A few days ago, I reported that LEGO Stores here in the US were taking pre-orders for the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) and now it looks like LEGO Stores in Canada are also doing the same thing as well. All you have to do is put down $40 and you’re guaranteed a set when it is released next month. I’m sure there will be some logistics for them to figure out such as having a separate line for pre-orders and those who didn’t when the store opens.
This LEGO pre-ordering system in-store seems like a new endeavor to help guage how the demand will be for a particular set. I wished it was implemented during the release of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) but I assume this was put in place because of what happened with the Falcon and I hope they keep doing it for big future releases. The Hogwarts Castle will be available on August 15 for VIP members and on September 1 for the general public.
Thanks to Jerry for the heads up.