Mr. Gold is down under
It's interesting to note that the auction description states "Have noticed a small scratch on torso. Came out of the package like this, could have been caused by other parts moving around" which is not the first time such imperfections have been noted.
It's therefore worth reminding ourselves before going to ridiculous lengths to find one, that these are cheap Chinese-made minifigs and you are likely to be disappointed with its quality if you do manage to find one.
I've recently heard of more instances of Goldgate bringing out the worst in people:
- A Toys R Us in the USA has "warned the customers all of their packets have been checked for Mr. Gold before they made it to the floor."
- Someone bought seven whole cases from their local WalMart, rummaged through them at home, failed to find a Mr. Gold, and then took them all back for refund.
I can only hope that someone senior in LEGO reads about this sort of behaviour, and asks whether it's something they want their brand to be associated with, and then thinks very carefully before pulling a stunt like this again.
There would have been so many better ways to have done it without causing upset and frustration among loyal fans and customers.
- Someone suggested that 'golden tickets' should have been added randomly to packets which would have been impossible to feel for, which you then sent away to get Mr. Gold.
- Andrew emailed to say "LEGO should just have made it possible for people to buy them like the MiYu stones my sister collected. There are rare stones, and when you make a picture of your collection (maybe with yourself) then you were able to buy one of the rare stones."
I quite like the latter idea: send LEGO a picture of your collection of, say, 100+ CMFs and they send you a Mr Gold as a reward for being a loyal customer and dedicated collector.
Any other thoughts on the matter?
For the record, personally I am not fussed about getting one, but I know a lot of you are so I'm using these articles as a means of highlighting the issues Goldgate has caused and to provide a way for you to vent your frustration and anger!