Darth Caedus, on 13 October 2012 - 09:35 PM, said:
As for the price discussion, The wave will be about even for me, since I skipped Weathertop, Mines of Moria and Orc Forge and just ebayed most of the minifigures, while still getting 2 Helm's Walls.
The big question is whether to buy the six sets at a Lego store to get the VIP points, or skip that and buy online to avoid sales tax.
What?! The minifigures were like the best part for the majority of those sets. How could you sell them??!
As for where to buy the Hobbit sets, I would say online. Sales taxes are minimum 6%+ most places, and VIP points only give you 5% back basically, so you are saving a minimum of 1%. More realistically though it's 3 or 4% more savings from not having to pay sales taxes over ordering at the Lego store and getting VIP points. Of course if there are double points going on, or free shipping, or some sort of give away that could seriously change things... personally I plan to buy everything from B&N for 10% off, plus an additional 15-20% off hopefully with coupons like I did for the LotR sets. It just sucks waiting an extra month or so for them all to become available at B&N
Fives, on 13 October 2012 - 10:01 PM, said:
Just bought the Hobbit board game at the Sherway Gardens store in Toronto, and when I asked about the set poster, I was told that only one set will be released on December 1st in time for the film, while the rest will be out in the new year. Bag End will be released, the others we have to wait for. The store clerk I was talking to explicitly told me that any information found on blog or fan sites is wrong, and that the LEGO stores know the release dates. Sounds like we need to wait a little longer to get our hands on these amazing looking sets.
The poster was only available at TRU I believe, and it stated all the sets would be available December 1st (as have several other sources). More realistically though I am betting everything will be popping up mid-November. The LotR wave was suppose to hit early or mid June and was shipping early May from TRU and Target stores. That Sherway Garden store and the employee seem to be severely misinformed.
KristofBD, on 13 October 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:
Well looking at the heads of the goblins in the high res picture it seems that the goblin on the right has a slightly different head print. Could be the back side of a double printed head though. It has a different cheek bone and only three instead of four teeth on the upper row. Thinking about that well I guess it would be strange if that were the back side of a head with the front showing four teeth in the upper row.
I would bet money it's one head with double sided printing. The ear/bald cap seems to go far enough down in the back to cover whichever face is there. The Moria Orc was done the same way with a double sided printed face that looked extremely similar on both sides. I'm not really sure why Lego created double sided face printing that had two nearly identicle faces on it.