Has the world gone mad??

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Dylan in Bournemouth sent this picture taken in his local Tesco Extra store, showing CMFs packed in security tagged CD cases.

I can't believe they'd go to so much trouble to security protect a £1.99 item so presumably it's been done because they are fed up with people fiddling with the packets. What utter madness!

Has anyone else seen them packed like this?

127 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

They have far too much time on their hands....
There's a series 10 at the back though, maybe it's a missing Mr Gold ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I work at Tesco's on toys (although a different store) we've never had a problem with ppl fiddling with them, but kids open them a lot and that we do get annoyed with, it's probably to stop that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Trust Tesco! Sorry brownk29, but they are such a naughty company.

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By in Spain,

I've seen the same in Portuguese TRU a few months ago.

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By in Denmark,

Never seen that before...bad style i think...the shop should have them upfront to hold an eye them insted maybe...

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By in United States,

Booo - the best part about collecting each CMF series is feeling up the bags to find the ones you need!

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeah, I'd say the world just gone mad :P:P:P

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By in United States,

I am surprised stores haven't done this sooner, I've been to multiple stores where the CMF display was literally just a pile of torn open bags and pieces from them strewn about the display and nearby shelves...although it hasn't been as bad since Mr. Gold and Series 10 moved out of stores.

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By in United States,

The local Walmart has had issues with people tearing into the package to either (1) steal a $3 minifigure or (2) look inside to see what it is. This was especially noticeable back during the Series 10 Mr. Gold Wars...

It isn't surprising to me to see a store taking it to this extreme.

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By in Germany,

I really don't get it. Whether a person is looking for something random and will buy a random pack either way or he/she is looking for something specific and won't buy at all if those measures are taken. So they only drive customers away, don't they?

Apparently it has been done for series 10 before (where it would have been more understandable): http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/71001_Minifigures_Series_10#Background_.2F_History

I never had any such issues. While searching I even got into chatting with the sales ladies or helping out confused parents searching for gifts several times. But then again I live in a really small town and I seem to be the only one feeling bags in this local store.

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw this in France in toysrus in 2010 with series 1 . I agree it's a bit unnecessary due to the low price. They could just keep them behind the till like WHSmith

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By in United States,

My local TRU in california has them locked up on the rack, right by the register. You have to ask for someone to get them for you. The other TRU across town does not have them like that though.

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By in United Kingdom,

It does seem stupid but if you think about it, the store workers will get annoyed with people getting in the way feeling the packets when in the end only buying one. Though, the company will loose business because people would want to know what they are getting! Don't worry, there is always the trusty LEGO Store! ;)

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By in United States,

A TRU in France had them that way 2 years ago when I lived there.

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By in United States,

I've always thought that feeling the packs is an incredibly boorish thing to do. If this is a solution they find reasonable, more power to them. Personally it would seem extreme since you would have to box up every single pack for each box you put on display. A method I have always found reasonable has been to simply keep the displays behind the checkout counter as I've seen them do at local Barnes & Noble locations and Borders (when they were still around). That way the customer can request as many as they'd like and can't molest them to only purhcase the ones they're looking for.

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By in Portugal,

Here in Portugal in TRU is the same, since a série 5/6

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By in United States,

lame

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By in United Kingdom,

Staff in Westfield Stratford City actually help you feel the minifigure packs so i'm not sure why they need to be security tagged.

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By in United States,

Thankfully I've never encountered this. If I do see this in the future, well then I'm no longer getting Minifigures. I love to feel for the figs I want, so this would greatly discourage me from getting any from that particular store.

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By in United States,

Well it was bound to happen, what with more music shops being shuttered every minute.

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By in United States,

On the upshot, this would prevent the spread of cold and flu. Not to mention, keep the figures as close to mint as possible.

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By in United States,

This isn't new. I've seen them in bigger cases. It's ridiculous.

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw every Lego set from CMF up to the big sets in Beaumont Leys Tesco in either plastic cases or electronic security tags. Also Megabloks collectible Halo figures were also in cases.

