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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    My local Walmart still has the shelf marked $99 for MF, but of course they don't have any. :)
  • FatMattFatMatt USMember Posts: 502
    ^That has been the case with most of the Walmarts I have been to recently. I don't think I've seen them in a Walmart for about a month or more, and prior to that there were not many.
  • FatMattFatMatt USMember Posts: 502
    edited December 2012
    Speaking of Walmart's. The ones around me are loaded with 9449 Ultra Sonic Raider. I think that may be the new 2506 Skull truck, although it does include a nice array of figs. I think each wave is going to have it's overpriced mutant vehicle that is slow to go. I'm thinking the Garmatron or whatever it's called for the new wave.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,898
    They are really going to have to drop the price on the Raider to get it sold. Boy is that thing ugly. Looks like something from Mad Max or the Ice Pirates.

  • BanditBandit Member Posts: 890
    edited December 2012
    FatMatt said:

    Speaking of Walmart's. The ones around me are loaded with 9449 Ultra Sonic Raider. I think that may be the new 2506 Skull truck, although it does include a nice array of figs. I think each wave is going to have it's overpriced mutant vehicle that is slow to go. I'm thinking the Garmatron or whatever it's called for the new wave.

    The reason they have these in stock is because they're not EOL like the rest of the line. Raider, Mech, dragon battle, byte cycle are all in stock most places around here.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    9449 might be a bit expensive for what is in it, but it has one powerful feature that no other set has.

    It has all 4 Ninja's in 1 set (Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane)

    Not even Epic Dragon Battle has that.

    Of course it doesn't have Lloyd, but then what does! :) (besides EDB of course)
  • dragonhawkdragonhawk USMember Posts: 633

    My local Walmart still has the shelf marked $99 for MF, but of course they don't have any. :)

    Yeah I have not seen it in my Walmart since it was on sale for $109, 3 or 4 weeks ago. I was so used to see it with $119 discount sign that I stopped paying attention until they were gone


  • avoiceoreasonavoiceoreason Member Posts: 224
    edited December 2012
    Slightly OT, how does one know when Amazon puts a quantity restriction on something? I went to buy a 3rd 10212 and got an error saying the quantity is limited. Nothing on the product page, so I was just wondering if there is a way to tell before going through the transaction process.

    Also, is that quantity a daily limit, a weekly limit, a forever limit??? Thanks.
  • dragonhawkdragonhawk USMember Posts: 633
    edited December 2012

    9449 might be a bit expensive for what is in it, but it has one powerful feature that no other set has.

    It has all 4 Ninja's in 1 set (Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane)

    Not even Epic Dragon Battle has that.

    Of course it doesn't have Lloyd, but then what does! :) (besides EDB of course)

    9449 is supposed to be the good guys' vehicle, but on first glance it does not look like it. The first time I saw it I thought it was new variation of the many skeleton related vehicles from 1st wave.
    One look at 9441, 9442, 9444 you know they belong to the ninjas, not so much 9449.

    Hey I just had a thought, if you buy 9440, 9441, 9442, and 9444 you get all 4 ninjas for only $6 more than 9449. Plus, if you buy the encyclopedia, for $11 more you get Lloyd as well...
    Now I see why the ninjago minifigs are selling so well on eBay... :)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    :) Yes, but 9449 can still be purchased for less than retail, while the others are mostly gone from retail.
  • FatMattFatMatt USMember Posts: 502
    Bandit said:
    The reason they have these in stock is because they're not EOL like the rest of the line. Raider, Mech, dragon battle, byte cycle are all in stock most places around here.
    I understand that. My point is that none of the Walmarts around me have had 20+ of any of the Ninjago sets sitting on the shelves, hardly moving at all for weeks except for this set. On top of that, Christmas is a week and a half away. My point is that it just does not appear to be selling near as well as the rest of the line.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,898

    Slightly OT, how does one know when Amazon puts a quantity restriction on something? I went to buy a 3rd 10212 and got an error saying the quantity is limited. Nothing on the product page, so I was just wondering if there is a way to tell before going through the transaction process.

    Also, is that quantity a daily limit, a weekly limit, a forever limit??? Thanks.

    Weekly I think. Or you can create another Amazon account I guess.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,710
    edited December 2012

    Slightly OT, how does one know when Amazon puts a quantity restriction on something? I went to buy a 3rd 10212 and got an error saying the quantity is limited. Nothing on the product page, so I was just wondering if there is a way to tell before going through the transaction process.

    Also, is that quantity a daily limit, a weekly limit, a forever limit??? Thanks.

