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  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    Fizyx said:
    @autolycus
    Should be 8AM Pacific, 10AM CST, and 11AM EST… which is 5PM (17:00) CET

    Nobody ever wants to post in Mountain Time ;_;
    My fingers just got tired!  Also, we go to Colorado several times a year, so my mind already adjusts for Mountain Time…🙂

    Also, prices have leaked a bit early according to Stonewars (at least in Euros)…
    https://www.stonewars.de/news/bricklink-designer-program-2021-die-7-modelle/
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
    Here's the link to the sale.  Oddly, it's been removed from the home page for the last 12 hours.
    As I recall from last time, we give BrickLink our payment info, one order for any number of different sets, and they charge us a few months later when they're ready to ship.  It worked so well last time, no rush, no server issues.  Let's hope this is even close to that.
    The Safe is so clever that I want it even though I don't need it.  The Boat is nice even with the less interesting, new color scheme.  The Castle, of course, I will be ordering.
    YellowcastleMarshallmario
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    Fizyx said:
    @autolycus
    Should be 8AM Pacific, 10AM CST, and 11AM EST… which is 5PM (17:00) CET

    Nobody ever wants to post in Mountain Time ;_;
    Or daylight time apparently.
    Hmm… good point. I messed up my original question. I should have asked about EDT, not EST. I also never knew how to correctly refer to daylight savings time in Europe until just now. It’s officially Central European Summer Time, abbreviated CEST!
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,238
    edited July 1
    Those prices look good. (For the US at least)
    gmonkey76
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
    Where do you see prices?
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    If we have the normal 1:1 price translations, the prices seem pretty fair. Yes, it's all unlicensed, but production is going to be so different from normal. 150 euros for the castle isn't bad for ~2k pieces, for example.

    50 euros for pursuit of flight is a little more than I might have _hoped_ for, but I think the model supports that so it's still on my order list.

    The great fishing boat must be a little bigger than I was thinking. 110 euros? And I just looked at the piece count... ~1600 pieces and 20" long... ok, yeah, that's a good size model! I don't know why, but I was thinking more like 10-12" long. Big difference. I might rethink that one. I still really like the model, so maybe I'll throw in for it and see what happens with support!

    The safe at 45 euros is a good price. I really like that one, I just don't know that it's my thing. It would be a fun place to store a USB drive or similar small item. Obviously it's not really secure, but it would add a fun sense of mystery and intrigue around the contents of the drive, especially in a household with kids.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    edited July 1
    FireFox31 said:
    Where do you see prices?
    Look a few posts earlier… stonewars leaked prices on their site
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
    Yeah, I'll pay $53 for the safe.  The fact that it works is amazing.  It's one of the most inventive, Ideas-worthy sets in the whole program.
    It's going to be an expensive day...
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    edited July 1
    Something to consider is that these are the prices for Germany. The sets are being put together and shipped from Europe (at least that’s what they said they were going to do initially) so they could be more expensive for the US. We also will have shipping to think about.  If there is a direct correlation between the price in euros and the price in dollars that would be amazing, but I’m not holding my breath.
    FireFox31
  • FuddruckusFuddruckus Member Posts: 37
    edited July 1
    US Prices:

    Sheriff's Safe - $49.99
    Pursuit of Flight - $54.99
    Kakapo - $79.99
    Particle Accelerator - $99.99
    Bionicle Legends - $119.99
    Great Fishing Boat - $129.99
    Castle in the Forest - $179.99
    KungFuKenny
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    Not seeing prices in the UK!
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    910001 Castle of the Forest – £132.99 / $179.99 / €149.99
    910007 BIONICLE Legends – £89.99 / $119.99 / €99.99
    910010 The Great Fishing Boat – £99.99 / $129.99 / €109.99
    910016 Sheriff’s Safe – £39.99 / $49.99 / €44.99
    910017 Kakapo – £61.99 / $79.99 / €69.99
    910025 Particle Accelerator – £74.99 / $99.99 / €84.99
    910028 Pursuit of Flight – £44.99 / $54.99 / €49.99
    KungFuKennyYellowcastle
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    How do you purchase these? Is there a URL? 
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    edited July 1
    US Prices:

    Sheriff's Safe - $49.99
    Pursuit of Flight - $54.99
    Kakapo - $79.99
    Particle Accelerator - $99.99
    Bionicle Legends - $119.99
    Great Fishing Boat - $129.99
    Castle in the Forest - $179.99
    Excellent news!  I hadn’t hoped for them to be that low…They are a bit higher than the price in euros but not too unreasonable
    gmonkey76
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    Thanks. That is the page I am using on bricklink.. but not sign of being able to buy anything. My computer must hate me.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    TheFew said:
    Thanks. That is the page I am using on bricklink.. but not sign of being able to buy anything. My computer must hate me.
    You still have another 40 minutes or so before they are supposed to open up for preorder
    TheFew
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    Ohhh. I thought it was 1500 GMT. I'll go back to be for 40 mins!
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    It is 3PM GMT, but it's now summer!
    So it's 4pm BST/ 5 PM CET / 3PM GMT 
    KungFuKennyTheFew
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
    TheFew said:
    Thanks. That is the page I am using on bricklink.. but not sign of being able to buy anything. My computer must hate me.

    As Il_Buono, designer of the Sheriff's Safe, said, "Whoaaa, hold your horses ...".  They're doing a great job staying in character while interacting with the community.

