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Predictions on Discontinuing Sets and their Secondary Market Value

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  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,874
    They'll probably retire the train in Nov, and re-release it in 2 years, just as the train station retires.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    Diggydoes said:
    CCC said:
    It would be like selling GBHQ without Ecto-1 ...
    Or Assault on Hoth without a AT-AT...
    The AT-AT has too many minifigures.  A proper 'assault' can only have two assaulters.
    SprinkleOtterBumblepantsgmonkey76Baby_YodaDiggydoeslkliment2
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 782
    If they had named it "Defense of Hoth", would it have been okay that it had just two snowtroopers and no AT-AT or AT-ST? For me, that would actually be okay! Yet it's just words.
    BumblepantsAanchir
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    SumoLego said:
    Diggydoes said:
    CCC said:
    It would be like selling GBHQ without Ecto-1 ...
    Or Assault on Hoth without a AT-AT...
    The AT-AT has too many minifigures.  A proper 'assault' can only have two assaulters.
    "Stormtroopers have entered the base. Stormtroopers have entered...*static* "
    SumoLegoBaby_Yoda
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    The train will follow the same lefispan as the past 5 seasonal sets. 2 years.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,401
    edited July 2018

    Diggydoes said:
    CCC said:
    It would be like selling GBHQ without Ecto-1 ...
    Or Assault on Hoth without a AT-AT...
    ^ and ^^ I can tell you I haven't purchased one of those without the other. Well to be honest, I haven't purchased either of those with the other either. In fact, I don't have the other either. (Starting to sound like a limerick)
    SumoLegoBaby_Yoda
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    Farmer_John said:
    (Starting to sound like a limerick) 

    There once was a man from Nantucket

    Who kept all his cash in a bucket.

    But his daughter, named Nan,

    Ran away with a man,

    And as for the bucket, Nantucket.”

    davetheoxygenmanBumblepantsBaby_Yoda560Heliportstarwars4eversid3windrFarmer_Johncatwrangler
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,316
    Don’t make the admins create a limerick thread from this. (Or do. Whatevs)
    SumoLegosid3windrMAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    Ugh.  I finally ruined this thread.  Took a lot of persistence.  I wouldn't have put my money on limericks.  I would have figured some cacophony of lighthouses, X-Wings and Fire Stations would have caused a Brakalatabaasata of mammoth proportions and destroyed the thread.

    Quick question - did anyone invest in Sydney Opera Houses?  I'm curious if those are doing well on the aftermarket after eBay and shipping fees.
    SprinkleOtterBumblepantsSwitchfoot55
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    ^I dunno, but I got mine with for a song 
    SumoLegocatwrangler
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,401
    SOH is one of the few large sets I never got around to getting. Probably because it's one of the few sets I actually asked my wife if I could get and she emphatically said "no." Haven't had that issue anymore since I quit asking her for permission. The tricky part now is trying to sneak the sets into the house without getting caught.

    Wow, my comments are really starting to get away from me...I'm starting to show my age. What were we talking about again?
    pharmjodbandit778SprinkleOtterdmcc0SumoLegoMrJackson
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    Pitfall69 said:
    ^I dunno, but I got mine with for a song 
    Which song was it? This one?



  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,140
    stlux said:
    Just for fun I from time to time check the seal codes on Tower Bridge boxes when visiting a Lego Store. Seems to be selling quite well, as it is still getting regular production runs. Late last year I saw a 42S7 seal code (week 42 in 2017 production), and earlier this year a 16S8 one.

    Disclaimer: My recollection of those codes might be off by a few weeks, but should still give a rough idea that there's still ongoing production runs to replenish store shelves instead of leftover stock they are unable to shift.
    Update from visiting a Lego Store this weekend: they had TB's on the shelf with seal code 24S8. (i.e. produced mid-June)

    So not only do they definitely not have an issue with old stock lingering on the shelf, they still sell so many Tower Bridges they need to produce new ones every couple of weeks/months.
    omniumBumblepantsSumoLegopharmjodcatwranglerMr_Crosssnowhitie
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    This is some sort of Tower Bridge conspiracy!
    Mr_Cross
  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Northumbria UKMember Posts: 258
    ^ Well we know that Americans haven't always made the best decisions when buying London bridges!! :)
    SumoLegoPeteMGothamConstructionCoLittleLori
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    Heard a rumour that London Bridge is falling down.  Falling down...
    SprinkleOtterdavetheoxygenmansid3windr
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    ^Insert "Army of Darkness" meme.

