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Yea, they are indeed cool, but after while they are all sort of the same. Those darn Technic pins are a pain to remove, so I'm unlikely to ever take them apart, and at some point it is just 1-2 thousand small parts, gears, and pins going together to make another vehicle.
Friends was a nice improvement, it was "new", and the minifigs in general are much better in all series than they used to be. What "new" is coming for Technic?
Will LEGO do anything but vehicles for Technic?
Ideally, doing a Rollercoaster / Amusement Park line (under the Technic name or not) would be a spectacular shift for the series. The rides would need Technic parts to function.
With 1877 parts, it is indeed a massive truck, very nicely done with all the gears. Looking at Unimog, yea it is different, but is it really?
Or is it the same thing with another color shell and slightly different functions?
Granted, #8043 Motorized Excavator is at least RC, so it drives around, so I'm sure I'll built that at some point. I might save 4x4 Crawler for my son for his 8th birthday this fall and see if he can build that, if it will drive on grass, he would have a ton of fun with it.
But Unimog? If it was RC and powered, maybe, but it now just seems boring.
The other end, back on topic...
#8070 Super Car - this one should do very well in the aftermarket, it is already moving up. They'll do more cars like this, but they seem to be rare in recent years, after losing the Ferrari licence from a few years ago (checkout the prices on those old sets!)
Maybe Super Car needs a RC mod, how fun would that be to take outside and race on the street? I was into RC cars as a kid, they don't seem to be as popular today as they were back then, unless I'm just missing it.
#8458 - Silver Champion
An average of 1 a month is selling on Bricklink for an average price of nearly $500, and it has a higher part count than #42000 does. Granted, it is 13 years later, but I wonder what #8458 was selling for 5 years ago.
Technic is a great Lego theme and I always try to pick up these sets. As one who put himself through college as a grunt working on wheat harvesting crews, I really like the Technic Combine Harvester #8274. I was able to pick it up about a year after it retired for $75 shipped from a guy who couldn't sell these things. They probably still aren't that popular since most people don't even know what they are, but it's a really neat set. I've also seen the new Technic IRL car built in TLG stores and it looks really nice too. But my favorite recent Technic set is the yellow Helicopter #9396. It was on sale at Amazon for around $80 and I missed it. Now I keep holding off for a good deal that will probably never happen and I may miss the set entirely. It appears to only be available at Lego online; not in their stores now (at least the two stores I've checked).
1. 9461-1: The Swamp Creature
2. 9462-1: The Mummy
3. 9463-1: The Werewolf
4. 9464-1: The Vampyre Hearse
5. 9466-1: The Crazy Scientist & His Monster
6. 9467-1: The Ghost Train
7. 9468-1: Vampyre Castle
8. 9450-1: Epic Dragon Battle
will monster series ever do well? i am thinking of picking few on sale this summer :) when local stores are going to put them in clearance for "LONE RANGER" ;)
1. 9515-1: Malevolence
2. 9488-1: Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack
The next two sets you listed are not scheduled to EOL as quickly, so I would wait on buying those up.
As for monsters in general, Halloween isn't going away, so these all will be worth more and more each year. If you're looking for resale of the smaller sets, you probably want collections of all the smaller sets (swamp creature, mummy, werewolf, hearse, monster), as it's not worth the hassle of selling a tiny set like the swamp creature singly.
My dark horse is the ghost train. It certainly has its faults (no PF & cars can't run on normal tracks without modifications), but it really is a charming set when built. Also, it has three of the new ghosts, which are always welcome in bulk.
Then there's the Haunted House, which you didn't list, but I can't stress enough that if you're even remotely interested in it, get it now or you'll be sorry. Hopefully there will be a deal on 5/4 where it can be had for a few bucks off.
I do think the VC, Ghost Train, and Haunted House will do well since they're so unique. I'm not sure about the others since there seem to be so many "monster" CMFs. I am also guessing that Ninjago might do well since it's so popular.
As a side note, I really like the looks of the Lone Ranger sets. The stagecoach in particular was really well done!
9465? already 2.5x RRP on ebay and only EOL'D 5-6 months ago!
Slightly off topic I was browsing the web the other day and stumbled across what looks like some initial sketch ideas for the Monster Fighters series back in 2010.
Monster Fighters Sketches
Looks like the creator was Alexandre Boudon but I may be wrong. He has some cool Minifigure designs too in the CMF range. :)
Would love to get 10-20% off plus Han figure.
Usually the TRU coupons are in store only and I've never seen a modular in store. Even with the occasional BOGO sales, the mods are usually "out of stock". I don't think I've ever seen TRU have modulars marked down online either.