    Choosing which sets would be in each round could be some tricky game theory.  Include a variety of prices and quality to try and give a fair chance to all.  Yet, the Observatory moving to a future round throws that off, giving Round 1 another set to be produced and maybe out-competing one from a future round.
    I really hope they surprise us with a Round 4 of all the sets which didn't get funded in earlier rounds.  If the other rounds close out too quickly, not giving a chance to the bottom three, this could be fair.
    KungFuKenny
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    The prices are better than I'd feared.

    Anyway, back to clicking REFRESH like a loon.
    KungFuKenny
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 363
    Looks like changing the phone number I used for Paypal in the last few months has completely ruined my chance of getting any from this round, at least. Too busy to contact them or try setting up a new account. Ah well.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    And the website is already lagging…
    pxchris
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    Yay.. gateway errors!
    KungFuKenny
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    That's just me hitting F5 at record pace
    KungFuKennyAstrobricks
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    What?! A Lego website that can't handle the load for a launch event? Who ever saw that coming?!
    Cymbelinegmonkey76
  • wiggywiggy EnglandMember Posts: 326
    ...
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
    Seriously though, can't Lego use Cloudflare, Cachefly or some other CDN to deliver this content during usage spikes?  How have they not found a solution to this.
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    Even when the page loads, it's not clear how someone is supposed to actually order anything. That's fun. Why is their web IT department so terrible?
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,680
    Yay. Got a castle!
    KungFuKennyCymbelinegmonkey76MinifigInSpace
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,601
    As completely expected, the Castle is already out in the lead in pre-orders. The price point is very reasonable, as I mostly expected.

    (I too got a gateway error on first load attempt.)
    KungFuKenny
  • BastyBasty LondonMember Posts: 408
    Just went for the safe, quite reasonable price. Not sure if it will make the top 5. It says free shipping but when I went to pay on Lego, it charged for shipping. Hopefully it gets refunded or they only take the amount for the set *shrugs*
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    I still can't order.
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    Seriously? How do I actually place an order? I don't see any links on the pages for the models themselves or anything obvious on the link for "get more information"
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    I think I got what I wanted (Kakapo + Castle). 
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 122
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    FireFox31 said:
    AWESOME! THANK YOU!!

    I think I was able to get in a pre-order for Castle and Flight at least. Still waffling a little on the ship and maybe the safe. I might just wait on those and see what happens with the orders (yes, it's a gamble that they'll sell out but I don't think I'll be super upset if they do).
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    How can you tell how many have been pre-ordered?
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    I went back in for the boat, £100 seems pretty reasonable. Expensive day!
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    edited July 1
    How can you tell how many have been pre-ordered?
    https://www.bricklink.com/v3/designer-program/introducing.page

    That page seems to be updated with a crude bar for each set that is filling toward "fully funded" and "max pre-order".

    Castle is blasting way ahead of the others right now. It will easily make 3k and probably 5k I'll bet by the weekend at the absolute latest. Likely today if I had to bet on it.

    Great Fishing Boat is currently in 2nd with a ways to go to get to 3k.

    EDIT: Refreshed just now. Castle is fully funded. ORDER NOW IF YOU WANT IT! It will be sold out very shortly.
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    Looks like the totalisers have gone away again?
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    edited July 1
    The castle is almost gone- at least it has a “funded” banner on it— 4000 of 5000

    How can you tell how many have been pre-ordered?
    For a few minutes it had a red bar showing the progress of funding for each project. That seems to be gone now though.

    edit: looks like the progress meter is back
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    autolycus said:
    How can you tell how many have been pre-ordered?
    https://www.bricklink.com/v3/designer-program/introducing.page

    That page seems to be updated with a crude bar for each set that is filling toward "fully funded" and "max pre-order".

    Castle is blasting way ahead of the others right now. It will easily make 3k and probably 5k I'll bet by the weekend at the absolute latest. Likely today if I had to bet on it.

    Great Fishing Boat is currently in 2nd with a ways to go to get to 3k.

    EDIT: Refreshed just now. Castle is fully funded. ORDER NOW IF YOU WANT IT! It will be sold out very shortly.
    Thanks. The page finally updated for me. Come on fishing boat!!
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    Honestly, that was surprisingly straightforward. I just hope the little Kakapo makes it.
    KungFuKenny
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,238
    Search them on shop.lego.com.  That is the fastest way to get to the Bricklink order button.
    KungFuKenny
  • wiggywiggy EnglandMember Posts: 326
    Slightly frustrating at the start, but got what I wanted in the end :)
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 997
    I understand why they didn't green light an Ideas castle set with the 3-in-1 already in development, but they definitely should have good evidence at this point that there's demand for castle and pirates sets. I wish they would do some smaller sets in those themes as well, especially if they have "rivals" for the pirates and Black Falcons.
    KungFuKennypxchris7BSMarshallmario
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 889
    In a nice surprise, you appear to get VIP points with these orders.
    KungFuKennyYellowcastleAstrobrickspxchrisFireFox31
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,195
    I went for the Castle and the safe. I got an extra Castle for my son who is a huge fan.  I also supported the particle accelerator but it doesn’t look like it’s going to get funded. The Kakapo and the Bionicle set look like they are neck and neck…
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 363
    edited July 1
    The castle is showing as "This project is sold out in your region." for Ireland. Think it might be popular in Europe. Asia and North America, it's still showing as available for now.
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