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  1. The VIP card doesn't hold any more value to me than a Certificate of Authenticity that comes with a Gaming Heads statue or the like... Nice to have, but no $ value..
  2. I despise Day 1 scalping. I know the buy and sell of products is a contentious issue regarding long term profit and investment of all limited edition hobbies, but this Day 1 ebay business only serves to deprive genuine owners of something they have set their heart on. I especially despise it with sporting events and concerts. You can't even use the argument of "investment" or "I got six months of joy out of it, and now it's time to move on"... and then to throw up comments like "its a buyers market", "something is only worth what the buyer is prepared to pay".. that's a cop out. The number of times I've heard of fans trying to get tickets for an event which has sold out in minutes, and they can't get through because of website traffic, only to see tickets online on auction sites for triple the price within an hour. It's greed.
  3. Next UCS Set

    How about a 12000 piece Anakin head with removable Vader helmet with a chip in it that goes Noooooooooo!!!!! when you take the helmet off it..
  4. Sorry... $400.... NZ$, (about $288US). The RRP of the X-Wing, Snowspeeder etc is usually $399, so you'd be lucky if any of the smaller UCS ships will qualify.
  5. And the price I paid doesn't include extra shipping. I "considered" (emphasise considered) adding speed freight, not so much for the time factor, but if it gets lost or stolen I'd like to hope I'd have more bargaining ability, than using the free postal system. At least it was still trackable. God knows it can be nerve wracking buying things from overseas when there is neither tracking or a 'signature required' option. But their added freight cost was really expensive, and my experience with drivers signing for deliveries is not flash. The very reason I would never buy a statue direct from Gaming Heads is their shipping costs. I'd rather just support Popcultcha in Australia. But on the driving for hours.. yep, as I previously posted, if an official Lego store ever came to New Zealand, it would surely be in Auckland which would result in 100s of dollars extra expense to go camp outside the locked doors of the store. You'd either have to fly up, or drive for two days, taking the ferry to and sleeping overnight at Wellington. There isn't much between Sideshow and buying Popcultcha in Australia. PC are fantastic because their freight is cheaper and bubble wrapped, but their release dates can be variable. NZ sellers are way more expensive. Even adding all those things into it, it still costs quite a bit more to buy something from an NZ seller. This will probably be not only the first, but last purchase I make from Lego. Even with the VIP rewards, I see no benefit. 10 days to get here, free freight only applies over $500, so unless I start buying Death Stars and Star Destroyers, it'll always cost extra. All the X-Wing style models it just makes sense to go down to Toyworld who are still into their industry enough that they'll get into the hype for midnight openings for May the 4th and all of that, and if you wait long enough a special will come.. The one advantage with the Lego Store is they tend to have stock available longer than local brick and mortar.
  6. Correctomundo... The aussie boys were saying theirs is 12-1300?, ours is 1499, which even taking the differences in the dollar, ours is still a wee bit more expensive in real terms, but most things are I'm afraid.. Even when I was 10 years old holidaying in Queensland and New South Wales in 1986, the old G1 Transformers were cheaper than buying at home... What this cost me is the equivalent of $1080US, or 915 euro (out of curiousity) going by today's exchange rate. Fortunately because I guess it was bought using the NZ region setting and charged to me using NZ$ there were no additional taxes once it crossed the border. I haven't been so lucky buying other expensive Hot Toy or Sideshow items. By the time they convert currencies and then you get customs charges it can cost a hell of a lot more than if I lived in the US.. You do a quick currency conversion using a calculator when you purchase, but more often than not you end up spending more money by the time you get it in your hand. And if the name or the avatar don't give it away (probably not that obvious to anyone outside of Australasia or maybe the UK), I'm in New Zealand..
  7. Mine is at home, after only a few thousand miles of travel... .. First mission I think will be to split all the bags into ziplocks, copy the parts list and check it all off, seeing as it could be some time before I build it.. I can report that not only was the picture box in perfect nick, but so was the outer box... and the outer box was packed into a two sectioned box with air-bag packaging and handles... so kudo to Lego, although I was a bit concerned not having signature required on on a $1500 item. I was starting to worry and think I should have paid an extra couple of hundred at checkout for the express freight which I imagine would have been sig... but the buggers often ignore that and self sign anyway..
  8. Mine arrived at our rental house, where my mrs' son and daughter in law to be live. (getting packages to our rural address is a pain)... Funnily enough, the mrs had to take them to hospital as their baby daughter had just been born in their dining room.. , Fortunately their flat-mate who shares the place with them was home.. Seems right to name the Falcon after their daughter, as the name works for the ship (I think at least) ... although the lego delivery will be heavier than the baby delivery..
  9. My shipping status hasn't changed since it made it in to Auckland... and I've realised there is no 'signature required' for it. Yet another reason why I think I'll stick to getting my lego either shipped from Mighty Ape, or bought locally from Toyworld.. Mighty Ape reinforce their packing, and I can request a package not to be left unattended and still not pay anything for shipping. I'm not a great fan of having parcels delivered by the Post Service..
  10. NZ... the tracking number even now appears on NZ Post as well
  11. Mine has finally made it into the country and past customs, after being one of the early successful online purchases... A good sign..
  12. You think that's a painful wait. At this stage I don't know when I'll be able to make mine... could be months, could even be a few years depending on how much of a stalemate the mrs and I have on the matter.. Quick summary of our situation. We currently own our own house (well two if you count her old place, but we'll never move back to that house). Fairly typical 200m2 4 bedroom home. And I have a plan in mind for setting up the least sun exposed of the 3 small bedrooms one day.. But the kicker is, we don't live in it. My work provides me with a rent/power free house to live in, so we rent our place out trying to shorten the mortgage. But the other kicker is, it is a pretty modest 3 bedroom place probably not much more than 100m2. I'm struggling to find places to display even the snowspeeder I just built, and each new sixth scale Hot Toy figure I buy. With two new young kittens also in the mix, I'm just not sure where and how I can find the space to assemble it... .. But there was no way I was going to miss out. So, I'm thinking at least, if it was like the 07 model, I can at least take some pleasure in sorting the peices out.. for the time being.
  13. I'm wondering about the customs charges here myself now too. I buy a few Hot Toys and quarter scale statues, and usually if it's over 500 I get stung. The only quarter scale HT Iron Man figure I've bought cost me an extra couple of hundred for them to release.
  14. Likewise.. International Post can be a drag. I've had CDs take a couple of weeks from Aus, and much longer than that from Amazon. I was given a 3 day freight option with the MF, but the price was pretty high. I agree, but then in saying that, we have friends who buy through a single account who were talking about getting one each. And until I created an account we had talked in the past at home of asking them to order certain UCS from Lego for me.