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If anyone has played Sim City, etc. and loved it. I think they would understand the fun in playing Minecraft.
Myself, I could see Minecraft being a LEGO theme and have various Minecraft sets. Not sure what they would be, but I could see more than just the one small set that LEGO has now.
I guess it is nice for those who do not have much space in their home to be able to build stuff, or not really having the money to buy a ton of parts..
I sold several of these a week ago for $120 each. The demand isn't just resellers, as soon as I list them, poof they sell. I highly doubt resellers are buying multiple copies for $120. :)
The price has dropped a lot in the past week, down to $80 or less. Still a nice pop, but not triple.
It will take a few weeks to recover and each time probably take more time to recover. Will be interesting to see how many times this one takes.
Anyone want to take a guess as to how many BTTF sets LEGO makes? :)
Now I know this is a popular set, but you cannot tell me that there are that many people just sitting and waiting to find them at random online shops. I'm guessing mostly the resellers are the ones who do that, especially with as many that seem to pop up on eBay despite how rare they are to purchase. Now to be clear when I say 'resellers' this is most likely the casual ones and the 'fly by night and find the hottest thing to flip' reseller, not necessarily the long term resellers.
I say partially though because I still think this is ultimately LEGO's fault , I think if they would just put up a notice saying 'on backorder until X date' instead of 'Sold out' you probably would not have this rampant demand.. MAYBE for Christmas, but I think you'd have more people just saying 'OK, I'm not paying $120 for this set, since LEGO shows them on 'backorder' for 35 dollars, I can order and wait.
When Amazon stocks, it always seems to be about 1,000 they get in, and they sell out in 15-20 minutes, 1 at a time.
And yes, I know to a LEGO fan, calling a boxed set a "widget" almost downright insulting, but that is what they really are. :) Go stand in the back stock room of a LEGO store some time. They quickly just become boxes to be moved around after awhile. :(
Amazon ships 17 million items per day on average and probably was doing twice that this Christmas season. 1,000 items is just white noise compared to that.
Plus this set has the benefit of being small :) It is VERY storage friendly.
We have no idea how available this will ever be in the future, how many more will be made, or how long it will run for. The only thing we *do* know is that lots of people are willing to pay $150 for this. If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know, I don't know what to tell you.
Sign up for zoolert.com, that's how I finally got mine. :)