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Maybe it is because of the whole #41999 circus.
Not a superstar, but it won't be a loser...
That being said, it isn't a volume product, so it isn't something you want tons of. I think I have 12 of them.
I think #9398 will do fine, although the sales volume will be low. It won't command the premium that #41999 will, but it's still a fun, RC car. The value proposition of the unit cost alone makes it a pretty safe bet.
It isn't fast, but it has lots of torque and drives in the grass just fine, which is nice to see.
For the $160 or so that it is going right now, I would build it again, knowing what I know now.
Speaking of, our dear friend Tower Bridge is (already) available again on US [email protected]
If it's true that this ends up being an ongoing theme like WV I have no doubt the aftermarket value will look great for this set.
Seriously, if you like it, build it. In a year or two, if you so choose, you'll be able to sell it used/complete for at least what you paid.
Man I haven't agonized over a decision that much in long time!
Nota Bene: I did see the 2014 Friends Advent calendar in our local Lego store yesterday, but neither of the other two (I wasn't looking too hard).
I don't think they were offering double VIP points until next weekend via [email protected], so perhaps he didn't want to risk missing out on the AA. Just a guess...
Speaking of jumping on a comment, sheesh.
I would have done the same thing if I felt I would miss out on a set :) AA is a great set and I'm sure it will be a winner in the Aftermarket.
Lego's offering of amusement park rides has been all over the place, a "UCS" carousel, a portable Mixer, and a non minifigure scale Ferris Wheel. The two that have retired have gone up in value exponentially. So I imagine the Mixer will to. If the Mixer becomes part of a theme of "Travelling" rides, then I imagine it will be a gold mine similar to toy shop in the Winter Village sets. If not, well then it will just slowly climb.
And after building a version of @gijserman 's rollercoaster I can't see Lego ever making one. It would just have to be way to big in minifg scale, and at any scale would require many custom pieces.
Here's a picture of them all for reference.
Obviously it would not be as awesome as a large one, but if they could at least make some curves, arch and straight track pieces it would give us the opportunity to buy multiples and MOC a much larger coaster.