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There is only so much factory capacity.
I'm blown away by their brilliance.
So when you're Lego, who has new products out all the time, what better time to put out your expensive new set when there are more people passing by your shops than ever? Even better, as most people get paid towards the end of the month everyone's just had their December paycheck too.
Don't discount the start of January as a bad time to release something - it's when most shopping happens, and it's when everyone's just been paid.
Regarding the HH - would you have preferred it to sell out in July, or does it not really matter? The last ones sell when the last ones sell, if they had any reasonable number left after this halloween they'd probably only sell out just before the next halloween. There's an inevitability that (as you've shown yourself with your interest in HH as a 'halloween' set) HH would sell out in a run up to a halloween as thats when theres by far the most interest in the set. They could avoid that by putting it on sale - but really whats the point? either way it won't be around the following halloween, just either they sell them reduced in January or full price in September
Or are you complaining about a set from the Monster Fighters range that you have had over two years to buy?
Yeah, they have loads of those, but they're nothing when compared to HH. I ain't complaining, I already have HH. I just think it's pretty poor business.
They clearly are. At least someone else agrees their website, or lack of, their promotions, or lack of, and their attempt to control people selling their products on eBay is all getting a little too much.
Toy Shop #10199 US: 28th Nov UK: 9th Jan (iirc reduced after christmas)
Bakery #10216 US: 2nd Dec UK: 3rd Dec
Post Office #10222 US: 9th Dec UK: 26th Dec
Winter Village #10229 US: 14th Dec UK: 18th Nov
Although I also think that WV sets were withdrawn through the rest of the year.
Then it costs in storage / shelf space to keep the excess stock sitting around once sales drop off after halloween.
People complaining on here, on the other hand, merely have ignorance and an inflated sense of self-belief to rely on.
I know which one I'd rather trust.
Again, Lego is focused on their main driver for the Christmas holiday season which is kids. Who is going to be more upset? The parent that can't find stock for a present, or the AFOL that can not get a new set until January.
Of yourself, Lego is going to be loading it's factories with what it predicts will be it's big sellers.
Of course, they can also be wrong, and they can underestimate the influence of resellers.
Why do you think they took such strong action after the Lloyd/Minecraft debacle?
Honestly, it would be pretty stupid of Lego right now to use what manufacturing capacity it has on a new modular as opposed to the Holiday ramp-up. On the flip, it makes a ton of use to show it to consumers, so consumers that want it can request Christmas gift cards to get it after the holidays.
What TLG does, does not effect my life at all beyond whether or not I get another cool Super Heroes set to add to my shelf full of Super Heroes sets. I like this site because there are AFOLs with access to upcoming sets and its nice to get a heads up. But the rest of you guys, yikes!
(I know, I know, it had something to do with the rest of the movie, but I'm sure more kids saw that than they did LOTR, no wonder sales were down).
I was presuming they were going to do the reveal there and then, but that is pure speculation on my part.
User Diggydoes on Brickset has provided more info about #10246 Detective Agency:
It's basically two buildings,the Agency and a Barbershop. The main colours for the Agency are light yellow (looks like it at least) and dark orange (masonry bricks!!!),the colours for the Barbershop are dark blue and medium blue!
Apparently the (32x32) baseplate is Brown, although he's not sure if it's reddish brown or dark brown.
Not sure how a pool table fits in with the above, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
So it looks like it is not a split building after all with an alleyway in between? And I'm also wondering what happened to the pool table. Maybe the detectives are playing pool, or the barbershop has a secret pool table room in the back where all the dodgy dealing are going on. Right next to the detective agency! That makes perfect sense! :D
"split in the middle but seems to be on the same baseplate (divided by a small alley as has been said before by someone else)"
Maybe it's just me but the possibilities with this set seem pretty intuitive.
An alley being part of the build in the middle of it is pretty obvious if the alley is part of the premise for the set. PS still being available after TH has gone shows the two building format is a success, and PR has already played with the expected footprint of the building. Access might be difficult - in a normal set where the upper floors and roof aren't designed to come off as standard!
Of course the baseplate won't change size, plenty of buildings (like say detective agencies, barber shops and bars) are typically cramped and crammed into small spaces, and with a dark and dangerous alley a cramped building will add to the overall atmosphere.