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Mr. Gold distribution

MagicMushroomMagicMushroom Member Posts: 1
edited May 2013 in Collecting
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What is this? You think this is funny, USA? I hate them. WHY PUT HALF OF THE GOLDEN MINIFIGS IN USA??

@rocao - edited title to be descriptive
mathew

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  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    edited May 2013
    Hate is a pretty strong word to be throwing around. I can imagine a course for this discussion that will salvage it, so I'll leave this thread open for the moment.

    Here are a couple points of information about the graphic you posted:
    - Each state in the US gets a dot, whereas it represents an entire country for the rest of the world. Because of this, the dispersal of dots will look disproportionate.

    - Each dot does not represent the same number of Mr. Golds found. For instance, the one dot for the UK represents 89 Mr. Golds, while many of the dots in the US represent 1.

    - Not all countries received shipments and started selling at the same time, so there may be a fair amount of lag.
    Pitfall69madforLEGOmargotCapnRex101SirKevbagsJBricks27LegoFanTexastedward
  • ThisIsMyCupThisIsMyCup Member Posts: 156
    for anyone that has found a mr. gold, where in the box was it located or if you found it at target, which slot did you find it in? i know the common consensus is that it replaces a ballplayer, but where is the physical distribution?
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,298
    edited May 2013
    To be honest, if you were correct in suggesting that the US has many more Mr Gold Minifigures than anywhere else, I think this would be perfectly justified on the part of Lego. The US has among the highest proportions of the Lego market, as well as having a far larger population that European countries which are also high among TLC's priorities such as the UK or Germany.

    Thus, one would surely expect to find more Mr Gold Minifigures there than anywhere else I would have thought.

    @ThisIsMyCup - I found my Mr Gold about half way down the left hand row of a box, although I think that is just random.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    A much more realistic comparison is to look at the number in the US V western Europe. Also where they are registered doesn't always represent where they were found. Our own raffle winner will complete the registration in the US but he was found in the UK.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    I don't even know if I want to get into to this. This "hatred" toward the USA because of Lego is misdirected.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    I read it as hatred towards the promotion but if it was directed at a nation then no it can't be justified.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,933
    rocao said:

    Hate is a pretty strong word to be throwing around. I can imagine a course for this discussion that will salvage it, so I'll leave this thread open for the moment.

    Here are a couple points of information about the graphic you posted:
    - Each state in the US gets a dot, whereas the rest of the world represents a country. Because of this, the dispersal of dots will look disproportionate.

    - Each dot does not represent the same number of Mr. Golds found. For instance, the one dot for the UK represents 89 Mr. Golds, while many of the dots in the US represent 1.

    - Not all countries received shipments and started selling at the same time, so there may be a fair amount of lag.

    I think what @rocao posted is going to have to be put over and over again as IMO what he is saying is correct.

    And I also seriously doubt that anyone in the USA thinks its funny, or some kind of joke.
    If anything it is annoying to anyone that has not found a Mr Gold, but that would be about it I think

    Pitfall69
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    I read it as: We, the people of the United States think it is funny that Lego made Mr. Gold more available for us. Then, the next sentence said: "I hate them" Who does he hate? I took it to mean he hates the US.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    Also, because of EBay and the like; are we really sure where Mr. Gold was found? That is why I thought the post was not well thought out. Especially, because they joined just to post that.
    SirKevbags
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    rocao said:

    For instance, the one dot for the UK represents 89 Mr. Golds, while many of the dots in the US represent 1.

    Exactly. There is a dot in my state for the ONE Mr. Gold I found.. that's not a lot...
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    edited May 2013
    I live in the United States and I think it's funny that he's ticked off. Thumbs up. For the matter, I haven't seen a single Series 10 polybag here in St. Louis, MO. Therefore I hate the East Coast since it appears that the majority of them are being allocated there. I would be filled with so much hatred that fire would shoot out of my eyeballs if I lived in Alaska! Grrr...
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    I've not kept a check on distribution but the UK 89 does surprise me. Pushing 20% but the ebay factor can't be ignored when you're dealing with only 500. Just 50 being registered in an alternative market will throw the numbers off.
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    I never thought I'd be saying this but @rocao makes a good point, (at least here). I'd also like to add to this- do the math! As of this post, there are 188 Mr. Golds in the US, 193 if you add in Puerto Rico, a US territory. There is a world total now of 492. That is certainly not half. Also, as others have said, let's not forget, this number represents those registered- there are many more that have been found and not yet registered or have been found in one place and registered to another.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    Not everyone of them are going to be registered either.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    I've been a tool here. The total number available is 5000. I had 500 in my head.
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,351
    edited May 2013
    Another point, that I think those who are getting upset over this "issue", is the fact that this is a piece of plastic. Yes, it's the magical chrome, but do we really need to be throwing the word "hate", around?

    I take my minifigures as seriously as anyone, but at the end of the day I'm not ignorant to the fact that they are just plastic. It's not worth it to get all in a huff about them, there are far more important things in life.
    adiemcSirKevbagsGothamConstructionCo
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    @Pitfall69

    True. Some will remain forever sealed. :)
  • Jonn420Jonn420 Member Posts: 267
    We have more stores = more distribution

    Dont hate, look harder
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    rocao said:

    Hate is a pretty strong word to be throwing around.

