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Minifigure Series 13 ... sold out ...already ?
Hello all -
is is this true for US shop at home ? I had ordered some 6 some two weeks back, along with the new Slave and Birds set. Back then it was showing as the the top selling article in the current inventory . So I went back again to place afresh order a few days back and it's showing as "sold out " .
SO the is this it for series 13 . I do feel its production run seems extremely short lived if it's the case . I remember most series last well or close to the release of the new series . Also didn't see no sales on them either.
another peculiar thing, when you visit the site and go on the mini figures theme , it shows series 13 sold out high lighted in green whereas the older series are red . Is that a clue that I'm fretting over nothing ?
Im im likely not going yo take a chance though and purchase some from Turkey, which is convenient for me at the moment and are readily available at $ 5 per fig. Luckily all 6 that I have are unique . Still need the hot dog , unicorn , fencer and lady Sumurai for sure .
False alarm hopefully , and just a reason to say Hullos ! :)
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This series is still in a lot of Target, Walmart, Meijer, and Walgreens stores around me. I think the increase in price caused them to not sell as fast.
though I must say it's highly misleading and confusing of TLG here , I mean why not simply the good old "out of stock" here instead of this "sold out "
anyway no biggie ...
Anyways, I'm still seeing tons of these at all of my local stores.
30313: Garbage Truck
Plus you also see many places have to drop the prices on them to sell the old series out, which did not have to be done much before. The good thing is I think Simpsons series 2 is the next CMF slot, which will save me a ton of dough as I am not interested.
In the UK the current price of £2.50 for a minifigure still seems pretty reasonable to me, then again the increase here was only from £2-£2.50 so it probably stings more in the US remembering the 'good old days'
I get why a poly looks better value but I do think that the more people point it out the more likely TLG/retailers are to put up the poly price than lower the CMF price.
Maybe my view on that sort of poly is a bit jaded as they tend to be newspaper give-aways here. £3 for a generic city poly seems expensive to me.
Excitement is not 'tangible' to me when it comes to cost of something. Yes the CMFs are unique figures, until you pick randomly and get three packs of the same common. I believe the polybag figures and parts are not made in China so their torso print will likely not easily wear off and the arms and legs will not be loose either out of the bag (i.e. higher quality parts). With a poly I know what I'm getting without having to feel the pack for 5 minutes to get an idea of what I'm about to purchase.
I get that some like the idea of getting a 'random ' pack. I would not mind either, if they were back to 2 dollars a pack and I can 'throw away' two dollars for a random pack (that is of course if those 'random' packs have not been picked through already). However, the novelty wears off when packs are 3.99 USD. For 3.99 USD I want to know exactly what I am getting and should not have to stand around and grope a pack to figure out what figure it is.
Excitement and uniqueness IMO also does not count toward price either when the sheer part numbers for less in a poly means that the CMF, however unique, can be far cheaper than they are now. The higher cost for them being more 'unique' to make production-wise would mean something if they were not being made in China by workers likely making 2 US dollars an hour to make them (and make them poorly) and the fact millions of these guys are produced. Often now you also hear of people opening these packs to find out that stuff is missing (yknow, little things like the CMF head)... all for 4 USD.
No, I believe now LEGO is just gouging for these, at least in the US. I would not be surprised to see them at about 4.50 - 5 USD dollars sometime next year in the US.
Again I think more than anything the worst reception to the price had been from the US where the rise is much steeper and more noticeable, I wouldn't be happy about them being £4 when they used to be £2 and now £2.50 and in fairness the american price does now work out slightly higher than the UK cost.
As I said before though I don't ever expect the price to go down.
According to a quick currency check thats only about 10p more than we pay in the UK for CMFs
Remember that CMFs also provide many new parts, something that costs money. So CMF headgear will cost more than another police hat, which has already appeared in 350 sets, or the construction helmet that has been in 200 sets already.
It is not like they are making these molds solely for CMFs, so I do not buy that argument. Designing maybe, but it is not like they are paying the designers to ONLY make the CMFs, they are doing it as part of their job and you cannot tell me it take a long time to come up with a crown, or sword, or an idea for a pie. Also, implying that would mean that standard set would be dramatically higher in cost every time a new part was included (like the recent addition of scissors in the detective office, or scooters in the Parisian restaurant or Friends sets).
They make CMF in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in a series so I do not think you can say it because they are making a low number of those parts either.
Could it be inflation? Maybe if again I did not see polybags for $3.49 for a set that is a figure AND enough parts to make a helicopter. These sets also require a designer to build, but yet the cost is still only 3.49 USD and as they are being assembled in other countries, arguably it costs more for them to make these sets than a CMF figure.
Lego would be leaving money on the table if they sold these for less, especially with the brand popularity right now. The question to ask, though, is what their cost is; what the wholesale is; and we know the RRP. I'd be surprised if they weren't making upwards of 75% profit on these mini figures, and one they're in stores, they're already paid, right? Anything that sits on the shelf is money out of the pockets of the stores.
As long as we (or someone) buys them at $3.99, they'll stay there. Has it topped out at $3.99, or might they jump straight to $4.99? That might really be a bridge too far for me.
I get there is inflation and such, but Im thinking that 3.49 USD is a more appropriate price for these and if LEGO cannot make them for that then they should just stop making them as random. Or for that kind of price (3.99 USD or more), allow people to buy the set of 16 at [email protected] as a set instead relying on 'randomization'.
Aside from those cherry picking the good figures out of the set, I think most people sit there and feel for a set; not just grab a random pack. So give the folks what they want. Make a set of 16 available for purchase to allow those that just want a set to be able to get the set.
And if someone really likes 'rolling the dice' and paying 3.99 USD to do it, let them.
