Review: 5005747 Black Card Display Stand

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Those who purchased 75192 Millennium Falcon during 2017 received an exclusive black VIP card, granting its holder access to various promotions this year. Unfortunately, some of the offers have been quite disappointing and have not matched the expectations of many LEGO Star Wars fans.

5005747 Black Card Display Stand was unveiled a few days ago and received slightly more praise than the other promotions, although there was a great deal of criticism too. Nevertheless, I hope this final promotional item will prove more interesting than it seems in official images.

Packaging

The display stand is packaged in a translucent bag, much like SWMF-1 Millennium Falcon which was available at Target stores in North America last year. A proper box would have been preferable but the bag does feature a resealable flap so opening this set will not cause any damage. The instructions are equally plain.

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Minifigure

An exclusive minifigure stands beside the black VIP card and features an attractive Millennium Falcon graphic on the torso, matching that shown on the card. Its black colour scheme is visually striking and I like the metallic silver printing, although this minifigure includes yellow hands which look awful. A pair of black hands should certainly have been included instead.

5005747 Black Card Display Stand

The announcement of this promotional item elicited speculation that the 1x2 tile in the minifigure's hand may be decorated to represent a black VIP card. In fact, it is simply a black 1x2 tile without any printing so the only unique element in this set is the torso.

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The Completed Model

Ultimate Collector Series models frequently include black display stands and I presume this little frame is intended to replicate that simple style. Unfortunately, its monochromatic colour scheme looks rather drab and the black VIP card does not stand out against the surrounding elements. The stand comes with an additional VIP card which looks and feels similar to the standard card but lacks the holder's name or a barcode.View image at flickr

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The card slots into a series of 1x4 sliding bricks, although it can only be accessed by disassembling a section of the display stand, as demonstrated below. There is enough space to place your other black VIP card behind the replica which is useful if you keep losing it, like me! A hinged base completes the model, displaying the VIP card and its associated minifigure at a pleasing angle.

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Overall

5005747 Black Card Display Stand represents a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the black VIP card promotions in my opinion. Free promotional items are always appreciated, especially when they include a unique minifigure, but this example is not particularly appealing. The stand looks bland on display and the minifigure's bright yellow hands seem out of place to me, although I like the unique torso.
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However, I am pleased that LEGO has produced something which is exclusively available to holders of the black VIP card. Brand new minifigures from the Original Trilogy such as Nien Nunb or Blount would have been fantastic but I understand why LEGO instead chose to release a product with limited appeal beyond owners of 75192 Millennium Falcon.

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67 comments on this article

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By in United States,

The perfect brick-built coffin! There isn't even a card print on the tile...

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By in Denmark,

Was surprised to find an “extra” card. It was hidden inside the instruction. Thought I should use the real one. Think it’s fine but more unique items could have been added to the model. The 1x2 tile should has had a printed card on it. Then it would be amazing.

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By in United Kingdom,

This whole promotion has been an utter embarrassment. TLG should be ashamed of themselves.

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By in United Kingdom,

What do Black VIP card holders have to do to get hold of this promotion? Is it just being mailed to them or is a purchase required?

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By in United States,

Wow, I just checked and this is going for $130.00 U.S. on ebay!?!?!?!?!?

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By in Canada,

I have a feeling Lego kinda forgot about the Promotions they were to offer and this one was quickly put together on a whim as they realized the year was already over. It doesn't even come in a box!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Angel Clanger
LEGO should have emailed you a promo code to use on shop.lego.com. You must add *something* Star Wars to your basket, eg, a keyring, then add the code at checkout and the promo item should appear in your basket.
If you don't have a promo code, you'll have to contact Customer Services who will help you out. At least their CS people are good at their job :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah, I appear to have arrived too early to see the inevitable torrent of pained comments from middle-aged children.
This promotion has provided exceptional entertainment value!

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By in United States,

Interesting. I believe it would have been better had the tile been printed. And how come this isn't even Star Wars related character! The only reference is the Torso! It's like he's a fan at a college basketball game! Go Falcons!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm glad the black vip card system failed.

Making a elite group of customers with £700 entry bar is disgusting.

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By in United States,

@The Teenage Brickster, yes, let's of Buy Nows at $120+...the thing that shocks me is actual auctions with bids above $75 currently. If you have enough money to spend nearly $100 on a single minifigure then why not spend 8x that and get the whole Falcon and receive that as a gift?

That said, if these are consistently selling at $100 or so it will be hard to justify hanging onto it for that much money.