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By in United Kingdom,

Folkestone Sainsbury's has had them in CD cases for a while, but there only seems to be about (the same) 5 at any time.
On the subject of people opening the bags in store, I once saw a loose baseplate in a box at Tesco's and thought "I'm better than that."

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By in United States,

At this point, they should just stop carrying them. Wow!

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By in Ukraine,

Saw unbagged CMFs (Series 5) in such plastic cases at our local mall a couple of years ago))

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By in United Kingdom,

This is Sheer madness - i wonder what the mathematical probability is of obtaining a complete set by blind buying a set - I shall by using a different store if I encounter this at my local Tescos !

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By in United States,

the tru by me moved their polybag dump box (big rectangular clear plastic display, open at top with a little tray to pull out from bags from the bottom) to the customer service area and put all the CMFs in there so people couldn't get to them after the first couple s10 boxes were thoroughly destroyed. Mind you this is in New York City where the entire store is thoroughly destroyed anyway.

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By in United States,

Seriously? I hope you get to keep the CD case as a bonus. :P

I just hope this doesn't come to the U.S.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have seen this done with other small collectible toys like Moshi Monsters in Tescos before, it's insane, if they keep doing this it will ruin the CMF line. Luckily I have a shop near me that stocks every series except 10, wonder why?, but they let me feel the packets, they actually got more in because I just wanted a complete collection, i's only a small shop.

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By in Spain,

Seems a bit extreme to me, but if conditions require hard measurements it may be justified. I never saw opened bags in stores, even got help from staff like @Adzbadboy in the Lego Stores in Essen and Glasgow.

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By in United States,

Just buy a bunch, feel them in the comfort of your home, and return the ones you don't want.

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By in Denmark,

This does bring the meaning of "random bag" back though. Add's a bit to the thrill... and to their account. Unless they securitypacked them after they or someone else picked them through.

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By in United Kingdom,

They'd have a hard job doing this in my Tesco, they've still got about 500 series 11 left.

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By in Australia,

Mean while in Australia.
Target and Kmart Australia, both started this some time ago

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By in United States,

lol, that store needs to lighten up.

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By in United Kingdom,

huh, they've been like this at the Ipswich Tesco since last year. I never buy them there now

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By in United States,

Good lord! What WILL they think of next!? Probably attaching a ball and chain to sets........

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By in Pakistan,

My theory is , it's being done not to discourage feeling and fiddlings of the packs but to actually make it difficult and discourage store thefts ..these small packets are easy to slip in by the dozen and I won't be surprised if they have had a few distasteful incididents of the sort.

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By in United Kingdom,

They've done it with loads of them here in Elgin, makes feeling them out a tad difficult

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By in United States,

Maybe/probably had a lot of theft. I know near me at TRU I see a bunch of CMF's and the regular Lego sets (Mostly the small box ones you can open with your thumb) opened up, ripped apart and the figs gone. These shoulda' been impulse buys near the register at any store but they're sooooo dang popular you'd have a mob blockin' the line at the counter.

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By in United States,

It was the same way when Pokemon cards appeared in the US in 1999. When I worked at TRU, we locked the packs in the video game security cases because kids were stealing them outright, or opening them in the store and stealing the cards, leaving empty wrappers.

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By in United States,

I really think the extra casing is more than it's worth even if they are having problems with theft. Kids are always stealing candy and random things from stores, if you want to avoid theft put the product in a open area of the store where you can clearly see it. I also don't see a reason to be concerned with people fiddling through the packages especially if it causes them to buy one, I have even had some employees at Target and Toys R Us help me find the one I was looking for. Honestly I don't think it is worth the extra security and it might be better to not sell them at all.

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By in Poland,

I've seen lots of polybags (not just CMFs) packed in such cases in Auchan stores in Poland for quite some time. I just don't buy from them anymore. All other stores just have them hanging from the shelves.

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By in United States,

If people are going to destroy products that they haven't even purchased yet, stores should be allowed to protect their product in any way they choose. I for one am glad they, and other retailers have done this.

It's like anything else in life, only takes a small segment of the population to ruin it for everyone.

