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#1321 Unaki

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:02 AM

I"m still hoping beyond hope to find the Falcon on clearance at some point, if at all.

Still working on building the Black Pearl. It's actually bigger than I thought it would be.

Of the Star Wars sets that are currently out and/or releasing later this year, the A-Wing was the only super interesting one for me. I'll probably pick up the planets as well though.


My Wal-Mart has them clearanced for $139.97 and Im keeping an eye on them with the help of a friend who works in electronics. IF I can score them cheap I can try to give you a CAG price on one.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:09 AM

FYI, if something gets a red tag at Wal-Mart it doesn't necessarily mean it's on clearance, it also means they are not going to get any new stock in.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:26 AM

I think Lego realized that the CMS is dying down a little bit so why not get gold mini figures to find.

Friends are getting a boy friend. :lol:

We will see the sets really nicely February 10-14th at the NYC Toy Fair.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:31 AM

My Wal-Mart has them clearanced for $139.97 and Im keeping an eye on them with the help of a friend who works in electronics. IF I can score them cheap I can try to give you a CAG price on one.


That would be great, although I would definitely want to know the price beforehand. I'm hitting the slightly further away Walmart tomorrow to see if they still have it, and if they do and still have their Rollback $99.95 tag out I may argue one down to that price (last time I had them check the price on one it rang up as $140).

Building Lego sets while watching TV episodes does not work very well. I make slow progress on both. Although I'm pretty impressed with the Black Pearl so far, it's a larger set than I expected.

Not sure when I'll crack open Diagon Alley, maybe this weekend as a last hurrah before the semester starts.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:47 AM

Friends are getting a boy friend. :lol:


I've been saying the only sexist thing about Friends is that the lone male figure is a disheveled slob.
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#1326 The Green Giant

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:50 AM

Not sure when I'll crack open Diagon Alley, maybe this weekend as a last hurrah before the semester starts.


You haven't started yet? Weird.

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#1327 Unaki

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:00 AM

FYI, if something gets a red tag at Wal-Mart it doesn't necessarily mean it's on clearance, it also means they are not going to get any new stock in.


I never see red tags on anything at my Wal-Marts. Its all just shoveled into the mess that is the clearance isle.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:15 AM

The $54 Moria and $40 Weathertop sets I found at WM last time are now in the clearance isle... Guess I'll check early next week to see if they've dropped any further. Found three more series 8 figures hidden in the craziest spots: Cowgirl, Diver, and Evil Robot (what are the odds that I get two more of the same two I found last time I was there...).

Also noticed the Fire Plane was reduced to $40, Shelob Attack "reduced" to $19.97. Still a lone Millennium Falcon for $139.xx... hope that goes on clearance, it's been there forever.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:28 AM

Hmmm, curious about the golden figures in Series 10. Will it be one special gold figure or will there be gold variants of all the figures in Series 10 I wonder. Either way, I'm excited about the chase aspect that it adds ... might have to grab a box this time ... now to find a reasonably priced source (*cough*jaywhereareyou*cough*).

In other news, as hard as it was, took back my unopened Jabba's Palace to put towards the cinema modular on March 1st. Feeling bittersweet but I find that good builds give me more satisfaction than cool minifigures as I get older.

#1330 battledrill

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:54 AM

Went to target and must if tried a ton of items and none were even 10% on sale. I doubt this is a national thing, it's probably super ymmv.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:54 AM

At least the summer Chima sets sound a lot better...

70008, Gorzan's Jungle Striker, £50, is a gorilla-like mecha which looks pretty cool. It comes with 4 minifigs: Rizzo, Gorzan, Gardo, G'Loona, who's a female.

And a (horrible!!!!) Lego Chima castle...
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And everyone keeps reporting that Coast Guard and Cargo have big single piece boats and cockpits, like that is new. I guess no one at Brickset bothered to use the site and look up the fact that's what the last theme was like too.

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#1332 smergb

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:55 AM

All the Target clearance in Austin gets smaller and smaller each year, to the point where it almost seems nonexistent.

Are some of you guys seeing that in other parts of the country?

#1333 The Green Giant

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

I haven't seen LEGO clearance in Targets in 5+ years now. They have one or two sets 20% off. I was happy when I got the big Space Police ship for 50% off, and four or five sat around for months and were gone in less than a week when I got one for $50.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:27 AM

All the Target clearance in Austin gets smaller and smaller each year, to the point where it almost seems nonexistent.

Are some of you guys seeing that in other parts of the country?


Just speaking for the ones I went to, it seemed like the clearance was about the same size -- it was just items in which I had no interest. Several Targets had 2+ aisles of clearance merchandise. Unfortunately, those 2+ aisles included maybe 2-3 sets of Legos, most of which were unremarkable.

Lego just did not make a big appearance in Target clearance this year. Unlike previous years, going to most Targets showed a toy department that had very few Legos left -- usually only a handful of sets. Most of the sets I did get on clearance were not tagged -- they were ones that I scanned just hopin'.

