Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:59 PM
I'm a bit curious about all the statements about there being lots of spiders, snakes and rats. There are many individual sets with those animals, but most of the sets don't have more than one or two of any given one of those animals, with the occasional exception (such as Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb, which has ten snakes). TLG has a couple different rat molds, but going by Peeron, one of them has been used only in a couple Harry Potter sets, and there aren't any sets that feature more than one of either mold. As an Indiana Jones fan who'd love more rats for some subterranean Venice MOCs, I've long wanted more rats, and in more colors (I'm glad they were finally just added to Pick-a-Brick, but they're in only one color and cost 70 cents apiece).
One thing that's mystified me is how they decide what animals to create new variations of. For years there's been essentially one snake design, aside from the giant "basilisk" in a single older Harry Potter set; the new "missile" cobras in the current NinjaGo are appreciated if for no other reason than part variety always being appreciated, but I've long wanted a more "generic," non-rattle snake that can be used to represent all sorts of snakes. The NinjaGo cobras do at least give us a cobra, albeit one in a very specific position to facilitate use as a projectile. The classic rattlesnakes have appeared in numerous sets over the years, mostly in sets in which they're presumably representing other sorts of snakes (even in the Minifigures line, which uses so many new molds all the time even when there's no particular pressing need for them, they've retained the rattlesnake for the 'Egyptian Queen' when it actually would considerably benefit from a new snake mold).
By contrast, they've done a variety of dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles in just a few themes (Adventurers, Studios, Dinosaurs, Dino Attack / Dino 2010, Dino) in a little over a decade or so, with each major dinosaur variety TLG has represented (tyrannosaur, triceratops, etc.) appearing in just a handful of sets overall, and yet they've started from scratch nearly every time. There are the Adventurers / Studios designs, the Dinosaurs ones, the Dino Attack / Dino 2010 ones and the current Dino ones, each of these "families" having its own totally new take on triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, etc., for creatures that appear in just a fraction of the total number of sets featuring snakes (or horses, sharks, or most other animals that haven't gotten nearly so many revisions). This of course isn't even couting the Duplo dinosaurs (or the various Creator-style ones built fully with "generic" bricks and so on). One would think that if they'd create expensive new molds for animals that in some instances get used once in a single set and then apparently retired forever, they could invest in perhaps a few more snakes, say, for all the new sets that come out each year in a variety of themes that use snakes, but it hasn't happened (until NinjaGo, and even that was presumably driven by a specific functional requirement).
Each 60-count box of 71012 Disney Minifigures Series 1 contains:
- 4 copies apiece of Mickey Mouse, the Genie, Stitch, Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, and the Pizza Planet Alien
- 3 copies apiece of everyone else