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Postby Peppermint Pig » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:40 pm

Plus, being a parts monkey, any line that renders useful/fun/innovative pieces is also a good thing in my book, no matter how stupid the actual line is. Spongebob, anyone?


Agreed. Bionicle does have its limits, but there are several parts which I consider useful within that line.
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Postby Bear » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:36 pm

I think Bionicle is the perfect example of what the very first post was about. Bionicle had no movie, game, tv, comic, and or history of any kind. It was just an idea that Lego ran with and it was huge (Thanks to some pretty creative TV spots that made a toy seem fun).

Licensing is just away to steal imagination.
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Postby frogstudio » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:30 am

If I would have to suggest a License for LEGO to make, I would choose Asterix. REALLY great characters (and lots of them), most of the basic bricks are already there(log bricks for the roman forts, viking helmets,lng white beard, egyptian pieces..and so on). It would be cross theme, as the Gaul village could easily fit into castle. Roman soldiers would open a path for a history theme. I would love it... Wouldn't you?
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:42 pm

frogstudio wrote:If I would have to suggest a License for LEGO to make, I would choose Asterix. REALLY great characters (and lots of them), most of the basic bricks are already there(log bricks for the roman forts, viking helmets,lng white beard, egyptian pieces..and so on). It would be cross theme, as the Gaul village could easily fit into castle. Roman soldiers would open a path for a history theme. I would love it... Wouldn't you?


That would be interesting, but I don't think lego figures could capture the stark variety in size and shape of the characters. Asterix and Obelix would be practically the same size. :shock:

EDIT: And one more thing. Apart from the US soldiers in the Wild West line (and any others that may escape my memory), TLC seems to avoid creating lines with military ties to specific nations. Roman soldiers, no matter how long ago they lived, are still connected with the modern nation of Italy.

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Postby timber_wolf899 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:24 pm

Ah but they have no problem making german and or soviet soldiers!
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Postby Tedward » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:38 pm

Voran_the_Scholar wrote:
frogstudio wrote: Asterix and Obelix would be practically the same size. :shock:


May I suggest that the short legs would make the required difference just fine.

And sorry, no one I know associates Roman soldiers with modern Italians. Il Duce tried really hard but no one bought into that little fantasy. :D
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Postby DNL » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:34 pm

I would really love an Asterix theme, all the people that want romans would be happy, we would get many nice castle parts from the goul village, and a lot of new pieces.
They could even make a body like Hagrid's from the harry potter sets to make obelix bigger.

We are going offtopic, this thread is actually about which theme we don't want...
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Postby Username » Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:51 pm

The only thing I don't like about the licensed sets is the flesh colored minis. If Lego had given them the classic yellow treatment (like early SW and HP), then I would be all over the newer licensed sets.
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Postby CastleLord » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:51 pm

architect wrote:Star Wars has a very recognizable group of main characters. The fans really like obscure characters just as much. I know they would freak out to get an ackbar or the cantina band. While Indiana Jones characters are not as well known, I think they could still be very successful. I would like to see:

Toht
Sword master who Indy Shoots
Baranca & his Monkey
Sallah
Marcus Brody
Bureaucrats (Government Men)
Willie Scott
Short Round
Mola Ram
Dr. Schnieder
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Young Indy + Boyscouts + Circus Train with Animals ;)
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Grail Knight

These figures in well designed sets should be enough for a few years of Indy, if LEGO decides to go that route.

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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:24 pm

timber_wolf899 wrote:Ah but they have no problem making german and or soviet soldiers!


But are they overtly German/Soviet soldiers? No. They're just called "bad guys".

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Postby JoshWedin » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:59 pm

Voran_the_Scholar wrote:But are they overtly German/Soviet soldiers? No.


I hate to disagree with you, Tom, but they are overtly Soviet soldiers. At least one of the of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones sets has the soldier's vehicle labeled as "CCCP".

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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:50 pm

Okay, then. I stand corrected. :)

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Postby Mog » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:29 am

Donut wrote:
rgurskey wrote:Consider this: Tintin.
It seems like a natural fit with LEGO to me. Maybe the licensing fees are too high.


The problem with Tintin is that it is not very popular here in the US (I am not sure about its popularity in Europe). Three weeks ago, I wanted to buy a Tintin comic book from BN and upon asking the customer service desk where it was, they gave me a weird look. They have never heard of it and I haven't seen it on TV since a few years back on HBO.

Anyways, I do agree with you that Tintin does have that natural fit with LEGO for all the reasons you mentioned, however LEGO seems to be only buying licenses from films or shows that' are airing or about to air in movie theaters or on TV.


Tintin is being developed into a film trilogy (!) by Peter Jackson (!!) and Steven Spielberg (!!!) so don't count out a LEGO theme just yet. If we're speaking globally, Tintin is no more obscure then Speed Racer (although SR probably lends itself to sets better).

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Postby MoonCheese » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:48 pm

Don't make a Halo theme! Why not something based on a videogame series that's actually good, like Final Fantasy or Zelda?
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Postby Count Blacktron » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:16 pm

Stick within Castle and Pirates, classic yellow minis, and most of the needs of this website's community are met quite well. :wink:
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