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Are CMF a clue to future Lego sets?

starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
edited February 2012 in Collecting
I pose this question because while I was looking over my CMF collection I noticed some of them looked like clues to current/ future sets. Example: Cave man/ cave woman : Dino, Elf: LOTR, Fisherman: Creator lighthouse, etc. What do you think?

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  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    Possibly, but how do you pick they ones that point to upcoming sets from the random ones?
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    Don't forget the Pharaoh and Mummy then Pharaohs quest! And all the horror themed minifigures and now we have Monster hunters. It's very possible.

    Or maybe they make the minifigures then decide upon themes that they can reuse the new molds in?
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    ^ And now I'm horrified to find myself wondering what set the fitness instructor will come with.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    I don't think all of them become theme's but alot of them are/ could be used in current or future sets, like the evil Dwarf, Vampire, Witch.
  • cloud0cloud0 SingaporeMember Posts: 101
    I believe CFM is Lego's excuse to make new moulds and yet be able to sell those new minifigs without an existing theme. Gives Lego much more flexability in doing something new.
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    @starfire2 I wasn't serious, I rarely am. Can you imagine one? Maybe they'll open a gym in Heartlake City and allow minifigures in till they gain a minidoll figure :)
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    @jenni, I know you weren't serious. I was just saying I could see how some could be in sets. I would like to see some kind of regular Lego Circus or zoo or safari, not Duplo.
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    @starfire2 No kidding, Duplo's been getting great sets. We'd love all the animals around here but what I'm really jealous of on my daughter's behalf is the Duplo cake set, surely a child who can tell you every cake made in the first five seasons of Ace of Cakes could get a LEGO cake set? We'll have to think about that, hmmm.

    So will we see a ski resort this Christmas for the winter village? A circus does look possible from the CMFs, that would be awesome but it would need a lot of new, complicated molds if there's going to be a bunch of animals.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    I don't know. They have the chimp from CMF, they made an elephant years ago, there are snakes, rats, cats. As for a cake set, that might be cool too.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    I don't know. They have the chimp from CMF, they made an elephant years ago, there are snakes, rats, cats.
    Heck...one could even have Tauntauns and Ewoks in their zoo. ;-)
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    I forgot the elephant, I don't think there have been big cats. Elephants, horses, clown and ringmaster are a good start. I'm still having trouble believing they'll do this gender neutral theme.

    You should put it on cuusoo @starfire2, couldn't hurt.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    edited February 2012
    I've said before I'd love a Lego circus, so I hope those 3 CMFs are indeed a precursor for a whole theme.

    Re zoo: there are bear, camel and ostrich moulds too...
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,426
    edited February 2012
    I wouldn't say a clue as such, but more an opportunity for TLG to make new moulds on a mass scale.

    This seems like as good as any place to put this, this chap went for an interview with TLG and he posted his portfolio on his blog.
    http://alexandreboudonbillund2010.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-post.html
    I'm guessing he got the job as a lot of his ideas have now become CMFs or even themes (monster hunters etc).
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IV9W5sKJdTg/TGWEuB-PTjI/AAAAAAAAASo/9CjCv4oSe4I/s1600/CharacterDesign08.jpg

    He also has some Circus designs, so you never know...
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
    @andhe
    Wow, whenever I check out this forum and come across a comment by you, it often contains an interesting link. Thanks!
    This Alexandre Boudon had a lot of interesting ideas/designs, of which many have been realized and turned into actual CMF's. Nice!
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
    @starfire2
    Interesting.........
    I have the Roman legionnaire, and the Hoplomachus (if I am not mistaken) styled Roman Gladiator.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_gladiator_types

    I unfortunately have not been able to obtain the Spartan minifig from an earlier CMF series (2?!).

    I have bought the underwater City of Atlantis set (number: 7985) though, which comes with a really nice golden minifig which might be a representation of (Greek) Poseidon or (Roman) Neptune. Although Poseidon/Neptune was (to my knowledge) never portrayed with a Hoplite style helmet. Not that I like that set less of it, that helmet is really nice.

    So if as you suggest CMF's are maybe precursors to new Lego themes. Who knows!?! An ancient Roman/Greek Mythological Clash of the Titans theme will be fantastic!!! Recreating the entire classical world along with its mythologies in Lego with many of the different peoples of the ancient world such several Germanic and Celtic tribes such as: Gauls, Goths, Franks, Saxons, Batavians, Frysians and also e.g. Huns, Persians, and Egyptian etcetera turned into Lego sets to go along with the Ancient Greek and Roman sets would be really really wonderful!