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By in United States,

I feel like I'm in the vast minority of people who actually like this...

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By in United States,

@AgentKallus I find myself begrudgingly agreeing with you more and more. I think the whole point of the promo was to entice people to buy the set on release with the assumption that an $800USD price tag would turn a lot of people away, or give them pause. However, price was (obviously) no object, given how quickly that initial run was gone. $800 isn't exactly something you can cobble together from loose coins in your couch, so while you have the "This promo sucks! I spent a lot of money on this set!" camp on one side, you have the "No way I can swing this right now especially with the holidays around the corner so why should I be penalized and not be able to get exclusive offers" set on the other side. I don't know if there is a right or wrong opinion. I'm just glad I waited for as long as I did and got the Falcon for a song, so I can invest that money to building an awesome coffee table with Docking Bay 327 and the MilF enclosed.

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By in France,

the whole promotion has been a farce. I feel sorry for those that were able to purchase the MF and get the exclusive card. Very badly designed an cheap final offering.

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By in United States,

@AgentKallus Yeah, capitalism is disgusting, isn't it? SMH....

Black VIP card holders have every right to be upset. When you are promised something for a significant amount of money, and then that "thing" is not delivered at all, you are right to be displeased.

The people that are "happy" the Lego failed it's customers make no sense. It's like rooting for people that drive BMW's to experience engine failures... "Serves them right for being able to afford a luxury car! Hah!" Seriously??? I'm sure you purchase goods/services that others deem a luxury, and I don't believe you would feel good if those vendors didn't live up to the promises they made to you.

Gloat all you want, but any way you slice it I don't think it's a good thing for Lego to upset the people that have the money the buy an $800 set.

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By in United States,

@shaase, I was thinking the exact thing. This feels and looks like someone in the office slapped this together at the last minute because they forgot.
I realize it’s a free promo thing and people shouldn’t be too upset, but it does feel a bit insulting considering the initial product was $800. The promos for spending $50 are better than this.

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By in United States,

They should've built it with a slot on top. With one stud space below the top of the card itself, so you can slide it in and out easily. Tile over the studs to help with this too.

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By in Spain,

Honestly, what a joke.

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By in United Kingdom,

As others have suggested, I think the idea with the yellow hands is that you replace the minifig's head with one that resembles you.

I wish they'd printed the tile instead of the torso to be honest. Would have made more sense.

But honestly, people are making a big fuss over what is ultimately a free extra. What were you expecting, huge discounts? Lego already knows you're rich suckers, you bought the Falcon as soon as it came out after all.

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By in Canada,

@JonMarten except this isn't a free extra, it's a gift with purchase.

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By in Belgium,

@ray3127, couldn’t have said it better myself!
100% correct!

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By in Canada,

Did Lego originally promise anything specific for this black card nonsense?

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By in Poland,

This „exclusive” set is a perfect summary of this „amazing” promotion... from all the promises of incredible upcomming promotions that Lego made to owners of the first issues of MF who get the black card.... they simply say to you: you can put your unique card away on the shelf cause it is mainly made just for it... and now the MF stands in packs in every toy store, not only Lego stores (in my country at least). So much of the exclusivity of this set... BIG disappointment... shame

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By in United States,

I think the yellow hands are intended to be used for a sig-fig. They want you to replace the head of the figure. Of course, you could just leave it all-black.

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By in Netherlands,

I actually like the color scheme. Indeed reminds me of the UCS plaque and looks pretty slick. I am actually happy to own one. I do hope that Lego does not introduce such an elite bonus again. Personally, I know I was just lucky to be in time to order my MF...

It is kind of startling to see how the internet exploded on all news related to the black VIP card though...

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By in Norway,

Lego really f***ed up with the black VIP card. I still haven't received the code!

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By in United States,

Personally, this is a fine reward for those who got in early on the Falcon. I will sell mine on the secondary market for about 140 bucks and recoup some green. Thanks Lego! And the fact it comes with a phantom card adds to that. Now someone can purchase this from me and say they were an original purchaser. Cool.

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By in United States,

I would like to have that torso piece, as I said for a fan-boy or gal in line at my PC set, which is always showing all SW movies all the time. No way in Hades I'd pay over 100.00 for it (and a few more black bricks), but I'm sure a almost exact decal will come out soon for 2.00 that'll do the trick just fine.

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By in United States,

It's cool but it doesn't make me jealous of the Black VIP owners.

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By in United States,

Love how the LEGO group repays the loyality to those who bought the Falcon by giving them a polybag / promo bag which probably cost 50p to make.
The VIP system is a joke, no loyalty to it, and when they say ‘Only available to VIP’s’ anyone can sign up to then be apart of that ‘promotion’

I feel sorry for anyone that has the black VIP card, LEGO took your £650 and are laughing since!

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By in United Kingdom,

First world problem guys. Let's smile, wave and move on...

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By in United States,

@ Beestingvision: well, they DID give us nearly 8000 LEGO pieces in return for our money...but I understand your point. I know I had been looking forward to seeing what kinds of interesting one-offs TLG was going to provide on a monthly basis for black card holders in 2018...and that didn't happen.

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By in Italy,


I wouldn't be so negative. It's a great way to get a $100+ rebate from eBay on a Lego product.

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By in Germany,

A worthy monument to a brilliant promotion! Lol.
Seriously though, why ruin a perfect monofig with those yellow hands and that cheesy print? But I guess that can be remedied with some Brasso ...

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By in Canada,

Received mine today; not going to sell it...but very tempted!

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By in United Kingdom,

I’m in the U.K. and have yet to even receive a email yet. Anyone else in the same boat?

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By in United States,

The yellow hands on that figure are *really* distracting. I've heard some people say its so you can make a sigfig, but even then it's not well advertised and it could be you wearing black gloves.

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By in United States,

Those who own have the black VIP card who didn't receive the code, it is probably because you have email alerts turned off in your defaults. I had to contact customer service to learn this. They provided me with my code after confirming my VIP card number.

Now my problem is... do I sell it or keep it as a collectible?

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By in United Kingdom,

I still don't think some people realised that a lot of us bought the Millennium Falcon UCS because it is a spectacular, large scale model that many Star Wars fans would just love to own! Not because it came with a freebie - that was just collateral - at least to me, because I would've bought it anyway.

At least we're getting *something* exclusive without non-Black VIPs moaning that they don't have access to a reward (could've gone the other way with the endless moaning if we were getting exclusives all year). Quite a good balance actually. But TLG seriously need to think about how they do these programmes in the future.

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By in Australia,

I still think the minifig looks like the badguy in a scary movie.

"Yellow Hands", stalking innocent minifigs in a cinema near you, out Boxing Day.

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By in United Kingdom,

I’ve had emails for the last few black card promos. Ive sent an email to Lego so hopefully get my code

DOH!! It was in my junk!!

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By in Australia,

The more dissapointing the build, the easier it'll be to sell on the secondary market for exorbitant prices. Im half joking but really thats the real value of this thing, a small refund for forking out full retail price as soon as possible for what ended up being no good reason. Its not that I wouldn't have bought the Falcon if not for the whole Black Card thing, but I definitely would've waited for a sale. I've seen it hit as low as $990 here, and yet I payed $1300 for nothing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very lucrative sale on Ebay. Thanks Lego.

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By in Norway,

Ray3127 - I don't think people are "happy" Lego failed their customers (or wants their BMWs to break down), it's more that they're "happy" that this hopefully means it'll be a long time until Lego tries to pull a stunt like this again. I believe the stink we see now is nothing compared to what would happen if Lego had offered something truly unique and desirable exclusively to the black card holders (like sets with Nunb or Blount figures), then a lot of people would be (rightfully) upset for being denied this just 'cause they couldn't (or wouldn't) buy an $800 set. Think of all the frustration the SDCC exclusives causes, and imagine if Lego did something like that for every top-of-the-line set (like GB HQ or HP castle) for the few customers that were able to buy them during a short-time/limited-supply introduction period.

As MrJackson mentions, it seems like Lego did this promo and the excessive hype/teasing before the release (which fans literally saw straight trough) 'cause they were seriously concerned that the set was too expensive and were worried that the release would be met by the sound of crickets. When this turned out to not be the case they just dropped the ball on the whole promotion, which was lazy (and I certainly understand the disappointment among the black card holders), but I still think the alternatives could've been much worse.

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By in United States,

Allen, the way this is packaged makes me think it came out of the model shop rather than through normal development channels. I think they did the same for Grand Opening exclusives for the LEGO Stores.

@JonMarten:
Even though I may have been the first person to suggest that (or at least this thread is the first time I've seen anyone else mention it), I still kinda prefer my previous suggestion that they're yellow proctological exam gloves.

