brickzone, on Nov 29 2009, 12:09 PM, said:
Well it seems like Lego have hit on a good "business" idea, but does anyone else not see this as a bit of a horrible evil way to try and take as much money as possible off people? Preying on consumers rather than properly straightforward good offerings for them to buy? The whole chance thing and deliberate rarity just seems like an attempt to prey on people's collecting instincts and love of minifigs.
As for existing non-Lego operations like this (trading card etc.) these have been derided for years as immoral and basically trying to steal kids money. I don't know why anyone would want to compare a Lego operation to such things, although it looks like it is a fairly good match for what they are trying to do.
I happen to agree 100% with these comments. It seems to me to that these opaque bags are a cynical (and not child friendly) attempt to generate cash. As adult collectors we are able to buy multiple packets, or bricklink/ eBay the MiniFig (if we wish), but what about kid's with a limited budget who might want a particular MiniFig, with normal themes they might wait for christmas or a birthday to request what they want, with these 'collectables' this can't happen because they do not get the chance to choose what they want (never mind the limited production time). I totally agree that this concept seems to head towards being 'immoral', and does not fit with my interpretation of the Lego 'core values'.
Which brings me onto:
David Thomsen, on Nov 29 2009, 10:06 AM, said:
I'm wondering if these will make of cheap plastic, though. If they are, I'm not touching them, even if there's a cool unique pirate fig.
I hope i'm wrong, but, I can see these (limited run, lots of printing) to be of a low quailty. This will be the deciding factor for me, because out of principle I will not buy inferior products.
But having said that I do not agree with concept, if they are of good quailty I will be eager to buy them (and expect to pay a heavy price). Nearly all of the designs are outstanding (although I can not see what is special about number 6 Diver, and I am not sure what number 13 represents).