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  1. The biggest limit is the available parts. As fun as it would be; designers can’t just use any part in any color. There’s an active parts palette, with parts that are currently used in sets. These can be used freely. If a designer wants to use additional parts in new colors, they are limited to a certain “budget” of new parts. These budgets can vary; licensed sets can have a bigger budget since the licensing party may insist on a certain color. So, unless marketing insists on a specific color, models typically rely on existing parts with a few new added if the budget allows. Which is also how the color palette evolves. If there was a big orange set last year, odds are good a new model will take advantage of these parts. That new model may only need a few new parts, instead of introducing a completely new color This also explains common colors like blue chairs; if you already have that part in that color, why produce a new one?
  2. Pretty much what is says on the tin: We don't often get snow, so when it hit this year I had to rush to make a model to roam around in it. The suspension only barely gets the job done, but I'm still pretty pleased with how it all turned out. Those new Jeep tires really sell the model.
  3. It's all very simple; Lego releases products that they think will make them money. "But Lego sets should be X!" Well, apparently they think Y is more profitable. (I'm not saying it's good or right, but that's how these decisions get made.)
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    42128 - American Tow Truck

    I just hope it works with cars scaled to the Senna and the Chevrolet.
  5. For me, there's three levels. I organise car races with my LUG, so I've developed a standard chassis that helps first timers join these races. For these kinds of models, I use only the most common parts. Meaning: they can't be old or out of production, but they can't be too new or rare either. (Edit: I am well aware that PF is out of production by now.) example: Then, there are models that use new and shiny parts, but that are still buildable with some bricklinking. I try to put at least an LDD file online for these, as they are intended to be built by other AFOLs: (Check www.vayamenda.com for more of these) And then there's the models that are just for me, where I will use anything and everything I can get my hands on: I don't really expect anyone to replicate this.
  6. If Lego sells sets to consumers with stressed parts that may fail, they may end up with massive costs replacing parts and a bad image for selling faulty products. If they build a model with stressed parts for promotional purposes- who cares? They only need it to stay together to shoot some video of it.
  7. These pullback models don't really have a lot of weight, and the jeep tires don't have a lot of grip, since the rubber compound seems to be harder than the current tires. So with less traction, it's more likely that the wheels will just spin instead of launching the vehicle forward. Fun for burnouts maybe, but not great for playing.
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    General Part Discussion

    That's from the xwing as well
  9. Are you absolutely sure it's not just a ? The door handle uses a regular blue pin with axle.
  10. That's great to hear! I see Sariel's beaten me to it. Thanks for helping out! I've also got a link to the page.
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    General Part Discussion

    Finally, a 4-wide steering wheel in the new ghostbusters set: https://www.brothers-brick.com/2020/11/05/lego-ghostbusters-10274-ecto-1-everybody-can-relax-i-found-the-car-review/lego-ghostbusters-10274-ecto1-15-lx7ui/
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    Technic Pub

    I am. If technic just consisted of red, yellow, white and black models I would be bored out of my skull. The technic isle in the stores would look the same each year. That doesn't help attracting customers. I get why you think it's a problem, and that getting parts for a monochrome MOC can be very difficult. However, have you considered not building single-colour MOCs? Rare colours can also be used to add a bit of flair to otherwise plain builds:
  13. Smells like Magenta to me.
  14. You seem to have lost the point somewhere. It was never the intention of the retailer that these pictures got out to the public. He trusted someone who betrayed that trust. If we can go by the instagram story, of course. However, even in the instagram story the retailer knowingly and willingly shared the pictures with someone who shouldn't have had them. Also, I want to bet that the watermarks aren't the only thing that can identify the source of a leak to Lego. There are an infinite number of tiny variations or discolorations they could have put into the catalogues so that each is unique and identifiable in some way. just covering up watermarks is not going to cut it.