    You know when Amazon.com puts a restriction on it when you go to checkout more than 2. After confirming your shipping address. It will give you the infamous message 'your quantity has exceed the amount available for purchase...' or something like that.
    As for how long it lasts I think it can vary... I know that there are times where it seems like a month before I can buy something again that was 'limited' by Amazon for purchase I guess it also depends on if there is a sale going on on the time as well
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    That MF was one of my favorite builds.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405

    My local Walmart still has the shelf marked $99 for MF, but of course they don't have any. :)

    Typical. I was lucky enough to grab 1 for 97.99 plus 10% off when they were on sale. There were 3, but 2 were not "mint". Perhaps I was being too picky.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ...I will probably get chastised for leaving dinged up boxes for 97.99 for "Little Timmy". I can hear it now. "Little Timmy missed out on "mint" MF's because if you resellers!!!"
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Pitfall69 said:

    ...I will probably get chastised for leaving dinged up boxes for 97.99 for "Little Timmy". I can hear it now. "Little Timmy missed out on "mint" MF's because if you resellers!!!"

    I will take non-mint Falcons for $97.99, they will still sell for $200 when retired, mint or otherwise. :)
  • avoiceoreasonavoiceoreason Member Posts: 224
    ^^^^^Thanks for the replies re: Amazon.

    Now, back on topic, and I know it has been discussed at some point in this lengthy thread, but does anyone have any insights or thoughts on the retirement of the first wave of DC/Marvel sets? Are they going to be on the typical two year plan, or will some of these go earlier?

    I haven't paid much attention to them since my kids aren't really into them, so I don't even know if there is a "2nd wave" coming or not.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ I expect these will fade away from shelves throughout 2013 as they stopped getting restocked at most retailers in favor of using the limited shelf space for the newer waves. Same with LEGO brand stores. However, they will likely (on the whole, bound to be item by item exceptions) continue to be available inside TRU and online at most major retailers and [email protected] throughout the year.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,898
    edited December 2012
    Super Heroes Sets...I think these are flying under the radar right now because we haven't seen them on clearance very much, nor have they appeared on the newly "retiring soon" list. And it's best to categorize value by Super Hero. These could easily just disappear in earl 2013 when wave 2 hits.

    Batman & Spider-Man sets - definitely good investment. (Highlighted by Dynamic Duo). You just can't go wrong on any of these.
    Avengers - most will be pretty solid
    Superman - because of the figs - this set is really good
    X-Men sets - below average returns
    The "bionicle" type figures - just stay away from (except Iron Man)

    My 2 cents.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    ^I'll be curious to see which way the Wolverine set actually goes. X-Men consistently outsell every other title out there... but I suspect that won't translate into aftermarket sales until there's an X-Men themed wave.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Broke down and bought a "like new" IS for $180 from Amazon. They're long gone now.
  • avoiceoreasonavoiceoreason Member Posts: 224
    prevere said:

    Super Heroes Sets...I think these are flying under the radar right now because we haven't seen them on clearance very much, nor have they appeared on the newly "retiring soon" list. And it's best to categorize value by Super Hero. These could easily just disappear in earl 2013 when wave 2 hits.

    I was thinking along these lines as well. If that happens, resale should be good. I started thinking about it as I was trying to find the Superman set and was having difficulty at retail stores. To @dougts point, they are readily available online though.

    Similarly, I was going to pick up some Zombies sets only to discover they have simply vanished.

    Will be interesting to watch.
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    If you could buy MISB sets at what works out to be 4.3 cents a piece, would you?

    I'm talking about the Cars #8679 & #8639 which obviously have been bad resellers. I know at the price im paying I can sell them for a profit but I think they will move slow and I'm worried the price could go even lower.

    To bad there were no people in the "Cars" world so they could have added minifigures to the sets.

  • itsnotmeitsnotme Member Posts: 112
    IS was in my Amazon Gold Box for 199.99 so I picked it up. Unfortunately Gund Bears are gone and I don't have an Amazon VISA so couldn't use the TOY20OFF. Still, not bad.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ Why do you think the Gund Bears are gone?

    Just a minute ago I picked up 2 more of them, they seem to have made plenty of them this year, no complaints. :)
  • itsnotmeitsnotme Member Posts: 112
    I swear when I bought the IS the 2012 Gund Bear was only available from a third party seller, not Amazon, and it wouldn't allow me to apply the promotion. Now when I pull it up it of course says available from Amazon.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    What the heck is a Gund Bear?
    SirKevbags
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Pitfall69 said:

    What the heck is a Gund Bear?