    There are many things I "hate" in this world...

    1. Violence/abuse against women and children
    2. Families not having enough food to eat
    3. Oppression, racism and discrimination against anyone

    Uneven distribution of Mr. Gold around the world? That would be about #46,721 on the list of things I could hate about this world, which really means it doesn't rank at all.

    Yes, I know we have our hobbies and some of us really do want Mr. Gold for personal collections, and that is fine. I know we can't all run around all day talking about the above three items. But to "hate" the Mr. Gold situation? That is really darn harsh and I thought I'd toss a reality check in. :)
    AnseltheCatcardgenius
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,139
    I think it's quite simple really. The US has more individuals buying LEGO and more discretionary income than most other countries. That's not an opinion that's probably a UN fact. At the end of the day LEGO understands marketing like any other company. So really, that's all this is. We have over exuberant people here looking and looking and looking for this oh so magical mini figure. It is what it is...
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    edited May 2013
    LegoMom1 said:

    I never thought I'd be saying this but @rocao makes a good point, (at least here). I'd also like to add to this- do the math! As of this post, there are 188 Mr. Golds in the US, 193 if you add in Puerto Rico, a US territory. There is a world total now of 492. That is certainly not half.

    I manage a good point from time to time, if from no other reason than dumb luck and law of averages.

    Thanks for doing the math. Assuming that this distribution holds for the full 5000, I would still need to see the data of the overall sales by region for me to say this is unfair as I believe the OP is suggesting. I have faith in TLG to distribute Mr. Golds in a proportionate fashion. It would strike me as odd to go through all the trouble to construct a global tracking system just to upset entire portions of their worldwide customer base.

  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 758
    @MagicMushroom
    please don't "hate" just participate :)
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    ^Agreed, (oops, I did it again :) ), but even when the final numbers are in, or at least the majority of them, let's not forget that this promo is a random distribution, and random doesn't always turn out to be even or fair.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
    Reminds me a of song I heard. Starts out like this..

    I hate you.
    I hate your hate for me.
    I hate the way that he said he hates your hate.
    Your hate can go :bleep: itself.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    If it were 100% random, then TLG would be opening themselves to quite a bit of heat should certain markets not get served or if all were distributed in the first run. I imagine the randomness is limited only to the bags. I'm guessing they're strictly regiment ing the spigot including how many per retailer, etc.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,298
    edited May 2013
    samiam391 said:

    I take my minifigures as seriously as anyone.

    @samiam391 - Perhaps more seriously than most though ;)
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,351
    LegoMom1 said:

    let's not forget that this promo is a random distribution, and random doesn't always turn out to be even or fair.

    Tell me about it. VIP Keychain anyone? ;o)
    indigobox
  • ThisIsMyCupThisIsMyCup Member Posts: 156
    anyone want to trade a VIP keychain for a mr. gold?
  • SpaceCakeSpaceCake Member Posts: 291
    Found one after feeling less than a handful of packets. First time I have seen series 10, too! I only went to the shop to grab something to eat and the golden box of mini figs caught my eye. Very happy!! Number 2586/5000!!!
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    SpaceCake said:

    Found one after feeling less than a handful of packets. First time I have seen series 10, too! I only went to the shop to grab something to eat and the golden box of mini figs caught my eye. Very happy!! Number 2586/5000!!!

    Congratulations. You might want to repost in the "Mr.Gold hunt thread." It has all the reports of Mr. Gold findings by members, as well as our frustrations too. It is quite an exciting thread.

  • phatphil55phatphil55 Member Posts: 45
    edited May 2013
    Felt thru less than 2 boxes, felt a top hat, felt good, got home and opened the packet, felt real good!

    Number 93 in the UK. 2672/5000

    4487 Left to find.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    edited May 2013
    Well, not exactly. Not everyone is going to register their Mr. Gold. Some will stay sealed, some will be opened, but for collecting purposes, won't be registered. I would also think that some may never be found.
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    edited May 2013

    Felt thru less than 2 boxes, felt a top hat, felt good, got home and opened the packet, felt real good!

    Number 93 in the UK. 2672/5000

    4487 Left to find.


    Congratulations. You might want to repost in the "Mr.Gold hunt thread." It has all the reports of Mr. Gold findings by members, as well as our frustrations too. It is quite an exciting thread.

  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,139
    Pitfall69 said:

    Well, not exactly. Not everyone is going to register their Mr. Gold. Some will stay sealed, some will be opened, but for collecting purposes, won't be registered. I would also think that some may never be found.

    It never occurred to me! You are right, some may never be found. For whatever reason. Imagine some lonely box sitting there; for years, in a dark corner of some small toy shop that the owner bought from a walmart or target or [email protected]?

    Also, imagine even years from now another one "pops" up! So yeah, point being we probably wont have all the schematics by say end of year and have all 5000 accounted for.

    Good point @Pitfall69
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,423
    I'm also positive that there are kids and parents that have no idea about Mr. Gold. Kids tear open the packs and throw away the packaging.
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