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  1. Japanbuilder

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Got 2 501st Battle Packs and one Mando throne with Ahsoka and Maul. Pretty hyped over it even though I am not a prequel fan. I do love troopers though and love displaying my modest armies.
  2. Japanbuilder

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Just got 75299. Just for the Mando fig and the Child fig. That Mando figure is off the hook. Really like it.
  3. Japanbuilder

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Yup use anything you have to represent the flight stick. I happened to have that leg handy so I used that but anything will do as long as you like it =) I am happy this has inspired more creativity. Do post pics someplace of your mods also =) Also I found a way to insert T-Shaped diverters into the intakes without jamming tiles in there. I updated the article in my blog at the bottom in case you want to see those.
  4. Japanbuilder

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Sure. I will try to do it this week. I am sure most folk have hit upon similar mods though as they took a long look at how to improve it. Edit: Ok updated my blog with pictures and explanations of my modifications, feel free to take a peek. https://iroiroandplastic.blogspot.com/2021/01/lego-75301-lukes-x-wing-modifications.html If the link does not work for some reason or other just hit the link in my signature.
  5. Japanbuilder

    [REVIEW] 75301 Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter

    Great review and I agree. I had to modify this X-Wing quite a bit when I got my copy. My collection was lacking a Leia and a pilot Luke so the figures pushed me over the edge. Living in Japan I was hoping the "budget-line" feel of this would transfer over but I ended up paying what US customers paid for their Resistance X-Wings. That was not good but it is way less than half the price of the 2018 one so had to bite the bullet to add this ship to my fleet. I feel my modifications made it more displayable and enjoyable and it looks like a stepping stone to the T-70 in Grey that I got a few years back. I might mod the nose on it a bit more but don't feel like taking that whole nose assembly apart just to do that. Still for those without one or on a budget you cant really go wrong here. The figure selection is nice and if you take the time to do a few simple mods your X-Wing will look nice on your shelf.
  6. Japanbuilder

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Got 75301 Luke's X-Wing and 75295 Microfighter with Han Solo. Super glad I did as I still needed a Princess Leia and OGT Han. Heavily modified the X-Wing though. Added retractable landing gear and gutted the crew cabin so Luke could sit up-right. Gave him a flight yoke pilot-facing instrumentation and sensor array. Could not modify the nose sadly due to lack of parts but added an underside to it so that at least it looks aerodynamic instead of a stump. Overall though I am really happy with that X-Wing.
  7. Japanbuilder

    Star Wars Rebels

    Well I am board with a continued tale of Rebels. I enjoyed the show for what it was for the most part but also because I need Zeb in minifig form! I missed the first run of him and I am not wiling to pay after market prices for him. So yes, I am being totally selfish and unrealistic! But I gotta have hope! LEGO give me the Zeb!
  8. Japanbuilder

    Star Wars

    As titles that would have been interesting but given how they played out it would have just made people angrier (if that is even possible). TFA had only, what? 30seconds of content of the "last Jedi." Set up no events between EPVI and EPVII that made caring about the story fun and then we get to EPVIII which jettisoned most of EPVII anyway, and Rey "beat" Kylo twice now so the Emperor has to come back to literally be the dead horse that gets beat, I guess? Yeah. Now I still like TFA for what it is and don't mind the Last Jedi again for what it is, but taken together as a whole this trilogy is on par with the prequels for me in terms of nonsense and non-structure. On the plus side it has weeded out the good from the bad and more content has been getting added in the meantime. I am sure something will appeal so everyone in some regard so it is not a lost cause for Disney but certainly they have to work harder in the search for more money behind Star Wars.
  9. Japanbuilder

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    There is a lot at stake now at TLG with this. If this gets ruined it will simply lead to alternatives to BL flourishing. TLG can't possibly buy them all up. That said, expect teething problems with this.
  10. Japanbuilder

    What was the last movie you watched?

    Saw Ad Astra over the weekend. Visually appealing but otherwise a bit shallow for me personally. Still with the current LEGO line up looking a lot like what is on film there the timing is great! You can make cowboy astronauts now just equip em with a nozzle piece and you are off to Ad Astra in LEGO form =)
  11. Japanbuilder

    Star Wars

    I was hyped at first but I am keeping my expectations in check this time around. While I like the first two films in this trilogy I am curious about a few things from a narrative perspective. 1. Kylo got beat by Rey in TFA so what exactly are we looking forward to here? 2. Rey is still up to unearned awesomeness from the looks of it. 3. Hearing Palpatine made my heart sink a bit. In that if he comes back at all it means Luke achieved nothing, not one thing except exposing his father's latent good side. 4. Pasting Lando on a scene just felt like "see it's Star Wars" and also "desert skiff" see you like this right?????? Hmm.... 5. That title. Skywalker as the new nomen for "Force User?" or Kylo redeemed (which would make ppl explode at this point), or Kylo/Snoke was lying to Rey all along by making her seem like a nobody when in truth Luke got around at his temple and fathered a child??? But see my point 3, is that then Luke's only achievement? Again just concerned here. From a narrative stand point it has a lot of ground to cover and only 2 hours or so to do it. I doubt they've jumped on board to save the franchise(specially since judging form their wording from various sources they literally had no plan for this trilogy) but surely to minimize the rift in the fandom at least for a little bit.
  12. Japanbuilder

    DC Comics Cinematic Universe

    We shall see, the rumor mill is going crazy. Cavill back in the Shazam cameo is among them now it seems. Just wait for confirmation folks like we used to oh so long ago, in the mid 1990s.
  13. Japanbuilder

    Star Wars

    Actually, it is not surprising given the fact that no one wants the job. A split fan-base, controversy everywhere, boycotts. No one in their right mind wants to touch this gig. 3 years is simply a stay of execution in the biz. She can either turn it around or, given that this has only increased fan ire, gives Disney time to seriously search for her replacement. Her past is in the past, they care only about the money going forward. While I am sure they broke even on their investment at this point, I think they would prefer to see a profit instead.
  14. Ah, so beautiful. Alas I live in a place that is prone to earthquakes and where LEGO is imported from far away. Making getting the Falcon expensive plus the stand and then the fear some tremor will send it all tumbling down >.< But I can stare at these pictures and dream that impossible dream, I shall live vicariously through these images. Thanks!
  15. Japanbuilder

    My future as a LEGO fan

    I get a guilty feeling too at times since I too prefer licensed stuff. I build it and then display it rarely touching it again. Though I do let my kids play with my Star Wars stuff. They know daddy's stuff goes back where they found it though. But on the whole they go unused. Building them does make me happy though and I love the process of creation and discovering how the set is to be completed with so many random parts. But as an adult I just accept that I just don't play like I would if I was a kid. But that too is part of being an adult I guess. It is my "display" collection. I get really happy seeing my troopers and ships lined up just so on my shelves. I will even pick them up every so often and just admire the design and printing on the figures. Pick up the vehicles here and there and dust them and place them perhaps in a new way to display them differently. As long as you are not squandering retirement money, rent/mortgage money or utility money or food money on LEGO don't feel bad. As adults we get our little perks here and there.