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Looking over the characters in the LEGO Movie CMF line I'd say chances of a Batman movie CMF line are remote. I really hope we get some good figures in sets tied to the film, they've definitely given all the villains shown so far a unique style for the film. I'm really hoping for a Clayface set along the lines of the Metalbeard duel set.
Ninjago CMF is much more likely to my mind.
From a personal point of view though, it would be a great opportunity to perhaps do a 'Lego Batman Movie' Rogues Gallery CMF line that enables TLG to produce some of the many villains that are regulars in the comic world, but don't get much air time because they are not part of the most recent live action film being produced.
And then the apocalypse.
If if they can't do a CMF line then maybe a superhero chess set would be a good way of getting some mini figures released.
If they ever did a Star Wars series I wouldn't be able to resist...
but then again I didn't think I would ever see a Disney CMF series either.
All I know is if LEGO could be making CMFs of the Star Wars line they likely would be doing so already because there are many obscure characters that I think would not easily fit into sets.
Finally it makes far more sense for LEGO to include characters of SW, Marvel, and DC, into sets that are 10-100 USD, and not in a pack that costs 3.99 USD.
Could it happen in the future? It would be neat and anything is possible, but I'm guessing people have been waiting for a CMF Star Wars line since the beginning of the CMF series. My advice? Do not hold your breathe.
For minifigure collectors, they'd rather you (or someone) pay for a $79.99 for a full set to get a figure, rather than $3.99 for a blind bag.
I would consider the Disney CMF line as an outlier, but I'm sure the marketing folks didn't have much faith in moving an Alice in Wonderland set, or a Peter Pan set.
Less risk to test the market for something not tied to a current film, Frozen or Princesses...
In one of my favorite episodes of Batman Brave and the Bold, all these Batmen came together to stop an apocalypse.
Unless TLG plan to expand the Dr Who ideas set into a theme like they did for Minecraft?
But I am guessing this would depend on the sales for the first DW set.
It has not sold out like the Minecraft set. Although maybe TLG produced more Dr Who in the first production run?
The cost of the DW set is also against it selling out quickly.
Ordinary customers were happy to buy 2 or 3 Minecraft sets at £30,
but are probably less likely to buy 2 or three DW at £50.
Except perhaps for resellers?
Equally resellers who did ok from Minecraft but not The Birds or TBBT may not be willing to invest in DW, now that almost every shop has stock of the Ideas sets?
And frankly, if the BBT only warranted a single set, it's been the #1 comedy sitcom in the US for a number years, there is no chance DW is getting anything other than a one-off set.
High risk, no reward. They'd be much better doing a 2nd Series of Disney CMFs, or just a 'regular' Series 16...17...
I'm sure there are plenty of AFOLs both in the UK and US that would want them, but is DW popular enough with LEGO's real target market to justify a CMF line?
Marvel by comparison is much less entrenched, I think - I was born in 1981, and though Marvel UK reprinted a lot of US stuff during my childhood, the UK had its own comics culture and US comics were more of a niche thing where you needed to be near a specialist shop to access it in its purest original form and widest range. I started collecting US Marvel comics in the mid-90s and had the impression from the ads, letters etc. that Marvel stuff in general was much more heavily merchandised and well known in the US than over here.
The movies really made Marvel stuff more widely known - couldn't tell you about DC, but when I was a kid I don't think the average man on the street would've had a sense that, for instance, there's these big two rival publishers and the few superheroes they've heard of (probably Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and the Incredible Hulk) belong to one or the other, or which belongs to which, or what kind of wider comics universe they inhabit... it's different now, of course, with the onslaught of the more recent movies, but the point I'm going for is just that DW's had a long, long time to be in the public consciousness, and for its iconography (the TARDIS, the theme tune) to be familiar even to people who don't watch it... whether that would translate into enough sales for minifigures is anybody's guess.
I'd rather see a Warner brothers or Universal studios series with minifigures from different films/TV programmes but can't see it happening.
1) The 1st Doctor
2) The 4th Doctor
3) The 9th Doctor
4) The 10th Doctor
5) The 11th Doctor with mop and fez
6) The 12th Doctor with sonic sunglasses and guitar
8) Captain Jack Harkness
9) A different Cyberman
10) An Ood
11) A Sontaran Warrior
12) A Silurian/Madame Vastra
12) River Song
13) Amy Pond
14) Some incarnation of The Master
15) Sarah Jane
16) The Silence
I would immensely happy with this, though it still seems like a long shot. If I recall correctly, I think there is another company that makes blind bag figures of some sort for Doctor Who.
I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I would love to see it as a full theme. I think that a lot of what people would really want are the minifigures so a cmf line would probably be stronger than a full theme. Character Building who previously had the licence did a line of blind bag figures that spanned several series as well as army builder figure sets for daleks, cybermen etc.
while I wouldn't be surprised if LEGO was to announce a DW CMF, I don't expect it. The thing Character Building did with the licence was a pack which had just figures of each regeneration of the Doctor. If LEGO put out something similar I'd be all over that.
Realistically I think that next year we're likely to get standard series CMF, Disney series 2 and possibly Ninjago Movie.
I'd give my teeth for a DW CMF series, or a set or two in addition to what we already have. I haven't watched the post-hiatus version, but I loved all 7 of the earlier Doctors--the Tom Baker version most, but all of them to one degree or another. It would be fun to have more of the Companions as well, including the Brigadier.
Unfortunately I must agree this isn't likely to happen--but I can still hope....
I think these were under £2 per figure and could often be had for £1.25 or so per figure in sales.
dr bonnie barstow
walter nibicher (automan)
colonel steve austin
I had many of the classic "Battlestar Galactica" toys when I was a child; including both the Cylon Raider and Colonial Viper that actually shot. Later in the production run, they removed the shooting feature because of safety reasons. This happened the same time as the missle firing Boba Fett...that was never released.