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That is to me the most annoying thing about Lego! And I'm sure not much are feeling the same way, because you never read anything about this issue in blogs, lego-news sites, on forums it gets deleted,.... so I also might be the only one.
The thing that I find particularly annoying that I don't think anyone else even cares about is when someone commenting on a MOC (or set) complains that there are no stairs or doors to access certain places, or nowhere for minifigs to go to the bathroom.
Just seems like a nonsense complaint to me: you could just as easily complain about any number of other inaccuracies that are essential to allow a model to be made in Lego form: lack of anywhere for the minifigures to put their stuff, would leak if it rained, only one giant cup the size of their head, ridiculously thick walls, whatever.
I just don't know why people feel that those two things are so important, that all other compromises don't matter.
I miss the old faces that were all the same
I get this, minifigures are just one part of the Lego experience, and I can appreciate the simple face figures for their context. However, if it weren't for the vast improvement in minifigure design (I'm talking simply in terms of the range of what is available and how much more they can be used to show) I probably wouldn't have come out of dark ages when I did. My return to Lego was sparked by minifigure collecting, so I was one obsessed with just the figures, but that turned into building and MOCing as a result.
1) It is a construction toy, where items can be built and rebuilt any number of ways and times, where the limit is one's imagination.
2) It is an imaginative playset where the characters are avatars that can go on amazing adventures, where the stories one has in one's mind can be acted out and told.
WIth kids that have played with Lego both ways, I really appreciate characters/minifigs they can connect with. For the first toy, one really needs only the basic yellow headed characters. For the second, the minifig has a much larger role.
At the same time, if the 'imaginative playset', is lacking it really does distract from the story one can tell. Try playing HP if Hogwarts has been skimped on.
As much as the minifigs here have been critical to the type of play done, I do agree, incremental changes to characters at the expense of the design of a set, becomes problematic. I loved the first wave of the last HP line, but the second wave was lackluster. The Battle of Hogwarts should have been 'more', and instead it was very disappointing.
Of course, part of this also is creating a varied price point within a line, and often I think that influences things more. They have to hit price points, so they vary the characters a bit to make them appealing. (Obviously, not always the case.)
I'll add another that 'annoys' me...
What frustrates me is a lack of a solid adventure line. We loved the Lego Master Builder Adventure Designer. It had wonderful special features, and sets. I would love to see just one theme that really focused on 'adventure' and special features like trap doors, booby traps, snakes that pop out, quicksand.... Something that was just 'different'. I just want 'different'. Lego Friends has had some 'new' and interest designs. Elves has some new concepts. I want a theme on the 'boy' lines that is just 'different', instead of finding occasionally a cool one off set in a line that feels different.
I think really coupled with that is that I also have a strong preference for the in-house Lego themes. My son does as well. I wish we were at a time and a place there were more of those, and that licenses by default didn't easily outsell those. There is just something very cool and fun about lines like Monster Fighters or PowerMiners.
I think 'annoy' is too strong of a word for either of these items, but maybe a bit frustrated. Lego is about innovation and creativity, and yet at the same time they are bound by the need for sales, and so themes get the standard X sets, at standard pricepoint, with standard features that sell. I think sometimes they become too constrained by that.
I will leave off my opinions on female minifigs, since I am tired of ratholes.
But I am probably the only person who thinks TLG should cut the RRP to 1/4 of what they currently are.
I'm also angry that TLG will not reprint the overpriced highly collectible sets from the past.
UCS Millenium Falcon
are a few sets that should be reprinted, even if TLG only do a limited reprint of 10K every 5 years I am sure they could make money from doing so.