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  1. Best minifigure: Faun from CMF 15 followed closely by Lavaria from NK set 70335. Best set: Spider-Man - Ghost Rider Team Up (76058) Worst set: Anything Minecraft but especially the Skin Pack (853609)
  2. I'm pretty sure that AFOLs were doing fabric skirts years before TLG too. Even after TLG did fabric skirts at the waist, they were still using the neck connection to attach parts that were supposed to originate at the waist such as this one: http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=11101pb01&idColor=150#T=C&C=150 . For both fabric and plastic parts, AFOLs were years ahead of TLG in their use of the waist. I do agree that the editor function is absolutely awful. Not only does it not allow you to split quotes, it punishes you if you try by preventing you from replying to the thread.
  3. Cool MOC! I especially like how each of the hydra's heads is different.
  4. Is there any independent evidence of that? I suspect that that was just TLG's excuse for taking so long to tap a market that AFOLs had shown already existed.
  5. I don't deny that there could have been coincidental invention: it isn't just possible, I think it's quite likely. But that's not to say that LEGO designers haven't been inspired by AFOLs either. Here are my suspicions: For years before the release of the official sets, AFOLs were MOcing Star Wars vehicles, showing them off at events and posting pictures of their MOCs online. It was so widespread, it was practically a hobby in its own right. I find it hard to believe that TLG wasn't aware of the trend before they sought their first SW licence. A number of minifigures were designed by Alexandre Boudon and posted online when he was just an AFOL. His designs were subsequently bought by TLG and, I believe, he joined the company. Quite a few minifigures in the CMF line are based on those designs. For some years, AFOLs have been using the connection between minifigure hips/legs and torsos to add custom accessories at the waist. TLG didn't start doing it until just a few years ago (2014, I think). Now, LEGO tails, belts and skirts that attach at the waist are fairly common, but that wasn't true until recently. Could it be a case of coincidental invention? Perhaps, but I doubt it.
  6. While I don't deny it's a possibility, I've never seen a minifigure that showed the kind of damage you might expect from sebum. If LEGO were susceptible to skin secretion, parts would have indelible finger prints. I'm not aware of permanent finger prints being commonplace, not even where you would most expect them, namely on older and second-hand parts. If it were an issue, it would be widely known and discussed in fora such as this one just as the problem of discolouration is. The fact that few if any discussions of finger print removal and damage repair exist suggests that it's a non-issue.
  7. This thread discusses the affects of temperature and temperature change on LEGO. It seems that ABS parts aren't affected by temperature extremes (-30 to +60C) except, possibly, to loosen clutch. Humidity in itself should have no effect on ABS parts according to this thread. I mentioned in that thread that any mould is removable with vinegar followed by a rinse of distilled or soft water (which is what tap water is in Japan) and then dried. I don't think print would be affected by temperature or humidity, but both can permanently damage stickers. I'm not sure what the affect of both are on rubbery parts. I'm not sure whether vinegar will remove mould from rubber parts and if it does, if it will damage the pieces.
  8. I have reason to believe that what TLG told you is wrong as far as ABS minifig parts are concerned. I have been an AFOL since 1993 and still have the minifigures I got back then. Apart from some discolouration of the white and grey parts, they're still in perfect condition. There's no sign of the kind of damage that skin oil acids can cause to other materials such as some metals. As I said in my last post, ABS is pretty acid resistant.
  9. This topic has definitely been covered on the EB boards before. If there's a friendly mod around, perhaps they could merge this thread with the last one. If not, here are a couple of errors: Powerful is misspelt "powerfull" with two l's on this tile which appeared in three sets. One of the Vikings sets is variously shown with either one viking minifigure such as on the cover of the instructions or two minifigures such as on the box art and inside the instructions. If memory serves, the set actually came with two minifigures so the cover of the instructions and various promotional publications were wrong.
  10. I'm as susceptible as anyone to "the cult of the new" when it comes to minifigures and bigfigs, prone to oohing and ahhing over LEGO's latest creations. But sometimes I don't get that feeling and find older versions better than newer ones. Here are some examples: This is my favourite Joker (though with the big smile on the double printed head, not the smirk pictured), not the forthcoming one. And here is the Hulk I like most, not this one that came out a year later. I like this Spider-Man more than this one despite it being 10 years older. The ghosts I prefer are this one followed by this one. The more recent CMF one is cool too and I have one in my display collection with a different head, but the ones with the white shrouds are top of my list of phantoms. I realise that these preferences are entirely subjective and that opinions will vary, but was wondering what older versions or minifigures, bigfigs and moulded creatures other FOLs prefer to newer versions. Are there any that have disappointed you or do you always like the latest ones most?
  11. I think the hair is this, the torso this, the arms & hands these and the legs & hips these. There are four different heads. Perhaps this comes closest to step 4's.
  12. In a word: Marilith!
  13. Excluding some national archetypes and licensed characters, I don't think there are any clean-shaven long-haired male minifigures, and not too many with moobs either. Is that sexist towards men? No, it isn't. It just helps differentiate the sexes. 2014's Research Institute has three scientists, all of them female. The 2017 Police (City) sets have roughly equal numbers of male and female good guys (cops) but many more male bad guys (robbers). Those are just two of a myriad of examples proving that LEGO isn't sexist. In fact, LEGO is pretty politically 'correct'.
  14. I was going to say that I didn't know about the possible effects of Play-Doh, but Mr Greeble has answered that. With regards to the possible effects of Blu Tack, there is already a very recent thread about that in this forum.