On a related note, the staff did confirm that Winter Post Office is officially retired.
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Good thing I got mine in 2011. I was excited for the cottage to come out, still MIB. I may leave it for a while and see what comes out this year.
Just to clarify, I wasn't saying anything bad about Manchester or the Manchester store and their employees - just that its the fist year of trading still so they probably don't know about the WV sets not being available through Spring/Summer.
We talked for a bit about a few other things as well, and let's just say I'm pretty damn certain she knew what she was talking about.
It just seems odd the Post Office would be gone the same time as the Bakery. The only thing I can think of is the Post Office was not as good as the Bakery and maybe it wasn't a strong seller and decided to put more into the Cottage and the next one.
Don't therefore assume a Winter Village set is being discontinued just because it's been reduced. They could well have just been making sure they didn't have to store those unsold for a further 9 months without a sale.
Plus, I'm not assuming. A senior Lego Store member of staff has told me that it's been discontinued. Not 'it might have been' or 'it possibly is', but that it actually has been discontinued. That's good enough for me.
Waits until October to be proved right. :)
But it's obvious that some people aren't going to be convinced, so I'm going to stop trying now. I however, am erring on the side of caution, and have bought one online today (for less than RRP). If it does come back in October I will apologise in this very thread.
If it doesn't, I will merely point out here and now that it is still available right now on the Spanish Amazon for about £1 less than RRP, including postage.
As has been posted a number of times within the forum recently, don't take information provided by store staff as gospel. Rarely is it true. They might think it is and as such pass on the information in good faith, but more often than not accurate at all and it just doesn't pan out the way the rumour they heard was said to. It is for shop-starting rumours like this that resellers have several dozen copies of the Fire Brigade and Death Star under their beds. That said, I cannot disprove the rumour, but for now I'm going to take it with a pinch of @y2josh's salt. :-)
But anyway I expected that it would only be the bakery it came out a year before Post Office. Sorry to those who couldnt get it :( its probably my favorite WV
Interestingly enough, I remember the WVPO being listed by Amazon as having an RRP of $59.99 instead of $69.99 after Christmas in March 2012, which I thought was odd (and probably a mistake). They then knocked $5 off to make it $54.99 (which was over 20% off). It was too good a deal to pass up and I grabbed a couple. I don't know if it has ever been that low anywhere else or not... It's not my favorite (the Toy Shop is), but it does add a nice touch.
Cottage just came out, and Post office was only out for 1 year so far. Heck the Bakery could feasibly come back.
I just would say that apparently people have not learned to stop listening to LEGO staff and LEGO customer service because if you ask 10 different people at LEGO about a set EOL'ing you will get 10 different answers IMO
My extended thoughts are that if there is ever a set you really want (to build, not necessarily to resell), and that set goes on sale for 25% or more, you should pull the trigger.
I will say while the Cottage is nice, at 100 bucks I cannot see many people buying a ton of them.
So it will be interesting to see if LEGO continues the line.. I really like the line though, just have a hard time justifying what they are asking for for rpp on these sets.
That said, I think Lego made a mistake ramping this up to the $100 mark, because I think going from $50-ish to $100 turned the cute, annual, affordable snow scenes into a more-serious investment. They should have foregone two or all of the three extra things/minifigs (igloo, workshop, plow) and stayed around $60. Maybe sell those extra things as little winter "booster packs," not unlike #3300014.
Anyway, that's why I think they had too much stock, because they priced the set out of the market of general-appeal and too far into AFOL-only appeal.
I think if you want to get one, you might consider calling a Lego store and have one shipped to you now. Even with shipping, it'll still be a good deal less than RRP, and could save you tears of frustration come November.
I think LEGO does understand that they wqill have overflow, and really the only reason they have them by the LEGO store by me is because other stores had too many.. I think they had sold out their lot before Christmas..
So Id like to see them stay, but ultimately it is up to LEGO
Going by the past experience with the winter village series, I am skeptical about the Post Office retiring. Having said that, if you want the set and its available at a good price one should go ahead and buy it. All the winter village sets are beautiful.
They were so concerned with making sure the retail stores had ample stock, they completely shot themselves in the foot for online orders. It also seems they don't do a good job of predicting which stores are going to move more product than others, as some stores apparently still have these, while other stores ran out around December 20.
But like @Grogall says, "But heck what do I know?"