Finally! I finished the BatCave! 10 copies of set #76052 – the biggest part out I’ve done to date.
In the wake of parting out that monster, I also completed two other part outs. 5 copies of Gear #40161 – the “Who Am I?” game. This set comes with 16 minifigures and parting out these figures gives us lots of basic minifigure parts. Lots of legs, torsos, heads, hair, hats, etc. It felt really good to part out an entire set in a single day.
I also parted out a single copy of #75206 – Jedi and Clone Troopers Battlepack. We usually avoid parting out single sets, but there was a special deal and this added a few unique minifigures to our inventory that we never had previously.
That purchase had a fringe benefit – this polybag set. Star Wars has lots of popular merchandise, but BB-8 does much more than any character in the new Disney movies.
I also ran into a rather interesting situation. I picked up five copies of set 75175. It parts out well for the cost, but then I looked at Amazon to see about getting more copies. To my surprise, I found that the set sells on Amazon for roughly 150% of the MSRP. On further investigation, reports say the set has been retired. Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon… no major retailers carry it today. And that brings up one current conundrum – should we start to re-sell retired sets we purchased earlier? It would mean new venues for sales on a different business model, but it could be very worthwhile. We’ll let you know where we come down.