^ just had a look through the list in EU it's about 17 pages and some sets (quite a few) were released at the beginning of this year
Really trying not to cynical, but wasn't it about this time last year when the 'shortage of Lego' story broke?I'm not saying they are not retiring (although some of the newer sets on the list do seem a bit stange), but a nice wad of panic buying at retail price before the Black Friday sales and Christmas does seem to be something TLG is good at.Although saying that, I suppose that with an ever increasing product line there will be a greater percentage of retirees when it does happen and there does seem to be a hell of a lot of new lines coming out next year.
One of the concerns here seems to be down to the "large number" of sets being retired.Around 500 sets are retired each year. The only difference is that, in the past, either they haven't declared them in advance, or if they have, nobody has collated that information.
stlux said:Agreed - there's already 300+ new sets in the Brickset database for 2017, so a similar number needs to leave.
Whatever the reason for this new strategy of TGL to be more transparent about retiring sets (even though there's still sets that leave us without notice), I personally don't mind.
Ecto going before the Ghostbusters HQ? Makes no sense at all - who wants to pair that with the Ecto set from the new film?I must get a wriggle on and buy Scooby doo plane adventures to complete the set.
i still have all of last years bionicle wave...was heavy into bionicle when i came out of dark age! dont want to build them anymore! wondering when is a good time to get rid of them... they could be had -30% for quite a while now. and thats also the price i want get when selling them... i might just put them onto bricklink into one lot. i either want to sell all at once or nothing! so that the skull collection doesnt get torn apart!
21305 Maze is now Sold Out on [email protected] UK site after being put up as a retiring set...7 months and gone..
Just re read that and realised it's not massively clear;I think with Ideas sets, unless there is a licensing agreement that says otherwise, LEGO put a single production order in place for x amount of units (probably with some margins built in depending on speed a project reached review and what countries the votes came from etc) and will only alter that if sales of the set are high.Disappearing after 7months and having been listed as retiring soon says to me not that it was a terrible seller (or it would have stayed at retiring soon for several more months) but it didn't have high enough initial sales that the production amounts were increased. Also - in the U.K. I think it was only available from LEGO, so the retiring soon label would have more of a quick clearing effect than sets available everywhere
Hatchibles are the prime toy this year that will be in short supply.There'll be plenty of Lego - just maybe not the Minecraft or Disney Princess set you should have bought three weeks ago...
On the hot toy note, I almost jumped on the NES Classic Mini bandwagon, but I was busy with real life stuff the day of release. I do plan to get one, once supply meets up with demand.
^ Ya'll assume it's actually going to retire. I think there should be an 'evergreen' theme - whereby the sets never retire, they just have endless box redesigns and minor parts updates...
^My investment in Pet Shop has gone from suck to blow
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