Post by darkfire1978 on Dec 19, 2008 15:35:36 GMT -5
Wow...I contacted LEGO a few days ago, and heard this news. Thank you Matt for confirming the sad news. I was really disapointed to hear about this and I had some time to dwell in it...but hearing it from the Batman Guru himself made it sink in.
It's unfortunate and rather lame on LEGO's behalf because A) they have a top selling video game on this and B) a show is in the works for it.
Star Wars, has lived far too long...and taken up the shelves...we had some fun with the Batman stuff and us fans, would have expected a few more sets. Of course we understand, that all things must come to an end...but there were so many sets, and potential themes to be made. Clayface, Mad Hatter, Killer Moth...henchmen, cops, Commisioner Gordon, Batgirl etc....SO MANY FREAKING avenues they could have taken...but I guess money talks and well...the other stuff walks...or they are plain lazy and their creative teams need revamping...regardless of what happened...the truth is, the line is dead.
Let's hope the powers at be at LEGO wake up and realize the demand for new products is greater than their reports and figures indicate.
And as for me, although I love LEGO's and always have...I will no longer be purchasing anything related to LEGO's in protest. (been collecting since the age of 8...im 30 now). So I hope this email does get to those people in charge, and hope they understand that they have lost one customer, sure it's not a huge dent on their pockets but slowly and surely if their lack of commitment to customers continues...I won't be the only one.
I'm sad to see it go, but I'm not surprised. There has been tons of Star Wars stuff and very little Batman stuff. I guess its just the economic times and I honestly felt that LEGO ran out of ideas a while ago. The game was awesome and its a shame there will be no more.
Post by batprofessor on Dec 21, 2008 1:15:23 GMT -5
What a bummer. The timing was so screwed up, with Lego essentially abandoning the line before the game broke. Now the scalpers are having a field day on ebay, as parents scramble to buy discontinued sets for kids who have discovered Batman. Thank God I bought each set as it came out - I had a feeling this was going to be a short run.
On a related note, I bought two of the Ultimate Batmobile and built one of them. Took 5+ hours, but it's really impressive, and the Mattel BTAS figure sits behind the wheel perfectly. Lego = teh suck.
Post by darkfire1978 on Dec 23, 2008 11:37:25 GMT -5
FYI-I took a little shopping trip to Toysrus yesterday and came across something that kind of made my heart skip. I noticed that the "City" sets, have cop cars that are identical to the one's in the game. I remember the letter I got from LEGO stating that the Batman theme we all love, would show up in other sets...named differently...could this have been an "inside" tip as to go out and get them, although they arent "Batman" titled? The cop car, paddy wagon and motorcycle all appeared in the game...more so the cops, although yellow skinned, have the same uniform as well. (simple switch to flesh tones and instant Gotham Cop)
I havent picked these up...and I wont (unless someone gets them for me for xmas)
<b>The more things change the more they stay the same
Post by BruceBatman on Dec 29, 2008 20:49:19 GMT -5
OMG, this is completely unbeleivable and unacceptable! How can they stop Batman LEGO? Batman LEGO has been going on for years and is the best LEGO product(s) on the market. They can't say that they haven't been selling well. And I mean this is crappy timing with the release of Batman LEGO the Videogame! Not to mention the previous McDonald's toys! Sales would be boosting! Well, LEGO Batman, you had a good run, I have to say I haven't one product (except the Batman LEGO McDonald's toys, they were excellent), but maybe now I can , the one good thing about this is I can now catch up on my loss, I always felt overwhelmed with release after release after release, now that it is a bit calmer, maybe I can enjoy Batman LEGO some! Goodbye Batman LEGO, hope to see you again soon in the future!!
"Who the hell are you?" "I'm Batman!!" "Don't Sware to God, Swear to Me!!"[My5:http://www.myspace.com/brucebatman3]
I hate to be the one to open this particular can of worms again, but I have to ask the question that must be on at least one more person's mind besides mine: What is Lego thinking?
I hope that they are pulling back from Batman for the purpose of redesigning and rereleasing the line later on. But if they aren't...
Whoever is in charge of deciding what sets to release and how to market them should be given at least a strong reprimand. At least. Why? Three words: The. Dark. Knight.
To quote the Joker, "let's wind the clocks back a year." The buzz and hype for this movie was INSANE. Maybe it was because of Heath Ledger's tragic death. Maybe it was because TDK was the most anticipated sequel of 2008. Either way you go, this movie was always going to be HUGE, and everybody knew it. Everybody except Lego, apparently.
Of course, months before the movie even came out, the toys hit the shelves. And admittedly, while some toys were hotter than others, people were rushing to buy their own piece of what would be movie history. I mean, the Movie Masters line alone caused me to drive to every Wal-Mart and Target within a 50 mile radius. And I know I'm not alone.
