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  1. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Since nobody's mentioned it here yet... the Lego Super Mario app recently updated, with a Halloween-themed firmware update for Lego Mario: The new update allows you to play a different "game mode" by scanning a ghost figure like Boo, King Boo, and Peepa directly before scanning the start tile. The new mode functions sort of like the playground game "red light, green light", with a Boo appearing on-screen that will occasionally reveal its face and look at the player. If Mario moves while the Boo is watching, he gets penalized by not being able to collect coins temporarily, but if you keep him still until Boo turns away again he gets a coin bonus. While this is the first mode to utilize the phone screen while playing, you don't have to watch the screen—when Boo turns to face you Mario's music stops, his face displays a concerned expression, and an exclamation point appears on his chest. It's a neat little change of pace from the regular gameplay, and I kind of hope the "shy-faced Boo" from the app screen appears in a set at some point! It also raises the possibility of similar seasonally-themed updates being released in the future.
  2. Lyichir

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    A different dye color and a different plastic type are two different things. The wing piece is not designed to be cast in a hard, inflexible plastic type like Polycarbonate. It's too thin, with parts that stick out in such a way that they'd most likely pose a legitimate safety hazard if cast in a material that would snap rather than flex under pressure. Considering that the wing mold is not new for this year I find it hard to believe that it could have been cast in the wrong material entirely when its properties were already well-established by its usage the previous year. Conversely, a rendering error of this type is remarkably common. Even Lego's customer service database has been known to incorrectly render blended parts or parts in materials with different visual properties than the typical opaque ABS or transparent Polycarbonate. It's not hard to imagine the same taking place here, with the render correctly taking the color (Transparent Light Blue) into account but not the physical material that makes that color express itself differently than usual.
  3. Lyichir

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    It's just a rendering error. The "glassy" look of the render is how most Polycarbonate transparent parts look, whereas the wings are a softer material that's more translucent. It's unlikely that any of that wing piece was actually produced in a different material.
  4. Very good review! I'm not much of a programmer so my initial impressions of this were limited mostly to aspects like the color scheme and physical form factor of the parts (both of which impressed me, especially as a fan of Technic during the Cyber-Slam/Competition era). So it's great to see some insight about the practical elements of coding and operating robots built using this system. It is interesting how many elements of the Spike Prime starter set have been omitted here. I recently picked up the Monkie Kid's Cloud Roadster set so was able to get my first hands-on experience with both the small and large Spike Prime wheels, so it's a shame that those larger wheels aren't included here. The lack of a force sensor is also a bit of a bummer. Perhaps "expansions" for this set could be released in the future (like the various ones released during the RCX era), with the potential to include additional sensors, motors, and functional elements that this starter set lacks. I'm not sure whether I'll ever end up getting this. On the one hand, I bought an EV3 set at a discount several years ago and never actually ended up getting the most use out of it. On the other, this seems like it might be more "accessible" to a novice programmer, and the improved form factor of the motors and hub might make them easier to integrate into other types of builds. I guess I'll see as time goes on whether space opens up in my budget or I come up with a MOC idea that this kind of thing would facilitate better than my current collection.
  5. Lyichir

