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  1. meliander

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    This is a very interesting thought. Because I missed Town Hall I didn't know it was an anniversary kind of set. Makes me super excited for what they come up with.
  2. meliander

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    I am curious if we are going to see a people pack next year. We had two in 2019 and then nothing this year...
  3. meliander

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Thank you for such detailed answers. I am much more convinced now that it's a good change. My personal dissatisfaction with road base plates was mainly the fixed width of the roads (it's hard to make 2 lane wide streets like they did in old Lego commercials without physically cutting the plastic) and also I wasn't a big fan of the way they were combined in sets. So from the costs perspective even though $20 is not cheap I guess it's better to have $20 dollars worth of road as opposed to getting another T-section when you just need a straight one. I'm now curious what solution will Lego offer to the curves.
  4. meliander

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    @Aanchir All your points are valid. But are you saying that baseplates are something that you think they plan to get rid of entirely? I'm talking about those that are sold separately or included in modular buildings and other Creator Expert like sets. I certainly agree that the new system they propose is very functional, but I'm not seeing how to build cities with this system yet.
  5. meliander

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    The new road system looks good, but the thing I don't understand is why not make it compatible with baseplates? From what I understand the roads are exactly 2 plates now (instead of 1.5), so you can't connect the roads to simple green/gray baseplates... Also, I only have 4 old road plates, but I can imagine the pain of those people who are in the middle of building a city with the old ones.
  6. meliander

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    Ok, I see now what you meant. It's very odd, but still specific to certain territories.
  7. meliander

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    Can you tell me the sets numbers, please?
  8. meliander

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    What I think is happening here is that they are retiring the first wave of sets slightly earlier than usual (and stopping production for them), due to the effect of the pandemic and maybe not great sales - which somehow have been misrepresented as discontinuation of the whole line by the retailers who can't place the orders for it now. The recent wave has not been released in US yet, and it's marked as Coming Soon on Will that be exclusive for Lego only or not I don't care - I just don't see them releasing something for a couple of months to discontinue at the end of December. That being said, I wouldn't treat the Customer Support rep as a source of information - they will never tell you anything else rather than official info - they are not allowed to do so. Will the current wave be the last for Hidden Side - maybe. Will the theme cease to exist by the end of the year - I don't think so. Walmart in US is doing regular summer clearance, with Hidden Side and Friends being the main focus. Most of the stuff went pretty fast, I wasn't been able to catch anything in my area (Massachusets).
  9. meliander

    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I think the philosophy behind re-releasing of old sets that Lego has been mostly adhering to is selecting something iconic from its history. Taj Majal was iconic, though not necessarily the first of it's kind (the Eifel Tower if I'm not mistaken was the first). WV Toy Shop was the first - and nobody knew back then it will start a new line - so whoever missed it was given a second chance. Town Plan (2008) needs no introduction as well. If anything I would bet Lego will someday re-release or reimagine the Cafe Corner / Green Grocer. So chances of them having releasing a WV Bakery or anything else are pretty slim from my pov.
  10. meliander

    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    As long as they don't do a fantasy-themed set, I'm happy with whatever they come up with. The designers that have been working on this theme so far did a very good job on all sets from my POV, and even though I passed on the Gingerbread house, I'm excited for whatever comes next!
  11. meliander

    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    Was really looking forward into picking up the city calendar this year, because I really liked 2019 one. It had such a nice integration into the Winter Village aesthetic which I love to display during the holiday season. Even had a plan to would avoid spoilers and just buy it blindly. But I'm glad I didn't. Hard pass for me.
  12. meliander

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Info for US: If someone is interested in getting the Assembly Square, it re-appeared today at Lego Shop (online). It is available for backorder only but after several months of being out of stock, it's better than nothing IMO.
  13. meliander

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Thank you, @Friscorays I did a search and a lot of websites (mainly made for resellers) are telling that Assembly Square is very likely to be the next one to be retired.
  14. meliander

    Friends 2020 - Rumours & Discussion

    Love the summer wave. I should seriously consider buying these. I like the plane better than the city one, the wings are brick-built and just looks fantastic. So many nice little buildings. Even the 4+ set is better than anything 4+ in City for my taste. It's just bigger and made from simple but useful parts, giving kids a chance to expirement with MOCing.
  15. meliander

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I hope you are right! That being said, it doesn't make much sense to me why some of these in US have Temporarily Out of Stock status and not Backorder if they are making more. Why can't they accept people's money if they are ok with paying now and waiting? Probably because the quantity they are going to make will only cover those backorders that have been previously made? It's a perfect way to retire a set - place it on backorder, gather those orders, and just make the exact amount and ship them. Instead of making more than needed and then doing a sale on them. I understand that these are difficult times for any business but a little bit of communication from Lego would be nice or at least hinting better of what they are going to retire and then so that people can make calculated and budgeted purchases instead of guessing and making impulsive purchases. Please correct me, somebody, if I'm getting this wrong :)