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Maybe they had not finalised the printing of the CMF before the set had to be produced?
That's one theory I've heard. Sounds plausible but unlikely to me.
Nah, they finalize these at least a year in advance... maybe even more!
I find that unlikely, yeah, cause even if the image wasn't out they'd still copy it when the minifigure was found publicly
At the small toy store where I work, the vast majority of CMF's are bought as additional items by parents that impulsively buy them when their kids see them at the register. Most don't even know what figures are in the current series, even though the box very clearly shows all of them.
Sounds like a solid plan by TLG to me.
I don't think it's really leaked because this was publicly purchased at a LEGO Store in Billund. Why would they have them out?
^^ Its up to Huw whether he wants to resect the Lego companies wishes by not posting it on the front page but to say people cant post a picture of something you can buy in a shop on the forum is going way too far.
I think Lego have been too controlling over things like this recently and its not good for the AFOL community.
£2.99 for that!??!? It's highway robbery!
The way I read it was it was an agreement to not post pics until the OFFICIAL release date (May 1). This was why I didn't (and pretty sure a few other users made that same decision).
I have to agree with others that there were better figs in the series suited to be a mystery fig, but, that said, I personally find this fig to be the second most 'sinister' CMF ever released (after the Mobster). Maybe they thought he just looked too damn scary on the side of the box next to Butterfly Girl and Corncob Guy?
I think that was just for the reviews since Brickset, EB, and BB got them early
The Entertainer is the UK store that is owned by fundamentalist Christians that won't sell any magic/ sorcery type stuff isn't it?
I guess subversive is a point of everyone's personal opinion - personally found nothing subversive about the fortune teller (but then again I'm not a fundamentalist Christian). At base value you 'could' argue that the Pig Suit Guy could be considered incredibly offensive to Muslims (though none of the few Muslims I know have ever said it to be!) I don't believe that TLG would ever actually produce a TRULY subversive figure.
I'm talking built you cheeky bugger...:-P
One thing that I have been learning after S16, Disney, and TLBM, is that I actually do not need to buy several of the same, unless I'm planning to do a band like the mariachi.
Speaking of release, has anyone seen these in the wild yet? Should be soon.
Most kids won't look up the image online. They will want to see one and have it in their collection because it is the "secret hidden figure" from the series.
At the store where I work, we carry a number of blind bag items. The items that have this gimmick sell MUCH more quickly than the ones that don't, and all of those images are available online.
Whoever came up with this idea was smart. It will work very well.
All I know is I already pre-ordered a set and have pretty much mapped out which ones I want extras of when I do see them in the store.
I'm sorry I can't be an apologist like many here, but I stand with what I said and would only add what @eggshen mentioned, that the marketing ploy was aimed at kids. I honestly do not think this type of ploys work anymore, especially with a CMF that is not rare in the box...It's a nice CMF, but nothing out of the ordinary (like many others in the series).
Id rather have an 'ordinary' chase figure than an impossibly hard to find and expensive Mr Gold 2.0
Also, it's not really a mystery if you can feel for it.