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Town Hall will do just fine in retirement, the part count alone will help with that. Some people (myself included) just like high part count sets. :)
FB is the clear winner, even with all the resellers. Or at least I hope. What we need now is a Police HQ Modular, that will seal the deal. :)
We know that LEGO is releasing a second wave of the Superhero line for 2013; will these new sets 'push out' the older ones released this spring? Or will they just overcrowd the market?
I'm thinking of picking up some Batman sets, (Batcave, Two-Face Chase, Joker's Funhouse, ect.) but I'm not sure just how long I can comfortably wait before doing so.
Now back to your regular scheduled programing :)
Just kidding ;)
A few HP items will clearly do better than others, Diagon Alley, Knights Bus, Hogwarts Train, Hogwarts Castle (the last version), The Burrows, etc.
Right now, Hogwarts Train and The Burrows are selling for good money, probably as good as they'll ever get other than rising slowly with inflation. Why? Because once all HP is gone completely, there will be nothing to remind anyone new it ever existed. People buying current sets on the shelf, decide they want more, go online and find it at double RRP. Some buy it, some don't. But once no one is buying it on retail shelves, who is searching online for it?
Far fewer people.
I have already sold all my Hogwarts Express trains, and I'll have all my Burrows sold by Christmas. I have 10 Diagon Alleys and 10 Hogwarts Castles, and that is it, buying no more.
My 2 cents worth. :)
PotC seems an odd thing, none of the sets are really that interesting to me, other than the ships of course which will do very well I'm sure, double RRP within 6-12 months. The rest of it? Amazon has had much of the line on sale here and there, including Whitecap Bay, for 30% off, and they can't sell them out.
I have a few of each, just to carry a bit of everything, but I'm buying no more.
As for personal taste, the ships, of course, were great (and I don't hate the Pearl nearly as much as some of you), but as far as the other sets went, I really only enjoyed The Mill and Isla de Muerta.
But as a line... they really missed the boat. Port Royal should have been made for sure, as well as the Flying Dutchman. And just as an 'in general' gripe... they really need to come up with a better way to do minifigs in dresses. Elizabeth shouldn't TOWER over the other minifigs.
The sales at 30% off are a sure thing, moving inventory from place to place, does not ensure a sale, or a quick sale in any case.
Besides, the boxes and UPCs are different from Europe to the US, so retail stores are not going to be able to take the European versions, they won't have the UPCs in their database, and while they can be added, the boxes look funny without the part count and descriptions. :)
More than likely if you see them on BF sale, they are gone.
UK to US and US to UK seems to be one of the most expensive shipping routes in the world for some reason, it is crazy!
On that note, do you all think Maersk will go out this year?
As for TB, didn't it come out before Taj Mahal went out?
It is time, unless Lego has decided to change how long sets are out on the market.
Maersk Train...feels like it may hang around a little longer as well, but maybe the Horizon will be its replacement, hard to tell. Of the trains I think the Yellow Cargo train is the goner for this year.
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I personally don't think values will fluctuate that much because a lot of people aren't going to buy the B-Wing and if they do, they'll grab it at a discount.
Is it reasonable to hope these double in value by this time next year?