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Postby Sir Dano » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:54 pm

Just my $0.02:
For the same amount a person could buy 80 impulse sets.
So:
40 Orcs and 40 knights, wich, including the extra armour, helmet, sword and shield in the Knight set and the extra spears in the Orc set would get you 200 armed castle figs. (And an army of Bubonic plague carrying rats :twisted: )
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Postby paleotaur » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:32 pm

Excellent point, Sir Dano, given that we keep hearing that the reason the chess set is so expensive is that it has so many figs...
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:21 pm

kibosh wrote:True. Look at it this way. They sell a battle pack with 5 painted figures for $13 USD. There are 32 chess pieces on the board. If they were all standard painted minifigs, that would be roughly $78 just in minifigs.


Now that's not a bad idea actually. I just might buy that if they did that.

Sir Dano wrote:Just my .02 cents:
For the same amount a person could buy 80 impulse sets.
So:
40 Orcs and 40 knights, wich, including the extra armour, helmet, sword and shield in the Knight set and the extra spears in the Orc set would get you 200 armed castle figs. (And an army of Bubonic plague carrying rats Twisted Evil )


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Postby SavaTheAggie » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:26 pm

The new Dwarf Catapult set should be around $10, which will give you 2 orcs and a dwarf for the price of 3 orc impulse sets (or any of the others).

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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:36 pm

SavaTheAggie wrote:The new Dwarf Catapult set should be around $10, which will give you 2 orcs and a dwarf for the price of 3 orc impulse sets (or any of the others).

Just saying.

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Postby Sir Dano » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:47 pm

Voran_the_Scholar wrote:You're a perfect example of an absolute genius! But what if we don't like crownies?


1. Why thank you. 2. Hence the "Just my $0.02"
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:52 pm

sir dano wrote:
Voran_the_Scholar wrote:You're a perfect example of an absolute genius! But what if we don't like crownies?


1. Why thank you. 2. Hence the "Just my 0.02 cents"


You know, now that I've thought about it, it really should be $0.02, or 2 cents...0.02 cents is an impossibly small amount. :wink:
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Postby Sir Dano » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:57 pm

Voran_the_Scholar wrote:You know, now that I've thought about it, it really should be $0.02, or 2 cents...0.02 cents is an impossibly small amount. :wink:

What you talkin' 'bout Voran?
Back on topic: I'm sticking with my impulse plan rather than buying the chess set.
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Postby gogobig » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:10 pm

The reason for pricing this set too high is pretty simple. In past 3 years LEGO's sales went up a lot because more adults are buying their sets. Starwars and Indiana Jones are huge hits. Town is going pretty good as well. Castle ws ok until last year when they launched skeletons and new line of knights-people went crazy. They are here to make money just like any business, and Lego is a business, not a charity.

Therefore, if you really want to see this new set going down to $199 than simply dont buy it. Its simple economic supply-demand. They will make tons of them because they are expecting adults to buy the new set. No kid (under 16) will have that much money and be willing to throw it on one set. However, their supply might be high, but if there is no demand they are experiencing a loss. The sets wont sell unless they lower them down.
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Postby HeartOfDarkness » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:18 pm

The problem with that approach is that it would discourage Lego from making other expensive sets that might be more desirable.
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Postby kibosh » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:43 pm

HeartOfDarkness wrote:The problem with that approach is that it would discourage Lego from making other expensive sets that might be more desirable.


Exactly. I don't think the price point is the problem per se. It's the product for the price. When you consider the previous chess sets were $50 USD, I don't think this set is 6 times more superior.

I wish we knew more about what the base was made out of. Who knows. Maybe it's just FULL of gray bricks.
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Postby SavaTheAggie » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:57 pm

My guess would be a hollow grid of plates/bricks holding up a 48x48 grey baseplate covered in 2x2 tiles. That's what I would do, anyway. After all, 576 of the pieces are 2x2 tiles that make up the game board.

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Postby Mog » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:16 am

I think Aggie is pretty much right. In fact, I don't think it will even be much of a grid. It'll just be the big decorative "frame" piece that you "drop" the baseplate into. Maybe it'll have a cross-beam for support, but I'm not sure if it'll even have that (or need it). LEGO, who designs their products to look good on the box, isn't exactly known for putting lots of pieces where they can't be seen (with a few exceptions).
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Postby Danielas » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:21 am

i never thought about the battle pack thing thats really smart!
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Postby timber_wolf899 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:38 pm

I dont know about Tony's sig there. I mean would you really combine your lego with anyone? I dont think there's a woman in the world who.... : )
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