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I look at SW sets nowadays as a complete red herring for investors, as the various vehicles get refreshed every so many years.
I don't really 'invest' in sets, but I do dabble in bulk purchases to increase my trade margins.
The Maersk Triple-E #10241 continues to be an albatross for me. It appears to be selling about $50.00 above RRP, but I can't find anyone that wants one!
Yes, you won. Congrats! @CCC will send you a million bazillion CHIMA Speedorz and a barge full of flick-fire missiles.
Definitely want a Beast, Nightcrawler and Mystique, but I'm content with the figs available.
Fun fact: that was the very first set I bought at the Lego Store when it opened here.
Maybe @Bumblepants and @SumoLego were right, the combination of an extended production run and being on clearance.
Perhaps if Lego had kept making X-sets every other year or so that would have prompted collectors to go back and want the older set to get more mutants etc. If they did one now it would probably be the same core group again with only one or two new mutants at best. Too bad they weren't able to do like they did with Suicide Squad and put out comic variations of the cast at the same time as the film. A Dark Phoenix $20-30 set this summer would've been great.
Not too disappointed with the Construct a Zurg purchase as I bought twice as many Construct a Buzz (which I sold for 3-4 times what I paid).
My greatest crime? Loading up on MANY Tower Bridges instead of Imperial Flagships (which I could have had a third more quantity of).
The only thing that lets me sleep at night is the fact that I’ll have PLENTY of brick yellow when it comes time to build my big railway bridge...
Part of the problem (investing wise) is the themes that were a sure thing (Star Wars, Modulars, etc) are no longer the ones to invest in. I feel that minifigures are what drives up the price of most sets these days, especially licensed themes. So you have to find licensed sets with rare minifigs in them, which their just isnt an abundance of anymore. Plus, it seems like many sellers are aware of this, so there is a decent amount of competition.
I just feel like things have reached a point where minifigs will be the biggest deciding factor of set value. Not completely, some sets might be of value as well, but more often than not itll be the minifigs. Of course BOTH together (unopened) will be the top dollar stuff.
The profit in standard Lego sets isn't the same as before, Lego know how to extract it and make all the money themselves now.
They create false hype around all their products now, and after a while everything is available cheaper on eBay. That Bond Aston springs to mind, it is an absolute waste of money.
75192 can be picked up for £500 on eBay now, people were paying £2000 for it when it was first released because Lego didn't make enough, and created false hype while they produced a shitload more.
The days are long gone of cleaning up on a Taj Mahal or a Millenium Falcon at £3000.
Queue TLM2 BrickHeadz...
I think we can all agree that this is an outlier.
And that LEGO apparently stood to lose money or not maximize their margin by doing a full run of the LM2 Brickheadz.
Then I'll happily add them to my BH collection and spend the $110 I saved elsewhere.
Might have to try it...
The Ninjago Movie was much more of a 'flop'. Nonetheless, it wasn't the surprise, runaway success of the original or the Batman Movie.
It bothers me when a 'not as successful as anticipated' is equated to 'flop'. Not every successful movie needs to gross a billion dollars.
As an aside, I agree that further TLM2 Brickheadz would have been bad use of resources.
There is no way Lego Movie 2 needed to make $500 million to break even.
Not to mention all of the licensing agreements and collateral income sources...
I doubt we'll see a third installment, or it'll be on a much more modest scale. After all, we got a whole mess of John Wick and those silly Saw and Conjuring movies.
Yes, they spent that much to make the movie, but they also spent 100m in marketing the movie which needs to.be taken into account.
I sincerely hope there is a third installment, if for no other reason than I want to see more Lego Movie sets in the future. :p
The JW sequel didn't do as well, but it was still profitable. We live in a world of hype and 'momentum', whether warranted or not.
Reminds me of the nominating system we have with primaries in the US. If someone finished 1st in the Iowa Caucus and in the New Hampshire Primary, why should that have any impact on a national election?