Nabii wrote:Second, a few years ago it was decided that when molds are up for renewal some 'minor corrective changes to parts' would be made ... sometimes because a part doesn't fit with any other part in it's design style (the space gun).
When you say that they decided the old ray gun "didn't fit", are they saying it doesn't "fit in" with a particular style, or it doesn't properly fit physically with certain other parts? I'm just curious as to their reasoning on this one...
Unfortunately these changes have in some cases been more extensive then expected and they came as much as a shock to the LEGO Designers as the AFOLs. Last year the change to the space 'gun' and the 1x6 arch brick triggered a small riot of complaints in the Design studio as the Designers did not consider these 'minor' changes.
Glad to hear that many designers are sharing my feelings about some of these changes. Hmmm... any chance the "riot" convinced the Parts Department to change the ray guns and arch bricks back?
BTW, do you know what the rationale was for changing the 1x6 arch bricks the way they did? Why the extra space at the bottom?
Due to this there is now a weekly meeting where a small group of the Designers are consulted on the parts that changes are being considered to, compromises are reached and proposed changes must make sense or it is taken higher. This means people who build everyday are now part of the decision process (one of them is me) and no one touches our 'classics' like the old space gun again unless it's an improvement.
I'm glad to hear that at least they're including Designers in these decisions now... most my Bricklink purchases these days are vintage "retired" parts that, up until recently, where available in sets (I recently found myself stocking up on the classic space antenna
for this very reason). Hopefully, unfortunate changes like this
can be prevented.
Hope that clears up a bit of the story for you.
Thank you, Nabii, I do appreciate your take on things. It's really good to know that we've got proper AFOL representation over at TLG.
And yes, those new Alien Conquest guns (both human and alien) totally rock.