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Research Institute

Research Institute

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A week ago today, Ideas sets 21109 Exo-Suit and 21110 Research Institute were launched. On the day I said about the Exo-Suit "I'm sure it won't sell out today, but chances are it will sell out quickly like the Mars Curiosity Rover did".

It seems I was wrong. It DID sell out on the day, in a matter of hours. During the course of the week shipping dates in north America changed from 'Available now'... 'Available xx August'... 'Available xx September' to the current status of 'Temporarily out of stock' and it can no longer be ordered. In Europe, it's a little better, at least it can still be ordered with an expected ship date of 11th September.

The Research Institute is 'Sold out' in USA/Canada and shipping on 2nd September in Europe. Some commentators elsewhere are suggesting that it will not be available again in the US. If you don't have one now, you're probably going to have to resort to 3rd party resellers, which is ridiculous so soon after launch.

I know it's a nice problem for LEGO to have, demand outstripping supply, but surely it could have foreseen how popular these sets were likely to be given the success of previous Ideas sets. Frankly, it makes its estimating department look a bit incompetent and I hope it takes lessons learnt from this debacle to prevent it happening again.

96 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Hugely disappointed to have missed out on ex-suit.

There is clearly demand for a second large batch to be put into production. If not I can't see the point in taking much interest in Lego Ideas.

If they plan to make such limted runs they should restrict sales to one per customer.

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By in Netherlands,

One thing strikes me as odd though, I've been reading the number 10 000 as the amount of sets made, which would be ridiculous as that's the exact number of supports an idea needs to be produced! and I'm sure some people will want several, so it won't even be possible for all the backers of the project to get as much sets as they want!

mine is still on backorder, ordered on the day of release, so I'm quite confident I'll get mine eventually. Should have ordered several...

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By in Australia,

It also clogged the shop.lego website. The site was shut down on Monday morning (late Sunday 3 Aug UT) "for maintenance."
These two Ideas sets are not aligned to a theme and therefore possibly drawing in a larger audience.
Hopefully Lego will review the whole Ideas potential with the aim of considering more sets for approval.

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By in United Kingdom,

There's been a lot of discussion about whether or not TLG will do a second production run of either of these and I simply cannot see any valid reason for them not to. It might take a while, there might be production runs of other sets that prevent it from being instantly put in place, but if TLG sell out of a set incredibly quickly then it makes sense to do another run of them. Even if a lot of them have been bought by people who want to hold on to them for future (sale, trade, investment, for kids, whatever reason) then there are still enough people wanting more to warrant the production, even if say half the next production run end up getting bought by the same type of people.
By not doing it TLG just create a higher aftermarket demand, inflate the aftermarket price and get nothing for it. If they produce more then they keep the aftermarket price down at least a little and get the set into more people's hands.

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By in United Kingdom,

10,000 was given as the minimum amount LEGO would ever produce. The number of Exo Suits produced is more than that but not massively so and presumably so is the number of Research Institutes.

Bare in mind LEGO stores in the UK have had second shipments of the exo suit this week and (at least at my local) they have been sitting on the shelves (apparently not shifting much) for three days now. They also have a couple of Research Institutes left.

In america it showed up in Target and now apparently on Amazon. If we assume between 20k and 30k units produced split that across Europe (inc Aus etc) and America, then split between online and retail. In the UK a few 100 extra were sent to the bluewater store for the signing, in the US a bunch have gone to Amazon and Target. It doesn't leave a lot so not surprising they sell out online quickly.

Truth be told though, the number of people not getting it at release won't be massive. In store it seems to get almost no attention from 'browsers', kids etc. On ebay it seems to be going for roughly £35 - £40 which is barely more than postage and ebay fees. If LEGO had made double the production run they'd be sat with them for months and months.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Shib - LEGO have apparently been running at full capacity for a few years. The factories will be fully scheduled as they produce stock for chirstmas. If they squeeze in some exo suits and research institutes something else gets pushed back - most of which will be destined for their major retail customers. They can't just magic up some additional production capacity for a set that will likely be forgotten about by christmas. Exosuit, as much as I like it, is not like minecraft and will have very little long term appeal.