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I would hesitate to say that BrickHeadz are exactly the same situation as modulars, simply because unlike something like the modulars (which occupy a high price point and are released one at a time on a predictable schedule to avoid cannibalizing one another's sales), BrickHeadz is a much larger product category at typically low price points that can be sold alongside one another with minimal risk. That said, I think it'd be tough for an "ordinary" $10 BrickHeadz set to win out over other, more original submissions. A more unusual product idea that simply uses the BrickHeadz format (such as an iconic vehicle or scene that fits BrickHeadz characters) might stand a better chance.
  6. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Huh? Silly and zany is one of the key ways to BECOME popular with children. Cartoons like Spongebob haven't lasted umpteen many years on account of their lore. It's comparatively much harder for more "serious" action cartoons to attract and retain an audience, unfortunately (which is part of why Teen Titans Go has been vastly more successful than its more dramatic precursor, and why shows like The Legend of Korra often struggle to achieve sustained ratings success despite critical acclaim). Granted, that's been what I've generally seen as an American animation fan. Obviously the greater prominence of action cartoons in Japan proves that that isn't universal, and I have very little idea what kinds of cartoons do or don't play best to a Chinese audience.
  7. I don't really think they will have to. These days modulars are some of the only sets to use traditional baseplates and to be honest I don't see that necessarily needing to change. They could easily continue to use the classic baseplates for compatibility's sake, while other themes move on to other types of bases. It's not like modulars were ever really easy to use with road plates in the first place—the lack of built-in curbs on this new road system could arguably make it more easy to use with modulars, rather than less.
  8. I feel like you could stand to improve the color blocking a little. As it is the amount of greebling and the lack of strong color coordination kind of makes it hard to make out which part of the mech is which (for example, in the first picture you posted it takes a few seconds to discern where the right arm ends and the torso/right leg begins). Organizing the color scheme a little more effectively would allow you to maintain the high level of additional detail you've added while still making the overall form and silhouette of the mech more "readable".
  9. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Still no. I'm hoping that now that all the episodes of the first season have presumably aired in China it will debut worldwide soon, but there's still been no announcement of when or how...
  10. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Finally picked up the Starter Pack and multiple other sets yesterday. I built the starter pack and am quite impressed so far, though it did reinforce my need to tidy up a little more—you really do need a big open space to play with these, an issue that I suspect will only get more apparent once I build more of the sets and link them together. The little TV tray that I was building on sufficed for the build itself but was disastrous when I tried to play a round, since the toppling tower fell off the side and its segments and Bowser Jr. fell far out of reach. Having more of them in hand, I still adore the brick-built enemies and the new molds that enable them, which seem wonderfully versatile. Can't wait to see what they come up with for next year!
  11. What do you mean? The sets you mention all have black backdrops on the boxes. Some of them subtly accent it—for instance, the Haunted House has a spooky glow around it and the Elf Club House has snowflakes falling, but all in all it tends to be pretty consistent. If you're asking why they opted for that, the standardized boxart was apparently to help adult buyers recognize which sets were "for them", since previously the boxart for things like UCS Star Wars, Creator Expert, and various other adult-focused sets were all quite different. I'm not totally in favor of it since the boxart for some such sets in the past (such as the UCS Sandcrawler) was drop-dead gorgeous, while these feel like much more sterile product showcases. But then again I've seen countless AFOLs complain this year about boxart like the Hidden Side or Ninjago sets for this summer being "too busy" and "hard to make out" so I suppose there's no pleasing everyone. I will say that Lego's approach here is not entirely unlike what Hasbro does for its "Star Wars The Black Series" and "Marvel Legends" lines of higher-end action figures, and that strategy has apparently worked for them..
  12. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    The Toad's Hideaway set is cute! Doesn't seem to have any legitimately exclusive contents, making it not too big a deal to miss out on, but it does vary its contents a little from the other sets, for instance by adding a small fence for scenery and adding a chimney to the Toad house, which are some great ideas that could also be applied to custom courses. Convention exclusives are in a weird place in this year when all major conventions have been cancelled, but I don't really see the merit in complaining about a set like this with no exclusive contents just because it isn't "fair" that fewer people can get it. The thing about a set like this is that if it hadn't been produced as a limited series for a convention, it probably wouldn't have been produced at all. Cutting a limited-edition set wouldn't and couldn't magically free up resources to produce the same thing in a much greater quantity, and the fact that this set doesn't have any exclusive contents would probably mean that producing and selling it on a wider scale would mostly only serve to cannibalize sales of the larger Toad's Treasure Hunt set. Nobody would be better off by this set not existing, there'd just be one less option for people who do get the chance to obtain it.
  13. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Somebody on Twitter linked a Google Drive folder that's been uploading the episodes in both English and Chinese. Here's the link: Quality varies since it's being recorded from a stream with commercials, so I'm still eager to get a "legit" release in the U.S., but for now it's the best way I've found to watch them.
  14. Lyichir

    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    Somebody on Twitter linked a Google Drive folder that's been uploading the episodes in both English and Chinese. Here's the link:
  15. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Hm... not a lot of activity here lately... The past couple weeks new episodes of Monkie Kid have been airing in China and Malaysia. So far episodes 1–10 have aired in Chinese and episodes 1–6 have aired in English. It seems like episode 10 might be the "season finale", so there are some potential spoilers for what might come next, for both sets and story...