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  1. Indeed, maybe the reason either there is no Year 3 or we just haven't heard about it is because they've had a tough time getting new IPs for the game. (That's mostly a joke. I know that if nothing else, they could surely get anything controlled by Warner - The Hobbit, Looney Tunes, The Neverending Story - or LEGO - Bionicle, Elves, Nexo Knights, etc. But it does sound a little as though they ran into more walls than anticipated when trying to secure properties for Y3.)
  2. I believe the one discussed a few weeks ago, a few pages back in the thread: (bolding added to original post for emphasis) Note that a lot of these were apparently merely considered and were shot down for one reason or another, and wouldn't necessarily have made it into the game no matter how many years it ran. It does illustrate there's still lots of room for more material to be added, though. Oh, and yeah, I'm afraid it does sound to me like there won't be a pack with Lord Vortech. It'd be kind of funny if they did, though - imagine on the package, in the space where it has the logo of whatever franchise the character comes from, it could just have the LEGO Dimensions logo again.
  3. "Dying", perhaps, but I don't think it's fair to call it "dead" when it's not only still being supported, and even not only still being sold, but actually has new material coming out that's still months away. The writing may be on the wall, but the game is still viable for the time being.
  4. I think they could lower the prices if they chose to do so. I'm sure not all of the frequent sales have been at a loss; the game should have some pretty decent margins, especially now. Granted that the standard pricing on Fun Packs seems to have already been permanently lowered once, from $14.99 USD to $11.99... but that should just mean the Team Packs should be lowered in turn, since they're each equivalent to two Fun Packs, just bundled (and the pricing reflected this economical approach, being $4.99 below what two Fun Packs would cost), but now a $24.99 Team Pack is $1.01 more than two $11.99 Fun Packs. There have also always been plenty of sales on LD, some quite substantial. I suspect the standard pricing includes substantial margins, especially now, almost two years after launch. I think they might be able to halve the Starter Pack prices now and still make it profitable. That said, they may not want to. Aside from whatever they get from selling the game and additional packs at full price, I can't help but wonder whether they actively rely on sales to get substantially more buyers, since undoubtedly lots of people put off by full pricing will jump at reduced ones if they think they're getting a great deal. Making the regular prices that low might diminish the impetus some consumers feel to buy it now whenever it's on sale.
  5. Interesting that in the descriptions under each of those they mention the specific times to watch for LEGO Dimensions news. Since they follow up the last one with "say it once, say it twice... and third time's the charm", I'm guessing that'll focus on Beetlejuice, and since it's one of three remaining themes in Year 2, to me that suggests each livestream will contain a LEGO Dimensions segment focusing on one of the three themes to be added. But I guess we'll know in a few hours!
  6. I'm sure we'll see lots of cool stuff from the remaining material, as well as perhaps some highlights of the most recent additions. That should all be great. I imagine the question of the game's future will hang over everything, though. I can't imagine it not coming up given all the recent chatter about it, but at the same time it seems unlikely they'd openly acknowledge an impending discontinuation when there's still stuff scheduled for release months from now. But hey, it's just a few days away now, and then we should know more than we do now, whatever the word is.
  7. It was yet another LEGO attempt at bridging the gap between physical bricks and virtual play. It consisted of a small set of basic bricks plus a downloadable app for iOS and Android devices. One would do things like have a timed build to recreate a "2d" brick sculpture (single player of bricks) and then photograph it with one's phone's camera, for example. It was kind of neat, but didn't last long. Here's one EB thread on it. It should give you an idea of what it's like. Unfortunately, when LEGO discontinued it they didn't merely discontinue the set, as one might reasonably expect; they all pulled the (free) app from distribution (while there were still some copies of the set here and there in stores), so that someone who bought the set late would be unable to download the corresponding app and make full use of the bricks. Fortunately the bricks would still be perfectly good, usable, ordinary LEGO bricks, but I'm sure a few people felt stung by buying a set with a promised interactive digital component, only to find it no longer available. I don't know why they felt a need to pull the free app out of distribution, but it's no longer around.
  8. As much as I love and adore LEGO, I have to say this (presumed) premature cancellation coming after those of LEGO Universe, Life of George, Fusion, and LEGO Minifigures Online doesn't do much to foment trust in LEGO's future digital endeavors - much the opposite, actually (and regrettably).
