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Is it a collector of NIB sets, or someone that buys sets with the fear of missing out worrying that they won't have one in future even though they don't want to build the set right now, or something else?
I don't think the former is an issue at all. Whether someone builds a set or keeps it new or opens it and dumps it in a parts bin, it is nobody's business. That they want it is all that is important. They were going to get one no matter what they do with it and it makes no difference to availability for everyone else. The second maybe slightly worse (although personally I don't care) as they take sets from the market when they don't really know if they want one or not.
This is not a direct reply to Phoenixio as there are many thread discussions about scalpers or collectors who clear out the sale isles and don’t forget about poor Timmy!
Maybe I'm an optimist, but I was heartened to see that the vast majority of kids and parents don't appear to have gender bias when it comes to 'boy' or 'girl' toys, or 'boy' or 'girl' activities, and the fact there is only a 10% differential between parents choices when it comes to LEGO.
More strange is that only 60% of parents would suggest LEGO for boys and 50% of parents would suggest LEGO for girls. Who are these 40% and 50%?
I'd imagine similar survey results even 20 years ago would be vastly different.
(10% of Americans don't think the Moon Landing is authentic - so expecting 100% on any issue is unrealistic.)
I get the point of the story is to promote a gender-neutral approach, but the statistics are not as dire as they're being analyzed.
And if you're the world's premium and largest toy maker, you've got to try and put out fires before they happen. I'm not sure why LEGO is concerned about branding or marketing toys to girls, but whatever.
This is the same company that dissolvmarketing rting relationship with Shell. (A company that makes PLASTIC toys.)
It is stereotypical in that it continually does things like horses and stables, and shops. But then that is what (some) girls like. No more stereotypical than fire and police in City.
But the theme is obviously targeted to girls. And I've never had to deny any City set to my girls, as they just don't ask for them, they only ask for Friends, NINJAGO (I got into NINJAGO because of them) and DOTS.
And NINJAGO is not very girl-oriented, but still they like it. No problem with that.
I just tell them they can like and do whatever they want. And often they go for things that are considered "girl things", but I guess that's because the bias starts at birth.
Ultimately, LEGO is in business to sell product, so sales will continue to be the primary motivational factor. LEGO still makes product made from petroleum, and the environmental activist bunch has seemed to have left LEGO alone. (The irony of a wind turbine set made from decayed and refined dinosaurs still makes me smile.)
i.e. - electric cars are great - until you factor in the energy and environmental issues that batteries cause.
As a child, I remember wondering why we don't just launch our plastic garbage at the sun. Until you factor in the energy to launch anything into space, it becomes quote obvious...
(It took humanity 50 years to get Captain Kirk into space.)
I love recolors.
If I had a million dollars, I would have a whole wall full of classic Model Team sets in every color I could possibly make them with available parts.
For instance, resources should be put into making the overland trucking industry electric-viable. I appreciate wind and solar research, etc, but with the tons of emission pumped into the atmosphere, progress won't be made unless a maximizing your efficiency comes first.
But I'll move on. There's nothing less interesting than discussing theorhetic environmental politics.
The thread/post if you want to read about how stupidly expensive it was:
...the start of it in my flickr stream here, if you just want photos.
All I'll say is, "If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny!"
By and large I really dislike the look of mixing old and new colors together in a MOC. It's even more egregious in a rebuilt set. I find my distaste for this especially prevalent with the old grays and the newer blueish grays. The mixing of browns isn't quite as offensive to my eyes.
Now, I have seen a couple of builders who used a mix of the grays to create a weathered look where it actually turned out fairly decent, but, for the most part every time I see them mixed together it's just very off putting to me visually.
I like the old dark grey, especially for old, weathered wood.
On that note, Vidiyo had 0 repeat characters, and yet that didn't make the theme all that popular either. I wish City would also just be random passerby, but with the TV show, there's more and more named characters in the sets.