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This does make me wonder; will the D2C be something other than Hogwarts then? It would be odd for them to have 2 separate Hogwarts, one D2C and one built by combining several waves of sets.
(Said the guy secretly wishing for a line of small-scale LotR buildings.)
But we all know that if we wait long enough, that 20% increase eventually becomes a 20% discount. ;)
I imagine that adding another carriage would bump the price by probably £20. That would dent the sales, and adds nothing to the play value. People picking up the box see a train and a station, whether the train has one carriage or two.
LEGO knows this, you only have to look at the history of Hogwarts Express sets:
#4708 tender missing, one carriage
#10132 with tender, one carriage
#4758 tender missing, one carriage
#4841 with tender, one carriage
This is the fifth time of having one carriage. If having two carriages would increase sales, they would do it. I know elsewhere people have complained that the station should be removed and the bricks used for an extra carriage to keep the price point the same. But doing this adds nothing to the play value of the train and removes all the action in the station, and the train has nowhere to stop.
Kids couple and uncoupling trains, they fill them with passengers and they crash them. All of these things are better with a longer train. With other train toys where there is an option you see that kids like to make long trains. Its the same as saying kids will play with a small spaceship in the same way as a large spaceship. Another question is how long will they play with them for and at what point (size) will they pick it over other toys.
Like I said it doesn't cost Lego much to add the same bricks to a set so could add value. Just because Lego does the same thing over and over doesn't mean its the best thing. We would only know for sure if there were two products on the shelf at the same time (a one carriage and two carriage version).
But if you still want to tell me I am wrong I would go with making the same model twice is boring which I think is the biggest negative to a two carriage train at this age range. This is where Lego has a problem other train toys dont have.
Still no excuse for you Emerald Night, there are a lot of creator expert sets with repetition.
EN probably would have been better with an extra carriage, but the result is similar, the price would have gone up and sales would have dropped for those that wanted the engine. Although it is an interesting one, in that it wouldn't have surprised me if there were less complaints if it had come with no carriages. (Non-LEGO) Train collectors often display trains as the engine plus tender, models like this are common ...
So having no carriages is not out of the ordinary for display. Of course, with model trains like that you can buy the carriages separately so if you want to run it, you buy what you want. If they did a range of sets of engines (plus tenders) and then a standard single carriage that could be used with any of them, then they'd probably sell well to adults, but I'm not so sure about kids. And there is the problem that adults would buy too many carriages then complain that the engine motor is not strong enough to pull them.
But removing the carriage for Hogwarts Express would remove significant play value (nowhere for Harry and friends to sit).
To quote myself I think this is important: "I think one of the main characteristics of a passenger train is that they have identical carriages. You dont really get the same effect if you only have one carriage"
I am going to call this "the thomas the tank engine affect" I think if you show someone a train with only one carriage the brain goes "somethings not right there" you might not know what but it just looks a bit wrong (like if the lip sync is out on a film). If you show them a train with two carriages (like thomas) even though it is much sorter than a normal train it doesn't jar anywhere like as much.
Outside of Lego you wont find many trains only 2 parts long however a 3 part toy train is very common even within Lego.
What happened to clarabel? Maybe this:
For adult fans who want to expand their trains without buying an entire additional set, there's always sites like Bricklink.
I don't mind that the HEs have only come with one carriage. As CCC said, Lego is going for the play value. Us AFOLs will be the only ones to make complaints about it, but at the end of the day, we're not the target audience for these sets. Now maybe if Lego did a UCS version (or Creator Expert) of the HE, then maybe we would see a longer train.
I would love it if Lego returned to the "My Own Train" idea and sold individual carriages and other rolling stock. I don't think it will happen, but I can dream!
(also please don't roast me if I used the wrong names for the train parts. Or do, whatever, I don't mind)
If you watch this interview with Jamie Berard (around the 28 minute mark), its clear that train sets, especially ones that appeal to AFOLs, do not sell very well outside of train fans. The only way to increase sales is to create a set that has cross market appeal (like the Winter Village Train). Thus, I'm very skeptical that we will ever see sets like the My Own Train line again.
Ah, the good old days of hand drawn cartoons, none of this CGI malarkey. Feel old again.
Interesting that he changes hairstyle and leg length on the cover.
Unless, they update the cover and have access to a whole load of new set material. But as it is done outside of LEGO, that is probably unlikely.
Yes, although HP school torsos are not exactly rare.
It is a shame they did not do an exclsuive torso like the past few HP books. Although I guess there will be so many in the CMF series pus the sets anyway.
Courtesy of Eurobricks - #71043
60 x 51.4 x 20 cm & 7.36kg!!
That would tie in with a £300 price tag. Pity it's the wife that gets to build it :(