Apr 04

Whatsapp Spam

I am receiving more and more WhatsApp Spams but I feel the this spam is extremely irritating, illegal money learning plus illegal online gambling.  Who can I report to?

 

Whatsapp Spam

Apr 03

LEGO Star Wars (75058) Trade Federation Multi Troop Transport

LEGO Star Wars™ Trade Federation Multi Troop Transport (75058)

LEGO Star Wars Trade Federation Multi-Troop Transport Set

Move the droids into position with the LEGO Star Wars Trade Federation Multiple-Troop Transport Set. Use the fully-loaded armored MTT vehicle to win the fight against Obi-Wan Kanobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. Open fire on the Jedi with the hidden spring-loaded shooters to stop them from advancing. The 954 LEGO pieces encourage creative thinking skills.

Product Highlights

  • Transport the Battle Droids into the action aboard the armored MTT
  • Fire at the Jedi with the spring-loaded shooters
  • Reenact the Battle of Naboo from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  • Flip open the back hatch containing a STAP
  • Swap the racks between sections of the transporter
  • 954 LEGO pieces

What’s Included

  • Naboo security guard mini figure
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi mini figure
  • Battle Droid pilot mini figure
  • Seven Battle Droid mini figures
  • Multi-Troop Transport: hidden wheels, opening side flaps with hidden spring-loaded shooters, opening rear hatch containing a STAP, adjustable front cannons, gear-activated extendable front platform and four interchangeable racks including a Battle Droids rack and weapons rack
  • Blue lightsaber
  • Green lightsaber
  • Blaster

Additional Info

139598

239EF7EB

673419210591

6061444

3.5 pounds

18.5 x 14.8 x 3.0

Apr 02

Lego Invest Aim April 2016 Lego 10236 Ewok Village

Apr 2016 Target for Lego Investment

 

10236

Ewok Village

1900 pieces

1 Jun 2013

16 Minifigures

35 cm by 55 cm by 35 cm

Lego Ewok Village

 

 

Apr 02

Star Wars Endor

I feel that the Topps Star Wars Endor set is quite colorful and well designed.   But it seems not very popular.  One check on the Award found that there was only 1990 who managed to complete the Brown set.  This means less than 1/3 out of the 6000 counts.

Endor

Mar 30

Lego Made in China

According to Wikipedia there are 3 factories:
– Billund, Denmark
– Nyíregyháza, Hungary
– Monterrey, Mexico.
Although as we know there is one in “Asia” :)

Apparently “Brick decorations and packaging” are done at all these locations plus
– Kladno in the Czech Republic.

 

I think that the one in Asia is China because this is what I received

Lego Made in China

Mar 30

Whatsapp Bold Italics and Strikethrough

Whatsapp now have the Cool feature for sending Bold, Italics or Strikethrough message

For Bold use *insert your txt here*

For Italics use _insert your txt here_

For Strikethrough use ~insert your txt here`

Whatsapp

Mar 30

Lego Disney Minifigures Series

Information on the new Lego Disney Minifigures series is out!   This will come out in May 2016 and will consist of 18 new Minifigures.   71012 Disney Minifigures Series is expected to cost US$3.99 each.   This series will consist of classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, together with Minnie and Daisy.  Pixar characters such as Mr. Incredible and Buzz Lightyear are also included.

 

Mar 30

New Email Virus

Seems to me that there is a new Email virus out there.  My email accounts are full of such emails.  Better don’t open such emails, immediately delete.

 

Virus

Mar 28

Newater

Thank you for the foresight of our leaders.   While the Linggui reservoir continues to drop in their water levels, we do not have to worry that much as we now have multiple sources of water.

 

Newater

Mar 27

Lego Investment

Lego

I feel that this is a very good post, to be collected and used as a reference:

1) Pick sets that have a “wow” factor
Items like the modulars and world monuments are no-brainers here…these sets are “wow” moments that make people say “I can’t believe that is made of Lego”. The Taj Mahal or Statue of Liberty are iconic and something everyone can relate to. Tower Bridge is easily the set here that is in this category.

2) The bigger, the better
Huge sets are expensive, which reduces the initial pool of buyers. These sets are also produced in way fewer numbers than smaller sets, so there is more scarcity to begin with. Someone who can’t afford a set today, may be able to afford many times its price in 3-4 years as they climb in the ranks at their job, get out of college, finish law school, etc. There’s also a “work” factor here when you go to sell…if I can sell 1$400 MSRP item for $700, I’d much rather do that, than sell 10 $40 items for $70 each. The profit is the same, but I only have to store, list, and pack 1 item in the larger case.

3) Find something that appeals to adults
Adults are the ones who are bidding over MSRP on sets when they are retired, not kids. There can be lots of reasons…for example, Star Wars and Indiana Jones are iconic movie series from the past that are nostalgic to today’s Generation X/Y adults…they grew up with these movies and having these sets gives them a way to rediscover their childhood. Complex, realistic “display quality” builds work well here too…for instance, Shuttle Adventure/Expedition/whatever is one of the most realistic looking shuttles Lego has ever produced and looks like something people might display in their home for a conversation piece. Likewise, some of the Creator houses have been very realistic…Model Town House 4954 looks like a house a real person would live in, and I believe that’s the reason it is so successful in the aftermarket.

