Gooker1 wrote:According to the Lego rep at SDCC, they were A) not going to do the same figures again and B) haven't decided on which ones they're doing.
So... Did the Lego rep at SDCC mean that the NYCC would actually get 4 different exclusive Superheroes (or Supervillains)?
Gooker1 wrote:You mentioned that the NYCC figures were easier to get...did you go last year?
No, I wish I could have, but it's just too far away to make that kind of trip from Europe. The wife and I still want to do SDCC one day though. Back to the matter at hand: I actually meant that from the accounts I read about, it seemed 'easier' to get the 2011 figures in comparison to the SDCC 2012 figures, based on the strictly enforced 'one-figure-per-person-per-day' rule of SDCC 2012 compared to the 'just getting in line several times' of SDCC 2011 (and NYCC 2011?).
gomek wrote:I was really hopping there was going to be a backlash against Lego for this type of thing but I get the sense that only a handful of people of are as upset as I am about this.
I don't really think there was ever much chance of a huge backlash against Lego. One reason is that these characters are actually relatively little known outside of the US, so non-US fans won't really care too much about these figures. Also, for lots of people, Lego is still mainly about the bricks, and not so much about the minifigs. And not every fan is a completist. Lastly, Lego has always had certain sets with only limited or exclusive release
, such as the Vestas Windmill or company-specific sets and airline-sets, for which completists have always had to go to eBay to spend as much as the equasion supply/demand would result in.
As far as the real losers being the kids: I wonder how many kids not at SDCC actually even know about the existence of these exclusive figures. And even if they do know about them, I wonder how many will feel entitled to own them, just because they exist. Kids probably have way less of a completist attitude, probably because they also lack the funds and have little say in what they they get from their parents (unless they are completely spoilt brats)
. I'd actually say these exclusive figures are very firmly aimed at adult collectors.