10233 Horizon Express
Posted 21 October 2012 - 02:45 AM
At this price it won't be too hard to part with the money for a second one, however I wonder how easy it will be to make another Jacobs bogie so that it actually looks like a 6 unit train and not very obviously 2 placed back to back.
Either way, this looks amazing and Lego are clearly aware that the demand is there for complex, realistic models. TLG knows that the sort of person who is going to buy these trains will be perfectly capable of choosing their own method of motorisation, will most likely have their own track or layout, and therefore it comes at a very reasonable price.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:46 AM
Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:49 AM
I thought it was bad enough when I decided I wanted just two
Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:36 AM
The only problem I have is that it uses the same train motor as most of the rest. A high-speed train should be able to move faster.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 09:07 AM
You could put one of the higher power PF motors in and gear it heavily for top end speed, however you'll still have the same limitations that every lego train does; at top speed it's not very stable and will fly off any sort of corner or misaligned flexi-track.
Never going to happen. You will pay more for everything in Australia, I could point to worse examples.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:03 AM
I'm pretty sure they do. I've been told by a variety of TLG employees that the wholesale price of sets is the same around the world, adjusted slightly for taxes. The only exception to this is deliberately keeping prices lower in markets they see as important for future growth (the US was mentioned about 5 years ago in their company report).
The retail price is negotiated with retailers in each market. Clearly Harvey Norman is not the only Australian retailer who hasn't worked out how the internet will affect their business model yet.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:15 AM
Edited by antp, 22 October 2012 - 10:16 AM.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:19 AM
From what I've been told, it is because the retail price is negotiated with local retailers on a country by country basis. Obviously your local retailers think not everybody is willing to go to Germany for cheaper LEGO :-)
Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:02 AM
Edited by antp, 23 October 2012 - 10:04 AM.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:56 PM
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:26 AM
Edited by LiamM32, 24 October 2012 - 05:27 AM.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:39 AM
I was working on the assumption that LEGO brand stores are a franchise in which case TLG negotiates with the local franchise owners on a region by region basis. It's still wild speculation but it fits the observable facts and what we're told by TLG. I guess distribution cost could be a bit different between Germany (being the biggest market hence more efficient) and other European nations. For a while it looked like prices in the UK may have been discounted a bit due to the GFC.
The other option is TLG is lying to us, but that's a bit too much like conspiracy theory for me. They've been very forthcoming in the past in saying that their pricing is set to make LEGO a luxury brand, and we know from their company reports they have a profit margin that is pretty much the envy of every other toy manufacturer, and most other industries. I can't see any real motivation to lie only about this particular detail.
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:21 PM
Just my 2c (to use the old cliche )
Spot on, LLL! A power company like TLG does certainly have a couple high-paid power market analysts to maximise profit. I would do exactly the same if I would have so many people on the pay roll - making them all happy and me even happier
Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:29 AM
The first?? Missed out on the Emerald Night and the Maersk??
HE is a beauty though!!!
Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:12 AM
HE is a beauty though!!!
It's true, the last few trains Lego have produced have been amazing quality, and from the looks of this will only be getting better. dramatically.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:46 AM
And one question: would LEGO continue this line with new classic trains? I think It will a good idea, introducing some new sets, and continue with the good job started with "emerald night", "maersk train" and "express horizon". Some ideas for this sets...
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