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I figured they'd just increase production too, but instead they've cancelled some markets. There's not just a delay in production, they've actually confirmed they won't produce sets for them anymore. It doesn't make sense that they'd then reopen it up to different markets - at least, I hope...
Here's the 80102 set.
That could be due to exclusivity agreements or their wholesale product contracts with their retailers. (i.e. - if you order $5M in product, you can then order 'X' units of this exclusive Chinese-themed set.)
This is why our current world of blog-reporting isn't much more than rumors and speculation. Names, sources,...
BrainyBricks Nation member Cheree, reaches out to Lego today and they told her that the Chinese New Years Sets will soon be coming to the US!!!
Which one will you get? Or are you gonna get both?
Not even 'that' mad, it's not the easiest set to get so *shrug*
So what’s the total U.K. price all in, if you don’t mind me asking?
+ ~£19 shipping
+ ~£16 Import
+ ~£25 DHL Holding fee
Comes out to ~£120.
#80102 will be similar next week too.
They have to weigh reducing sets for other regular themes in order to allocate production to produce more CNY sets, there needs to be a balance. So I believe that's why they target the Asia Pacific countries for the limited quantity release, even though Chinese in Western countries also celebrate CNY.
Also, Jern92 already had a fair queue of people asking for the set shipped over. It’s not really fair for them to personally supply everyone who wants one on the forum when they already stated they couldn’t get many at a time.
So I opted to not join the queue and give them less ‘pressure’ on trying to obtain sets for people.
I live in Australia but it is proving so difficult to buy these even here, I was thinking of asking my brother to get them for me when he arrives in Hong Kong next week. He is currently in China, but apparently can’t access his emails. I wonder if he will be able to access his emails in Hong Kong.
Yep, I really wish these could be properly released worldwide. They are such beautiful sets. Maybe they will do a worldwide production run next year for Chinese New Year.
Might be worth a call, although it was a couple of weeks ago I got mine. Stocks are probably a bit thin by now.
So, I'm guessing if you had yours shipped to a friend over here, they had a no shipping overseas policy too? We ordered up sets for us & someone overseas, we were contemplating seeing if they could ship the second lot over to them directly, but didn't want chance it. After hearing another retailer was refusing customers putting in orders not going to an Australian address, I figured it was safer just to get them sent here & I'd have to ship the sets to them.
Was one of each the most they'd let you order, or were you only after that much? Just curious as I heard on the first day they didn't apparently have a set limit, but the two times we called up, once each day, the limits were two of each (I was told the dinner was a limit of one per person, but dragon was a limit of two when they restocked, because they received something like three times as many dragon sets).
The two Lego Certified Stores are said to be sold out with no chance at this point of getting more (seems they got the bulk of them). Myer & David Jones also got some stock, but from what I'm hearing, only the major stores in selected states got any stock & again, sold out, not likely to get more. Some Toyworld stores did apparently get stock, but as far as I know, none of them located in South Australia did (considering they've only just reopened here, in the old TRU locations, not a surprise), yet again, sold out. A couple of independent retailers in Sydney & Melbourne got a hold of some, also now sold out according to a few people on the OZLUG FB group.
So at this point, it's unlikely you'll see more Aussie sellers popping up with them, unless the potential for profit becomes more overpowering than the want to build the sets. I'm just glad I managed to get what I got, considering the nearest places to me I know got stock were the LCS in Melbourne (9 hour drive each way) or the LCS at Dreamworld (22 hour drive each way).
Some of the other main Lego sellers I have seen have signs like this. Note "sold out" stickers...
Niiice!! I'll be in Melbourne in March...Crossing fingers they will still be there. :/