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They tried to do an American remake of it years ago but messed it up by making big changes
Could that just be for Germany? Hate to say it, but if the price for the LBM CMFs (AU$5.99) is the new pricing for all CMFs in Australia too, I can see them losing popularity fast, most were unhappy with the fact that CMFs here were a bit pricier than overseas at AU$4.99 each & have been for quite some time now. People here really kicked up a stink about the price gouge on the LBM CMFs, but most quietened down once the word was put out there it was just for the LBM ones.
The press conference was aimed at the Central European market, however listening back to it (from 07:12 - this part is without the voice-over), she does not specify this market in her answer.
With the higher price of the TLBM CMF's carrying over in future series, at least here in Europe, I'd sort the same not happening elsewhere in the "wishful thinking" tray. Yay for everyone else of course in case I'm wrong ;)
That rabbit is colossal.
So how many of these CMF series 17 threads do we have now? The other one mistakenly is called:
Please can you merge these two threads? It is the same topic.
I'm sorry, but if LEGO continues to raise the price with another licensed deal, say for Disney Series 2 or something in a year or so they will be pricing these products clear out of the market. Paying 5$ a piece for the LBM ones was stretching things, since Polybags offer the same price for a lot better value and pieces.
That being said, I will continue to go all in on them because they are addicting as can be, however, should the price increase just one more dollar to the point where they are asking me to pay the same price as a LEGO City small boxed set for a single Minifigure then I am officially out, I don't care if they make a LEGO Marvel series with loads of awesome heroes and villains from the C-D Listers, I don't care if they create the most perfect, awesomest Minifigures ever, if I'm paying 6-7$ for a Minifigure alone at retail LEGO can go leap off a short pier. I remember when these things cost me 2$ and 50 cents a pop with Series 1 and 2, and we've only had them for so many years. I refuse to believe inflation alone would cause such a stupid increase, and if licensing is really that expensive for a simple set of Minifigures of all things then maybe they need to start looking into making better deals with companies.
These were supposed to be something cheap you pick up at the register for grocery store trips or something, not a bank breaking 100$ for a set of 16 figures factoring in taxes and the like. If I wanted to spend 100$ on Lego I'd buy a 700+ piece set at that price and get my money's worth.
As for the price...I honestly would not price these anything over $3.00, considering you get a better deal with polybags or starter sets (which usually have FOUR minifigures, and even small vehicles, for under $10). I completely understand that these are 'collector's items' and that they make a certain number, costs, and whatnot...but I do not feel they're worth $4.00.
Honestly, maybe TLG should start labeling the CMFs bags, that way people are more enticed to buy them since they would know what they are gonna get. And yes, they can do research to see which figures would sell the most, it's not like they can't do market research.
The appears to be two extreme types of collectors for CMF, with variations in between. Some people will buy full sets / boxes at rrp on release. Others will wait for a discount. But even those that wait for a discount seem to crack at a higher price point than the old series used to be. Lego can milk the "must have" collectors and still the others will buy at say £2 on sale instead of £3.
Every series, there are people paying at least 2x rrp for some of the figures when still current in stores, and I have no doubt that the secondary prices paid have helped Lego internally justify price increases.
That would absolutely be end game for me though. I'm already disgusted with myself for paying the current price for a CMF - licensed or not.
It's like with magazines - when some of them started going over a fiver I had to bow out. And I used to freelance; I respect that writers need paying and that the magazine market is a tough place right now (see "used to"). But that doesn't magically make my income bigger. So when the more specialist magazines got pricier, I started looking for smaller treats - and buying CMFs more often.
I think my collection stats on recent series tell their own tale:
Series 14: 17 minfigs
Series 15: 8 minifigs (shops near me kept running out)
Series 16: 14 minifigs
TLBM: 2 minifigs
I just checked, current cover price £5.50, up another 10%!
They have done exactly the same trick with the brickheadz. There is no reason at all to number these as a series if they were just toys (they don't with normal sets, they have a less obvious set number), yet they do it as they know it appeals to collectors, many of whom will feel the need to buy them all. They have done it with Friends animals, Mixels, etc. Putting a consecutive number on an item turns it from being a small toy into a collectable.
Even though these CMFs are indeed collectable, I will not buy them at 3.99 Euro. Not one of them.
The old price of 2.99 Euro seemed steep already, especially when compared to Mixels or polybags at 3.99 Euro or starter sets at prices below 10 Euro. But an additional 33% price increase brings it to totally beyond acceptable imho.
And it's already noticable with the LBM CMF series which I have not once seen anyone buy in the toy stores I frequently visit. I even asked a store person I know, and she said they sell hardly any of them and are already thinking about marking them down in order to clear the shelf space.
A particular store might find that they are not selling them, and might be forced to reduce prices to shift them. I imagine that this store will eventually decide not to stock any CMF in future.
Likely interested in Female Elf Warrior for my Castle scenes (I've gotten as much S15 Frightening Knight and S16 Rogue as I can find). The mystery highwayman might also fit the medieval theme. Maybe a Surfer Guy for my beach scene or Rocket Kid with my space stuff, particularly if I happen to get one while looking for others
Other than the 'Too Much' of Series 3, and a few shortages in the series up to 10, I think we can all agree that the Mr. Gold promotion worked - as the current production seems to be steady. They are released, they sell, they retire and the cycle continues.
With the exception of the Disney series, where there was a second run in North America just before Christmas.
Not that my region is indiciative of the entire market, but there aren't gobs of these laying around at TRU. And as I recall, only for Simpsons S2 was there a 'clearance' or sale on CMFs.
The figure front row second from right looks like a red dwarf, not sure how that relates to the show besides the name, but I've made a tenuous reference or two myself.
even if a particular buyer doesn't demand any at a certain price point, it can still be a logical price for the overall market.
gotta catch 'em all has bitten me in the ass, but not with CMFs, only picked up the few I want
hate feeling... takes too long for me. i ll get them on bricklink.
Truthfully, if they do it right (new characters, new parts, new colors), $5.50 is not a crazy price.
For some of us. ;p
i guess the only way to get them down to $2.99 is just not buying them at all and wait for Target, et al to clearance them at $2.99. That'll probably happen when Series 25 rolls around.
He even has a huge hammer like Dain wields in the movie.
Second, I would be hard pressed not to continue my complete collection of CMFs and Minifigure-related things.
And if the CMFs stayed at $2.99, there would probably be shortages and we'd all be cursing about having to pay $10.00 for a Hans Moleman or Skydiver.
But... that doesn't mean we have to acknowledge the inevitable price increases. I'm happy giving Lego spies the impression that $3.99 is a happy number.