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Is LEGO reducing the numbers of CMF produced?
Earlier I noted that when I tried to pre-order a case of Series 6 Minifigures, I found out that the entire supply had sold out in under six hours. After contacting the distributor about resupplies, they informed me that Lego was not planning on sending out any more. This was back in January. I noticed though that while Series 5 is also sold out in recent weeks that they still have entire cases (not to mention individual figures) of Series 4 for sale.
Additionally, a friend of mine noted that all of the Lego stores near him are sold out of Series 6 as well and that their supply of Series 4 disappeared about the time their Series 5 did. When I was at the Lego store in autumn I was told that sales of Series 3 and 4 were disappointing and that Lego was discontinuing the figures after Series 5 in response. I didn't place any weight on a clerk having legitimate knowledge regarding Lego's future sales strategies and the existence of Series 6 and 7 proves that he was wrong. However, it does open up another possibility.
The scarcity in many places of Series 6 suggests that Lego has altered production totals or that demand has been significantly higher for Series 6 than ever before. The continued availability of Series 4, which I consider to be the worst of all the line, also opens up the possibility that they may have scaled back Series 6 given the lackluster sales of Series 4. Series 6 was probably in production around the time of Series 4 distribution and sales which may have influenced Lego to scale down production totals. This would account for the sold-out status of Series 6 and Lego's refusal to restock it even after it sold out within hours from some locations, something that I haven't heard of since Series 1.
If so and Series 6 figures tend to be less available than others, it might actually result in greater resale value for those particular figures and might also point to lower production numbers for Series 7 as well. Additionally, if Series 4 affected Series 6 production, the fast sellout of Series 6 might cause overproduction of Series 8 unless Lego hedges its bets (we have yet to know for certain what figures will be in Series 8 so it's impossible to say how popular that series might be).
Just some thoughts I felt like sharing as I continue in frustration to search for unopened cases of Series 6. At least one seller consistently evaded my questions regarding the nature of the case which led me to believe that they cherry-picked them before offering the case for sale, swapping in less-desireable figures like the skateboarder for the more popular ones like the Roman. B****!
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