Well, it’s been a long day of buying LEGO, so I thought I would recap the best sales I found, and what I ended up with. Surprisingly, Barnes & Noble had the best sale for LEGO: 50% off any LEGO set. They limited it to one item per transaction, but the stores I went to were very nice about letting you get back in line. They also had a pretty good selection, as you will see below. Second was the LEGO Store sale: 25% off select items, plus a 10% discount on top of that, the free Christmas set, free shipping and of course, VIP points. After all was said and done, this is what I ended up with from today:
- Star Wars Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker ($180.75 from LEGO Store)
- Imperial Flagship ($130 from LEGO Store)
- Public Transport ($72.23 from LEGO Store)
- 2 Republic Frigates ($57.78 each from B&N)
- Queen Anne’s Revenge ($57.78 from B&N)
- Alien Conquest Earth Defense HQ ($43.33 from B&N)
- City of Atlantis ($33.70 from B&N)
- Harry Potter Hogwarts ($24.07 from B&N)
- Harry Potter The Knight Bus ($16.85 from B&N)
It should be mentioned, I had picked up two sets from B&N earlier in the week at 47% off: Republic Frigate and Ninjago Fire Temple. Oh, and two Red Cargo Trains from Toys R Us for $91 each. And… the Toys R Us Truck for a crazy price of $12 and change.
Hopefully, the next few weeks will be quiet, culminating in the LEGO Store day after Christmas sale with lots of stuff at 50% off. I assume that most of their sale items from Black Friday will be the same sale items that day.
What tends to happen is that there is just sale after amazing sale this time of year, and then months of inactivity as stores put nothing on sale, or very very small sales. That is how I justify this spending anyhow!
Onto the photos, which include two Barnes & Nobles and the LEGO Store. There is an interesting story to the very last photo:
The first Barnes & Noble store I went to. Around 9am, there was a full stock of LEGO and no line:
Two Queen Anne’s Revenges still on the shelf:
Other LEGO swag:
LEGO City and Creator:
Ninjago. Later in the day, the City of Atlatis sets appeared here, I think from another display elsewhere in the store.
Technic and Hero Factory. At the end of the day, this display was untouched. If it doesn’t move at 50% off, when will it move?
Half of the Star Wars display. They had 4 Republic Frigates in the morning:
More Star Wars:
This display of Alien Conquest was almost completely untouched by the end of the day. Bad location, away from other LEGO.
Moving on to photos from the second Barnes & Noble. This store had Apple Tree House and the Light House. I considered each, but ended up passing:
The Star Wars and Ninjago displays. They had two Republic Frigates in stock that aren’t in the photos:
Pharaoh’s Quest, Kingdoms, and even a Battle of Almut:
Technic and Hero Factory:
I had to hunt around the store to find their Alien Conquest display:
Some LEGO Cars merchandise that was hidden on the floor:
And their LEGO Harry Potter stuff was REALLY hidden, it took awhile to find this:
Okay, moving onto our final stop: the LEGO Store. I got there in the middle of the day, around 2:30. A clerk mentioned that they ran out of scratch off cards at 9:30am, that they had received a third of the amount as they did last year:
They were sold out of Emerald Night and Imperial Flagship, but had most of the other sale items in stock. They said they had a ton of Republic Dropships in the back:
The new City Police sets:
Then there were these two guys building a huge pile of LEGO by the counter. They had a big pile of train tracks, and then a bunch of Tantive IV’s and grabbed some other Star Wars sets by the handful. They were chummy with the manager, who was talking to them about what other items they wanted in bulk. I asked if they had a 50% off coupon, and they said no, that they simply like to buy in bulk. They said they weren’t dealers either, they don’t resell. That’s a lot of VIP points!
Well, all in all, a lot of great deals.