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  1. I think we now know what the term "Modular" means with respect to the new Creator houses. This image just posted to Brickset clearly show the three new Creator homes (31067, 31068, and 31069) combined into one large house.
  2. So what is the deal with the steps? I have seen lots of carousels in my life, but I never saw steps as a feature. Animals and sleighs are common. But steps? Are these supposed to be some sort of 'magical steps'? Has anyone ever seen this on an actual carousel?
  3. The flat side of the base plate that the carousel sits on is 24 studs. That's not counting the width resulting from the diagonal pieces. So I suspect the footprint of this model is about a 32 x 32 baseplate. I think the diagonal pieces are 8x8 wedge plates. So the square footprint of this carousel (including the green grass surrounding it) would be 40x40 studs. I think this thing is bigger than it looks in that photo.
  4. I just noticed something of interest on the boxes of the new Creator houses to be released in summer 2017. If you look at the photos that were taken at the NY Toy Fair (posted on many websites), the boxes reveal more information than what was revealed from the German toy fair. Here are the 3 sets with their titles: 31069 Modular Family Villa 31067 Modular Poolside Holiday 31068 Modular Modern Home What does the term "modular" refer to? Will each of these three homes have interchangeable sections? If you recall, the small Creator train, race car, and air show sets released this year have interchangeable parts (which in my opinion was poorly executed). Or will it be like the Lighthouse released last year in which each section of the lighthouse and roof can be interchanged into many different forms? Has this already been discussed (I couldn't find any discussion on it)? Any thoughts as to how this will work? Can anything be inferred from the photos as to how these homes will be 'modular'? Here's a link to one of the sites with very good NY Toy Fair photos: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/02/18/summer-lego-creator-sets-revealed-at-new-york-toy-fair-2017-news/
  5. I believe the designer gets 1% of sales. They interviewed one of the designers a few years ago, I can't remember for which set. He wouldn't say how much money he received in royalties, but did say it was enough to buy a decent new mid-size car. I guessed it was about $25,000.
  6. Go to reddit.com Search "brickheadz potc"
  7. This is really great. These switches are more in line with how traditional O-scale train systems (Lionel, MTH, etc.) construct the curved portion. The "curve adapter you can use with a continuous curve" will be very helpful in layout geometry. Can you make wide radius track? There is another third party company that makes wide radius track, but competition would be a good thing. And thank you for selling on Bricklink. That makes purchasing easier.
  8. So there seems to be 5 new Creator houses this year (2 have been already released, plus 3 more revealed today). That's a lot of houses for one year, right? I'm happy for lots of houses and buildings, the more the better. The blue car looks great. I love space shuttles in general, but I'm not too keen on this one. Perhaps closer photos, when they are released, will change my mind.
  9. I like what you did there Ozark. Since the original blurred photo has been posted, I assumed the ship was broken in half somehow. But looking at your rendering, it seems the ship might just be listing to the side and thus making it appear to be 'bent' in half.
  10. I don't know if it has been discussed. I saw it for the first time on the Lego Shop at Home website about a week ago, and it took me by complete surprise. I never heard anything about a new chess set being developed on any of the blogs or forums. That said, I think this set is brilliant! It has a beautiful and classic design. And as Vorkosigan said, the price per piece is amazingly low.
  11. Go to 4chan.org Click on Toys Search "Lego" Click on the pic of Lego Captain America, or the topic "Lego General: Just give up edition." Scroll down near the bottom of the page and you'll see the images. They are thumbnails, so you'll have to look closely. But they expand to the full screen.
  12. Okay, but the rules of the Winter Village competition state exactly: "Entries should be new (never posted anywhere previously) and be similar in style to the previous official TLG releases." So the exception to "never posted anywhere previously" is to put them on Flickr, the most popular photo-sharing site on the internet?
  13. Help, I am trying to upload photos to the Winter Village competition. I made them smaller than the 1024x786 limit. However, I when I try to attach a photo, I get a message stating that the files must be smaller than 30kB. That seems too small relative to the photos I see others posting. Am I doing something wrong? I just want to post photos of my entry. Thank you,
  14. Hello everyone, Here is my entry into the Winter Village competition. Because of the new Winter Village train, we need a station so there is somewhere for the train to stop! I used this train station in my own Winter Village display this year, so I took extra care to make sure the scale of the building matched the other buildings from Lego's official Winter Village sets. This was not as easy as it sounds. There is a tendency for me (and many others, I think) to make our MOCs large and grande. It is difficult to be restrained in the size of our builds. IMG_0511-001 by James Altland, on Flickr For some reason, the system will not allow more photos to be posted. So I will post this one for now, and perhaps more later. Thank you for looking! Okay, I'm new to posting photos on this site. So I'm trying to add a few more photos, even though they may be too late for consideration in the Winter Village competition. IMG_0504 by James Altland, on Flickr IMG_0506-001 by James Altland, on Flickr IMG_0489 by James Altland, on Flickr