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The rest of the Lego aisle was filled with 2012 stuff, there was just these 3 random sets left over. I asked if there was other older stuff but no. Didn't buy any of them :)
I have no idea what to do with it.
Seriously though, the Barnes and Noble by my house just put out a box of series 4 minifigs. Probably the only old thing ive seen around here.
They still have some bizarre older sets, but nothing terribly good. Some World Racers, Bionicle, Galidor, Jack Stone, the Steven Spielberg Movie Maker set... strange stuff. They never put anything on clearance that I've noticed, they just leave it at the marked price until it sells. So the 10+ year old sets they still have aren't moving very quickly because they are the ones nobody wants.
The same store was having a sidewalk sale about a year ago in which I got about 12 Bionicle sets, seven of the creator-type knight sets from a few years ago, and about 10 of those racers sets (the ones where the boxes fold out into a street playset): total combined price? $10.
- Early 2010: http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7873-1 hidden behind some other toys at Tesco.
When I went back in 2007, the time warp in that same store (and its other locations) was only to 2005, and I winced. Nonetheless, tucked away amongst the newer stuff were a few gems. I found straight and curved rails, plus switching points from the 1980 Train collection. Not having any trains myself, I decided it would be an investment for the future, so I snapped them up. I think each rail pack was about 15 USD and the points were around 25 USD. I still have the receipt somewhere.
So, never fight that urge to step into toy shops when traveling abroad. You never know what hidden gems from the past you might find.
If you search further, I do believe someone found another Belville set somewhere else last year.
One box is sticky taped now.
Also found a Legends Black Seas Barracuda for 75 USD about 1 year after it EOL'd
Sadly, the #3450 was sold on the weekend I got it. Little did I know it would hit what it does now, but I have also learned to not second guess myself of what was sold in the past.
Other than that, I have been to the same toy shop in Germany on several occasions (in Travemunde) and always found the same huge bin of old service packs there. The heap has not gone down that I can see in five years...
Especially as I haven't even seen the Heroica one on sale in UK stores. There was also some of those ninjago accessory packs.