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  1. Soupperson1

    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    The Friends Cubes are roughly the same size and also introduced new big and bulky moulds. They even had the same blind bag feature as the tiles with the animals, except the randomly coloured four animals (which required uncommon larger pieces than tiles to be redone in new colours) were exclusive to set while bar one these are shared across the line. They retailed for less than half of the Beat Boxes in Europe though. I know they weren’t licensed but there’s no way these cost more than double to make then those even factoring in the license and fancy minifigure.
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    Friends 2021 - Rumours & Discussion

    I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but I really think the Mall is one of the worst Friends sets in quite some time. The only new items for LEGO fans in the shops are a pink controller and the lavender wig (which is also in the Raya Boat set). I think that’s lame for such an expensive set. The rabbit, accessories or skirt could’ve been a different colour, rarer or new instruments (even ones from Vidiyo) or even stickered tiles of toys such as LEGO or doll boxes in the toy store would be neat. I guess it wouldn’t be that much of a big deal of there was more to do in the shops but apart from the game on the laptop in the tech shop and slushie machine there isn’t beside picking an item, paying and leaving. There’s no changing room for the accessory store and a catwalk has been replaced with a turntable. :/ Even within the shops there’s only six studs worth of depth for play. I think the worst offender is the food court. There’s no where to prepare the food. You can’t even stand a figure behind the tables and pretend to have them serve the characters as there’s no studs. Why was on earth was it designed like that? :S Then the table only fits three figures despite five figures being included and in general Friends is trying to make the largest sets fit five figures in case girls want to play with the other core friends not included in the set. Besides the lack of depth I think the build is monotonous due to the uniformity of the shop’s designs. The fact he shops all look the same from the outside bar the colours used on their signs rob them from the character which Friends buildings are famous for! The worst part of the design is the balconies don’t curve around the floors. It makes the build seem unfinished and again it’s not a budget set by any stretch of the imagination. Now for some positivity I really love all six figures (though for Olivia I’d wish they’d stop using outfit combinations from other sets in general) and I’m very happy that the Friends line is finally putting the main characters’ families in sets that aren’t just the houses. It is unfortunate there’s not a single employee though! I like everyone else love the escalator. I think that’s pretty perfectly designed and deserves to be in a better set. The atm, changing room and toilet sections are really good uses of space. Then the slide into the ball pit and photo stand are also fun additions. I was going to get it Day 1 to meet the Amelia Earhart threshold but I think the negatives overwhelmingly outweigh the positives. I just can’t justify spending €100 on it. I don’t think it’s worth the money at all. XP
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    There’s quite a few if you google LEGO Vidiyo in news or click last 24 hours. For convenience here’s: CNET and WIRED. One compares them the Beat Boxes to the Rexcelsior. I’m really curious what you thinks them worth their price. I think they’re just set minifigures (no side leg printing, no dual moulds on most, no side arm printing, single sided heads, most reuse accessories) with three fancy tiles, that are randomised amongst these and the Beat Boxes.
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I agree with everyone who has reservations of the prices for this theme. Interestingly if you read reviews by sites who aren’t fans of LEGO who were sent press kits they applaud the low price points and easy to build features. But all themes aimed at kids Compare the Beat Boxes to the Friends Cubes, which are half the price. The cubes measures over 2.5 in (8 cm) long, 3 in. (8 cm) wide and 5 in. (13 cm) high compared to Beat Boxes which measure 2 in. (7 cm) long, 3 in. (10 cm) wide and 3 in. (8 cm) high. That is not nearly enough of a difference to justify such a significant price increase. I know there’s new moulds (the Friends cubes a,so started out with three) but don’t all new themes usually get big budgets for their first wave? The only difference is the few extra pieces for the mosaics (I think nearly all of which are common enough?) and then the generous amount of printed tiles. The problem with the printed tiles is they’re randomised amongst different sets and once you have one you already have the feature in the app. Now I know AFOLs can use them as posters, CDs, DVDs, magazines etc. in MOCs but even then less and more variety I think would be better. The Beat Boxes have a price increase compared to CMFs in most countries