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£190 sealed has my attention though. :)
I don't think it is a picture of the seal, but a picture of the box damage
for ages 6 and up
Your Taj sounds like a wonderful find...congratulations. I think that everyone wants to own one of those at some point. We loved ours and hated to see it go after 7 years as a member of the family.
It is fun collecting the modulars in a any form. They do take up a lot of space once you add the roads and sidewalks, etc. Try to plan where you will put all of this before you do it. Your shelves have to be pretty deep to hold the modulars and a street in front. Our 12 inch shelves did not cut it. Maybe someone can give us a depth and width measurement for the modulars with a full size road panel in front of it so that others can plan a shelf of this size or larger. Our mistake was that most of our shelves were not deep or long enough for the modulars with a road, which is the coolest way to display them. Happy holiday building!
I'm currently in the process of bricklinking CC and MS. I have about 70% of each set which is awesome. Used PAB for what I could in order to get the VIP points and will BL the rest. They'll each be under $200. Compared to $4 grand for a MISB Cafe Corner, I'll take it. Honestly, tho, it's almost more cost effective to just spring for a used Green Grocer, in my opinion.
I also have a differing opinion on the modular resale value. I think the bubble isn't sustainable. 4 grand for a sealed CC? There will always be collectors, but as Lego releases more modulars, people who are just coming out of their dark ages, for example, that want to collect modulars but don't have the first few will see the prices and balk at it. Plus, with everyone buying modulars for the sole purpose of selling them, there will be far more of the new ones than the originals. People who kept thone sealed were either incredibly lucky or had amazing foresight, either of which I would certainly take. I'm curious what will happen with the newer ones
I also asked if he was coming to the mainland any time soon as the petrol and ferry crossing wouldn't have made the purchase worthwhile, he isn't though so I left it.
You can order sets on demand from lego via bricks and pieces, but this will mean (i) you are paying way over the set price and (ii) you are buying modern replacements rather than the original parts.
It seems that many buyers just want the latest sets. However, I do know many long time collectors who have a dozen or more of these two sets sealed, and believe that prices will continue upwards. Only the future will tell....keep tuned in!
If anyone is bricklinking one or thinking of doing so and wants to know if it is cost effective, compare it to a new but opened / unboxed / no manual one (or maybe a sealed one minus the price of the box and manual if you are willing to open it), or maybe to a used but complete with no manual, box, etc.
When I see electronic component companies taking bulk orders for particular items before they make a run, it makes me wonder if there would be scope for something similar with LEGO. On-demand bulk orders of parts would clearly cost more than their in-set price, but if it got certain elements back into the wild that could be better than them being incredibly hard to find and hugely overpriced.
But I know it's a pipe dream...
They could just make the 48x48 baseplates available in green, blue and white for normal people to buy, just as you can get the grey 48x48, and so people that do not want to or can't afford to spend 280 EUR on a set may still get that piece.
So it is an exclusive part, only for those that can afford it and done so on purpose.
A lot, Expensive, Too Much, etc... All relative terms.
Exactly the same here, only when we confirmed we would be there on the south coast of IoW to collect after 8pm he went quiet.
I don't think there are any really rare pieces that are essential to the build. There is a printed shield and a minifig torso exclusive to this set. It all depends how many parts you can get from a single seller to keep costs down, but overall I'm not sure how much saving could be had over buying a used one.
The parts I recall being expensive are the clear garage door sections 4218 used in the sky light. I used 2 round 3x6x6 windows 87926 instead and saved about $20.
The pyramid brick 3688 and the clock face 6022319 cost me about $1 each, but they are necessary for the look of the building and there is only 1 of each needed.
Here's the most expensive "Lots":
Here's the most expensive parts: