SpiderSpaceman, on 14 July 2012 - 12:52 AM, said:
Where the everloving hell are you guys picking that up from? There is no such sentiment expressed. Read the three pages, for crying out loud. There is nothing not sensible about gathering requests for the expansion of availability of something.
Read what I have said. or you know, just post #26. The one you so obviously missed due to your continued insistance that I'm trying to get them to stop making special edition minifigures.
And I'm actually over this batch of exclusives. I won't get them and I'm resigned to and okay with that. I just don't like that anyone would attack a (at least initially) polite plea, request for a change of the way it's done in the future, whatever you want to call it (as long as it actually is the same thing and not "no one else should be happy" or "whining").
I apologize; I did
completely miss post #26, perhaps in part because I was more focused on post #28 where you replied to the exact same post to make a different point.
The thing is, yes, it would be nice if TLG could distribute all minifigures in a more inclusive way, no matter how obscure. But frankly, some of these figs like Shazam or the white Boba Fett are so obscure that TLG might not have much incentive to produce them at all except as part of an intentionally-limited run. It's kind of the same way that the Collectible Minifigures have given TLG the opportunity to produce figs that either wouldn't fit in most of their existing themes or wouldn't have enough demand to justify full-scale production except as part of a larger collection. If TLG does decide that there's enough mainstream demand for the characters for reasons other than their exclusivity, then they can easily produce different versions of those figures, just as they have produced different versions of various collectible minifigure "archetypes" over the years.
Moreover, as I mentioned, there's a huge incentive for TLG to produce exclusive figures-- it brings attention to their brand at events like these. Comic-Con is a very big event with a lot of companies present, and so TLG has to give attendees in general-- not just dedicated LEGO fans who want nothing more than a sneak peek of the next year's products-- an incentive to keep coming back to their booth. Not to mention giving some non-attendees an incentive to sign up for the event as a whole, and to put the LEGO booth near the top of their must-see list of exhibitors. Thus they raffle off exclusive items like these, just as other toy companies have been doing for years. Yes, it leads to competition in the aftermarket, but frankly TLG doesn't do it because they care about what happens in a market that doesn't bring them any profits. They do it to increase their visibility at the event itself, and at future events once they have established a reputation for special offers like this.
I'm not trying to attack you in particular with my comment about this "if I can't have it, nobody can" attitude. Not everyone who wants a wider distribution for these exclusive figs has this attitude, certainly your comments don't express this attitude. But there are some who have commented here who do express that attitude (whether or not they sincerely hold it), and who feel that for some reason TLG owes the fans a wider release of figs which are designed
with exclusivity in mind. As it is, if TLG were to release these exact minifigures on a wider scale than was intended, it would defeat their purpose in producing these figs in the first place. In fact, if you look at times when TLG has made a supposedly "exclusive" item more widely available, as in the case of some collectible minifigure re-releases, some fans who were able to obtain the figs through the more exclusive channels start to feel betrayed and misled. And that's exactly the opposite of the impression TLG wants to leave these people with. They want people who put time and money into the company's events and promotions to feel like they have been given something of lasting value in return.
Bringing these exclusive figs to more comic conventions might be an acceptable option for TLG if they decide they want a stronger presence at these conventions. They might even have exclusive figs at other conventions that can't be gotten in San Diego. But frankly, it's expensive to make exclusive items like this in the first place, even more so to do it at a wider scale. Keep in mind that these are being given out for free, unlike many promotional items which at least require some purchase of a LEGO product as a prerequisite. And TLG might not be interested in a stronger presence at every comic convention. Through a mix of dumb luck and circumstance, San Diego Comic-Con has become one of the chief pop-culture conventions for companies of all sorts, whether or not their business has any direct connections to comics or even to the comic-loving demographic in particular. And it's not always in TLG's interest to level an uneven playing field they had no part in creating.
Edited by Aanchir, 14 July 2012 - 02:51 PM.