Research Institute is more complicated due to the political issues surrounding it, and not having made enough/having it available to buy. If LEGO produce more of either it should be that one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Despite the Ideas team stressing supplies should be fine (even if you wanted multiples) I wasn't at all convinced, I was very lucky and got the exo suit a few days before the offical 1st Aug release at the stratford store London just on the off chance while looking for something else, previously I had planned to get it on the 2nd Aug. Sure enough I go back for yet another something else a few days later and the supply they had was gone, unsurpisingly, must be hugely disappointing for those that where unable to get to a store in time and very much hope those of you that missed out eventually get one as it is fantastic. The fact this sold out so quickly with no additional stock immediatly available or soon to be available is disappointing in the face of TLG saying supplies should be fine and that they have learnt from previous releases.

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By in United Kingdom,

I tried to order on the lego website on the day of release, but like everyone else found it had sold out, and September was when they expected to get more stock in. I then phoned rather than order it on line and the helpful lady at lego said they were expecting more stock in for September, but if i ordered it then, as soon as stock came in i would get one. So I did. My Exo-Suit arrived this morning, only a week later, rather than over a month that i was expecting. Very Happy with the Suit and the service.

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By in United States,

Its a shame that the Research Institute had such a short life. This set was a set for men and woman that took a step away from the friends line. I feel this should not have been a limited edition set because it is a good inspiration to younger female builders. I looked up some news on this set and I found out that there was a 7 year old pleading to lego for female mini figure set. Thats what we got... for 6 days. Really! C'mon!

I got my exo suit in the mail a few days ago, but I had also ordered the second series of mixles for my cousin and a research institute. I never got an email,(still to this day) and never got my RI or series 2 mixles. All I recived was my exo suit.

Also, what is the source that there was a 10,000 amount production run of the RI?

Image of the 7 year old's letter to Lego:
http://img.priyo.com/files/201406/lego-640.gif

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By in United States,

The Research Institute has gotten some national press in the US, for being a set other than Friends that focuses on girls, and has strong female role models in the critical "STEM" fields.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would have thought that if the idea was good enough to pass the Ideas production stage, then they would produce enough to meet the demand. But we cannot complain about this. It was coming ...
Many people (AFOLs in particular) half expected them to sell out. So they bought more than one set. And the main reason to do this is to resell on the after market for a handsome profit.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have managed to order both on August 1st but exo-suit to be shipped Septmeber 4th. Just looked at my order status and my exo-suit has just been shipped, a month early!

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By in United Kingdom,

I wouldn't mind if the Research Institute didn't get a second run but the numbers of female faces in other city type sets was increased (which has happened a little recently. That would be a great legacy for the set and was the point of the original idea. Of course, it wouldn't go down well with the press, as they'd see it as stopping a popular female set, without considering the wider picture.

I still doubt the play value of the RI. For me, it is an adult display set, not a play set for kids.

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By in United Kingdom,

The 'idea' sets are odd they get limited changes for new parts, colors or prints because they are not large production runs, they then they sell out on day 1 or after a week or so. If Lego gave them a larger amount of changes the set would be better, the right color barrel in the Exo Suit, new torsos in the Research Institute given that the figs were an important part of the idea. These set would sell well and its win win. Lego must put a lot of time into 'ideas' and designing the sets but is it worth it when they put little production resources into changes and producing a good number of sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

If Like CCC, if I get the Exo-Suit it would mainly be on display. It doesn't much look like a "play" set, does it? ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ordered 2 on release day and are backordered to somewhen in September

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm guessing a lot of people have stocked up, hoping that it will be some sort of investment, either to flip quickly when people can't order from TLG, or to hang on to for future reselling.

