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  1. thetang22

    Gift MOC: Wizard And His Friends

    Looks like it could be an actual vintage set. I hope he likes it :)
  2. This seemed a strange comment to me, so I decided to look up the definition of "history" from several different sources online. I didn't find a single one stating that "history" was only since things have been written. They all seem to be some variation of: - the whole series of past events - the study of the whole series of past events
  3. I agree. It's really easy to walk right past the Lego aisle at the store these days, because it feels like it's just one licensed media franchise after the next...which does very little for my excitement. It doesn't make me feel inspired to build or just makes me silently groan in disappointment.
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    Hello darkness my old friend

    @SirBlake - you seem to have said some words that resonate with how many of us are feeling. Basically anything for me that is interesting with Legos over the past few years has been older sets. Like many - they just aren't doing much to satisfy my interests, mainly due to WAY too many lisenced themes, and whacky in-house experiments (like Nexo/Chima). I still linger here, but there isn't much to talk about these days. I hope you find other things to keep you entertained until Lego decides to take us back to a proper medieval LegoLand. See you when that happens! I know this question wasn't for me, but I'll offer some perspective. To me, Harry Potter isn't "Castle" so much as it is a modern fantasy theme with some castle-influences. The theme may have some nice things in it...but for someone like me - I don't buy sets because they have a few useful/unique pieces (Bricklink is much more sensible to me for those types of needs). Rather, I buy sets when I feel the majority of the set could feel "at home" amongst all my existing Castle collection. And until a full-fledged "medieval/fantasy" theme comes back around, there just isn't anything Lego sets are offering me directly. Even the CMF line has been getting lisence-ified over the past couple years, to the point that you can rarely find a good Castle-inspired figure.
  5. thetang22

    Forestmen's River Fortress Redux 2017

    Thanks for linking from the Black Falcon thread! Another fun recreation of a classic :)
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    Black Falcon's Fortress Re-Imagined

    Actually - the Castle I was referring to (6086) is on the first page of the link you posted about Updating the classics :)
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    Black Falcon's Fortress Re-Imagined

    I have....but only over time. Sorry, but I don't collect the links when I see them...only know that I've seen them here on the rare occasion over the years. I remember seeing a nice version of 6086 Black Knights castle that had been updated in the last year or 2.
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    Black Falcon's Fortress Re-Imagined

    I really enjoy modern re-imaginations of classic sets. This is a great example of such.
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    Future Castle Sets?

    This gave me a good chuckle :)
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    Future Castle Sets?

    But that's just the thing - for many classic Castle fans, the examples you mentioned aren't throwing us a bone (LotR may be the exception). Simply making some sort of castle doesn't necessarily scratch that itch for some people. For a good deal of Castle fans, it's about the factions along with the structures. Minifigures, and new heraldry to make that castle feel like it belongs with the classic Castle universe. Just being given a random castle that might be part of another theme isn't necessarily going to make Castle fans get excited. In all honesty, it can almost come off as a negative, as it could be seen as Lego not understanding the Castle fans, and thinking Hogwarts or Disney Castle will appease them in the absence of a real "Castle" set.
  11. thetang22

    Future Castle Sets?

    For people who talk of buying sets specifically for it really that efficient to do so? Ive looked at this myself, versus something like Bricklink, and it seems ungodly expensive to buy full sets for parts, when you can usually get exactly what you need from a place like Bricklink for considerably cheaper. i know some people will say things like wanting to support the Lego brand, but the reality is they are doing VERY well with or without your support. As has been said many times before - AFOLs make up a supposed small % of the audience. i suppose I'm more interested in supporting my own wallet than a company that isn't hurting financially in the slightest....and using places like Bricklink seems so much more efficient than buying sets for pieces (with some exceptions). Thats why I am confused by people who buy sets for general parts collecting, instead of appreciating the set itself.
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    Future Castle Sets?

    I'd say what makes Castle truly "castle" for many AFOLs is the presence of factions in a way that is familiar to those we grew up with. Sure, we don't need the exact factions (while that would be awesome), but we want something that feels like it fits in with our existing collections from years back. When I buy a set, that set (or even theme as a whole) doesn't exist in a vaccuum - it will join my existing collection to expand on my overall Lego Castle realm, so to speak. If a set doesn't include Minifigures, then I have to ask if the building feels appropriate within my overall collection. A lot of the offerings from other themes like Nexo and Minecraft are simply too stylistically different to have any place within my overall collection. Elves can to some degree, but the Minidolls definitely don't. That said, what I really look for is a theme that offers both main selling points for me: new minifigs that feel appropriate within my existing collection, as well as structures that do as well. If they don't offer one or the other (preferably both in a new theme), then that theme just doesn't have much value for me. I hated the buildings and good guys in Nexo, but felt some of the fantasy villains offered something positive. The problem was that they always came in sets with a bunch of extra junk that just didnt show value for me (junk that helped inflate the price), so it kept me from buying those sets.
  13. What makes Skyrim popular? I'd say its due to the Elder Scrolls series being known as the big medieval sandbox series, where they give you pretty extensive flexibility to play the game however you want. (Sounds a bit like what Legos are supposed to be). Beyond that, the series has encouraged mod support almost more than any other well-known game, which is huge for its popularity. (Hmm, doing player mods also sounds suspiciously close to what Lego encourages). In regards to the NK app, saying its between 10-50 million downloads....come on - that is a MASSIVE range, with drastically different implications on each end. That's like describing a suspect to a police officer and saying "well, he was between 5ft and 9ft tall." Beyond that, the app is free, isn't it? There is no investment anyone can check it out whether they care all that much or not.
  14. Video games are a GREAT indicator that medieval settings are still relevant in 2017-2018. I've been playing video games since the mid-80's...and games in medieval settings have always been pretty popular. Sure, these days Call of Duty type games reign supreme, but that doesn't mean medieval/fantasy don't also find notable success. Heck - look at Skyrim. It is one of the best selling games of the past decade, and it is a fantasy setting. And it still sells respectably after 6-7 years. Medieval/Fantasy games have always had a healthy following in the video game market...and as such, should be reason enough to have confidence that the same genre should be viable with Lego. They simply need to put creative efforts into it that don't result in the staleness of Castle 2013, or the bizarre'ness of Nexo. There are countless ways to do something new and compelling within the classic castle genre. Lego just chooses not to, but rather goes with TOO different, or the same 'ole, same 'ole.