Lord Insanity

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  1. Lord Insanity

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    I am surprised and quite happy this actually passed Ideas. 123 Sesame Street and Pirate Bay were by far and away my favorites from this round. I didn't expect either to make it and am quite happy both did. That almost makes up for last round's Chemical Plant being rejected. Funny I feel exactly the opposite. Lego is a building toy. That first generation Squidward head was everything a licensed figure should be. Then they made that useless molded head. The Simpsons figures had those useless molded heads when the actual show makers used regular mini-fig heads in their own "Lego" episode. We got to see how awesome the Simpsons figures could have been. See I don't want Lego made licensed figures, I want licensed Lego figures. The entire point of mini-figures to me is the interchangeable parts. Any character that absolutely must have a molded head should be done in the awesome Chima style with a regular printed head underneath. If I can't use different hats, helmets, or hair it is a crappy fig. For characters like Homer Simpson or Grover (or any Muppet) from Sesame Street the lack of those options when the characters routinely use different hats is a complete fail. I also can't figure out why people want this Idea to be down sized. The modular-style scale with all the regular mini-fig head characters is exactly what I wanted and why I voted for this in the first place. 123 Sesame Street exactly as it is would be a day one purchase for me.
  2. Lord Insanity

    Castle - Fantasy Era (2007-2009)

    Fantasy Era (Castle 2007) and the stylistically compatible Kingdoms (Castle 2010) is my favorite Castle era. I actually use the Kingdoms factions as vassals to the Crown. I just turned the lion royalty into nobles. My classic era lions, dragons and, falcons are the main rival kingdom. Fantasy Era was the last time we got a nice mounted knight with full gear in a "battle pack" style set too. 7009 The Final Joust was by far and away one of the best sets of the line. $8 US for a full gear knight vs a skeleton knight and skeleton horse. I got 9 copies of that set. Switched 8 of the horse helmets to dark blue. Perfect cavalry knight squad. It was a total fail that neither Kingdoms nor Castle 2013 had a similar set. If the big castle sets aren't going to be fully manned anymore like the legendary 6086 Black Knight's Castle at least sell us the "battle packs." Of course at this point I suppose we would be happy with anything.
  3. Lord Insanity

    [PRESS RELEASE] 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

    So why did they put two figs that should be available in a battle pack in a $700 set? I despise unique figures in sets that are not even fig compatible but to place two figures that should be army builders is just insulting. To me that actually lowers the value of the set. I would rather those figs not exist at all than have one each of figs that should be easy to get a dozen of.
  4. Lord Insanity

    REVIEW: 71025 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 19

    Excellent review as always. I am however surprised you didn't place more emphasis on the alternate face for the mummy queen. The gold mask is a far more useful face print. You can use that in city museums and in historical Egyptian builds. That is easily one of if not the best mummy Lego has made. The monkey king has the first 3 long red bar and it comes with an extra. I can finally fix the incorrect brown bar on Ecto-1.
  5. Lord Insanity

    REVIEW: 21108 Ghostbusters

    The 3 long bar has finally been made in red. The Minifig series 19 Monkey King comes with an extra one too. We no longer have to suffer a rusted Ecto-1 with that brown bar.
  6. Lord Insanity

    [MOC] Aerial Enforcer

    Generally speaking I greatly prefer the Blacktron 1 color scheme over the Blacktron 2 color scheme. To me the best thing about Blacktron 2 was the pods. And boy are those pods awesome. Most Blacktron 2 MOCs completely ignore the pods. This build by so heavily focusing on the best aspect of the whole theme is probably the best Blacktron 2 MOC I have seen so far. This is exactly the kind of large Space build I wish LEGO was releasing as a set right now.
  7. Lord Insanity

    What would you like from a Sci-Fi Racing theme?

    This 1000 times over. Colored canopies and windows are why the Popup Party Bus and General Mayhem's ship were awesome sets and the upcoming Systar fighter thing is lame.
  8. Lord Insanity

