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  1. In general licensed themes tend to come and go when they're properties people are already really excited about. The LEGO Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Cars, and Toy Story themes all came about in anticipation of new movies in their respective universes. It's unlikely that any of those themes would have come about when they did if there hadn't been highly publicized new movies in the works to re-ignite interest in those series' previous installments. In the absence of new material being hyped up, public interest in these properties tends to wane, and it becomes much harder to generate interest in a licensed toy line based on them. Granted, modestly-priced individual sets can still sometimes work without a new movie tie-in. Ideas projects like The DeLorean Time Machine, Yellow Submarine, and Wall-E sets did not tie in with new or ongoing entertainment franchises, instead just capitalizing on nostalgia for older movies. But at the same time, a Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit project on LEGO Ideas would not have that powerful sense of novelty that comes from a beloved IP being realized in LEGO for the very first time. Many of the Middle-Earth projects that have reached 10,000 supporters have been too ambitious for their own good, and a less ambitious project might struggle to generate that kind of interest in the first place since so much of the demand for smaller Middle-Earth playsets has already been fulfilled.
  2. I'd love to see some Professor Layton or Ace Attorney themed BrickHeadz! Also some of the core Nintendo franchises like Pokémon, Mario, or The Legend of Zelda. Though actually now that you've got me thinking about it I may first try building my own!
  3. I've bought a few custom parts out of curiosity (like the BrickForge centaur legs, or the Crazy Bricks Crazy Arms), but I rarely end up using them. A lot of LEGO parts tend to be geared towards genres of building I don't do a lot of, like military, trains, castle, or post-apoc. I don't even do a whole lot of minifig customization except making sigfigs for myself, friends, and family, or making goofy mashups of figs I already have on hand.
  4. The U.K. edition will probably be out in April like Issue 3 was last year. And while you may not need a duplicate Mr. Spry, the juice bar DOES seem designed to go well with Mr. Spry' grocery in The Capture of Sophie Jones (same style counter).
  5. I still see no particular likelihood of Nexo Knights becoming like Ninjago. Ninjago's sales performance was extraordinary even in its first year, and despite that it was still planned at that point to end after two and a half years. The 2011 Annual Report said that Ninjago "exceeded expectations and was the biggest product launch in company history". Nexo Knights seems to have had a good start, but not of nearly the same magnitude. All LEGO had to say about it in their 2016 Annual Report was that it "was also a contributor to growth". That's even less praise than they had for Legends of Chima in the 2013 report ("LEGO Friends that was launched in 2012 and LEGO Chima that was launched at the beginning of 2013 added the most to sales growth in 2013"). I wouldn't overstate AFOLs' importance to the LEGO Group, but frankly kids are an even more pressing reason for LEGO to rotate their themes every few years. LEGO likes to put out a new "Big Bang" every few years so they can make a strong impression on a new generation of kids. But they can't keep doing that if they also keep more and more massive themes from previous years chugging along at full steam. They can't grow their production capacity or marketing budget but so quickly. And while a "top seller" might be fairly secure from being rotated out, a mere "contributor to growth" doesn't necessarily have that same assurance. The reality is that as successful as Ninjago has been since its launch, that kind of success is not in any way the new normal, and three years is still a pretty generous expectation for a new theme's lifespan. And a futuristic twist is no silver bullet — just look at Chima or Ultra Agents.
  6. While I'm not sure what the best time or place for it would be, it'd be nice to see a new take on forestmen, with how much better LEGO has gotten at building trees! Even classic sets like this were pretty good for their time, and that was before brown bricks were plentiful. Dark Forest later incorporated a bit more brown, but those sets' mid-90s design standards somewhat limit their lasting appeal (and I say that as someone who grew up in the 90s loving themes like Aquazone, Fright Knights, and Western). The all-black tree structure here feel extremely dated by today's standards, but the limited colors do keep things coherent. Also, this set was sort of ahead of its time in using regular plates instead of baseplates, and the alternate build on the lower right (in which one of the bases is repurposed as a roof) truly exemplifies the creative advantages of this approach! Thanks for this review!
  7. It's worth noting that Ninjago has never really been aimed at four-year-olds… at least, not until last year when LEGO first released some Ninjago-themed Juniors sets. Like most "big bang" themes, Ninjago is aimed at ages 7 and up. The Fire Temple in particular was aimed at ages 9–14, which is a pretty high age range for a KFOL-targeted set! So if it appeals to 4-year-olds, it's mostly incidental, not intentional. Frankly, a lot of the kids in the target age range probably wouldn't want to feel like they're playing with a toy they would've played with when they were 4. I do, however, feel like a kid might get a kick out of Airjitzu Battle Grounds or Ultra Stealth Raider.
  8. The dolphin in Fun at the Beach isn't a new mold, it's a reprint of the LEGO Friends dolphin with City-style eyes. I've been saying since this dolphin came out that it'd be great for LEGO to do that, since this mold is vastly superior to the long-retired Paradisa dolphin. And necessary or not, it's a small expense compared to animals that would need entirely new molds.
