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I guarantee you one thing though, they would sure as heck complain about the price; people did back then, and they would today.
But yeah, that lazy company who don't know what they're doing because they're NOT DOING IT FOR THE FANS... yet somehow manage to be more successful than last year.
the set it's self however is still a copy of a older set and a complete let down.
but with the help of CapnRex101's numbers i understand the price better.
still about £50 over priced. and i am blaming Disney for the £50.
To me, the old set was great. But this one is even better. If I could only have one, I know which I'd choose.
I wonder what people will have done if say 3 or 4 vignettes had been changed / update / significantly improved. I still doubt many people would have bought the new if they had the old. And I imagine Lego took the same view. So it is either go for a non minifig heavy set that probably doesn't sell so well or go for an extension of life for a proven seller by updating it and its price.
As opposed to £469.98 for both sets separately and available between 15th September and 31st October 2016...
Perhaps a better policy would be to reduce the RRP of 75159 by £30.... at that sort of level I'm sure it wouldn't have received such a negative reception from AFOLs!
there again Lego.com don't directly discount any set that is not going to be discontinued or that is under 9 months old! (maybe once in a blue moon.)
Perhaps they will do some kind of launch offer but, again, I doubt that it would be in the form of a direct discount.
I don't normally post in SW threads, as I'm staying clear of SW as a theme, for sanity reasons, but I may get each of the iconic ships at some point, so a Millenium Falcon, X-Wing, TIE Fighter and Death Star. And a Slave-1, AT-AT, an Imperial Shuttle and a Snowspeeder and...
No, no, no! Stop right now! ;-)
I was tempted by the ewok village at $249....but I wasn't sure if that was because that looked like a deal compared to the DS.
That way, if it had already been up at about $450-60 or so for #10188 by the time it had retired, then this one with a couple of changes and the extra minifigures doesn't seem so bad at only $50 higher.
this is the 1st time that i know of a set has lasted for 8 years only to get a revamp and come back for what could be more years.
you idea is BAD.
stuff go's down in price the longer it is sold. not UP!
Actually most things go up in price in the long term (as in the number you are charged), because the purchasing power of money drops over time. Or the prices remain the same and the products become smaller. In lego's case, it wouldn't make sense to reduce the amount of bricks in a set since it would require a redesign. It also wouldn't make sense to constantly increase the price of a set that is out for two years only. But for a product / set that is out for many years, it does make sense to increase the price during its lifetime.
Of course, there is a downside that keeping prices up with inflation costs money, as prices in catalogues (print and online) and so on need to be changed. However, for products with a life cycle much longer than one year, this is fairly small if the updates happen at the same time as new ranges come out.
Consumers don't like it, but consumers don't like big jumps in prices either - proof is everywhere that the new Death Star is discussed. Which is probably why lego have included more minifigures than the last Death Star, to help offset the price increase.
However, given the views shown by members here I would say the chances of people not buying it is pretty slim. Does this mean we get what we deserved?
That said, anyone that is thinking of spending $450 on it will probably spend $500 on it too. Lego know that, which is probably why they don't bother too much changing prices for long term items.
Of course, I don't know of any other sets likely to have a comparable lifespan, so who knows whether anything else needs to be done in the first place...