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  1. f2k

    2020 Mindstorms set

    I've got my fingers crossed, but I fear you might be right. It's really odd that they finally implement native support for propper programming but then take away the tools you need to make it work.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    I was thinking about unsoldering some myself. But I figured that would get pretty expensive in the long run. Can I ask where you bought them from? The only place I have seen are selling in batches of 1000 pieces, and that's quite a lot more than I need right now.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    Where did you get that female connector from?
  4. Nice review, though I wouldn't give it nearly as high a score. Feeling generous, I would put it at 6/10. The build is average, even a bit boring in places (but then again, so are quite a few of these cars), and the finished model is easily the weakest of the cars LEGO has released so far. There are some interesting techniques used to replicate the curves of the original car, but they don't quite succeed. The Beetle and Mini are instantly recognisable, but this one is... In all honesty, if I didn't know it was a Fiat 500 I might not have guess it.
  5. Very impressive. Several years ago I tinkered a bit with "steam" engines, hoping to eventually put it into a train. But I never did manage to make it move properly. Just couldn't get it turn over smoothly; there was too much drag in the pneumatic switches. Could you please post more images? I'm especially intrigued by the use of internal pistons and by that big wheel turning over inside the boiler.
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    2020 Trains sets - Rumours and discussion

    Sounds more like wistful thinking, to be honest. With the train theme having been on life support for years, and most of the attention given to franchises, I can't see monorail returning any time soon. I would love to be wrong though...
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    Building a Home Office Lego Trainset

    Pretty cool. Sadly though, I have nowhere near that amount of space in my office. I've been toying with the idea of using narrow shelfs high on the wall to hold the tracks, but that won't leave much space for landscaping and buildings.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Sadly, businesses tend to think short term, not long term. If Bricklink does get too bad, alternatives might eventually be made, yes. But building a website with the size and complexity of Bricklink is no easy task. It takes a lot of time and a lot of money. More time and more money, I would suggest, then AFOLs will be able to put into it.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    So would I. But I fear that we're much more likely to see number 2 than number 1. This wouldn't be the first time we've seen a company try to get rid of the second-hand marked.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    TLG is NOT our benefactor. TLG is a company, pure and simple. And if they support LUGs it's because they think it will provide goodwill and advertisement. That is: more money for the TLG. Never forget that at the end of the day, it's always about money. I can't think of an example where a single company controlling both the primary and secondary market is a good thing. At the very best, things will simply continue. At worst, TLG will decide that they don't want a second-hand marked any more and shut Bricklink down. Will that happen? Hopefully not. But if history is any indication, companies will do whatever it takes to increase their profit. And the somewhat wishy-washy answer we've had so far aren't exactly reassuring.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    That was my first though as well. Apart from "this is some kind of joke, isn't it?". I can't really see any reason for LEGO to do this unless they're planing to interfere with the second-hand marked. They already know a lot about AFOLs (and can simply ask if they want to know more), så that explanation seems rather odd. However... Getting rid of the second-hand marked... Now, that would be worth something. And let's just be honest here... LEGO is a company, and companies don't do anything unless they think they can make money on it.
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    How did you come out of your Dark Ages?

    My dark ages mainly coincides with periods of unemployment and lack of funds. Once I get back in the stride my interest in LEGO usually reasserts itself after a while. I have to say though, that it seems to be getting harder and harder every time. Maybe it's just because I've gotten older. Or maybe it's because most of the current sets just aren't appealing to me.
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    Official Lego Movie

    I actually think he has quite a few good points. Some of it, I feel, is because he's simply not willing to go along with the idea that this is LEGO and you can build whatever you want. But the points about the movie not following it's own logic and the mess in the end I agree with fully.
  14. Hmmm... Yet another contest with a very tight deadline. Turtle, eh? What a peculiar choice for a theme. Interesting though - I'll have to see what I can do.