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By in Australia,

I once encountered a shop keeper at a small business who was whinging because I felt all the packets in one box in search of Mr Gold but didn't buy any. This happened even though I had already told him I wouldn't buy any of the others because he was charging 25% more than other stores. Apparently the fact that I entered the store meant I had to buy something and it was my fault that the packets made noise.

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By in United States,

@classicsteam they likely had the cases already for cd's or similar sized games. In the past when I've seen this case style they've been reusable so normally the only added expanse is time to stick the CMF in and taking it back out when purchased. That said I've not seen retailers locally do this (I am also glad they haven't) for the CMF. Granted I've not seen very many CMF packages that have been pillaged either.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ickleb But don't you have quite a history of stealing childrens' toys up there in Elgin?

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By in New Zealand,

Here in Christchurch New Zealand, Toyworld stores mark the packets with the number so you can buy exactly which one you want. I much prefer that than getting double ups and unwanted ones. And they are the cheapest of all the stores here that sell them. I have not come across any opened ones at any of the stockists here. Most have them on the counter.

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By in United States,

Nope, never seen them packed like that. :/ For that matter, outside a LEGO Store, I haven't even found that many of them. I can understand what they're trying to do, but is it really worth the extra, albeit minor, cost of investing in those CD cases?

Come to think of it, though, I see Tesco having a problem in the future when trying to fit Series 12 Mermaids, or any other minifig with large pieces, into a CD case.

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By in United States,

Man, I'm really sorry to hear how prevalent the anti-theft measures apparently are. Not that they should be easy to steal, but feeling them up is part of the CMF experience in my mind.

I have had lots of pleasant encounters with strangers through the CMFs, I have flirted with cute register ladies, commiserated with nerds over finding the right ones, helped mom's pick out a lego set for their kids and even helped out a foreign non english speaker I met (I speak Japanese, is how) by such a random chance. All thanks to standing there molesting tiny baggies.

Moral of the story is- don't box up the CMFs, box up the snotty little kids, HA!

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By in United States,

@beardedcastleguy I understand that the store ay have cases left over form other items but if they are prohibiting costumers from getting what they want then it may no be worth selling. They may be discouraging theft but they are also discouraging business from the people who want to get a certain character.

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By in Qatar,

Stores only increase security when there is theft, so they are just responding to thieves. A few split bags wont cost em much, but if people are stealing half a dozen at a time into coats and bags, that costs a lot more i would think.

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By in United Kingdom,

Beaumont Leys Tesco! So many sets in security boxes. Is this to prevent self checkout theft. They weigh so little you could probably put 2 through and pay for one!

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By in United States,

One of the stores in the salt lake city area has them all locked up, due to a man stealing a large bag and taking 6 cases of the minis. he was caught but they still lock up every case now.

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By in United States,

I actually think this is a good idea- almost every time I go to target, I see a cut up cmf package (and generally the pieces to the minifgure are all still there, but they cant sell it now)

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By in United States,

I don't disagree that it encasing CMF's makes getting a full set much harder, well without just blindly throwing money at them. I'd either not buy at a store doing such encasement or it'd be the choice of last resort.
I understand business's need to occasionally take measures to control 'inventory shrinkage', but I have the ability to shop elsewhere if I find said measures onerous. Tesco is a chain of stores that does NOT include franchise's if I understand it correctly(aka all stores are corporately owned). As such they may not have much say in WHAT they carry, but have some say in the 'small' details of HOW they carry it.

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By in United States,

That just killed sales.

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By in Australia,

It's a bit rich from the lego community to have a problem with this isn't ? The store probably has a problem with damage or theft. Also, the AFOL community are the ones who do the mad things such as keeping all plastic bags and packaging from sets of a targeted children's toy. Each to their own. Just because their needs don't suit yours doesn't mean they are wrong.

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By in Slovenia,

If they start doing that in every store, I'm not buying them anymore!

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By in United Kingdom,

A store called Dominoes in Leicester, UK, used to take a few out of the packets and display them up on a shelf behind the counter. You could pick whichever one you needed, and it would cost you £2 (even if it was a rare one). I managed to complete quite a few series' thanks to them. Annoyingly the store had to close down last month after +30 years of business (no thanks to those who browse and then go online to buy elsewhere), which is a real shame as they used to stock a lot of toys you never usually saw in the regular high street brand stores.

