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1) buy other, much more expensive items to get single minifigs one at a time.
2) buy them up in the secondary market from people who are selling them during May and shortly thereafter
No one would do (1) en masse solely to get a bunch of minifigs, that would be silly. (2) could be done, and it wouldn't be unlike any other speculative buying.
Since I know this now, I just buy 2 or 3 sets from each set I like. If I build one, I still have one in case it's price increases when the set is discontinued. If the price doesn't increase, I can still sell for MSRP. I'm not out to make a lot of money from Lego, but for me it's just a way to fund my hobby.
I think it's not very different than the stock market: you're speculating on price increase. When I look at the popular dutch online marketplace, I have never seen discontinued / second hand sets without any reasonable bids, you just might not receive the price you expected.
I just hope things don't work out like they did with i.e. stamps. I know of people who had vaults with entire sheets of stamps, worth thousands of euro's nominal value. These stamps can now be bought for 60% (!) of the nominal price. A large decrease of the original value.
Taking Chrome C-3PO for example (obviously more rare, but still...), it was $100 as close as 2 years ago, now it's fetching $250. There's a market for figures, it just isn't as rewarding as the sets and takes a little longer for it to get up there. But for someone like me with limited space for huge amounts of NIB sets, it takes the cake.
As I recall, Lego had it discounted to $59.99 for a while. I now see it is being offered at Amazon for $98.99 which suggests it has been discontinued and already the price hikes are commencing.
I know it is not popular at all, but that makes it a good candidate for appreciation. 10 years from now it will be the obscure kit no one has in their collection and prices could go up as a result, at least for future collectors who feel the need to have every kit in the UCS series. For regular fans, if interest is low now, it will likely be low in the future too.
As a rule, the UCS Star Wars kits attract my interest more than any other type of Lego kit. So I hemmed and hawed over this one for a while, but could never bring myself to buy it. I just didn't have any interest in it and its piece count is too low.
The sweet spot I think for 10215 is going to be this Christmas, I see $150 happening as a real option, and while Christmas 2013 might see more, that is the bulk of the short term gains to be had.
I did pickup more of this set from Lego during free shipping, so I've got about 50 of them set aside, we shall see. :)
Since my interest lies in the city/trains/modular themes, I haven't considered the great MOC parts available in other themes' sets. This is something I need to work on.
If anyone that snagged several of these at half-off wants to unload one or two (at cost), I'd appreciate the good will gesture. I definitely want to open them and use the parts.
But if the FBA selling price is $99, then the seller is actually getting about $75 after the various fees kick in, plus you run the risk of the opened set being returned for a full refund.
So they do sell at that price, but there is no free ride. :)
UCS buying when in circulation and more so EOL is generally done by AFOLs. I don't think there's much love for this model with the AFOLs. It will still appreciate if you bought it at half price, but the only thing that will seriously bump the price up (IMO) is if there are very few MSIB examples around to choose from. Quite a buy for the ones that part out sets though.
"In terms of availability of the sets you asked for, I have the following information for you:
10197 (Fire Brigade) Discontinued end 2013
10211 (Grand Emporium) Discontinued end 2014
10218 (Pet Shop) Discontinued end 2014
These dates are just a guideline though, this can change. To be honest, I would buy another set now to be safe."
1) too much money(RRP) for the set siez (IMO, and I'm guessing others as well)
2) TRU (and Amazon too I think) constantly had these on sale so many people bought these at 70-80 dollars per.
3) Then at the end of the run LEGO had to HEAVILY discount these to sell and had them for 50 (or was it 55)USD dollars per, and A LOT of them (I went to a LEGO store the day after Black Friday and they still had about 12 (at least) left.
4) Ackbar was included in a magnet set (before they started gluing them) so the figure rarity went out the window so the set really was not sought after for a figure.
I seriously doubt they will EOL two mod at once....
Fire Brigade is not available (and Im not sure it has been for the last few months )on TRU, but I have not really been looking for FB on TRU so maybe they still get them in, not sure. BUT Walmart no longer has them online, nor is Amazon selling them (That is Amazon themselves not a seller selling on Amazon).
I think only Target has them currently anywhere else than LEGO, and that is because they never put them on sale.
Could this be true?
Sure, they could be trying to finally squash the resellers but I doubt it is that. Maybe they have heard enough complaints about "oh I just got into LEGO and missed it" but again where do you draw the line for ending a line then?
Not to mention Id like to see if anyone else makes the same query and gets the same answers... because I thought someone else got data last year saying FB was gone at end of 12
AND if LEGO really is putting out EOL dates then I need to ask them about every SW set and other sets to know when to buy before EOL...
Moving along, I'm curious how the Marvel/DC and LOTR launches will impact the main theme sales?
Btw I concur with fb and ge talk... Get a few and let's move on.
As of today, the avengers are kind of taking over the buildings, lol. Can't wait for the spiderman set. Nothing like web slinging on modulars!
I'm getting a little tired of all the wild guesses on here ; )
It did make me laugh when I saw people accusing others of jumping on the band wagon and selling retired sets. Surely this whole topic just promotes this.
Star Wars could take a dip here.
it depends of the availability. 7688 and 7696 have been widely available the last two years while 7643 was less available (ie no major airlines)