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Set was basically available for 1 month!
Anyone know if they will make more?
Right now on Lego's store the rover is listed as "sold out" as opposed to temporarily out of stock or something of that nature. Does this mean that the item is sold out on their end for good?
Some sets have had really short runs (zombies, recent architecture special set) so it is definitely possible there will be no more Curiosity Rover. And even Minecraft was on a low quantity production run for a long time. But, there are more examples of a set being listed as OOS and returning later. I know none of that helps, except to affirm that your guess is as good as mine. Personally I'm not guessing. I'll just wait and see.
The set was available for such a short time initially I didn't have time to get one. Also, it's just me, but I hedged my bet and bought a set for $60, mainly because I have all the other CUUSOO sets. It may come back in stock such that I could snag one, but there's no guarantee. The flip side is that it doesn't come back in stock and the price goes to $100, which is what will happen if LEGO is finished producing them.
But nobody really knows.
I was waiting until then and forgot until last night ... grrrrrr .....
(I do have one already so it's not tragic, but I was keeping it sealed...)
Of course I understand profit isn't the motive for most submissions to CUUSOO, but really, if Lego is scared of the designer sharing that information then well, that's what NDAs are for.
The set is now being shipped out to retailers in the States, including Toys R Us, independent toy shops, etc. It is nowhere near sold out, discontinued, etc. My local toy shop today had around 20 in LA. I was just in Japan, where they were sold through traditional outlets from day one, and the set is literally everywhere.
Will be interesting to see if and when it comes back in stock.
If they are cutting a check, then you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be showing up on the books for any and all audits in the future.
Assuming every business is as corrupt as the movie studios you're no doubt familiar with probably isn't fair. If you're not securing audit rights for your clients you're doing them a disservice, because you're letting them get screwed by an industry that has a history of avoiding exactly that precisely so they can screw clients like yours. What's normal to you is abnormal in most industries.
Normally there's no risk in audit rights, because again, you simply get them to sign an NDA. It's wrong to believe that giving an outsider access to books means they'll be leaked left and right to competitors, that's precisely the nonsense Hollywood peddles to justify it's actions. It's normally just a case of letting them send an accountant to the offices of the company in question to check the books, it's nothing like sending the entire company accounts via unsecured e-mail to a private individual's GMail inbox or whatever. Such accountants will have a contractually obligated professional and legal responsibility to divulge nothing beyond the validity of the paid net income in these sorts of cases, and would never risk being sued into bankruptcy and losing their job and chartered accountant status for a client outside of that.
Besides, if someone had reasonable belief that the deal was being fiddled they could trivially get a court to order just that kind of auditing anyway, which by the way is precisely why the studios pretty much always settle at any hint of it going to court - because they know full well they're wrong. I doubt for TLG it's worth the effort as I suspect they're not corrupt like Hollywood and just pay what's owed in the first place. I suspect if a CUUSOO winner really wanted to send an accountant over to confirm validity of payment values paid then they'd oblige, but for most winners it wouldn't be worth the effort, especially if they're not even in it for the money in the first place.