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By in Canada,

They're bound to make a second production, right? I mean, the Back to the Future set has been discounted on Amazon for a long time... ;_;

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By in United States,

I seem to remember that the first Minecraft set sold out quickly. It took almost a year for me to finally be able to order it online. Of course LEGO will make more of these, just be patient. Don't pay those high secondary market prices!

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By in Canada,

I ordered mine on the first day and it was already on back order. My Ecto-1 shipped, but Exosuit is still on back order. I could see the order status online, but I did not get a confirmation email. Yesterday I got an email saying "We apologize that due to a technical error with our email system between 31 July and 6 August, you may not have received an order status, or shipping confirmation email regarding your order." I had debated ordering more than one, but decided against it, didn't want to keep someone else from getting one.

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By in Australia,

I ordered the 3 Exo suits within 10 minutes of them going live at the Australian Lego store (I need those green space minifigs!) and missed out. The whole website melted. It took 20 minutes from putting in my basket to when I finally finished payment, and I missed out.
So, no, they didn't sell out within hours in Oz, it was within minutes :(
Fingers crossed the back order will come through. Did LEGO not realise how popular new coloured space minifigures and the Exo suit would be?
My Research Institute order did at least go through, and it's on it's way, yay!

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By in United Kingdom,

I missed out on the research institute but i'll probably still put an order in when I get paid at the end of August in the hope I can get it in September...Is it just me or are Lego generally making less of everything. Sets seem to retire much quicker now than they used to suggesting they only get maximum one or two production runs. I realise the "Ideas" sets may be different but it looks across the board like sets are only around for maybe 1 year or so and then they're only available through eBay

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By in United Kingdom,

I missed out on both; it's a shame because I had the money before August 1st and I wanted the Mini Cooper first. I knew that the Mini Cooper would have been available for 2 years and this would happen with these sets; next time i will hold on to them for 90 days to make up my decision, and if not I will return them.

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By in United States,

If they don't make enough of the Research Institute to restock it, then I will pass. It looks like a great set, but there is no way it is worth two or three times the price through third parties. When you have enough LEGO, you have enough LEGO. And plenty of things waiting to be built.

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By in Germany,

Well that was a short life for those sets.
But I'm glad Huw wrote about the sets being released. When it was posted, there was no way to get them, so I set my alarm clock for 8 am and my order went through.
We should have something like an "Ideas Alert" every time a set comes out from the line.
I really wonder what Lego is doing. There is always an incredibly small amount of those sets. Maybe a survey for at least those sets in the Lego communities would helo them get at least a little bit closer to the demand.

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By in United Kingdom,

So is the Exo-Suit going to be released in high street stores or will it only ever be available online?

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By in United States,

It's funny: LEGO produces insanely huge amounts of their core theme sets for distribution through the mass retail markets. They only have previous order history to make them think that all these sets will sell (which is a good predictor, but as the mutual funds say, "past performance is not an indicator of future gains"...)

Ideas sets are specifically voted on by LEGO fans; for these specific sets, LEGO now has future predictability about their ability to sell the sets (to a point), based on feedback from those customers likely to buy them as a planned purchase (as opposed to a quick decision in the toy aisle of a store). So TLG cuts the production short on a set that fans say that they want, in advance? I have no marketing training, but I'd love to see the justifications for these decisions as a teaching opportunity for me.

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By in United States,

Wow, I feel like I have to take three showers and maybe throw a pinch of salt over my shoulder while spinning around counter-clockwise in order to exorcise the demons after reading that thread on BrickPicker. *shudders*

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By in Canada,

All this hype over what? I'm sure a lot collectors went nuts, each buying 3 or 10 sets, with the intention of re-selling them a month-or-more later on Ebay. As soon as Lego started making artificially collectible items, I stepped back a bit from my collecting. Between the 'exclusive' or 'limited-quantity' this-and-that, I sometimes glance over at a pile of my childhood Beanie-Babies with a slight smile on my face. It's sad when a collector becomes a mindless consumer.

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By in United States,

Moving forward, perhaps they should offer a pre-sale to the 10,000 who supported each project on its way to reaching the review stage? That would seem fair.

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By in United States,

I guess it's a good thing that I got both sets while they were still at the store, then.

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By in Germany,

Yeah, add my family and I as those who are not happy with how limited this set was when it came out. My daughter has a birthday coming up and wanted this set...but unless my local Lego Store gets some in on Monday, she will have to wait till I can order one from [email protected] :\

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By in United States,

@Poisso3 I'm really sorry to hear that. It's disappointing because this set is truly an inspiration to all young women. I wish you luck and hope you manage to get one.

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By in United States,

Ordered both the RI and ExS, the suit is coming around next week maybe same as the rest of my order (Utapau Troopers, Airport Fire Truck). Only ordered one of everything, don't want people missing out on sets.

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By in United States,

Yes, the production capacity is the huge element in this. They are approaching their holiday season, and still more new sets, and they need to focus on getting those out and ramped up. They also just put out a ton of new summer sets. My thought has been that they wanted to get something out for Ideas, but they were not going to do a larger run and pushing out manufacturing their other sets, without gauging volume first. I've always expected more to come out. Of course, I may be completely wrong.

If that is their logic, I get it. If it is completely sold out, then yes, they look incompetent. Personally, I think it is both elements. I think they are not figuring out which sets are going to be huge sellers for Ideas, but yes manufacturing capacity is playing a huge part as well.

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By in United States,

I didn't pick up the Research Set. My daughter doesn't know it exists, but I'm sure she would like it. But at the same time, with nothing new in terms of female prints, she probably wouldn't care as much. She likes creating different females. The sets themselves are inspiring but at her age (4) she doesn't pay much attention to a lot of that stuff yet.

I'd imagine they would want to produce a second batch, but I don't see it happening. Especially this late in the year with the holidays coming up.

Maybe that is LEGO's intention. They produce fewer sets than expected to artificially increase demand, thus making it more "desirable" and more likely to sell out. Plus it looks better for a track record if things continue to sell out instead of sitting with a lot of extra stock.

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By in Australia,

Meanwhile I'm still sitting on excess Lone Ranger sets that are warming the shelves... *sigh*

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By in United Kingdom,

Ugh, brickpickers - repugnant

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By in United Kingdom,

I ordered 2 exo-suits on the afternoon of the release day, they were already sold out but stock was expected for the 6th of September. However, my order arrived on Wednesday (6th of August). Like a previous comment a whole month before expected. (with a nice next day delivery sticker on it, i'm not sure if that's normal or they are just pushing it out as fast as they can) I'm pleased, but confused. Either they are out of stock, or they're not. That said, hopefully this is a sign Lego have rushed through more production runs and everyone's order will be fulfilled sooner rather than later.

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By in United States,

OK, not producing anywhere near enough just to make themselves look good is selfish, incompetent, and just plain stupid. I remember reading on Mark Stafford's Reddit page that they wanted to only do one run on the Exo Suit because the green spacemen wouldn't be used elsewhere, but I see no such problem with the Research Institute.

Can they still be bought from Target/Amazon US? My little sis really wants the RI for her birthday later this month.

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By in Netherlands,

weird, I still think the Ghostbusters set is the best Ideas set, but that one didn't run out of stock in Europe. Maybe Lego is still trying to figure out the amount of products they should create for an Ideas set?

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By in United States,

I drove an hour to one Lego store to buy 2 Ghostbusters sets only to find out there's a limit of 1 per customer.
I drove an hour in another direction to a different store to buy the Exo-Suit and Research Institute but they were sold out of Ghostbusters sets.
Now I'm going to drive an hour again to get another Ghostbusters set but they're sold out of Exo-Suit and Research Institute sets.

It's like last-minute Xmas shopping in August.

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By in Canada,

Tried to order both ideas sets just after midnight on Aug 1st. Added to cart fine, I tried to use my VIP points to get them, but that system was down for both adding and using. Thought "I'll try again in the morning" and by then the suit was already on backorder. Was able to add it anyway and use points. Took another week before I got confirmation.

