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  1. Interesting wave. The new TIE looks good, but Lego still hasnt managed to get the diagonal panel spokes built into the inside of the panel. Are they just lazy and dont care anymore about "little" details like that? I cant imagine that it wouldnt be possible with legal techniques to be added on. Speeders looks ok, but are quite blocky and dont offer too much visual interest. New Stormtroopers Designs are weird and the new Falcon design I dont like at all. The color scheme is nice and fresh, but filling the gap between the mandibles takes away A LOT of the iconic shape (not Legos fault though obviously). The sets I am most interested in 2018 are definitely the new versions of Yodas Hut and the new OT X-Wing (which looks pretty nice). Adding some foliage and dirt to the ship and you can make a great looking dagobah display I hope!
  2. It bugs me as well and triggered my OCD quite a bit, so I am really interested in any Mods that are done to prevent the dropping! I could have sworn a saw a thread here on the forums that was about the dropping of the mandibles on the old UCS Falcon, but cant find it anymore. Nevertheless, even though rebuilding the frame sounds like a nightmare that will require a lot of dissassembly, I am looking forward to any concrete stuff you or others will come up!
  3. BigEl

    [LDD][MOC] The Tough Barge

    Damn! I silently followed most of the freighter designs from other people on this forum, and while some of them were interesting takes on the flying pizza we all know and love, this one definitely takes the cake! It looks like the trusty falcon merged with a cargo container that was docked between the mandibles. The parts/influences of the falcon are definitely, but they are not predominant (like many of the other designs), this one truly has its own character! The containers attached to the belly are another great touch, adding color and visual interest similar to the GR75 rebel transport ship. The only thing that I personally think could use a bit more polish is to make the horizontal transition from the end of the mandibles to the front part of the ship less sharp in terms of the angle.
  4. Bought the set recently as well, Palpatine and Vader alone are worth the price!
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    [REVIEW] 75192 - Millennium Falcon

    As far as I know the old UCS Falcon 10179 did have problems with the Mandibles in the long run, aka them dropping more and more over time. Since you built them both now, are there any major differences in the way they are built? Are the new ones lighter/heavier? Are they attached more secure/ at more spots on the model?
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    [REVIEW] 75192 - Millennium Falcon

    I think the ship is amazing and I dont regret buying it for its really high price tag! There are small things here and there that I dont like (the grey stripe on the left mandible and the sticker used for the bullet holes next to the radar dish instead of using a few black round plates), but overall Lego did a very good job with it. Also if you judge the set by its prices per part or prices per pound, its a really good value! The Leia Minifig is almost completely new and exclusive (except the hair) and the amount of printed pieces/printed surfaces is not bad either (Definitely better than the UCS Slave 1 or even worse the last UCS X-Wing). I do wonder if the construction of the landing gears and even more so the mandibles will stand the test of time though (the mandibles are bending down in the front and to the sides a little bit), or if they will require some modification to stay the way they are when newly built.
  7. Yes! A new OT X-Wing with the new Canopy would be great. It would have been amazing if they would have brought that old Yodas Hut/Foliaged X-Wing Set back, but getting both seperately is fine as well I guess.
  8. I have to agree as well, the white is waaay too dominant because the cape is too far way/too seperated from the Torso and legs pieces (you cant wrap it around the sides of a minifig naturally). The best option they could have done in my opinion was to make a multi-layered print that includes the tan cape/full robe (which then goes through the hip on the legs as well), just like the newest Ben Kenobi Figure (which looks amazing because of it!). What also would help a great deal already would be if they would have printed that crease of robe on the edge of Torso, Hip and Legs in tan as well. His face is alright, but seems a bit off, too.
  9. I have only seen visual mods so far, soo to all the building experts: Opinions on the stability/ structural integrity of the mandibles? They were the obvious weak point of the first UCS Falcon... When I look at my model, the mandibles are dropping down a little bit downards at the front and also a bit to the side. Doesnt seem or feel instable or wobbly, but the mandibles are mostly held up by one black 2 x 8 Plate connection and I wonder about the longevity of the construction. Would be interesting to hear some opinions.
  10. I have a question regarding the parts. Those black 1 x 2 Hinge Plates with 2 and/or 3 Fingers are pretty old/rare, so they are quite expensive... even used. Arent there newer/more common parts to replace those? I was thinking about the Modified 1 x 2 Plates with the closed handle on one end and the 1 x 2 Plate with the horizontal clip (which are also featured in the build). I just dont know if they would work as exact replacement. The closed handle/horizontal clip connection is definitely thicker, maybe longer as well. Would be great if someone could test it or had another idea for a replacement. EDIT: Oops, just realized this was questioned and answered already One thing that would still be nice to know is if all these plates with fingers need to be black. Are any of them visible from the outside? If its only a few, how many exactly?
  11. Thats what everyone is hoping. I mean he is no doubt the most disered Minifig of the new Trilogy for sure. I hope he gets one minifig hand in a nice and shiny silver or even better: chrome.
  12. A new Cantina Set would be neat. I would hope they make it bigger with more pieces while leaving out the speeder, so we can have a much bigger bar and two rows of booths. Then I could actually resemble this specific bar in a decent way.
  13. So I have taken another look at my Slave 1 these days and noticed something else bending after 2 years: The stand! To be more precise, the diagonal technic beams on which the lower end of ship rests upon. Its definitely enough to be noticable on a quick look and it worries me because if the 4 technic beams continue to cave in, there might be a chance that at one point the ship simply slides off the technic arms that hold it up and it comes down crushing. But at the same time, it might be relatively easy to fix by connection the diagonal front technic beams with the vertical beams in the back and the horizontal beams on the bottom. I will take another look and try to use some of my technic spare parts to reinforce the stand. Maybe some of you, who have the ship on display for a similar amount of time could check their stands as well and give some opinion towards the general design and stability of the construction!
  14. BigEl

    [MOD] AT-AT Walker Redux - 75054

    Thank you! Its been quite a while but the AT-AT still stands strong the way I tweaked it (especially in terms of the head). Looking back at it I would definitely change some things, like building the laser cannons on the side of the head actually with round dishes instead of normal bricks/slopes. But hey, I really enjoy the overall look still. Interestingly enough I bought this AT-AT for the normal price shortly before it retired, and now its over 300 Euro in Europe... really tells you how many desire this iconic walker
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    Future Star Wars Sets

    I would really like a 2nd proper version of Kylo Rens Shuttle as well, all in black with the red cockpit glass and mechanism for V-Shape Wings. But I think a good system scale would be a lot better than UCS-size... I imagine a v-shape for the wings in right proportions to a sizable center part would need to be absolutely huge, presenting many design problems in terms of stability. Also, its the overall shape/design of the craft that is truly exciting, not really the small details on it (which there dont really seem to be a lot of). And that can absolutely be done in system scale size imo.