So, people really bought them this year, at least in my areas. Win for Lego. Lose for finding Lego on decent clearance.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

Hmm, after seeing series 10, I can't see myself buying a box ... no must haves ... Except maybe the Lego seagull ;-)

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

Blind Melon's "No Rain" gets a LEGO minifigure :/
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

Hmm, after seeing series 10, I can't see myself buying a box ... no must haves ... Except maybe the Lego seagull ;-)

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The toy soldier looks pretty cool. What's up with the guy that has no legs?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

He looks like a French soldier. Perhaps he was guillotined? ;)

I hope the gold MF is done in gold chrome like that special C-3PO a few years ago: http://brickset.com/.../?Set=4521221-1

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

The baseball player doesn't get a hat? And the punk rock grandpa is one of the weirdest figures they have done yet.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

That's an old picture someone made using official CGI replacement part list. So not all the pieces were listed, the baseball cap is old so it wasn't included in the pieces.

And there is 16.5 minifigures. The half one will probably be in series 11.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

Just speaking for the ones I went to, it seemed like the clearance was about the same size -- it was just items in which I had no interest. Several Targets had 2+ aisles of clearance merchandise. Unfortunately, those 2+ aisles included maybe 2-3 sets of Legos, most of which were unremarkable.

Lego just did not make a big appearance in Target clearance this year. Unlike previous years, going to most Targets showed a toy department that had very few Legos left -- usually only a handful of sets. Most of the sets I did get on clearance were not tagged -- they were ones that I scanned just hopin'.

So, people really bought them this year, at least in my areas. Win for Lego. Lose for finding Lego on decent clearance.


I think for the most part the info we are getting might be erroneous? Because think of it, getting a Lego set at 70 % off is almost ridiculous. The profit margins are so low for retail stores with lego's as it is. I believe someone mentioned they make 7-9 dollars off a $100 dollar set. Do we really believe they'll drop them down to $30 and take that huge loss? Or instead send them to liquidators? Basically receipts or it didn't happen :)
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

I think for the most part the info we are getting might be erroneous? Because think of it, getting a Lego set at 70 % off is almost ridiculous. The profit margins are so low for retail stores with lego's as it is. I believe someone mentioned they make 7-9 dollars off a $100 dollar set. Do we really believe they'll drop them down to $30 and take that huge loss? Or instead send them to liquidators? Basically receipts or it didn't happen :)


Well, I can only show and tell you what I've found. If you need more proof, I've got a pile of receipts for the other sets I mentioned.

Helm's Deep $34.48

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

You my friend are a gentlemen and a scholar. From this point on I shall hound more targets until I have my come uppance, thanks to you.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

You my friend are a gentlemen and a scholar. From this point on I shall hound more targets until I have my come uppance.


As I previously mentioned, I would strongly recommend composing a list of the clearance items you are interested in with their DPCI numbers (such as the list I put together a couple of pages back). I keep a list on a note on my iPhone which has a shorthand name of each known Target clearance set, its DPCI, and the lowest price I have found it for as well as the store location with that lowest price.

At the bottom of my list, I keep a list of what each store has in stock in terms of Lego that is either on clearance or full price as well as the quantity. I.e. LA store = Mines of Moria x3, Helm's Deep x2, Forest PD x4, Jabba x1 etc.

Once you have a list, you should be able to search on Target's website for the names of the sets/DPCIs, and select the "Find in Store". The store inventory display will pop up and list each store address and phone number along with whether or not the item is in stock.

If any stores list them as "Out of Stock" or "Limited Availability", it *may* be on clearance in that store(s)'s system. I would try calling those stores and getting a price check on the DPCI(s). Press 0 for the store operator and ask for Customer Service, NOT the toy department, then request a price check on your DPCI(s). Of course, it's all YMMV - always is when it comes to Target clearance. This will save you time and gas and allow you to formulate a plan in terms of which stores to visit and in what order.

If a store lists "Not Sold At This Store", you know not to bother there because the item won't be in the system there (and will come up as "ITEM NOT FOUND" on the in store price checkers). And of course, if it comes up as "In Stock", then you know where to get it.

I don't even bother to use the "change payment type" trick anymore, I just straightforward tell the CSR person that I bought it at another store and want to return it because it's showing that it's cheaper at this store. Almost always, they let me return and rebuy it despite it being on clearance.

For example, Helm's Deep is $119.99, $129.99, and even $139.99 at other stores. It's $34.48 and $40.56 at two other stores. So I told the employee at Customer Service that it's cheaper at her store, so I want to return it and buy it here. They might tell me to go check the shelves for it and that they can't resell it to me, but usually they do anyway, or do so after I check the shelf, come back and tell them it's not on the shelf and kindly request with my sad face/puppy dog eyes if I can buy the one I just returned. Like Colt 45, it works (almost) every time. Results may vary, though. Good luck.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

My local Target is basically cleaned out. The one on the other side of town might still have something, and I might check it tonight since I'm hitting the Walmart over there.

