LEGO MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Retiring Soon?

LEGO 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow has sailed under the radar as an interesting, large, exclusive set that is high quality but not part of a popular theme like Star Wars or Modular Buildings. That may be about to change though, as the Sea Cow has unexpectedly sold out at LEGO’s Shop at Home in North America. It can still be  but history suggests that stock will sell out quickly at other retailers once a set is marked as “Sold Out” at LEGO. MetalBeard’s Sea Cow is a massive ship, consisting of 2741 pieces and featuring five minifigures plus MetalBeard himself. There is certainly plenty of value to be had in a set this large and post-retirement prices for this ship will likely be very high. Even other LEGO pirate ships, such as  and  have skyrocketed in value despite not selling well during their lifespans. And  has done very well after retiring. The bottom line is that large LEGO pirate ships always increase significantly in value after retirement, and 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow will likely continue that trend.

LEGO MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Retiring Soon?

The first major indicator that a set may be retiring is seeing it listed as “Sold Out” on LEGO Shop at Home. While the 70810 Sea Cow has not had a long lifespan, it would not be surprising to see it retire soon because some LEGO Movie sets have retired recently and others are currently listed as retiring soon. And if the Sea Cow is truly on its way out, some collectors and investors are going to be very happy because pirate ships always skyrocket in value after retirement, and 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow is one of the biggest of them all.

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  1. This set makes me very nervous. I could be wrong, but it is a niche set that adults might not want to buy for a premium. I love the Lego movie, but that is because I have kids and they love it. But I am not so interested in the big sets from the LM. So I can’t imagine others being so interested …. It is a fun build, but there are so many other fun builds out there …. so it makes me nervous. I am going to pass on buying. I would love to hear others opinions ….

    • I think to see the upside on this one you need to look at it as a huge ship, rather than a LEGO Movie set. But you’re right, there is some risk with this one, but also the potential for a large reward as many investors feel the same as you and have passed on it.

  2. It also depends on (Global) location. This set might do better in the USA than in Europe.

  3. It’s now officially sold out @ Lego shop.com – worldwide!
    Glad I got mine delivered yesterday 🙂

  4. Changed from status “Sold Out” to status “Retired Product” in the EU webstores.

  5. Just to follow up on my previous comments, I bought 4. 🙂 So take my comments in that context. Looks like I am in agreement with you.

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