jonwil

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  1. Am I the only one who thinks the Lamborghini set seems overpriced given what the 3 smaller cars and the Jaguar set cost? I don't see that the Lambo has that much extra brick content compared to the Jaguar set (or 2 of the smaller cars) to justify the fact that it costs $90 in Australia (when the Jag is $60 and the 3 small cars are $30 each)
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    Those jobs may be popular with kids but that doesn't mean LEGO sets based on those jobs will be popular with kids (or as popular as other things LEGO could make instead like police sets). LEGO has been making and selling sets that could be loosely classified under the "town" umbrella for more than 60 years and they clearly know what will sell and what wont sell.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Here in Australia buses are seen as an everyday part of life and people of all sorts take the bus for all sorts of reasons (and none of the problems commonly stereotyped with buses in other places like the stench of pee or people stealing your wallet or whatever apply to buses I have been on in Australia)
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    The thing you have to remember about LEGO is that regardless of how big the AFOL fan base has grown, LEGO still sells far more product to children (or to parents/grandparents/relatives/etc buying for children). Certainly for mainstream regular retail release sets like City. Its not like most hobbies (e.g., ham radio or model trains or home brewing or tabletop war gaming) where the primary (or even only) audience for the product is adults.
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    Ideas for new City sets

    A Snowboard would have been the obvious choice (its not in any xtra pack already and the new sports xtra pack already contains skis and ice hockey gear)
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    If it was done in the right architectural style I would very much be interested in a modular police station to go alongside all the many City police stations I own. (and the new police stuff from next year that I will be buying for my collection)
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    Themes LEGO should discontinue

    What sells in a theme like City is what kids like (and what parents like and buy for their kids) not what adult fans like. LEGO clearly has evidence that kids like (and want and get their parents to buy) police toys or racing cars or fire trucks which is why we get those things in City. Oh and even I (as a die-hard AFOL) happen to like police and fire sets (the new police station will be going into my collection for sure)
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    The existing zebra print tiles wouldn't fit for the Safari truck (which is using different elements)
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    Themes LEGO should discontinue

    We get a lot of banks because bank robbery is a crime TLG considers acceptable to put into a City set.
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    Themes LEGO should discontinue