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By in United States,

THIS. IS. MADNESS.

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By in Australia,

I think the shoplifting rate of these must be extremely high. Theres a couple of ebay sellers in Australia i notice every week they list a bulk lot of minifigs (a 100 loose sealed packets etc) for 99 cents with no reserve. Sometimes they might sell for AU$150 so only AU$1.50 per minifig (retail price here AU$5.00) yet they keep listing them week after week.
They usually sell the current series but a couple of months back i noticed a nationwide chain of supermarkets selling series 5 and these same couple of sellers started selling bulk lots of series 5. Also i look at their other auctions and they sell things like rechargeable batteries, Gillette razor blades. Hard to come up with any other conclusion of where they get them from.

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By in United States,

If they want to put and end to steeling and people feeling up the bags they should come in a clear wraper. I don't see that happening because Lego wants people to buy multiples trying to find certain ones. I see no problem with people feeling up the wraper as that is what I do, and I have been good as figuring them out. Never had a problem with the store employees telling me to stop. I helped out many a fellow customer get the ones they want. Only had one stupid person say I should just buy them an eBay and not waste my time, but I don't support pay ebay prices for something new I can get in store. Only thing I see this doing is driving people to buy them take them out side feel them up and then return them.

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By in Mexico,

In Guadalajara, Mexico... this department store called Liverpool always carries TONS of collectible minifigures, they fill one entire shelf (for each series) but they also have LOTS of the minifigs already built in display, ready to be sold!!! That's how I bought series 6 and 7, I started feeling the packets but the guy told me I could choose them from the display! I think it would be a nice idea to sell them this way. I've never seen any open packet in Mexico, so I don't think it will ever happen down here, or at least, not soon. In the worst case, I would just get them from bricklink.

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By in United States,

They will learn when none of them sell.

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By in United States,

I know a couple people said this, but I'm shocked this hasn't been done until now. I have seen other ways of stopping either people feeling the packages or shoplifting, such as some TRU back when I lived in STL held these at guest service and made you buy them there. If anyone is familiar with Disney Infinity, I've seen a few Best Buys do this with power disc backs, same concept where they are blind purchase, but you can feel for super rare discs if you scratch the surface of the discs, since the super rares are lenticular.

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By in United States,

The irony is that all the Lego Stores I've been to allow customers to feel the bags...

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By in United States,

I've been collecting CMF since Series 5 and I've only seen two opened bags during all my visits to TRU and Target and my occasional visits to Wal-Mart and Barns & Noble. I've never been asked to not feel them either, and I've felt around 2,000 bags. Also, TRU used to carry the earlier Series by the checkout, but now them as well as everyone else just has them in the LEGO section or on an end-cap close by.

I just hope no stores up here get this oh-so-bright idea... I've had a lot of fun feeling for the ones I want, helping others find the ones they want, helping and chatting with random people about LEGO, and helping them find what they want at the best price, lol, been asked quite a few times if I worked at TRU.

Also, if my local TRU were to do this they'd have a really fun time as they often stock, at least they have with 7, 9, 10, and 11, six plus boxes, when I went to get my Series 11 I needed a couple days ago there was six boxes plus two end-caps with them on.

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By in United States,

Me and my mom have always had fun feeling it we live in oregon and every store I have been to its on the lego aisle. I've seen one opened once and that was when we saw a grandpa hair piece during as other's call it the mr.gold wars. The store people are never irritated they usually are smiling saying things like I know that look its trying to visualise it! or Some times they'll try and help find the one because their bored.

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By in Taiwan,

Some of our local toy stores or TRU do provide opened bags. They don't really care about it, though both fiddling and repetitive minifigres are really annoying.

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By in United States,

@tobyde
Agreed. But I do remember when I went to some store, Marshall's I think, where I saw a DK Brickmaster for five bucks (RRP being $30), so I made plans to buy it the next day, since I was busy buying something else. I came back, and the last book was still there, but all the bricks were gone.

