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I have also noticed that instead of "Sold Out", they are using "Temporarily out of stock" for sets like #10221 and #21050.
Which reminds me, has anyone seen #60031 actually in store (at least in the US)? I have not seen this set. I see that according to the inventory that people own it but I have not seen it in the states.
I used the double VIP points deal to pick up non-Star Wars sets that I thought could be gone before the next VIP points deal in the October timeframe. Two sets came to mind...the Maersk Triple-E #10241 and the Metalbeard's SeaCow #70810. I realize both have been only out a short time, but the previous Maersk ship was gone in only 6 months. Personally, I'm not that impressed with the Triple-E, but I do like ships. The SeaCow is a big question for me since the movie hype is dying down, but the set does look like a fun build and I don't want to pay double RRP to get it if it's discontinued before October.
Another Exclusive set on my list is the Parisian Restaurant, but I expect it will be around for at least a couple more years so I didn't pull the trigger. I may consider it during the October double VIP points sale, or just wait until BF to see what I can get it for then.
Personally, this is the only way I can see to grab the larger sets...especially when 10% sales tax it tacked on top of the RRP.
But yes...I agree. Taxes in Europe are high.
I used to work for a French company and I can confirm what is said above.. These companies are deathly afraid to lay off workers in France as the minute they hear of any such action they immediately strike.. If we tried that in the US it would be 'fine', you are fired and we will get to bring in one of 100 like you'.
Also forgot the Supreme court here is laughable as well and have corp interests in mind more than the rights of Americans when they say ridiculous things like Money =free speech
Take off your Easter Bunny costume and get in here and pound out some dadgum line breaks!
Or leave the costume on, whatever.
Even though the Simpsons House is an obvious choice for resale, I still think it will do well in the aftermarket. The build was great and you could easily customize the house any way you'd like. What I am saying is, that it doesn't have to be The Simpsons House :) I'm buying several just for MOC's.
Edit: ...but @Mathew is still around ;)
Coincidentally, I was just looking through my Series 1 CMFs yesterday and remembered that those were only $1.99 each here in the USA. The Simpsons CMFs are 2X ($3.99) the price of the original CMFs. While the licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox attributes to some of the increase, I have to say that pricing of the CMFs is getting completely out of hand. And in a crummy economy too.
Additionally, the loss of discounts has made me MUCH more picky in the sets I do purchase. And if there is a free polybag to be had for purchasing a certain dollar level (such as the Revan polybag on May the 4th weekend), I am more likely to grab it on eBay or bricklink instead of getting it through TLG by purchasing other products.
I can see myself buying a lot less.
Lack of Money
Lack of Discounts
can cause a
Lack of Interest.
Ironically, I'm getting back to where I was when I was first introduced to Lego in my youth...MOCing with the bricks I do have. And all the newer parts make it that much more entertaining.
Shall we continue with the one off examples ?
Maybe the repetition does sting a bit. Apart from the UCS' that i've missed out on, nearly every other set in OT SW has been done more than once or is about to be redone (ISD/AT-AT etc) in the time since my dark ages. I'm tempted to go UCS only, but I like my minifigs too much.
The best standard build I have had lately is when I strayed from OT SW to get a #10220 VW camper van. Room isn't an issue for that set, the missus is happy to have it on the bookshelf at the back of the living room.
I enjoy making MOC's more than building what comes in a Lego set. I think this aspect of the hobby is what keeps me from drifting into the Dark Age.
I'm the same way, except I'm just starting to get into MOCs. I've never done one, just planning a couple big ones. I need at least 10,000-20,000 bricks, and that's mostly big pieces. I've been keeping an eye on prices at bricklink and I need to talk to my Lego store manager about ordering some pieces.