  9. I'm coming back to this thread after months away, getting all caught up on the developments of the last few months, and I must say I'm disappointed. I had encountered the cancellation rumors elsewhere, but wasn't putting much stock into them until now. Argh. I've wanted to get into this game since even before it was released, but haven't been able to - I don't even have one of the five systems that runs it yet - and now I find out it's being cut short before I can properly throw myself into it. I have started getting some of the packs for it, though, in hopes of getting the game and an appropriate console eventually, and not wanting to be stuck unable to get desired packs for it by the time I do. All I have so far, though, are the Simpsons and Portal Level Packs, and the Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Fun Pack. At this point it seems profoundly unlikely I'll be able to get everything, but hopefully I can at least get something for each franchise / world, and all the essential stuff I care about most (Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, The Lord of the Rings, and The LEGO Movie, plus various single-pack themes). Three down, many many many more to go... Onto other things. The additions reportedly planned for Year 3 are an odd bunch. Some, like Avatar: The Last Airbender, seem like no-brainers to me, but others not so much. Minecraft seems like a good choice at first, but then with LEGO Worlds and regular Minecraft already out there, it seems a bit stranger the more one thinks about it... though I guess the draw would be in being able to use the wealth of characters from outside franchises in the Minecraft environment, have interaction between Steve and the other characters, etc. James Bond doesn't strike me as the most LEGO-friendly property out there, and a while ago I wouldn't have thought they'd ever entertain the idea at all, but then I'd have said the same thing about The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, and Gremlins, so obviously I'm not the best judge of such things. Still, though, I'd rather see them just use their own in-house Agents theme. They've certainly seemed to enjoy mining the 1980s for properties for this game (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Goonies, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Midway Arcade, etc.). I can think of a few more I'd like to have seen added that I think could have worked well: Big Trouble in Little China Labyrinth The NeverEnding Story Ah, well. At least this caps the total number of packs I have to worry about. I just wish I had some of those 99 Cents Below stores near me, though it sounds like they've largely been cleared out now anyway. I'll have to pay normal prices, I guess, and pick up as much as I can while I can.
  10. I picked mine up on Thursday the 1st at the LEGO Store at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville, just outside Atlanta. The Store had sold through most of its allotment by the time I arrived in early afternoon; it's a good thing I didn't wait any longer. Multiple other shoppers came in and asked for the set while I was talking with the store staff. I put it together on Sunday the 4th. It's amazing how quickly it went together considering the size, but it was a very rewarding build, and the finished set is beautiful. Everyone associated with the creation of this set, both the two Ideas users and LEGO's internal team members, should be very proud. They really knocked it out of the park with this one.
  11. Assuming it were scaled up proportionately to the difference between the nanofigures and regular minifigures, it would be a fair bit over two meters tall, I think somewhere in the neighborhood of eight or nine feet.
  12. I trust lots of people frequenting this forum made a point of having a bit of LEGO Star Wars fun on this day; I know I did! What special builds did everyone opt to do? Whether it's an official set you've had set aside for a special occasion or a MOC you've been working on today, let's hear about it! Speaking for myself, I've long had a MISB copy of 10198 Tantive IV stored away, just waiting for the right moment, and I decided today was the day. I'm pleased to now have a fun, playable and remarkably sticker-free replica in brick of the very first Star Wars spaceship ever sitting on the table in front of me, and I'm delighted with it. Putting it together after watching Rogue One has made for a very satisfying Star Wars Day.
  13. I've updated the initial post once more to use the name of the final set (as opposed to the original Ideas project) in the thread title and add a few more tags. As they no longer use "11", I'm guessing this is now intended as a more general Apollo Saturn V set, rather than Apollo 11 specifically. I think you're right. If nothing else, I certainly expect to see it in the gift / souvenir shops at science museums, planetariums, Kennedy Space Center, etc., as well as in Toys 'R' Us. And honestly, it still wouldn't be too bad a deal! Though I'd certainly rather pay TLG's price than whatever TRU might charge (even if they don't mark it up, they still won't have VIP points).
  14. Heck, even if one were a heathen who didn't care about an Apollo Saturn V model at all, this set would still be highly desirable purely as a parts pack, given how amazingly reasonably priced it is.
  15. BTW, in case anyone is still wondering, LEGO has confirmed all the decorated elements are printed. No stickers.