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19 replies to this topic  – Started by David Thomsen , Sep 04 2011 12:03 PM

#1 David Thomsen

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:03 PM

This isn't 'news' obviously, but the Imperial Flagship is still available from Lego.com. I am quite sure it has been on sale longer than the 2009 pirates themselves were available, and it has crossed over with the rival POTC theme quite substantially.

This seems interesting to me, especially since the Black Pearl is coming out soon and then there will be three pirate-era sailing ships on the market concurrently, which as far as I know is unprecedented. And none of these ships are 'small', not even the Black Pearl which a lot of people think is too small but which is actually still quite large by Lego ship standards.

I wonder - did they just produce too many of them, and are having trouble shifting them? Or are a lot of people adding it to their POTC collection in lieu of an in-theme naval vessel? Does the continued availability of the Imperial Flagship actually imply anything at all about the future of the theme?
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 02:12 PM

I don't think they're having trouble shifting them, I would have thought its a really popular set? I think it's more of the opposite - people are still buying it and therefore they continue to sell it.

If you look at the Medieval Market Village you see the same thing, the set is from the 'Castle' line and also released in 2009, the release of 'Kingdoms' from 2010 hasn't resulted in the sets removal.

I don't think anyone's expecting the return of the crown knights because they continue to sell the MMV though so by the same logic I wouldn't read too much into the imperial flagship being signs of a classic pirates return. That said, I hope that classic pirates do return in the next couple of years.
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 04:01 PM

View PostDavid Thomsen, on 04 September 2011 - 12:03 PM, said:

I wonder - did they just produce too many of them, and are having trouble shifting them? Or are a lot of people adding it to their POTC collection in lieu of an in-theme naval vessel?
Apparently the plan was to have a two year production run...



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Posted 04 September 2011 - 04:57 PM

The Imperial Flagship was a 10XXX number and I am pretty sure it was a 2010 release. So if it goes along the way of MMV, the modular and SW sets (I.E. UCS, Endor) it will be around until 2012!
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 07:04 AM

The Imperial Flagship is in the fall 2011 catalog. MMV is not in the new catalog. Does that mean anything?
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:16 PM

Strange because I got the Club Catalog, and did not see Imperial Flagship, but I did see MMV!
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 08:20 PM

View PostJediAnakin, on 07 September 2011 - 04:16 PM, said:

Strange because I got the Club Catalog, and did not see Imperial Flagship, but I did see MMV!

Same.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 12:17 AM

The IFS is on page 48 in my fall 2011 catalog. What country are you guys in? I can post pics if I need to.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 12:58 AM

View PostCaptain BeerBeard, on 08 September 2011 - 12:17 AM, said:

The IFS is on page 48 in my fall 2011 catalog. What country are you guys in? I can post pics if I need to.
Just got mine in.
In the US.
P. 48 for me as well

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 05:32 AM

View PostCaptain BeerBeard, on 08 September 2011 - 12:17 AM, said:

The IFS is on page 48 in my fall 2011 catalog. What country are you guys in? I can post pics if I need to.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 11:52 PM

View PostMister Phes, on 08 September 2011 - 05:32 AM, said:

Yes, please post pics if you are able to.   :thumbup:

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If you want a better image or pics of something else just let me know. :jollyroger:
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:23 AM

Here's pictures of the UK equivalent:

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Our catalogue is only 39 pages though, how many pages in the US one? Obviously more than the UK one if that's page 48!

Edit: Might be worth a mod splitting the topic?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:12 AM

Weil, the us catalog is fifty-one pages. Looks like we discovered an international LEGO conspiracy! lol
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:22 PM

I was also just at a LEGO store last weekend, and they had a full supply.  It's damn expensive though.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:49 AM

Yet another huge set that I wanna buy but holding off to see if there is anyway I can pick this up for less than retail.

Doubt anyone cares but they took this set off the Canadian TRU website a few weeks ago. Then again, the Canadian TRU set is screwy and tends to take sets off then put them back (especially during sales).

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:15 AM

My first trip ever to a LEGO  store, earlier tonight. Guess what I got?
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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:02 AM

View PostCaptain BeerBeard, on 21 September 2011 - 06:15 AM, said:

My first trip ever to a LEGO  store, earlier tonight. Guess what I got?

I'm so jealous, I am counting down the days till xmas :pir_bawling:
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:42 AM

I think that the IFS is not suppossed to be connected to Pirates! :jollyroger: at all. It is just a separte set that happens to have soldiers and pirates. This is why it does not say Pirates! on the box of the IFS. On the 2009 sets, it says Pirates!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:06 AM

Now that this set is discontinued, I unfortunately missed out on getting one and I was wondering if the current market price (at about $300) is still worth it for this ship?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:14 AM

View PostMacoco, on 15 April 2012 - 12:06 AM, said:

Now that this set is discontinued, I unfortunately missed out on getting one and I was wondering if the current market price (at about $300) is still worth it for this ship?

I think so. This is the largest sailing ship Lego has released and to my mind the best as well. I didn't think any model could surpass my childhood favorite, the BSB but the flagship certainly has done. The detail of the model is most impressive, albeit regularly surpassed by some of the excellent MOC'ers here on Eurobricks. I think its recognition of the quality of the Imperial Flagship that the sometimes lukewarm reception given to the POTC ships stemmed from them not living up to the standards set by the flagship, although I always found those comparisons unfair given the substantial differences in price.

If you want one, I would get it fairly soon. As I'm sure you are aware retired sets usually skyrocket in value and the price continues to go up. $300 is a lot of money but at the moment the set hasn't been retired for that long and there are a fair few copies around. Leave it a few months and you may find the price has got even steeper.



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