    A useless "freebie" that makes buyers more satisfied after spending hundreds of dollars on stuff they don't need.



    FollowsClosely
  • FatMattFatMatt USMember Posts: 502
    ^^wikipedia said:
    Gund is a manufacturer of plush stuffed animals. It was founded by Adolph Gund in 1898.[1] On July 1, 2008, Gund was sold to Enesco, a gift company known for among other things the Cherished Teddies line.[citation needed]
    Gund created many of the industry standards today including safety standards and the manufacturing processes for toys.[citation needed] Sweldin, who bought the company from Gund when he retired in 1925, became the first licensor of cartoon characters, producing plush toy versions of Popeye, Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, and Tigger.[citation needed]
    In the 1980s, Gund launched Snuffles, a polar like bear with black eyes, sueded nose and a sewn thread mouth. Gund recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Snuffles and introduced a Giant Snuffles which was nearly twice the size of the one which made the brand famous. 1980s Gund plush and older still have a viable retail market thanks to eBay and other websites.
    Today Gund sells over 1500 products including Gund, Baby Gund, Gund Bears, Gund Snuffles teddy bears, and Gund Holiday. Gund is known for under-stuffing their products to make them softer than competing teddy bears.[citation needed] It also makes the "Barnsie" bear, made exclusively for Barnes & Noble.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    mathew said:

    Pitfall69 said:

    What the heck is a Gund Bear?

    A useless "freebie" that makes buyers more satisfied after spending hundreds of dollars on stuff they don't need.
    Sheesh, don't be all bitter! Unless of course you're kidding and I missed it.

    Actually Gund makes some very nice bears, if you haven't received one of these free bears yet, they are very soft and nice, I'd easily expect to pay $15 for one in a retail store.

    *stares over at growing stack of bears*

    Hmm, now what to DO with all those bears... :)
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Found some Dino Defense HQ's at Barnes and Noble, but didn't seem like they were selling for that much on EBay to really make it worth it.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098

    mathew said:

    Pitfall69 said:

    What the heck is a Gund Bear?

    A useless "freebie" that makes buyers more satisfied after spending hundreds of dollars on stuff they don't need.
    Sheesh, don't be all bitter! Unless of course you're kidding and I missed it.

    Actually Gund makes some very nice bears, if you haven't received one of these free bears yet, they are very soft and nice, I'd easily expect to pay $15 for one in a retail store.

    *stares over at growing stack of bears*

    Hmm, now what to DO with all those bears... :)
    I was kind of kidding. I forgot to add one to my cart earlier today (was rushing to get my IS order placed before leaving work). I'm not even sure my order was applicable. Anyway, we have about about a dozen teddy bears laying around for the kids to play with. Would I take one for free? Sure, why not. I just don't quite get why people are so excited about them except for the fact that it's free.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ^ahhh I spent over $11,000 for my wife's engagement ring and they threw in a bear. I don't think it made me feel satisfied.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002

    Found some Dino Defense HQ's at Barnes and Noble, but didn't seem like they were selling for that much on EBay to really make it worth it.

    They are literally everywhere around here. They're still RRP, though, so after fees it's not even worth it. Of course, when they somehow rocket to $300, I'm going to feel silly for not picking them up.
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    Pitfall69 said:

    ^ahhh I spent over $11,000 for my wife's engagement ring and they threw in a bear. I don't think it made me feel satisfied.

    I hope you got $11,000 in engagement Lego. :0


  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa ...good one
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    y2josh said:

    Found some Dino Defense HQ's at Barnes and Noble, but didn't seem like they were selling for that much on EBay to really make it worth it.

    They are literally everywhere around here. They're still RRP, though, so after fees it's not even worth it. Of course, when they somehow rocket to $300, I'm going to feel silly for not picking them up.
    That's what I'm thinking.. After fees and the hassle, theyll have to go up in price considerably before I'd buy them.
  • ElbazElbaz Member Posts: 7



    mathew said:

    So is 10231 indeed retired? I just placed an order on Amazon for one as I don't want to regret not getting it.

    I phoned up Lego [email protected] (UK) today and they told me it gone up in smoke.......Sorry couldnt resist - they just said they wernt sure if they were getting anymore in. No plans of deliveries at present.

    I was on the fence with this one as it is a possible Christmas gift. When it went from $85 to $95 dollars this evening on Amazon I decided to cut my losses and go for it before it disappears (at least for near RRP) altogether. Just wish I hadn't delayed...

  • kwkwkwkw USAMember Posts: 1,177

    mathew said:

    Pitfall69 said:

    What the heck is a Gund Bear?

