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  1. Alexandrina

    LEGO Dungeons & Dragons - one step closer?

    I want to say you're right (in the sense that I'm an AFOL desperate for any fantasy-related Lego) but I'm not sure the pull of the brand is enough. People have brought up an upcoming film (which tbf I'd not heard about before) and I suppose if it's a hit then it might warrant making sets for - but we also can't assume it will be a hit, and without that the franchise is short of recognisable and unique characters/locations. However, I think the main issue is that I'm not sure how big the set-buying market is. I've seen people here and on Reddit suggesting that Lego could essentially make a series of sets that would allow the bricks to be used in conjunction with the tabletop game (ie as battlemaps and tokens) and I think this is a strong concept - I've often considered using Lego for my own campaign, and only haven't because I play online and I can't build to save my life. But it's also a limited concept. Kids might buy some of the sets like battlepacks, but I don't know that they'll buy them in a huge volume - after all, to an eight-year-old, generic orcs or dwarves will have less allure than stormtroopers or superheroes. On the other hand, I can't see what D&D set would make a good large display piece. Sets like the Nou Camp or the Titanic are targeted at a very particular audience which I don't think is the same people who buy battlepacks in large quantities to build armies. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, of course, but I feel like D&D doesn't necessarily offer anything that will bring in a wide enough market consistently - unless, of course, the upcoming film proves to be a huge success and cements specific characters in the public eye.
  2. Alexandrina

    LEGO Dungeons & Dragons - one step closer?

    This imo serves to strengthen the argument that Lego won't ever bother licensing D&D. Why do they need to spend money on the licence, when they can just do whatever they fancy anyway - even inspired by the games. That's not to say a D&D-esque theme won't ever happen, but I suspect Lego would be better off doing it in-house.
  3. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I mean, I very specifically said in my comment that it is MOCing - while also drawing a distinction between it and the more conventional MOCing. Perhaps it's my interpretation, but it seems to me that when people say "people should MOC more" they're not saying "people should stick a few trees on a baseplate". If I made a solid wall of 2x4 bricks and posted it as a MOC, it would rightly get ignored. Stuff like this is MOCing in the literal sense of the term but does not really fall into the MOCing community - and that is the point I was trying to make. I'd also add that it's only through personal preference that I make my own sets for films - there are people out there who buy sets from Lego, or download other people's instructions, and just use those as-is for their backdrop. They're not buying the sets for display in the way that often gets disparaged here, but nor are they MOCing. Not to mention the existence of kids who will just play with their sets straight out of the box. This isn't even new - I was exactly this sort of kid. When I got a new set, I'd build it, play with it for a bit exactly as it was presented, then dismantle it. Never put on display, and no original creativity on my end applied to the Lego.
  4. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I'm not sure MOCing and displaying are the only two options here, nor are they binary. I have never made a MOC in the conventional sense (disclaimer: I made one terrible MOC when I was about twelve) - that is, I have never built a fully-formed model of my own design with the intention of displaying it/taking photos of it/whatever. In the same token, I'm not a displayer of sets. Right now, I have three sets actually built up, one of them a set I only built within the past week. Everyone Is Awesome, which I've had on my shelf for just under a year, is easily the longest I've ever kept a set built up in my life. My enjoyment of Lego comes from making stop-motion films using the medium (though I've not completed one for nearly a decade - time flies!). So I MOC to the extent that I make custom sets for my films - which for 95% of the time is going to be a single backdrop wall or some trees on a baseplate, or something to that effect. Even on the rare occasion that I make something with more detail than that, it's very illusory, designed to look good from the specific angle I'll be filming from but far from being a complete model. This is MOCing in the technical sense, but it's also I feel distinct from the sort of MOCing that many forum users go for, where they end up with actual models to take photos of/display/share. I also know that MOCing like that is not really for me. A finished MOC and a finished set feel the same to me: a model which is nothing unless I can turn it into a story. The difference is that a MOC is more work, and limited by techniques I know of. A set, on the other hand, is easier for me to build - following instructions, without needing to make up the plans - and often exposes me to new techniques I can adapt when making sets for my films.
  5. Why is it not even close to realistic to want 20+ minifigs in such a large and special set? Where people are talking 40+ minifigures I can see your point, and even 30+ is pushing possibility - but there were multiple sets last year alone that had more than 20 minifigures. There's no reason to rule out a similar number in this set, especially since figures like knights can easily be duplicated or just given a different facial expression to make a new minifigure.
  6. Alexandrina

    LEGO Dungeons & Dragons - one step closer?