Really surprised that they didn't see this coming and prepared accordingly. Lesson learnt Lego.

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By in United States,

Just picked up a RI at the Lego store in Woodfield in Schaumburg IL. They only had three sets and we're sold out of the Exo Suit

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By in Germany,

I ordered two Exo Suits on day one during the first hour in the morning and Lego can't ship it! I am stuck on the backorder for September 4th, too. It's just not plausible. If they did only one run, so why can't they just ship them? My guess is, they are doing them on the fly to save warehouse costs. And it's totally reasonable to buy two of the Exos: How are Pete and Yve supposed to get past the evil space pirates with just one Exo Suit? Both need one! :o)

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By in United States,

Maybe if Lego didn't cap supporters of sets at 10,000 they could get a better idea of how many to make. Let everybody who wants one support it and tell them how many they want and then they can get a better idea of just what 10,000 people want.

Or do a system once a set had been chosen that has a new support style survey like "I want" and just have people tell them how many they would purchase. It still wouldn't be super accurate, but it would be more accurate that just what 10,000 people want.

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By in United States,

If LEGO wants further black eyes then they can stop making both, but considering the press that the institute has received, and the press received about it selling out so fast, AND having to deal with GP and the shell mess, I think it would be in the benefit of LEGO to ensure many many more are produced and not just for the resellers that are trying to get (and sometimes getting) 40-50 for RI and 5-60 for the exosuit.
I wonder if these sources saying no more are those with many to sell on eBay.

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By in United States,

I am lucky to live 15 minutes from a Lego store in California, so I was able to get to the store right when it opened on August 1st and pick up both the Research Institute and Exo-Suit.

It is a shame that these 2 sets are sold out already and may not be restocked. Meanwhile, the BTTF and Ghostbusters sets just sit there collecting dust on the shelves of the Lego store (I go there regularly with my son and have never seen anyone buy those 2 sets).

It will be really frustrating if the Ghostbusters HQ get's the nod in the next review as these sets based on 20+ year-old IP just don't seem to do well (except maybe online AFOL buyers). I never see any kids buying Chima either despite the TV show -- I guess the theme keeps going because it is popular in Europe?

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By in Germany,

I dunno, according to the dedicated forum thread, there are still Exo Suits and Research Institutes galore in LEGO Stores all over the world. Even though all over the world they put them on the shelves a week prior to the Aug 1 release.

So after a full two weeks of absolutely everyone trying to get their hands on two of everything, and quite a few people here and elsewhere openly bragging about getting six, my local store is still sitting on 40 Suits and 20 Institutes, and they are actually not selling too well already, and more will be delivered next week. And again, people report the same for other stores throughout Germany, UK, and the US.

I cannot with a straight face call that "sold out". Exclusive, perhaps. Hard to get, yes. Sold out, no. Demand outstripping supply, no. Still thousands of Suits sitting on the shelves right now as we speak. And half of those sold are not really sold, either, because everyone and his dog only bought them to make a quick buck, so they are still on the market.

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By in United Kingdom,

They had loads of the Research Institute set in the MK store last night. I was in there Monday and bought the RI set for myself, but the exosuit was sold out. I loved the RI set, so I went back yesterday to get another one for my niece, and the exosuit was back too. It seems to me the stores are maybe getting priority over the website. Perhaps its to stop people who purchase +10 of the same set only to sell them on for a profit, just like the ones currently selling for £40 (even though it only cost £15) on ebay now. I realise I could sell my extra set too, however, I absolutely [ABSOLUTELY!!!] despise people who do this. I don't collect to make investments, I collect because I enjoy the items I purchase, and these people on ebay are just taking my money when they don't deserve it (all because they purchased the entire stock before you even have a chance purchase just one). I wouldn't mind if the extra money I spend for the rip-off price goes to the company that makes the product, but it doesn't. Good luck to those that missed it, and hope you manage to get one. LEGO should do the common sense thing and produce more stock, especially after all the attention it got in the news, and release a second wave of RI sets too (geologist, meteorologist, archaeologist, engineer, astronaut, biologist, zoologist, etc.), please.

