Friday the 10th when I went to town I dropped by what many years ago used to be Sundsvall’s last and only hobby shop before they turned it into a pure toy store and discovered to my very big surprise that they had put the January 2003 sets on their shelf except the large AT-TE.
The way it have worked in the past is that we usually have received new sets here in Sweden around three to four months after you guys in the US of A get yours but this time LEGO Sweden were very fast gettting them out as I expected them in stores in February or March.
As the toy store “Lekplaneten” (English: Play Planet) is runned by two complete idiots and they usually sell sets at full retail price I didn’t buy anything from them and took the bus to a mall that’s located around ten minutes drive from Sundsvall to go to my favorite toy store.
When I got to Barnens Hus (English: The Childrens House) I discovered to my very big surprise that none of the January 2003 sets were to be found on their LEGO shelves and that the lady in charge of the LEGO department had her day off so I thought I’d go back home.
As I were about to leave I met a guy working there and that I new from my days working as a security guard at larger stores in Sundsvall around fifteen years ago and it turned out they had the January 2003 sets but that the LEGO lady hadn’t had time to put them on the shelves yet.
So he was kind enough to open up all the large cardboard boxes with the January 2003 sets and let me have a look at them as well as calculating the price on them as they sell the sets and all the other toys at that toy store at very good discount prices as it’s a low price store.
As that wasn’t enough he also put a lower price on all the sets in order not to over charge me for them as he didn’t have the exact price that only the LEGO lady has and on top of that he also gave me a “extra” discount as I got all the January 2003 sets as a package deal price.
So I got hold of following January 2003 sets:
4475 Jabba’s Message
4476 Jabba’s Prize
4477 T-16 Skyhopper
4478 Geonosian Fighter
4479 TIE Bomber
4480 Jabba’s Palace
4484 Mini Building Set 1: TIE Advanced & X-Wing Fighter
4485 Mini Building Set 2: Sebulba’s Podracer & Anakin’s Podracer
4486 Mini Building Set 3: Snowspeeder & AT-ST
4487 Mini Building Set 4: Slave 1 & Jedi Starfighter
The suggested full retail price on the Swedish LEGO Shop at Home webpage for these ten sets are 1780.00 Swedish Crooner (or around: $178.00) but I got them for 1500.00 Swedish Crooner (or around: $150.00) so I saved a little amount of money buying at this toy store.
I know that this maybe wasn’t so much of a saving as you guys in the US of A get a slightly better price on LEGO sets over there but LEGO sets here in Sweden are “VERY” expensive and it’s ever so incredibly rare to find them on sale if they ever are to be found on sale that is.
However, the toy stores here in Sweden is yet to receive the 4482 AT-TE set as it hasn’t been released here yet but I expect to see it here in a week or two or so but all in all I’m pleased with my purchase of the ten January 2003 sets that I got hold of at a pretty good price as well.
Lars “Sweden” Olsson in Sundsvall, Sweden.