Many people have been emailing me to ask if I had more information about the Amazon/Warner Bros. dispute and whether they should cancel their Amazon pre-order for The LEGO Movie and shop somewhere else. One of our readers got the following message when they inquired on whether they will be receiving their copy from Amazon or not:
I apologize for any misunderstanding about the delivery estimate for your order. We rely on the manufacturer for release date information, and they’ve indicated that “The LEGO MOvie: Every is Awesome Edition” will be released on June 17.
Once this item has been released and we receive copies, we’ll be able to ship it to you. It’s not uncommon for there to be a delay of several weeks between the release and distribution of a new publication.
When your order is shipped, we’ll send you an e-mail confirmation. We don’t charge you for items until they enter the shipping process.
Judging by the wording of that email, it may seem that Amazon would not have copies in time for the release date. That is until our reader got a follow up email a short time later:
I’ve reviewed our previous correspondence with you, and I’m very sorry about the incorrect information you received.
I’ve checked with our Inventory Department within Amazon.com and confirm that “The LEGO Movie” is eligible for Release-Date Delivery.
The dispute between Amazon and Warner Home Video will not affect any of our Release-Date Delivery.
I can confirm that we expect to ship your order in time to be delivered to you on the release date of June 17.
Please know we only offer the Release-Date Delivery option after we’ve confirmed available inventory with our suppliers and are certain we can meet our delivery promise to you.
So it may seem that Amazon will still keep their promise of a release date delivery but that final sentence makes it seem that it’s still uncertain at this point. For those who don’t want the uncertainty, other retailers will have The LEGO Movie: Everything is Awesome Edition available on release date.
Walmart has it for $39.96 with free shipping available.
Best Buy has it for $34.99 but you’ll be short a penny for the $35 free shipping threshold.
Barnes & Noble has it for $41.99 and is eligible for free shipping.
Finally, Target has it for $37.99 but free shipping starts at $50 unless you’re a REDcard member.
Thanks to Bill for the updates.