Kdapt-Preacher

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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Well, I don't know why, but the one from 2006 (6209) does have them, so that definitely isn't definitive even if it doesn't make a lot of sense.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    You must not've been around in the bad old days...
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Certainly good enough for government work. It should be pretty trivial to put a couple extra bricks on the underside of the bridge to get that droopy shape the Republic ones had, too, and that's the most distinctive difference. No idea how easy or hard it would be to mod the engine block too, but that's not nearly as noticeable either way. Yeah, that would certainly make sense. The Databank entry is definitely for the specifically Imperial version. Internally during the production of TCW, and in the initial episode guide for Grievous Intrigue, the ship was just called 'Jedi light cruiser' or 'Republic light cruiser'; the name Arquitens didn't show up until a couple months later, and still doesn't appear in the Databank at all as far as I can tell. The differences between the Republic and Imperial ships are significant enough that it makes sense for them to be different sub-classes (the differences are way bigger than between Imperial I and Imperial II Star Destroyers, for example, and everybody agrees that those are different ships); but specifically using the names "light cruiser" vs "command cruiser" to make that distinction isn't necessarily reliable the way Wookieepedia makes it sound. The important takeaway from the Databank entry is really just that the Databank considers the ship in Rebels and the one in Mando the same, while Wookieepedia currently doesn't. We also see hundreds of them being chopped up for scrap on Bracca in Jedi: Fallen Order, so that was presumably the ultimate fate of most of them, and that was only a couple years after the war ended, so the Empire definitely didn't keep them around for long. I'm waiting to see if they show up in Bad Batch, though, since that's set even earlier, maybe too early for the Imperial-class to show up at all.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    This is one of those things that Wookieepedia has jumped on that I fairly strongly disagree with. The words "class 546 cruiser" appeared in Aurebesh on a viewscreen in The Mando, and the folks over at Wookieepedia have taken that to mean that it is a Class 546 Cruiser and a Class 546 Cruiser only and that that is a wholly different thing from an Arquitens. But... it's obviously an Arquitens. "Class 546 cruiser" may be an additional designation for the class, or that may not have been intended to mean anything much at all (there's plenty of nonsense Aurebesh text in places where you can only see it for a second), but either way the term hasn't appeared anywhere other than that one brief shot of the view screen, and the fact of the matter is that it unquestionably is an Arquitens of some variety. It has the additional small engines that the model in Rebels didn't have, so if somebody wants to call it an Arquitens II, fine, but that's a smaller change than many of the other ships have had when transitioning between animation and live action or vice versa, so the most reasonable course here IMO is to assume it's intended to be a stock Arquitens until somebody explicitly says otherwise. Most importantly, the Databank (which is much firmer canon, since that's coming directly from Disney as an explicitly definitive encyclopedia) still has a single entry for "Imperial Light Cruiser" and says the ship appears in both Rebels and The Mando. Related to that, the distinction between the Arquitens-class light cruiser (Republic, TCW) and the Arquitens-class command cruiser (Imperial, Rebels) is also canonically much shakier than Wookieepedia makes it look--there are obvious structural differences between the Republic and Imperial ships, especially around the bridge and the engine block, but the idea that those names refer specifically to the Republic and Imperial versions respectively comes from Star Wars: Armada, which is notorious for introducing divisions like that that don't exist literally anywhere else because they've got a game mechanic where each ship model has to have two different classes to choose from. This is why we now have Quasar Fire I vs Quasar Fire II, Gladiator I vs Gladiator II, Acclamator I vs Acclamator II, Nebuon-B Escort Frigate vs Nebulon-B Support Refit, MC80 Assault Cruiser vs MC80 Command Cruiser, Hammerhead Scout Corvette vs Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette, and on and on and on, and while yes, the game is indeed canon so these are all "real", none of them actually exist in any other source (or make much sense in-universe), and I would really advise everyone not to make any important plans hinge on those names being respected by any other Star Wars media.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    You're right, that was my mistake. I just built both of those sets and mixed up which one I'd seen it in. But the point of my post is still true--it had only appeared once before, and in black.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    That new wedge’s only previous appearance is in black in the TIE Fighter earlier this year. I’m very glad to see it turn up in LBG already, since I want it for a MOC! It’s going to be a very useful piece, I think.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I don't completely disagree, but in fairness $70 for 663 pieces isn't a bad PPP at all, even if most of the pieces are small.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I love that the Meditation Chamber includes the viewscreen with Admirals Ozzel and Piett. It reminds me of the hologram of Sidious in the original Star Destroyer set back in 2006 or whenever that was.