Sir Prog wrote:
I disagree on the "cool factor" because back in the day, we HAD BATTLE PACKS only they weren't called such. Hello? Does anyone remember the boxes of 5-6 minifigures throughout the 80s and 90s?? This was how I stocked up on space men troops and pirates and occasional castle figs. And guess what, a box in the mid-90s cost $6.50...SIX-FIFTY! Inflation has not increased that much but I argue the "cool factor" has technically gone DOWN. First, there is no more assembly joy factor. Second, the box art for the old minifig boxes was AWESOME! They were always stylishly posed and aesthetically engaging. I miss both the boxes AND the price. And for that reason, I still haven't managed to purchase a "battle pack" in stores, always passing for more bang for my buck purchases.
I respectfully disagree about visible figures and parts in packaging not being cool. Many people enjoyed the flip top lids and plastic tray inserts of the 1980's and early 1990's. These were all packaged by hand which drove up costs of mid and large range sets.
Take 6077 Forestmen's River Fortress for example: http://www.classic-castle.com/sets/archives/6077.html
This set had a price per piece ratio of 10.7 cents. This is exactly the same price per piece ratio currently found in the 7946 King's Castle http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.as ... n=640&d=70
Standard LEGO sets are more affordable today because the quality of packaging is not as high (and some part quality is not as high). The exception to this rule are sets like the dwarf battle packs that require more human labor for packaging.
I do agree with you that boxed or polybag versions of battle packs would be ideal. On the other hand you can purchase two battle packs, wait for them to be discontinued, and then sell one to pay for both.