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#151 Scubacarrot

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:24 PM

View Postcimddwc, on 31 May 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

They're actually 2.49 EUR, at least here in Germany. :tongue:

Same here in Holland, Series 4 was 1.99 Euro in most places, rest all 2.49. Not that it's comparable, different taxes, competitors, distribution costs, etc.

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#152 Black Llama

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:08 PM

It's not often that I'm disappointed with Lego's ideas, but this one is really a kick in the pants :\ Honestly, Lego is going to come out and say that the 5 most popular Mini's from series 1 to 3 are the Mummy and the Fisherman? How is the Zombie not on this list? Or the Clown for that matter.

It should have been (at least in my thoughts)

Zombie
Elf
Cyborg
Spartan
Clown

The selection on this one is terrible Lego... boo!


#153 Rufus

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:32 PM

View PostBlack Llama, on 07 June 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:

It's not often that I'm disappointed with Lego's ideas, but this one is really a kick in the pants :\ Honestly, Lego is going to come out and say that the 5 most popular Mini's from series 1 to 3 are the Mummy and the Fisherman? How is the Zombie not on this list? Or the Clown for that matter.
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#154 Aanchir

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:52 PM

View PostBlack Llama, on 07 June 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:

It's not often that I'm disappointed with Lego's ideas, but this one is really a kick in the pants :\ Honestly, Lego is going to come out and say that the 5 most popular Mini's from series 1 to 3 are the Mummy and the Fisherman? How is the Zombie not on this list? Or the Clown for that matter.

It should have been (at least in my thoughts)

Zombie
Elf
Cyborg
Spartan
Clown

The selection on this one is terrible Lego... boo!

There was a clause in the original voting that essentially said that if certain parts weren't available, alternate ones would be substituted, and if no suitable substitutes were available, then the minifigures would be substituted for runners-up. The most likely scenario is that at the time the voting was set up, it was expected that a lot of Series 1 and Series 2 parts would be available, but that when it came time to actually put this set into production, the Series 1 and 2 parts (or in the very least, those in the most popular figs from the voting) were not available.

It's quite believable that the Series 3 figs chosen could have been the most popular figs once popular Series 1 and 2 figs had been eliminated. After all, Series 3 was the newest of the three series and so had the most hype around it at the time of voting. In contrast, I imagine that the votes for Series 1 and 2 figs were concentrated on certain extremely popular figs like the Zombie and Spartan. This would explain why, for example, the Surfer from Series 2 was still able to be produced for the recent minifigure pack, but did not become a part of this VIP set. Unlike others from his series like the Spartan, he simply didn't have the same kind of support as the Series 3 favorites and runners-up.

Overall the entire situation strikes me as a huge logistical failure. The intention to produce a VIP set from the most popular figs of Series 1, 2, and 3 is admirable, and the decision to use Series 3 runners-up when the original intention proved impossible is understandable in the very least, considering the alternative would probably have been not to release a VIP set like this at all. But I figure that there simply must have been a failure of communication between departments, or else TLG should have been able to anticipate the problems that would arise and the utter disappointment that would result from this underwhelming final selection.

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#155 Black Llama

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

Oops, didn't see this thread or I wouldn't have started a new one (and I even searched too!).

Still, and I can logistics, but wow lack of Zombies and Spartans make for one sad llama :\


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

View PostAanchir, on 07 June 2012 - 04:52 PM, said:

There was a clause in the original voting that essentially said that if certain parts weren't available, alternate ones would be substituted, and if no suitable substitutes were available, then the minifigures would be substituted for runners-up. The most likely scenario is that at the time the voting was set up, it was expected that a lot of Series 1 and Series 2 parts would be available, but that when it came time to actually put this set into production, the Series 1 and 2 parts (or in the very least, those in the most popular figs from the voting) were not available.

It's quite believable that the Series 3 figs chosen could have been the most popular figs once popular Series 1 and 2 figs had been eliminated. After all, Series 3 was the newest of the three series and so had the most hype around it at the time of voting. In contrast, I imagine that the votes for Series 1 and 2 figs were concentrated on certain extremely popular figs like the Zombie and Spartan. This would explain why, for example, the Surfer from Series 2 was still able to be produced for the recent minifigure pack, but did not become a part of this VIP set. Unlike others from his series like the Spartan, he simply didn't have the same kind of support as the Series 3 favorites and runners-up.

Indeed. Moreover, in addition to all that, it should be reiterated that we don't really know how the votes broke down, and TLG may not even have had to choose many (or even any!) alternatives - these could actually have been popular vote-getters. Remember, we aren't LEGO's core customers - kids are, and kids would likely choose very different figures from AFOLs.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:28 AM

View PostBlondie-Wan, on 08 June 2012 - 03:43 PM, said:

Indeed. Moreover, in addition to all that, it should be reiterated that we don't really know how the votes broke down, and TLG may not even have had to choose many (or even any!) alternatives - these could actually have been popular vote-getters. Remember, we aren't LEGO's core customers - kids are, and kids would likely choose very different figures from AFOLs.
Although, this was sent to VIPs only. I think there's a very good chance the majority of VIPs are AFOLs. It's hard to say what dissent would be fiercer. This or a no set, no explanation why. Honestly.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:28 AM

View PostLegocrazy81, on 09 June 2012 - 05:28 AM, said:

Although, this was sent to VIPs only. I think there's a very good chance the majority of VIPs are AFOLs. It's hard to say what dissent would be fiercer. This or a no set, no explanation why. Honestly.

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#159 ramjarjamjar

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:09 PM

I've seen series 4 minifigures appear again in the Entertainer toy shops recently here in the UK.
I found this pretty annoying because i bought the VIP set as i hadn't started seriously collecting the minifigures until series 5 and back then I didn't think I would be able to get a hold of those particular minifgures so easily.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

View Postramjarjamjar, on 07 August 2012 - 02:09 PM, said:

I've seen series 4 minifigures appear again in the Entertainer toy shops recently here in the UK.
I found this pretty annoying because i bought the VIP set as i hadn't started seriously collecting the minifigures until series 5 and back then I didn't think I would be able to get a hold of those particular minifgures so easily.

Then you shouldn't worry too much, as the VIP set is made up of Series 3 figures.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

View PostHawkman, on 07 August 2012 - 03:28 PM, said:

Then you shouldn't worry too much, as the VIP set is made up of Series 3 figures.

oops, i meant to say series 3 are appearing again although i have seen series 4 there as well. i always get mixed up, i only remember the colours.



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