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So no use for resellers aiming for Xmas sales.
Best price I've ever seen on it!
I think this gets close to the three best offers from an european amazon site i have ever seen, the others being 8078 Portal of Atlantis (.fr, [email protected]€), 10188 DS (.it, [email protected]€), 10214 TB (.it, @152€)
Today I noticed in store that some retiring sets now have placards indidcating such on the shelves, which is nice to see.
Plus Kingdoms is relaunching in late spring.
Joust isn't going anywhere.
Oh, not another year.
To be fair, though, Fire Brigade is so far superior to the others in the line, it may make sense to keep it on past one of the newer modulars.
I am sorry, but the source is as solid as it gets, I saw it in writing. :(
Of course, things can and do change, so who knows what the future holds...
I have no idea if the final batch has been made, but my understanding is that stocks are low and no further copies are likely to be shipped to stores, except for a few flagship stores and perhaps the national accounts like Amazon.
My gut feeling (this is not confirmed, this part is my own take on it) is that IS will go to sold out on [email protected] in the first or second week of December. It might get "marked down" 25% on Dec 26th (so that no receipt returns after Christmas are at a lower price), but you won't actually be able to find it anywhere so it won't matter.
I was advised to look to Sept-October next year for EOL of FB. This comes from a source that has been right in the past about many things, but not 100% of the time.
The only sure thing that I know is that FB and DS are not going to EOL this year. Flump was right about that. :(
MMV on the other hand, is EOL this year, for what that is worth, but that should surprise no one.
And where was I at the end of June. Sigh.
Pretty sure it's going EOL soon so I'm happy I bought a mint one from Lego directly (I've seen lots of very bad boxes in other stores)
Btw, Cologne store and the "store" at the "LEGO Fanwelt" this weekend have a lot of Minecraft in stock!
Im guessing that LEGO REALLY wants to sell as much at retail before Christmas THEN discount. The bigger the box, the more likely there will be issues with it. I got two Unimog sets from TRU that had all the seals failed (I had gotten replacements)
I've deboxed a SSD to ship overseas and the contents including manual actually fit into a IS box, believe it or not. And still room was left to wrap all the parts bags in bubblewrap and leave the big heavy instruction manual in the white box it came in.
IS is a bargin for the parts you get, SSD is not, amazing given the price different between them.
SSD should have been $299.
The downside is that most resellers have plenty of these in stock already and most collectors that really want these sets probably already have them, so I believe prices will take longer to go up on these after they EOL.
And there is no "gouging". They will sell at what people are willing to pay -- no more, and no less.
The gouging thing was stated in jest; I'm quite familiar with the secondary Lego free market in which many of us participate (me included). I might not approach it as seriously as some here.
#4194 is a good example, as is #7930 and #7961 - both were 30% off for months.
Will be interesting to watch, but I don't expect any of those to do more than RRP for a year.