jindianajonz wrote:Hello! I was at the SDCC giveaway, and my experience was different from the one listed. I was able to get a ticket on Thursday in the first mad rush and didn't see the "bag" that your article mentions adults were drawing from. A lady at the front of the line handed me my ticket directly. There was a guy standing a few feet behind her also handing out tickets, but since by that point the line was single file, the first lady was getting pretty much everybody.
The second day I skipped when I saw how long the line was, but stuck it out the third day with my girlfriend. We got through about 15 minutes after the line started moving, and again at the front, there were two people giving away tickets (and again, no bag). I got a ticket from one, my girlfriend got a ticket from the other, and neither of us ended up winning.
I suppose maybe they kept the winning tickets at the bottom of the stack and handed those to kids, but that seems unlikely, since they would have to burn through the top tickets sooner or later. There was also a kid directly behind me (about 12 years old) and he was issued a ticket from the same pile I was.
So yeah, I'm not seeing the same evidence of "gaming the system"
Mos_Eisley wrote:I'm assuming that by the third day you are referring to Saturday. There was definitely a bag, at least when the process started. I know the ticket distribution process was recorded on Saturday, so hopefully that will make it into one of these articles on the subject. Controlling the winning tickets would be easy - you just have a smaller bag with all the winners inside the larger bag.
I'm surprised so many people think the rigging of the system is acceptable. If they don't want to have a truly random raffle then they just need to hand them out randomly. Don't waste everyone's time with the raffle. These big Comic Cons are not kid events. If their goal is just to get these exclusives into the hands of kids then they shouldn't even bother going to these huge cons that are geared toward adults. If at Comic Con they are so worried about giving minifigures to kids (which they are), why don't they have exclusive minifigures at events like KidsFest? It's a little ridiculous to promote these cool exclusives at an adult event and then go out of your way to control who can actually get them.
jonutah wrote:Can anyone see a reason that these exclusives actually benefit Lego's brand?
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