Bluesecrets wrote:I think you sort of kill your own point there.
No, I really didn't. I gave an exception.
But the exception you gave was "all current fantasy trends!" So even if everything except for all current fantasy trends say that elves are girly, if the current fantasy trends say that elves are okay for boy toys too, then why should LEGO abstain from making elves? That's what I meant by "killing your own point" - sorry if I wasn't clear before.
In any case, I don't see why dwarves would be fine and profitable but elves suddenly something that LEGO shouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Don't they both belong to the same "fantasy" setting? What is it about elves, specifically, that dooms them to unprofitability? Is it the name? Are green-clad forest-dwelling archers okay, until you call them elves? I mean, really?
You say that your eight-year-old nephew would dislike elves, but then you say that he doesn't like the current fantasy setting to begin with. Couldn't it be that his problem with elves is less that they're girly but more that they're from that same fantasy setting? And if he doesn't like fantasy and isn't interested in the current Castle theme, then that puts him outside of LEGO's target market when they're designing sets for that same fantasy theme - just as much as any of us are.
I think either nouveau Forestmen or Elves would make a lot of sense for LEGO, and Elves would fit in the current fantasy setting better. Done!