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1-7 July: VIPs will receive a white classic space minifig and robot on orders over €30
1-16 July: Free Chima polybag 30264 Frax with orders over €30
17-31 July: Free Chima polybag 30265 Worriz' bike with orders over €30
18-31 July: 10242 Mini Cooper will be available to VIPs, and 40109 mini Mini Cooper polybag will be thrown in, too.
It looks as though we are getting all of the EU offers with a £25 spend, so that is good news.
EDIT: It looks like you need to copy and paste the link into your browser, then it should work :o)
And that should work for everybody :-)
^ Thanks @TheOneVeyronian.
The classic spaceman is terrific but I do wish the minifigure was in any colour other than white.
And I'm ecstatic with white. That's the one space guy whom is the toughest to find the moon logo in good condition.
I think the Chinese-inspired "taikonaut" makes the most sense although it mixes languages:
astronaut: star sailor
cosmonaut: universe sailor
taikonaut: space sailor
The white one actually came out a few years back as a promo. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?G=2855028
The reasons the CMFs have the budget for so many new molds is that the cost of the mold is divided by the number of units sold. For example, a hundred-thousand-dollar steel mold will only add a dollar to the cost of each set if a hundred thousand sets using that mold are produced and sold. Not only do the CMFs sell in mass volumes, but they are available for sale pretty much everywhere — not just direct from LEGO.
Even the "Team GB" minifigures reused molds from previous CMF series, rather than introducing any new molds of their own, because being widely distributed in a single country isn't enough to satify the sheer number of figures that would have to be sold to pay off a new steel mold.
It's not as silly as how some people expect new molds in event-exclusive figs — figs which, by design, are produced in quantities of 1000 or less — but it's still pretty silly to expect an exclusive new mold here. Maybe if classic spacemen other than Benny make it into sets for the LEGO Movie's sequel, those sets will almost certainly be produced in great enough quantities to justify a new mold for their helmets. But the same can't be said for a LEGO Ideas set like the Exo-Suit, let alone a free promotional item like this.
The LEGO Movie sets are an exception, since in their case, the fact that Benny is a tremendously outdated minifigure is an essential part of his character design, and one that even kids are expected to pick up on. As I said, if more 1980s spacemen were to appear in the LEGO Movie sequel as major characters, that might be legitimate reason to create a new, faux-classic space helmet.
The original helmet perfectly frames the classic Lego smiley face. Anyone in this hobby who cares about the art and history of Lego must understand and respect the fine details.
It's pretty clear that a lot of thought went into designing the Benny minifig. If they used a motorcycle helmet with cracked chin strap it would have been all wrong.
Believe me, I care about classic LEGO. Just not to the extent that I think a free "retro" minifigure is ruined by an incredibly slight and completely unavoidable difference from the original. Even if a fig resembling a classic space figure appeared in a regular-issue set (like, say, a LEGO Juniors set), I think the current motorcycle helmet would be more or less acceptable, because it is supposed to be a likeness of the classic fig, not the genuine article.
Sometimes you just have to appreciate the intent of a design without demanding flawless accuracy. I feel this way even about the sets and figs of my childhood. A lot of BIONICLE fans feel like a set depicting a classic BIONICLE character like Tahu using current Hero Factory parts would be a travesty, whereas I think it would be a really brilliant and respectful way to pay tribute to a set that was a big part of my childhood. For that matter, you didn't see me complaining about the new Johnny Thunder fig from #70815 being "ruined" by his eye sparkles, back printing, or Reddish Brown hat. It was a loving tribute to a classic character from my childhood anyway.
"Incredibly slight" would accurately describe the difference in face printing or the size of the red elements in the logo.
I don't think it is a matter of TLG not being able to afford the mild, but to keep "classic" Spacemen...we...Classic. When they released Black Falcons Fortress as a Legend; the shield design was different than the Classic Black Falcons crest. I'm sure that was done on purpose.