@willobee498:
We were promised non-specific promotions and/or exclusives throughout 2018. What we got was one brief period of double points, limited to Star Wars merch, in January. Then when the second UCS Y-Wing released, we got a folded Y-Wing schematics poster, also with purchase I believe (can't remember if it required a Star Wars purchase, or if any item would qualify you). Third was the precious metal astromech minifig, which was only given to one Black Card holder, and which I do remember did not require any purchase (probably because it would get them in all sorts of trouble in the US with sweepstakes laws). And finally, there's this, with purchase of any Star Wars merch. So, really, what it comes down to for many of us is a Y-Wing schematic poster and a display for a special card. I haven't even actually used my Black card at all. I think I took it with me to Chicago, but I don't remember ever having it scanned. For the poster, I distinctly remember that I forgot it at home, being prepared to show them the e-mail voucher, and having one of the store employees offer to go get me my poster without me even mentioning it.

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By in United States,

Meh-lennium Falcon

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By in United States,

I passed on the MF because the only reason I wanted it was to have the black VIP card. Common sense prevailed and I didn't buy an almost $900 set (after tax) for a black VIP card and the "promotions" attached to this card.

I'm glad LEGO didn't make this promotion so amazing that I still feel left out.

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By in New Zealand,

This is just rubbish, lazy and nonsensical design isn’t it. A waste in all.

I certainly see how folks may go into their Dark Ages.

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By in France,

I am actually quite happy to have received this set, and as many I find myself torn with this existential question: to sell or not to sell?... At the moment I am leaning towards keeping it, as it would look nice on the side of my MF 75192 (which I still have not found the time to build)

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By in Canada,

Is this promo set gonna be backordered as well...you know, just to keep things right...

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By in United States,

@LegoSolo77 It took me all of a half an hour to make stickers for both the torso and the 1x2 tile, and the printing on the genuine minifigures is no better than my stickers (which are not very good).

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By in United Kingdom,

I reckon those who are happy with this final promotion also happen to be Apple users.

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By in United States,

I only bought the Millennium Falcon in 2017 because I really wanted it and had saved many months before its announcement. I just happened to get the VIP card with it. Because of that, I wasn’t really concerned with all the promotions so my standpoint is really from a neutral point of view. I wasn’t planning on using any promotions they had anyway, but the lack of them seems kind of bad. Plus, the promotions they did have like the double VIP points were available to normal customers just a little bit later. This set is a good promotion, but they definitely could have done it better with black hands and a printed 1x2. I am not one of those really rich people who can afford $800 like that, I bought this set because I had saved for a long time, but even with my lack of interest in the promotions, TLG could have done much better.

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By in Mexico,

Nobody is going to mention the lack of print along the bottom of the figure? It looks horrible, and when compared to the packaging definitely looks like an error. Such a shame that this promo continues to dissapoint. I’ve seen several people in Facebook groups receive theirs with a broken bag, missing pieces or simply not getting it at all! I should Ben receiving mine tomorrow, and if it’s not in 100% perfect condition I’m going to be furious. This is the best LEGO can offer and they’re dropping the ball on it big time. What happened to “only the best is good enough?”

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By in United States,

Is it just me or does the printing on the minifigs toso not look up to LEGO Standards?

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By in Canada,

The appeal of this promotion I think is highly subjective. It's really not that impressive, but it is SOMETHING extra. However, if anyone bought the UCS Falcon just for the Black VIP card, then that's not Lego's fault. For anyone who had the money to buy the Falcon, you got what you payed for. The price per part was generally on par with the norm. Any kind of bonus, whatsoever, makes the deal better, no matter how lackluster it is.

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By in Canada,

I should have brought some cheese for all this whine.

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By in Canada,

$1000 set here in Canada... Promotions failed miserably. One of the few fails by Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

Strange. So the VIP members get a blacked out VIP figure holding a VIP card with a VIP plaque to remind and display that they are a VIP. I hope they all feel Very Important People now. I could not blame them for puzzlement over this.

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By in Australia,

Continually disappointed by the 'me, me', I deserve, I should get, this isn't good enough, Lego should be ashamed,' when I read these comments.

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By in United States,

@Brikky13 "Only the best is good enough" was always BS when it comes to set design. Definitely true for customer service, though!

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By in Singapore,

Oh LEGO...it's hard to be Awesome, all the time, isn't it???

I still don't understand why Black VIP Card holders didn't get access to an exclusive 4 Pack of Mini-Figures, similar to this year's promo for Jurassic World, Marvel and Harry Potter?

Seeing as this UCS set, was sorely lacking in terms of exclusive minis, for the $800 price-point and hassle to even get one, at launch...this could have been the chance to make-up for it and reward us with a selection of rare figures, who were left out.

