The Red Brick, on Jun 13 2010, 08:18 PM, said:
but lego may have gotten so may e-mails/ complaints about extra coaches that they might decide to put some more coaches out
Even the train sets are marginal sellers for TLG so it is hard for them to justify removing something else from their production scedule to produce coaches, which have been poor sellers over and over again.
The Santa Fe coaches were great designs, had multiple different designs in the same set so are attractive to have in multiples, and failed totatly in the market place. They were heavily discounted on S@H and remaindered at $20 in Australia to get rid of them. My own train coaches also didn't sell well. The 9V set with four freight cars was easily and cheaply available MISB for many years after it was discontinued, which suggests to me that it also failed to sell well. These are all examples of wagons that are well regarded by fans of Lego trains, there just doesn't seem to be enough of us to meet the sales expectations of the huge company LEGO has become.
I think the best we can hope for in the future is Exclusive trains will be larger sets with an engine and perhaps three coaches.
pinioncorp, on Jun 13 2010, 09:20 PM, said:
I don't understand why they don't add rolling stock to the station or level crossing set. They instead include vehicles I really have no need for. It makes perfect sense: If you're buying a level crossing or station then you already have a train, why not add to that? A carriage included with the passenger station would be great. I have no need for more track maintenence vehicles, I need more carriages!
I at least like this idea because it is a new suggestion, I'd probably prefer the level crossing without any vehicle or wagon, to make it a cheaper way to buy straight track. I like it as is anyway.
A very small and cheap wagon as part of the station would be good, as long as it didn't impact the price too much. I'd mostly be interested in the wheels and couplers so a simple flat car would be fine, and I'd be happy to lose the taxi and a couple of minifigs. I'll probably try to buy two of the station as it is, but with a wagon it would be more tempting.
On consideration this idea looks like it would make the sets more attractive to those who would already buy them, but I doubt it would increase sales much, perhaps though it wouldn't have a negative effect so it might be worthwhile for TLG.