Jargo wrote:I saw. You get to keep the set?
yep, mine to keep. i've reviewed 7 sets to date, starting with Parisian Restaurant
back in november, then a few of the first-wave movie sets (Getaway Glider
, Flying Flusher
, Lord Business' Evil Lair
) between february and march , Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!
in june, then Super Cycle Chase
, one of the leftover first-wave sets that Ice (the admin) didn't have the time to review, in late june, and now Exo-Suit. all in all, it amounts to about $450 worth of sets.
sometime mid to late last year,Ice started getting preview/review sets offered from the LEGO CEE (Community Engagement & Events) Team and he's distributed them amongst the moderators and himself on an as-available basis, trying to keep it relatively even. it's not a rigidly structured rotation or anything, like "you get this because it's your turn" but we all try to keep it even.
I'm quite annoyed with Mark Stafford for saying it was a short production run. That's like a green light to scalpers. Instantly driving the secondary market price through the roof probably meaning lots of people who might have bought the set won't be able to afford it. Irresponsible behaviour and I expect better of a Lego employee. Which isn't me moaning because I won't get a copy but just a general moan because I'm against the whole idea of Investing / speculating on Lego and kids toys in general.
yeah, absolutely. with the debacle that was the Mars Rover Curiosity, i'm hoping they have a plan to continue production above the initial 10K allotment. i agree that it was irresponsible of Mark to discuss availability/production run, since it's not really the business unit he's in, but i really do appreciate all the insight he's provided into the development process of this set.
the one thing that sets this apart from Curiosity is that it will be available in LEGO Stores. Curiosity never made it there, was only available on the website, and even then only for a handful of days over the course of three months before it was retired. ridiculous.
it would be interesting to see what happens if they do produce more Exo-Suit sets after the first allotment is sold out - Mark said the green spacesuits were the result of the number of 'color changes' he had left, and that if he pressed the issue to produce the spacesuits in white it would have messed up other color changes he had already requested - the torso alone accounting for three changes (hands, arms, torso). the available pieces being made were black (which he said disappeared inside the rollcage), blue (too much like Benny), or green (because of ninja turtles), so green it was. but what happens if there are different colors being produced the next time they need to produce the set? could we end up with 21109a with white spacesuits? or red?
I registered at TnB yesterday as Blackorange. I probably won't post much but I was booted out of Eurobricks for being norty I've missed having a dedicated Lego forum to post in
oh, no. am i going to have to put on the daddypants over there now that you've already exposed yourself as a rabblerouser?
I got Benny in the mail today. The faux scruffy torso print looks a lot better when it's not in a macro photo.
agreed, the impression of wear looks better from a suitable distance. looks very speckled up-close.
I think what let Blacktron II down is that it went from the dark mysterious look to a cartoony clone of the good guys. It was a huge misstep on Lego's part.
and the fact that BLACKtron was wearing mostly WHITE. plus the black/trans-red/trans-yellow color scheme and the all-black spacesuit/helmet/visor aesthetic was like the product of Darth Vader being hired as a LEGO designer.
The company is so resistant to change. I guess it's because they still have people in top jobs who were there all those years ago and there's still a family run business ethos. It seems such a paradox that a company making a creative toy stifles it's own creativity.
ha! yeah, i guess they do stifle themselves a bit, though they're breaking out of that - particularly with Mixels (which are all incredibly awesome).
And has a rivalry with another toy company that isn't even a manufacturer of building bricks. Playmobil is a totally different toy experience but Lego have this whole copycat war going with them. Insanity.
i think that's due to playmobil being the only other game in town for so long on the stylized little plastic people market, and being a very European product/company. there's not as much playmobil over here.