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Look over there! It's #9516 escaping in a smoke bomb of controversy!
Anyone who thinks Lego will retire a set like that in only 9 months are just blatantly stupid
Though, really, this belongs in the Mr. Gold thread.
1500 for the USA
1500 for europe
and so on rather than being as precise as to each state
Now, how may WM's, Targets, TRU's are in your state? Again, just for easy math let's say there are 1,000 WM's, 1,000 Targets and 500 TRU's. So, that's 50 retail stores in each state and 30 Mr Gold's in each state. Now include S&H, toy stores, etc. and that should easily bring the 50 to 60. Now 60 retail locations in each state, 30 Mr Gold per state. So, a 50/50 chance that a location would have a Mr Gold.
Yup, a lot of estimates, questimates, but the odds don't look good for finding a Mr Gold. A person would have to buy all the minifigs at 2 or 3 stores to have a really good chance of finding a Mr Gold? Just saying, I think it is very long odds.
And, apparently, all were found at Target. ;)
Thats a HUGE amount when you consider the size of the place
This made my day. You only need one guess to know where I found it (9 sold, only 1 left, hahaha).
In other words, if the U.S. ends up with more, it would be a function of the U.S. having more series 10 packs in total, as opposed to someone, somewhere dictating that "the U.S. gets this many Mr. Golds, the UK gets this many, the Moon gets this many, etc."
Once EOL...I bet TLG goes back to a "sans chase" lineup.
Listed as sold out with no availability date. Now, this can go either way. Amazon still has a bunch.
Back on track, I to believe that the original Minecraft will do ok long term if only because eventually it will be retired with new sets coming out. That said, is there any way to tell the sets from one run to another? I know Lego collectors don't normally put credence in "print runs" like book collectors do, but it'd be nice to know if there is a differentiator.
WE REALLY F****D UP
YOU DIDN'T GET ONE!
Minecraft isnt your typical licensed property that has long established fans and isnt going anywhere.
There is unlikely to be any sequels going forward and that effects the growth of any fan base.
They are a neat crossing of video games and Lego currently, but I think expecting it to do well in the long run is like hoping that tickle-me-elmos would have continued to increase in value...
Minecraft is very popular within its age group. I guess I'm going against the grain, but I think Minecraft will do quite well long term. Just think, a couple of years from now when Minecraft II comes out along with the 3rd (or 4th?) Minecraft LEGO set. And the 1st and 2nd Minecraft LEGO sets are retired.
It started with a single dev just messing with a pixelated building world, extremely simple.
It went viral, and has been very popular since. The viral nature of the game is core to its commercial success.
However, the dev has moved to to different games, latest being Scrolls.
Minecraft is essentially about minimalism. Basics, the graphics are horrible the controls rudimentary, but there is something primal about it, people like to build. But a lot of its charm is that its basic.
I would be very interested to see if Notch ever attempts a sequel...
Personally I think not as essentially it doesn't fit with what made the game popular and viral in the first place.
I think hes smart enough to realize to cash in now on this and continue to make other original games.
Does that mean we won't see a sequel at some point... nope, money is a powerful motivator, but do I think it will share in the originals success?
I think its highly unlikely.
As such I find it unlikely that Minecraft will be hold long term value.
Also if I'm not mistaken these sets are easy BL'd using standard pieces (I may be wrong here I've never looked at the specific bricks just the outside) making it even less of good bet long term.
It's truly amazing to watch my kids play and see what they build, how they learn and get better and figure things out, what they come up with, and watch their creative juices flow. The fact that they get more enjoyment playing this game more than anything else, a game with virtually no violence, no conflict, no negativity -- just pure unadulterated creativity, is so heartening in this day and age, it's almost unbelievable.
If TLG had a brain, they would try and figure out a partnership with Mojang and license it (if not flat out buy them), and make Lego Minecraft. Lego bricks rather than all the other blocks and widgets. That would be truly unbelievable. It's a no-brainer. *This* is the game that Lego Universe should have been.
I haven't seen anything like Minecraft either. My nephews love it. I don't get Minecraft either and the Lego Minecraft is even more of a head scratcher, but nevertheless, it was a huge seller and probably partly the reason why Lego is banning resellers.
Yes it will have it...the same old minecraft....the one that also available on your phone or tablet.
Its not new, its just offering it on a new platform.
My point has never been that Minecraft isnt very popular right now. It is very.
And yes it has an insane growth trajectory. I mentioned that before. Notch went from one guy coding in his home to having a 100 million dollar dev studio in a short number of years.
So by all means make as much as you can off the hype.
My point is that to me the extreme reaction to the Minecraft Lego set is a more a "tickle me elmo" type of deal than a sustained long term desire for the set.
