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Anywho, I did also want to mention that I saw a random tat shop selling fake Lego today - they had the obligatory single minifigure boxes for a quid or two, but they also had some disturbingly accurate recreations of recent Ninjago and Minecraft sets - though in their incarnations Ninjago had been changed to 'Ninja' (better if you ask me!) and Minecraft had been changed to 'Mineraft' losing the c. Quite hard to see the difference unless you looked closer though. Sorry didn't have enough time or battery to take a pic.
If I were to make a prediction, these minifigures knockoff companies will continue to exist and be make the bigger noise. Lepin came like a bang, made a big noise, and is slowly fading into the background, where they belong.
There will always be a market for the retired models as many will refuse to buy a legitimate copy at aftermarket prices.
So will there always be a demand for “retired sets”, broadly speaking? Oh, sure, probably. But there’s gonna be a point when retired sets from 2007 or 2008 are of no more interest to copycats than retired sets from 1997 or 1998 are to them today.
I was specifically thinking about people still in a dark age who will one day return to the fold to discover all the cool stuff they missed. They will have to shell out thousands of currency units to get them....or they can buy the cheap knock off. I believe that many will choose the cheap knock off.
Frankly I think LEGO put out enough sets of varying size and price point each year that no one is ever going to need to buy all the old stuff just to have something appropriate to build.
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On the flip side, buying a knockoff of a 10 year old, long retired set isn't really hurting anyone either. Especially if it allows the person to spend more on current sets from LEGO.
(And you're probably right.)
Maybe I can still get that authentic 'Goochie' off of eBay.
I remember my uncle bought a Lepin UCS Y-wing. Days later, the re-release was announced. Karma hurts.
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