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When will CMF retire?

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  • ChrisJThunderChrisJThunder United StatesMember Posts: 115
    In Debenhams in the UK they had Series 5 on clearance in January this year. There were £1 each, and next to the till. I said to the cashier can I have those please. She said how many, so I said the lot. She said are you sure, they are expensive as they are £1 each. I took home 86. I even got to keep the display boxes, one used, one unopened.

    I also ended up telling a little white lie. They were for prizes and goody bags for a kid's birthday party. Honest.
    Just admit it, they were for you ;-) LOL Actually when I was at the LEGO store recently (spending $1,400... no joke) they were like "you are going to make some little kid very happy!" and I replied "nope, they are all for me" they looked at me weird, but I was like "whatever..." LOL!!!
    If they give me "the look", then whatever ... I'M STILL BUYING IT!!!
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    @murphquake: it is at 19th Ave & W Bell in Phoenix AZ
  • murphquakemurphquake Member Posts: 651
    @starfire2 oh THAT one :-) Thanks, was just curious what region. -bill
  • ringleheimringleheim Member Posts: 168
    I am not really into minifigures as a rule, but when I saw that Roman soldier I had to have as many as I could find. My local Toys 'R Us had three cardboard display boxes filled with the polypacks. I jotted down the proper punch code on a sheet of paper (kind of like a treasure map) and brought it with me. I grabbed all three cardboard display boxes and headed for the most abandoned aisle in the toy section I could find. I set the boxes down on the shelf and went to work. About 1 hour later, I had gone through probably something like 150 polybags 2 if not 3 times for thoroughness.

    I concluded that I could only find FOUR Roman soldiers. I bought them all and brought them home. Held my breath, and started to open. I was 4 for 4! All Roman soldiers and no misidentifications. Which suggests my technique worked and that would suggest that the store in fact had 4 Roman soliders out of something like 150 poly bags.

    Does this mean TLG is making fewer numbers of the Roman soldier? Or does this mean the Roman solider is so popular people are hunting them down the same as I was doing? I would have thought I would have gotten at least 10 of them given the overall supply of minifigs in the store.

  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,510
    @ringleheim Both. There were only 3 Romans per box, and if the boxes had been picked over already then its likely most of them were gone.

    (But this doesn't really relate to 'when will the CMFs retire?...)
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    Judging by the fact that the WHSmiths I visited yesterday had 8 boxes of Series 7 on the shelves I would say these are still selling very well and therefore I do not believe they will be retiring any time soon.
  • ringleheimringleheim Member Posts: 168
    @ringleheim Both. There were only 3 Romans per box, and if the boxes had been picked over already then its likely most of them were gone.

    (But this doesn't really relate to 'when will the CMFs retire?...)
    No, it doesn't relate at all, but several posts went down this road with the roman solider and the concept of ashamedly hunting for figures in a store. So what the heck.

    Thanks for your input. I find it interesting that Lego is putting 3 Roman soliders in an entire box! If that's accurate, there were never more than 9 in that store, and I got 4 of them, so 5 had already been plucked or randomly purchased.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    edited March 2012
    ^ or you missed ;)
    Nothing to be ashamed of, happens to the best of us minifig hunters :)
  • 4brickmoney4brickmoney Member Posts: 27
    I hope they dont retire. I like them.
  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,188
    When they start making female crash test dummies...
  • cynthilinacynthilina Member Posts: 188
    They are destroying the CMF bags at the Walmart by me. I see kids ripping them open taking the ones they want and tossing the rest there on the shelves. Store employee's don't seem to care much. Its frustrating because the rare ones like the soldier are now even harder to find because of people that do this. I just buy my boxes brand new from Lego anymore. Ill be honest I think its poor judgment to hunt for the minifigs just to leave the ones no one needs. This takes away from how random the packs are.
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    I don't see why they stop them, or cut down the frequency. A new set at easter time - better than easter eggs.
    I just finished placing a complete series 5 ($37 shipped from ebay) in easter eggs to hide around the house. He's gonna be stoked when he opens them up and starts seeing they are minifigures.

    I hope we see them at least make it until series 10....AND they do something special with that series.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,233
    edited March 2012
    Glad people are taking nothing but Roman Soldiers at stores so others cannot find them.
    I just wanted one at a store and could not find it after going through all the packs (looked/felt for the spear)
    I see this occur all the time (literally at a LEGO store someone looking for genies and roman soldiers, mentioning eBay while doing it).. and I get that people have the right to do that and if I feel any other way I am a dirty, evil, socialist. I understand
    All I'm asking is if LEGO is still going to make figs that can be used to make armies then make them common so at least there are 4-5 per box....
    Will it stop people from hoarding them? Who knows but it would be nice to see an attempt made.
  • mressinmressin Lego City... erm LondonMember Posts: 843
    Not really on topic either but dies anybody remember the link to that designer who went to a Lego recruitment workshop and had half of all the minifigs in the portfolio?

