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I can imagine someone saying, "Blacktron? Is that a comic book, or a movie, or video game? ...No? Then what is it?"
Same here. I don't think the Blacktron or Hideout sets would sell very well if they were retail sets. As one off sets, they don't really go with anything else. If done as part of a theme, and there were multiple castle sets or multiple Blacktron sets, then I imagine there would be more interest in them. But as a one off set, less so.
As GWP, they tend to have such a low offer of the product that completionists, collectors and nostalgic people will speak out in fear of missing the chance. So we see this through higher number of messages in our community and we get the impression that the demand is high. But those are completely different conditions to having it on a shelf and seeing how much it sells. If kids don't care for a set, and if it's not one of the niche high-price high-profit sets for adults, I'd be really surprised if it did well. Take the Bionicle GWP for example: kids don't know what Bionicle was, and as a mech, it's really subpar compared to the very popular Marvel mechs of which there is a wide selection to match your favorite well known characters. The nostalgia, because you were there at the time, won't change this current situation.
A 6 1/2 button minifig in the 106 Canadian UNICEF set, without a box or instructions. A bit presumptuous to assume it is unique, and never mind that that minifig printed torso was found in 54 sets!! 🙄 Last listed item down...
Granted the UNICEF panels are rare... but and I've mentioned this in another post before... there were more than just the 300 UNICEF sets for the LEGO Club of Canada winners... this 106 set was also sold at TRU of Canada. A lot more of these highly sought after 106 sets were made by Samsonite of Canada than most people realize.
Nostalgic AFOLs take for granted that the one theme they like would sell well in any format. That's the problem. Classic space and classic castle would not sell well to kids, so why would Lego bother to make a set that can't even interest, by default, their main audience, and make it in a format not aimed at AFOLs? That one guy on a forum saying he'd buy 3 is worth starting a whole production chain? It's a super risky endeavor, when they could instead make City/Friends sets that sell well at all times.
And yet here they are, testing the waters with a lot of different sets. They did do a classic space set that proved popular with AFOLs. If the demand is really there, and I mean really, in the number of sales, not in the comments on a biased forum community, then we'll see more. But in the meantime there's no point complaining that they're not doing enough. We're in a golden age of sets for adults, the modular line is a huge success and Ideas is spawning its own spinoffs. But we all have to remember that as adults, we're a tiny minority compared to the main audience: kids.
I've generalized for the sake of the argument, we all have our unique tastes, but you all know what I mean as well.
All lego is overpriced deliberately......
I do not like oversized boxes, used just to make the set seem like "better value for your money" £10 of air, is not good value in a £20 set, etc.
I do not like more than 4 sets each year for every theme. Too much choice is bad.....
GWP's are not required, if you actually sell lego at a reasonably low price.
If TLG want to make a set, a set that could be a GWP, they can just sell it for £5 and the people who actually want it will buy it...
Don't forget: the main purpose of oversized boxes is to take up room on the shelves that then can't be used to house competitors' products. The reason I don't like them is that those bigger boxes take up more room in my storage space...
Not interested in classic space.
Not interested in modulars.
Not interested in ...forgot what they're called haha the warrior figure things with the masks.
Not interested in Harry Potter.
The less studs showing the better, plus with big sculpture like models they should smooth them out, if it makes sense to with slopes, tiles, curved parts etc. Like a life size tiger made from 2x4s is impressive but tigers are sleek not boxy.
I generally prefer smaller sets, I'd rather have a star destroyer 10 studs long than 100 studs.
I’d also like more smaller sets in the Star Wars range but I think that’s really more of an actual popular opinion.
The only shift I see is that now we have so many, there are very few completists entering the picture.
What I think will become a more and more unpopular opinion I have (and I'm fine with that, I know I'm biased) is that Star Wars sets should stick to the Original Trilogy, because those environments and ships are the best ones. All the rest are 'tweaked copies'.
Yes, I know that on here at the moment that's not quite such an 'out there' opinion, but as more kids who grew up with the PT are coming out of their dark ages, we'll see them enter the AFOL community and champion these sets. Also, new Disney shows are running the whole gamut of timelines and characters - we'll see PT era shows before long (I don't think we've got them already?), and those will drag in kids to like sets from that era.
And no, the Mandalorian's new ship isn't a PT ship. It's clearly being used in a new context as an OT ship. "La, la la, la la, I can't hear you!"
Looks like the Acolyte is effectively going to be a prequel show too - as long as they can get through production!
But that's not the case.
They keep making Millennium Falcons, X-wings, TIE Fighters, etc. because people who are new to Star Wars might want them.
And obviously, they sell!
But yeah, I also appreciate getting entirely new vehicles from new media when the sets are well designed, even if I don’t have much interest in the source material. A spaceship is a spaceship is a spaceship to me, whether or not it has a license attached. I have the Razor Crest, the Bad Batch shuttle, the Inquisitor Scythe shuttle, and the Justifier, and I think those are all pretty good sets. (As long as you get the Justifier for half price without minifigs, like I did.)
How many MFs do you need? Probably just one at each scale. But with iconic and such important ships, one should be available on the shelves at all times to satisfy buyers no matter when they get into LEGO. In that sense, I don't mind remakes at the same scale. They could design one and keep it on the shelves for 10 years. I am no more likely to buy a slightly different one at the same scale than a second of exactly the same set, so it would make no difference to me. So long as they keep selling, keep the same thing available.
Part of what made the SW universe interesting was the "lived-in" look of a lot of it- prior sci-fi movies tended to look very shiny and clean- "it's the future, everything must be better". I'm not sure just how true that really is, though: I hadn't seen sci-fi at that time.
For example: the missing engine cowling on Luke's landspeeder, the rather dirty, grimy X-wings and Y-wings, pretty much all of Mos Eisley.
You are not wrong about Episode 7 The Force Awakens just rehashing blowing up the Death Star. That was lazy storytelling, IMO.
When the special editions of the original trilogy were released in 1997, I was waiting in line at the theater with two of my cousins who were too young to have seen them in theaters, but saw them later (many times!) on VHS because their older (my age) brother was a fan. There was a teenage boy at the theater who clearly was trying to be provocative when he saud loudly, "Star Wars is just a fad." Everyone just looked at him, then went back to whatever they were doing. "Just a fad..." Right... that's why we're waiting in line to see a movie we've seen before, and I'd bet most people there had it on VHS at home. But we're willing to pay money to see it on the big screen.
And here we are, 26 years later, and SW is still a "thing". I don't care whether someone else likes it or not, the fact is that it's still very popular.
There's plenty of stuff I don't care about- like professional sports.