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  1. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    It's quite possible! There was something like that in a recent episode of the show! To be honest, I wasn't necessarily expecting it (or the Pigsy mech/tank it almost faced down with) as a set, but if this panda mascot from the same episode is going to be an actual fig, then maybe it will be a set after all!
  2. Lyichir

    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    It's been airing for a couple weeks in Australia (up through episode 6, so far). It's been pretty good, in my opinion—a little more continuity driven than Season 1, with a number of the episodes setting the stage for the Lady Bone Demon's master plan. But I've been discussing it more on Discord and Twitter than here, since sadly there don't seem to be a ton of people who are that interested in discusssing the actual story here. A summary of what's happened so far (spoiler warning):
  3. Lyichir

    Future Castle Sets?

    Brickset and New Elementary have posted reviews of it as well, if you're interested in a closer look at all three models.
  4. Lyichir

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    From the way the article describes the new wheel and its attachment points, I think the old wheel covers would probably still be able to attach (since like other parts in the 1x1 plate family, they have a similar diameter around the "anti-stud")—but because the inside radius of the new wheel is wider (allowing full 2x2 round parts like the radar dishes to be inserted instead of being slightly too small for them), there'd be a noticeable gap between the edge of the wheel cover and the inside rim of the wheel.. Personally I think bringing the width of those wheel covers "in system" and allowing more existing parts to fit as well is a pretty worthwhile trade-off.
  5. Lyichir

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    You could also probably make a pretty strong case that the use of those dinosaur parts... wasn't necessarily that accurate to actual elephants. The "hips" and "shoulders" of real elephants don't actually protrude outward from their torso like that, nor was their stance so bowlegged. The new elephant is definitely simplified compared to a real one (like other Lego animals such as horses), but overall its shape and stance is much more authentic than the old one.
  6. Lyichir

    Future Castle Sets?

    It'd probably be safer to at least hold off on stockpiling a whole bunch of that set until later this year. While nobody wants to miss their chance in case this sheep pulls a goat and never appears again, this set will likely stay around at LEAST until we start getting rumors of what's in store for next year's sets. For all we know Lego City could return to a farm theme and the sheep could appear in a cheaper set (or in a set in greater quantities), making investing heavily in this pricy 4+ set just for one sheep per set possibly risky. There's also a strong likelihood of the sheep on its own being cheaper if it shows up on Bricks & Pieces.
  7. From New Elementary's new interview about the new road plates: In other words, there are no current plans to stop producing studded baseplates, so we can probably put those rumors to bed.
  8. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I think so. And if I had to guess at their contents, I'd assume that at least one of them (if not both) is meant for flipper storage (there seems to also be a separate rack for three of their helmets/airtanks and clips on the inside walls for their harpoon guns).
  9. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Thank you for the link! This'll be very useful until Lego uploads the official pics themselves! For those who are wondering, I'm assuming the lever on the back automatically deploys/retracts the fins that fold out on the engines (which have a sliding mechanism connected with a string piece).
  10. Lyichir

    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    Yeah, it's sort of a consequence of how exaggerated the minifigure itself is. Larger shoulder armor allows for a little more room for the arms to move (since the arms are rigid and the armor is attached to the neck instead of moving with them), and in my opinion, looks a little better scale-wise with minifigs, in part because covering the shoulders more helps to obscure the added neck height. By contrast, armor that doesn't cover the shoulders as much can look sort of odd to me proportionally, since the distance between the head and the top of the shoulders gets increased.
  11. Lyichir

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    How do you think a lot of people become AFOLs? Lapsed Lego fans or even people who never got to enjoy Lego as a child can and do get drawn in by subject matter that greatly appeals to them. It's one of the reasons that, despite largely being a fan of "original" Lego themes, I really see the value of the licensed stuff—somebody with no real emotional connection to Lego can still become a fan through an overlapping interest like classic movies, TV series, or video games, making those kinds of sets a better "gateway" to the hobby than themes with original stories in a lot of cases.
  12. Lyichir

