Discontinuation of “Grab Bags” in LEGO Brand Retail
Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:01 AM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:53 AM
Is that an issue? I'm aware the non-US packages don't generally include the piece counts, but the Minifigures also lack piece counts, even here (naturally, as the piece count for one of these sets will vary depending upon what specific figure it is). How could they do the Minifigures without piece counts while being unable to do grab bags?
I must admit I'm disappointed. I never got a grab bag; I don't think I've ever seen one in a LEGO store to begin with. That might have something to do with the fact the one I get to visit most frequently is the Downtown Disney, Orlando one, which is always insanely crowded and anything "special" like that would probably get scooped up within moments of hitting a shelf, but I don't remember seeing any at the couple of other LEGO Stores I've ever been to, either. Oh, well.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:52 AM
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:57 AM
I saw a grab bag with a neat windscreen in it once, but I couldn't place it. Turns out as I reasearched the next day, that it was a Millenium Falcom top part of the windscreen! I should have gone back and bought it, really...
Here's hoping they can come back in some form...
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:35 PM
Hopefully, they will come up with a better solution that will still please us.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:28 PM
I got plenty of car bottom pieces, cockpits, some minifigs (those were never supposed to be in grab bags, but through the years I got probably close to 200 minifigs), rollup doors and tracks, plenty various doors and windows, general building blocks, wheel wells, wing pieces (the angled plates) and part of a dinosaur ;)
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:35 PM
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Posted 01 November 2013 - 06:19 PM
1. Is this true, or is it more likely that the store employees get a first dib at it?
2. Are there grab bags still available at your local Lego store?
3. I still see grab bags now and then, but they are from all those parts that kids picked up from the pick-a-brick bins and got mixed up.
I had my eye on an 8043 a while back ... never materialized.
Edited by DrJB, 01 November 2013 - 09:09 PM.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 06:25 PM
Edited by Horace T, 01 November 2013 - 06:25 PM.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:24 PM
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:23 AM
A few weeks later when I checked, the usual spot didn't have any grab bag so I asked, they said no more. They could have made the bag available only for adult use? Oh well, they are losing money throwing away pieces while we have to turn to another source like bricklink for certain part or 2.
Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:06 AM
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:21 PM
Furthermore, while grab bags could offer great bargains on certain pieces, the truth is that they were NOT the epitome of quality. I often spotted grab bag contents such as gold treasure chests without lids and gold treasure chest lids without chests. Pick-A-Brick parts are often more mundane than what you might find in the grab bags, but there's a reason for that: the average buyer might not have any idea what to do with more specialized parts, whereas basic parts are simple and intuitive. This is especially true of parts that aren't even from the same building system, like getting a couple Hero Factory shells or Technic half-beams without the context of a Hero Factory or Technic set to instruct kids on their proper use. So for a lot of kids, the grab bags would offer an inferior play experience. That's not even getting into possible contamination issues or other quality issues.
All in all, while getting a good grab bag haul could feel like winning the lottery, I don't think it's any surprise that the LEGO Group wants to be done with them.
Posted 08 November 2013 - 04:55 AM
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