gza

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  1. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I disagree, I think it's much more visually appealing with the brighter color pallet, especially for the water. An overwhelmingly brown, monochrome structure simply wouldn't present as well on the box.
  2. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    It still looks like a base to me, just as much as the original submission. Both have shipwrecks incorporated into the base. It has a few additional masts and rolled up sails as compared to the original submission, but if those really bother you I bet they could be removed quite easily.
  3. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    The original pirate base clearly had a shipwrecked ship incorporated into it as well, the only thing that changed is that the ship isn't brown anymore.
  4. I would LOVE to get a new horse barding print since it's been so long since the last one. So I'm really hoping for a knight on horseback
  5. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I voted for this idea and I love the final product, but I can only speak for myself. You say it ruined IDEAS, other people in the thread are saying it's the best IDEAS set ever. Watch the video of the designers discussing all the considerations that went into the set, and it becomes clear how deeply they DO care about keeping the spirit of the original (which, anecdotally, I think it does very successfully).
  6. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    When I look at them side by side it looks like the designers tried really hard to incorporate the layout of the original build despite not being able to use the raised base plate and old hull elements. Personally I think it will be a great base for my pirates, albeit a base made out of a shipwrecked Black Seas Barracuda.
  7. gza

    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    You can't please everyone, but I think they knocked it out of the park here, on everything from classic box design, to the alternative build (hearkening back to the days of alternative builds on the back of every set) which looks fantastic, and all the little details and callbacks to the original Pirates. I like the idea that the base is built out of the shipwreck of the original Barracuda. I had a feeling they would do something to break up the mass of brown pieces in the original build, simply because to leave it as an overwhelmingly monochrome brown would not be eye catching on the box. After years and years of people calling for the return of classic themes like Pirates I truly appreciate the fan service this set provides and will be a day 1 purchase for me.
  8. gza

    Monkey Kid Theme Discussion

    My wallet is happy after seeing the minifig.
  9. gza

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    The purple goblin looks awesome. This series could be great for Castle fans.
  10. gza

    Monkey Kid Theme Discussion

    Sounds a lot like a Ninjago line to me. Not what I was hoping for out of this one.
  11. gza

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    The new shield is stunning!
  12. Not at all what I was implying, I agree with mostly everything you said. At the end of the day Lego is guessing what kids want, just like us, but they're educated guesses.
  13. "Research and development activities: Each year, new product launches account for approximately 60% of the LEGO Group’s sales to consumers. More than 250 designers from more than 40 different countries make up the creative core of product development within the company, with the majority being based in the company’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark. The development activities that enable such an extensive degree of innovation comprise a wide range of initiatives from trend spotting and anthropological studies to the development of specific products and campaigns. The LEGO Group also co-operates with a number of educational institutions concerning various research projects within, among other topics, children’s play and new technologies." Note 8. Research and development expenses 822 million DKK (roughly 126 million USD) for FY 2018 550 million DKK (roughly 84 million USD) for FY 2017 (source) Just to give an idea of the rough amount of capital they invest in this area.
  14. The historical view, at least in the Lego community, seems to be that these lines would interfere with other lines (Castle to HP, Space to Star Wars, etc.). Whether that's actually a factor (and whether or not it's actually true) is up for debate. It's possible that, as you've already pointed out, the lack of success of the last Castle and Pirate's series have made them hesitant to produce something similar. Perhaps limited shelf space at brick and mortar retailers is a factor in us not seeing a traditional line of these sets as we did in the past, and instead we're more likely to see one offs like the IDEAS sets. My point is that, however much we may question their judgement, Lego is far better equipped to answer these questions than us. All we can do, for the most part, is speculate, whereas they have huge quantities of data to assist in their decision making.
  15. It's data from their sales. I don't have access to their financial statements as they are a private company. However, here's a couple small excerpts from the executive summary of Mattel's 2017 financial statement which I quickly pulled up: "Mattel bases its production schedules for toy products on customer orders and forecasts, taking into account historical trends, results of market research, and current market information." "Competition among the above companies is intensifying due to trends towards shorter life cycles for individual toy products and an increasing use of high technology in toys. In addition, as a result of the phenomenon of "children getting older younger" resulting from children outgrowing toys at younger ages, Mattel competes with companies that sell products outside the toy aisle, such as electronic consumer products and video games. Competition continues to be heavily influenced by the fact that a small number of retailers account for a large portion of all toy sales, allocate the shelf space from which toys are viewed, and have direct contact with parents and children through in-store purchases, coupons, and print advertisements. Such retailers can and do promote their own private-label toys, facilitate the sale of competitors’ toys, and allocate shelf space to one type of toy over another. Competition is also intensifying due to the availability of online-only distributors, including Amazon.com, which are able to promote a wide variety of toys and represent a wide variety of toy manufacturers, and, with limited overhead, do so at a lower cost." "During 2017, 2016, and 2015, Mattel incurred expenses of $225.2 million, $215.3 million, and $217.8 million, respectively, in connection with the design and development of products" Lego is acutely aware of their competitors offerings just as Mattel is- if we don't see them offering similar products, it's a fair assumption they have data or analysis to back it up. Also I'm simply trying to add to the discussion, there's no need to be so dismissive.