    However, since I am already intend on collecting the new later this year to be released LOTR sets. Developing yet another theme would financially definitely be overkill.

    ps.

    Nevertheless I really would love it if TLG in the not to near future would make a bunch of sets based on the story of Perseus, or Homer's Illiad, and/or Odyssey. Imagine a set with the Gorgon monster Medussa, with a hairpiece full of snakes, and a serpent body, a bunch of unfortunate minifigs turned into stone etcetera etcetera.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    ^^ I totally agree, thanks @andhe for sharing this really interesting link. There are so many amazing designs here, I love this guy's style.
    Deffo interested in his Mythology, Circus and Fairytales themes (all right up my fantastical street!), and it really is incredible to see how some of his designs have now become immortalised as CMFs. Wish they'd gone with his idea for the wide sleeves on kimono girl though!
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,426
    ^ I've seen someone do a good custom by adding flippers onto the minifig's wrists, if that makes any sense. Interesting to see how figs such as the kimono girl (s4), gladiator (s5), genie (s6) and Tarzan chap (s7) hardly changed from design to realisation. Though I guess some of the figs are fairly archetypal of who they are. Hope the sea captain makes it into series 8!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    ^ Red riding hood too, in series 7, looks exactly as he designed her. Skater girl too kept her skull-with-bow torso :)
    I'm intrigued as to the flippers. I'll have to rummage on the internet for a pic of that!
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    Is it me or does the new Creator house look like it would fit the CMF surfers perfectly?
  • Blue1dotBlue1dot Member Posts: 78
    I think we're on to something. I'm hoping the butcher means a new modular with a butcher shop (like Pet shop) and the mechanic means a new garage/gas station/automotive service center. I hope that crazy ax-weilding lumber jack doesn't go causing trouble for the park rangers. I'd love a circus, as has been mentioned, and Ancient Romans and Greek themes. There's a whole world of possibilities in the CMFs.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 890
    It does amuse me sometimes (in a smily way, not a wry, cynical way) how keen people are to try to draw connections from one thing to another - it's been happening for years with the modular sets ("this set has a postbox! The next set will be a post office!" etc etc) and now with the CMFs...

    We're on Series 6 now, so that means we've had 96 different minifigures - it would be hard NOT to relate at least one of them to pretty much every single set that ever existed.

    So I don't think that they're precursors - if they were we'd have had the biggest skate park ever by now - but I do like that in a lot of cases they fit really nicely into existing themes! A lot of my CMFs exist in my city as people in costume doing one thing or another (mainly annoying the general public)... except for the monsters that have all escaped from the mad scientist's lab, and the spacemen and women have all been recruited into the EDF to fight off the Aliens from AC (who have successfully recruited the Series 3 alien to their cause...)
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092


    - if they were we'd have had the biggest skate park ever by now -
    Hahaha! Good point
  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,188
    Skateboarders don't need skate parks, they just do their tricks and skate around in my Modular town.
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    edited February 2012
    Does anyone know what the minifigures of Series 8 are.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    Nobody knows.
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    The box is supposedly black ,right?
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    IMO, Black is too dark for a series minifig packet. So far we have had somewhat light colors. We had yellow, blue, green, orange, and white so far. I'm guessing red the next color is red.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 282
    In the various pictures/videos floating around, Series 7 appears to be red and Series 8 appears to be black. I suppose there would be enough time for the color to change for Series 8.
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    I think red is for series 7. Purple might be for series 8.
  • iBartiBart Member Posts: 121
    So if we now have a Genie, that means that after Disney in DUPLO we'll get Disney in System? :D
    That could be a really nice move after Friends theme
    - Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, etc.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    so does the statue of liberty figure signal a Liberty Tax Office for Lego City, just like I see the Liberty tax people dancing on the street corners, in the U.S., every spring?

    Just having some fun, but I also began seeing a connection between the CMF line (around series 3) and new sets/lines that appeared/are appearing on the market.