This is really something I hate (I don't use this word lightly). There always has to be a group of people with no morale who just ruin everything. Not only do they ruin the business, but the comfort of the customers as well. They destroy our image, even though its just a few. Besides, if they didn't steal, the prices would be lower. What's with stealing a two buck set. Honestly, even someone with no morale whatsoever would have the logic that the risk would outweigh the value. Unless it's just someone who thinks stealing is fun >:( Here is a perfect example, a few kids ruining it for the lot of us.

I hypothesize from experience that different communities have different crime rates. My city of Irvine is considered the 2nd safest city in the US (used to be number one but was probably bumped down by a fistfight :D), I've only seen that one theft in the not-so-safe part. Other communities have different morals. That's why some stores have this ridiculous packaging while others actually help customers pick out their figs.

I think they should give up on the whole "mystery" thing, it's only caused trouble. They should go back to $3.49 impulse sets (I'm not talking about polybags) that they did in 2010 and $15 5-figure sets with only figs

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By in United States,

If they were cheaper I wouldn't mind multiples of cmfs I already had, but they aren't cheap and feeling the bags is the only way a consumer gets a fighting chance. My son and I have every cmf so far, even Mr. Gold, thanks to a lot of dumb luck, but we also have too many duplicate$ to remember. How much harder do they need to make things for us? The TRU by me here in California keeps them by the register and is used to, and ok with, requests to gently go through a box by feeling bags for the ones I need. That feels fair to me (although their dollar markup sucks). Target and KMART are even better, leaving them on the aisles and priced at $2.99 each. We found our Mr. Gold at a KMART, while looking for a couple others we still needed.

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By in United States,

Security tags is only applies in the boxes mostly expensive sets, but why they put a protective case on CMF and nobody reported that someone stole it?

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By in United States,

If it came here I would just go to my local candy store since they put a sticker on them that's says which number they are

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By in United States,

Yes, this must be to deter theft. The store doesn't care if you feel them. They just want to sell them. However, if theft is the issue it is hard to imagine it being profitable with so much employee overhead involved with this security. I guess someone did the math on that. I just wonder how long before Lego Stores deploy those annoying anti-theft buzzers at the door.

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By in United States,

My local Walmart toy section manager referred to his CMFs as "shoplift bait". He said his shrinkage on them was greater than his sales of them. At a store like WM it's not feasible to keep them at the front counter like TRU does, due to the number of checkout stations and the volume. He didn't care about people feeling the packets and I never met a retail manager who did, it's the shopliftability that's the issue. Someone who stands in front of the display methodically crinkling packets for 20 minutes so the security camera has plenty of footage of them is probably the very last person they have to worry about stealing them.

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By in United States,

They are shoplift bait. At my walmart the toy section is close to the garden section where there is an exit where barely anyone goes in. CMFs are right there.

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By in United States,

I haven't seen them packaged like this, however, at Wegmans, where I work, so many kids have stolen and attempted to open the packages up that our asset protection specialist has gone mad!

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By in United States,

I went to a Wal-Mart in Tennessee when traveling to Florida and was looking for Series 11. Looked all over the toy department and then notice a sign saying they were in the hunting department. I walked over and asked where they were and the worker said they had them behind the counter. He let me feel the bags but made sure to keep an eye on where the bags were. I asked why they were in that department and his response was "We have had a lot of people stealing them so we put them here" and also that was the only register to purchase them at.

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By in Czech Republic,

It looks like CDs are not selling well at these times :-) Have a nice day to everyone from the Czech Republic !

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By in Republic Of Korea,

Same here in some retailers in Korea.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm fairly sure this is about theft, not feeling bags. My local does the same with those 50p packs of trading cards and stickers.

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By in Australia,

a local store in my township has started to end the habit of people tearing open bags by opening up a whole box and displaying them in a glass cabinet that u can pick what figure your after . ive also seen people skim thru a whole box in a dept store with a printout of the barcode numbers looking for a fig they after

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By in United Kingdom,

It's been like that since series 9 at my Tescos. It's such a pain :S

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By in {Unknown country},

I can understand Tesco's frustration. I regularly see open CMF bags in my local Sainsburys in Stevenage. I think since season 7 I've seen at least a dozen open bags. I doubt it is the kids doing it as I rarely see children buying them.

