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And I should clarify my comments are intended for the larger sets, like Helm's Deep (and I know you can add walls and such). And anyone can be creative, use their parts and build it up. So I'll back off the negativity some here.
Back on subject - is there aftermarket value here? Sure. Whatever POTC does, LOTR will follow.
We all have "missed the boat" and not bought a certain set at one time or another.
I probably should have waited to sell my Market Street. I could have gotten more. You have to remember that the longer you hold onto a set doesn't guarantee that it will make a great profit for you. Sure, it will probably go up in price, but if it is not keeping up with inflation then you are actually losing money.
As far as LOTR, I don't see how you can go wrong by purchasing the sets, but i would get them when they are on sale or clearance. Helms Deep should be a good after market seller.
As for LoTR Im guessing there are those that already have 10's of copies of these sets hidden away with hopes of becoming millionaires but I think the issue is that especially now many more people are hording sets to try to sell later so it goes back to the ever present debate of supply and demand. My guess is that while most LEGO sets are going up after discontinue the ones that will go up most are either a neat set that gets discontinued before it is expected or a very expensive set.. The LoTR will probably go up but it will take a few years probably.
As for Helm deeps that used the same 'modular' Technic Pin and brick that they used to use in the 80's so with the puchase of a few sets you can probably make a decent size helmsdeep..
Although if they were going to make a bucket of figs, how about Orcs and 'Elves' and 'human soldiers'
looks nice, now to find out the price
I don't know if you can really say the B-Wing is a replacement for IS. As stated in the video, the B-Wing is not minifig scale and therefore he was free to build at any scale he wanted.
I have always been a big fan of the UCS models, but they don't have the same play value as those sets that come with minifigures. The B-Wing didn't play a major role in the movies. Although, not as iconic as MF, X-Wing or even the tie fighters, The Imperial Shuttle has had it's moments. I do not think the B-Wing will perform as well as IS, but I do think it will perform better than Obi-wans Jedi Starfighter.
B-wing will sell exceedingly well. We've been waiting for this for 12 years. No one was ever waiting for or wanting the UCS Jedi Starfighter, and if anyone says they were, they're lying. ;)
LOTR will sell dismally now but should do quite well once it is EOL. I am thinking Indiana Jones all over again. A good clearance buy. Probably one more wave and it is done for sure.
The battle pack actually is selling the best, which makes sense to me as I see the minifigs as the real draw to these sets.