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By in United States,

^ no one on Ebay is taking yours or anyone else's money. Only you can choose whether or not to give it to them

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By in United States,

I was able to get 2 of each set online the first night, and the Lego store in San Antonio, TX had about 8 or 9 Exo-suits in stock when I went yesterday. Now I'm thinking I should have bought a couple more. They didn't have any Research Institutes though.

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By in United States,

This seems a little unfair to the kids/ young teens (10-15). They can't really drive to the Lego store to get some on August 1st -4th. And it's a little difficult to get their parents up at 12 AM August 1st to order Lego...

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By in United States,

Well, I just can't believe lego didn't anticipate this. The exo suit says temporarily out of stock in the US, but the RI is completely sold out. I hope I'll see it at my local TRU, where i saw a decent amount of Ideas sets.

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By in United States,

Has anyone tried the "Missing Brick" option...all but four part types are on that part of the Lego site. I know its not the "Official" set but some collectors like myself are not into just buying a set and sticking it on the shelf sealed up. We actually do build it. Its just really bad that people just bought up the supply and now selling them on Ebay for high prices. Also like said above...I was one of the 10K supporters and did not have a chance to buy it....hope for a second release.

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By in Netherlands,

Still really disappointed with LEGO over this whole release. Day one order and have to wait untill September while the LEGO stores are fully stocked with the sets. Luckily my sister was able to obtain an Exo Suit for me from the LEGO store in Westfield, London. There were a lot left on the shelves. Don't know about the Research Institute though.

This is not how you treat large customers.

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By in United States,

But it being loaded in the LEGO Stores doesn't do us any good for those of us at least 300 miles away from the closest LEGO Store!! This is ridiculous. Oh well. I guess I'll be getting an Infearno Interception and sending a very angry e-mail to LEGO about this. And I suspect multiple runs were produced for Ghostbusters and it has quite a few exclusive parts, so the point is moot wit the Exo-Suit as well! What on Earth are the LEGO reps thinking with this nonsense, and not enforcing limits of 1 per customer to stop this absolutely ridiculous reseller nonsense.

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By in Canada,

Has LEGO ever taken a deposit on a set before? Trying to remember back to before 10179 came out... did they let people reserve a set pre-release?
I would think they may get a better idea as to potential sales if they emailed everyone that voted for an IDEAS set and had them prepay say $10 or even the total set value. Potentially marking the prepaid sets differently to make them even more exclusive. That way they would get an idea as to demand AND know that the orders are there before they ever produce a set.

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By in Canada,

Just walked into my local Toys R Us in Lethbridge, Alberta and they had seven of the Exo-Suit sets on the shelves.

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By in Singapore,

It has always been this way with any limited edition or limited run toy. It has been known that it's a limited run and as a result it drums up demand. Whether in store or online, if you have been to a midnight exclusive launch, you'll know how it's like. A limit will be set per person. But online, it's a different thing. You can't stop anyone from sweeping multiple sets. If we want one, we have to work to get it with whatever resources on hand (scalpers sure are a resourceful bunch). Hard truths. I've jumped through hoops with 41999 and 21108.

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By in United States,

So I'm talking to people on brick picker and just talked to a guy who apperently had 45 exo suits.

Now I got 4, 2 for me, and 2 for the future if I want to give I as a gift. But 45?

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By in Australia,

Australia doesn't have any Lego stores and now 21110 is completely sold out on [email protected], while there is excess stock sitting on shelves elsewhere? That's just bad stock management.

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By in United Kingdom,

Luckily i'm quite near to two Lego Stores, i called in to one on my way back from Yorbrix and spotted they were selling the Exo Suite (26th July) the shelf was half empty when i snapped mine up. I thought it was only the Bluewater store selling early, not that i'm complaining :)

The staff didn't have a date for the Research Institute at that moment, but when i saw it live on the Lego Website on 2nd Aug i rang up my local store and they said they had 40 in stock, so i rushed down and got one of these as well.

