Be the first to own a Millennium Falcon

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If you just can't wait to get your hands on 75192 Millennium Falcon next week and want to be among the first to own it, head to the Leicester Square brand store in London on Wednesday 13th September at 23:59 where you'll be able to buy the set at midnight, meet a designer and have your box signed.

There'll be a raffle running at the event where everyone who comes along will get a prize.

We're told there'll be 150 in the shop which should be enough to around!

I'm planning on going so perhaps I'll see you there.

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94 comments on this article

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By in Norway,

looks fun, too bad I'm in a different country that doesn't even have a single Lego store!
do you still get the VIP card if you buy it online?

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder how many they'll have in stock? If they get a couple of hundred people queuing, and they only have, say, 50 sets, I can see this backfiring.

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By in United Kingdom,

"Signed by a real LEGO designer"!

Good to know that they are not getting fake ones to sign the sets. And does that mean it isn't necessarily one who had anything to do with the Falcon?

Spending £650 on the set is more than enough without adding an extra couple of hundred for travel to London and a hotel.

I would quite like the special VIP card but maybe they'll give that to all members who buy the set.

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By in Australia,

If only I lived in London. Australia is just about the worst place for a FoL to live - everything Lego-related is across the ocean! (except for Ryan McNaught of course)
@ELH2806 I'm 99% sure that VIP cards are only available in countries with brand stores, as they can only be used in brand stores (not discovery centres etc.)

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By in Norway,

@Baby Yoda Aww that sucks! :(

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By in France,

Lucky you are upthere in London! Even if I won't buy it, way far too expensive as told before, I can imagine how restless you can be to have at last your hands on this box. Be patient, even if I'm not sure it will sell as much as Lego guesses. I'm curious to see how it will... Thinking how numerous we are complaining about the prices going up and up for a while and considering the exceptional price point... I nonetheless sincerely wish you happy purchase and enjoy the very moment you will grab it on shelf and bring it back home, being so in haste to open and start discovering what's inside and how beautiful all the stuff must be. Not even thinking how delightful it will be for you to open the first numbered bag :) Enjoy!

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By in United Kingdom,

I know Leicester Square is the flagship, but it would be nice for these lauches to tour the UK.

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By in Russian Federation,

Be first to spend 800 on pale of plastic and Lego will be happy

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By in United Kingdom,

There will be a raffle where you can win a prize? That's a really expensive raffle ticket!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm considering travelling down to go to this, however, I really don't want to travel and then find out that they don't have enough in stock for everyone that queues.

Then there's the question of getting home with a £650 Lego set at 1am from Central London. Is it worth it, rather than buying online from the comfort of my sofa?

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By in Switzerland,

I'm way too old to camp in front of a toy store :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Just pondering the security issues...midnight in London pulling round a box on wheels worth £650?

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By in United Kingdom,

This sounds awesome. I just don't like the idea of heading down there and missing out.
Long way to go and then not get a signed Falcon and card.

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By in Belgium,

I'd guess they would have enough in stock and otherwise send you a signed copy afterwards or something. I don't think if you travel down to buy a set of that much money they'd want to disappoint you.

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By in United Kingdom,

-cough- £65 in VIP rewards if you wait for double points, £97.50 if they do triple... just saying...

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By in United Kingdom,

But that's assuming they have stock available to order during 2x/3x VIP periods....

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By in Germany,

I got to pick up the (empty) box at our local store last (Force) Friday (II). Definitely a nice set, but not 800 Euro nice. Even if they up the price to 200 Euro in future, it would still equal four (!) Modulars (at current price it's five (!) Modulars plus 50 Euro to spare). Think about that for a moment.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's not that easy for us Londoners - even Londoners with a spare 650 quid in their pockets. Most of us would use the Underground to get to Leicester Square, where the Lego shop is. But the Tube closes around midnight mid-week. Yes there is all-night opening but only on Fri and Sat on some lines, but zilch on Wednesday. Night buses are available but not for the faint-hearted and taxis cost a bomb out to the suburbs. So either you stay up until 6am when transport starts again , or spend money on a hotel (another GBP100), or wander around all night and accept you will be completely useless at work the next day.

