I have been meaning to post about this for a couple of days, but just had a good conversation with a couple of my lugmates, John and Ted, about it. This is kind of the sum of our conversation, it reflects my opinions and I don’t speak for them but these points were thrown about by all of us and don’t want to take credit for all of it.
I’m not surprised that Cuusoo didn’t approve the Shaun of the Dead Winchester Pub. What I am surprised is that they did the drawn out song and dance of pretending to even consider it. They even said that Greg approached them early on in the design phaze and they still gave him the impression that they would possibly back a comedy/horror the likes of Shaun of the Dead. Of course Lego wouldn’t stand behind that kind of franchise.
It’s not like they haven’t done monsters, and zombies at that, before and there was plenty heap spooky with an underlying current of violence in those smiling little figs. Lego could have taken the teeth out of this set by calling it Zombie Pub, having the figs sort of match the movie and made a product placement deal with BrickArms to release a Shaun with necessary gear.
What Cuusoo needs to do if they want to be taken seriously is follow through. What’s the point in having fans vote on proposals if nothing comes of it? The whole service they offer is devalued and hollow if they keep this up.
It’s like how Hasbro occasionally will give a list of 20 StarWars action figures ideas for fans to pick from and the top 3 will be made into production. They make the 3 to much hoofara and huzzahs, then over the course of the year… the rest of the 20 figs are also rolled out. It’s just the illusion of choice. Minecraft was not a brave and bold maneuver, it was an easy and safe pairing. Making the Winchester would have been boss and fans would have loved it. Imagine the possibilities, isn’t that the idea Lego?
*apologies for the typos in the first draft you might have got in your email, I wrote this cooking in the kitchen on my phone/role out rubber keyboard