    I just hope indications lean towards a wild west theme... especially with the gold mine appearing in 2012 city theme... and mining car tracks in the batman series :) (not-so-subtle plug for a return to the wild west).
  • skherbeckskherbeck Member Posts: 33
    On the color of the CMF packs... I think they will likely only make the packs in colors that LEGO bricks come in (since that's what they've done so far!)
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,426
    I can't think of a colour lego bricks DON'T come in.
  • Brewer51Brewer51 Member Posts: 248
    @TheBigLegoski

    That's a wonderful idea! Ever since the release of the Spartan, the Roman Soldier and the Gladiator I have been pining for some Ancient Greek/Roman sets. The Spartan Warrior is an excellent minifigure; it's a shame they're so expensive because I'd love to recreate a '300' scene with all 300 Spartans.

    Some Ancient Mythology sets are definitely needed though. How about all 9 of Hercules' Labours, all small sets with just Hercules and the Lion, or Hercules and the Tree with the Golden Apple etc. I would love to see how TLG would represent the Gods in minifigure (you're right about Poseidon; I'm pretty sure he's never been represented with a Hoplite helmet'). Perhaps Homer's Odyssey represented in sets? I'd also love to see some of the monsters as lego, especially as Cerberus has been done in one of the HP sets. The Chimera, the aforementioned Gorgons, the Cyclops etc. Perhaps a Mount Olympus set with all of the major Gods/Goddesses!
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    That would be really cool, though they might have some Greek Mythology figures in series 8.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 890
    The City of Atlantis set looks to be as close to classical sets as we're getting at the moment, all those nice pillar pieces are a good start to a classical-era temple MOC!

    I'm not sure just how excited the Lego target groups could get about ancient mythology type sets though, so I wouldn't expect a theme... fortunately we can do anything we want with these little bricks for ourselves :)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    edited February 2012
    I'd love to see some figures from Greek and Roman mythology. But then, I am also planning to customise some minifigs to do the same anyway. So if they bring them out, it kind of kills creativity.

    I wonder if the future LOTR sets will reduce the prices for the collectable series elves and dwarfs, now there will be official minifigs of Legolas and Gimli. Or will people want armies of yellow skinned elves and dwarfs alongside their pink skinned official friends?
  • ptericpteric Member Posts: 156
    edited May 2012
    OK, some of the monsters from the cmf series are in the new monster fighter sets, the bride and groom are in the town hall, some of the cmf are in new so called olympic series. what else. can we see any new sets coming from cmf allready out like a circus theme set with the ringmaster and clown, or a modular set costume shop? Just thinking.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    edited May 2012
    ^ None of the Monster Fighters are in the CMFs. They are similar, but Lego has changed details slightly of the Mummy, Vampire, Monster, Mad Scientist, etc. The Werewolf is very different, with a new head. Similarly, the Team GB (Olympic) figures are all different to the CMF ones.
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,426
    ^I think they mean parts/moulds (or at least that is more accurate).

    So the Monster Fighter parts were first seen in the CMF range (actually, this only seems to apply for the Frankenstein head).

    Or it might be more a case of someone higher up in TLG saying "yes we will let you make a new part for that CMF as we can re-use it in these upcoming sets also (presses a button, a large screen revolves, and the future sets for 2012 are highlighted on the screen)" :P.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    I see what you mean. Although it is a different part, the Monster / Frankenstein can be traced back further to the Studios 1382 Scary Laboratory set. As can the Mad Scientist (again, completely different hairpiece).
  • Brewer51Brewer51 Member Posts: 248
    ^ Beat me to it. Was just about to mention that great set.
  • rchaddrchadd Member Posts: 187
    edited April 2013
  • Jonn420Jonn420 Member Posts: 267
    Came across a post on a different site compairing the cmf9 forest madien hair with could be a future ewok celebration leia
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,977
    mr_benn said:


    I'm not sure just how excited the Lego target groups could get about ancient mythology type sets though, so I wouldn't expect a theme... fortunately we can do anything we want with these little bricks for ourselves :)

    Really???

    Rick Riordan? Percy Jackson? Lost Heroes? Goddess Girls? Pandora?
    That are multiple Greek mythology book series aimed specifically at kids. There are that many because Percy Jackson/Greek mythology are such big themes right now, especially with the 3rd-6th grade groups. The Goddess girl books, brings the reading level down to the 2nd grade, and I recently saw a new series targeted towards boys at the 2nd grade level. My third grader did an entire unit at school on ancient Greece, and began reading agreed myths at 6.

    The question to me at this point is more why on earth have we NOT seen such a series yet? This is a series that could easily aim at both girls and boys, since there are a number of good female minifigs that could also be done.
    sidersddCCC
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