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By in United Kingdom,

I understand having a flagship set at a flagship store, but for fans, the logistics of lugging something that size around London at that time of night will be a pain. There are so many other shops they could have chosen from, many with very close (and often free) parking, it would surely have made a lot more sense to give a thought to those customers who'll have to deal with getting it home.

Even a daytime signing would have been better. Coming from Kent, I wouldn't be able to get a train home until 5.50am and I don't think I want to be sitting outside Charing Cross for 5 hours with my box...

This will work well for those living in London who can get a cab home I'd have thought, but others will struggle. At least it may keep the numbers down. I enquired at Leicester Square. They are expecting around 100 copies. Presumably they'll want some left over for opening during the day too.

As they're only opening from 0:00 until 01:00, they'll have to be selling and signing more than one a minute to get through them all. Either they're not anticipating many people to attend or someone's got it very wrong and fisticuffs will ensue ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

The purpose of a midnight opening is to generate some decent PR pictures, fans in a queue, fans with a big box. All they need is enough people for the photo-opp.

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By in United Kingdom,

Only works if you live in Leicester Square unfortunately.

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By in United Kingdom,

@richselby, I had forgotten about the tube ending early! I think the logistics of it probably discount me going too, unfortunately.

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By in United Kingdom,

@iso3200
I agree with you. Living in the suburbs, my last train home is at 00:18 from Waterloo, so no chance of making that. It will have to be a cab home for me. I used to know a few places where you could park in central London for less than a month's salary, but those are long gone :-O

But I'm glad you got numbers from them, I'd hope 100 sets would be plenty. If I get there and there are more than 100 people in front of me, I'll know to go home again while the trains are still running ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@iso3200 That's sounds like about the right amount of time to build the set whilst waiting at Charing Cross. Not sure about the practicalities of carrying a fully built one on the train though.

I could do the same thing at Paddington.

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a bit of a daft idea.

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anyone know how much this sets weights, compared to say the Death Star 10188 edition, because I remember having to borrow a shopping trolley to get that home.

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By in United Kingdom,

If there are going to be 100 copies at flagship store, wonder how many will be available at regular stores in U.K.?

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By in United Kingdom,

100 of those boxes are going to take up a lot of space in their store room, they will have to clear the shelves of everything else to make room.

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By in United Kingdom,

If only the event was at the Newcastle store instead

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By in United Kingdom,

Will there be any event/offers in the other stores on thursday?

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By in United States,

Someone should ask the designer why an AFOL can build a MF with a full detailed interior and Lego can't. :-)

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By in United States,

@als-1971. Yes, the exchange of large amounts of money for a big box of Lego bricks :-)

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By in United States,

Any word on whether they'll do a midnight release online?

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By in United Kingdom,

This is fortunate that I'm going to be in London this evening, but I don't have £650 quid to part with just yet ;( May just go for the experience.

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By in United Kingdom,

The London Q-Park Chinatown car park is just a 3 minute walk (okay, it'll take you slightly longer pulling a box on wheels . . .) away from Leicester Square and it's a shiny new secure car park. It's open 24 hours, a couple of hours parking costs GBP14.50 or parking from 6pm to 2am costs just GBP20.00 if you book in advance. And there's no London Congestion Charge after 6pm so you could drive in, load up and drive home!

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't see why they couldn't do this event at multiple stores!

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By in United States,

If the free prize includes reimbursement for the airfare, hotel, lost wages, and 800$ for the set then count me in... Oh right, reality creeps in... Count me out but good luck folks!

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By in Denmark,

The designer (me) will not be in London, as I am finally enjoying my hard-earned vacation.
However, you can meet the designer of the original UCS Falcon, Jens (Design Director of LEGO Star Wars) as well as Michael (Design Manager). Both also LOVE to answer awkward fan questions! ;)

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By in United States,

@JDC Please show me the Millennium Falcon MOC with a full interior that also has a complete lid, is structurally sound enough to be made into a set, and has the integrity to be lifted by a single person. It's actually impressive enough that LEGO could incorporate the interior sections they did with 75192 considering how much of the interior of the 10179 was dedicated to beams that held the set together.

Anyway, super jealous of the midnight launch event. Leicester Square is certainly the place to be for the avid collector these days.