I've got both my sets so not complaining but ive seen it on a few occasions, when certain Lego stores sell the products early, the Exo Suite i the most recent example, but it happened to me with the Ecto-1! I queued up with many other people on launch day, and whilst chatting with staff on the till they mentioned that these models have been selling well all week!!

Whats happens to the people that turned up in store early on launch day to find everything sold out? It was by chance i called into store a week early and found the Exo Suit, they might have sold out by launch!!

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By in United States,

If you're in USA, check amazon.com often. Exo suit in and out of stock.

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By in Viet Nam,

I supported this set and right after release it was not available anymore .. I ordered 5 pieces as i also stated when supporting this set ;) I will probably get them on 4th september.

We don´t have a LEGO store here and LEGO shop is not delivering to Slovakia so I had to get a Czech address and ordered it there :P :D

"I got a reply from LEGO that they are trying hard to produce more."

I was not so lucky with the female set 21110 it has sold out pretty fast and is not available anymore.

I think LEGO managed to supply like 5% of the total demand atm .. like everyone wants it but noone has it ...

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By in United Kingdom,

After placing my order on release day, and being told it was out of stock (expected ship in September), my Exo Suit arrived today :-)

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By in Canada,

I picked up the Research Institute at TRU and ordered Ghostbusters from LEGO's website. I didn't bother with the Exo Suit.

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By in United States,

So it seems some of the sets are in TRU in other countries..has anyone checked here in US? I want to pick a RI for my daughter, but I won't be paying any aftermarket prices for it. I have considered just building it from pieces and calling it good, but I think usually it is more expensive that way, even with current production parts.

I thought for sure Ghostbusters would sell out, so I was thankfully in a town with a LEGO store when it came out and bought one, but it doesn't seem to be flying off the shelves as expected.

I knew Exo-suit would sell out quickly though. I didn't think RI would have been so successful, but good for the creator to get that going.

And I agree, purchase limits are the best idea, but it isn't tightly controlled. Someone living close to multiple stores could easily bypass any set limits. Or have friends also buy the maximum for them. It would limit it to an extent, but not quite as much as people would think.

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By in United States,

OK, I've sent an angry/disappointed e-mail to LEGO about these points. I wonder how they'll respond.

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By in New Zealand,

I've been to the LEGO store in Paris (SOOUEST) to check if they had any. They actually have the Research Institute set on the selves but no Exo-Suit. They will receive some more on monday if anybody is interested.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Westfield store is out of the Exo-Suit but has about 4/5 of the Research Institute in stock as of 19.00 today.

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By in United Kingdom,

And the Exo-Suit can't be ordered anymore in the UK either (and slightly OT: loads of other recent releases like the Ultrabuilds and Star Wars are on "call to check" - why?). Luckily I've already got my two copies :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Wow, it actually shows 'sold out' now doesn't it. I guess that means it's gone for good.

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By in United States,

The Exo-Suit has been showing up on Amazon. You can use an instock notification site such as www.zoolert.com to receive notifications when it is available. The set sometimes sells out in few seconds. I managed to get one earlier today.

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By in United States,

I just got one on Amazon. GO GO GO!

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By in Canada,

I do plan to write LEGO an email, imploring them to make the RI more widely available. It's the kind of set that should be on the shelf to inspire young builders. A seven year old girl (or boy) sees it and asks their parent for it. Or the parent who will walk into a LEGO store this holiday and ask about the "girl science set." It could be evergreen; at the least it should be readily accessible. It's a beautiful little set at a great price point and fills a void in LEGO's line-up.

It's disheartening (if unsurprising) to see adults hoarding these sets solely to make a profit.

I don't even know if I will keep my exo-suit, but I don't want it to go to a reseller when it hits the shelf again. Meh. I luckily found an RI at TRU. Will be storing it until my daughter is a little older.

