thepatient wrote:I too have other financial obligations. A family, bills, and running a small business. I guess I used the term casual collector because I have those duties to perform first, then after that I might be able to swing buying some LEGO.
you think you are alone in this ? You know the "A" in AFOL stands for Adult and most, if not all adults, have bills to pay and families to provide for. Why don't you put a little money aside each month and build up a Lego account to fund your hobby? That's what I do and it works just fine.
I do wonder however, how much information say Solo or Onions get from LEGO.
errr, one is a Lego Adassador and the other works for Lego directly ...
It feels sometimes that the info that is passed on to us here at FBTB seems some what limited on promos like this. When I ask, "Why does LEGO do exclusives like this...?" then the answer comes back (I'm paraphrasing), "It's your fault and exclusive means just what it implies". I have to admit that stating the obvious isn't really the best answer. Now I don't want to come across as complaining about the staff. In my opinion I think they do a great job of running the site and I appreciate the info that we do get. But sometimes... the answers are iffy at best. To me it would seem to be like going to a meteorologist, who knows way more about weather than I do, and asking him/her, "Why is the sky blue?" then the answer you get is, "Because it isn't green, stupid."
please understand that even though they are as close to Lego as they're gonna get, sometimes the answer to your questions is either unknown at the present time (as things are still be developed / finalised / decided etc) or they are known but Lego simply don't want the answer known just yet. You need to be patient if you ask a question and it's not answered.
I work for a band in the UK representing them on their forums and we get questions and complaints like this all the time. The reason I can't give the answers are as above, so I don't see why Lego should be any different.
Yes, exclusives and promos are annoying when you see some people getting them for free or you feel you can't get one for a decent price, but remember that you get out of a hobby what you put in. The people that get these at conventions or whatever pay their own costs to travel there and whatever, so it's not exactly free to them!
Also, don't forget that Lego are learning all the time about these deals. The first one (C3P0) was annoying for most of us, especially those outside of the USA. The more recent ones have been better for everyone - although obviously the delivery method was different by geography due to local rules.
With all these things, you just need to go with the flow and work out the best way for you to get it. If that means resorting to the secondary market, set a personal limit and stick to it. If you don't get one, then so be it ... it's not the end of the world.