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By in United Kingdom,

@BrickCommander Thanks for letting us know. This actually makes me much less bothered about turning up at the launch event - I may just skip it and buy it on [email protected] instead.

Thanks for your awesome work on the set, and enjoy your holiday!

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By in Canada,

Though this isn't happening at my locale; I've never understood the urge or drive of heavy consumerism to line up late at night to be one of the first to get something.

Taking from the Simpsons, remember to wear your football cleats so you have the pleasure of trampling on your fellow consumer should they take a fall.

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By in United Kingdom,

@BrickCommander, I've changed 'the' to 'a' in the article.

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By in United States,

@SeanTheCollector, there only being 2 designers would probably prohibit this event at multiple stores. :-)

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By in Belgium,

Enjoy your holiday @BrickCommander!

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By in United Kingdom,

I take it you'll be able to order online at midnight too, I just hope Lego have made enough of them to satisfy demand!!! I'd like to go to a Lego store to get the wheelie thing to bring it home in but work commitments means I can't.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm there.

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By in United States,

I have seen the model in the store. While it is certainly impressive and I appreciate the piece count, it is almost too big for display purposes in the home.

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By in United Kingdom,

Despite the logistical difficulties, does anyone here plan on going?
@Huw you could justifiably claim a hotel as a business expense. I believe the Ritz is rather close to Leicester Square, and the porter would carry your 15kg (guesstimate) box to your suite.

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By in Sweden,

I was intending to pick on up locally (Stockholm) on the morning of the 14th. However, considering the set is £225 more expensive here, I could actually fly home in the evening, head into London for midnight, fly back to Sthlm the following morning and be in work by 11am, which is the time I'll be in after picking it up from the Lego store here as it opens at 10am, all for the same money.

I'm not sure it's entirely wort the hassle just to get it signed though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I live 30 mins away so I'm definitely going. Not sure about how the special VIP card is going to work cause I presume everyone who buys the falcon will have a VIP card anyway.

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By in United Kingdom,

My closest Lego store is Milton Keynes and the staff told me they'd have 20 MF's in stock on the 14th. I'm just hoping I can get there in time to get one, way too much hassle for a trek to Leicester Square.

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By in United Kingdom,

Flagship store at the Metro Centre will have 16 apparently. Better get there early it opens at 9am. The black SW VIP card is only given to purchasers of the 75192 set. To paraphrase a certain song 'I predict a riot' :-).

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been on the fence of how to order mine, my local store is Milton Keynes but they're getting in roughly 24 and predict them to all be gone in the morning, so I scrapped that idea due to work commitments and planned on ordering online at midnight.
But now my plans have changed and I'll be driving in to london for this promotion, booked my parking ready too! (@Neil Martin thank you!)
I have no idea what time people are going to start queuing up though? I'm m heading down to get there for 8pm and see what it's like.

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By in United Kingdom,

@blitzspear Is the card only given to new VIP's or old ones too? I'm just a bit lost to how they might transfer everything and how the process will work for people who are already VIP's

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By in United Kingdom,

@dylanmitchell - I understand they will give only purchasers of the falcon one. You can then in store or customer services transfer over to it (if you have an existing VIP card). In the past at Xmas several family members have become VIP to get a set for me then I've merged them onto mine to gain the 'points'. It's a fairly simple process on the till as I understand it. It may be a little more involved over the internet using customer services (I've always done it in store).

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw a video reporting german fan site, that first 20,000 orders in store or online would get black VIP card. I've booked the day off but still haven't decided whether to drive into Milton Keynes for opening time to pick up set. If black VIP card is not limited in anyway then I'm probably going to delay order. I certainly can't see how I would get down to London opening from Birmingham and return with the set undamaged! I'm also not interested in my box being scrawled on by anyone! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@SeanTheCollector, I heard there would be special VIP promotions only for the Black SWVIP card holders next year (as the card is available apparently with orders until 31st Dec, was unaware about a limit of how many there are available as you mentioned), but no idea what they would be, early access to other SW or discounts etc. Maybe Lego will view SWVIP people as having higher disposable incomes and target more expensive sets at them etc, who knows.