The Mr Gold thing increased the number of damaged bags significantly.

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By in United States,

The TRU stores here in Vegas haven't gone as far as to put them in cases, but they are keeping them all behind the customer service counter and will hand the amount wanted over to you when you ask. But they won't let kids go through them. They let me hand pick mine but said that they had too many people, kids and adults alike, just opening them to see what figure it was with no intention of buying the ones they ripped up. I honestly can't blame them. Yeah they are only a few dollars, but if hundreds of them are getting destroyed, it adds up fast. It's the same as stealing in my opinion. The low price doesn't mean they shouldn't protect their stock.

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By in United Kingdom,

I flirted with minifigs briefly - long enough to get a complete set of series 7, 8 & 9, but the whole 'buying blind', or having to feel the bags (which I never got the hang of), just put me off, and I haven't bought any since.

I'd be curious to know how many sales are made of duplicates, or more specifically 'minifigs that people don't want'. Personally, I'd be much more likely to collect them if they were a higher price, say £2.49, but each packet was labelled so I could just buy the set and be done with it.

I guess at the end of the day, some people like the chase, and TLG like the profit...

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By in Netherlands,

It was bound to happen. Not because people fiddle them, but because people actually open them in the store and put them back if they do not like it.
From series 5 onward, I have been buying them by the box. It is a lot cheaper and I can get the ones I want without any stress and the rest I just use as little presents. I also stopped buying each series since there is too much repetition on the themes and some just do not have any interesting figures in them. Skipped series 10, too - too expensive because of the Mr. Gold craze.

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By in {Unknown country},

I seen this in the Portsmouth town centre store, but it's never been constant as sometimes it's just the box there.

They did go through a stage of having all the little blind packed toys in the security boxes, not just the Lego, but I think they haven't bothered for a while.

It's the only store I've seen it in though.

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By in United Kingdom,

@coachie oh we're terribly light fingered up here!! why pay for it when you can use a five finger discount?? lol

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By in United Kingdom,

I was referring to the infamous Elgin Marbles!

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems a bit extreme but hardly surprising, as others have said I regularly look at the CMF stands and there are packets and bits of figure strewn everywhere. I'd get frustrated if I worked there and had to keep tidying it all up.

From my point of view I don't really go feeling that much, I like buying a few packs when a new series comes out and will have a little feel just to try and make sure I don't get lots of the same one but it's inevitable. I'm one of the sad ones who likes the excitement of wondering which toy is in the next packet. Makes it more expensive but lots more fun :) if I get lots of the same figure I give a couple to my nephew anyway to help build up his collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tagged MF, that's the norm in Italy.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Tesco in Newport did this when Series 10 was out.

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By in United States,

This is not because of feeling the packages. This is because of theft. I can't tell you how many times I find these packages opened and pieces everywhere. They may only be $2.99 but think of what happens when hundreds of these are open or outright stolen just from one store. Multiply that by any number of stores and you'll see why this unfortuantly makes sense.

You are not entitled to feeling packages. Stores are entitled to stop theft. End story.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't have a problem with them doing this. I generally don't care about duplicates, so when I see a new series I buy 25 packs straight off. The only problem now will be the time wasted getting the things open at the till. If the person on the till takes 10 seconds a pack, you will be stood there over 4 minutes. Also, rather than a basket to grab them, you will now need a trolley!

At least when you go through self service the things will register on the scales if you wait to the end to get them opened. Cue "Approval Needed".

We must all remember that these things are supposed to be random, and duplicates are part of that. When I was younger we used to collect and swap stickers etc.

I know of some shops (especially my favourite Irish independant one I visit every year) that actually label the packs with what is in them. Saves everyone the hassle.

