I suppose this can’t go unmentioned, but I find it “interesting” as to how Toys R Us prices their LEGO. They typically price their sets higher than MSRP prices. So a $40 set at Target, Amazon, LEGO Store and everywhere else, will likely be $45 at Toys R Us.
This gets much worse as the holidays approach. If you watch LEGO prices at Toys R Us from September thru December, you will see a steady increase in prices. For some sets, the pricing is more extreme than others. This is also the season that Toys R Us offers it’s most extreme sales and rewards.
As a collector, I certainly can’t complain. I am aware of the price differences, and can make my purchases accordingly. But sometimes I get bummed that a parent or grandparent ends up spending 50% more on a regular LEGO set simply because they bought it at Toys R Us. They are unaware that they could save a lot of money, just by shopping down the street at Target.
I went into Toys R Us today to use up $25 of “Rewards Dollars” they had given me. Yes, this is a nice bonus about shopping at Toys R Us during the holidays. Let’s take a look at some of the prices.
I was surprised to find two of the new Super Heroes sets in stock, especially since Toys R Us currently has a sale: $10 off a $50 purchase. This was the last Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape, which I picked up. MSRP is $40, Toys R Us is charging $45, not as bad as I expected:
They had about five Batcave’s in stock too, but they were charging $20 more than MSRP at $90. So even after the sale discount, you are still paying $10 more than MSRP:
One of the more shocking price increases is the Harry Potter Quidditch Match. It retails everywhere else for $20, but Toys R Us kept raising the price from Sept to Dec, ending up at $38. That’s almost double what you would pay anywhere else:
Here is a set that Wal-Mart just sold for $5.90 in their great 50% off sale, and has been available everywhere for regular price of $12. At Toys R Us, they had TONS in stock for $17.
They had many of the new City sets in stock, most at a little above retail – usually a $5 price bump:
Another Harry Potter price bump: adding $15 dollars to MSRP of Hagrid’s Hutt:
For Hogwart’s Castle they added $20. At $150 they still have it in stock when many others are sold out:
They still have a whole bunch of Mill Village Raids even as others sell out. $10 price premium here.
They had one Hillside House in stock at $10 more than you can get it elsewhere.
Apple Tree House and Log Cabin:
I have seen this Tower Bridge sit on the shelf for weeks now. They actually created a sticker for it. No price premium but the box is now developing a sizable whole in the bottom left corner, in addition to the other damage that is hard to see in this photo:
The new ambulance set:
A $17 premium on Fire plane which should retail for $60:
Heavy-Duty Helicopter had a 20% price increase:
A mere $5 price increase for Robber’s Hideout:
I don’t remember seeing these before – some kind of special edition card in a “custom made” display stand:
In the end, I bought the Super Heroes Fun House along with Ninjago Venomari Shrine set #9440 in order to reach the $50 threshold for the discount.