    [PRESS RELEASE] 75936 - Jurassic Park

    So after seeing a few reviews I think the designer did a wonderful job of designing this set. That said the oversized nature of it does not really appeal to me. After reading many comments I think the general opinion is that for people who had no previous Jurassic Park / World sets this set is an amazing display piece. For those of us that already had several Jurassic Park / World sets this was a major let down because is is not compatible with and complementary to the existing general release sets we are already invested in. See I think this is the magic formula of wide popularity that Ninjago City successfully hit. That set is both a terrific stand alone display piece AND it is compatible with and complementary to the general release sets. Welcome to Apocalypseburg managed to do that too. Same with the Ghostbusters Firehouse (compatible with City/Modular) and the Monster Fighters Haunted House. Contrast that with the decidedly mixed reception the micro-scale Hogwarts Castle received. Despite being very well designed it is not compatible with or complimentary to the general release sets. That "problem" has largely been mitigated since we have gotten more of the castle in Mini-Fig compatible general release sets. But at the time of release we didn't know if there would be another wave of sets with more of the castle. At this point I would guess it is unlikely Jurassic Park / World is going to get another Direct 2 Consumer large scale set so I am rather bummed by the decision to make something that is not compatible with and complimentary to the general release sets. This was likely the only chance we had at a Mini-fig compatible size "Brontosaurus". I will have to mess around with the part inventory for the oversized T-Rex in Stud.io and see if I can come up with a decent looking sauropod. I might be convinced to buy the set anyway if that works well. The beauty of the brick.
  9. Lord Insanity

    Lego Idea Chemical Plant

    Thanks for that. I will have to order some of those soon. Your industrial builds are top notch and something my city/train layout is sorely lacking.
  10. So they brick built a dinosaur and it is not a sauropod? Why would they waste a spot on a T-Rex they already have a mold for? A sauropod that is not likely to have molds anytime soon would have been perfect for a brick build dinosaur included with this. That would have made this a must buy even without the jeep or explorer. Seriously I showed my 7 year old the picture and he asks: "Is that a robot T-Rex?" Mind you he loves dinosaurs and we have at least one of every molded dinosaur in the "modern" style. He keeps asking me when we are going to get a Stegosaurus and a Brontosaurus.
  11. Lord Insanity

    Lego Idea Chemical Plant

    The Chemical Plant was by far and away my favorite Ideas submission so far. I quite literally wanted to buy at least 3 copies. I really don't understand Lego's selection process at all. This seemed like a perfect set. Crossover appeal to both City and Trains while also being something Lego has never really done. My town needs more industrial zoning darn it. Ironically the Chemical Plant also would have served as a terrific parts pack for Space builds. I am starting to think Lego really should offer a crowdfund attempt on any submission that hits 10,000 votes (and is not otherwise in IP rights conflict) I suspect the "results" of Ideas would be rather different if people had to put their money where their mouth is and actually pre-order. I almost wonder if the Bricklink Designer Program is a test bed for the concept. I bet the Chemical Plant would have done extremely well under that system even at the $200-300 it likely would have cost. Well add me to those willing to buy instructions if Ymarilego decides to make them.
  12. Lord Insanity

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Honestly I didn't really think about the whole flight suit versus EVA suit. I guess I was looking at these through too much sci-fi filter in terms of what I can use for Space builds. That said I still think trans-light blue is the wrong color. Should be trans-gray or solid black. That would match real flight suits far closer. Since I was about 8 years old I have never liked trans-light blue as a window, windscreen, and/or visor color. I remember when trans-gray first came out I practically did a dance of joy at now having a "real" color for tinted windows. (I do really like trans-light blue for crystals, lightning, water, ice, and such I just hate it as a window color.) I am really glad the actual space vehicles and structures in this new theme use trans-gray for their main window color. I understand the decision to use trans-light blue on the Earth based buildings and vehicles. The visors on the astronauts' flight suits just sticks out as being wrong in that context as I would expect them to match the space stuff not the Earth stuff. Of course the beauty of Lego is that I can just use some extra chrome blue visors from the Life on Mars theme.
  13. Lord Insanity

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Okay the Rocket Transport (base) seals the deal for me. Best City-spaceport theme ever. It looks like the sections from the Moon Base (space station) and the Rocket Base can be swapped out with those from the Rocket Transport (base). That kind of modularization is awesome. If that works the way it looks, I predict multiple purchases in my future. My biggest complaint would be the trans-light blue visors on the main astronaut suits. Why not gold? If they really wanted to keep the color scheme metallic blue. The old chrome visors would look amazing.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Well I have to say from a Sci-Fi fan perspective this is the best Town and/or City Space(port) theme Lego has done. While I would love a follow up to Benny's Space Squad with the red, black, green, and undamaged blue classic space figs, that City Space figure pack is one awesome consolation prize. The orbital station is better than I would have ever guessed it could be too. I wish they would have just used the classic space logo recolored like they did in Mars Mission though. The new one has the curve going the wrong direction. Overall I am really looking forward to adding to my city spaceport. Because why have mere airplanes when you can have Spaceships!
  15. Lord Insanity

    AFOL designer program

    That is way cooler than the one they actually picked as a finalist. I would have actually backed that one. I am really confused by this whole thing. No matter how well designed it is I have zero interest in anything that is not mini-fig compatible so half the stuff is already a non-starter for me. Of the remaining only the Science Tower is of any interest to me. I really hope they were saving the best for last.