My local Target is pretty cool with stuff, so I could probably do the return/rebuy. A few months back when Kid Icarus released for the 3DS and Best Buy had it for $29.99, and MGS 3DS for $29.99, and Target had their B2G1 sale. I asked the guy at electronics if I could price match both and combine it with RE:R to get the B2G1. He initially rang up his manager, who said no, and then turned to me and said "Screw it, I'll ring it up anyway." Only set I know I could do the return/rebuy with is the Uruk-Hai Army though.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

As I previously mentioned, I would strongly recommend composing a list of the clearance items you are interested in with their DPCI numbers (such as the list I put together a couple of pages back). I keep a list on a note on my iPhone which has a shorthand name of each known Target clearance set, its DPCI, and the lowest price I have found it for as well as the store location with that lowest price.

At the bottom of my list, I keep a list of what each store has in stock in terms of Lego that is either on clearance or full price as well as the quantity. I.e. LA store = Mines of Moria x3, Helm's Deep x2, Forest PD x4, Jabba x1 etc.

Once you have a list, you should be able to search on Target's website for the names of the sets/DPCIs, and select the "Find in Store". The store inventory display will pop up and list each store address and phone number along with whether or not the item is in stock.

If any stores list them as "Out of Stock" or "Limited Availability", it *may* be on clearance in that store(s)'s system. I would try calling those stores and getting a price check on the DPCI(s). Press 0 for the store operator and ask for Customer Service, NOT the toy department, then request a price check on your DPCI(s). Of course, it's all YMMV - always is when it comes to Target clearance. This will save you time and gas and allow you to formulate a plan in terms of which stores to visit and in what order.

If a store lists "Not Sold At This Store", you know not to bother there because the item won't be in the system there (and will come up as "ITEM NOT FOUND" on the in store price checkers). And of course, if it comes up as "In Stock", then you know where to get it.

I don't even bother to use the "change payment type" trick anymore, I just straightforward tell the CSR person that I bought it at another store and want to return it because it's showing that it's cheaper at this store. Almost always, they let me return and rebuy it despite it being on clearance.

For example, Helm's Deep is $119.99, $129.99, and even $139.99 at other stores. It's $34.48 and $40.56 at two other stores. So I told the employee at Customer Service that it's cheaper at her store, so I want to return it and buy it here. They might tell me to go check the shelves for it and that they can't resell it to me, but usually they do anyway, or do so after I check the shelf, come back and tell them it's not on the shelf and kindly request with my sad face/puppy dog eyes if I can buy the one I just returned. Like Colt 45, it works (almost) every time. Results may vary, though. Good luck.



Definitely gonna try this thanks!
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

So whoever mentioned checking out the Wal-Marts in small towns was spot on. I had to be in a small town today for work, so I checked out the Wal-Mart there. Not a ton of different Lego on clearance, but I grabbed a few things. However, they had an obscene amount of Series 5 minifigs for $1 a piece, and for some reason I decided to just clean them out.

So anyway... does anyone want to trade for a complete set of Series 5 minifigs? I've probably got a lot of them. I never picked up any minifigs from Series 4, 6, 7, or 9, so those would be perfect for swapping.

#1348 Unaki

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

So whoever mentioned checking out the Wal-Marts in small towns was spot on. I had to be in a small town today for work, so I checked out the Wal-Mart there. Not a ton of different Lego on clearance, but I grabbed a few things. However, they had an obscene amount of Series 5 minifigs for $1 a piece, and for some reason I decided to just clean them out.

So anyway... does anyone want to trade for a complete set of Series 5 minifigs? I've probably got a lot of them. I never picked up any minifigs from Series 4, 6, 7, or 9, so those would be perfect for swapping.


Yes small towns are good. I went to Franklin, KY and while nothing was on clearance at their walmart they had a ton of Vampyre Castles, Helms Deep, old City sets and whatnot. A few weeks back I got 4 Weathertops at a small town walmart for $25 a piece. Weirdest clearance I had seen.

And how the hell are you people finding minifigs? My town and surrounding areas NEVER carry the damn things and I have to go to the LEGO store to get them.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

At the Walmarts I have seen minifigures they are never near the LEGOs, they are usually near Matchbox cars, or just a random sidecap.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

Went to 3 targets and one Walmart yesterday and only found the lego advent calendars at one target and one Star Wars set at Walmart on clearance. Everything else was full price. Though at one target I did find 7 series 8 mini figures but decided not to get them. Went back today and only found 3 on the series 8 mini figs scattered around the clearance isle(but without a red sticker) and a rack filled with series 7 mini figs. I ended up buying the 3 series 8 and 6 of the series 7. Anyone else finding the old mini figs or literally no clearance lego items?

Edit: ahhh, was a page off when I posted and just saw the minifig talk.

Yeah, I found the mini figs on the side caps as well, a few isles down from the lego isle. But still, of the three targets I visited that was the only one that had the minifigs.