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I meant it would be great if they did a creator expert Big Ben and a architecture Tower Bridge because we have them the other way around already.
THAT is often the attraction.
Sydney Opera House has its fans because they look at it and say "I never would've thought that it was possible". It's a good facsimile of the original. (Those who don't like it are likely to think that it's not good enough.)
I strongly suspect that many AFOLs come out of their Dark Age because they see something that would've been impossible to achieve first time around - rounded bits, detailing, things that work, better SNOT, new colours.
...it gives me hope we will see a re-release of Cafe Corner and Green Grocer soon :)
I was lucky to get the original last year at RRP so I guess I did ok, but such a shame that there's nothing new for people who have this already!
Such a lazy release. I hope sales are completely crap.
Did they have a new set planned but a problem (design, parts?) meant they couldn't see it through so a rerelease solved a problem?
Perhaps they needed to free up some production capacity, this will be a very short run surely.
Cant imagine that it was always planned this way. Bit gutted as I always look forward to the new wv set but never mind. Perhaps a winterfied Ferris wheel is in order this December.
I wouldn't mind the straight up re-release if there was a second original set coming out at the same time, but this is a one per year theme, what a waste for those who already have this set.
Even if it was a second toy shop but with an original design then I'd at least consider getting it and dressing it as a different shop.
Of course, if "Legends" were any indication this won't be true..
hopefully they would make cafe corner on par with the other modulars with a fully furnished interior :)
Btw, apparently inflation in Denmark is 5% annually.
As for the the motives? Who knows. Overstock from the first time round? Want to help people who missed it last time? Trying to intentionally disrupt the re-selling market?
Who knows - but if TLG many to cast doubt of the 'exclusiveness' of a set post-retirement, whether intentionally or not, it really would add a huge gamble to the mix.
I can't believe that it's a case of LEGO being out of ideas - while Santa's Grotto or a Market may not be on a traditional Christmas Village list they are fairly common on modern ones, so even if you ignore stuff that LEGO would be reluctant to do from other Christmas Village Models - such as a church or pub, there's still so much more they could do. At the very least there are dozens of other shops. Even considering the 'out of ideas' notion, surely they would at least do an original design on the toy shop, a straight up re-release like this only happens because they want to re-release a set, not because there is nothing else for them to do.
a single line like this having a rerelease will not kill the reselling market, but it is likely to stagnate the Winter Village secondary market for at least 6 months - if we get an early rumour of another rerelease then potentially a lot longer.
Part of me wonders if there is something more to come on this that we are yet to see...e.g. LEGO might be fighting leaks by tactically making some information (such as the toy shop) easy to find while keeping other information (the potential for a different set that @Grogall hinted at) much quieter. Maybe this is just wishful thinking in hoping there will be another set announced in a months time!
Right place right time - I actually considered it one that I'd never get but I had a massively lucky day!
The crazy thing is I sold my Toy shop last year, and I never thought I'd get a second chance to own it. Still not too happy about it, though.
Btw, smart resellers will not even think of dumping. Collectors will always want the original > v2.0.
But I hope that lots of people do buy it, though I own the older version. This may mean other 'neo-classics' are going to get a refurbished treatment. But what would have been best is if they re-issued this one AND had a new one also. I want a Cafe Corner and especially a Green Grocer, but alongside a new modular, not as a replacement.
Oh and I say that as a Trains fan.
2015 Set - $79.99 for 898 pieces
2011 Set - $59.99 for 815 pieces
That's $20 more for 83 more pieces. That's a steal guys!!!!!
Technically this is NOT 2nd version of Winter Village Toy Store since the the building structure and the Christmas tree is exactly the same as #10199
Kind of like when I painted my house with slightly darker color than what it came with. Still the same version of house, different paint job. sigh...
@Grogall is on his own with the "sweet!" part though :P
nice to see the US version is more expensive than the european one :p
kinda jealous you always have the best prices on licensed stuff.
I wouldn't balk at all if it was $80 for 898 pieces and something that WASN'T the damn near same exact set.
@monkyby87 I'd like to see a new Winter Train, just not a re-release of the old one, for the reason I stated. :)
Absolutely, a re-release with no changes would be an insult for sure.