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  1. Here's that Andrew Beckett Minifig
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Idk found them online
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    http://imgur.com/gallery/AjLaTww Have fun with these nicely suited up Harry Potter and Ronald Weisely pictures.
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    [REVIEW] 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack

    Bummer that the new belt piece looks really silly on the old Batmans, but then again I only have 3 Batmans so they can be replaced easily with Batman Movie Batmans. The photography looks crisp, thanks for the review!
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    Sexism in Lego

    It's a pretty petty point to complain about a simple analogy, which you seem to have missed the point of. The point simply was, there are physical differences between the two genders. When did I ever say that men were the standard? You act as if the people depicted as minifigures are done entirely wrong because there's a an especially fit minifigure for a fit character. Why do you act like men are the one standard? There will be marketing directly for girls, there will be marketing for guys and there will be marketing for both. Men don't buy tampons and women don't buy viagra. Obviously this will lead to commercials for just women about tampons and commercials for just men about viagra. Point is, there are differences and there is no "standard." Men aren't going to have a six pack normally, that's something you work towards. But you seem to be missing a simple biological fact; women have breasts regardless of weight (Or effort to stay thin), while men only develop breasts or "man boobs" through obesity. There's no reason why a company shouldn't use biological features to make their toys look a certain gender depending on the character. If Han Solo is a man his minifigure should be identifiable as a man without prior knowledge to him being a guy. Same thing for Leia, she should be identifiable as a woman right out of the gate. You're acting as if this is some issue about objectification, which in some cases would be true; but not the important ones anyway. Every woman has breasts, every man (at least they shouldn't) doesn't. Minifigures are not given extreme features in most cases, such as extremely large breasts or muscles, unless the figure calls for it. In this case, that's only been done with shirtless buff dudes from the Indian Jones line (could be more, it's the only example I can recall). But there's no real issue with that because the actor was buff and it was an accurate representation. As accurate as a caracature of a person could be in toy form anyway. I'm also confused as to what you would want the Lego group to do to make women "more realistic" but also allowing children to tell males and females a part from each other. Simple fact is, some people have boobs and others don't. I do not see an issue with that difference being depicted, but extreme exaggerations are pretty bad.
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    Sexism in Lego

    I don't see what's sexist exactly. Guys are pretty rectangular. Girls are pretty curvy. Physically, men and women aren't equal. Typically, most women have breasts while men do not. I don't see why there needs to be bowlderization, or sensorship, of a simple biological fact for children's toys. Trying to make them equal (either making them all the same, no boobs, no hips, or giving all minifigs boobs and hips) just confuses children and is an irresponsible, inaccurate way to represent these characters. Wonder Woman has a pretty good reason to be physically fit, which includes having a small waist, because she fights crime like a badass. I don't see why having a way to differentiate between the two genders in a bad thing, I personally don't see a reason for a Slave Leia version of Darth Vader or a shirtless, muscular Leia. On the sets like Friends, etc., Lego had tried to use minifigs in sets targeted towards girls for years. When they did, such as Paradisa, the sets were essentially a flop and have become collector items. Why? Girls didn't buy them. Now that Lego had appealed to girls, with lines like Friends, sales soared back in January. I also don't see how this is sexist, with Friends promoting Science, Math, Astronomy, emergency relief workers, etc. This isn't just done by Friends, but also Elves. However that line is complete fantasy, which has typically been associated with fat neckbeards playing Dungeons and Dragons. With Elves, Lego put out a product line that was atypical of who liked fantasy, and it turned out to be a success. In my opinion, we should congradulate this success rather than complaining women have boobs. Overall, I find that Lego has done nothing more than have a basic, simple system for allowing kids to see the differences between if its a boy, or if its a girl. Lego has also been progressive by supporting young girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields where men dominate the field, as well as marketing traditionally male genres, like fantasy, as a female one.
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    just2good fan group!

    Justin is a pretty cool guy, even though he gets thousands of comments a day he still tries to keep up with them-and Eurobricks too. He comes off as a genuinely nice guy in my opinion
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    Is Pharaoh's Quest worth picking up?

