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It was from Target..using their tape.....just fine. The 'tape' on the Tumbler was fine also...nothing wrong with the box.
Sorry to make fun, but when a set is retiring is one of the deepest, darkest secrets in all of LEGO. Sure, someone at LEGO could tell you when a set was going to retire, but then they would have to kill you.
At least that is what I consider most sets run at. I have about 2 years to get a set I want.
I'm talking about the UK here, I know it's online in other countries still.
Target has it listed above RRP which usually doesn't happen unless they are low on stock or the set is near retirement.
It is listed as an exclusive on US [email protected] All the big sets start off only at Lego and then go to other places. I guess when they show up elsewhere is when they aren't considered exclusive anymore. Ghostbusters Headquarters and Brick Bank are currently listed as exclusives above their default image on [email protected] since they were both just released.
By the way, the VW Camper Van is non-exclusive in Germany too, available at several large standard retailers (Kaufhof, TRU, Idee&Spiel, etc.), and has been so since almost from the get-go.
They also use the term to ringfence a group of models so as to embargo them from discounting in places like the US. Most "exclusives" (Ferris Wheel, VW Camper, etc.) are available at multiple retailers, but are barred from being discounted.
^ I think @TheLoneTensor hit it on the head. "Exclusive" doesn't necessarily mean it's only sold through LEGO, it really just stops it from being discounted. I got all my modular buildings through Amazon and my Death Star through Target. That said, I didn't get the Death Star through an actual Target, but their website.
As for the no discounting, Target was having 20% off Star Wars LEGO at the time, so I did get that discount. But since the discount wasn't just a mark down on the Death Star itself, I guess that's okay. Fine with me. 20% off, then 5% Red Card discount plus free shipping.
Pet Shop makes sense, and I'm just waiting for that to retire, it's now the longest running lifetime of any city modular they've released. Town Hall was also retired in a shorter time span than Parisian so it's possible, but Parisian seems to be super popular so it would surprise me.
But I am willing to learn. I will wait for the GB Firehouse to appear at Kaufhof, and then get it with 20% discount at the next opportunity ;-)
Maybe I'm out of touch, but I look at that, even as a lover of LEGO, and think "holy crap that is overpriced".
Am I alone?
Combine the price jacking with the sales reduction, and I feel like I'm effectively paying almost double now for the same amount of material as I was just 3-4 years ago.
As evidence, I cite the post by @Briking about 1/3 down p58 in the thread "What are you building right now?"
Until LEGO actually changes their habits I see it as no different that in the past: earliest one released is the next one to go (and IMO TH was an exception to the rule and not the new rule): So PS, PC, PR, DT....etc.
Of course, it'll probably go tomorrow. ;-)
Either way, PC is sure to go before PR.
Personally, I love the theme, but I've not idea how well it sells, apart from the fact that there do always seem to be a healthy number of sets on eBay, for example.
If you go by how often it is discussed on BrickSet or Eurobricks, you'd probably come to the conclusion that no one buys it at all! ;-)
I wouldn't think that they would be good investments though, as they just aren't popular with AFOLs, which is where you'd make any substantial gains.
Edited to add:
Ah, it has been retired. See here:
It's a shame, as it's a great set.
All 5 of the current modulars were in the US catalog. I'm not sure exactly what that means but I would expect that none would disappear for at least a couple more months.
#21118 does look interesting as a discontinued that you can buy below RRP. I like to use bricklink to see what the market is and this one really confuses me. Priced in USD (which correlates pretty heavily with US stores), there are 26, and 20 of those are RRP or below. Sales have been 1 new and 2 used in the last 6 months. Over in the EU there are 26 for sale and 118(!!) sold in the last 6 months. Some of those are obviously resellers or something along those lines, but the sales activity still looks lively from my perspective. Also, while I have little interest in parting out, it seems to have decent minifig value and it does have a lot of bricks and tiles that I could utilize...
If you like Minecraft, I'm not sure why one would want to build models or play with action figures - the game itself is building and adventuring in a virtual world.
I see them as popular but disposable.
1 - getting people in the door because it's not relevant anymore.
2 - creating a movie based off a mobile game that is any good.
lone ranger a general consensus it was not good... Poor Lego sales.
i can't believe I actually had to explain that