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  1. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I don't think it says a lot, to be honest. Boxed combo packs at big-box stores like the one you linked aren't that unusual, especially as we start to approach the holiday season. Separately-boxed online-only bundles like the ones on Shop at Home are also not uncommon. For the Lego Mario theme in particular the online bundles might be done because the sets are designed to be linked together into larger levels—sets like the starter sets and "Master Your Adventure" Maker set have more appeal in conjunction with the various other expansion sets than they do individually.
  2. Lyichir

    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    This isn't really super-related to the sets, but did anyone get Vidiyo vibes from these robot musicians in the new chapter of Deltarune? It can't have been just me, right? Anyway, I've ordered a couple more of the Beatbox sets as they've gotten cheaper on Amazon. Despite the priciness and my general indifference to the app, I really do think this theme has its charm. I'll probably continue to pick up more of the sets here and there, especially since with the theme taking a year off to reevaluate its strategy there's likely to continue to be good sales going forward.
  3. Lyichir

    [Ninjago] Should I get 2x Water Dragons?

    To be honest I'm not really sure where you'd improve the water dragon with a second set. The head size is pretty much fixed, so the main thing that could be done would be to make it longer—and it's already relatively long for a Ninjago dragon. Lengthening it even more might just make it harder to move and articulate effectively. If I were to try to get a second of any set this wave to modify into a larger, more detailed version, I think I'd sooner go for the Hydro Bounty. Considering two of the other sets include matching mini-subs to the one in the Hydro Bounty set, it feels like it's just begging to have its vehicle bay lengthened to fit all four—or maybe even six, with another two pods MOCed to fit all six ninja!
  4. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's hard to guess whether there will be additional "digi-figs" and if so, what characters they'll be. Mario and Luigi are the easy picks—pretty much every Mario game with multiple playable characters has Luigi as an option. But beyond that it can vary greatly. Super Mario Bros. 2/USA had Peach and Toad, Super Mario 64 DS had Wario and Yoshi, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U have two differently colored Toads, Super Mario 3D World has Peach, Toad, and Rosalina, and Super Mario Maker 2 has Toad and Toadette. Peach and Wario would seem like some of the most "likely" choices (since they haven't appeared as NPC characters in the sets yet), but have their own issues. In particular, beyond Luigi, how they'd work with existing power-up packs comes with a lot of issues. For instance, many of Peach's power-ups look different from Mario and Luigi's (since she doesn't wear overalls). Wario's power-ups, in games where he's had them, are completely different from Mario and Luigi's—he's never had most of the forms available in the current Power-Up Packs, some of which (like the Cat Suit) would require entirely new sound effects to be created for him. Considering all that, plus the fact that physical gameplay with more than two characters might just be too chaotic to be practical, I'm not actually sure whether there will even be any other digi-figs beyond Mario and Luigi. It's possibly more likely that any other characters will instead appear as buildable "allies" like Toad, Toadette, and Yoshi in the current sets.
  5. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I really don't understand this attitude... if you understand that bringing her back is a narrative inevitability for a theme like this, why draw it out? Especially considering she's the most important female cast member, it doesn't really make any sense to fridge her for more than a full season's worth of story. The poor girl has only just gotten her first season where she was the main focus, and it would send a pretty poor message to follow that up with a whole season that takes her out of the picture entirely. I'm not really going to comment on the new set news because, lacking pictures, many of the details might be misinterpreted or vague. Comparisons to 4+ sets in particular seem like they could be unreliable because AFOLs sometimes have a tendency to sometimes assume something is simplified or made "kiddy" because of a few big parts or a play-friendly form factor—a mistake that could be especially easy to make if working from low-quality images. Combining sets sounds pretty cool, though—it's always fun when different sets are designed to interact with one another.
  6. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    For people who are interested in converting the set to a Super Mario 64-style ! Block, I sketched up a rough idea of how it could be done on As tempting as it is for me to turn this into a full conversion, probably best for me to wait until instructions are available so I don't end up tearing my hair out over having to redo a bunch of it.
  7. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Technically while all the blocks in the original Super Mario 64 did have exclamation points instead of question marks, yellow ones DID exist in the game. Specifically, while red, blue, and green blocks contained the Wing Cap, Vanish Cap, and Metal Cap respectively, yellow blocks also existed in various levels containing Power Stars (a great early-game example is the block at the end of The Princess's Secret Slide). In any case, it doesn't make much sense to feud over which is BETTER or more appropriate for this set, since ultimately it's a matter of preference. Lego probably opted for the more iconic modern question mark block design because it'd be more widely known and recognized (even for people who hadn't played Super Mario 64, or hadn't played it in a long time), but it probably wouldn't be too much of a challenge to modify this set to use a more classic block design (especially since for an authentic Super Mario 64 design, you could use regular bricks and tiles in place of the rarer beveled edge and corner pieces). I look forward to seeing what modifications folks come up with for this set once it's released!
  8. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I've thought about that! Especially since it'd be a great excuse to make additional level dioramas for a blue and green block. The issue I ran into is that the authentic N64-style blocks have a checkered border with seven alternating white and colored squares along each edge—which the 22x22 stud dimensions of this block aren't quite conducive to. I suppose you could fudge it a bit and have 3x3 squares along each edge with a single 3x4 square in the middle.
  9. Lyichir

    When logic and design collide.

