Can I please have some clarity on the following. Presently I live in South Africa, and Lego here is only second to the PS3, Wii and Xbox in toy stores. In fact, adults and kids crowd up before the store's morning opening to snatch the fresh batch of SW Lego.
My question is why are there restrictions to certian sets and lines in SA? Example. The first lot of Indiana Jones was only made available to ToyrUS at ultre limited numbers, and the rest, including what's schedule for 2009, will not arrive in SA. Same story with various SW sets. When I ask the Lego reps about this, their response is that we fall under European lines (SA collapses beneath all EU regulations), but yet the European stores I've visited in Holland, Italy, France, and etc, still carry the US lines. To this, why is it that alot of other nations are allowed to pruchase from Lego.com store, yet SA which is rated number 2 in cell phone infrasture globally, yet we can't?
Lego here sells like hot pan cakes on a Saturday morning. In fact, my friend in a Toy retail store, finished off 300 units of the Clone Walker battle pack in a few days, so I do have some doubt about it's popularity questioned in SA. The only store that carries the full ranges, doesn't order from the local rep, so his numbers are also limited.
Thank you, and hope to hear from you soon.