Only if you don't open the box!
Seriously, though, that Yoda set has a LOT of tan pieces, and quite a
few maroon and dark brown too. I got me one for 30% off at Kay-Bee's
closeout, just because of the uncommon colors. Also because it was a
sculputure set, and I wanted to see what it was like to put it together.
IMO this set will remain a key item in the series, possibly forever.
Lego's SW license expires around 2007, and my opinion is that they will
not renew, based on their "back to basics" movement internally, and the
lack of new media events (movies) to support sales. That means that any
re-release of the original Falcon, to drive the market price down, will
have to happen before then.
There are several things that make that unlikely though. There is a new
Falcon this year; if Lego maintains any stock of a MF model for the next
couple of years, it will be the new one. Aside from it being a nicer
model (in my opinion -- and regardless of that, it's certainly of
more-current styling and construction), it utilizes both the new gray
colors, and the new mini-figure colors (flesh tones).
Under these circumstances, I cannot concieve of a good reason for Lego
to go back to the old model Falcon as is, nor to revive it with modified
colors. Even if they experience strong demand for the Falcon well
beyond 2005, far and away the easiest thing for them to do will be to
continue to make the new one (or revive it one last time in 2007).
And if they DO revive the old one with modified colors (Lego reps have
already indicated that future "Legends" releases will use new color
bricks, not old), that will leave the original Leia figure, with yellow
skin, far and away the most desirable figure in the series (as it
On top of that, it's "the Falcon," and comes with many main characters
from the original film. It will remain a cornerstone piece in any Star
Wars Lego collection indefinitely, even if the new one is popular.
On the flip side, many many Ep 1 and 2 sets will remain at retail price
or lower for quite a while, especially after the Ep 3 hype fades away.
Only key sets from the original trilogy will really retain value for the
The same thing happens with action figures; a few key desirable or
scarce pieces maintain high value, but then there is a steep drop-off to
the ordinary middleground, and then the downright common ones.
Release date is some time in summer. Someone else posted a great link
for seeing lots of cool pics - check 'em out!
(BTW, despite the Toy Fair pics, the human figures are planned to have
flesh tones, not yellow heads/hands. Unless they change their minds
Last year Lego had its worst financial loss ever (and only the third
yearly loss they've ever had, I think). There was miscellaneous press
coverage about it last month, and among the statements from the company
was that they would build more core, internal properties and rely less
on licenses and electronic gimmicks. They will also revive the Duplo
brand name; the re-branding to "Lego Explore" last year reportedly cost
them almost 50% of their previous year's pre-school sales.
A senior executive also left the company in the wake of the losses and
re-focussing efforts. Almost a third of the exec staff was let go.
They're absolutely right too. It was ok when they first released star wars
LEGO, because that's got quite a history behind it. But then it started
happening far too much. Harry Potter, Spiderman, and a bunch of other
non-lego names started taking over the shelves.
I don't know about the rest of you, but i much prefered the good ole' days
when lego put all their energy into making town, pirates, castle and space
sets. And I'm glad to hear that lego may be returning back to making what we
all know as real lego... and i think it would do the company a lot of good
(financially) to go back to what really pleases kids and lets them be
creative. I understand that they have to keep changing their products to
keep sales going, but I think that some of the great stuff that's around
today like town/city should be more focused on, to bring lego back to what
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