JanetVanD

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  1. Unfortunately we will have to pull out of the event this year. It has nothing to do with the lack of P-Shop or cost of tour or anything like that; I've just found out I'll have to work on the 8th and 9th. Very disappointing, but earning money has to come before spending it!
  2. Would you not worry about the risk of contamination of your LEGO collection?
  3. JanetVanD

    [MOC] Kyuubi no Kitsune

    Your point is well taken. This was something I thought about for awhile, since whenever I build outdoor scenes involving rocks & stones I usually go for more irregular shapes. I deliberately decided upon the smooth, rounded look, as I wanted to convey the sense of pleasing tranquility that is the essence of a Japanese garden. Also, it seemed to provide a nice balance to the square stepping stones and the angles of the fox figure.
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    [MOC] Kyuubi no Kitsune

    The Christmas holidays gave me a bit of time to complete the fourth installment in my "Legends and Lore" series. The Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) is a well-known character in Japanese folklore. This magical creature lives for an incredibly long time and grows a new tail for each century of spiritual training and wisdom. Upon gaining its ninth tail, the Kitsune has reached its full powers and its tails may begin to turn golden or white in colour. Its natural form is that of an ordinary fox but the powerful Kitsune is able to shape-shift into other forms, particularly that of a beautiful young woman, and get up to all sorts of mischief! The Kitsune in all its forms is still a very popular figure in present-day Japanese culture. This model is comprised of 4,304 elements, took three weeks to design & build and was completed on New Year's Day. Kyuubi no Kitsune (Japanese Nine-tailed Fox) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) Inset by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) Look into my eyes.... by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune [overview] by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune [side view] by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr
  5. JanetVanD

    LEGO Color Guide

    Are the pantone codes for each colour included in the descriptions?
  6. JanetVanD

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I noticed those two points myself! I remember reading about both in a book about AFOL culture many years ago, maybe the journalist used it as additiona source material!
  7. JanetVanD

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    On a slightly different note but still related to the topic: Is it just my imagination or have some of the images on the BL catalogue been upgraded to match the ones on Bricks & Pieces? (eg some of the more common elements that are in current production) If so, was this done before or after the acquisition? I always thought that the BL parts images were provided by AFOLs, but I'm just noticing some that are identical to the "official" B&P images. Was I just not paying attention before now?
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Another sensible approach above. Agreed: TLG are not angels wanting to be our fairy godmothers, but neither are they demons wanting to be our ruination. Most of all I was dismayed by the volume of irrational wailing, tearing of shirts and gnashing of teeth following the announcement. In a public forum it is right and proper for people to express their concerns and/or hopes regarding things that may happen. Informed and thoughtful speculation is good, too. Instant negative assumptions and forecasts of doom as if it were already a foregone conclusion is not so great. (Incidentally, I wouldn't be in favour of naive "Everything's going to be awesome" assumptions, either) We don't know yet how this acquisition will pan out. Perhaps TLG doesn't either. In that case, (and considering the possibility that someone from TLG reads these posts from time to time) it might be most productive if people discussed their concerns and hopes in a rational manner and perhaps even offered some hypothetical solutions or compromises.
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    Bricks & Pieces down during the holidays?

    I asked via customer service but they weren't sure, either And yes, I do believe it is usually closed by this date.
  10. My 16 year old son made the observation that, since nearly all AFOLs started out as children who loved playing with LEGO, it would be a mistake for TLG to ever shift its primary focus from child-oriented products to adult-oriented ones (something which we feel they would never do anyway) If, for whatever reason, they did, they would risk losing that unique essence which appeals to the universal child in all of us.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Yes, I agree. I have met and spoken with the owner of the company on a number of occasions and he was down-to-earth and keen to listen. Being wealthy and being a decent person are not mutually exclusive. Running a successful, profitable company does not automatically make one greedy. At the grand opening ceremony of LEGO House, Kjeld spoke very animatedly about his long range visions for the company. He seemed quite passionate about the legacy he inherited and would eventually pass on. It seemed to me that he genuinely believed in what he was saying and the LEGO brand meant a lot more to his family than just its monetary value, As I said, it is possible to be very rich and still care about other things besides money. I have met several other people of various positions within TLG over the last few years and I know a few of them personally. They are all, by and large, hardworking people trying to do their best, just like most of us. Whatever the plans for Bricklink are, I do not believe ruining things for AFOLs is the objective.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    But option 2 doesn't make good business sense in the medium to long term, and TLG are no fools. They must know that it would be relatively easy for the second hand market to simply migrate to a new site if it were unbearably stifled in the original site. In fact, since it is often easier to start fresh than fix problems with something old, a new site might actually be better and more popular than BL ever was. There would be just a couple of years time lag. So where would the increase in revenue come from, if that's their plan? Seems too short sighted to be a viable option. So that leaves option 1 or, more likely, some combination of option 1 and a bunch of other possibilities yet to be decided. I don't think TLG actually lied in the original press release. Yes, there was the usual marketing spin put on it, but they did admit that certain items would likely be restricted (they just didn't itemise which ones) As for the IP issues,. it remains to be seen how that will pan out, but I still don't think they lied about changing things. After all, protecting IP is a legal requirement and adherence to the law should be assumed, and is not the same as barging in and making arbitrary changes. The main cause for concern may be TLG legal team's interpretations of the various nuances of the laws surrounding IP rights and the secondary market.
  13. Okay, before people start getting seriously offensive towards each other, can we just agree that none of us know exactly how valuable AFOLs are to TLG (monetarily speaking) but we can make a partially informed and logical guess: Probably less than we'd like to think but hopefully more than we realise.
  14. Quite possibly, although I'd go for the lower figure of 40 rather than 50
  15. Absolutely. Our value as advocates is also an asset.