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  1. Not sure about Bionicle signage, as I'm not familiar enough with it. Someone else will have to weigh in there. I didn't see the two symbols you were referencing at first, so I thought you meant the neon green sign in the lower left, by the squid. Turns out sign says "Rice + Shine" in Ninjagoese. I find it amusing that someone came up with a bad pun and then hid it away behind their alphabet.
  2. Sorry, I must have missed your reply! There's been so much to read on EB lately, it's hard to all keep track of. I have been following some of the wishlisting about themed Creator boxes, and I suppose that if we ever did see anything steampunk, that's probably where it would be, if those themed boxes ever happen. I loved Aquazone as a kid and would be thrilled to see it return, especially with more of a whimsical aspect.
  3. Oh man, that would be great, but unfortunately, it looks like a little impossible; over in the Historic Themes forum there was a discussion about the future of some certain themes where this came up. Long story short, Lego designer Mark Stafford (who goes by Nabii here on EB) chimed in and in an off-hand kind of way, mentioned that steampunk really hasn't tested well as a theme (I linked his post below). It's not very encouraging that we'll ever see much in the way of steampunk, let alone a whole theme.
  4. If we're talking minidolls, I would love a Friends in Space kind of theme. There could be alien races similar to the Elves goblins, or even blue-skinned minidolls or something. Not that I expect it to ever happen...
  5. Not sure about the Agents theme connection, but the faux-kanji script at the bottom says "HOME" (thanks @makoy for decoding the script).
  6. You could also use the spoon for a Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves MOC.
  7. I suppose the Batman girl with Spectrespecs is from the Gotham Institute of Technology? Either that or it's a off-handed Red Dwarf reference... but then it would also need a mention of the Society for Minifig Equality of Gotham. Sorry, that went way out there, didn't it?
  8. Wow...that's an amazing set. At a decent price, too, even though a lot of the piece count seems swallowed up in 1x2 trans-light-blue tiles. Problem is, it's still a very high price, which makes it a no-go for me. Also, it looks like the Ronan poster (the dark red thing in the lower left) has a Lego logo at the top; how perfectly meta.
  9. Ah, that makes more sense, I can see where you're going with that: the bigger I build my enemy, the more I can destroy them! I don't know how you would implement that fairly though, but that's why we have excellent game-runners like @Bob De Quatre and @narbilu, to figure stuff like that out (if this kind of thing makes the final cut).
  10. I agree with the whole post except for the bolded part, but maybe that's because I don't quite understand. Are you saying that the damage done to MANTIS if Octan pirates them should depend on how much presence MANTIS already has? Because that doesn't make sense. Whether or not MANTIS has a lot of builds on a planet or not, the amount of damage should only be judged based on the quality of the piracy build. This also leaves freedom for builders to create their own story. If you are an Octan pirate and want to raid a MANTIS awesomnium refinery--but MANTIS hasn't built one yet--then go ahead and build one yourself!...and then pirate it . Part of the fun of AG1 was building things that "belonged to" the other corp just to destroy/infiltrate them; I don't think the ability to do that should depend on whether or not that corp has actually built it or not, nor should the judging/reward.
  11. I describe a dark age as a a time when Lego is no longer part of your life. You might still have a lot in storage, or you play with your kids or something on occasion, but you don't really keep up with it as a hobby. You would frequent EB less and less, not spend hours scouting your store or ebay for deals, and probably not buy much. But the biggest aspect for me is that all of that would be natural; someone could stop buying or building or contributing to the forum because of a lack of time or money, but still have that anxiety that they would like to, or wish they could, but maybe realize now (in life) is not the time. In a true dark age, you probably wouldn't even notice that Lego had slipped out of your life, or if you did, it wouldn't bother you at all.
  12. I saw the same deal but chose not to buy it, and I haven't really regretted it. I love new/useful parts, but felt like the only really special pieces in it were the printed astral fans/disks, the rest seemed fairly generic. As for figs, only two of the three looked good (the Tilda Swinton one is bad), so I decided even at that discount it wasn't worth it for me. YMMV, of course.
  13. I think my heart just broke a little; not that I am surprised, especially with the reasons Nabii explained, but bad news is bad news even when you expect it.
  14. I love the castle! It looks like it was cobbled together with whatever bits these steam adventurers could make stick! I also find the whimsical geometry very charming--the tremendous height, the narrow base and walkways, and the girl smiling in the impossibly inaccessble tower!--it's great.
  15. While I love the idea of themed Creator sets, I realize that they are more like the sets your mom would buy for your kids, rather than your kids wanting for themselves. I mean, sure they would like it fine (any Lego is good Lego), but they would have wished for the sets with Jay and Kai or Clay and Aaron and character X from that new show they love. Creator sets may sell decently, but Big Bang themes with the apps and shows and characters engender brand loyalty, and living the brand. When we AFOLs played with Lego as kids, we played Castle and Space and what-have-you. When we weren't playing with Lego (when our parents sent us outside) we were doing other things. Kids now play Lego with Zane and Cole. When their parents send them outside they act out Zane and Cole defending their fort or attacking the bad guys. Then they come inside, watch Ninjago on TV and play it on their iPads. They wear Ninjago shirts, they write in Ninjago notebooks that they bring home from school in their Ninjago backpacks. They sleep in Ninjago sheets. Even when they aren't playing with Lego, they are involved--even immersed--in the brand. That's why those Big Bangs--Ninjago, Nexo, Chima--are pushed so hard. The third party products aren't TLG's main gig, but they keep the actual toy and all that it stands for--fun and imagination--in the front of kids' and parents' minds around the clock, not just when their toys are out. That kind of pervasive brand presence simply isn't possible with a themed generic set, and that's why they are not produced as much. It's not just about the building experience, but about the brand experience. Imagine if Ninja Turtles (my childhood Big Bang) hadn't had cool characters like Raph and Leo, opting instead for generic mutant turtle heroes. It would never have survived. As far as branding? The wackier the better. The more distinct and unique, the better. Anyone can do generic castle factions battling it out, but Future Knights with downloadable powers? That's something you can trademark. AFOLs, meet the Big Bang themes; they are here to stay.