Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLes)

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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Stargorger » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:06 am

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Sir Michael Le Fanu wrote:
Stargorger wrote:But, what I see is that the young Lego community is nowhere near as vibrant and alive as that a decade ago. And it makes me sad.


I'm a TFOL, and look at me. I can't put down my bricks, whether its space, castle, or city. But you are right, the numbers of fans have dropped greatly. Curse Mega Blox. It's so plainly obvious that they mimicked LEGO almost exactly.Why would someone do such a thing? Why would you try to ruin a toy company? A successful toy company? :space:


What's the basis for saying that the LEGO community is less vibrant than it was a decade ago? My impression is that the fan community is thriving. Attendance increases at conventions, we have new conventions in different parts of the U.S. and the world, and the Flickr community is huge, among other things

Also, the LEGO Group has been doing quite well for the last few years, especially following its near-collapse in 03/04. I believe that sales have been up each year. Meanwhile, MEGA Brands bought up Rose Art in 2005 and suffered mightily due to safety recalls in 06 and 07. MEGA lost hundreds of millions in 2008. I wouldn't be surprised if they've recovered some, especially with the Halo license, but I haven't read anything that indicates that they're eating LEGO's lunch.

Potential reading, a 2009 news article on MEGA's losses and LEGO's recovery: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-o ... le1149686/

Please note that I'm not defending bad choices by LEGO, whatever one might think those choices are. I simply don't see that the fan community is diminished, or that LEGO is doing poorly economically.


That's not what I meant.

Lego the company is doing fine for itself I'm sure.
Likewise, obviously there are tons of people that love Lego.

But these days you ask the average mom on the street what her kids play with most and the answer will be videogames.
Ask the average kid these days what they'd like for their birthday/Christmas...videogames.
Ask the average teenager what they're doing with their old Legos...selling them.

Lego in our culture has gone down in popularity, usage, and 'a good quality kids toy' factor. Which is understandable in an age of instant gratification whereas Lego requires work and creativity (gasp!).

I love Lego. And I know a lot of folks who do. But I'm speaking to the general psychosis of thought towards Lego: it has decreased, not increased, in recent years.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Sir Michael Le Fanu » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:01 pm

But these days you ask the average mom on the street what her kids play with most and the answer will be videogames.

I completely Agree. Its disgusting.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Impudent Moose » Tue May 10, 2011 11:16 pm

I believe that one of the biggest problems is that not very new members are coming in. I just barely became interested in classic space and haven't even built a CS MOC yet. Maybe we should try appealing to a wider audience? Perhaps what I mean is the younger audience. Of course, this might bring a lot of annoyances too.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Sir Michael Le Fanu » Tue May 10, 2011 11:18 pm

Impudent Moose wrote:I believe that one of the biggest problems is that not very new members are coming in. I just barely became interested in classic space and haven't even built a CS MOC yet. Maybe we should try appealing to a wider audience? Perhaps what I mean is the younger audience. Of course, this might bring a lot of annoyances too.


Wider Audience: YES PLEASE! But how do we advertise?

But with that come the annoyances, as you said.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby _zenn » Wed May 11, 2011 12:36 pm

Sir Michael Le Fanu wrote:Wider Audience: YES PLEASE! But how do we advertise?


Maybe through the classic space flickr group, since more afols are on flickr right now.

And maybe a main 'blog' page like eurobricks, but only dedicated to space. :csmini:
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Sir Michael Le Fanu » Wed May 11, 2011 6:02 pm

_zenn wrote:
Sir Michael Le Fanu wrote:Wider Audience: YES PLEASE! But how do we advertise?


Maybe through the classic space flickr group, since more afols are on flickr right now.

And maybe a main 'blog' page like eurobricks, but only dedicated to space. :csmini:


Zenn, I like the way you think. Would you mind telling people to check out CSF in some of your photos space related MOCs? It would be much appreciated by me, and I think it would be by everyone else too! Thanks!
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Impudent Moose » Wed May 11, 2011 11:32 pm

I also think we should try to appeal to the younger audience as well, that will most likely be our best chance at increasing members. Perhaps signatures on other forums will help. Also, some major additions to the site would help it be more appealing. What I'm thinking of is a site portal, feed to the local flickr group, a chatroom, etc. Added/redone ascetics could be nice, like adding a blue/grey/yellow color scheme to other areas of the site. Also, post invites to the site with your mocs! Another good idea might be to have different groups and guilds on the site. That appeals to a large number of younger fans. Maybe a main official guild where you have to be accepted by those inside it already through a vote. You would also have to provide MOCs for them to judge. However, if a MOC needs a lot of work we should choose our words carefully.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Sir Michael Le Fanu » Wed May 11, 2011 11:35 pm

Impudent Moose wrote:Perhaps signatures on other forums will help.


Great idea! Doing so now.
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby _zenn » Thu May 12, 2011 5:39 am

Sir Michael Le Fanu wrote:
Impudent Moose wrote:Perhaps signatures on other forums will help.


Great idea! Doing so now.


I was thinking of the same thing, so I made use of a small button I saw on several blogs. (note: most of the links on several blogs don't work, they need to update their url's)

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<a href="http://www.classic-space.com" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.classic-town.net/images/classic_space.jpg"></a>


Or maybe a slogan; 'Classic Space: The Future Is Now!'

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<a href="http://www.classic-space.com">'Classic Space: The Future Is Now!'</a>
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Re: Proposal for Saving the Future of Lego Space! (SatFutoLe

Postby Sir Michael Le Fanu » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:17 am

Lets take the LEGO community by storm. Pull up your trousers, this is gonna be big...

Put a link to Classic-Space (a slogan perhaps, as stated in the above post) in every other forum you are part of- whether it be...
FBTB
Eurobricks
Your LUG
etc etc

When you post a creation on any website, in the description, say something like "To see other great Space Creations and MOCs, visit http://www.Classic-Space.com whether it be...
Flickr
MOC Pages
etc etc

This is what we need to do. We can make LEGO Space be as successful as it was meant to be!
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