  9. I'm willing to bet that any copper Akaku listed on BrickLink is actually this gold mask. BrickLink has no name for this gold mask color (which is officially called Yellow Flip/Flop), nor any inventory for the mask packs that contained it to steer people towards using a particular name. Plus, BrickLink's "copper" has become a catch-all term for any vaguely copper-ish color, whether or not it resembles other colors referred to by that name.
  10. There was the Merchant's House and a bunch of Lord of the Rings and Zelda projects, but I feel like in a lot of those cases the rejection probably had more to do with licensing complications or the projects themselves being too big and ambitious than with them being castle-related. I feel like Castle and Pirates are tough themes to push through Ideas, especially since some of the most treasured parts of those themes tend to be the big stuff — castles, villages, pirate ships, and huge island forts. The small and mid-range stuff is appreciated, but mostly in its ability to complement the bigger sets. That's a lot different from, say, Space or City, where I feel like there are a lot more small and mid-range sets that become iconic on their own merits rather than just as accessories to their bigger builds. I'd love to see some more modestly-sized Castle proposals get more attention through LEGO Ideas. Particularly more niche stuff we don't see so often in Castle sets, like Forestmen. Trouble is, there either aren't enough people making smaller Castle projects, aren't enough people supporting/promoting them, or both. Recently approved projects like the Old Fishing Store and Saturn V Rocket do indicate that as LEGO Ideas sets continue to be well received, LEGO Ideas is beginning to approve bigger projects for production. Even so there's an element of risk with those proposals. The bigger the project, the more it will need to have going for it to convince LEGO that they'll see a return on their investment.
  11. Very nice! The roof really looks impressive when finished on all sides. Though there is a part of me that wishes you could have extended the porch and railing around to the back. Currently when viewed from the side it looks a tad bit imbalanced, and when viewed from the back there is some very slight ledge space that feels under-utilized. Also, for some reason, in the back view pic, one of the back walls of the lower floor is pushed in more than the other? I'm not sure whether that was accidental or intentional. I would love to see more photos once you have it illuminated!
  12. Chima itself was a contributor to growth in 2013. I certainly never expected Nexo Knights to be among the top-selling themes of 2016, and I doubt a lot of other people did either, if only because the five top-selling themes in 2015 (City, Star Wars, Friends, Ninjago, and Duplo, same as this year) were all big, lucrative, well-established themes that would have been really hard to displace. So this result speaks more to the enduring strength of those five themes than to the strength or weakness of Nexo Knights. While I hoped to hear something a little more definite about whether Nexo Knights is doing well, it's rare for the Annual Reports to go into much detail about that kind of thing. Even giving us a full list of the top five sets and themes is something LEGO only really started doing last year. Suffice to say it's not doing especially poorly.
  13. I sorta gathered that; it's just that to me "the old guard" generally encompasses theme categories from the 80s and early 90s like Town, Castle, Space, Pirates, and maybe underwater (I was a big fan of Aquazone as a kid, but I feel like it's not considered a "classic" among AFOLs to the same extent as the others I've mentioned). Your inclusion of "secret agent", which wasn't represented in the LEGO portfolio until 2001, seemed at odds with that. It made me question my habit of drawing the line at the turn of the century, which in turn made me wonder whether it makes sense to draw a line at any arbitrary point at all. Anything you consider a "core theme" was at some point, in one way or another, a new and radical departure from what had come before. Was there something uniquely "core" about them when they were initially conceived, or did they only become "core themes" with the passage of time? And if the latter, how many years exactly does it take for that to happen? Ninjago is nearly as old today as "secret agent" themes were in 2008 when the Agents theme made its debut, and compared to that category which has existed in fits and starts, Ninjago has been a fairly stable presence. It's worth noting that while themes like Ninjago, Legends of Chima, and Nexo Knights are pretty novel by LEGO standards, they belong to genres that have been established in pop culture since at least the 80s (action cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man, and Visionaries). Elves, for that matter, has a lot of narrative DNA from much older fantasy adventure series like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Chronicles of Narnia, in which human children from our world go on adventures in magical, colorful fairylands. So as original as these themes are and as much development goes into their storylines, it's not as though they are dreamed up by LEGO without any sort of outside context or precedent to draw from.
  14. The short webisodes linked from this post (along with "Did You Miss Us?") are some of the only new videos I've seen. I believe the full episodes this year are going to be Netflix-exclusive, based on this article. I haven't really heard any other news about that,
  15. 1) Ninjago is highly original, much like Bionicle was. 2) While liking LEGO as a teen/pre-teen might not have been especially "cool" in Bionicle's heyday (when other LEGO themes were losing focus and relying on increasingly simplified builds), I get a feeling it's a lot more respectable now. A lot of the Ninjago fans I've encountered online either became interested in it as teens or continued liking it as teens. 3) The Bionicle video games were alright, but I don't really feel as though they were ever as popular as other LEGO video games are today. And Ninjago has its own fair share of popular media tie-ins, particularly the TV show and graphic novels. 4) I'm pretty convinced at this point that you're just trolling, and not seeking any sort of serious answers or explanation.