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    At some point y'all are going to have to make peace with the fact that nobody outside LEGO and Disney knows what those contracts say. You don't know, MandR doesn't know (despite what he may claim), and LEGO doesn't seem inclined to say anything about it other than the one interview ten years ago or whenever that started the whole debate in the first place, so there's simply no way for us to get any insight into that process and speculating about it doesn't accomplish much. The ultimate answer is always that LEGO will make [insert whatever product you're annoyed that they haven't made] the very first moment that a) they have the legal ability to and b) their market research convinces them that it will be the most profitable of their options, with the understanding that, as vocal as the AFOL community may be, we're very rarely the actual target demographic and what everybody here wants is not a good proxy for what the general public wants.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I think the problem with the SBD legs was due to the pearlescent plastic they were made of rather than the molds themselves. They definitely break very easily, and I've had a lot of the arms break too, more than should be justified given how thick those clips are. It's like how lime green and dark red pieces are notoriously brittle. The black K2 and brown commando droids don't have the same issue, at least that I've experienced.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Why do you doubt? It's perfect and an easy thing for them to do; is there any reason they wouldn't use that piece? Of course it's always possible that they don't, but this is such an obvious use for the longer hilt (it's the first thing everyone thought of when it was introduced) that it seems like it would be a weird move for them not to.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I'm not sure that's correct. The Geonosis arc was quite early in TCW (season 2), and the gunships continued to normally not have turrets for the whole run of the show--the ones in the Bad Batch arc in season 7 don't, for example--so it's definitely not the case that they intended for them to always have turrets and couldn't initially animate it. The in-universe reason (which admittedly has been inconsistent) is that the version from AotC isn't spaceworthy, since the turrets mean the troop bay doors don't reach all the way to the front and that hold can't be sealed. For both the Geonosis landings they got past that by bringing the Venators and Acclamators way down into the atmosphere to launch the gunships, but that's not always practical, so for most of the war they traded some firepower for the ability to launch directly from a ship in orbit. Plus, in other parts of TCW they showed them with other equipment mounted in that spot (floodlights for the Umbara arc, for example). The variant shown for the 2nd Battle of Geonosis has the turrets mounted further forwards than in AotC and doesn't have the smaller openings in front of the troop bay, so I'm not sure what's up with that version in-universe, but it's clearly intentionally not the same as the movie design.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    That arc was one of the only ones in TCW where they had them. The vast majority of the ones shown didn't.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Yeah, I don't think that's a controversial statement at all. If I go to Amazon's 'Toys and Games' section and search for 'Star Wars', fully half (15/30) of the results on the first page are LEGO products (and 7 of the other 15 are Baby Yoda in some form). There's no publicly available information about how much the license is worth, but it's safe to say that it's an enormous amount and that LEGO and Disney are both profiting massively from it.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Yes, I do. You're trying to build a strawman argument here--obviously I'm not saying "No, LEGO, never make a named Jedi again"--but seriously, every Jedi of any significance has already been made. Literally zero people, even of the handful that would recognize their names, would look at a set and think "Ooh, Fi-Ek Sirch and Tarados Gon, just who I was waiting for!". If your goal is to go down Wookieepedia's list of Jedi with a pen and check them all off until you have minifigs of all of them, then you do you, but LEGOs are supposed to be a toy that encourages imagination, and there's far more value for a child playing with them to have characters they can tell their own stories about. This is why LEGO does make generic Jedi on occasion (I loved the Defender-class Cruiser set because of it). You don't see people complaining when some set has a generic Rebel pilot because such distinguished characters as Davish Krail haven't been made yet. And yes, if the Marvel movies had scenes with hundreds of unnamed generic super heroes in the background, like Star Wars has with Jedi, I would indeed want LEGO to introduce figures to represent that.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    While the name 'Jedi Bob' specifically is a joke, I think people genuinely would like LEGO to release some generic Jedi. Sure, they're easy enough to make, but not everybody wants to have to take apart a face character to do so.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2021 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Because the pendant was holding her hair back--it's not just that it itself is gone; it really did change her whole look.
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    [MOC] [UCS] [Instructions] MC75 "Profundity" Star Cruiser

    Weirdly though, the Millennium Falcon in 77904 is to scale with 75252 and this Profundity, and not to the Nebulon-B it comes with.
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    [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.