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Would love to open one but they will probably go in the pile with all my other larger sets waiting for the Lego room to be built before I crack them open.
One employee at a store I visited attempted (unsuccessfully) to enforce a "1 per household" limit. Like it's any of their business who I live with. And although I don't, what if I had two kids that each wanted one? I can understand a 1 per person limit, but a 1 per household limit would seem generally unenforceable and a bit arbitrary relative to the online limit of 2 per person (and not per household) and relative to many other store policies of 1 per person.
Also, I was always curious... when a 1 per person limit is imposed at the store, is that per day? Per week, etc? Because I highly doubt an employee would remember most customers a week later, or maybe even a day later.
I tried my best to buy a third because this is an awesome set for unique parts. The employee was not very forgiving to my 45 min each way car trip story :(.
yes it really is a 45 min trip... I'm hoping for the best this coming weekend for another shot.
He stated they have been very strict on this particular set due to it's limited production and aftermarket sellers scooping them up and trying to flip them.
The manager told me they had more in the back, but not many. He said TLG instructed them to not take any phone orders on these and he mentioned himself that was due to resellers asking $500 for these on eBay. He also mentioned that this is probably the last shipment they will get.
I got one for myself to build and I am very happy with the opportunity to get this at retail. I would never buy this on the aftermarket. While I was there, two more were sold, so this will definitely not last longer.
Please put "exclusive" or Limited" sets, or really any over $100 or so into nice boxes like this one, I am sure most of us here will gladly pay another few bucks for a nicer box.
I couldn't help it but to be reminded of the 43 McNuggets.
Of course there will be the odd completest searching for one next year or the year after, but generally it'll only be those around at the time who caught up in the hype that will remember it.