    I want to have that red, evil genie from his sketches.
  • legomyLEGGOlegomyLEGGO Member Posts: 63
    Like most, I've been trying to get a hold of some more Romans. Though, as of late, I've been thinking about what exactly I'm going to do with them. I feel they don't necessarily go with any theme - at least not of their own. Sure, I could build something for them, or add them to a castle scene, but it would seem odd. Anyhow, what are others using Romans for?
  • GermanderGermander Member Posts: 8
    Perhaps series 8 might yeild an Emperor?!

    could you use 1x1 tiles to create a mosaic as the basis for some sort of bath house or other suitable building for your army of romans to relax in?

    I haven't built up any mini fig armies, but really quite fancy an Emperor. It's the sort of iconic figure (just like the grenadier gaurd and the liberty lady) that would appeal to people.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,930
    Glad people are taking nothing but Roman Soldiers at stores so others cannot find them.
    I just wanted one at a store and could not find it after going through all the packs (looked/felt for the spear)
    I see this occur all the time (literally at a LEGO store someone looking for genies and roman soldiers, mentioning eBay while doing it).. and I get that people have the right to do that and if I feel any other way I am a dirty, evil, socialist. I understand
    All I'm asking is if LEGO is still going to make figs that can be used to make armies then make them common so at least there are 4-5 per box....
    Will it stop people from hoarding them? Who knows but it would be nice to see an attempt made.
    In S7 the army type figures appear 5 per box, so this is somewhat answered. Will it stop people hoarding them, I doubt it. They will just make bigger armies.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    I hope they do not retire the CMF series just yet. And a gut feeling tells me there is more to see in this. I assume we will see series 10 even. But TLG should slow it down to maybe every 6 months. As they should let the kids collect, play, and love them for a longer period then 2 months :P I know this cause of my son who used to wait for these for months and now he is loosing the excitement cause he knows there will be more available. Hope this makes some sense :P

    I am still looking for some Series 5 and Series 6 as its too hard to collect them way over in Pakistan. Come to think of it I am the only one in my country to have these :P the feeling is Wow!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,233
    ^-- Agreed that they should slow down. For a multitude of reasons.
    I believe it would give people a chance to get duplicates they want, slow down the resellers and allow people that casually buy the figs to find a whole set (such as a typical parent that buys their kids one or two packs at a time especially at 3 USD per)
    It would also keep the idea fresh, having this many figures come out, especially when every flipping set has a snowboarder or skateboarder in it, every 6 months would be better IMO.
    It should also allow the line to last longer without so many duplicates as well.
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    I think they'll continue too, but sometimes I think the gap between series is too small. Only just completed S5 two days ago (found the elusive boxer), and am 10/16 in S6, but there's hardly time to catch one's breath!

    That being said, S7 does indeed look great! The computer bloke with his cup will be a great addition to my desk!
  • KLOKRIECHERKLOKRIECHER GermanyMember Posts: 253
    I hope this theme will stay as long as Star Wars, City, Technic or Racers do. There're so many minifigs which LEGO could make for this theme. ;-)
  • Brewer51Brewer51 Member Posts: 248
    I told myself I was just going to get a Spartan.

    I now have a full s3, 5, 6 and 7, am 5 off completing 4 and have around 4 of each from s2 and s1.

    It's expensive, but it's by far my favourite theme of Lego. Only thing that bothers me is that it's Chinese plastic - which it shouldn't do, but it niggles away at me.

    The Roman Soldier/Gladiator/Spartan are by far the best 3. There are some great figures in there but the historical ones are the best. I'm hoping for some more CMF's on the mythological side of things, like the Ocean King (Poseidon).

    My Roman Soldier story is a good one. My brother had never seen CMF before until I gave him a spare Leprechaun I had going - he then asked where I got them, and we were in the Entertainer and he picked 2 s6 up. I said to him; if you get a Roman, I'll trade you whatever you want for it. He said it was ok and said that he'd just give it to me, and lo and behold - his first ever CMF - a Roman.
  • wertyjjwertyjj Member Posts: 64
    I agree Collectible Minifigures are the best theme.(Besides Star Wars)
  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,591
    CMF will continue as long as they make money for Lego.
    I can see us having this discussion again in 20 years.
    Someone will be saying I wish I could get hold of the Centurian Commander from series 11, another person will wish they were going to remake the Bagpiper from Series 7 and the Kilted Drummer from series 18. :) :) :)
    Another person will want the Panda Suit Girl from series 20 :) :) :)

    There are just hundreds of CMF that still have to be made.
  • doriansdaddoriansdad CTCMember Posts: 1,337
    I don't see why they can't reach series 100. Personally I can't stand the cheap plastic but my son loves them. Here's to feeling up bags twice a year for the next 50 years :)
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    If we are talking about Series 100, TLG would have to hire some really creative designers to come up with 1600 unique minifgs. ;)
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 898
    ^ Or alternatively just lots of different coloured spacemen/woman and skaters!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,930
    ^ Or just space skaters.
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