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  1. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    You just proved my point. All the encounters you describe are snapshots. Now imagine the scared or grievously hurt faces in any other situation. Yes, the smiling face is inappropriate in those situations. But what's the bigger leap, projecting neutral/happy emotions 90% of the time onto a minifigure that looks like its being disemboweled, or projecting feelings of grievous bodily harm on a smiling figure 10% of the time? Unless you're seriously telling me that kids keep an arsenal of spare minifig faces around to exchange them countless times during play, I stand by my original point.
  2. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    This! Also, I don't get the argument that the new faces allow different expressions, while the old ones did not. They don't. They allow exactly ONE expression each, just as the old ones. But, contrary to the old ones, what you get is not a neutral face for all that allows you to project whatever you feel like unto it. Instead they are frozen in - sometimes grotesquely overdone - expressions that can't be more than momentary snapshots, that are just ridiculous if you want to have that same minifig just 'walking around' or doing something else. Having someone walk around with an expression of extreme frustration/anger/strain all the time is nonsensical. Having someone walk around with a smile on his face, on the other hand, is not. So my vote in favor of the plain, smiling faces is also a vote for creativity and usage of imagination, and against prefabrication and scripted storytelling. With the old faces, you could project whatever you wanted upon any minifig. For example: A plainclothes minifig in a police set could be a crook, a passersby, a secretary, a witness or anything else you wanted it to be. With the new ones, all you get (usually) beside the cops are angry/mischievous crooks that are pretty much impossible to cast into any other role.
  3. [PRESS RELEASE] 10260 - Downtown Diner

    Funny how we get people complaining about a lack of interesting building techniques on the one hand, and others complaining about it employing too many SNOT- and special techniques and thuis looking more like a MOC Btw, @ukblock, you might wnat to check the size on some of your montages. In some of them, the Diner clearly is pictured way too small, most obviously in the one with the Detective's Office. Use the streetlamps for scale, they should be about the same height.
  4. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Sue me, but I like it a lot. Much, much more than I originally thought I would. Love the whole 50ies Rock'n'Roll vibe it gives off, and of course a recording studio is just right up my alley. Lots of great details in there aswell, the interior of the diner looks amazing! Only truly negative points I can make out: - completely unnecessary and ugly car (they at least should've included Homer Simpson if they're gonna give us a convertible version of his car...) - ugly modern minifig heads. BOOOH!
  5. [PRESS RELEASE] 10260 - Downtown Diner

    Uhm, just noticed: Why is this tropic in the Special Lego Themes section when all other modular discussion always was in the Town forum?
  6. [PRESS RELEASE] 10260 - Downtown Diner

    Sue me, but I like it a lot. Much, much more than I originally thought I would. Love the whole 50ies Rock'n'Roll vibe it gives off, and of course a recording studio is just right up my alley. Lots of great details in there aswell, the interior of the diner looks amazing! Only truly negative points I can make out: - completely unnecessary and ugly car (they at least should've included Homer Simpson if they're gonna give us a convertible version of his car...) - ugly modern minifig heads. BOOOH!
  7. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    @brickextreme2 I never noticed the missing apostrophe, though. But even a spelling error on a print wouldn't be a first (remember the DeLorean, for example). Interesting observation. A lot of the points you bring up boil down to personal taste, regarding some of those that dont: - no visual separation between floors does not mean they are not separatable. What we see is SNOT-construction with tiles facing us. You can see in the recession for the balcony that there appear to be plates/tiles on top on the part of the wall not facing towards the front (small brown lines), So it's propably safe to assume that the sides and propably the back of the building will feature the usual stripes. - visible studs in big window construction: I don't get why this gets brought up. The window is built studs facing right, so its impossible to build it without some studs showing through. And why would a studs-on-the-side assembly spanning three floors be a sign that it was not the work of an expert builder?!
  8. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Wasn't Cafe Corner released before Market Street?
  9. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Imo, Market Street is the weakest. But I guess it often gets ignored as it was basically an AFOL-MOC turned into a set, and many people don't even view it as a real modular (I do). Weakest modulars for me are: 1) Market Street 2) Town Hall 3) Detective's Office 4) Brick Bank 5) Palace Cinema
  10. [MOC] Grand Palace Hotel

    Wow. Brilliant, as is to be expected coming from you. It captures the look and feel of that kind of architecture exactly.
  11. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Too bad you're in the US, otherwise I'd gladly take those off your hands :D
  12. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The most likely way is - as cimddwc also pointed out - that they are mounted on plates, which themselves are attached using bricks withstuds on the side. Basically the same technique as the vertically attached 1x6 and 1x4 tiles on the blue building of the Assembly Square. We don't know how the area in front of the stairs is built, it's hidden by the car. There could be a whole area that's raised by one brick.
  13. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    After a night's sleep, I actually like it better than yesterday evening. I might get it after all, but would have to display it apart from all the other modulars, maybe paired with Palace Cinema. Still a massive Boooo! to the non-smilie faces. Yes, it's easy to swap them, but the clöassic smilie faces were one of the trademarks of the modulars - and who didn't like them could just swap them for overdone modern faces, after all You might be onto something with the color. The side facade of AS is in tan, and it's noticably darker than the front of the diner. And that might not just be down to lighting. Regarding the door area: There's a print or a sticker (hopefully not a sticker! ) on the door. The door is surrounded by transparent 1x1 bricks on the side and larger ones up top, and behind we just see parts of the interior. The interior usually is way brighter than it ought to be on Lego's photography. There were full interiors long before the PR.
  14. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I was curious what the chinese text on that page said, and fed it into Google translate. The result, predictably, is rather hilarious:
  15. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    What you see are snotted tiles, not bricks. Absolutely no problem to do this while still having separatable floors.