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# Saturday, 06 March 2010

Finally seeing the Lego Atlantis series available in Toysrus Hong Kong, only one or two of the smaller sets were previously sold at higher price at some small shops (which were probably imported by them on their own and not through Lego Hong Kong), I was expecting the official channel to release the theme, but it turns out that the pricing is extremely agressive:

Set No Hong Kong pricing (HKD)
8056   78.90
8057  118.90
8058  188.90
8059  188.90
8060  298.90
8061  498.90
8072   34.90
8073   34.90
8075  748.90

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I was not expecting to see them on shelf and was not prepared with information, although Atlantis is not quite a favorite theme the way I see it, I still purchased a set to experience it, from the boxes I instinctively feel that 8075 is a good set, but the pricing is really too high here  with a 160% markup compared to US Pricing (at 1 USD = 7.8 HKD, this set is sold at USD 96 here!), really a big turn-off!

So I looked at 8061 Gateway of the Squid instead, at HKD 498.9 (~USD 64), the markup is still 160%, but the squid looks quite interesting, so I decided to get 8061, well, I opened the box and built the Squids (bag 1) last night, I would say I am not too impressed so far.

Yes, the Atlantis theme is quite special as it introduced a whole bunch of interesting minifigs/creatures, such as the Squid warrior included in 8061, but I still need to see good designs and good values in the theme, with such aggressive pricing, good value is an unlikely thing that I would say about the theme.

Saturday, 06 March 2010 13:24:44 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
Saturday, 06 March 2010 16:45:05 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
Is it usual for TRU in HK to cable-tie the boxes to the shelves? Is theft that much of a problem?
Saturday, 06 March 2010 17:10:51 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
In some branches they do, especially for new and hot items, the boxes are actually empty, why don't they just put the actual products there? I am not sure if it is because of theft or space issue. And why do they tie the empty boxes? Well, I guess one reason for doing so is to avoid letting people grabbing the boxes to the cashier's counter, or putting it elsewhere. Anyway, your question is an interesting one, I'll ask them for exact reasons next time I get there.

Theft is probably a problem in many parts in the world, and Hong Kong is no exception, though I think it is not really that rampant.
Sunday, 07 March 2010 05:51:56 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
Expensive sets have electronic or RFID tags on them in some shops in the UK but it's not that common.
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