Yesterday morning, I was in Dundrum Town Centre and went into Hamleys to see if any of the Summer 2012 sets were available. They weren't, but to my surprise, I spotted some exclusives that have never appeared in any retail outlets in Ireland as far as I know. I noticed the following sets available:
10197 Fire Brigade
10218 Pet Shop
10212 Imperial Shuttle
10221 Super Star Destroyer
10219 Maersk Train
10216 Winter Village Bakery
Some Architecture sets were also available, although I don't recall which ones. While this may come as a surprise, they are a lot more expensive than they are at Shop at Home. I didn't record all the prices, but I remember the Maersk Train was about EUR130 while it is only EUR114.99 at Shop at Home. If anyone is interested in these sets, I still recommend Shop at Home, but if you don't mind paying more you might be interested.
I'm looking for the Ninjago Blacksmith set. It's only a year old but it's already gone from Smyths and Argos. Does anyone know of another shop (Tesco, Art & Hobby, Toymaster) that still has this set? Or does someone have a spare copy of this set?
Smyths have a competition with a simple question about Star Wars:
The prize to win is the new Jabba's Palace set:
A little off topic but am I the only one that finds the Lego website dreadful to navigate? It looks pretty but everytime I want to click on a theme or move between themes the pop-up effect slows everything down. I have broadband and I still hate it. Such bells and whistles shouldn't be on an e-commerce site (as distinct from fan sites) where customers are at risk of walking away. I'm rather fed up with the graphics.
Apparently the 2012 sets have started surfacing in the UK, and I've got a few hundred quid on a giftcard from work to burn if they've popped up anywhere
Anyone seen some? Mostly interested in the City sets.
Just a heads up that if anyone is heading North Toys rUs at Sprucefield on the way to Belfast has the series 6 collectible minifigs in stock. Some great minifigs in the set this time around. The genie, leprechaun, butcher and surgeon are my favourites so far.
Checked out TRU in Belfast (Sprucefield) tonight. At the current rate of the pound pretty much all sets were more expensive than in Smyths.
There were some sets I haven't seen in Smyths though. A few examples:
Just a heads up that the Blu-ray version of the 'Padawan Menace' has an exclusive Lego minifig - a young Han Solo! Its available for €10 in Tesco. The DVD version doesn't have the minifig.
My mother of all people found me a bag of assorted, heavily smashed sets, in a SVdP charity shop yesterday, consisting of most of the parts for:
8189 magma mech
8227 dragon dueller
3179 repair truck
7236 police car
and a range of bits and pieces from other sets such as parts that are only in 8196 Chopper Jump and so on.
I do have to wonder what kid / AFOL tired of sets that quickly, seeing as they're mostly 2010, or was that badly behaved
Anyone else got a decent charity haul? I also got the previous fire boat minus about ten parts from the same shop a year or so ago.
Yet another local source for Lego is www.adverts.ie These are private sales, a bit like a mini-ebay 'buy it now' style. There is a mix of lots on here with varying quality. Obviously you'd need to compare to bricklink but postage might not be an issue.