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# Saturday, July 31, 2010

One of the biggest event for Hong Kong Lego players would probably be the ani-com (香港動漫電玩節), as Lego would host a booth there to sell products and display the art work of local lego competition winners, usually they would sell hot products at "slightly" discounted price, and some items that are not available officially can be found there, and sold at prices lower than those parallel imported ones.

I had been there in the past years, and honestly it was a difficult experiences, so I did not plan to line up for the Lego store anymore this year, and when I did drop by to take a look this afternoon, it was as bad as I expected, long queue and same small booth that wants to be everything, I think the local lego management seems to be unable to learn from past experiences.

Reading what people posted in a local forum about their experiences, it is interesting that after all these years, the lego folks here in Hong Kong still do not know how to manage this event well, and I doubt if the Lego management in Denmark do realize how some local lego fans feel about Lego because of this.

If this happens in the old company that I worked for, ha......

Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:35:43 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just returned from a New York trip, I was having big expectation to the Lego Store there at Rockerfeller Center, but I was quite disappointed.

Lego replica of the Rockerfeller Center

The store is conveniently located, not big but not very crowded even on a Saturday, but it is disappointing to see that many new sets available online are not found there, such as 10213 Shuttle Adventure, and they always run out of cups for purchasing bricks from the wall!

By the way, there is a Lego model at the Empire State Building, very nice work but the building itself may not be easily expressed magnificently as a lego replica, and I also notice that 21002 is abundantly available in many places, but the set is really too plain and small to be impressive, so I doubt if it is sold well.

It seems to me that perhaps Lego Stores in Europe would be better options.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 11:11:54 PM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, July 10, 2010

How much would the White Boba Fett worth? This is an interesting question as I see people trying to sell it online for HKD 750 (around USD 95!) here in Hong Kong. Well, personally I won't pay this amount for getting the minifig, and I have no plan to sell it either.

I read news from Brickset (http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=783) about how the White Boba Fett could be distributed, if only around 20,000 will be distributed world-wide, then this item should be really kind of "limited", but it is interesting to see how it will be distributed.

So I won't open the bag for the mean time, better keep it that way and see what would be happening to the product item.

How I got this set is blogged here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:02:57 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, July 5, 2010

Usually this kind of pre-launch activities would be a test of endurance, but for getting a White Boba Fett free (if you can go and fall in line for hours and purchase over HKD 1,000 worth of new Lego Star wars product), I guess the motivation is rather strong. In fact, despite the not so pleasant experiences before, I was tempted to do so, fortunately, this time there were not that many people around, so even that I arrived late, I was able to be among the first 150 people.


So is it worth it? In terms of monetary gain I guess there isn't much, and my plan to work on my laptop during the lining up did not work out so fine, but for Lego experience of another kind, it may be psychologically ok to do so. By the way, for HKD 300 purchase, you'll also get a small gift pack, this time there is no key chain, but a bunch of assorted bricks.

And the price of the new starwars set? See if this makes sense?

8093 Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter - HKD269
8089 Hoth Wampa Cave - HKD 469
8095 General Grievous Starfighter - HKD 499
8096 Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle - HKD 699
8097 Slave I - HKD 899
8098 Clone Turbo Tank - HKD1299

* 1 USD = 7.8 HKD

Monday, July 5, 2010 2:01:59 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)