Japanbuilder

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  1. 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.
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    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.
  3. 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!
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    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.
  5. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. They both love their LEGO. I get them a mix of Duplo, Friends and Princess since that is what they're into. They build them with me and are happy to take them apart (except the biggish sets they love to play house with those). Yet, despite my spoiling them with licensed sets and friends stuff I have noticed I get a lot more bang for my buck with Classic buckets. Even the 5 dollar sets are a boon. They literally spend hours spilling pieces onto the floor and just building w/e comes to mind. I throw in City starter sets to give them figures to play with since they don't associate the bucket parts with Friends or Duplo. When they finish building, however, they are more than happy to mingle their city minifigs with the minidolls no problem. I would not worry about sorting or anything fancy but look at the Classic and Creator line and see what strikes their fancy, those free roaming bricks that are meant to be cobbled into anything seem to work really well with my kids. Start small and see what grabs them and gets their creativity running wild. Also dinosaurs are big still even with my kids. Those eyeball parts really make them go wild making funky dinosaur-lion-hippo things. It is fun to play with kids when they do that kind of stuff.
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    What Causes Lego Bricks to Deteriorate?

    I worry about this lots as well. Living in Japan the weather changes wildly in summer and winter. Construction of homes here is strict due to earthquakes so what we would call "insulation" is rather scant and rooms can in many cases get hotter or colder than the outside temperature. Add to this the rainy season which blows humidity through the roof and things get wonky fast. For a bit over 2 years I have kept my growing LEGO collection in plastic drawer/shelf things for storage and my display sets on regular shelves and tables in a darkened room. So far the LEGO has held up but I worry about the hands on my minifigures getting brittle from holding accessories through all these weather changes. Already things I display that are made of PVC have partially melted and had paint run off them in the rainy season. I know LEGO is ABS but such temperature extremes can't be good. Maintaining the rooms at comfortable temperatures is also out of the question as that would get awfully expensive awfully fast. I only hope the quality of the ABS lasts at least a decade or more but it is a constant worry. Stuff stored in bins also worries means as they trap too much heat and humidity during summer and get just as cold as the room in the winter. Moulding is also a problem, stuff gets pale white with mould and other fungus just growing on nearly everything which is nasty but with so many bins and so many damp dark places it gets tough to control. Collecting things made solely of PVC or pleathered items like say Hot Toys would be an expensive gamble around here. The only plus side seems to be no yellowing bricks have popped up so far. I do try to shift as many of my figures as I can, specially the ones holding things in their hands but at over 400 figures that gets a bit difficult to keep up with >.<
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    When Should City be Cancelled?

    LEGO's selection would look awfully barren without City. Police sets sell, and sell well. It is a success story within the LEGO brand pretty much year over year. While I do feel the pain of mostly Cops and Robbers I also appreciate the rest of the selection. The builds get better the pieces more diverse and the possibilities even more amazing year over year. Also the unsightly shooters and net launchers can be easily left out of builds if you don't prefer them to use them. To the target market though this level of interaction is necessary anymore and frankly I welcome it, it encourages further innovation and research on LEGO's part. Plus for the time being there seems to be something for a fairly broad market and of course being LEGO the potential to mix and match from the existing lines is always present. The limit is only what you one can imagine doing with the bricks.
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    Star Wars Rebels

    I liked these two episodes a lot. A lot more than I thought I would. The only thing was it only tangentially set anything up for the "Finale." Usually they give us a big problem to stew on before it is resolved but nope, this time I guess they will throw everything including the kitchen sink at us during the actual last show. Interestingly, this method of going about it has me even more interested in how it is going to shape up! I will miss this series, flaws and all, when it is all said and done.
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    Do you buy toys other than LEGO?

    Being a huge nerd sure does cause me to have to choose between LEGO and other stuff. Usually if it is not LEGO it is Bandai or Hasbro action figures. On occasion I will pick up a FIGMA action figure or an Amazing Yamaguchi and even some Medicom MAFEX. But not much else besides that. My collection is still overwhelmingly LEGO.
  10. That feels faster than TFA for some reason. I hope that date is similar here in Japan.
  11. Japanbuilder

    Star Wars

    I felt the same way. The teaser spot did a better job of hooking me along. This longer version one has basically explained the entire movie in a sense. Now the question is: to watch it to see the details between point A and B? Or wait for it till goes on rent and get the scoop then? Hmmm? Or just skip it outright?
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    My LEGO technic youtube channel is being MURDERED!

    This day was bound to come to Youtube. It makes Alphabet Inc no money year over year in terms of profit and only produces large public embarrassments. I am surprised Alphabet hasn't tried to rebrand this site at this point. But also it is a warning to many creators who make decent content such as yours. Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Specially not Youtube. Try to transfer yourself out to other platforms if you can and grow a following in many places not just one. Meeting all these new requirements in such a short notice is both unfair and cruel for small creators but also they(Youtube) are stressing putting real eyes on everything so this is an efficient way to cull the field for them. Sucks but Youtube is not longer a small fry haven for creative minds. It has become one with the rest of the garbage that is the internet and is trying to clean up at the expense of smaller creators. This by the way likely signals the end of Youtube as a launchpad for small to medium sized creators. At the very least it is the beginning of stagnation for Youtube. As it will be the bigger channels going for more and more clicks at ever increasing heights of idiocy that will thrive until that is all spent and the rest of Youtube shrivels with them.
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    Revell 1:2270 Venator Model

    Looks cool. Around where I live we only have the Bandai kits. Would love to try this brand though. Sadly, it is hard to get a hold off here. With Bandai though you can army build quite a few troopers and they're great fun to put together. Plus you can customize models which is great fun. PC023538 by Macster Tome, on Flickr PB123569 by Macster Tome, on Flickr
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Does this mean this set has an iteration b? Does the Box art reflect this? Also to stay on topic: I got 75105, which is my first Falcon and I love it. And I got 75200. Love that Luke! IMG_7008 by Macster Tome, on Flickr
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    Star Wars

    While some of these ideas sound interesting, they only serve to highlight how little Star Wars ultimately has to offer. Basically every suggestion has the "good vs. bad" theme all over it. And it being Star Wars we all know how that goes don't we? I think this is one of the reasons why Lucas always used to say there was no story after VI. Frankly, Star Wars is a brand that, if it hasn't already, is going to get pretty tiring the more of it we get. Just to drive that point home a bit more consider that in EPVII we saw Rey beat Kylo Ren. What exactly are we going to be getting in EPIX that is going to top that and tie it all up? Dark Side redeemed and brought back to the light? Well we saw that already in EPVI. Whatever the path will it be the "bad guys" winning this time so next time the good guys win? At what point does this road get too similar to keep people hooked? Now I love Star Wars, don't get me wrong, but if we are going by what each trilogy has actually brought to the table when its all said and done we don't really have much to show for it beyond the pattern already established by the OT. The PT was just a side reversal of outcomes and the outcome was known long before EPIII even hit theaters which made the point of telling them what exactly? Same goes for Rogue One. While it is a bummer, I do understand why a lot of people are now tuning out of this world altogether.