madoka, on 02 June 2011 - 06:33 PM, said:
I just opened one of these sets and was surprised to find a new color for the armor that is unique to this set.
It's not a new color-- it's 316 Titanium Metallic, the same color that is (to my knowledge) used most armor and weapon pieces used by the dragon faction in Kingdoms. Bricklink calls it Pearl Dark Gray, although it is slightly different than the Pearl Dark Gray color used prior to the debut of Kingdoms (147 Dark Grey Metallic).
If yours looks different than other Titanium Metallic parts from Kingdoms sets, then it's possible that you simply received a part with color inconsistencies. I hope this is not the case, as 316 replaced 147 largely for the purpose of reducing the inconsistencies in earlier Pearl Dark Gray parts, and so far I haven't heard any horror stories about Titanium Metallic parts being inconsistent with one another. If there truly are inconsistencies, I hope TLG can resolve them without having to discontinue Titanium Metallic, which is in my opinion a lovely color.
castlestrike666, on 03 June 2011 - 04:10 PM, said:
Did TLC make a deal with Megablocks or Brickarms or so?!
That weapons are a total LOSS! Sorry.
But, I think they just want to see how people react onto that new type of weaponry... . Some kind of hidden 'market research'
The weapons aren't actually minifigure weapons in the strictest sense. They were designed for the Heroica subtheme of LEGO Games, and some of the factors of their design owe themselves to that theme (for instance, they are all designed so they can be mounted inside a hollow stud, and they are in general slightly smaller than weapons designed specifically for minifigures).
I do not expect these weapons to become widespread in typical System themes, and they were probably included in this set because they offer a wide variety of designs that are small enough that they don't drive the price up too greatly. They also probably cost less to produce than other LEGO weapons because their molds are more recent and thus possibly more economically-designed.
It should be noted that every set containing these weapons contains this exact same assortment, similar to the BIONICLE minifigure weapons from 2006-2007 playsets. The designs on those, of course, were much more specialized, and they'd hardly fit into any theme but a sci-fi oriented one. Compared to those, these are downright generic, and not at all like the IMO overspecialized weapons often seen in Mega Bloks sets or Brickarms weapon packs.