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  1. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    One thing about figure leaks is that even when they seem authentic, certain aspects of them need to be taken with a grain of salt. There's no guarantee that a figure that gets snuck out of a factory was assembled with the correct head, torso, legs, and accessories. So while the face of that leaked pink Zane doesn't look like Zane, we can't know for sure whether that face was intended for that figure or if it was from another, different fig and the person who leaked it merely assumed that the pink ninja would get a face with feminine eyelashes.
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    HIDDEN SIDE - 2019

    All this talk about differently colored ghosts reminds me of the new Luigi's Mansion game coming out at the end of this month. I'm kind of hoping it might give me some ideas for Hidden Side MOCs, since I've been in a bit of a MOCing rut this fall and would love some inspiration that gets the gears turning in my head again.
  3. Good review. FYI the seats are Sand Yellow (Dark Tan on Bricklink), not Medium Nougat.
  4. We've seen various new Serpentine baddies (like in the Skybound and Fire Season sets) as well as the return of villains in other contexts like the team-up in Day of the Departed. So it's not outside the realm of possibility that old villains or classes of villains might appear again in the future, even if it's aligned with a newly created faction of villains.
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    [PRESS RELEASE] 10267 - Gingerbread House

    They're not that similar apart from being based on the same type of subject matter (one that Lego has already depicted before in sets, natch). The architectural style, scale, and details of the set have very little in common with that Ideas project.
  7. "Free" isn't necessarily always or even often the case with video games. Any games on a dedicated console require an upfront investment on the hardware (often a substantial one). Most games on PC and mobile cost money as well. Even "free to play" games often rely on incentivized "microtransactions" to get the full enjoyment out of them (many of which can, over time, rack up an enormous cost). Notably, Lego's own apps are often an exception, especially those which tie in with physical toys like Hidden Side (since their purpose is to advertise Lego's own sets and extend engagement with them rather than rely on their own independent revenue stream for profit). Lego still remains a pretty solid investment for kids and families for a number of reasons. It's high quality and for the most part compatible with all past and future bricks. It provides an open-ended play experience that kids can adapt to their current building level and interests, rather than only providing one type of play that kids might tire of or grow out of. By comparison, video games can be a more fleeting interest and don't necessarily retain as much value used—especially "free to play" games which are monetized as a service and as such can't be resold. That's not to say video games are all bad—I'm a huge fan of many games! But Lego has its own inherent appeal that is wholly different from what video games can offer.
  8. Love this! There's so many good details here, and I particularly love the dark brown accents on the roof that keep it from looking too plain. The solution for the windscreen does feel a little rough, though, and reduces the interior space it would otherwise have... I wonder if the new 6-wide Speed Champions windscreen in the recently revealed 2020 set might be able to better serve that purpose in the future.
  9. Lyichir

    Which Themes Deserve a Reboot?

    There's also the factor that it benefits Lego to have sets at a wide range of price points. A parent who wants to get their kid one set for their birthday might consider an $90 to $120 set a great surprise, but consider buying three or four $30 sets excessive (despite it ultimately costing them the same amount). That's a part of why you sometimes even see even smaller sets bundled in one box as a "value pack" (despite not really offering savings over buying the sets individually). Bundling also helps to spread the demand of various subjects evenly. Even if a set could be broken down into multiple smaller sets, there's no guarantee that each of those subjects would sell equally well. The museum in the Capital City, for instance, is not that large or impressive and only really "works" in the context of the open-air tour bus to take them there and the crane to install and deinstall the caveman exhibit. Together, those components form a story, but separately, there's little guarantee that the less individually impressive parts would sell well enough to justify a separate SKU at all. This is especially true for things like trains, for which certain parts like the engine would be considered essential while other cars would merely be optional supplements. That's one of the main reasons Lego no longer sells individual train cars, the other being that kids and parents generally prefer getting a "complete" play experience in one box rather than having to choose and buy each component of a complete train circuit individually (despite that option being far more preferable to the smaller market adult train fans who can more easily plan and visualize the layout they want and would be more likely to buy multiples of certain segments if given the choice).
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    Hidden Side VS Monster Fighters

    I'd argue it has already. The Haunted House and Vampyre Castle are good but never "wowed" me to the extent that sets like the high school and shrimp shack already have. A part of that is just that set design has come an awful long way in the past decade—the level of detail and the dynamism of functions are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were in the heyday of themes like Monster Fighters and Atlantis, as much of a fan of those as I was then. Also, the flip side of "timeless" is things sometimes feeling a bit generic. The Haunted House could be rereleased today and feel just as suited for a Halloween display as it was back then (albeit perhaps a bit more basic than if they designed a new haunted house set from scratch), but part of that is because the characters in the Monster Fighters theme were largely very basic monster archetypes. Personally, as a fan of story themes, I feel much more drawn in to the characters and setting of Hidden Side, which trades the universal timelessness of Monster Fighters' spooky characters and settings for a more unique and engaging cast and story framework.
  11. Lyichir

    Hidden Side VS Monster Fighters

    Personally I'm more fond of the modern, grounded setting of Hidden Side and prefer the sets in that theme as a result. It reminds me of series like Danny Phantom or the webcomic Paranatural.
  12. Just an FYI for future reference, Lego generally can't take fan suggestions like that for use in their shows or stories outside of official contests or other ways of directly soliciting fan ideas. Without any sort of contractual agreement, they couldn't be sure that they'd be legally in the clear to use an idea that didn't originate with the company. This applies to most other non-Lego creative media as well, from books to comics to TV shows.
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    LEGO City Adventures

    Well, I think there's less likely to be any sort of direct crossover since unlike Ninjago and Chima, Lego City Adventures is the work of a different animation studio.
  14. Hi - Just wondering if Aanchir quit the forums.  If so, I understand why, but I sure appreciated her posts.  Have a nice day.

  15. Lyichir

    Which Themes Deserve a Reboot?

    There are a number of problems with this approach. The first is that for really well-done figs, with new prints and possibly even new molds, it's more cost effective to release a bunch of those if at least some of the parts (helmets, face prints, and what have you) are shared with other sets—a challenge if there is only one set with members of that particular faction. Secondly, the popularity of those minifigure sets is driven at least partly by the popularity of the theme as a whole. The City minifigure packs, for instance, are often bought to help augment the population of existing City sets. So without other sets for the figs to go with, sales of a themed minifigure pack like that are far from a sure thing. And the third is that, when people want themes or factions back... it's not always just about the figs, even for MOCists. For Ice Planet, for instance, just as important as the figs are building elements like transparent orange windscreens and accessories, white skis and off-road wheels, and various decorated elements that can be used to label that factions ships as belonging to them.