Hello i'm Tijrijn. What are your thoughts about Ninjago, I've got quite a few ice dragon and lightning dragon sets... will these grow in time or is the value at the moment based on people wanting to complement their collection and is the sweet spot for selling them at this point in time.
Ok, the new X-wing has been out for a month and yet I was still able to sell 45O2 for what I was asking for before 9493 came out.
^ Mine too. Ninjago is definitely hot for the short term. Who knows for the long term. All books and cartoons are really providing great exposure and drive for the line. I wouldn't be surprised if a video game was in the works. Maybe this is just the start of something even bigger as it appears to be a great franchise right now. Or, maybe this is the top of the mountain.It's really interesting what's going on right now. Friends has been done before, but much better this time. Lego could really expand the brand cross products -- I.e. lunch boxes, back-packs, clothing, games and cartoons. You could say Ninjago had been done before with Bionicle type products -- games, movies, etc. Seems they determined what was successful and not with the previous lines and really hit it off with the current. They've possibly taken a cue from Disney and taken advantage of cross promotions and products that constantly reinforce each other.How does all this translate to the secondary market with "kid" appeal products? Who knows as its uncharted territory with non-licensed themes. One thing is for sure. I wish I could go back to December 26th and hit all the Walmarts and Targets and pick up the red boxes I passed up on.
I see them everywhere, TRU, Walmart, Target. They whine and whine until they can get what they want or something similar
...This is part of why I think the 10188 Death Star will have serious legs when it's discontinued, it appeals more to kids than any set over $150 has ever done and there will be plenty of wealthy parents panicking to get the set when they can't get it in stores.
One of the things that I think has helped the resale value of the red Ninjago sets is the fact that they were out for less than a year. The sets were announced towards the end of 2010 and then were OOP by the end of 2011. If TLG intends to refresh the sets that often and the cartoon stays popular, these should continue to do well.
I think price per piece matters more for AFOLs than it does for the average consumer. Consumers in general think Lego are overpriced, but they appreciate the creative aspect of the toy so they see it as an investment.
LegoFanTexas mentioned part counts: is it me or does it seem like the Dino theme is prohibitively priced per piece? I know some come with nice megafigures like the T Rex and Triceratops, but... I dunno. But as with dragons, so with dinos: kids love em, and the Dino theme has the advantage of not being burdened with licenses (though the "advantages" of this burden are debatable).
Mf was produced for what, 2 years. Ds has been produced for how many years now? 5(didn't check just guessing). Too many ds out there. Maybe double in time if lucky. Definitely won't do what mf did.
(imagine the size of a minifig scale DS!)
That being said, UCS Falcon is a display piece, it is an adult toy, nothing to do with it once built. DS is very child friendly, much more so than the older UCS DS II (10143), which also just sat there.
^DS has it's four year anniversary on the 8th of June... close enough though ;-)
^DS has it's four year anniversary on the 8th of June... close enough though ;-)Where are you located? In the US, the Death Star came out on the first of September.
LegoFanTexas mentioned part counts: is it me or does it seem like the Dino theme is prohibitively priced per piece? I know some come with nice megafigures like the T Rex and Triceratops, but... I dunno. But as with dragons, so with dinos: kids love em, and the Dino theme has the advantage of not being burdened with licenses (though the "advantages" of this burden are debatable). Someone a while back thought they would have skyrocketed if under the Jurassic Park banner. I think the theme has an inarguable aisle appeal to parents, as long as they don't do the math. My son (6) got one of the smallest Dino sets that came with Coelophysis (see-lo-fi-sis) and he played with just it forever... All things considered, it has some stiff competition for kids' adoration, what with Ninjago, the perennial SW, and now Marvel.
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