    Logical thinking can be good but it's important to keep in mind other priorities besides the ultimately impossible to truly achieve goal of realism. Is it creative? Is it fun? Those things can sometimes be more important than whether something would make perfect sense in the real world. Making a spacecraft cockpit airtight can add realism, but does your solution for filling that space have a positive or negative impact on the overall look you're going for? Adding a crane to the back of a rover might make the rover function better independently in theory, but if all your rovers have that feature, does it make it feel redundant—and if so, could it be replaced with something fresher and more interesting? Having a toilet stowed away somewhere in your moonbase is arguably essential, but unless you can both make that accessible to view from outside and use it to tell an interesting story or further develop the world you're creating, maybe it shouldn't be obligatory. Coming from the perspective of a former Bionicle fan, I've learned the hard way that just because something is realistic doesn't mean it's the best or only way to do things. Making an articulated figure with a fully "realistic" range of motion means very little if it compromises the overall aesthetic, can't support its own weight with so many joints, or just isn't fun to pose or play with. Sometimes using shortcuts, cheats, or just omitting features you don't plan to utilize for display may be less "realistic" but still better suits the practical needs of a model.
  10. Lyichir

    10291 Queer Eye Apartment Set

    Regarding the presence or lack of "representation" in a set like this... please keep in mind that the only reason anyone even feels like a set like this is "supposed" to represent the full spectrum of queer culture is because up until this year, there's been a serious dearth of that kind of representation in Lego. Sure, there have been the occasional licensed characters who, independently of Lego's own depictions of them, fall into LGBTQ+ categories (such as Dumbledore, who was revealed to be gay outside of the text of the series he came from, or Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, who have been portrayed as a bisexual couple in some comics and TV portrayals but have only ever even appeared in two sets together). But there's never been any canonically queer characters or depictions of characters in Lego's own story media, nor have there been any queer relationships portrayed as a focal element of a set (despite how prevalent family arrangements are in themes like Friends, City, or Duplo). So the Everyone is Awesome set served as the first real acknowledgment of LGBTQ+ identity in a set, and now this is the first set to portray a whole cast of "out" LGBTQ+ individuals. I get that the show isn't to everyone's taste. I've never watched it but understand that, as a product of the '90s/early 2000's when even things like gay marriage were still a mere glimmer on the horizon of history, it has sometimes felt like queer culture commodified for the enjoyment of a mostly straight, cisgender audience. But I think the solution to that isn't to decry something like this as poor representation, but to call for further LGBTQ+ representation in Lego. If more sets shoulder the burden of representing an inherently diverse community, it will no longer feel like any one set has to be the be-all and end-all of how that community is depicted in Lego. Anyway, as far as this set is concerned... it's cute! I am a big fan of designer Matthew Ashton from his work on The Lego Movie and graphic designer Diego Sancho from his work on Dots. Again, not having watched the show, I can't really speak to accuracy, but like many of the sitcom-based Ideas sets this one continues to have an interesting assortment of clever furniture builds. The white masonry bricks will definitely be a boon to all sorts of builds. I doubt I'll pick this one up personally, but I hope it finds its audience and maybe convinces Lego to consider including LGBTQ+ representation in some of its own in-house franchises in the future as well.
  11. Lyichir

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    10 to 20 floors sounds MASSIVE—I feel like in terms of price alone that could become prohibitive (possibly even more expensive than some of the largest sets like the Colosseum, especially if they come with figures and fully-decorated interiors). I think that's part of why most of the modular buildings have had floors you can duplicate, so that you can go bigger if you have the means to do so (and vary the interiors to your preference, if that suits you) but folks who don't want to spend that much can just be satisfied with the base height of the set. I think with the recent sitcom-based Ideas sets we're starting to see some apartment-style sets with more detailed interiors, albeit ones without exteriors and which are typically far more large and lavish than you might realistically expect for affordable city living. I'm a fan of the more modest apartments in some of the Ninjago City sets as well, though by their nature as smaller parts of a larger set, they often can't manage the level of detail of those larger apartment sets.
  12. Good review! Very in-depth. I look forward to when you get the app and can review its functionality. It sometimes surprises me how many new recolored parts a set like this can have even in a "common" color for Technic like yellow! I feel like this is one of the more unsung benefits of numbered bags in modern sets. On a Technic set, especially one this massive, it's good to separate things out into smaller stages so that if you make a mistake you can catch it more quickly—and hopefully have less that you need to undo to fix the mistake once you do notice that you're a part short.
  13. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Are you looking on regular Amazon Prime? Unfortunately (and somewhat confusingly), the show is starting out exclusive to their "Amazon Kids+" streaming service for kids shows, which is a separate streaming app for kids with its own separate payment plan (Prime customers get a discount but still have to pay for it on top of their Prime subscription). It's supposedly going to be available on standard Amazon Prime at a later date (possibly alongside the release of the sets on Amazon).
  14. Lyichir

    Super Mario 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think you could potentially look at it from the perspective of the ? Block acting as storage for the dioramas, if you wanted to help justify it to yourself. With the dioramas folded inside of the block they take up less horizontal shelf space than the dioramas would take up positioned side by side, and you could quickly fold them out for easy access when you wanted to look at the various scenes.
  15. This is gorgeous! I love the detail and how sturdy the construction seems to be—I've seen a lot of medieval builds that rely heavily on flimsy connections to achieve a ramshackle sort of look, but this one manages to incorporate little imperfections that give it a handcrafted look (like the uneven stonework and roof tiles) while still feeling remarkably solid. The tan and medium nougat recolor looks good (I almost like it more than the black tiles), and the little bird in the rafters is such an adorable touch!