    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    Wow, nice to see some actual discussion going on! I sort of disagree with the sentiment that the show is a "glorified ad", at least in the sense that it's moreso one than any other Lego TV show. An 11-minute runtime is actually quite popular for TV series these days, even ones that aren't merchandise-driven (since it's easier for TV networks to schedule, easier for "binge watching" on streaming platforms, has tighter storytelling for kids with short attention spans, and is more cost-effective production-wise to tell twice as many stories per 22-minutes of TV). And while there are definitely episodes meant to obviously showcase the sets (the pilot and Lunar New Year special being particularly gratuitous in that sense due to basically introducing almost a whole wave of sets throughout their runtime), there are plenty of others that hardly focus on the contents of the sets at all beyond the characters (S1's "Coming Home", "Calabash", "Impossible Delivery", and "Macaque" all being good examples). In any case, Season 2 is continuing to air on Australian TV with two episodes every week! The first two episodes last week impressed me greatly with how much more continuity driven they felt compared to Season 1. Wikipedia has the names and summaries for the next two weeks' worth of episodes, from upcoming TV listings.
  13. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    A very detailed analysis! However, there's definitely even more than that when you go beyond the obvious parts like minifig parts and theme-specific molds. For example, some of the white, dark tan and teal parts from the Catamaran Sea Battle set were new to it and so far haven't even appeared again in other themes. I don't doubt that the summer sets have similar exclusives—for instance, the 4x3 wedge in tan used for the scales on Wohira's (I think? I've been avoiding paying close attention to spoilers) belly is definitely new. Speaking of that serpent, after both that and the Fire Fang I still can't help but hope that we might get a Legacy Great Devourer at some point. Most Legacy sets have been light on antagonists, and a better version of the Great Devourer than the one released back in 2012 definitely feels possible with how far set design has come.
  14. Lyichir

    Arch thoughts

    70681 is designed, in many ways, as a mirror of the 1x6 arch 92950 (the same way that 18653 mirrors the 1x6x2 arch 15254). Like 92950, the curve of 70681 matches 1x2x2/3 "baby bows" (11477, or the inverted variant 24201). You can use this matching curve to create interesting curved patterns on a wall, or to create a curved surface that the bow bricks can slide along. 70681 also pairs really well with 13965—two of each creates a sort of triangular window shape with edges that bow outward. I was at first on board with your analysis, but you can't just critique all arches according to one use case (creating a smooth, unbroken curve with no corners) when there are many, many other purposes for arch bricks beyond that one goal. As mentioned above, gothic arches were largely impossible to create effectively before the introduction of 13695, so criticizing its curvature for not creating a full 90° curve feels like criticizing a square for not being round. I do agree, though, that the "step" in 30099 can be frustrating at times. Having studs at the bottom does have value in terms of connectivity, but leaves an unusual break in the curvature that isn't present in its non-inverted sibling. If you wanted to use those curves for windows in a MOC like you show above, I would recommend covering that gap with something ornamental like a gargoyle, planter box, or other sort of fixture to mask the "step".
  15. Lyichir

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I think in a lot of cases it might simply be lack of awareness. For casual fans, and especially for digital builders who have easy access to all the parts from whichever program they're using regardless of era, not all builders are going to be aware of what's current and what's long been retired. Frustrating as that kind of unawareness/indifference might be for experts like yourself (not sarcasm, I mean it genuinely), it's probably for the best that Lego doesn't micromanage those kinds of things prior to the review stage. Letting people have more creative leeway for mere concepts makes the program more inviting/accessible, and while in some cases the necessity of a long-retired part might be a deal-breaker when it comes time for review, in many others a solution using current parts (maybe even a better one than the original project used) can be engineered by Lego's designers, who have much better knowledge of what is or isn't going to be available to them.