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Obviously that will never happen. There will always be someone with money or the "need" to buy this at a ridiculous price and screw everyone else over. Will it be worth it? Time will tell. Will it be cheaper to build via bricklink? Again, time will tell. Who knows how much some of those pieces will skyrocket based on this limited release. Look at the early Modulars. Some of those pieces became ridiculously high and are only now kind of coming down because of re-releases/re-molds of some of the pieces.
But after watching Dark Knight Rises again last night, I definitely want to add this to my collection, especially since it starred in the movie way more than the previous movies.
In this particular case, yes, buyers will ultimately set the true price, and for the most part they do with all sets.
However, the seller/reseller helps drive that price as well by limiting supply. I'm mainly referring to sellers/resellers that are sitting on 20+ copies of a set and only selling one at a time. That low supply helps drive the price up.
Once again, I'm NOT trying to imply that sellers/resellers are evil. I am simply pointing out that both the sellers/resellers and buyers help drive the price, although I agree that the buyers help drive the price a lot more than the sellers/resellers.
Although I do agree that with this particular set, it does make Lego look a little hypocritical. They claim to not like resellers, but then do a contest like this.
There are numerous people on this thread that have stated that they made purchases that they were putting off just so they could enter this contest. There are also going to be people that were not planning to buy anything that will purchase something (large or small, whatever) just to enter the contest. If the set was widely available people would not be making all these extra purchases this month just to enter. Limiting this set is going to make TLG a lot of money.
In a perfect world no one would enter via email, everyone would buy lots of LEGO to enter, and the contest winners would all be huge fans of Batman and proudly display this set in a prominent location in their batcave. I don't see that happening a lot though.
You basically need to swallow one of two realistic possibilities of having the official set. You win one for free with the exact same odds as everyone else, or you pay hundreds to acquire one.
I'd actually take the opposite viewpoint that it's a great thing you can possibly win one for free. I don't see any contest where I can win a Helicarrier for free.
Any one of my kidneys. (Kidding - that's totally inappropriate.)
If someone offered me a UCS MF, I'd trade the Bat-Pod for it. :-)
The most expensive parts are the wheels and rims, which come from the front of the UCS Tumbler. The other part that may be difficult to find is the part where the rider's knees go and that also protects the forearms. In the photo below, assuming symmetry (which is not entirely the case when comparing the top and bottom photos) there are six of these parts (three on each side). A light gray version of this piece is probably a lot easier to find than the black version (which was in only one set).
So for the purist who wants to build exactly what TLG produces (not entirely black like I plan to do), from what I can see in the attached images it's all about the wheels, rims, and possibly the the knee/forearm components.
All this is in today's prices, and doesn't take into account the mad dash by everyone to get these parts once the instructions are released (especially the rims and wheels). Personally, I'd get the wheels and rims now (which I have) because they are only available in the UCS Tumbler and they will definitely go up due to this specific Bat-Pod set.
(Please don't spam this comment. I'll be the first one in line with my Lego pitchfork marching on Lego HQ in Connecticut.)
I'm assuming there are going to be approximately a billion entries. So the odds are 1 in 1 million to win. Of course that is just an assumption, as it could be far higher or possibly lower.
I would really like to get one and display it besides my UCS Tumbler, if the prices are way too high I will design my own.
(If we're keeping true to the film it should be!)
Considering the price of the tires, I figured it would be easier to just buy another Tumbler, build the Bat-Pod, and then sell off the figures and the rest of the parts.