Tower of Iron Will wrote:Baites wrote:I played with my own ideas for what to include in my suggestion and alot of the pieces I was thinking of were already covered by others.
Many have suggested creating a variety of theme packs (soldiers, peasants, etc) and I believe that line of thinking can be taken a step further.
Rather than create a set, pre-package accessory pack, why not use the Pick-a-Brink option. Create a special category and put all the castle themed items there. Offer a discount for ordering 25 'bricks' or more.
Why do I suggest this? I'm afraid that people's suggestions will be considered, but a theme pack will be made to appeal to children. That means very few peasant items and a crown in every bag. So it will be great for building an army with you generic minifigs and have a treasure vault full of crowns for every occassion, but you won't have enough tools to till your fields and not enough clothing for the serfs.
By using the Pick-a-Brick option, everyone can create a customized accessory pack. You need more hoods and pitchforks, order more of those items. You don't want the giant KK2 swords, don't add them to your cart. The kids want more knights, just pick swords and helmets.
More people will get what they want, equalling more satisfied customers.
I like this option a lot. The only option that I would choose instead of it is an accessory pack available at say TRU or something such that I wouldn't have shipping charges. Its hard for me because with the accessory packs it forces you to stock up on supplemental items you may not immediately need. But it has always been nice to design a King figure and have a Crown ready to top the figure's head.
I would offer both methods; why limit the consumer's choice?
Because lego only has a certain amount of money; to produce a lot of accessories like that would be expensive, especially if some of them didn't sell well, and especially if they weren't with the current theme (I could imagine dragon master shields in that PaB forever). Lego really can't risk that.