buy this at the full $400 price? I practically live in the LEGO store and haven't seen one of these sold at all in ages.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    Wasn't the UCS MF $500? I bet a lot of people were saying the same thing a few years ago. I'm not comparing the two, but $400 is insane for a Lego set...$500 is even more insane and if you add inflation and the new costs of making sets the UCS MF would be close to $600 or dare I say more? Now you have everyone and their brother saying "At $600 I'd buy 3 UCS MF's"...lol
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    the SSD is no MF...
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    ^True enough. But initially, no one wanted to pick up the $500 Falcon, either. And... for the benefit of @Pitfall69...

    She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.
    Pitfall69bogeymanuk
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,837
    I'll be looking to get an SSD if it has 20% off it. It looks a lot better in the flesh than on the box, although it could do with some trans blue and a light source on the greebling. Truth be told though, i'd rather have a classic ISD in UCS form. If redos are the future of UCS then the ISD must be due one, isn't it the oldest Imperial UCS kit out there? I need a Lego fix, haven't had one since last Sept/Oct making up my BL UCS Falcon.

    Still need a UCS AT-AT more than we need any other SW UCS vehicle.
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    ^ #7181 Tie Interceptor was the earliest imperial UCS set. But thats made me think that we haven't had a normal UCS Tie Fighter yet, maybe that will be next to go with the new X-wing.
  • hantothantot UKMember Posts: 247
    R2 and the B-wing are on my list for May 4th, but only with a discount. I then might be tempted to pick up the x-wing using my VIP points
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    dougts said:

    the SSD is no MF...

    That's why I said "I'm not comparing the two"

  • jasonord69ajasonord69a UKMember Posts: 404
    I have google'd the last few years and have added the links below. If previous years are a guide I would say we will definately get 20% off a couple of big sets ( SSD & R2-D2 IMO) and a free minifigure/poster.

    2012
    http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=3140

    2011
    http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?id=1253

    2010
    http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=634

    2009
    http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=286
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    I know Han as the Freebie is already kinda confirmed, but how nice would it´ve been if they would do some sort of a scene-set (along the line of the previous Holiday-sets) like some they would never produce regularly to throw in for orders on May the 4th?!
    sidersddcloaked7Yellowcastle
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    edited March 2013
    Pitfall69 said:

    Wasn't the UCS MF $500? I bet a lot of people were saying the same thing a few years ago. I'm not comparing the two, but $400 is insane for a Lego set...

    Yup, @Pitfall69 As I recall the UCS MF was $400 (20% off) with a limit of 2. I remember the limit, because I got one for myself and one for my son. He later sold his for $1,000, but I still have mine. Not sure if I'll ever sell it. It's still NIB. I think it will be the quintessential LEGO collectible one day (if it isn't already) and will continue to go up and up in value as more and more are opened.

    And, yeah... just like everyone and their uncle... I wish I had bought more, but who would a thunk? I would really like to have 2. That way I could build one and then never open the other one. I'm thinking that one day it will be very, very tempting to build the one I have. :-)

    Pitfall69
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,837
    ^^ I bet those indecisive potential UCS MF buyers in the 2010 May 4th thread are kicking themselves now. I was just coming out of my dark ages at that point and thinking that £350 for a single Lego set (before discount) was ludicrous. Perhaps if i'd seen one in the flesh i'd have thought differently.
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    Yeah, the last 12 sold on eBay went for $2,500 - $3,000 ! ! !

    $400 now looks like a bargain doesn't it?

    A bit surprising to me is that there are that many NIB being sold. I wonder how many of those are on their 2nd or 3rd owner? I mean, a person could have bought a set for $1,000 2 years ago and still be making a great profit if they had simply bought it as an investment back then.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    2010: (US & Canada Only) 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon – 25% off

    Ah when we were young and ignorant
    Pitfall69
  • epyon396epyon396 Member Posts: 268

    Still need a UCS AT-AT more than we need any other SW UCS vehicle.

    I almost agree with that. There's still no Slave I though ;P

    Hopefully there's another deal on the SSD. This is my first May the 4th since coming out of my dark age. I'm excited :D
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    @diggydoes what is that I hear you doth whisper by the name of Han?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^Hmm, somehow missed that entire thread until now. Thanks @sidersdd. Han doesn't sound promising at all.
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    ^i don´t know why but Han is such a lame Minifigure (no disrespect to Harrison Ford/Han Solo of course) i guess there could´ve be better choices made :(
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258

    ^Hmm, somehow missed that entire thread until now. Thanks @sidersdd. Han doesn't sound promising at all.

