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For me, I would, but I wouldn't buy nearly as many from retail. As it stands now, I blindly buy a bunch when they come out, then go back and feel for what I'm missing. I feel if they were "feel-proof," I would still buy that first bunch, but then I'd just come here or go to BrickLink to finish off the series.
Sure the the luck of the draw is always a fun way to select CMF but I find that out of the 16, there are few that I would be willing to spend $4 on.
As a consequence of this, the aftermarket for the current series would be better than it is now. I only buy at less than retail for the currently available minis (and I doubt I am the only one) but that's because I know I can get what I want for rrp easy enough.
If this happened I would therefore buy by the box - open them all, keep a set, and sell the rest identified for a little over the rrp for people to complete their sets. It would actually work out better for me than the current set up.
Even then I would get together with a couple of AFOL friends, buy a Full Box or two on discount and split them between us.
If I wanted any extras I guess I would have to buy them from traders here or on feebay.
(Yes, for real.)
I think it'd actually encourage more trading and selling/buying on the secondary market.
(I do hate to see crushed and mangled packets in shop displays, like they've been savaged by an angry mouse). :oP
If parts are not immediately apparent from sight, then a gentle squeeze of the packet (and/or very mild shake) will loosen any little bits to one edge, and hey presto, unique parts id'd with minimal fig interference.
Then, if packet came from a newly opened box, all identical figs in that box will then match the dot code. Plus, if seeking a full set from a single box (assuming not a mixed batch), can just pick out 16 different dot codes, with no feeling required.
If they made unfeelable packaging I think I'd keep doing what I do now. There are some series where I like all or most of the figures, so I'd buy those anyway and swap any doubles. I like enough different Lego themes that I can usually see a way to fitting less lovable minifigs into a setup, or use them for parts in custom figures.
If there was a series where I only wanted a few figs, I'd just buy the ones I want online, assuming people weren't charging a massive premium.
I don't know why I buy complete sets now as it is. Seems silly considering I could spend that money on bricks that I would actually use instead of figures that I throw in a box together.
My thoughts exactly. It's as if I wrote this myself.
I wish I understood this sentence.
The only thing that would change that was if they did a licensed cmf line like Star Wars, where the not so rare figures could perhaps be used as army builders.
And I think we all know the reason why they jettisoned the bar codes.
I purchased a couple of opened Series 15 CMFs on BL back in February from a seller here in the USA and the guy sent the original packaging with the sets. Because the packaging was open anyway, I cut out the bar code to carry in my wallet as a quick way of checking whether our local Target had finally got the Series 15 CMFs in stock (and which aisle they were located in). I checked the store a couple times using the scanner in the front of the store and it indicated they didn't have any Series 15 CMFs available. The third time I checked their availability, I decided to head into the back of the store to see if they had any decent Easter polybags available. As I was walking by the Lego aisle to the Easter section I happened to notice that the Series 15 CMF display was up and fully loaded. I started wondering what in the world was going on, so I stepped over to a scanner near the CMFs and again it told me they weren't available.
It finally dawned on me that the US seller I purchased the original Series 15 CMFs from must have bought them from overseas. Sure enough when I got home I looked closer at the packaging, it was not the North American version of the CMF packaging. Doh!
LEGO really started something with the blind bag toys. I was at Target this weekend looking for a few Series 14 figs on an end cap and saw someone doing the same down the main toy isle with some new Disney blind bags. I've seen tons of the blind bag toys since the CMFs launched, but that was the first time I've ever seen somebody feeling non-LEGO bags.
I do wonder whether LEGO would have any real incentive to use feel-proof packaging, though. I doubt they're losing a lot of sales from people feeling out the figs they want. I think it's probably a lot more efficient to pack a box with 30 or 60 foil bags than with as many hard-shell capsules. And of course, LEGO has been trying to reduce the wastefulness of their packaging lately. They no longer even use plastic canisters for the Bionicle theme, a theme where that type of packaging was once a staple. So I think they're probably likely to stick with the foil bags.
Instead I'm stuck with a small army of Goblins from Series 13.
If it's a series that has just come out and I don't have any or many I might pick up a couple in that way but if it was the norm everywhere I would just buy a box every series.
I usually want several doubles but generally of the female figs that LEGO always shorts in the distribution so I'd rather feel to identify and be sure rather than waste my money on duplicates I have no interest in.
If I had someone to trade with, I'd consider buying them blindly. But then, I'd also consider just buying a whole box at once at that point, which is something I never do now. The way it is now is best: you can get the figs you want, or buy them blindly.