All this brings me back to the Lego line of Batman sets. They decided to design sets that were based more on the cartoony version of the Batman universe. In fairness, I do get that they are trying to market these sets to a wide demographic, from children all the way up to adult collectors, like me. Also to be fair, I am so glad that they released multiple versions of the Batman minifig, illustrating different film and comic incarnations of the character.
Here's my question: Where was the foresight when it came to The Dark Knight? Again, everybody knew this movie was going to be huge. Even Lego must've had some idea, because they did slap a Dark Knight logo on their boxes. They just decided that they didn't need to release sets that directly related to the film. This is where, IMO, Lego missed out on a HUGE opportunity. Of course, something must've clicked along the way, because they did eventually release a Tumbler, along with a Batman minifig from TDK. Again, for this, I am sincerely grateful. But let's face it, we all know a Ledger version of the Joker minifig would have sold like HOT CAKES. Sets that captured the best action sequences from the film would have sold big too. Everything from a "Semi-Truck Pursuit" and "Roof of MCU" to "Bank Heist" and "The Narrows" sets would have been incredible.
Years ago, when Spider-Man 1 & 2 was big, Lego released sets that were directly related to the films. Harry Potter? Same thing. Star Wars? Same thing. Indiana Jones? Yep. Same thing. Heck, with Indiana Jones, Lego has gone ALL OUT. Go to Toys R US, and you will see set after set based on action sequences from all four Indiana Jones films. Then the most successful movie of the year (almost the most successful film of ALL TIME) comes out, and Lego doesn't do it? The potential to make BIG MONEY was there, and Lego says "pass?"
Oh, but they WILL release a set called "The Bat Buggy." Oh, and a set that includes a 4 x 4 truck with a giant hammer sticking out the side of it (because that makes sense...) that says "Whack-A-Bat." The Dark Knight hits theaters, and the best Lego can come up with is "Whack-A-Bat?" and "The Bat Buggy?" ...Slow deep breaths...
And now Lego seems to be saying that they are dropping the line completely. Again, I hope this means that Lego has come to their senses, and are going to redesign and rerelease the line at a later date. If not, then I am speechless over this decision.
Bottom line, Batman is still a HOT property right now. A third Nolan Batfilm is a certainty. Lego should not completely drop the line just because they initially (although not completely) mismanaged the property. Okay, I'm off my soap box now...
Post by darkfire1978 on Jan 17, 2009 9:32:26 GMT -5
I am upset with LEGO but I think i need to defend their choice in releasing certain products. In the video game that bares the same name most of those sets are featured. I agree with you that certain sets based on the movie should have been released...but I think they wanted to go with the more broad DC Universe Batman. Also, I think the Dark Knight...was too "Dark" for LEGO to release more sets on the movie. remember these are intended for kids...(and 30 year old dudes clinging onto their childhood...GUILTY) and i am not sure having certian scenes from the movie would have been good for them. Then again, I would have loved to have a Joker as nurse minifigure ha ha ha.
There is a new animated series coming out based on LEGO Batman...and I have the feeling that LEGO, is gearing up for that (like Clone Wars). For now it was a bad marketing move to pull the line....but lets pray to the big brick maker in the sky that they Batman will be back with a vegenance.
<b>The more things change the more they stay the same
I see what you mean about the Dark Knight being too dark for Lego. But then...
I was thinking about "Fight On The Flying Wing", an Indiana Jones set recently released (once again, a set based on a scene in the movie). That scene in the movie is both bloody and violent. You've got Marion spraying a truck full of soldiers with a machine gun, and the mechanic guy gets chopped up in the propellor blades of the plane! Now, that may not be considered "dark." Still, there are elements of both Indiana Jones and Harry Potter (and Star Wars, for that matter) that are extremely dark. That didn't stop Lego from releasing sets based on the film. From Harry Potter, Lego actually released the set "Graveyard Duel", which is one of the darkest, scariest scenes from the movie Goblet of Fire. Heck, that scene is as dark (if not darker) than some of the stuff in the Dark Knight.
Post by darkfire1978 on Jan 25, 2009 21:25:45 GMT -5
No man, i agree with you. Perhaps aside from the darker tone of the movie...LEGO and DC Comics, didnt really feel the need to produce more sets. That is why the line is over and well, why we are all sad now.
<b>The more things change the more they stay the same
Actual Lego is hard at work to renew a lisencing agreement that's why there is no new Batman Lego. Till they agree on a new deal but I think they should make Lego scenes of The Batman Comic No Man's Land. You could sell those battle packs like star wars does and many other things it would be really cool if they did. Also if you call Legos costumer service number you and tell them you'd like if they would bring batman legos back I've been rallying people to do this it and it is also how I found out this info.
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