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The best sets I had came from my father (I even got a sweet electric train that I still have most of the pieces too). My mother's side didn't see the point of LEGOs and would usually get me useless books instead. I was happy with any LEGO set though, even if it was a pink #6418 with missing parts from store thieves.
From your post, I just thought you were seriously upset kids were getting expensive toys. AFOLs will benefit from expensive sales to little kids. Too bad we can't prevent all of those kids from turning into jerks as they grow old.
That said, it appears someone on Bricklink is trying to sell the sticker sheet for $130. Anyone planning to open their set before Christmas that doesn't want the sheet might as well undercut him for a lot less. Couldn't hurt.
For those of you who are interested the set contains 153 extra pieces if you count the Brick Separator and the two addtional studs for Chewbacca’s Bowcaster, or 150 if you don’t count the parts inventory. Must be a new record for most extra pieces right?
I'd also be waiting for the next post on here to say "You've missed step nnn where you use all of those spare bits" where nnn equals a step near the start of the build ;-)
This set was designed to be built with stickers. The instructions will instruct users to apply the stickers to the set. Yes, they can skip it, but it leaves the owner wondering, "Why are these even here?" And worse, if you choose to do it, and do it wrong, you will have made the very expensive collectible you purchased worse looking.
A better analogy - Buying a very expensive automobile which comes with a cheap racing stripe that you apply to the car yourself. The user manual will tell you to put the racing stripe on and where to put it. If you don't do it exactly right it will look like hell. Sure, I can leave it off. But everyone would ask, "Why is it here? Why would they do this to me when they could have painted the stripe on?" What's worse, is if you choose to apply the stripe, as maybe it applies some flair to the car, is over time it will start to peel and bubble, making your expensive automobile look like a real POS.
I actually tried to edit my last post to read, "Those who pretend to like stickers AND the even smaller minority such as yourself who seem to actually like stickers" but it was past the edit window.
I truly believe most who defend stickers are doing so out of blind loyalty to the Lego product the same way some sports fans will defend poor performing players and coaches.
Mine arrived yesterday. Even after seeing lots of pictures and videos I was surprised by the size of the box. It's bigger than I thought.
Other than the tray of the manual partially destroyed, due to the weight of the manual, everything was pristine.
After bag 3 I already have about 30 spares. You can't forget that spares are arranged by bag number. It's not difficult to have a lot of spares for the same part if it's distributed along the build.
Stick them on eBay as they came from one of the first 100 signed sets, they will sell for £100 plus :)
I'm surprised there aren't more spares in a set this size.
Interesting note, but mine is shipping from Illinois. Prior to this, all my [email protected] items shipped from Mississippi.
Regarding stickers, I'm not real happy with them but it is what it is. The only one I really can't stand is the one for the plaque.
My package is only .3 lbs, so I'm assuming that's just the Green Ninja Mech Dragon and Learn Through Fun free gift. The order on [email protected] shows everything has shipped, but I only have one tracking number.
One is a package that weighs 28.4 lbs, which is undoubtedly the Millennium Falcon.
The other one is a package that weighs 0.3 lbs, which I'm assuming is the two promotional items.
Not sure if this helps or not, but my tracking number for the Millennium Falcon is much shorter than the one for the promotional items, as in ten less digits.
Might be worth a call if you only have the one tracking number?
Since none of us here needs another Brick Separator!
But of course these small parts are generally about 6p each
Which is still £9.18 + £1.90 = £11.08.
TLG could then use these printed the parts on the inevitable multiple versions of the Millenium Falcon that will be made in the next 10 years.
I thought spare parts were included because they sort the distribution of parts into a set by weight, and they make sure to add an extra piece when the resolution of the scale's digits is too close to the weight of the part.
To my surprise my Falcon was sitting on my front porch when I got home this evening! This is going to be a great weekend!
This is kind of a silly idea, as it assumes that extra pieces are an arbitrary wasted expense LEGO goes to just because they can, rather than something that offsets its costs by preventing unnecessary customer service calls and replacement parts shipments.
Juniors sets are designed so they can be built by four-year-olds who don't necessarily have the dexterity to apply stickers carefully.
- Impulse-priced retail sets aimed at kids tend to sell many, many more copies than hugely expensive exclusive sets aimed at adults, which makes it easier to offset the cost of new elements (including new prints, molds, recolors, etc) — much cheaper to split the cost of each new element over a million units than just ten thousand or so.
- All those printed pieces in Juniors sets are probably a contributing factor to their disproportionately high price per piece.
Also, besides the number of stickered patterns in this set that would only have any use in a set at around this scale and level of detail, the logistical cost of a printed piece LEGO doesn't expect to reuse but once every few years (and thus has to keep in stock year after year to get their money's worth out of it) is considerably greater than the logistical cost of a piece LEGO can reuse multiple times within a given year.
Spare parts CAN vary, certainly, for the reason you mention — the weight check isn't always precise enough to tell if the exact number of those tiny pieces is right, so better if a spare piece is left out than one you actually need for the build. That said, with this many extra pieces, chances are that MOST of them will be the same from set to set.