I would much rather not have to find a box not cherry picked and then sit there and feel for 16 figures. I just want the set, as I'm sure many others do.
For 3.99 USD the novelty for the 'mystery pack' has worn off for me. These originally were supposed to be 'impulse buy' type purchases for kids (per what LEGO said when Series 1 was released) but for 3.99 USD (and likely higher in the future) they are no longer impulse buys to me, not when the typical 'impulse buy': the polybag, is often cheaper than, or same price as, a CMF now.
"Lego would be leaving money on the table if they sold these for less, especially with the brand popularity right now."
But people are only going to be willing to pay so much for so long. Sure they are popular NOW and apparently doing well for a theme that's been around for 5 years(rare these days) but the problem is that what happens when people get fed up paying 4 bucks a piece? Or even worse, what if lego decides to go to higher prices?
At the 3 buck range, i bought a bunch of figures. At 4 bucks? I skipped the simpsons wave 1 at the MSRP (later got about 12 packs for .88 each). I only tossed ONE series 12 in the basket so I could finish a project(got another one free from lego since the first had an problem), skipped 13. Only going for 2 or 3 simpson wave 2's at the MSRP(1 or 2 CBG's and mom wants a professor frink.). Skipping Halloween most likely.
Kids do like little surprises, often more than getting something that they know what it is. Something Kinder Eggs have been providing (in Europe) for years.
@ACWWGal2011 I know what you mean; if they go up, I know I'd bow out pretty quickly. What I mean is that they'd be leaving money on the table if they still sold them for $1.99 (I REALLY wish I'd been buying them back then). $4 feels like highway robbery, but some of us stupidly still pay it.
I have also bought series 13 & planned on just buying the ones I liked as I noticed even the grandkids leave some figures unplayed with,so why buy them? I ended up trading a few doubles to complete the set,but at this point I don't have $4 to grab packs blindly & hope I get a figure I like/can actually use in my Modular city for display.
I think a lot of parents who don't want to spend the money on the sets constantly break down & buy their kids a blind pack or two because this way you're spending a smaller amount and at least your child is content coming home with a new figure...until the next trip to the store.It's like a polybag.
I will not be buying the Simpsons as I got tired of that show years ago.I also will not be buying the Monster CMF's set rumored to be next other than a few that look OK.If I had a Haunted House modular to display them with I might be more inclined to buy the entire set.At this point I will only be buying the figures I actually want from new series & maybe some of the older ones I missed out on but on a whole I'm done with them & my $ is better off spent on sets I want.
We are just going to have to live with it and hope that Lego gives good price drops in compensation- though I guess that does eliminate the ability to feel out the ones you want.
The high prices are all a conspiracy!
There's a Tom Hanks* movie in this, dashing from Chinese to Mexican factories, uncovering a hidden paper trail left behind by the Aztecs... (aztec paper trail? you sure?)... until finally reaching Billund, where he discovers a giant alien pooping out minifigures, being fed by oompa loompas singing a catchy ear-worm song (written by Will Ferrell, though they meant to hire Pharrell Williams; the names just sounded so similar), to drive all who hear it insane!
*or to a lesser extent Tom Cruise (he likes running... and aliens).
Take #6390 Main Street for instance. This set was released in 1980 and cost $40 USD. It retired in 1983. 20 years later (2003), Lego re released the set ( #10041 ) and it cost $65 USD. In 20 years, the cost of this set only went up $15 USD. If you calculate inflation, #6390 would have cost $89.99 USD in 2003, so technically, the price of Main Street went down ;)
Jor-El - Mexico and China
Shirtless Darth Maul - Denmark and China
Hoth Han - Mexico and China
TC-4 - China
TC-14 - China
Chrome Stormtrooper - Denmark and China
White Boba Fett - Denmark and China
Shadow ARF Trooper - Denmark
I would not be surprised to see the price hit 4.49 USD in the next few series (Im not sure LEGO would push across the 5 dollar mark though)
But considering I could have gotten a garbage truck with figure and trash cans for 3.49 USD in a polybag I'm not sure why CMFs have to be 3.99 USD.
I do not think you can complain about cost of production either as I'm sure that you need a designer to come up with a poly design as much as you need them to come up with a CMF design.
As for production, LEGO makes many of a specific polybag set as CMFs Im sure (if not more CMFs)
As for costs? I'm sure those Chinese works make far less than wherever the polys are produced (as I'm fairly certain it is not just China)
I think, if not for gouging, I could see CMFs be 3.49 USD due to inflation or production cost increases over the years but not more.
Since CMF 9, I've just passed every box/end cap with packets that look sifted through. Just not worth the time anymore.
Three, in fact, hung in the sports cards aisle.
My daughter will love series 2 Simpsons AND the Halloween/Monster series coming later, so I'll still have to pick them up it looks like.
I'd buy a box, but it just not seem like much of a discount now over buying packs when the folks selling boxes all seem to have them around retail per pack (minus tax but still).
So now I just limit myself to a set for me, a set for the GF and some spares for parts or figures I wanted duplicates of.
Common sense tells me to not buy at all, but it goes against my mantra with LEGO lately for sets I may want, but not sure: 'Buy now or pay dearly later'
I'm in your area and I'm missing 3 of Series 13, so I'll let you know if I find any.
Two boxes of CMF 13 were mostly full and out for customers.
They also had two trays full of CMF 13s.
Since the build a minifig is 3/$10 (in the US), why not make the CMF $3.50? I realize quibbling over $.50 is somewhat trivial, it still covers tax.
If you want build-a-minifig figures, then buy build-a-minifig figures. They are a totally different product. The pricing is different since the CMF contain new parts and prints, minifig stands, instructions and are individually packaged whereas the BAM bins tend to contain rather common and older parts with the odd gem thrown in.