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LEGO STOCK TRACKERon the left hand menu... Cannot find the "stock level in EU" link etc.
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Whether that is true or not I obviously cannot say, but hopefully it will be back.
I haven't really heard anything about #10232 because most figure that #10218 will go first before #10232 even comes on people's radar screen as being EOL'd.
Again, lot's of discussion earlier in this thread on what "retire" vs. "sold out" vs. "out of stock" vs. "fill in the blank" means. Again, the quickest way to answer your question is to search this thread. Short answer...nobody can say definitively; however, it's a good bet it's gone for good.
That would be hilarious if it came back for another year or so.
The gang over a brick picker will be buying any stock that shows up in the USA at normal retail outlets regardless at this point.
I mean, if you just bought 10 in the last week, you will obviously do better than someone that has been sitting on 10 for five years (unless they got their 10 really really cheap which is possible). This is from a ROI over time metric.
That said, I'm still glad I just have two to fool with. One to keep and one to sell.
This would be absolutely hilarious if it ends up being true!!
If the "someone" at the Frisco store isn't named Gail (Store Manager), then I'm not buying it. Even then, the store managers are usually kept in the dark on these sorts of things. I think it's smart on the part of TLG to keep the managers in the dark because the managers often develop friendships with customers and are apt to spill the beans. While I don't think TLG excessively ponder resellers, I do think the evidence is in that they are careful to keep EOL dates under wraps. This approach allows them to have the broadest distribution of their sets before EOLing.
To this point, I've had detailed discussions with a long-time Lego Store manager (who has managed at least two stores in the USA). He regaled me with several stories of sets (UCS MF, GG, CC, Carousel, etc.) that he had personally planned to get, yet missed out on. He said they were all EOL'd right out from under his nose.
Only reason I'm bringing this up is the question of whether LEGO will put out a new Death Star to replace this at any point. It's a bit of a mystery whether they could in fact make enough advances that the old one feels "obsolete", or whether it'd be a case more like the latest UCS X-Wing where reception for a new one is a lot more mixed. But of course, I'm sure there'd still be plenty of demand for a new one.
I'd be ready to accept a new Cloud City set anytime, though! #10123 has not aged all that well (even the original price per piece is rather pitiful for a set of its kind), and it's a wonder that there haven't even been any subsequent sets exploring the individual scenes from that setting. Unfortunately it's probably not as conducive to a "dollhouse"-style set in the shape of the overall setting as the Death Star, since Cloud City's disk shape would make it hard to make efficient use of space for the individual "rooms".
The best set that Lego could make to represent Cloud City in a reasonable manner is the carbonite freeze chamber. But at this point with the release of The Final Duel I don't see it happening.
A cool, but it will never happen set would be something on the scale of the Helicarrier with micro scale ships and figures. Open it up to reveal a minifig scale Carbonite Freeze Chamber. That would make it possible to have the multi-tiered levels that such a playset requires.
when they put the ban on exclusive discounts in place in 2013, they at first applied that to employees also, but after awhile they started allowing it again. The $2000 limit and harsh penalties effectively prevents them from stocking up or reselling
When it comes to reselling, Lego has a very low tolerance policy. I think they check for eBay and Bricklink stores for those employees that purchase copious amounts of product.
(I was made aware of a seasonal retail employee who was overly obvious about using the discount and was fired. The employee was giving their discount at the register where a third party was making the payment for the product.)
My Grandma is retired since several years but still gets discount at the store where she worked. That is how I buy most of my LEGO. 23,5% off the price makes me happy. Especially when sets are on sale and then add another 23,5% off. ;)
This is just a strict employee policy.
I went to purchase the Tumbler and two Ecto-1's (one for me, one for my dad) and wanted to do two transactions for two Winter Soldiers (one to open and one to keep sealed). The employee initially wouldn't let me, as per manager's orders, but as soon as the manager went to the back he rang me up for the two transactions anyway.
So I really do think Lego isn't real fond of resellers.
Any chance Red Five lasts through Christmas? I decided I do want to get one, if only because any new collector's X-Wing will be based on the new movies.
But then again, I'm no prognosticator.
Since Red Five has been out for a while, I could see it leaving us this year. It makes sense to keep another batch for new movie desires, but only LEGO knows if they have been selling well enough to justify that. Granted, they may do another production run solely for the new movie and then retire it when those sell out.
I too think Red Five is going to be done soon, but I'm hoping it lasts a few more months so I can get one.