Brickset wrote:Last but certainly not least, the collectable minifigs were on display: both series one and two. They are just so awesome and series two has just as many very cool figs as series one. Nearly every one features something unique be it a printed torso or an accessory which hasn't been available before and (I'm told) won't be used elsewhere. I learned some other facts about them: They will cost £1.99 in the UK. The yellow outer box will contain 60 minifigs. Some will be rarer than others. They won't be available in newsagents like WHS but from normal stockists. Series one will be out around May and series two in September-ish, so that gives us a reasonable time to collect them all. You can't really tell what's in the bag by feeling them as they are quite stiff. And, as the title of this article suggests, the cheerleader has a nice pair of pom-poms :-)
Draykov wrote:The only way this could fail is if they pull a cheap move and outsource the manufacturing to Sino-Bulgvanistan like they did with the Vintage Minifig sets. Those sets would have been stellar-Wintopia had it not been for the quality degradation. Things as they are, the vintage sets were a big, frustrating tease.
onions wrote:Draykov wrote:The only way this could fail is if they pull a cheap move and outsource the manufacturing to Sino-Bulgvanistan like they did with the Vintage Minifig sets. Those sets would have been stellar-Wintopia had it not been for the quality degradation. Things as they are, the vintage sets were a big, frustrating tease.
i'm pretty sure your worst fears will be realized. i can't imagine lego pulling off this line without going the cheap route and having poor quality figures. something i'll have to ask about when i go to tf.
Draykov wrote:I hope you're wrong, Ace...but if you're not, I will be spending $0 on these things. Mark my words. I'm hoping that the abrupt cessation of vintage minifig set production and the slashed liquidation prices on sets already on the market are a sign that TLG learned a lesson.
I'm usually one to defend the company against petty complaints, but in this case, TLG let savvy fans down. No other way to say it.
Steve wrote:okay, so I actually have some final product for minifigures on my desk (as in I opened pre-packed bags and hoped for the best) and they are great quality. I've seen the whole line out of the package and it looks really good.
the second part of this answer is to explain something having to do with the china/quality complaints. The lower quality stuff you've seen (magnets, keychains, etc) was lower quality because it was being made by an outside agency for a purpose outside of the normal LEGO product line. It was part of what we call extended line and wasn't watched over as closely by Quality Assurance until we started realizing how bad some of this stuff was looking. We are now looking at extended line much more closely.
Minifigures is part of the LEGO Product line (not extended line) and therefore is held to much higher quality control than extended line. The reason some things are made in china is because that's where we have the technology to do complex printing on figures now.
The theme is don't focus on "where" something is made focus instead on "why" something is made. The minifgures are coming out of a different factory because its so radically different both in packaging and product to normal boxed LEGO product, but since its part of the main LEGO Product line, its being watched very closely and I assure you its really fantastic.
If it wasn't sitting on my desk staring at me, and yet still fantastic I wouldn't say this to you guys.
Daz Hoo wrote:So it appears the minifigs in those collection will be better made than the vintage minifig collections.
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