+1 Informative... too bad I have no mod points, but it's an incredibly interesting graph. As a Netflix/Comcast subscriber, with no viable alternative to high speed internet service, I've always argued against Netflix's caving into Comcast's extortion. Of course, the date is supplied by Netflix, but it echoes what we've experienced at home.... it used to work just fine, then suddenly it was terrible and we were always getting "rebuffering" messages, and often enough Netflix would just give up and not play.
I know people counter that this was a result of Netflix's service provider not having decent connections to the rest of the net, but the graph tells all...
It's true but, nevertheless, SW has been one of the best selling lines since it's introduction and, personally, while I don't like every license, I'm glad they licensed sets - I think a lot of them are absolutely awesome.
In fact, one of my favorites was this fairly simple steam engine from The Lone Ranger: Constituion., I put the figures away, I just liked the train. I never even saw the movie.
They still do! That's the problem... you probably just don't know they're out there because LEGO is largely off your radar these days.
None of these are licensed, and they are all awesome LEGO sets. Yes, it'd different from when we were kids, but it's certainly not worse. On top of all that, look at the parts you wished you had as a kid... I've been able to make remote control cars and tanks, among other things:
Is that sparking any creative ideas?
This... The LEGO Group has been failing miserably at trying to attract girls (well, I guess those friends sets are selling, probably purchased by dads who wish their daughters were into LEGO). The fact is, they get berated for for selling "girl" sets with pink and purple bricks, but instead of adding a decent mix of female minifigures into ordinary sets, they come up with things like "Friends," where we're right back to the pink and purple and "girl" jobs, like Vet and fluff reporter for TV (yes, she's not reporting on politics in the set, she's reporting on a giant birthday cake!).
Of course whenever I've discussed it, the conclusion was not to force gender equality in a police force or fire department - that's simply a fake reality, but it's not to make bricks pink and purple either. Most women even agreed they just wanted more female figures in sets... I don't think that's too much to ask for, and putting in alternative heads/hair is probably the best idea I've heard on the subject.