Has anyone noticed that some of the 'exclusive' Star Wars
minifigs from polybags are starting to turn up in regular sets?
The Clone Trooper Lieutenant from polybag #5001709 turned up in set #75085.
I hope I'm wrong, but it looks like Han Solo from polybag #5001621 is making a comeback in the new #75138 Hoth Attack set in January 2016 from what I can see in the leaked photos
Makes you wonder what the point of the minifig polybags is if it turns out to be true?!
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Chrome Darth Vader
Shirtless Darth Maul
Just to name a few. This is not a trend for TLG but rather a way of getting rid of extra stock or excessive molds IMO. This won't be for Star wars very often. Only for the low ticket polybags
2) cheap "advertising" for a theme. Stick a poly out, get people interested and they might buy into the sets.
There is a similar mix in LOTR / Hobbit. Some are exclusive, some appear in regular sets. Some of the latter are not army builders (Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas) but others are (generic elf, lake town guard).
3) to play with
If that's the case, I'd be happy to take your collections. I'll even stop by and load them up!
Bunch of weirdos! Opening up toys for fun? Who does that?
Let's see more. On second thought, better not.
(I sometimes feel guilt when opening up a new set.)
I should probably talk to someone about that.
Yeah, I'm weird
Shall I turn in my BS card now?
Not everyone can afford to buy even the 300 piece sets on a regular schedule, so the polybag allows for a small level of equality (wait, is this a socialist plot) between those who are rich and those who are not. The one father was really excited, as I know he is only able to spend about $200.00 U.S. towards his son's Lego collection each year. I've shared a number of minifigs with him to keep his son happy, but sometimes having a main minifig like the Joker or the Hulk can be a sign of status in the mindset of children. Worse, not having one can hurt a child's status :( Kids are cruel, sometimes.
So some polybag minifigs will never be re-released = company paid big money for exclusivity (Comiccon could be one, unless Lego decides to fight the cheap China ripoff fakes). Others, though, are indeed a chance for a child to easily gain a minifigure that earlier was only available in sets some parents (or kids) might not be able to afford. I, for one, love the fact Lego does this.
Oh wait, I don't have a Bat-Pod.