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By in United States,

The Brothers Brick has posted that they learned on a conference call, that the Exo Suit will not be a single run and done set, and that more will be forthcoming. Hopefully the same applies to the Research Institute.

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By in United States,

I able to get one Exo Suit and Research Institute in the King Of Prussia (Pennsylvania, USA) Lego Store on day of release. It was one per customer there. I ordered another pair later online and initially the shipping was backordered until the end of August, but then yesterday I got notice that the sets will be arriving to Tuesday.

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By in United States,

^^Faefrost, you have now ninja'd me. I should probably send an apology to LEGO for that angry e-mail, right? Unless the RI is a limited run, which of course means the point still stands.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Lego Shop in Brighton had plenty of the Exo Suit & Research Institute in stock yesterday.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm so fortunate to live near the Cardiff Lego store, there were a fair number of these sets in there today. And after a quick skim of that brick picker thread I don't think I should be so ashamed of buying two exo-suits with the intention of putting one on eBay, 99p starting auction. Seems that's small fry in the rather sickening world of scalping!

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By in United States,

I don't see anything wrong with doing something like that, zipsforbananas. When you set an opening price of 99p it's the buyers who determine what the set is worth to them--it takes two competitors to set a final auction price, after all! And there will be people who didn't have a chance to buy the set when it was available, whose only hope of getting it at a reasonable cost will be people like you--as opposed to the people charging outrageous buy-it-now prices!

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By in Hong Kong,

Both were available at the Glasgow store on Thursday. I'm glad I picked up an exo suit, and I was happy to leave the RI on the shelf.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @sklamb, I'll be just as happy for someone who wouldn't have been able to get it winning as making a profit, and from the prices on eBay at the moment I'm not expecting it to go more than £10 more than I paid if it does really well anyway. :)

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By in Belgium,

There are still some Exo-Suits at the shop in Belgium (Wijnegem), but I bought the last Research Institute this morning (lucky me), so that one is completely sold out there.

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By in United Kingdom,

There were no exosuits , but some research institutes on august 1 (lunchtime) in manchester .
I bought a r.i. , but was disappointed about the exosuitslack of availability.
Now back from holiday and all sold out at [email protected] too. Surely there'll be a second release?
It certainly looks like an error of judgement on tlc's behalf .

There were a number of ex legofans at my work who were interested in this set . It really has the potential to create a whole load of new afols imo.
As it is though , noone there has seen it in real life , and thus ..........

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By in Netherlands,

Got the Exo Suit today, it was gifted to me and bought in the LEGO store in Westfield London. I love the set and was re-designed very properly. Had my doubts seeing the pictures but now that I have it in my own hands, I'm very happy with it, the turtle, minifigs, booklet and packagings are superb too. Love the classic space logo incorporated on the box.

So I'm actually pretty happy with this set, apart from the dramatic release. It's pretty much hate and love at the same time.

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By in United Kingdom,

I sent an email to Lego [email protected] UK the other day as my set was on backorder and I wanted to make sure they were doing another production run.

This is there response

"It’s a very popular set and we’ve had a lot more orders than we expected. We don’t have any in stock at the moment, and we’re working hard to make more.

Our warehouse is expecting a new delivery around August 21-22. Please do place your order as soon as possible as this set has proved to be extremely popular and we can't say whether the new batch will meet current demand."

So it looks like they are getting more in :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Is that regarding the exo-suit or the research institute?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ @Bilko I was talking about the Research Institute

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By in United Kingdom,

@historynut excellent, thanks.

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By in United States,

Count me among those who missed this set. I find it intersesting that Cuusoo/Ideas asks users to indicate how many sets they'd purchase and at what price. I indicated several--and I'm aware of several others who did the same--yet they restrict the actual sale to just one per customer? Then they sell out in a day?

Hoping they come back to this one soon and offer it again.

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By in Netherlands,

LEGO store in cologne: a lot of both Exo Suit and RI on the shelves. Can't stand this. I'm happy to have both now.

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