MAB

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  1. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    The downside (or upside, depending on opinion) of Creator is brick building even small animals.
  2. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    LEGO can afford to lose fans, especially those that want them to continue to do things the way they were done in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. How many LEGO purchases are driven by someone after attending a fan event. I would imagine an incredibly tiny amount. Even hard-core fans can afford to be lost. LEGO is stagnating in Europe and the US not because it is doing badly, but because they have reached saturation. It is probably at a maximum fan level now, more than ever. Which of course is why it is trying to expand in Asia and elsewhere. Do I think corporate LEGO is good? No. I don't think their customer service is great any more. However, their output is still very good, even if they don't make what I want them to make. That they sell out very quickly of sets shows that their supply cannot keep up with demand, which can be seen as a positive (loads of people buying) or negative (they don't produce enough). Should they increase production through new factories? Probably not as they expanded too rapidly on the back of TLM and that lead to job layoffs when that growth did not continue. There have been exoduses of fans before. When they first started doing licensed themes, people complaining that SW will ruin LEGO. Same after the colour changes of LG/DG to LBG/DBG, some people stopped buying LEGO. I was too young to notice at the time, but I imagine people also got upset about the introduction of the minifigure and moving away from people-less town plan style builds. Things change. Fans leave all the time, but they have continually been replaced. It would not surprise me if the European and US sales fall in future years, but will be bolstered by Asian sales. And LEGO will probably take that. Until the Creator set comes out / is leaked, there is not really much to discuss. Just wants lists and complaints about other licensed and non-licensed themes stopping Castle making a comeback.
  3. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    Revenue and reputation indices seem to say otherwise though. • LEGO: group revenue 2019 | Statista
  4. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    Yeah, I am not arguing that the only themes that can sell are media based ones but that any non-media based ones have to coexist with media based ones on the shelves. We often see an argument that LEGO didn't bother to advertise Pirates 2015 or Castle 2013 properly, compared to the media driven themes. This is exactly the issue. Without media, the competing themes get much more airtime and hence better advertisement. Then when the non-media themes don't do so well, fans blame LEGO for not supporting them.
  5. Raising the price a little won't help. It is still significantly lower than the set price and the BL part out price so buyers will still want them. $10 would stop resellers but then it would stop most buyers too.
  6. MAB

    Help! Swivel plate curved walls

    When you build this in real life, how do you ensure every angle is exactly the same? You are creating a flexible part with fixed ends. It is not just angles, there are distances to consider too. I think you have a 20 stud long quarter circumference, which must equal 0.5 pi r, and so r is not a whole number of studs, and your radius will not be equal for every section. Hence the angles cannot be the same.
  7. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    Cartoon Network, Netflix, amazon prime and probably other streaming services. Kids TV doesn't really work like that. I don't think kids feel they are having to invest their time in watching cartoons. Time watching something fun is not worthless if you enjoy it. They are a pleasure, not a chore. Storylines move very slowly throughout a series and most episodes are a fairly well contained story on their own, in that you can watch one in isolation. I haven't seen Ninjago for a long time, but I have seen Chima and NK with my kids and they follow that sort of pattern. In most episodes something happens and then it is resolved while progressing the bigger story only a small amount. You could easily miss an episode and still know what is happening.
  8. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    To illustrate the point, here is Kai from 2011, 2016, 2020 and even in Minecraft .. It doesn't really matter which episodes of Ninjago a kid has watched, or whether they have old or new sets, they will instantly recognise their heroes.
  9. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    I don't think kids care too much about army builders. When my kids play, it doesn't really matter what theme the figures came from, they all get included. If they had to choose in a store though, I imagine they would go for the more dynamic looking action based one. I don't think that matters. They still know Ninjago and they know the main characters. Any current Ninjago sets are still recognizable as Ninjago and will have an advantage over something they do not know.
  10. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    My answer of yes was to the last question about have things changed much in toy world. I think toys, especially lego, have changed significantly in the past 15 years. As have kids. Tablets, apps and tech are now integrated into many higher end toys, kids think nothing of getting their media from youtube/Internet rather than broadcast TV and paper catalogues and especially after TLM, a lot of advertising is now through tie-in media rather than traditional advertising. The cartoons are 20 minutes or so of advertising. Why do 30 secs of advertising when the show can be the advertising. Any theme without media has to go up against such themes with media. That is why I think it s likely to lose the shelf space battle. The problem with the Fantasy Era male peasants is that they are all very similar torsos, which has probably held their value back. Whereas Kingdoms ones introduced a bit more variation. Although all have been selling very well recently. Kingdoms soldiers in particular have done well for me recently.
  11. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    I thought these ones from 2013/14 were fairly decent. The crowns on the blue faction were a bit too prominent for me, but I don't think kids were put off by that. It is not just castle-centric licensed themes that compete with Castle. All the other in-house themes also compete against Castle. As you say, kids want everything. I find with my kids, often they don't really care what theme it is, they will want and play with it if it looks good on the box. Hence brightly coloured action based themes selling well. I think the simple answer is yes. Since the massive growth in LEGO after The LEGO Movie, so much of the output for kids is now backed up by other media/cartoons and that has become the new format for themes. Castle may have sold OK more than a decade ago, when it was not competing against media driven advertising for the other in-house themes. That is no longer the situation though. Put Castle with no media up against Ninjago and Monkie Kid, and I doubt it will do very well in sales to kids.
  12. MAB

    these figures are original?

    Neither are a lot of the figures that get sold off stolen. You only had to look at Kevin Hinkle's ebay sales when he left LEGO to see the 100s of minifigures of himself, other LEGO workers, and all the multiple copies of comic con figures that he had. Presumably all legit.
  13. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    Yes, and that would mean going back to mainly unnamed characters in the theme - and presumably no character driven media support - which is a very different model to most modern themes such as Monkie Kid, Ninjago, Chima, Nexo Knights, and so on. Chima had 9 or 10 Lavals, NK had a similar number of Aarons, and so on. It doesn't matter that they are an external IP like SW or HP, or an internal theme. Named characters (which would be necessary if there was going to be a media drive to promote it) mean repeated characters at the expense of unnamed generic army building type characters.
  14. MAB

    these figures are original?

    I cannot see how they are prototypes. What are they even prototyping? The parts have been in production for a number of years. The colours are well established. They don't need to make entire figures to prototype a part. If they are genuine, in the sense that they are made in a lego factory, they are probably being made for the black market. Whether a shift manager knows or not, they are probably made to supplement incomes paid by lego. We've seen employees leave before, and have literally 1000s of valuable minifigs that get sold off. Same with their in house gift sets, loads appear for sale at Xmas. No doubt all staff know there is money to be made from black market sales.
  15. MAB

    Future Castle Sets?

    It depends what you do with the figures. Sell them, and licensed ones tend to get better return value making the price per part of the building parts cheaper. It depends what you do with them. I have three complete sets of The Fellowship from LOTR. I display multiple vignettes at once, so having multiples is good. But you can say the same thing about unlicensed sets. If you have a dozen identifiable characters such as kings or queens, they are also less useful than generic characters.