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If people are in fact buying more sets to resell on the secondary market than there are people who would've bought those same sets on the primary market given the opportunity, then that's the definition of a bubble and it's better for that illusion to be dispelled sooner rather than later. Overall, though, I think we AFOLs vastly overestimate how many LEGO buyers think like us and make purchasing decisions accordingly, and how many just think "wow, what a cool toy! I want one!"
I don't think Porsche views her parents as their target customer.
In the LEGO community, though, I often see comments that make it sound like to be a collector you have to be trying to get everything in a certain category, and putting a lot of stock in the resale value of your collection. This comes up a lot whenever there's something that not everybody has access to, like a Comic-Con or Inside Tour exclusive set/fig/part or a "chase" figure like Mr. Gold.
Yeah, while the typical parent won't necessarily be buying $100+ sets for their kids, that's not to say they're outside the reach of kids and parents. A lot of parents spend a lot of money on their kids. Just look at the price of video game consoles! A lot of the big $150+ exclusives are definitely more geared towards teens and adults, but not all of them — the Minecraft Village had an 8+ recommended age range.
Like video game consoles, I feel like the pricier sets are probably most palatable to parents who either plan to enjoy them with their child or have multiple children who can enjoy them together.
This ended with the Exo Suit, after it's insane demand remained in the same vein as the Research Institute (which retired just short of this change).
I'm surprised to hear that. It seemed like there were plenty available, and it's STILL available relatively cheaply ($38 on Amazon right now, and only $30 @ other places).
I imagine LEGO decided to have higher stocks of Women of NASA at the release date to cope with demand. It might also be that they learnt to shift stock from Europe to the US to cope with local demand - things like the Mars Rover took three months to sell out in the UK, compared to days in the US. Women of NASA has been constantly available in the UK since release.
It took them too long to meet the Exo-Suit's demand. They produced far more than they needed, but no one was around to purchase. The resale market for it crashed, and LEGO put it on sale.
I would also be brave enough to say that the Porsche was the next set to follow suit.
Yes, the theme as a whole has obviously been popular, especially since they starting doing it minfiig scale with minifigs included. The original ones look quite pathetic in contrast now. But it was a great (re)seller at the time, being the first one. And possibly the set that lego took a lot of flack for over being out of stock and quick flip reselling at christmas.
UCS Tie fighter is going. Assault on Hoth is going.
200 or so in total now listed as retiring soon! Including #75105 Falcon finally
Also, this photo reminds me of a question I have had for a long time. The grime/soot trails from the six vents on the top rear of the Falcon... shouldn't the trails go straight back, rather than fanning out as if coming from the center?
Mind you, in the extremely unlikely event that we see a third minifig series or another D2C..expect the price to explode!