    What?! You don't want another Han minifigure for your collection... considering we already have 10+ versions of the figure, I find this shocking. ;o)

    margot
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Exactly, and they are all as boring as the next. This one should be chrome or come with medium blue hands or something to get excited about. Waiting on pics to surface, otherwise ZzzzZZzzz...
    Diggydoes
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    ^or it shall come with a "real"fur Chewie ;)
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,241
    How about Imperial Officer Han from his time in the Navy.
  • AvengerDrAvengerDr Member Posts: 453
    Maybe it will be a chrome version of the "young" Han Solo figure! How exciting would that be? :D (not really)

    The first chrome figure with short legs!
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258
    You know that this May the 4th promotional minifigure is incredibly dull when the only exciting thing you can potentially say about it is....
    AvengerDr said:


    The first chrome figure with short legs!

  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Diggydoes said:

    ^or it shall come with a "real"fur Chewie ;)

    That would be an instant classic! I am now adding that to the 'dream list' of things that are too epic to happen.

  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    cloaked7 said:

    Pitfall69 said:

    Wasn't the UCS MF $500? I bet a lot of people were saying the same thing a few years ago. I'm not comparing the two, but $400 is insane for a Lego set...

    Yup, @Pitfall69 As I recall the UCS MF was $400 (20% off) with a limit of 2. I remember the limit, because I got one for myself and one for my son. He later sold his for $1,000, but I still have mine. Not sure if I'll ever sell it. It's still NIB. I think it will be the quintessential LEGO collectible one day (if it isn't already) and will continue to go up and up in value as more and more are opened.

    And, yeah... just like everyone and their uncle... I wish I had bought more, but who would a thunk? I would really like to have 2. That way I could build one and then never open the other one. I'm thinking that one day it will be very, very tempting to build the one I have. :-)

    I got mine for $250 from KB when they were liquidating, and even then my girlfriend thought that was an insane amount to spend on LEGO. These days, even though I'd never even entertain the idea of selling it, it's nice to be able to use its current value as a counterpoint when I'm contemplating a 'crazy' LEGO purchase.
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    tensor said:

    2010: (US & Canada Only) 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon – 25% off
    Ah when we were young and ignorant

    Yep, 25% off was correct. I took that day off and was first in line at the Mall of America Lego Store, and got the only MF they had in stock for $375.
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will find out what kind of deals may 4th will bring. The Han minifig is a bit of a letdown, but at least they are giving us SOMETHING else besides the usual sales. Pretty sure most people will still go and get it. Much better than some lame poster or sticker sheet!
  • LegofanscottLegofanscott Member Posts: 622
    edited March 2013
    It would be nice if in the near future we get a Lego set thats as impressive as the millenium falcon.

    Ill never own a 10179 so it would be nice to own something close to it.

    The AT AT sounds like the best chance of it being it, if it ever goes ahead, imagine how good The box would look if it ever does get made :D
  • yuffieyuffie Member Posts: 91
    i guess it's unlikely but if lego ever re-released the UCS MF then maybe people who actually want to build it will be able to, rather than all those that were bought to gather dust in a cupboard just so people can boast they have one and how much it is worth on ebay
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    teal93mr2 said:

    The Han minifig is a bit of a letdown, but at least they are giving us SOMETHING else besides the usual sales. Pretty sure most people will still go and get it.

    I somehow doubt I will. If there is not a decent sale, I won't be paying premium prices just for a Han figure. I'd prefer to shop elsewhere and get a decent discount.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    Off topic but what makes 10179 so great? Is it really big?
    I would love to see a UCS AT AT!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    10179 is huge, and heavy, nearly 20lbs when built. 2 feet wide by 3 feet long, 5,197 parts, it is also in minifig scale, unlike the system level MF.
  • AvengerDrAvengerDr Member Posts: 453
    Will the other #7965 do well after EOL? It seems to have been around forever..

    I am almost done building a bricklinked a #10179... I wish I had known how big it would be before I started, I'd have planned in advance :D I have no idea where to put it. Some kind of wall-mounted support would be nice. Does anyone have any experience on this ?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^^As Tex said, the finished product is awesome in details, accurate to the real thing, and minifig scale. The sheer size leaves you in awe. The UCS MF is the 2nd highest piece count set Lego ever made, next to the Taj Mahal. And it's a better build experience with more techniques & variety of build.

    Here is cavegod's masterpiece of a UCS AT-AT:
    http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14579
    margot
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