now. While you do get three tiles per set I think the figures aren’t of the same premium quality of CMFs. None of them seem to have dual sided faces and only two have dual moulded legs and side leg printing. Eight have existing accessories too! They’re really not worth the premium price in my eyes. I also think this is the least LEGO like product in quite a while. Say what you will about BIONICLE, Friends, DOTs, Fusion or Super Mario but building is at a core to all of those products. Here you only build a cube, tiny mosaic and then after you switch around tiles. :/ I really don’t want to dislike this theme as I have an interest in music and teaching kids the basics of studio work is a good idea in my eyes. I just think the theme has a bad start. I will definitely give it and the app a try (I’m excited to see how the “aqua” tiles work with licensed songs) but not until I get one of these sets at a significant discount. CMFs have definitely been struggling pre and mid pandemic where I’m from. Most retailers have stopped stocking the unlicensed series. I imagine this is what lead to the Beat Boxes price increase. Figures clearly don’t cost €5 if they can sell €10 4+ sets with exclusive prints, extra large pieces and two figures. :P
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    DC Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I find it really neat that they updated Batman’s colours from sand blue to light grey. The suit is more of an in between hue so having the choice of two options is really nice. :) I’m really excited for this set and it will probably be a day 1 purchase for me as I love 60s Batman! I never got the Batcave as I didn’t like the build but even if I don’t like the build here at least it’s a lot cheaper. :P I can’t wait to see Joker and I have everything crossed we’ll get a third figure, even if it’s just Robin. :-) I wonder do all the new figure prints suggest the D2C will be a 66 Batmobile? Seems like a lot otherwise.
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    DC Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think this set perfectly shows why LEGO has a problem with leaks. There’s a huge glare on part of the build so it looks even worse than the final model. I’m not particularly excited about what’s clear though either. Why 3D eyebrows? XP
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Does anyone have a single ID for the Mario stickered action tile pieces? I’ve been looking but I can’t find any. I found on this thread they were available at one point though!
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Can anyone tell if Sinistra has a new face?
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Yup, it’s like how two Flying Fords were available as the Whomping Willow was also kept on shelves due to its popularity. :)
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Has there been any instances when a piece previously regarded as licensed became available after it started appearing in unlicensed sets. I’m specifically intrested in Marcel’s headpiece from 41444, which previously was exclusive to Ernie in a Harry Potter set. That’s the only piece of Marcel’s that isn’t available on Bricks and Pieces yet.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    That island is one of the prettiest sets I’ve ever seen.
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    DC Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    A potential 60s Batman set is really exciting! I think if they wanted to do Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman they could use Mia’s hair + the new cat ears hair accessory from Friends. :)
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    Seasonal 2021

    The picture of the Amelia Earhart set has been revealed. It seems like it’s a March release! The build is really neat and has a rather deluxe display stand. I believe the figure is made out of regular parts though.
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    Disney Properties 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Disney’s summer sounds really disappointing! 43193 is a Storybook. Promobricks lists this as Beauty and the Beast/Ariel but I’m really hoping that just means the same style of those sets and not a remake of one of them. 43194 is a Frozen 4+ set, I think it’s very unlikely we’d get new characters there unless it’s troll based. 43196 is another Belle Castle, but this one isn’t 4+ Then they list 43195 as a Horse Show which is surly wrong and the other sets as coming out in December. That suggests they might be based off Encanto, which would be neat as the protagonist doesn’t seem to have anything to do with being a Princess. :) It’s a shame that after becoming one of the six most popular themes Disney Princess doesn’t get a single increase in the amount of sets produced. :/ I know this year has more expensive sets, but it be nice to get more cheap sets too. :P
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    The band mates don’t seem to be only connected to the pods, there’s a cheerleader at the end of LEGO’s announcement video? I can’t believe they’re actually making essentially 5 CMFs in a year on top of the Mario blind bags. :P