Let's just collect the random sets randomly and keep the demand going. For those of you who want to buy the exact minifig each time - stay at home and use the internet. I have gaps in six of the series, and no Mr Gold that I was robbed of thanks to the terrible way it was supplied and the massive prices that I refuse to pay. I like the ones I have, and don't really miss the ones I haven't got.

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By in United States,

Well I would say... THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD!!!!!!!!!! I believe that any store that has these is gonna loose most all there sales because u could just drive a few miles down the road and find a place were they arnt secured and u can feel them. If they started this everywere I would either stop my collection or buy them online

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By in United States,

I'm not a fan of packs that you can tell have been pinched by 25 customers before you. This stops this. I recently came across a bin of series 12 at a TRU and carefully, randomly grabbed 8 packets that had not been pinched by those who came before me. I bought them as Christmas gifts and want them looking new. The randomness of the contents will lead to surprise and hopefully some spirited trading amongst my family on Christmas.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tesco Bellshill used to do this too, it's a theft deterant

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By in Belgium,

I've never seen opened bags in the stores I visit in Belgium, but if theft is a problem, there are better solutions. If I can't feel the bags any more, I'll just stop buying them. As some mentioned before, that's the fun of it all... trying to find all the minifigs by feeling,... . So, let's hope this won't happen in belgian shops.

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By in United States,

The packages are suppose to be random and this keeps them random while also deterring theft and/or vandalism. I don't see the issue? If you want to know what you are getting with the CMF packs complain to Lego to stop making them blind packages and start putting them in clear clam shell or bubble packaging. That's where all the outrage seems to lie over this, please can't feel the RANDOM packaging to figure out what's in them?

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By in United States,

Simple solution, buy all they have in stock, take them home and find the ones you want, return the rest.

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By in United Kingdom,

I went to a Tesco once, cant remember where but in the UK, I think it was series ten and every single pack in over 3 boxes was ripped and there was Lego everywhere.Being my good self I told a member of staff then left but it must have been £100's of pounds worth.

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By in United States,

"The packages are suppose to be random and this keeps them random while also deterring theft and/or vandalism. I don't see the issue"

Don't know about you but I don't have a lot of money to spend on figures and have no use for more then a couple multiples of a lot of figures. Not really into CMF's anymore, but when I was, I felt to get what I wanted. If they would of been in cases like in the pic, I would of had to turn to BL to get what I wanted or stopped altogether. Honestly the last 2 series that's been out(series 10 and 11) seemed to be harder to feel then normal.

and if they'd do that everywhere, I doubt the series would last much longer. Not everyone wants to have to go online for the figures they want and I doubt online sellers want a lot common but unpopular figures in their store. common POPULAR is one thing but sky divers, for example, aren't something in demand like other figs. and at 3 buck a pop, the amount of money spent on unwanted figures would add up fast for people

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By in United Kingdom,

@jongoodall - you live in Newport?! Me too!!

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By in United Kingdom,

At my local Tesco they had them right by the security guard sitting at his CCTV screen! No plastic boxes but he looks fearsome, so I guess that's the deterrent! Still, I had a nice chat with him whilst me and my children were feeling the bags. He looked a bit bemused, but didn't seem to mind!

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By in Ukraine,

I've seen figures packed like that in Lisbon, Toys R Us, as I can remember. That year, in summer.

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By in United Kingdom,

I will be really annoyed if this happens everywhere when the LEGO Movie series comes out, hoping to get a full set of them!!!

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By in Australia,

I also assumed that the shop-lifting rate for the collectable minifigs would be very high.

Particularly during the Mr Gold nonsense, I'd go into K-Mart and the floor (and shelving) of the Lego aisle would be littered with empty packets that had been torn open. I feel bad for the shops.

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By in New Zealand,

Hahahah ... Tescos have really lost it in every sense.

I think this is also indicative of what a silly idea My Gold was. Now everyone is incentivised to have a grope.

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By in United States,

This is madness!

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By in Canada,

Wow! I frequent the lego store, Toys R Us, and Walmart here in Calgary and I have never seen bags ripped opened the way people are describing. Maybe that is also why I've never seen the packets protected in cd cases. Very sad.

