As of 10.20am UK time today – just over an hour after the VIP reward went live, and the LEGO Group completely bungled its launch – at least four copies of the probe had already sold on eBay in the UK. One of those was snapped up for what now looks like a bargain price of £60, while another went for a mind-boggling £175.
If you want in on the action at this point, you’re looking at a minimum of £119.99 to buy one outright. Otherwise, you can hop on one of several auctions that are currently hovering around the £70 mark, but seem almost guaranteed to rocket past that number and into the stars – a phrase which here means ‘get very expensive’.
One US auction has already reached $224 (roughly £163) despite the fact the Ulysses Space Probe hasn’t yet gone live in the States, while a very ambitious Australian seller has listed their copy of the promo at $999.99 AUD (approximately £555). That might be just a bit too silly for most.
Another UK seller is offering up a very tempting deal, bundling together the Ulysses Space Probe with this month’s Classic Space VIP Collectible Coin, which also disappeared from the VIP Rewards Centre within a matter of moments. That thematic pair can be yours for ‘just’ £300 (plus £2.50 postage, to add insult to injury).