Leon Kerr livened up the streets of Hamburg, Germany with the only type of 3D I’m interested in. These three large paintings depict Superman bursting through the pavement, Spider-Man swinging through the city and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ascending from the sewers. What, no Lone Ranger and Tonto riding onto the scene? Oh right, nobody cares. If anyone has took any pictures of these at better angles, feel free to share!
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I had a whole thing written up before LEGO contacted me and sent me their official response. I decided to write this post anew and save some of my rantings for a response in the forum thread.
Their response isn’t much of a surprise. OF COURSE they would deny any wrong doing because to admit otherwise, assuming we are right, would be worse. It reads like your standard PR response and for some people that won’t change their minds in the least. It’s hard to change someone’s mind once they’re convinced of something.
I do want to give LEGO credit for reaching out and having a talk with me. I truly believe that my conversation with PR was genuine and honest as can be, meaning I believe the person I talked to when he/she said that no shenanigans took place. I also believe we both came away with a better understanding of the other side. However, I still have my doubts which I’ll get into in the forum thread.
I do want to take this opportunity to address some things that the community has raised.
Firstly, is targeting kids a bad thing? No, not at all. But be up front about it. Azog was a targetted effort and no one’s complaining about that method. People are only complaining about the severe limited numbers with Azog.
And secondly, are we whining? Yes, possibly a little bit. But I think there’s an overall misunderstanding in why this is even an issue. It isn’t about not getting the exclusives, it’s about having our time wasted and I’m pretty sure THAT is something we can all relate to. Let’s pretend that the minifigures were given away first come first serve. You wouldn’t hear a peep from anyone other than those who believe that the whole idea of an exclusive is stupid but that’s another topic for another time. With first come first serve, you show up to the booth and either you get one and you walk away happy, or you don’t and you walk away disappointed. And then you have the rest of the day to enjoy Comic Con. It’s very different than waiting in line for hours and feeling like hours of your time are being intentionally wasted and having ZERO chance of winning. Let me try and put this another way using a more universally understood analogy. You know the DMV? You ever go there without an appointment and how you have to sit and wait for hours before your ticket gets called up? That is far more enjoyable and productive than a rigged raffle. With the DMV, you will walk away with your license/license plate/renewal/state id or whatever it is you went there for. With a rigged raffle, you wait for hours, not able to do much of anything else except get sunburned, and walk away with nothing. Put another way, you ever play in a game where the opponent or the game master was cheating? Was that enjoyable for you? No one likes a cheat.
And if you still don’t get why this is a valid topic worth discussing, then I don’t know what else to say.
That’s all I can think of for now. I have one last post to offer suggestions on how to improve things for next time.
To be continued…
I was contacted earlier today by LEGO PR and received the following statement regarding the minifigure giveaway at San Diego Comic Con:
Regarding the SDCC minifigure raffle, we can assure you that, contrary to the speculation, the giveaway was in no way rigged or predetermined. After several years at SDCC where minifigure giveaways have left room for improvement, we did implement a new system this year, which was then adapted at the request of the SDCC organizers. Many of the things that are being discussed online about the manner in which we conducted the raffle are not based in fact.
We acknowledge and regret that there were crowd control issues on Thursday, but those were rectified, and the new process for the raffle ran smoothly for the remainder of the show. We did not distribute specific tickets to specific consumers, nor did we favor children over adults. The raffle was managed randomly in an attempt to be as equitable as possible so that the largest possible audience at the show had a fair chance to win. We are unable to control who wins, and we have no interest in a pre-determined outcome. Our goal is to offer a limited edition collectible to as many fans as possible in a fair and equitable manner. Given the nature of a limited edition giveaway, we understand that fans may be disappointed with the results. We are equally disappointed that there is an audience who receive limited edition figures and then sell them at a premium online; this is not in our interest, nor is it the intention of our activity at SDCC.
It is unfortunate that fan disappointment is manifesting in a proliferation of misinformation about our intentions and/or the manner in which we conducted the raffle. We have worked hard over the years to improve our SDCC raffles and we always seek to learn by doing. As we consider future plans, we will carefully review this year’s experience and the valuable feedback that our fan community shares, in order to continuously deliver a positive brand experience.
What do you think? Thoughts? Reactions?
This email comes from Joy. No kids to speak of, just a huge fan of LEGO. Her logic made the most sense to me so I was happy when she wrote me. Her email is quite lengthy so let’s get right to it.
I met Juan during my search for a Black Suit Superman. He’s a nice guy, family man, father of two. Goes to Comic Con every year as a family vacation. His kids are big fans of LEGO. We started comparing notes on our experiences with the minifigure giveaway. And Juan’s perspective is very different than most people I’ve talked to in that he was not only able to score a minifig, he scored all four of the Super Heroes minifigs, including Azog.
San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and it wasn’t without it’s drama. And by drama, I am referring to LEGO’s handling of the minifigure giveaway. After talking with several con goers, I am convinced that LEGO was selective on who they gave winning tickets to. Bottom line: the system was rigged.
When I watched Man of Steel, I was overwhelmed by the fact that somehow, a “small town” had that much stuff that could get tossed around and blown up. Sure, it was effectively like a small town drag that absolutely litter the midwest, but it wasn’t accurate in the least, since there wasn’t a Walmart or Dollar General to be seen and most of the shops looked to still be open and in good repair. That and thinking that a bit of destruction could only serve to upgrade any place in Kansas (seriously, the only good thing to have come out of that state is the Interstate to somewhere else).
Really, the battle was almost overwhelming, at least until you saw the whole Metropolis scene at the end of the film and realized that this set should probably have been called “The Smallville Dust-up.” This set is the most expensive of the Man of Steel sets (thus far), and features the closest thing to an “iconic” ship that we saw, the Black Zero Dropship that transported people who had suits that could fly. I know, I don’t get it either.
At $50, this set is certainly more of an investment than either of the other two sets (combined), and has a bit going for it at first glance. The question is, does it keep that going for it when you break it down?
Of course, there will be spoilers in here. So don’t come crying when you found out that Braniac killed a couple of polar bears while breaking in to the Fortress of Solitude during the Battle of Smallville.
Today, Friday, saw a new distribution method employed by LEGO to avoid the mess and it worked! Sort of. It worked as well as LEGO could have hoped so they will be using the same exact method for Saturday’s Black Suit Superman and Sunday’s Green Arrow minifig giveaways. Line begins in the southwest corner of the West Terrace outside of the building on the upper deck. Ticket distribution was slated to start at 11:30am but they started earlier at around 11:00am so get there early. Good luck! You’re gonna need it.
Our Ace reporter (couldn’t resist) has taken some shots of the upcoming Batman set “The Riddler Chase” that was revealed this weekend at SDCC. Out in January, I think it’s a decent little set at $30 US for 304 pieces and figure the inclusion of the Flash will make this about as popular as the Aquaman set. Scratch that, more popular. It has some nice changes to the Riddler and looks like a fun little set, even if it is yet another Batmobile. Check out the pics and let us know what you think.
Okay folks, for those of you up late or up early reading this before the con opens its doors on this fine Thursday, here is everything you need to know about how to obtain the four exclusive minifigures.