Sibley wrote:Regarding the Skeletons, my guess is that they were phased out because, unlike their successors, they are completely dark and evil. As an adult I think they're awesome and I love them but if I had young kids I would think three or four times before letting them have Skellies. The trolls, on the other hand, have a cartoonish, silly side that I think makes them more child-friendly. I've heard that sets like the Skeleton Tower were not great sellers and went on clearance in a lot of stores.
WARork wrote:are you sure that castle ends at 2010?
natelite wrote:however, to appease both afols and the target age group, i think lego should remove crown knights and design a new hero faction. don't get me wrong, i like crown knights but having a new faction caters to afols who are not into fantasy. and having only one hero faction dulls the collection value for the kids. (why collect them all when every year is the same?) you gotta keep recycling so that they will need to collect every set every year since its a different army.
Robin Hood wrote: Appease both AFOLs and the kids? I'm confused. How exactly do the crown knights not please both groups? I can't say I have ever heard a complaint about them either way. As to making a new faction for non-fantasy people, I don't get that either. I mean, crown Knights by themselves aren't any more fantasyish than other faction. It's only their enemies that are fantasyish. And why collect them all when every year is the same? Two words: Big Armies. The more sets with the same faction, the more people can increase their army size. Something every kid wants. To be sure in a year or two Lego will have to release something different, just because things get boring.
natelite wrote:afols (or non-fantasy fans) do not like the skeleton or troll factions...they mainly collect only the crown knights. what is the point of collecting only crown knights? you need other human knights/factions to battle with.
what i was suggesting was to remove crown knights entirely and create a new faction. or perhaps just change the costume from blue/royal blue and crown insignia to something else. this will give the non-fantasy fans something else to collect. for eg, classic castle sets vary the hero/villian factions almost every year. you have the lion knights, crusaders (lion/axe), the black falcons, forestmen, black knights, etc
Heir of Black Falcon wrote:MY guess would be change over end in 2010. AS far as I remember it has been around in one form or another.... even the dark years of kk2... The only stop of castle runs was 2000 to kk2 in 2004 but you still had castle and semi-related sets during this time with had HP, Legends etc going at the time so Castle never completely has died off from what I can tell. I doubt it will in 2010. It seems to be doing fairly well so far and my guess is if elves come out with a decent enemy faction or even just troll/orc forces it will do fine in 2009.
Robin Hood wrote: We don't like the skeletons or trolls? This is news to me. I must be seriously out of the loop, because it seems to me that, (trolls especially) we can't get enough of these. And I can think of several good reasons to collect crown knights.
I understand your point in wanting more than one human faction. We can always use those, but why get rid of the crownies? It can't hurt to have em around.
I think I understand your point better, but I still don't understand how we AFOLs don't like trolls.
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