    Somewhat recently I found a couple of the Pharaoh's Quest sets at Barnes and Nobles, terrible, beat-up boxes, but they were all half off. I had limited funds at the time, just bought the new at the time Scooby Doo sets, so I had to choose between the Pyramid or the giant Jackal headed monstrosity and a Serpent. I went with the Pyramid, since what's better than that, and was kind of disappointed with it because of the raised base plate (I already had one from the Indian Jones set which is why I considered the other two sets at all). Back when I was a kid I thought those were some of the coolest pieces, still do today, but I appreciate building up sets nowadays more than ever before. If you can find the Pyramid set, it is still a great set that is built up disregarding the baseplate and has a lot of tiny little action features and a few unique parts, like the coffin. So far, the golden coffin has only had the lid reappear in that $15 Scooby Doo set, so to own the whole thing is a treat. As for the two other sets, the Jackal seemed kind of interesting, as well as the serpent, but they seemed to be almost like Chima prototypes. If you like Chima, you'll probably like those two sets. The only real thing of value is that Pyramid. So unless you want that, I'd skip the theme.
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    2017 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Some parts and prints also come out of production and inflation plays a role in it as well. The 2016 Death Star is a perfect example of what happens when a set stays on the market too long without any price hikes/part changes. Pizza Truck looks good, it isn't as over-sized as the Toy Story set, which makes me want to get the set.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    It's a nice thing to look forward to though, figures seem to be the only things that aren't leaked in their entirety unlike the sets themselves.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    While it doesn't really benefit the maker of the project, by not allowing you to change the main picture it does make it so you aren't purposely abusing the system to get people to support it. Essentially making your design appeal to others, getting their support, and then changing it to get supporters, etc, rinse and repeat. Although if they offered a main picture change at 1K and 5K, it wouldn't be as big of an issue.
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    IDEAS 21307 Caterham Seven 620R

    All the yellow looks neat, it's a hard color to get en masse (forgetting Minifigure heads and hands). Might end up picking this up to display with the Camper Van.
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    21306: The Beatles Yellow Submarine (LEGO Ideas)

    The details on these figures are fantastic, all the unusual and unique colors really fits with the original cartoon's style. I like the subtle yellow line on the pants, it's a nice detail that I'm glad wasn't missed.
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    [MOC] Fun in Mos Eisley Park

    The Tusken toddler looks adorable! Almost makes me forget they want to kill everything in their sight. Like the MOC!
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    LEGO Star Wars 2016 Pictures and Rumors

    Makes you wonder if they do a new release of the UCS Falcon that people will complain about it being more than $500 but a carbon-copy of the old set or if they make it a tad smaller and add an interior, but costs $500. People can never be happy, can they?
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    The Shameful Confessions Thread

    First time I met one of my LEGO friends from Eurobricks in real life I brought over my old Bionicles and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. He wasn't very disappointed but his girlfriend made fun of me the whole time.
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    Recommend a Movie

    I actually really enjoyed Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery (the one with John Cena). Scooby-Doo doesn't really change much over the years, but this particular movie (based on the Mystery Incorporated style) reminded me a lot of the older What's New Scooby-Doo show. I'm glad my little cousin really wanted me to watch it with her, otherwise I wouldn't have. Scooby-Doo in recent years has followed a trend where you get one good series, like What's New Scooby Doo, then a bad one, Shaggy and Scooby Doo get a Clue, back and forth, etc. Another flick I can vouch for is live-action Cinderella movie that came out a couple of years ago. It wasn't something extraordinary but if you want to watch a simple retelling of the story, it's the film for you.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Either a mistake or there's only 4 microfighters this year.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2016 Pictures and Rumors

    I have a bit of a guilty pleasure for the Death Star, I wanted it back when it released back in 2008, but I was a kid then and my parent's didn't want to get me the set. Fast forward two years ago and I finally go the set and was amazed by the set. I think what people don't necessarily get is that, LEGO wouldn't be rehashing the Death Star if they knew they would make money on it. Anyway, as far as Death Stars go, this is still a great design. My biggest grip with it is they have the same exact rooms with minor changes. But then again, LEGO did a great job representing every major room of the Death Star back in 2008, so what more could they have added? Darth Vader's meditation chamber perhaps? The new minifigures included are a smart choice for more casual fans, in the next 5 years I'm not sure if we'll have every single figure available in the Death Star available in other sets, so that's a good thing for fans. The only thing that confuses me is that they currently, right now, have a majority of these figures available. The only exclusive ones are the Blue R2 unit, Tarkin, black Imperial officer and possibly Leia (face print?). Part of the reason I bought the old Death Star, even though I still loved the set regardless, was that nearly all the figures were exclusive because they were old and different, almost from a different era. This won't happen with the new Death Star because LEGO has had about the same licensed set head print quality since 2009, and I haven't seen any major changes since then. But that isn't a huge issue as you buy a set for the set, not the minifigures (at least when it's $500!). Ultimately the major issue with the set is the price $100 more for the same set isn't a pill I would be willing to swallow even if I didn't own the set.
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    LEGO Star Wars Pricing Discussion Thread

