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Thanks for the earlier advice, TalonCard. Haven't made any big purchases yet for the classic stuff but I'm keeping eyes peeled on sales for the Caribbean Clipper.

I admit I'm having a harder time scoping around for the Armada Flagship. Nice-looking as its parts are (I'm a sucker for its unique colors), it feels like a hard pill to swallow to see some sellers running it up towards $200 on secondary markets. As it's a smaller, more play-focused build it feels like something that feels like a better value even with collectors' inflation of worth at around $100 or so. Should I kick that mindset, probably?

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4 hours ago, Drewsko said:

Thanks for the earlier advice, TalonCard. Haven't made any big purchases yet for the classic stuff but I'm keeping eyes peeled on sales for the Caribbean Clipper.

I admit I'm having a harder time scoping around for the Armada Flagship. Nice-looking as its parts are (I'm a sucker for its unique colors), it feels like a hard pill to swallow to see some sellers running it up towards $200 on secondary markets. As it's a smaller, more play-focused build it feels like something that feels like a better value even with collectors' inflation of worth at around $100 or so. Should I kick that mindset, probably?

As a proud owner of the Armada Flagship I would say it isn't worth $200. Now before anyone gets mad at me I will like to say I do love the ship! It's colors are striking and it looks great with the Spanish conquistadors on board. My problem with the ship is that it doesn't blend in with the other models. Putting it next to 10210, 6274, or 21322 (The only other ships I own) it just doesn't feel "right".

In the end of the day it is your money and I understand the strive to get a beautiful set. I would recommend searching around! Ebay is the obvious bet and Bricklink's prices never go down so good luck getting it cheaper over there. Now I don't recommend this AT ALL! But sometimes you can get really lucky, I recently bought 6274 (Caribbean Clipper) and 6276 (Eldorado Fortress) for a grand total of $200 on Instagram. The seller posted his images to his account and told the selling price. I got in contact and told him I was nervous buying off Instagram due to so many scams. He understood my concern and we set up multiple video calls where he showed me the models and proved that he did own them. He later even showed me him packaging them live on the video call ready to be shipped out!

So my advice is do your research! The hunt is always a fun time and don't just jump on the first $200 copy you seeĀ :pir-classic:

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