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(Mother Nature Network)   What do Legos, Polaroid, and Sizzler all have in common?   ( divider line
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2013-03-15 11:06:55 AM  
Happy Hours:  The article also lists Bennigan's which I sort of remember some people thinking was cool (maybe even me), but in truth it was just trendy and had crappy food with people wearing stupid uniforms- and while not that expensive, it was overpriced.

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2013-03-15 11:19:11 AM  
MikeBoomshadow:  Harry Potter, Star Wars, DC, and Marvel have been huge cash cows.

Truth. LEGO has learned that they play very well with others.

The article greatly overstates LEGO's problems in the 90s. The move into other media has been quite successful -- but they needed other people's stories (intellectual property) to make it work properly.

But there would be no Lego Star Wars videogames without Lego Island and Rock Raiders.

Which isn't to say that their own stories aren't catching on. Ninjago succeeded in the same way that Galidor didn't...
2013-03-15 11:34:51 AM  
A couple years ago, Polaroid was whoring their name out to anyone that would buy it. Not even just on digital cameras but TV's, DVD players, iPod docks, and even batteries and light bulbs. (That seems to have been replaced by "Westinghouse" today though).

/Recently saw some "Zenith" brand batteries at one of those bargain closeout stores.

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2013-03-15 11:46:53 AM  
I wanna leave Benigans!

Make me fries.
2013-03-15 12:25:52 PM  

Happy Hours: Cool?

Legos are cool, and never died, so they can't be resurrected

Being a Dane I remember reading a lot about their trouble though.

Perhaps what has happened is that the kids that grew up with LEGO now had kids of their own, and thus the cycle continues.

With the financial crisis parents might also see LEGO as a better "investment", rather than other toys that are more fad like in nature.
2013-03-15 12:32:14 PM  

durbnpoisn: The whole thing with the poloroid is that it's nowhere NEAR that easy to duplicate and proliferate.

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OK, not quite as easy as uploading from your phone to the MyTwitFace cloud, but not hard, either.
2013-03-15 01:03:20 PM  

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2013-03-15 02:55:04 PM  
Fujifilm still makes Polaroid like instant cameras. Some old Polaroid cameras can be converted to use the Fuji Instax film too.
2013-03-15 03:48:31 PM  
2013-03-15 06:17:17 PM  

cybrwzrd: MikeSass: How in the hell can Lego be financially hurting?  They sell a box with $2 worth of plastic in it for $60, FFS!

There may only be 2 dollars worth of plastic, but their tooling and tooling maintenance costs must be astronomical judging by the tight tolerances they hold..

I watched a "How it's Made" type of show that was about Lego. According to the show, the dies are 100k to 200k each IIRC. Each machine holds a bunch of them at a time. They obviously wear and have spares and must maintain an inventory of all 7000 pieces. Ouch...
2013-03-15 09:25:26 PM  

Combustion: gadian: Subby, the plural of Lego is Lego.

But what is a collective? A gaggle of Lego? A bundle of Lego?

A bucket of Lego.

/best collective of Lego ever
//sets are for people without imagination :)
2013-03-15 09:41:26 PM  

THX 1138: I have to admit, I didn't know that Lego was failing.  I assumed it was infallible as a brand.

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Yeah. Theycut way back on design according to the article. Then somebody inhouse said, " Hey. What if we designed these blocks to be more rectangular instead of rectangular and then call them 'new and improved' much like detergents did when they 'improved' their products?"
2013-03-15 09:47:58 PM  
L33t Squirrel:
//sets are for people without imagination :)

Never quite understood them when I was a kid. If I wanted blocks that go together only one way (with a few similar variations) I would have built a model.  I loved my huge box of bricks, I could build anything.
2013-03-15 11:53:11 PM  
They were cool when I was 10 years old?
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