Kdapt-Preacher

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  1. Kdapt-Preacher

    [MOC] [UCS] [Instructions] MC75 "Profundity" Star Cruiser

    The cruiser is beautiful! And I love that you've made a point of including some smaller ships--showing off different models in relation to each other is the best part of having models at a specific scale, IMO. My one suggestion here would be that the advent calendar Ghost is about 30% larger than would be ideal at this scale (I know this because I wanted to display it with my UCS ISD and decided it was too big). Have you thought about using a design along the lines of this one, which is still very slightly too large but is at least within a stud of the optimal length?
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I should clarify that with 'in current canon'. Tons of people appeared in tons of stuff in the old EU, but that doesn't count for much these days.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    The new picture sure makes it look like the cockpit is printed. The pattern passes cleanly across all three planes of the cockpit with no gap; a sticker couldn't do that.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    They've officially changed his name back to Sel'Sabagno. We had a bad couple of years there where Sleazbaggano was canonically his actual name, but that one at least is finally fixed again. Savage Oppress, sadly, will be with us forever.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I encourage everyone to use spoiler tags, but y'all also have to understand that if you come into a thread devoted to discussing upcoming Star Wars products you are going to come out of it with info about upcoming Star Wars products. That's the whole point. It's one thing to not want to see in-depth plot leaks that somebody's pulled from a Reddit thread or whatever, but the fact that is plainly visible just from looking at the box. If you consider yourself 'spoiled' just from knowing the contents of an upcoming set, no amount of spoiler tags will make threads about upcoming sets good places for you to hang out.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I mean, sure, if you cherrypick which sets to count you can declare that any year had more than any other year. I don't know why you'd compare the 501st set to 2014's battlepacks when 2014 also had Battle on Saleucami, which is almost exactly the same set (5 minifigs, a BARC speeder, and misc other builds for $30) except with far less desirable figures. If you want to compare battlepacks, the Mandalorian one is definitely better than Kashyyyk Troopers (you talk about inaccuracy when half of those troopers aren't even canon?) and was certainly more widely anticipated than Utapau Troopers. Similarly, why would you compare the Ghost to Vader's helmet when 2020 also had the Razor Crest? And while the 2014 snowspeeder is 'better' in some sense than the 2020 one, I already have seven almost identical system-scale snowspeeders, and it's far better for LEGO Star Wars as a brand to branch out into new markets than to keep beating that same horse--snowspeeders are tied with Luke's landspeeder as the most comically over-made vehicles around. I would tend to put the best years for LSW earlier than most--probably starting with the introduction of battlepacks in 2007 and continuing through the early TCW stuff in 2012 or so. But 2020 was certainly fine, even if you don't think it was the best year ever.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    The cutoffs weren't quite that hard. TPM had Watto's Junkyard and the Battle Droid Carrier in 2001, and the Jedi Defense sets in 2002; and AotC had the AT-TE and Geonosian Fighter in 2003. If anything, RotS was maybe the sharpest cutoff, since the V-wing was the only new set from that movie released in 2006 (along with the Turbo Tank re-release), although then Grievous's Fighter and the original Clone Battle Pack (the Droids Battle Pack isn't really based on any movie) in 2007 sort of blend it into the TCW sets that started in 2008. The major one there was the First Order Scout Walker, which didn't make the film at all. But I agree with you that this isn't really a valid criticism of LEGO; they have to design the vehicles they're shown, and they don't have any control over whether those get cut at the last minute. It's not like that's purely a Disney thing, either--remember the 442nd Siege Battalion troopers included in 7260 Wookiee Catamaran that didn't make the final cut of RotS. That kind of thing is an unavoidable side effect of toy production needing more spin-up time than they get between the final cut of a movie and its release; we're just seeing more of it now that there are more sets releasing to coordinate with film launches.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I disagree with almost everything you've said, but this is the only point that I want to push back against in detail. 2020 had 27 'normal' sets (ie, not counting polybags or the limited-release things like the Nebulon-B). That's as many or more than any year in the 'golden age' people have been talking about except 2014 (29), which had two more microfighters (and if you count the polybags and exclusives 2020 would be in the lead again). Yes, 2020 had fewer sets than the couple of years before it, but they were the exceptions; 2015-2019 had more sets per year than any other period in the history of LEGO Star Wars, and 2020 was a return to the numbers we had in the period everybody's saying they loved.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Alpha Draconis already answered this with the 360 view comment, but I also want to toss in that this wouldn't be the first time set images have leaked in an unusual format. Back in 2013 the first images of the Death Star Troopers battle pack that leaked were proof-of-concept box art that had the Imperial gunners wearing these knight helmets because the new molds for their actual helmets weren't finished yet; and a couple of years ago there was a set (I can't remember which one, but somebody else here may remember) where the first pictures we saw were the usual nice, HD set images, but unfinished, so the stands the minifigs and other bits were set up on hadn't been edited out yet. In both cases there was a lot of skepticism until the official pictures were revealed and the leaks turned out to be real. So even if there wasn't a specific explanation for it, like there is in this case, these things do happen.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I still think that LEGO's most likely plan is to do exactly what they did with The Mando, releasing one set around the premier of the show to gauge interest/get the main characters out there and then following that with more and larger sets in a year or so if the show is well-received and the first one sells. It would probably have made more sense to start with a smaller set, like they did with the AT-ST Raider, but they were more constrained here than with Mando since there would've been a lot of pushback if they didn't include all 5 figures (plenty of people here were already riling themselves up for that), whereas with Mando the only one who *had* to be in the first set was Din. The huge demand for all the Mando sets suggests that releasing them gradually is working out for LEGO, especially in contrast with Rebels where they released a ton of sets early, only to find that the show started slow, the wave didn't sell, and the demand for those sets only picked up after they were discontinued.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    The picture's too blurry to see any detail on the figures, but there are five troopers and a gonk droid. Tech (lighter-colored armor) and Wrecker (light patch on helmet) are identifiable; presumably the other three are the Hunter, Crosshair, and Echo, although they're basically just grey splotches. Everybody definitely does have helmets, and it also includes two hairpieces, a black one that's presumably for Hunter and a brown one that I'm not sure about (Tech, maybe?). The shuttle is, in my opinion, very ugly, but that's more of a problem with the ship itself rather than LEGO's rendition of it. Like Brickroll said, it's small, although I can't count exactly how small. One of the speeders is very similar to (maybe a direct recolor of) the BARC speeder from 75280 in dark grey, and the second is smaller and light green. Overall the set doesn't have that much going on, but there are a lot of figures for a set this size (especially since they're all new), so being able to get the whole Bad Batch makes this a no-brainer buy for me.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Hate is maybe the wrong word. Disdain or revulsion might be better.