Suppose, what I felt most insulted by, was that we had to purchase something to obtain this promo. The sucker that I was, when I received the email, in early November, that this would be the last chance for 2x VIP points, I bought all outstanding Star Wars sets for 2018. Then... a month later, double VIP but with premium with purchase. I even got Vader's Castle... was available at time of purchase then suddenly back ordered... shipping date kept changing.... finally, arrived in December. Just in time to see that they had a promo for Vader's Polly Pocket. But did they ship me one? NOPE!

So, in order to get this promo, I had to buy Star Wars product I already had, because I had it all. Guess what... the doubles are going back to you!!!

Anyway... I'm so annoyed with LEGO these days. The prices are going up and the rewards are not worth it. Rather than buy everything at launch, I think I will start to wait. Amazon sales of 20-40% off are starting to look better than 5% VIP points (discount).

Sorry for the rant. I just don't feel appreciated by a company that I dump $2,500 USD into, each and every year.

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By in Norway,

This is a thing that annoys me with promos and GWPs - they introduce new sets on the 1st of a month, but doesn't start GWPs until around the 5th. So if I order the set on day 1 I'll miss out on the GWP, but if I wait I may risk the set getting sold out (like when I ordered the Statue of Liberty, I was too quick to order and missed out on the HC Andersen book). The worst case is if I still orders the backordered set, but it takes so long to come back in stock that the GWP has been sold out in the meantime - so I end up waiting a long time for the set and STILL misses out on the promo. This is just Lego pissing on their most loyal customers - it's as if they think that we'll buy the sets no matter what, so why waste any freebies on us?

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By in United Kingdom,

The laughs just keep coming!

Here's a simple tactical I use for LEGO's promo items: don't get them from LEGO.

Do you really need the sets on the day they come out? Does it give you the bragging rights that help fill your vacuous soul?

Stop it.

Save yourself a load of money by buying all your non-exclusives on Amazon for at least 20% off (usually more) and with some of what you saved, buy the promo items you actually want on eBay. (Don't forget to use the links from Brickset!)

Then out your sense of entitlement away and stop whining about "missing out".

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By in United States,

@Brikkyy13:
What lack of printing? My minifig torso has five lines trailing the Falcon. Like the card, they're thin, thick, thin, medium, and thin. Unlike the card, there's no "V.I.P." logo at the bottom, but instead the trailing lines all end at different points with different angles. None of them look like they got cut off short, and the print ends maybe 1/32" from the bottom of the torso. Sure, it's not right to the edge like some torso print, but it looks like CapnRex101 got a bad print on his. The thick line center-left should extend down lower on the right, and there shouldn't be gaps in the thin line on the far right. That said, when I angle my torso to the light, I can see a line of four dots to the left of the logo, a slightly curved line on the right (but in line with the four dots), another mark right below the logo, and some tiny nicks in the bottom edge towards the left. So, my print may be pristine, but the torso it was printed on has some minor blemishes.

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By in Norway,

Well, Bananaworld - to make it absolutely clear, whenever I see someone using the words "entitlement", "privilege" and "whiner" it pretty much an instant youropinion-intothetrashitgoes.jpg for me. People using these words does not only strike me as shameless business apologists, but downright misanthropes with their "you're not entitled to anything, it's a privilege" attitude.

No, it's not that I NEED a certain set on day 1, it's more a matter of "godt med alt som er unnagjort" ("good to have it done"), especially with the often flaky availability Lego shows these days. I remember getting burnt on the Ideas Curiosity set i few years ago, I was ordering something else but didn't notice it was available until after I'd submitted the order. I thought "oh well, I can always order it next time", except there never was a next time - the set sold out in one or two months, never to return. For me it was a nice little thing to have at retail price, but not something I'd bother to pay aftermarket prices for. It's the same with the GWPs, as freebies they represent extra value and free parts, but I'd rarely bother to go through hell and high waters to get them.

And FYI, not only is Norway (and the rest of the Nordic countries, including Denmark) consistently among the most expensive countries to buy lego, around here sales are as rare as chicken teeth - it just doesn't happen in stores and only occasionally online. Buying from foreign sites like Amazon doesn't work too well either, if I'm able to place the order at all I'll usually have to pay VAT for the country it's located, extra postage, then 25% Norwegian VAT for the whole sum plus a 20 or 30 euro processing fee - meaning that what looked like a great offer turns out to be not that great when I finally have the set in my hands.

And yeah, sorry for the long rant, it just that some people seem to have a hard time understanding that not every country is like the US, with low prices, low or no VAT, and where 20% off is the norm and not an exception.

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