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By in United States,

@ ACNLGal2013 you are missing my point. The figures are SUPPOSE to be random and it's SUPPOSE to be a surprise what you get. If it wasn't, Lego would show the figure in a clear clam shell or bubble package like most other action figures come. People have obviously gotten around this by feeling the package. These anti theft devices Tesco is using not only stop figures from being stolen, but also make them random again.. AS THEY ARE INTENDED TO BE.

I completely understand not wanting to have the CMFs be random, but people are acting outraged over it when that was Lego's original intention! Tesco is obviously doing this just to stop theft and vandalism, and as a side effect it also makes the packs unable to be felt and keeps the figure inside a surprise.

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By in United Kingdom,

I remember seeing the same in Glasgow Maryhill, as early as Series 4. But then, I also remember seeing ripped bags and seeing kids stealing them, so I understand why.

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By in United States,

If they didn't wan't people feeling them they'd put them in a rigid box like . . . oh . . . every lego set ever. (polybags yeah, yeah.)

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By in United States,

Wow, this is interesting. I've seen many packages (in the US) opened over the past 6 months opened from LEGO and K'NEX figures. Some have missing parts, and others have all parts but are simply torn open. People have known minifigure packs for over 3 years now, but we shouldn't open them like savages in order to find the figures we want. Just do what I do: feel the packages carefully, recognize the textures of figure parts, then buy them. Sure I get duplicates, but I've been able to recognize figures with less errors after 11 series. In series 9, 10 and 11, I got the exact figures I wanted every time except for 2 times. 2 figures out of over 30 packages I felt in the store. I didn't pick up one and buy it without tearing it to shreds. I didn't buy it mysteriously. I felt the packages contents from the outside, in the store, in order to find the right figures. Sometimes I find open packages of figures and report them to the store employees, or I buy it if I wanted it. I can understand if kids make this mistake, but I hope parents and adult fans are not making this mistake of tearing open packages. Would you rip open a regular LEGO set to get the best parts, hide them in your pocket, and nonchalantly walk away? No, this is stealing and damaging store property!

Sorry for the long comment, but perhaps in this region this is a reasonable solution for ravenous LEGO fans who tear open packages and pocket the pieces. I'm not saying it has to apply everywhere, and I wish for it not to be a worldwide policy. People, fans of all ages, there are easier solutions to find the figures you want without being guilty of stealing or breaking open products. Just feel the contents of the packages without opening them. Use your senses, especially common sense.

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By in United States,

After giving this more thought, how are the customers at these stores suppose to know that the CMF case has not been picked through. And what I mean is, how do you know if the workers (possibly for themselves) didn't pick out the harder to find ones and put the easy ones that don't sell out in those plastic cases. Just curious.

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By in United Kingdom,

Quite honestly I think this is a great idea - helping deliver precisely what the experience of Collectible Minifigs is about...

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By in United Kingdom,

I love my weekly feel..... this would hurt

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By in United Kingdom,

I guarantee it's not to prevent feeling.

A couple of weeks ago I did what I usually do and grabbed three or four Minifigure packets and when I got home three of them had been ripped open - I'd bought empty packets.

Since that time I always check the packets and it's depressing to see the huge numbers of items that have been pillaged. The stores I visit are near to my office (in Nottingham) in deprived areas so it's not really surprising.

I called Tesco to complain and they refunded my purchases in Clubcard points. They were very interested to hear about my experience and I can't commend them enough on their actions - putting them in CD jewel cases is a much-needed security measure, I suspect.

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By in United States,

@scifiantihero not necessarily. Boxes would take up more shelf space than the current packets the CMF are in. Plus one could argue if Lego really did want you to feel the packages to figure out what's inside them, why not just put them in clear plastic packaging like other action figures?

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By in New Zealand,

There Even doing in NZ!! Yesterday I went to my local Toyworld and at least every Polybag was in a Security Bag,The Friends, Minifigures and the creator!!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

Their is probably a Mr. Gold in one of them...

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By in United States,

I work at a lego store and the main issue is people walking out with them in their pockets, especially during the holiday season. We don't mind people feeling them though.

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