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By in United Kingdom,

The black VIP card. Why would anyone care?

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By in United States,

Saw it today in my local lego store , its massive!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Confirmation that the actual designer of the set won't be there does make the whole thing even more of a nonsense.

You may as well get one of the store employees to sign the box as they have as much to do with it and also work for Lego.

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By in United States,

@richselby Prestige and Exclusivity. And I can own it over you when I walk into a store and whip out my black VIP status symbol while you will only have your lowly tired old red VIP card.

Puts 'Important' back in VIP.

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By in United Kingdom,

@blitzspear thanks, I was just a little confused on the process as even an employee I talked to on Force Friday in Leicester square didn't know how it was going to work.

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By in United Kingdom,

Danny.B08

LOL they are closing the store at 10PM, take the camp with you and cold meals. Sheep needs to eat.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm afraid to say that I'm not even sure that I would make the effort to go to the midnight signing even if I lived locally in London, due to the logistics of travel to and from the store. But as it is, travelling up there right in the middle of the week and taking the next half day off is way beyond what I could imagine. Although I could park nearby I've never driven into London and wouldn't want the navigation and early hours driving headache either. If Hans was signing though that, as the Americans would say, might be a whole 'nother ball game - enjoy the holiday though, maybe you're somewhere with limited Internet connection to escape the hype for a bit!

I feel like midnight opening events peaked in the era of popular iPhones and Call of Duty releases, when you'd see hordes of people waiting and live streams of the event with special entertainment and appearances laid on. Could be awkward if there aren't enough MFs to go around, but it's a pretty niche audience surely?

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By in United Kingdom,

I wouldn't want anybody scrawling their name on the box anyway, especially if it isn't the ACTUAL designer. I'm not bothered what my VIP card looks like as long as I can collect points with it. I'll be going online at midnight on the 14th and hopefully get one that way. I don't really see this being a repeat of Saturn V purely because of the price.

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By in China,

I'll buy it next year when the price is reasonable.

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By in Czech Republic,

@ELH2806 You don't need a physical VIP card you just need to be VIP member and you'll get the number which you can present at the shop and you'll get the points. Or even you just need to tell them your registered email for VIP and they'll find your VIP membership and give you the points. Works across all world. We don't have a single official LEGO shop here, but I shopped and got points across all Europe and even in USA when I was there.
Hopes this help.

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By in United Kingdom,

According to various sources the designer of the original 10179 will be there. If you still have a first edition, bring that to sign :D

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By in Germany,

@ darkstonegrey: mine is actually white. I guess I'm Luke, and you're Vader, so I own YOU.

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By in United Kingdom,

I will definitely be heading down there as I will be at Wembley before hand.
Wont get there until 11pm
Hopefully they will just stop the queue once there aren't enough falcons to go round
At least then (if you are fairly local) you can just hop back on a train

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there no way a few lego fans could drive up to the same station on the outskirts, tube it in then share the cost of a cab back after the event? I myself come from Suffolk so always park at Redbridge. The last time I had to get a cab at a stupid time of night from central London to Redbridge it cost about £57. Between 4-5 people its a bit more plausible.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am going back to Braintree if that helps anyone

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there anybody thinking of traveling up from the West Country?

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By in United Kingdom,

@hades-anansi you would probably be limited to 2 or 3 in a cab to fit the massive boxes in as well.

150 Falcons is only a few away from £100k's worth :eek:.

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By in United Kingdom,

According to the German website Zusammengebaut.com they have also heard back from the LEGO head office in Berlin who have confirmed that the Black VIP SW card will be given to purchasers of the 75192 both at LEGO stores and online at [email protected] So no need to waste extra money on taxis, parking, sleep etc if you are after the card.

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By in United Kingdom,

According to LEGO only the first 100 will get a VIP Black card at Leicester :-(

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By in United Kingdom,

As Lego email says "We will be opening the LEGO Store at Leicester Square on September 13th at 11:59 PM for the release of this epic set!

The first 100 people to purchase this set will receive a limited edition LEGO VIP card** entitling the bearer to exclusive VIP benefits in 2018."

https://www.facebook.com/events/370592876693895

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By in United States,

@blitzspear they added an update that everyone who purchases it will receive the card but the first 100 will get it in a special display box

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By in United Kingdom,

@Apollo53 ah ok fair enough not seeing that on the facebook page yet did you see that on twitter ?

