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Yeah, I was thinking that maybe Chevrolet bring back the older Corvette and Ford bring back the older Shelby for those who missed out.
Lego produced a few Minifigure accessory packs that included variants of collectible Minifigures and a VIP top 5. Anything is possible.
Lego should however look into a Greek or Roman theme...
I'd love to see American Revolutionary, Civil War, WWI, WWII, modern, and other countries' warriors (i.e., Zulu, Mongols, Mamluks, Persian Immortals, Maori).
In some ways LEGO HAS redone many figures from earlier lines into things like BaM in the stores, you could get clowns and cheerleaders, among some others I believe a few years ago. You also have sets like the LEGO calendar which had the Series 1 skateboarder and cheerleader in it.
It would be nice to have a reprint of CMF 1 and 2, possibly as series 20 ?
CMF 3 and 4 could be series 30?
This would allow a new market for those figures to develope with time.
Although reprinting all the CMF for sale would probably not be commercially viable.
If it were possible to keep the molds for the CMF, I think it would be better to have more choices available on the [email protected] PAB so that people could buy the old CMF if they really want to. Lego could print a small amount of parts and stock control would tell them which ones are wanted most, so they can keep them in production.
I do not see how doing a 'best' out of each series will do that. Especially when many of the packs for the past 3 series have been somewhat available and series 17 would have a 16 figure in it (from a long ago time of 3-4 months), so you really are getting 15 figures. You also tick those off that paid 20 (if not more) dollars for zombies or paid thru the nose for other series 1 to make or complete a set (mercifully I was not one of those people) . LEGO tried this around series top 5 figure pronotion. The problem then also becomes a problem now if this is attempted. That is, who picks the 'best figure' from each series? The fans? LEGO (hopefully not; already saw their judgement with the last 'top 5 fig' set)? Even if the 'fans' how do you really know they picked these and not LEGO vetoing the fan picks (like what apparently occurred last time).
Truth is I believe 3.99 per pack is the start of the end for the CMF, and if it did not 'jump the shark' before it certainly is about to now. You can see it in LEGO having to clearance their last CMF series and Simpson because no one wants to pay the 3.99 USD. Only after LEGO dropped the series 12 to 1.98 USD did people buy them, and most likely only resellers at that point. A Target by me still has series 12, about 4 boxes worth, at the store. It is only going to get worse. If LEGO is truly smart, they simply keep doing new series fig ideas and lower the price per pack to at least 3.49 USD, if not lower.
Because if I can get these for 3.49 USD:
Then why am I paying 3.99 USD for a pack of CMF?
I think if LEGO did do an idea such as the best 16 figures in series 17 it would show weakness that they ran out of ideas, or that it is a blatant money grab for little creativity and only hurt the image of these more.
That is if another run of Simpsons figures does not take a series place and further depress the CMF line.
But if I'm not mistaken, lego no longer has exclusive rights to the mini figure style, only "Lego Minifigures".....hence OYOs and such.
Personally I collect the figs I actually like, rather than any concern about future value or depreciation.
Therefore, while there might be expired patents relating to the bricks, every time TLG designs a new part, that is a new expression of a thing, a new copyright instance can be created. (In addition, the design of the new part can be protected by a registered design which is like copyright but comes with extra rights but at a cost.)
I think what failed was the random nature of that VIP bundle upthread. I would love the elf but not any of the others.
But if they were blind bags or a set of related figures like they did with the Halloween, Rock Band, or Beach ones, they would be a hit.
I would rather have them in blind bags because, I would like a bunch more Centenarians instead of a equal number of them and Emperors. But I can see how others would not like to lose yet another regular CMF series. Between The Simpsons and now Monsters, it will be awhile before I can get some great new history / fantasy minifigs.