    "My fair lady!!!"
    SumoLegogmonkey76davetheoxygenmanBaby_Yoda
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,174
    ...Another happy landing!
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 738
    Just spotted that #75144 Snowspeeder is listed as retiring soon on UK [email protected]! That's a short lifespan for a Star Wars UCS set. Even though it's a copy of an earlier set, I would guess that it would increase in value after it's gone. So probably worth looking for the best deal you can now if you want the set.
    kbwLobotMr_Cross
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 929

    @SeanTheCollector - Thanks, that's interesting.

    I'd expected that #75060 Slave 1 would be next as it's been available for almost four years, but it must be selling well!  As #75144 is available in Smyths it could be around for a while, and destined to follow the aftermarket performance of #76052!

    That said, I couldn't resist buying a second one at 20% off during the May 4th promo.  Combined with the BB-8 polybag and VIP points it's a very low risk investment as far as I'm concerned.  Personally I think it's a great set, and well worth the RRP.

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    I suppose the retirement of the UCS Snowspeeder (Redux) would be comparable to UCS X-Wing (Red Five)?

    I can't say I've been paying attention to the eBay and Bricklink sales figures.  Anybody making crazy profits on UCS X-Wings?
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 929

    @SumoLego - I get the feeling that the X-Wing was widely hoarded in the belief that it was the next 'dead cert' so I don't think they're directly comparable.  Part of the problem for it, in the UK at least, was that it was readily available during several 3 for 2 deals, resulting in a surplus in the market, and supressed prices.

    I've found that Brickpicker can be a useful barometer (and actually give an idea of which sets to avoid!).  For example:

    #10240 - 102 pages of comments

    #75144 - 21 pages of comments

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,431
    Hmm...with it retiring soon, I may need to finally pull the trigger and snag my first UCS set. 

    If others were given the choice between the UCS Y-Wing or Snowspeeder (new versions), which would you pick? Resell is slightly part of the equation, but mainly on build and display quality. 
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    The Snowspeeder is a hands-down better choice for me.  Not to crap on the Y-Wing, but it's arguably the 5th most interesting starfighter.

    (We'd all take a MF, Slave 1, X-Wing and a Tie Advanced before a Y-Wing.  And then it's a toss up with TIE Fighter, B-Wing, and basically everything not a Naboo Starfighter.)
    Switchfoot55dmcc0Baby_YodaAddicted2Oxygengmonkey76
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,174
    I'd put it at 6th. TIE Interceptor gets 5th for me.
    SumoLegoAddicted2Oxygengmonkey76stlux
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 313
    I would like an A-wing. Though I personally think an ARC-170 would be awesome. 
    SumoLegostlux
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,431
    Can anyone confirm if the major assembled pieces in this photo are Red Five?

    SprinkleOtter
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,174
    The general shapes of the subassemblies and their colour scheme seems to match, but I'd need another image or two, if possible, as I don't own that set myself. Until then, the answer to the question of whether or not it's Red Five is standing by.
    Addicted2Oxygensid3windrgmonkey76SumoLegodatsunrobbieSprinkleOtter
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 929

    @Switchfoot - Mine's still in it's sealed box, but it looks very promising.  Take a look at this review from Eurobricks; there's a couple of photos under 'Bag 4' which look identical:

    https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/82056-review-10240-red-five-x-wing-starfighter/

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,735
    Could be the original UCS X-Wing, as well.  But that's sheer speculation as I can immediately check.  And I haven't built the newer version.

    Where's the canopy?
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,437
    My bet would be on #10240, based on the tan 1x6 bricks on two nose assemblies and the big inverted section on the right, which looks like page 7 of book 2 of the assembly instructions. Nice find!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,431
    Sorry to have hijacked the thread for some part identification. It was just relevant to what we were talking about. 

    I'll have the bin in my hands in 2 hours. For the price, even if it's incomplete, it'll be well worth it. 

    That 8x6 triangular piece is from an Exploriens set, so I'm wondering if the contents are a bit older, which may support the earlier X-Wing?
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,316
    edited September 2018
    Sorry to have hijacked the thread for some part identification. It was just relevant to what we were talking about. 

    I'll have the bin in my hands in 2 hours. For the price, even if it's incomplete, it'll be well worth it. 

    That 8x6 triangular piece is from an Exploriens set, so I'm wondering if the contents are a bit older, which may support the earlier X-Wing?
    I was wondering about that Exploriens piece. I found it in the picture for #6856, but AAAARRRGH, it’s not in the BS part inventory. Found it on BL, https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=30036&idColor=1#T=C&C=1 
    Turns out it's still in use today (in different colors).