    As much as I want more farm sets (or zoo or Australian Outback or other sets with lots of animals) TLG has information about what sells and doesn't sell and isn't going to release sets that don't sell. Clearly themes like farm do better in Duplo (as seen last year) than in City.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Having seen all the pictures now, I want one for sure. Although I wont be stupid and pay full Australian RRP for it, not when previous modulars have been possible to get for 20% off or so.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I love it, its got some nice colors (dark blue, teal, medium dark flesh, dark red). Really looks like the kind of bookstore you might find rare or old books in.
  13. I am interested in Superman (because I dont have a Superman and wouldn't mind one plus I collect LEGO newspapers and need that Daily Planet tile), Green Lantern (for the accessories and maybe the character itself to go along with the other GL I have), maybe Bumblebee for the hair and those lightning bolts and maybe Cheetah for the cool sack with the $ on it. I have zero interest in any of the others (which is good for my wallet :) If the Joker was the crazy Heath Ledger joker like we got in the Tumbler set I might be interested in getting one but its not so I have no interest.
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    Other than police/criminals are there any new torsos in the 2020 City wave?
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I wish they had done a reissue of a Space set in the line, that would have been a must-buy. But they never did (even though they did reissues in Pirates, Castle, Train, Technic, Town, Western and other themes) Heck, I would still be interested in a re-issue of some old Space set (although the Ice Planet sets require too many dead molds for that to be viable unfortunately)
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Given the other projects out there (both currently in review like the Thunderbirds or pursuit of flight and entering the next review like Bionicle or Seinfeld) that have a lot less problems being done in a kid-friendly way it would be easier for LEGO to just not approve a set that might contain controversial elements (and might even need new molds to pull off the characters to the satisfaction of the IP owner) rather than try and find a way around the controversial bits (or maybe they will make just the ship with no figures and avoid all the problems that way) There is also the question of whether the set would sell as well as the other sets they could green light instead. (I love Futurama but even as a fairly strong fan of the show I have no interest in owning the set with or without minifigs)
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Looking at the projects that have hit 10k and will be in the next review: Bionicle is definitely a possibility (it doesn't seem to be too big or to contain parts LEGO can't or wouldn't use) Ratatouille would depend on whether they think it would sell enough product and whether Disney is willing to do a deal or not (and whether they can come up with a hat/hair combo for the main character that doesn't need a new mold but still satisfies both LEGO and Disney) I don't see the Planet Express Ship being made, it needs minifigs to really work and that would be difficult (plus it has a main character who literally has to drink alcohol to stay alive, how would that work with LEGO's "no alcohol" policy?) I think the navy ship is too close in style to modern boats to be greenlit. Seinfeld definitely has possibilities if they can work out the license with whoever owns the show (not sure who that is these days) Its still widely replayed on TV unlike some of the rejected TV show ideas from the past, its small enough to work as a set (BBT/Friends sized) and the show is popular enough with the kind of people that might buy such a set (I want one, I love Seinfeld, much better than some of the crap they try to pass off as "funny" these days) Zelda is unlikely to make it (licensing issues regarding Nintendo IP has been discussed on here before) Home Alone seems a bit big (even considering some of the larger Ideas sets we have had as of late) and is it still popular enough with the right audience to make it viable? LEGO typewriter just doesn't seem popular enough (people who like typewriters would probably be more interested in owning actual working vintage typewriters than a non-functional LEGO model of one, especially at the price that one looks like it would be based on its size) The Toronto train just doesn't seem well-known enough to overcome the huge hurdles any train set has to pass. I could see a very famous train possibly passing but not this one. Winter Chalet looks too close to their Winter Village line (and that City Ski Resort) IMO. And I can't see a set based on video that was banned by MTV necessarily being something LEGO would be interested in ("drag" is seen totally differently in the UK compared to some other parts of the world including the US) Most likely to make it IMO are the Bionicle project, Seinfeld and maybe the Winter Chalet (and maybe Ratatouille if Disney green lights it and it passes the "will it actually sell" test)
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    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    That torso came with the yellow hands in last years Hospital among other sets so its definitely not a Spider-Man piece.
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    Survey: New parts and new colors

    I want to see a new digger bucket piece that's similar to https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=30394 but is narrower and has only 3 teeth instead of 7. Something that would look better on a backhoe than the 2 existing bucket sizes.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    LEGO saying no to things they didn't actually make (like BrickArms or BrickForge or custom 3D printed parts or whatever else) absolutely makes sense. As for guns (like the revolver or tommy gun) its all about context, not the shape of the part. A revolver in a western set is fine since its old and not modern, a revolver in a police set is not fine since its modern. A tommy gun in a Batman set or an Indiana Jones set is fine since its fictional and not modern. A tommy gun in a police set is not fine since its modern. There IS this item though https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?id=86934 that TLG might want to remove from the site or block from sale (selling actual alcohol might be an issue for TLG) Oh and these https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=G&catString=1005 too.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    LEGO is a privately held company owned by the founding family and doesn't have shareholders to answer to. So they can do what they think is best for the company long term rather than what's best for the share price (there isn't one) or the shareholders (there are none as such)
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    We don't have any information on the release order of the sets. Its entirely possible that the ISS will come out later and the 21321 set is the piano or something (it seems to cheap to be the Pirate Bay or Sesame Street sets)
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    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    Finally managed to find a selection of parts in the build-a-fig bin that I thought was worth paying the asking price for (and a check of Bricklink confirms it with only one of the parts I picked up actually for sale from a BL store that I would be happy to order from) Picked up 2 pairs dark red legs, 1 pair of the boxer short legs with the red minifig heads on them, 3 CMF nurse torsos (would have got more but the Dreamworld store doesn't let you do that), dark red sports type bag (with the zipper), tan guitar, black boombox with silver printing (different to the gold printing and not even in the Bricklink database at all), jack-o-lantern head cover, red sombrero, orange and black Halloween pigtails hair, the heads from both CMF unicorns and the head with the green glasses from the CMF birthday boy. All in all some neat parts there that may be useful for future projects and worth the AU$20 I paid for it.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    An optometrist in a Modular would be awesome to have.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    The same could be said for the Sesame Street set (the show is having its 50th anniversary this year)