Would somebody please explain the prevailing desire to see themes come back that have proven to not be profitable for LEGO?
I mean just going over the comments in the Rumour post on the main site a lot of people want to see a return of Classic Space or Castle now that they believe Nexo Knights is all but confirmed finished, despite it being a rumour, but then you've got people clamoring for things like Western, Adventurers, Pirates or similar old themes being brought back and yet...
The Lone Ranger brought Western based sets back for modern consumers. The LEGO Sets were all around pretty good and had they not been tied to such a divisive film due to the casting choice of a certain someone they might have done well, but I don't recall that theme performing very well at all and I certainly don't think kids are into Cowboys and Indians any more.
Pirates was brought back a few years ago in very limited numbers and I seem to recall that it did not meet LEGO's expectations. Granted I could be wrong on that front, but if Pirates failed to garner enough interest that LEGO didn't even decide to do anything for PotC 5 aside from the DTC Silent Mary I'm firmly of the belief that Pirates are pretty much dead as a viable money-making opportunity. At least where LEGO is concerned.
The last theme we had similar to Adventurers was Pharaohs Quest. That didn't do so well either, I remember seeing that massive scorpion temple around for years afterwards and nobody wanted it. Or at least I think I did.
It's all well and good to desire similar Themes to what we had growing up, but stagnation doesn't help the creative aspect of LEGO. If kids don't buy then LEGO won't revisit a Theme. Plain and simple. So why is it we still desire to see them return even though they've proven time and time again that they just languish on the shelf too long and take up space and refuse to make the company profit?
Nexo Knights has evolved the Theme somewhat, perhaps it isn't entirely what we wanted, but it must have done something right, even if the rumour does prove true.
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