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How about $10 vouchers to console all of us that are grieving?
Too bad Lego will probably never get the chance to do G.I. Joe sets unless they buy Hasbro.
I know Lego has ventured into sports, and has even done some licensed sets, but I think they did the wrong sets. Although soccer is the most popular sport in the world, I don't know if that related to sales. Basketball and Hockey are not the most popular sports here in the US (Legos biggest market I presume) and both failed miserably. I think with the inclusion of baseball and footbal players in the CMF Series, Lego should capitalize on doing licensed NFL and MLB Minifigures much like the AYO figures .
I am not sure how it is calculated though, presumably by the amount of revenue earned in each country compared with its population.
I think if TLG marketed a Series of Stadiums correctly, I think they would do well. I collect the CMF Series and I had to have Team GB, even though I don't generally don't watch the Olympics and that it wasn't Team USA. If Lego marketed Officially Licenced Collectible Minifigures, they would do well. The possibilities are endless. People that aren't into Lego, would collect the minifigures of their favorite Sports Stars. I think that is what is happening with The Simpsons CMF's. I have NEVER seen a Simpsons Episode (Except for the Lego one), but I had to buy the minifigures because I collect CMF's. I also think non Lego fans are buying them because they love The Simpsons.
The most recent financial report only lists the largest markets, but not in any order: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/The%20LEGO%20Group%20Annual%20Report%202013%20(1).pdf
It's a similar thing with football. If you've ever noticed the World Cup Panini stickers, the FA does not give permission for them to use the official England badge. So for years, the badge has usually been just a generic England flag, and the insignia are wiped off the shirts of the players, leaving a plain white or red shirt.
Of course, the Cleveland Browns helmets looked just fine! (For those of you non-football fans, the Browns team helmet was/is a plain orange color with no logo or other decoration...)
From what I gather, these AYO figures are pretty popular. I think Lego needs to rethink their marketing strategy.
The "Auction lots on eBay" sections of sets Brickset's page (e.g. #76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier) seem to get infected more and more with Chinese knockoffs.
Is there anything that can be done to ensure these fakes are excluded? Or is Brickset 100% dependent on the eBay API, and how eBay allows Lego to be added as a keyword for these knockoff listings?
The eBay listings might be personalised?
(And yes, there's the whole discussion of clones/fakes/...)