True enough. Seems like that's the market they're going for, anyway.Skyquake87 wrote:I don't really mind the blind bagging. Its hard to begrudge something that's aimed at kids and is - I would imagine - something to be traded in the playground like stickers or whatnot.
I've given a few away, but even though I'm mostly a Castle collector I can usually find something to do with duplicates of most of the minifigs (or even just the ones that kinda suck). I ended up picking up a few more on the way home today since I had to pick up some groceries and I was going right past them. The a wizard and goth girl will fit in nicely, and the video game guy looks exactly like my cousin so he's awesome, but the lifeguard? Eh. The hair and torso will be useful for making villagers or barbarians or the like, though. Rare indeed is the fig that I can't find some use for.Skyquake87 wrote:I haven't really the patience (or time, tbh) for faffing about with bump codes or bar codes. I can always sell the duplicates on if need be. Or give them away (I think my girlfriend is genuinely impressed with the duplicate glam rock guy I gave her), if I'm feeling that way out.
(Once I learned to ignore the voice in my head saying "OH GOD YOU CAN'T DO THIS THEY'RE COLLECTIBLE", anyway...)
They tried that with Star Wars back, oh, a decade ago -- sold three-packs of recognizable characters, IIRC. But they got slapped down pretty quick on since they were infringing on Hasbro's territory by selling action figures instead of sets that needed to be assembled. That's why so many of the low-price Star Wars sets nowadays are troop-builder sets of four clones/stormtroopers/battle droids with a single perfunctory vehicle or cannon packaged with them.Skyquake87 wrote:I do think Lego are missing a trick by not selling the licensed mini-figures as a separate figures - people go nuts for all those Marvel/ DC/ Star Wars things and they could probably get away with selling them on a clear blister for £5.