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We knew this, or at least we should have expected the out of stock? retiring? yo-yo that is 21102 to spin back up.
If you bought it for $34, then you can double your money quickly. Otherwise not so much.
Disclosure: Fortunately I did get my 4 copies at $34 =P
#7961 had an unusually high RRP but I think the Maul figure is the reason for that, and I have been buying them at discount for the last month. Though I missed out on one of them the other day: a little boy was standing in the Lego aisle trying to pick out a toy (his parents had obviously given him a "budget" of $20) and he was really trying their patience (it was 8:45 PM and they were obviously tired and ready to go home.) I excused myself and pointed out that the #7961 I had in my hand was on clearance for 50% retail and was their last one and they would be welcome to it. The kid looked up hopefully at mom and dad, and their eyes gleamed with the good deal they could get. I handed it over to them and gave a wink to the kid as they walked off. That made my day far more than the purchase would have I can tell you!
These store/LEGO exclusives seem a bit hard to peg sometimes. (Except the Zombies. Really, that should've been a no-brainer. Pun intended.)
A day later the seller contacted me whether he could buy back a small ship from Mars mission as his son customized it. I searched for it and it was part from #7690. But It's not even a complete ship and it wasn't even customized one. I looked the manual and it was exactly like it. But somehow his son wanted that. It was very interesting to me as a kid can so attach to a small lego pieces that he believe customized which I don't see much value in it. Anyhow, I said I will send the whole #7690 set as it would be meaningless to have just this ship. I could make money off it but Lego is kid's toy after all. Also he gave me such a good deal so I couldn't ask him for money for it. I asked him for a shipping fee though :) Hope his son enjoys the set. Never knew #7690 but it looks so fun.
One of my favorite things to do is to give LEGO to children that strike me as conscientious and thoughtful. This usually happens when I'm in the LEGO aisle and I witness a child deliberating between some very small LEGO sets and overhear the budget set by their parents. The most memorable one was a kid whose parent offered to buy a ~$20 set but the child said it was too expensive and opted for a $5 Star Wars polybag saying that he'd have just as much fun with it. I quickly bought an #8038 Battle of Endor, found them in the store, and gave it to him.
Wanna help me out here? ;)
Kidding aside, it is very generous of you to of have given a stranger a $100 set. I certainly remember my parents setting a budget when I was young and not being able to get the item I wanted unless a special occasion came up.
Part of the reason I am selective of the kids is because I don't want to reinforce entitlement. Similarly, whenever I do the Holiday wish drives/giving trees, I find the kids that ask for backpacks. I buy a backpack, and fill it with school supplies AND toys :)
So what's the consensus on the Jabba set? I know there was some media stories about it, and wondered if there was any chance of it getting pulled. I have to say the set is a little ho hum, but love the minifigs. Possibly the best minfig set ever in my opinion (also like the playability of the jabba chair and trapdoor.
There's a great Chinese take-out around the corner. The owner's two young boys are always there. So once in awhile I'll hit Wally across the street first and bring them a set before I pick up my Sesame Chicken.
I have so many poor friends and family, I find myself shelling out $100's every other week. While it is great to help out strangers, which we do a lot, family comes first. It is great to see all these acts of kindness though. Keep it up guys :)
1.) Are there any lego fans that like stickers at all?
2.) Do sets that feature stickers have less long term collectibility, due to the chance for damage or the fact that stickers eventually fall off?
To the second question, I imagine it's dependent on what condition the stickers are in. I have several sets that are ~15 years old with the stickers applied and they're as good as new, so it's not necessarily the stickers in and of themselves that make them better or worse for long-term collectability.
2) It usually doesn't reduce a set's long collectibility or value. But rather its the sticker's collectibility and value that increases with the set's desirability over time. Case in point are sticker sheets for any of the UCS models, Lamborghini's, etc. Extra value placed on licensed sets or ones that are heavily reliant, i.e. Maersk, Boeing, etc.
Still too much for me.
I like stickers, but I think the materials for making them has changed and that is the problem IMO.
Plenty of old stickers can still be found in good condition, why? I think because of a couple of things actually.
One they were never removed and tried to be reseated but I think the other and main reason is I believe they were thicker than they are now, better quality materials in making them.
The sticker quality has gone down with the rest of the quality controls IMO.
Both are obviously different types of train sets; however, I still like the classic look of the EN. Any thoughts on the EN's price topping out or is it still going up? I'm also wondering how high the Maersk Train is going to go since it has almost doubled from RRP in a few months.
The Maersk train on the other hand gives off a more complete appearance to me so I don't really have the impulse or need to purchase another to extend the train.
As a result many people bought a lot of ENs at about 60-70 dollars whereas Maersk's cheapest I ever saw was about 100 dollars (maybe 90-95 I think at one point)
I'm sure not having two passenger cars slightly effects the EN pricing, but it appears EN is climbing again.
All in all I think maybe people expect EN to have a hard time rising, due to the number that could have been cheaply bought before it discontinued.
And to a lesser extent..
For older kids and AFOLS applying stickers is easy and there are some who actually prefer the finishing the stickers give. Similarly most pieces in the Moria set are pieces used in many other sets just without the sticker.
Some sets are simply worth getting at full price, most aren't. I can see the Haunted House following the same pattern. A lot of people are probably waiting for it to go on sale, like under $150 before they pull the trigger, and that might not ever happen.
Wondering if this should really be sounding the EOL trumpets shortly for FB, as I cannot imagine that many people are still buying these for 150 if they can be found at other places for such a price, unless this is how Mods will be selling in which case Im not buying a PS for 150, 140, 130 anymore if all that will happen is a site eventually putting them up for only 119...lol
printed (HH, orc forge, uruk hai army)
yet these ones ...
(unexpected gathering) and
(goblin king) are stickered. There is a similar stickered piece in an older HP set too. If they can make printed woodgrain planks for the first sets, why not for the others. They could even have used the same piece, or not included the nail pattern.
More annoying, they print this piece in the Sith Nightspeeder,
yet then expect you to use stickers for other similar pieces. I'd prefer all printed, or all stickered. At least stickered here would give you the option of using the otherwise useless grey with brown print pieces for rocks.
A) Reseller needs to charge more
B) Less quantity on the market
C) Buyers who are willing to spend much more than RRP for an item