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  1. x105Black

    The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

    I liked all of them so far, but the original is definitely the best. What issue is that? It could be that the LEGO Ninjago Movie didn't do as well at the box office because people didn't like the LEGO Batman Movie. That would make the comparison work a little better, since that's very much what happened with Star Wars. Solo wasn't financially successful because people didn't like The Last Jedi.
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    [MOC] Voltar!

    This is a fantastic robot. So many interesting part usages, and a really creative build overall. Well done!
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I don't know. You left out the most important LEGO Space logo, Classic Space. And a lot of kids today do identify with it, mostly from its use on Benny and CMF characters. I think that logo holds up today.
  4. The Sweet Mayhem Pod is underwhelming. Mostly because it lacks the helmet and wings.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I think you downplay the role of things like color schemes, logos, and designs. They may be superficial aspects, but they are no less important to the fans, and a big part of what those fans look for in a new Space theme.
  6. Yeah, that's fair. I don't necessarily think that what you've laid out is really the case for how the themes came to be. I think it's more likely that they decided to take Nexo Knights in that direction at that time with the idea that Elves would be happening concurrently. Since Elves was sticking to (a more girly version of) traditional fantasy, they could take the opportunity to branch out into sci-fi with Nexo Knights, giving them what is ostensibly a Castle and Space theme in one. I think this may have been a less likely experiment without an Elves theme, and I think that any Castle theme that existed in place of Elves and Nexo Knights could have fallen somewhere in between the two. Just a possibility, very wishful thinking on my part.
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    [MOC] Stranger Things

    I guess the subject material has swearing in it, but your set didn't have anything objectionable. I think they're a bit strict if they aren't going to allow this, because there's nothing that mature in Stranger Things. It's a bit scary, but oh well. Still, great builds and nice work replicating some iconic moments from the show. Even though it didn't get accepted at Ideas, I surely love it.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I would argue that the time frame is most of the issue, but the themes themselves didn't have the same charm as Classic Space / Blacktron / Futuron. There's a lot of love for the Classic Space logo, and there's a lot of love for the Blacktron guys and their mysterious dark outfits and ships. Those are very appealing things that later themes lacked. I'm not much of a fan of the colors of some later themes. Exploriens has a following, but I wasn't a fan of their logos and the designs looked a bit like a hodgepodge of parts. I liked Unitron a bit more, but I didn't care for the blue and yellow color combination of those themes. Roboforce was a little off as well. I wouldn't mind them bringing in some mechs, though. I would assume that a more modern take on Roboforce would use more modern pieces to make better-looking robots and mechs. I'd love to see a better-looking Robo Raptor. But again, I wasn't pulled in by the colors. The UFO theme got a little bit more interesting, but like Roboforce it relied heavily on trans neon yellow / green and I never really liked that very much, personally. Insectoids was also interesting, but a little too gimmicky with the insect themed builds. I think that LEGO attempted to revisit Classic Space with an Insectoids influence with Galaxy Squad, which I like more than Insectoids, but it suffered a bit from the insect gimmick as well. After that period came Life on Mars and Mars Mission. I liked the introduction of the Martian aliens, but I don't really like the bodies that they used. And the theme weirdly felt a bit too grounded for me. Alien Conquest tried to bring back a little more UFO-styled builds, but it suffered from being a little too cartoonish in my opinion. I'm not much a fan of the Space Police themes, mostly because the concept of Police irks me a bit. I do like a lot of the builds and the aliens, but I'm not keen on the Police concept, or the Police minifigures. But anyways, those are just my opinions on the various themes. Early Classic Space, Blacktron (black and yellow), and M:Tron are easily the best themes. A lot of that comes down to the minifigure designs and the overall color schemes of the sets. I've also said before that I liked the Spyrius and Ice Planet themes. Ice Planet has an odd color scheme that I don't think works well with much else (aside from Nexo Knights), and Spyrius (like Roboforce) would benefit from more advanced building techniques and modern pieces to make better robots and mechs. And the Spyrius Droid is one of my favorite minifigures of all time. That said, all of these concepts could fit within a revived Space theme in various waves. Perhaps an updated Classic Space / Futuron is the primary faction made up of explorers with different colored uniforms. One wave could have a Blacktron-like faction as the antagonists. Another wave could include an M:Tron-like mining colony. Maybe another wave has them visiting an Ice Planet, but the primary faction should still be the multi-colored explorers. Additional waves could see mechs and robots inspired by Roboforce and Spyrius. Some ship builds could be inspired by Exploriens and Unitron, and there could be various aliens throughout inspired by UFO, Insectoids, Alien Conquest, Mars, and Space Police. The aliens could be mixed in throughout so that they aren't exclusively showing up as antagonists and villains. Basically, I think they could take the best elements of all Space themes to make the ultimate Space theme. I can see it working if they do it properly.
  9. I'm planning to get at least 2. I want the pink astronaut, mostly, but I like the white astronaut as well. And as someone here told me, it would probably be cheaper to get the whole set than just the 2 astronauts on the aftermarket. So I'm definitely going to get it. And it's a great place to start a Space collection. Nice and small.
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    [MOC] Stranger Things

    This is wonderful! I absolutely would have voted for this! Stranger Things is fantastic, and this is a great set of builds to represent both seasons of the program. I don't know why LEGO would have rejected this project. Are there perhaps too many pieces? Maybe it's the Eggo product placement? Anyways, I love what you've done with the van, the lab, and the house. The forest builds are great as well. The Fort Byers build is really nice, and despite my disdain for brick-built creatures you've done an awesome job with the Demogorgon and Demodogs. Even Dart is a clever usage of parts. Great job!
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I would say that it is because that view is in the minority among LEGO Space fans. There are likely a lot more fans of Classic Space (and Neo / Evolved) and Blacktron than there are of later themes. I enjoyed Spyrius and Ice Planet at the time, and Space Police gave us cool aliens, but ultimately I want to see the best elements of those themes incorporated into the classics and I think there are more fans of that concept.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I may have to go stop by the store and look now!
  13. Indeed! And I love the Sewer Babies. Will likely BrickLink them, though. That was I can hopefully get more than 2, and I don't have to get all the other crap to get them.