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The instruction sheet front and back is downloadable in the instructions area on service.lego.com but as I went back to confirm it was still there I realised something, they all are with the exception of series 10!
You know, just incase what are you doing is something you wanted to do for other series' too. :0)
Looks like Germany too.
Just thought like they archive sets in the vault and Kjeld gets a few of every set for his personal collection, the designer gets a personal copy, you'd think they'd have given some to the team to distribute once a production run was made? Even invited someone representing the team to approve them maybe. The team in this case being the entire squad, chosen or not?
Maybe even the very ones they used for the smallest press conference in the world, though that might be kept in the Ideas House perhaps?
I missed the bus early. Tried to rationalize it now.
@77ncaachamps - I'm distracted by your avatar. Much improved!
Had to find one more suitable than an R2D2 dippin' sideways.
Tried looking for for patterns in the discussion and the beginning bit with North Americans asking for sets seems the same, ha ha, but when Team GB was initially released they seemed to have lasted longer on shelves without selling out. There was even talk of getting them for a deal early on.
Team DFB is only the second region specific series so it will be a bit difficult to tell whether there will be more runs based on patterns of the past. Also with DFB being only the second region specific series this could have been a mad dash based on the current value of Team GB just like any collectible that comes around a second time.
bot to mention, all else aside, this is a COMPLETELY different IP. It's very possible that DFB only wanted a limited run released where UK Olympics probably wanted quite a bit released to promote the Olympics. This will be tough to make guess work on and only time will really tell.
It seemed insane at the time...
I didn't realise until this thread just how bad a decision that was.
(Waving arms and running back and forth.)
These will never surpass Team GB's current aftermarket prices. Short term rate of gain might be faster in the next few weeks, but then I'm sure it'll start to level out at a pretty flat price for awhile. Lots of these were tucked away for re-sale.
I think the value of this set really depends on what Lego does next. If they were to produce a set of international kits, then the value of this one could plateau very quickly. If Germany wins the Euros and decides to bring out an updated set of winners, then value could drop.
It'll be interesting to see if people paying ~£15 for Low on ebay are overpaying.
But whatever I do there is no guarantee they will not be sold later.
I'm going to try swapfig.com and see what happens. As long as I am happy with the trade I guess that is all that counts.....
Brickset wager? It has been awhile since I've had the opportunity to do one... >=)
I don't know if this view is blinkered but there seem to have been far fewer of these passed on at cost / traded here compared to Team GB. It's not clear to me whether this is because there were more UK users to pass them on, or whether these are just harder to get full sets. I remember swapping must be 40-50 figures with US users at the time. For Batman jet skis in return, and I cannot remember what else.
To put it in numbers: in our town of ca. 50,000 people there were 3 boxes / 180 DFB minifigures in total, which makes for about 9 complete sets?
Considering that many collectors / football fans young and old may want to have a complete set, supply was indeed very low.
I appreciate he was only 3 to a box but so were a load of easier to find figs.
Anyway, I ran out of time to supplement my initial post...
30,000 minifigs is 500 boxes. 500 boxes is a drop in the bucket in terms of production.
(For a crude comparison, I would estimate that each TRU (1800) and Wal-Mart (4600) in the US got 15 boxes of Disney CMFs, that's 5,760,000 minifigures. That's not including Target, Lego Retail, [email protected], and all of the other markets...)
I don't have a problem with Lego CS politely explaining that they didn't produce a lot of these.
Either way it's an inconvenience to completionists in America that now 2 exclusive series have been not available in the US. However we do have SDCC and NYTF even if they are incredibly exclusive for everyone including the US.
I doubt the same Lego C/S person would state that they produced 10 million Disney CMFs.
30,000 sounds like a lot, but in reality, is a paltry amount. I find it more of a distraction than a helpful piece of information.