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By in United Kingdom,

LEGO have clarified that everyone purchasing this set will get the VIP card (whether in-store or online), however the first 100 buying it at Leicester Square will get the VIP card in a special presentation box (my source: LEGO facebook page special event discussion). I can also see that 78 people have indicated that they are attending with a further 318 "interested" already. I think there is likely to be a couple of thousand people turn up in all honesty. I am buying mine online!

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By in United States,

@blitzspear check out the discussion section on the facebook post, someone (Alberto) asked a question on Limited Edition VIP Card process and Lego responded

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By in United States,

@Brick Dangerous : oh right, the background is white. The red text always stands out for me, and in my mind I had it inverted.

Nevertheless, black VIP cards will be rarer and thus denote exclusivity and likely elicit intrigue when spotted by those not privy to this marketing incentive.

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By in United Kingdom,

Who would really want the card in a display box though, and keep it in the display box?

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By in United Kingdom,

Some clarity from LEGO is required. The Falcon is a day one purchase for me so I should get the special VIP card. However, I'm not attending the event in London and can live (I think, haven't seen it yet!) without a display box for it but, will all owners of the black VIP card get exclusive benefits in 2018 or just the first 100 with the poncey display box?

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By in United Kingdom,

@mr_skinny - from a store not in London the staff said those with a VIP SW card would get the 2018 exclusive benefits as they were unaware until tonight that London store had and was giving out a 100 'poncey boxes' :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh goodie! Got email from Lego inviting VIP to turn up 13th September between Midnight and One AM to buy and "Receive a collectible LEGO® Star Wars VIP card** with your purchase". Collectible!? . For treking in to London at that godawful hour where the drunken savages roam!? Me. With my reputation. This is in John Lewis beforehand and no sniff of rabble y'know. Nice model but still a no and not for the poor spelling :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I can take or leave the Falcon, but I NEED one of those VIP cards!

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By in United States,

I expect NINJAGO City would be more suited to a multi-store event, given that it had five designers.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not seeing any details in the invite nor the Facebook event about this raffle you mention? Any more details/where does the information come from? Thanks.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am very tempted. Am 90 percent there. I figure an uber straight back to my office. Stay up and leave work early the next day. Sorry if you are behind me at the till I will be the one reading put my VIP number to type in. Does anyone know if you need to pre register? If not, how will they personalise the card?

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By in United States,

For an event like this they really should not have to use their regular "back room" storage onsite. Just bring a truck full of sets and park it at the loading dock and unload them a pallet at a time as they sell. Foodservice companies here in the US do this sort of "just in time" delivery every day, shifting goods from a main warehouse to smaller warehouses, then directly to delivery trucks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good idea DS Robbie, but that wouldn't work in Leicester Squared it is a pedestrian zone with no HGV access (I believe)

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By in United States,

Hhhmm… if I leave now, I can get to London tomorrow night… I wonder if the San Francisco - London round trip is justifiable… not sure how my boss will take that. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Will anyone who isn't an absolute Lego head and SW fan just look at this and think 'wtf'?
£750 worth of grey bricks. You could be forgiven for thinking it was a joke except it's not April 1st.

Of course I love SW and the MF, and this update is stunning... but as a Lego showcase set it's quite a narrow appeal and almost the antithesis of what Lego is all about.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I can get my head around it by thinking of it as both a 'piece of art' and an investment that's likely to retain or raise its value (despite not actually thinking of selling it) - though I have had to plan for the expenditure over a long period of time since the rumours became more constructive. Being able to reduce the price down to around £500 with VIP points also helps.

I don't think the audiences that only have a passing interest in Lego or like Lego but not Star Wars are the target audience for something like this. The Tower of Orthanc wasn't anywhere near as expensive but I'd argue that could be treated as 'a pile of black bricks' (with a great design) because I don't have an affinity with LotR. TLG's preference for generally bigger sets recently is a conversation for another thread and another time.

NB: I'll definitely be sitting at home refreshing my browser to make this order - but I'd like to know how the midnight event goes.

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