Joebot, on 11 October 2012 - 06:49 PM, said:
I really wish TLC would start using baseplates again. These "location" type sets feel so weirdly empty when there's no baseplate in which to ground the action and tie all the various bits together. They're just chunks of scenery floating in a white void.
I agree, baseplates would really pull the sets together. I imagine it's hard for Lego to recreate a majority of the sets though considering most take place in huge forests, valleys, caves, castles, or what have you. They only have a limited budget with each set and they have to fit a huge Goblin Town, for example, into a small-ish $100 package.
The_Chosen_1, on 11 October 2012 - 06:55 PM, said:
Well yes, of course characters like Saesee Tiin need a headpiece. There's a lot more detail there than just a bald head - same goes for the goblins (which have grotesquely-shaped heads). Keep in mind that one edition of the Mordor orc didn't have a headpiece, either, so historically Lego has never given a minifig a headpiece for ears alone.
Was that because he ONLY had long orc ears though, or because they were trying to portray one of the orcs that had very tiny, human sized ears?
Regardless I think Yazneg looks pretty poor for a minifigure and it seems many others agree. I am fine with a minifig being bald and having no cap, for instance Dwalin who I have no complaints about. If they didn't give Yaznegm ears maybe they could of at least made his cowl look better and made it extend down his shoulders/arms a bit, or gave him some printing on his arms to better match how he looks in the movie? All of the other figures look so good it's just a disappointment to see Yazneg.
Of all the dwarves I think Bifur really stands out as the best looking. Not only did Lego include the axe in his head, his bread has printing on it as well. This really makes me wonder why they didn't print the braids on Gloin, who doesn't look near as good in comparison. Oin looks like he probably could of just used a single color for his hair and beard rather than have them be two seperate colors (it looks like one color in deskp's photo). Some of the dwarves could of probably used beard molds, but I understand Lego deciding to cut some cost and just print them when the beards are relatively short and they already have a huge number of special pieces for the wave already.
Edited by Deathleech, 11 October 2012 - 07:27 PM.