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,431
    Well, the great news is it is indeed Red Five! The bad news is no plaque in the bin. Figures. 

    No plaque, no UCS...

    It is in a lot of pieces, but the build seems to be 100% there (minus the tile for the plaque obviously!). Still really excited about having a legit UCS set. 

    Lots of extra goodies in the bin too that will need sorted through. 
    sklambsid3windrOnebricktoomanySprinkleOttersnowhitie
  • Patrik78Patrik78 Member Posts: 139

    Anyone else having some pretty expensive sets in their collection without the intention to invest just because of no building time? :( Checked Rebrickable few days ago and got quite shocked…

    Open or not to open...

    OnebricktoomanysklambTkattjhuntin1Astrobrickspreveremonstblitz
  • sklambsklamb speaker of American EnglishMember Posts: 478

    ^ Yes. Lots of them. Not only is one whole room pretty well full of unopened boxes, but a large number of other sets are climbing the back stairs....

    It's possible, but very unlikely, that I might sell a few of the older unopened ones in order to shorten the "unbuilt" list and free up a bit of storage space. Unfortunately they mostly still appeal to me as much as ever, and TLG keeps on making more that I really, really want to own.

    But at least I can reassure myself that the unopened boxes are growing in value!

    OnebricktoomanymadforLEGO
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,174
    Wish I had too much Lego to build...
    Polyphemus
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,267
    Baby_Yoda said:
    Wish I had too much Lego to build...
    Normally, one would think this, but it really is not as glamorous as it appears.
    I have stacked boxes around my apt, and now it is getting ridiculous, so much so that I will be selling a bunch off just to free up space to store.. more LEGO that I have gotten in the past year.
    Heck I have bunches of sets I unboxed, and are just sitting in their part bags from the box, as I have to come up with a storage method for all of these brand new parts (vs the older parts I accrued from years of buying from BL and eBay LEGO lots).

    So yeah, while it sounds great, it really isn't. even if I get a house Im guessing I may have to get a storage area.
    1st world problems I know, but still.

    Onebricktoomanyjhuntin1FollowsCloselydatsunrobbiepharmjodgmonkey76sklamb
  • MrJacksonMrJackson Member Posts: 313
    Ive knocked off most of my list. Boxes really do take up a lot of space. Fortunately all that are left in my queue are the Diner, Super Star Destroyer, and UCS Falcon. 
  • jhuntin1jhuntin1 Indiana, USAMember Posts: 40
    I'm going to need a storage locker soon for all the boxed sets I have. I keep thinking we'll be able to move into a bigger house with a basement so my city will come to life, but it's not in the cards for a while and my den has filled up with boxes of sets I want to build but that take less room in the box. I looked through some of the sets I'm still holding onto and it is getting tempting to maybe sell my NISB Emerald Night and a few others.
  • PeteMPeteM Gallifrey (near Bristol)Member Posts: 397
    I’ve got a load of the larger Creator Expert sets unbuilt due to various pressures of life (young children, limited space, full time job etc) and after Christmas I calculated how many months of mortgage could be covered by selling them on which turned out to be more than I thought and quite tempting... However, I bought them as single sets to build (rather than multiples to resell) so still live in hope that I’ll have the time and space to do so one day soon!
    Addicted2Oxygendavetheoxygenmanjhuntin1benbacardi
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    I’m also at that saturation point. I keep looking at the larger sets and thinking the same thing - should I just sell?  Will I ever really build Tower Bridge?  Or the Eiffel Tower (that one is used).  Or Orthanc?  

    Same is true for smaller collections. Why did I buy all those Lone Ranger sets?  And what about the Hobbit sets?
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,654
    @hoyatables if you are considering selling the Eiffel Tower do it sooner rather than later. If anything is likely to be remade that is it and the value will plummet.
    SumoLegoOnebricktoomanyprevere
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 861
    ^ I'm all ears.
    SumoLegoOnebricktoomanyVorpalRyu
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,431
    Wait a second...


    SumoLegoBillyBricks84OnebricktoomanykbwVorpalRyugmonkey76Baby_YodasklambOubird
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    ^ I'm all ears.
    Wait a second...


    You need to be more eyes and less ears ;)
    SumoLegoSwitchfoot55VorpalRyuSprinkleOtterBaby_YodaPapaBeargmonkey76
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    I have an interesting topic that can either be shared here or split into it's own thread. What sets are the best performing sets of All-Time? This topic was discussed before in the past, but it has been a few years since this was discussed. At one point the original UCS MF was considered The Holy Grail, but not so much anymore.
    Bumblepants
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