    A useless "freebie" that makes buyers more satisfied after spending hundreds of dollars on stuff they don't need.
    Sheesh, don't be all bitter! Unless of course you're kidding and I missed it.

    Actually Gund makes some very nice bears, if you haven't received one of these free bears yet, they are very soft and nice, I'd easily expect to pay $15 for one in a retail store.

    *stares over at growing stack of bears*

    Hmm, now what to DO with all those bears... :)
    Donate them to toys for tots that's what Im doing with all my bears :-)
    FollowsClosely
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    y2josh said:

    ^I'll be curious to see which way the Wolverine set actually goes. X-Men consistently outsell every other title out there... but I suspect that won't translate into aftermarket sales until there's an X-Men themed wave.

    The Deadpool minifigure could really impact the value of this set IMO. He seems to be coming into a peak of popularity with comics fans. There's even a Deadpool video game coming out in the new year, with talks of a film in the works too (though that doesn't appear to be fully green-lighted yet). If there isn't another Deadpool minifig made, this could be a real winner (and he is a peripheral character relative to most other Marvel minifigs to date, so that's not beyond the realms of possibility).
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,939
    I wasn't a fan of the latest MF, there were some daft little things wrong that could have been done better at the same pricepoint. The mandible size and shape was quite a bit off. I also looked at it and compared it with the UCS MF that I was dying to get bricklinked. As a kiddies toy it is great - solid enough to be swooshable, plenty of minifigs (although none of them really rare), lots of playability.

    I bought 2 thinking there would be a lot of common parts between it and the UCS MF (there weren't!), but I did only pay £66 each for them. As the MF seems to be out for a while and then take a significant break from the SW roster (unlike the X-wing), along with it's evergreen desirability as a ship in the SW world, I think they'll do quite well before the next incarnation turns up.
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 970
    ...

    Hmm, now what to DO with all those bears... :)

    Tis the season... plus you could write it off.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ I've already started giving them away.

    My postman has a 10 year old daughter, so he got one. My daughter's friends each got one, etc.

    Ok, I can't write any of that off, but it made for nice gifts. :)

    I'll give 10 to Children's Medical Center and 10 to Toys for Toys, then probably the rest to family and friends.

    My own daughter will probably keep 4 or 5 however. :)
    Chang405
  • SiESiE Member Posts: 238
    Just managed a nice result down at the discovery centre in Manchester. Managed to get a shuttle expedition and whilst picking it up noticed a couple of QAR's. Bagged the 3 for £290. Thought I had missed the boat on both of these as they went pretty sharpish.
  • SiESiE Member Posts: 238
    If anyone is looking for IS at retail then Manchester Discovery Centre still has a few. might help someone out.
  • SharifaSharifa Member Posts: 9
    On the topic of Superheroes sets, I'm thinking that 6862 might end up doing well in the aftermarket because of the minifigs, but was wondering what everyone else thought. I did see several still in stock at my local Target today, although Walmart had none at all. Not very impressed with the superhero sets that look like action figures, but maybe kids like them?
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ While I agree with you that the minifigs in that set are good, the rest of the set is really just a Bionicle/Hero Factory figure.

    Will kids like it? Perhaps. AFOLs? Probably not.

    I think I have 8 or 10 of them on a shelf, but that is just because I like to have 8 or 10 of everything, just in case I get surpised, not because I think it is a great set.

    In this case, they were BOGO50 at B&N plus member rewards plus $10 gift cards, so my net cost on them was about 40% off.

    At that price, I'll take a flier on any set LEGO makes, but I'd never pay retail for this set.
  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    Ya, the smaller sets had the best figs. Superman, Wolverine/Deadpool, and Iron Man were all in small sets. Black Widow was the only fig I cared about in the bigger sets.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    edited December 2012

    ^ While I agree with you that the minifigs in that set are good, the rest of the set is really just a Bionicle/Hero Factory figure.

    Will kids like it? Perhaps. AFOLs? Probably not.

    I beg to differ. It's a neat set, probably my personal favorite of the superhero line. It may not do gang busters in the after market but it looks great and the minifigs can fit in with just about any city themed set.

    Not exactly related to the topic: I could see some ingenious people modding The Mine set to resemble the junkyard showdown from Superman 3 between bad Supes (just dirty him up a bit) and the Alien Conquest business man (Clark Kent): http://www.brickset.com/minifigs/?m=ac004

    Before anyone disses Superman 3, you have to admit that scene alone is probably the coolest from the entire series of films.

    "You always wanted to fly Kent, well now here's your chance!"
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