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Of course, as someone else said, release a Back to the Future set of this magnitude and I may very well be the first in line.
Don't get me wrong, slimed Bill Murray is still great!
The thing people are questioning is where all those 4600 pieces are. Stickers have nothing to do with that, unless you think LEGO decided to split the stickers across several hundred sticker sheets and count each one as an individual piece.
A lot of people are comparing the size of the Fire Brigade building with the size of this building and extrapolating the piece count from there. But the two are probably not as comparable as people make them out to be.
Two of Fire Brigade's walls (the ones that are adjacent to the adjoining buildings) are pretty much entirely featureless. This building has four fully-defined walls. That means SNOT techniques, windows, windowpanes, and lots of other features that inflate the piece count more than a bare, featureless brick wall made of 1x4 and 1x8 bricks would.
Note also that Fire Brigade has just two floors and neither of them is fully tiled. This set has three floors, and if they are in fact tiled like the floors of the Simpsons House, that would add a LOT to the total piece count.
Sergio's project was created in March 2014 and reached 10,000 supporters in August. Some people seem to think this seems like it was copied from Sergio's project, but I'm skeptical about that. A set this size would take a long time to develop — probably at least 18 months.
Yes, I also noticed the ideas tag earlier.. Very interesting..
But i note people often use piece count as a reason for high prices, but it is something of a fallacy. Whilst true to the extent that lots of pieces = more stuff in the box = high price, it is also true that lots of parts in a set will actually make those parts cheaper to produce... and it's not as if a set is being produced in isolation, or Lego never made any other set before.
Besides which plastic is relatively cheap. Lots of plastic is cheaper, and a modular components product (as opposed to every item made being a unique thing) used across multiple product lines is cheaper still. Let's face it, of all the toy lines to exist, the LEGO modular system is possibly the most cost-efficient design there is. At this point in Lego's development, they're virtually printing money with every tiny brick.
(It's actually as likely that lots of different parts creates an additional cost factor in terms of the multiple lines needed to compile a set at production level, and the added time to fill a box taking longer than filling a smaller set. And as we all know, time = money).
But this is all by the by. Whatever system we choose to adopt as our favoured method to rationalise or possibly fathom Lego's pricing structure and costs, all i'm really interested in (and ostensibly all that matters to us) is whether our individual pockets can cope with it, and do we feel we'd get our money's worth - which is a question only each individual can ever truly answer, but one which i also suspect is closer to the conversation LEGO has when deciding on any new price point.
It could be as simple a question to them as 'what will they pay...', and on that note, every rationalisation we then formulate after the fact may simply serve as a means for them to confound us all yet further.
So 'doubling width' would make sense, as it's approx half the length again when opened up...it's likely just the wall opened out. I suppose they've could make it so a floor folds out with the wall, but i'm not expecting that so much.
If you zoom right in on the windows, you can see inside a little bit. Where there appears to be what looks like some floor-tiling, a picture on the wall, jar on a shelf etc.
Is that a 'Vigo the Carpathian' painting (sticker) on the wall?
Janine in the first movie
The minifig based on that pic.
I think It's pretty close..
I need to see the interior of this one before making my mind up completely, but so far it's a nay on price alone. I would have been all over a smaller version that was priced in the $200 to $250 range. I loved ghostbusters as a kid growing up, but I don't think I love it $350 worth now.
(The image I reposted above is courtesy of 'TAFOL' from the main site's comments section).
Yep, I'm doubting myself about the hinges and/or stacking of the build. Is it possible it could both come apart floor by floor and have an opening wall. I know out of the two, i'd prefer an opening wall, as it's infinitely better for accessing play features, taking 'interior' photos, and showing everything off.
That at looks like an interesting way they are connected - maybe a new brick 1x1 with studs on two adjacent sides?
However, glad I'm not going to pay $350 for it - the MOC was expensive but not that much even with sand green and dark orange. Thats the price of a PS4, for a LEGO set. Its getting crazy.
I'm not sure this set will have any significant effect on the future (reseller) price of Ecto-1. I imagine the price will go up, but it will go up anyway. I imagine most people that like GB already have the car. I cannot really see the house bringing in a new group of people that don't already have the car. Some maybe, but not to any significant extent.
Here is where I think the side opens up (middle circle) and the hinges are on the front of the left side and in the middle of the rear!
It's backordered on [email protected] here, or was last week, but my local store got some in their delivery this past week.