    I was saying that the show is brilliant (I'd argue it outshone Game of Thrones at its peak and even at its lowest ebb was comfortably the best drama series since the first season of Broadchurch) but that's my opinion and neither here nor there. I really don't get how you're not understanding my other point, though. Yes, you might get different things out of a book or series to me - but there are still things you can make sets out of, as with existing licenses. When everyone watches Star Wars, they see Luke Skywalker in an X-Wing. When they read Wuthering Heights they read about the ghost of Catherine. Minas Tirith is objectively a part of the Lord of the Rings narrative, and Nynaeve is objectively the Wisdom of Emond's Field. This doesn't apply to Dungeons & Dragons. I've played in hundreds of sessions - in all probability, I've spent more time in Dungeons & Dragons than any existing Lego license (Doctor Who excluded). In all that time, other than a handful of generic baddies, there is nothing from my experience with the game which would feature in a hypothetical Lego set, and vice versa. Lego aren't about to make a set of the beloved innkeeper Hestja and her Rascal's Retreat, or Ead's great battle in the ruins of Fort Damarys, because these things exist only in one campaign enjoyed by half a dozen people. That's the big failing point of Dungeons & Dragons as a potential Lego license. It's not about coming away with a different reading on the material. It's about the content being fundamentally different. There are no characters to recreate. No locations. Any set is just going to be a generic fantasy-themed set, at least to most people, and Lego can do that just as well without forking out the licence for another company's property. That's the fundamental question that doesn't have an answer as far as I've seen. If Lego could make Dungeons & Dragons sets, what sets would they make? I don't mean vaguely, like "a set with a Beholder in a tower" or something. Specific sets. What can they home in on? And if there aren't any such sets, why should they bother with the licence? Let me frame it another way. When I think of Star Wars, I think of lightsaber duels and starfighters and Darth Vader, stuff like that. When I think of The Lord of the Rings, I think of Frodo and Gollum and Gandalf. When I think of Dungeons & Dragons, I think of the litany of multi-faceted dice. And I can't see that Lego would want to resurrect the old dice mould and make equivalents for D4, D8, D10, D12 and D20 - given that the dice was famously one of the most expensive moulds Lego ever made - for what would ultimately be a non-descript theme.
  7. Alexandrina

    LEGO Dungeons & Dragons - one step closer?

    I mean, you might not have enjoyed it and that's fair enough, but The Wheel of Time was fantastic and imo would make a far better Lego theme than anything else in the fantasy genre (Lord of the Rings included). Plus the books at least are surface-level child friendly, which differs from stuff like ASOIAF. On the other hand, Dungeons & Dragons would be very difficult because by its very nature there's very little concrete about it. Either you're releasing fantasy-themed brick-boxes (which Lego would be better off doing without paying for a licence, if that's what they wanted to do) or you're doing stuff which doesn't even speak to everybody who's a fan of the licence. No two people on this forum will have had the same experience with D&D - I've never played any prewritten modules, nor do I ever play as non-human races, so any set based on either of those would be meaningless to me; on the other hand, there are some people for whom human minifigures would feel out of place as the focal point of the theme.
  8. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Big lashes were clearly in in Paradisa in the 90s!
  9. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I think given how many prisoners seem to be on the loose, Lego City's got sort of a Tom and Jerry deal going on with its cops and robbers. Sort of "we'll deliberately not put much security in place here, so you'll escape and we can catch you again" - a symbiotic relationship. But also because kids love action and good guys catching bad guys with nets is about the cleanest form of action you can have.
  10. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I do love the fact that Lego never actually released any "Eighties hair" in the Eighties themselves! And yet the original pigtails hair feels very much a product of its era.
  11. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Aside from the fact that hair pieces can easily be swapped: There are a few young-looking male minifigures with grey hair. This is disregarding a whole load with the plain smiley who could just as easily also be classed as young. Is this pretty much not Lego's direct stated goal for their products? The sets are supposed to be a nice environment for kids to play - and the increased number of female minifigures was a direct response to criticism that there were barely any female minifigures in non-licensed sets. It tells young girls that they're just as allowed to be mechanics/engineers as boys are - which in time will lead to more women in these occupations.
  12. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I'm just thankful for all the Careless Whispers that come out year-round, otherwise we'd have no leaks to speculate on! So it's a good thing they're releasing so many different colours of hair for people who have uncommon hair colours
  13. Alexandrina

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    I mean, the bright red that's been used for hair since the 70s isn't exactly a natural colour either. Nor is pink hair new for Lego. Not sure what's wrong with plastic toys coming in a wide variety of colours.
  14. There were no dragons in the Crusaders theme at all. I don't think fantasy elements came along until Fright Knights a few years later
  15. Alexandrina

    Latest impact of other themes on historic themes

    Oh wow. My first thought is that those look like some promising minifigure parts. The hair/helm piece on the blonde woman is gorgeous and I like the look of the horned helmet of the bloke on the sail - a little disappointed to see there's a separate beard piece rather than just printing a beard on the face (the beard piece always feels clunky to me) but all in all pretty solid. I can see myself bricklinking the needful figure parts later this year!