Alexandrina

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Big lashes were clearly in in Paradisa in the 90s!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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!
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Not forgetting no less than seven Muggles to witness the whole thing.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    What if the Hogwarts Express includes King's Cross and Hogsmeade Station and the entirety of the line between the two!
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    Latest impact of other themes on historic themes

    I'm just a big fan of single-mould trees! I don't know why but they just feel 'Legoey' to me in a way brick built trees don't. Sadly I think you're right, the cypress is gone forever, but I would love to see its triumphant return. If anything, though, a Botanical set might be its way in. A recolour in brown would be great as part of a pinecone build.
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    Latest impact of other themes on historic themes

    What with these and last year's pink frogs, these Botanical sets are turning into a trove of useful recolours of unlikely parts! I wonder if there's any flowers that would require a resurrection of the cypress mould...
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I don't know what you mean! My UCS Dobby's Sock is sitting on my shouting at me that every rumour is true! Sidenote: my phone now has UCS Dobby's Sock as an autocorrect phrase. What is this forum doing to me!!?? Watch them not make any sets for the new Indy film!
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Honestly, this has seemed inevitable to me right from the off - JK Rowling has clearly got some talent as a novelist (even if she's not the greatest author of her generation) but she is not a very good screenwriter. And that's not a knock on her, it's a talent and like all talents not everyone is great at it. On top of that, when the first film came out it was planned as a trilogy, and later bumped up to five films. Even genuine cinema greats like Peter Jackson have come up with highly suspect films when they find themselves suddenly expanding the length of a series - to me that set off alarm bells that JK Rowling didn't actually have a solid vision for the series. I don't think the slew of production problems have helped matters, and I'd genuinely be surprised if all five planned films see the light of day. In so far as this impacts on Lego, I'm not sure we have too much to worry about - Fantastic Beasts might as well have been an afterthought in the Lego range, and Bricklink reckons we've had a whopping six characters represented in minifigure form. The Lego Harry Potter theme won't live and die on the strength of the Fantastic Beasts films. It might die if the canning of the Fantastic Beasts series heralds a decline in the popularity of the Harry Potter franchise as a whole (especially since I've heard bad things about the plot of the new video game, and JK Rowling's track record suggests that the original series was lightning in a bottle and she doesn't have it in her to revive it with something new if it starts to fade away) - but we've already had most of the key scenes at least once in the range, and Lego have plenty of time to give us Gringotts if it seems like the franchise is in a tailspin, before it gets too dead. I think most of us recognise that the 2018-present run is the best Harry Potter theme we're ever likely to get. Personally I also think it's the last. However long it goes on for, when it's over I can't see anything causing Lego to bring it back again. I've actually not seen it myself and have no idea where it's available, but I feel obliged to plug The Fourth Musketeer as a relatively new release, entirely because a mate of mine is the star! Is that really the case? Seems odd to me, given that Eddie Redmayne has also been outspoken against JK Rowling and still is playing a big part. Though I suppose if it was Katherine's choice to step back, that might explain it. Finding out she's hardly in it has dimmed my limited interest in the film; she was honestly the only person in the first two films who was actually doing a decent job of acting, imo, and that is an indictment on certain other big names in the cast who never seemed to have any love for the scripts.
  22. The thing is, whether or not the goat mould is broken doesn't mean we can never have a goat again. It just means we need a designer to decide it's worth some of that theme's budget to introduce the mould. 90th Anniversary Castle set is probably one with a big budget, and more likely than most themes to feature a goat. If we don't see one this year it'll probably be many years!
  23. Alexandrina

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I reckon they probably had an 'A' list and a 'B' list of potential sets (I swear I remember a comment from one of the theme's designers talking about coming up with thirty-odd potential sets when they started out). The 'A' list is the big-ticket stuff - Hogwarts, Quidditch, Gringotts, etc., that will carry a wave. The 'B' list is probably more obscure stuff, things like the Beauxbatons Carriage, that fans appreciate but would make a lacklustre wave if there were no more iconic sets released, and wouldn't be the end of the world if they got missed out. The theme's expanded life has probably allowed the designers to dip into the 'B' list more extensively - and this might explain why last year and this year they went back to scenes that were missed out the first time. For instance, nice as it is to have the Bathroom, if the theme had come and gone without it nobody would have been too upset. I reckon the original plan for 2021 was to release the Ministry of Magic and Grimmauld Place alongside a Forest of Dean set, a Hogwarts Belltowers set and one other smaller Deathly Hallows set (maybe a Seven Potters set?), before having Gringotts be the 2021 D2C. Instead, those sets have been split up over multiple waves. My personal expectation for next year is a broadly similar spread to this year - with a couple of sets revisiting earlier films and a couple more Deathly Hallows sets, and - finally - Gringotts next summer. One thing worth bearing in mind is that if my theory is correct, there would have been a whole wave preceding Gringotts last year filled with Deathly Hallows sets - probably including both of those sets. In this alternate reality, they've already been released!