    Have we ever considered that weight of a set could also be what drives price up? It isn't always going to be the piece count, you know. Of course, I know what 10 cent per piece caught on, it generally indicated a good value for what you bought. But that doesn't always translate over completely. For instance, (I'll be using US prices as a guide for this, and bricklink.com) the microfighters Millenium Falcon set came with 94 pieces, and cost $9.99. According to Bricklink, it weighs 99.05 grams. The First Order Tie Fighter costs $69.99, and has 903 grams of plastic, with only 517 pieces. If you multiple the Falcon's cost, as well as weight and pieces by a factor of 7, you end up with roughly $69.99, 658 pieces and 693.35 grams. Not to mention, the First Order TIE Fighter set came with 3 unique printed parts, while the Falcon only came up with one. Furthermore, the TIE comes with a staggering 200 grams more of plastic over 7 microfighter Millenium Falcons adjusted for the TIE's pricing. The point of the comparison is to show that just basing a set's value off a "10 cent per piece" ratio is inherently flawed. Haven't mentioned the set's price per part ratios yet, but for the Falcon it's 10.6 cent per piece, and for the TIE, it's 13.5 cent per piece. To the average fan it seems you get less with the TIE and more with the Falcon from a number's value, but physically that simply isn't the case. I've come up with my own personal system for Star Wars Lego, but it's purely my own method, which probably won't be generally accepted. Regardless, how I determine a set's value, generally I base it off unlicensed sets because they are cheaper. What I like to do is take the US price, round it to the nearest whole number, as in make $19.99 $20.00, move the decimal to the right, making it 200, and multiplying it by a factor of two, getting 400. That's how much the set should weigh, 400 grams. This works out surprisingly well for many unlicensed sets, but since this is a Star Wars thread I'll choose another Star Wars set to look at; why not the Final Duel, from 2015. According to Bricklink, the Final Duel weighs 1198 grams, meaning it should be a $60 set. Here's where my system is also inherently flawed, it's too harsh on modern day sets after the recession of 2008. (I'm not going to get into that, but US currency lost a lot of value, yadda yadda, why aren't things as cheap as they used to be! ) so I add $10 for every $50-$60 dollars. Which means the set should be a $70 set to be at it's optimum value, so I just wait for a sale and pick it up then, problem solved. You also have to weigh in on how much you want the set, if you don't care that much for it, don't bother wasting your cash for it. Save it for a 4th Death Star. There's also the possibility of Disney just wanting more money, but I have seen the same value for sets since 2009 and 2010, before the Disney buy-out. To me, the inflated prices we pay now are just because of both American and European currency inflating over the years, rather than Disney being a greedy corporation who just wants your money. Really I think it just comes down to this, Lego is a high quality toy, and high quality things cost more money, so Legos thus become more expensive overtime. As sets become more and more detailed with smaller parts, price will increase to justify the better techniques, unique prints and moldings, as well as maintaining that Lego quality we all love. In the end I think it just comes down to how much you want to pay for your collection, because if you can't afford it, you won't be buying it.
  21. That's no Tiger, that's a Cougar! I always saw this set in the LEGO Catalog years ago, never knew it had so many unique parts in tan, the joints, car roof and some steeper slopes. It's funny how this was the way I was able to 'experience' all the new parts! Great job!
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    LEGO Star Wars 2016 Pictures and Rumors

    I'm looking forward to the TIE the most, it looks like a TIE Interceptor without the bottom two winglets, which hopefully makes it a more amassable vehicle, as it potentially could use less parts, like how an AT-ST is like an AT-AT (In terms of looks, both are gray walkers.) The U-Wing looks neat! It can easily go with the Yellow Y-Wings, Red X-Wings and now Blue U-Wings. And with the new Green A-Wing it really adds color to LEGO Star Wars, which doesn't always happen because a lot of the ships are either white, gray or black.
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    Nexo Knights 2016

    Pictures for The Black Knight Mech! Similarities to the King's Mech are there, but I like this sleek look much better!