Draykov wrote:I got nothin' on Indy. No idea. I would guess that given the mutually beneficial relationship with Lucasfilm, LEGO would want to continue that partnership as long as it remains that way. Indy doesn't quite reap the harvest that Star Wars does though...not in terms of subjects suitable for marketable LEGO sets. If I were a betting man, I'd say that Indy will run alongside SW until 2011 and will probably go away after that...but that's pure speculation on my part.
That sounds entirely plausible (not that I'd like to rely upon pure speculation in the absence of any indication of any given date's likelihood, of course).
I don't think any
other license reaps the harvest Star Wars
does, but Indy certainly appears
to be as strong as any other non-SW
contender (and it does have a sort of familial relationship to SW
, after all). I think with Indiana Jones, the line naturally skews more towards locales as opposed to vehicles, which may perhaps draw some people in that Star Wars
may not attract as strongly by itself - I'm thinking of people who aren't so much fans of any particular series / franchise but just like nifty sets, and who are more interested in locations than vehicles, the way some other folks are more interested in vehicles than locations. I don't know if it's so much a matter of there being fewer suitable subjects as it is of simply having lower expectations for retail performance (with the thought a given level of sales performance that comes below the Star Wars
average can still be pretty good, if the Star Wars
average is as high as we might reasonably guess it is). But true, they may well have no intention of carrying it beyond a point - have they ever
renewed any license other
than Star Wars
(have all the Harry Potter
sets they've ever done fallen under a single, never-renewed license)?