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  1. Hi peeps of the world, (Disclaimer: I'm not saying that it's bad to just be happy with building the sets as they are) A thing I've been contemplating over is the shift that I would say has happened in recent years where the AFOL hobby was a creative hobby with large focus on MOC:s, and now more has shifted over to buying, building and placing expensive sets. I still think that all those creative AFOLs are around, but that they're/we are being overshadowed by those who are happy with just building sets. I notice this on different social media platforms. On YouTube the buying and placing channels gets more views than the MOC channels, and the same with likes on instagram. In Facebook groups there's a lot of focus on "look at what I bought" and "look what you can buy". A friend of mine has noticed this pattern in other areas. She knitted a sweater for her child, and her friends where very impressed by this. Her sentiment was that today we confuse consumerism with creativity. If I speak for myself, I started collecting Star Wars LEGO back in 1999. For many years we didn't really have a large range of sets from Star Wars, so we had to build or own MOC's to compensate for that, and I would say that it's from that era that communities like Eurobricks, from bricks to bothans etc grew from. These days LEGO is catering to so many different franchises and pushing out more sets than ever, and maybe the price for this is a lower interest for personal expression and MOCs. Or am I just hanging out on the wrong platforms? What are your thoughts about this?
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    Thank you! It's a bit hard to have place for all the sets in my collection, so I figured that it was time to start taking sets apart and use in some other ways. But I do feel guilty every time I do it... :) Here's a full tour of Soltown. I don't talk in this video, but I hope to make a newer tour soon where I talk about stuff in the layout. Takes a bit of time to prepare a script since I'm not native English speaker.
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    I've started to add background buildings for the layout. A way to add depth to my LEGO city.
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    Every civilized part of the world needs a shopping mall, so finally the government can proudly introduce Soltowns very own mall to you! YAY!
  5. Yo mates, Well, I just couldn't keep set 60197 intact. I had to use the parts to create a subway train but one that uses kinda the same colors as the original LEGO set train. Here's a video of how I built the train.
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    In this video I start to work on covering one of the open sides of the train tunnel with facades for my custom LEGO city town layout.
  7. Öresundstågen is a train that traffics Denmark and Sweden. Now, a some of us have a lot of the new road plate system (I have 14 of that set), but haven't used all the slopes it comes with, so what to do with them? Well, I made an Öresundstågen train inspired MOC as an experiment. Video with the process.
  8. Hi y'all, I've always loved shopping malls, so I converted LEGO Friends set 41450 to fit in a modest looking building, that hides a colorful interior. Here's a video of the build.
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    [MOC] "My" apartment in IKEA Bygglek box

    Thank you! :) 🙏
  10. Hej vänner! My local IKEA here on the west coast of Schweden finally got the Bygglek boxes back in stock, so I bought two new ones of each size. This made it possible for me to build an apartment in the largest of the boxes. The design is inspired by my real life apartment (no LEGO room in this layout though....). Lots of fun details!
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    [MOC] LEGO seaside Synagogue

    Shalom! (I always forget how to upload photos so they can be inserted here in an easy way, sorry kids!) Anyhouse, there's not a lot of LEGO synagogues out there, so I decided to build my own, and here's a video of that process, where I show you all the different parts and a little bit of what they represent.
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    Ever since LEGO released the bonsai tree I felt the need to have it in my city layout and now I finally got around to getting this beautiful set. Around it I've created a small but cozy piazza. Of course with the pink frogs...
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    Train time! Well, at least I've finally gotten around to raise this part of Soltown that holds the train tunnel entrance. It was a super fun build, that I will continue in future updates, so make sure to stay tunned to the Sol Brick Show!
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    You are in the correct! Soltown finally has it's own Sheriff's office!
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    Soltown 2.0, more tables and new roads video tours

    To be honest with you guys, I used to work at a comic book store in Stockholm, Sweden, when I was a struggling freelance artist back in the day. I recreated that building in LEGO form a couple of years ago, but I never did a proper interior ... UNTIL NOW!! So here's the build show: