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1) It's too profitable and popular a set to EOL now...especially with the DS and SSD being the only other high-end SW sets out there (the DS has been around awhile and the SSD costs too much for what you get).
2) It hasn't been out long enough
3) It shows a delayed delivery date...not "Out of Stock"...which indicates to me that they will just make more to fill the orders.
Wish I wouldn't have missed the great deal on the Earth's Defense.
the fact that the Grievous starfighter is gone is completely irrelevant to the lifespan of the IS
nothing new though, we've seen their odd fulfillment orders in the past
That being said, I suspect IS is cheap to make, the box is half the size of DS with a whole lot fewer minifigs, so if the set is profitable and doesn't harm the production of other sets, it should be around for a bit... B-Wing might replace it this fall, who knows...
I bought one yesterday as I've been considering it for a while but I'd like to be reasonably confident I could sell it in a few years and at least make my money back on it. I'm still not sure if I should have got the IS instead but I do prefer the DS model, it seems like it would be a more interesting build.
If the next time you can get them is august, does lego want to have back orders outstanding for 4 months?
Im guessing LEGO may have a set number of sets on 'sale' and once that number is hit then 'Sell out'.
The same thing occurred with 10195 last may 4th only to come back a few times....
Again I think it is due to not wanting to sell more than 'x' of th set at its current price discount, I think it is easier for them to say sold out OR they hit a mark of x amount of people ordering on backorder.
IS ??? (I lost the browser tab that had it)
It would not surprise me if all three lasted until BF or Christmas.
I don't think they will be gone now, which is why I didn't buy a single IS, too soon in my personal opinion.
I learned my lesson the hard way with DS and a few other sets over the past year. Better to pay full price when you *know* it is gone, than to get a set for 25% off and *hope* it is gone.
Just my 2 cents worth... :)
Plus, who knows, it still could very well be sold out for real. We'll find out soon enough.
The difference is night and day. And yes, ill admit I have one of the above. :)
Sorry for being off topic.
The Ultimate FX blades are 2/3 length, designed for kids to smash into each other, they are cheap plastic, but fun to play with.
OK, OK, I might have bought a bunch of big sets too. It all happened so fast! :)