timber_wolf899 wrote:the ultra strict CC leak policy pretty much stunts all discussion and speculation on future products here. By the time the lid is lifted, everything to be said has been said on other sites.
Just wondering what CC garners in exchange for this massive handicap? I'm not being critical or saying it isn't worth it, just curious. I mean if holding the company line on leaks gets us more direct access/gets our suggestions wants and ideas heard then it is well worth it. Otherwise it all seems kinda pointless.
I mean seriously, do we think Mega Brands doesnt have images of those retailer books?
LEGO has been very generous to Classic-Castle during the past eight years by donating to our contests, granting interviews, preview images, and chats with fans. I would like to think that there is a mutual trust between us and TLG. Many fan suggestions have been passed along via the ambassadors and by designers reading threads here. The very fact that highly sought after elements will likely be featured in new castle products is proof that fan ideas are reaching the designers.
I do agree that TLG needs considerable improvement in how they announce new products by working with new media (facebook, flickr, youtube, twitter, and AFOL sites like Classic-Castle). If fan sites were provided with preview images earlier than a week before products were released, the feedback could be very beneficial to the company. The LEGO Ambassadors are pushing for this type of increased communication between TLG and fan sites.
Unfortunately the way TLG was originally structured as a family company with marketing divisions for each country is detrimental to communication with fans and the general public. Often the marketing people, for which there is high turn over, just "do not get it". The Community Team and LEGO Designers can request that fans receive official information in a more timely manner, but it is not always within their control.
We hope that increased dialogue between fans and LEGO will create changes in the TLG's new product announcement methods.
We ask that Classic-Castle members refrain from posting watermarked images of sets that were not intended for public release. Feel free to discuss the leaks in Classic-Castle chat with other fans. The admins will discuss your concerns and decide whether any changes in our leak policy are necessary. Thanks.
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