I believe this also comes into play within themes…SW Films > SW Clone Wars. Way more adults have seen the films than watch Clone Wars, and this reflects in the set prices. I have passed on Toy Story (and will on Cars as well), because they appeal to children, and in 3-4 years today’s kids will have probably outgrown these themes, so they don’t become “must haves” for anybody.

4) Look for unique items
There have been a zillion police and fire stations…even though these sets can sometimes get large and expensive, there is a new version produced every few years. Same for duplicated sets in other areas..the Slave I has now gone through a ton of iterations. While the new version is very nice, it may also suffer in the 2nd hand market in comparison to other large SW sets just because it’s been done so many times. This doesn’t mean that it won’t gain in value, but I think it does limit the profit potential. In Lego Trains…even though the Passenger/Cargo trains are expensive, they are pretty generic and you can expect to see similar sets 5+ years down the road. But things like Maersk Train and Emerald Night are very unique and stylish…those are sets that have very unique design elements that probably won’t be repeated.

5) Be careful with TLG-only themes geared at kids
Atlantis, Space Police, Agents, Alien Conquest, etc. There are some cool sets in here for sure, and some of them can do very well, but to me there is too much unpredictability in what will be desirable long term in these sets unless they have blatant “wow-factors”. For example, some Agents sets do great, others are still near MSRP. Some castle sets do great, others not so much. To me, there are more “sure things” out there to pursue.

6) Avoid sets under $50, unless in bulk
These sets are affordable, so more of them are made…that means there will be more selling competition later. If you can score them at big discounts of 50% or more then they may be worthwhile, but you need to have lots of copies to make up for the work you’ll need to do in selling them. This becomes more important as the sets get smaller…I typically won’t buy battlepacks for investment unless I can get 20+ of them and at a discount. eBay and Paypal fees eat into the profit, the shipping is a pain for such little return. But if you can mass produce listings, then economy of scale will start to take over and make these sets worthwhile. Same goes for collectible minifigures…even if I can sell them for $8 each, I have to sell a crapload of them with a lot of work to make the same amount of cash as selling 1 big $200 set.

7) Know when sets are getting close to retirement
Almost every Lego set gets retired at some point or another. When buying for investment, buy as close to the predicted retirement date as you feel you safely can. This one can be really hard, as Lego can be unpredictable at times (who is still waiting for Death Star to be retired so they can cash in? They could produce this set for many more years like the X-Wing 6212 and screw investors over, or they could stop tomorrow and make us all happy). However, there’s no value in buying up the Super Star Destroyer next month..it will probably be in production well into 2013/2014 so I will wait until then to buy it. Brickset is a great resource to find out the history of production runs of past sets and to get the production start dates of sets being made today. Big bonuses are when Lego.com has retired a set, but you can still find it at retailers like Amazon, TRU. Winter Toy shop is one that falls into this category…it is probably discontinued but somewhat available.

8) Look for sales to help improve your profit
This site is probably the best source for those sales, but be careful and don’t buy just because something is on sale, especially if it doesn’t have one of the characteristics above. The best time to pursue sales is when a retirement coincides with retailer clearance…Lego does this a lot at their stores and online. Target, Walmart, etc will clearance instead to turn inventory on regular schedules. This can result in some crazy things, like Pirates of the Caribbean sets already being clearanced (it just came out??).

9) Don’t wait to take profits
Per the previous topic, if you can get some items on 50% clearance due to inventory resets that will still be in production for awhile, and is a good seller, then I’d go ahead and sell them rather than letting them sit, especially if they are “regular” items that are not good candidates to skyrocket in value after retirement. There’s no need to sit on a set for 5-10 years…if you hold a set too long, there is a risk that it will be remade or even worse, “forgotten about” and no longer as popular. Likewise, sets will eventually flatline or reach a price plateau. If a $100 set goes to $200 in the first year, but only $250 by the 2nd year after retirement, then its time to sell…better to go buy another round of $100 sets than keep waiting for the original set to slowly trickle upwards. 1 1/2-2 years seem to be good peak times to hold sets (with exceptions of course!).

10) Optimize your selling operations
Know when to sell…cold weather months are the best for online auction sites. Save your Winter Toy Shops for next October/November. Think about the upcoming re-releases of the Star Wars movies…this attention will probably add some extra to some of those sets. Look for things that may shortcut your time in terms of printing shipping labels, listing auctions. I used to try to save boxes, get them free from retailers, etc. But these boxes are always different sizes and you spend a lot more time packing to offset the “free” box. If you are selling an item for $100 profit, go buy a “right-sized” $1 box that it fits in so that you don’t have to wrestle with it for 15 minutes when packing it and risk it arriving damage. Mention how well you pack it in your ad to give people confidence. Spend a little extra time putting details in your ads…this will reduce uncertainty by your buyers and make them feel more comfortable. Use html templates when listing so yours looks more professional than your competitors.

11) If the set sucked in production, then it will suck in the aftermarket
Town Jr, Jack Stone. Star Wars ‘The Twilight’. Space Skulls. Time doesn’t make crappy sets any better.

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