Bruce N H wrote:
While I may not be planning on running out to buy this line, I have to admit some confusion. Why does this hair promote imagination:
while this does not:
Allthough this question wasn't directed at me, I do feel it is worth some discussion. There is nothing wrong with the new pieces. Heck, there is nothing wrong with modeling your product after a popular trend.
I think Shadow did have a valid point though.
Many of today's sets leave little to the imagination. Every need is simply met with a new mold. With so many specialized elements, todays sets actually lack the versatility that made LEGO so popular with me when I was a child (I won't presume to speak for others). These parts are fantastic if you already have a large collection of basic bricks, but for newer builders, the lack of basic plates tiles and bricks make it impossible to develop great alternate models.
That isn't to say that some sets don't contain a useful assortment of bricks. I'm merely suggesting that in a market where specialized elements are so common, it is far too difficult to build up a collection of useful generic plates and bricks. This is not a new problem, but it certainly is something that shouldn't be scoffed at.
Storylines and Saturday-morning cartoon characters seem to be a device used to hide the fact that these sets often lack an assortment of basic bricks necessary to build new or exciting alternate models. Knight's Kingdom is particularly guilty of this. As AFOLs, this problem may not be significant, but for younger children, it must be quite frustrating.
Too many colours, and too many unique/oddly shaped elements end up being a hindrance to builders.