I could be wrong obviously. Time will tell.
Anyway, I think Minecraft as a game may be very nearing its peak, if it hasn't already, at least in its current incarnation. Even WoW has reached the point of diminishing returns. If the game goes on a downward slope, the Lego sets will not hold value at all.
It does not help that almost every video game is like the one before it.
Video games have not had any original ideas since Doom came out and crippled the gaming world with 3 million different versions of the first person shooter.
So why bother buying Halo 3 if the action is just like Halo2?
Sure sure... I'm sure there are super gamers that say but wait the graphics this, or the game play that.. its all the same (with a few notable exceptions). Really.. point then shoot, and run around, then repeat.. While the enemies changes, human, zombies, aliens, etc.. it is all the same boring concept and the same thing that crippled gaming back in the 80's with uninteresting ideas.
At least the LEGO games are a bit unique, although getting a bit frustrating in overall play as they move away from the original games like LEGO Batman and LEGO Indy IMO.
I miss games like Maniac Mansion and Full Throttle. How bout Loom where the entire game you use musical notes to cast spells to solve puzzles? The great story lines in those adventure games, like the LucasArts games (before they decided to ditch every interesting idea for games in favor of SW everything), there was Sierra with Space Quest, Police Quest, Tex Murphy... etc.. games that made you think went any in favor of the games that make you drool with a vacant stare while you hunt to kill the next thing that appears on the screen. One reason I bought a new console is for the LEGO games, a couple of driving games, but Monkey Island is on XBL Arcade.
I just laugh at people that mercilessly fight over which console is better... meh.. all the games are darn near identical.
Sorry, got away from the thread.. so when is DS retiring...
As someone who never really even looked at a PS3 and has always been a 360 supporter I have to say I'm not getting an Xbox One. If I buy a console this tie around it will be a PS4.
The issue isnt software or price, those are just bonuses.
The issue is the ownership of software and the openness of the ecosystem.
I dislike Apple products for the same reasons, I don't like being sold a complete package and being told how its going to work. I don't like having a camera and audio recording device always on in my home.
Its worked fine for Apple and it may work for MS, but given the mindset of a lot of gamers like myself...I hope we will see MS backpedaling on many things shortly.
Mini game rant over! Back on topic!
What does everyone think about the Vampyre Hearse post EOL?
As for the hearse, it'll do pretty well in the aftermarket, at least $50 instantly after it retires, probably breaking $75 by next year, especially by Halloween. The glowing version, more than that. Of course, that's one of those set sizes that are on the bubble where you have to ask yourself if it's worth dealing with the quantity over quality to make a profit.
The fact that the console is useless for playing games if it doesn't phone home every 24 hours is a horrible idea. What happens when they turn the servers off in 10 years? You own a brick and a bunch of games that can never be touched again.
Imagine if you couldn't play a NES, or a PS1 today because "servers" were turned off at some point and that bricked the systems.
Oh, and yes please, I'll take an always on camera in my home that must be connected all the time for the console to work... not...
Oh, and no lending games, or reselling games, or trading them in... the publisher has to "allow it".
Sony listened with the PS4. It has a 50% faster graphics card, it has better memory, and it never, ever has to be connected to anything to work. You own your games that you buy and can play them forever.
Indiana Jones and the Facte of Atlantis was quite good as well...
So why don't they make more of those? Why did LucasArts move away from those? Why make lousy games today instead of amazing games like X-Wing and TIE Fighter?
Because Call of Duty sells billions of dollars worth of copies every year. Those games never did and never will, they require too much attention span and thinking for the average beer drinking Joe.
Not to put such people down, but that is the honest truth of it. Those games never produced numbers in either units moved or dollars earned that titles today do, which is why the industry moved the way it did.
When is the last time we had a great space game? Freespace? It has been awhile... Wing Commander was amazing, at least 1 and 2 were... but then they didn't sell well enough to keep making them...
Shame, but that is life. :)
As for Kinect, the problem is that it is always on and always able to record everything. Do you really want that in your home?
A lot of sets can be BL'd easily. Not sure that matters. Little Jimmie wants his official Minecraft LEGO set in the original box. Logic doesn't apply. If it did I would not have sold sets for $100+.
Time will tell if a MC 2 comes out. Most any game can be upgraded, enhanced, etc. I think a MC 2 will be made.
Also, no offense taken. Patton said - if we're all thinking the same someone isn't thinking.
I like Spelunky too just not really adept to playing it at the moment
It is pretty interesting to see some of the indie games being better than what the mainstream producers make.
Again there are always exceptions to the rule, however most big manufacturers seem to use the first person shooter as a crutch instead of using their brains to come up with something different.