rogueang wrote:I stopped by my local lego store (Chicago) Monday, and they said they'll probably be getting the new Star Wars sets in June.
I sure hope so.
I'm not going to say that it wont happen, but it probably wont happen. There is a reason that Lego released their own themes early (1 week before the June 1st release still is not too early, but by definition). There is a reason that Indy and SW have not been released in the states yet. I do not know any of the ins and outs, but I'm assuming that it has to do with licensing. Also, if history is any indicator...I can only think of one time in the past 10 years that I saw sets out before their "official" release. It was last August before all of the Clone Wars sets came out, and it was at Walmart. They would not sell me a Magna Guard Starfighter before the release, even though a stock person had put some out in error a few weeks early. Keep in mind this was Walmart enforcing Lego's release date. That is how seriously those things are handled. Of course, every location is different, and I'm 100% certain that these sets will start showing up before their official release, but it will be very fragmented. I doubt a Lego retail store will be the one to do it.
Furthermore, if TLG does rush the August release of the licensed themes, what is that saying about their current financial position? Have they finally felt the recession? I doubt it, but you would have to wonder why they would break tradition on the 10th anniversary of the theme.
I was at my local Lego store yesterday, and the new lines are all out, minus IJ and SW.