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  1. But what are the actual statistical numbers? I'm not either accepting nor refuting your idea that "Marvel is doing fine" and "Star Wars is tanking," but I'd like to see the actual numbers and not anecdotal evidence. As I outlined in my post above, perception isn't always reality. Marvel could be suffering the same dip in sales.
  2. No. Though it might've been a factor, the thing is the low toy sales have more to do with a broader trend - the same trend that has Hasbro reporting lower overall earnings for years, the same trend that has LEGO reporting lower overall earnings for years, the same trend which caused TRU to go out of business. It has little (if anything) to do with a percentage of fans lost after The Last Jedi. Same with Solo's under performance - The Last Jedi's fan reception might have a bit more to do with this, but it pales astronomically compared to the weak marketing for the film. We didn't get a trailer until three months beforehand. Three months. It was clear that the reshoots bled into the marketing budget, and that had a direct effect on box office performance. Except this is simply not true. No legitimate sources have begun tracking the movie. Official tracking doesn't begin until mid-November. Now, some might argue that The Last Jedi's late-October projection was pretty close to early projections: on October 22nd, 2017, it was projected that The Last Jedi would make $215mil opening weekend, and it went to gross $220. However, the difference here is the ludicrous range of TROS' projections. Box Office Pro projected $185-225mil. That's a pretty wide net to cast. It won't effect LEGO. The film is not going to horribly bomb to the point where it's the main factor in toy sales. Perhaps a more fruitful question would be: Is Star Wars still relevant to younger (toy-buying) audiences? All I've heard is some anecdotes here or there, but there isn't concrete statistical data to back it up. I personally have no idea. And a far broader question: are physical toys still relevant to younger audiences? By the way you first asked your question, you had to have had some idea about the direction that the thread would take. If your goal wasn't to get negative opinions on the direction of the franchise, then you should've taken your own negative opinion on the franchise out of the question. It's clear by your tone where you stand, and that's fine (you're perfectly entitled to dislike the new Star Wars films), but you can't then claim that you merely posed the question and you have no blame for the direction of the discussion.
  3. Because quite honestly the relative underperformance of the Star Wars theme has very little to do with adult fan reception of the series. Toys R Us recently filed for bankruptcy. Hasbro has been taking losses for years. LEGO has been reporting lower numbers for at least two years (to my recollection). This is a mere symptom of a much larger trend that fans are using as evidence to further their personal agenda.
  4. Also Ben Kenobi's death in the original Star Wars, but who's counting. My favorite argument: "the original movies don't count as precedent unless I want them to." EDIT: also the wampa scene! EDIT 2: also the original Death Star explosion! (compare that explosion to the destruction of Alderaan and you'll see it)
  5. I recall these same conversations happening years ago when the prequels came out... and now the tables have shifted and the prequels are now regarded as misjudged masterpieces (they're not).I wonder if the same will be true 20 years down the line, when today's youth grows up and their views come into public consciousness. Yep... same as usual. It seems like people constantly ask him if it's still happening. I think Lucasfilm is still plotting out release dates and Rian is enjoying making his own films, taking a break from the franchise.
  6. Correction: Bob Iger. Iger was the one who burned bridges with Lucas, Iger was the one who rushed The Force Awakens and ultimately compromised the foundation of the ST (Iger wanted May 2015, Kennedy wanted May 2016, they compromised at December 2015), Iger was behind Solo's rushed release. Iger has been a much worse influence on Star Wars than Kennedy ever has. Also, you may not like The Last Jedi, you may even hate it, but to call Rian Johnson a terrible director is ludicrous to say the least. Watch Brick. It's one of the best movies of its decade and might have you reconsidering your opinion on him.
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    Updating Your Harry Potter Minifigures

    I love all of your small tweaks and changes - where did you get Sprout's cloth skirt? Did an extensive look through Bricklink to no avail...
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    Got the Clock Tower yesterday and built it with my modifications - the gear system that I had in the studio file doesn't work, it catches pretty regularly. I got it to work after some more trial and error, I'll post the file sometime tonight or tomorrow afternoon.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    That sounds awesome, whenever you can snap some pictures I'd love to see it. That's really cool that you were able to place it behind the DADA classroom, I didn't even think of that. Last year I made a pretty big DADA classroom in a MOC expansion to the Great Hall (with the building's exterior based on the long gallery), so I immediately decided to gut that section of the interior out of the Clock Tower. So it sounds like yours will be motorized?
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    Sure, here are some screenshots with the some of the more drastic changes outlined below: The entrance is wider (partly so it feels a bit more grand, partly because if I'm going to go through the trouble of adding a pendulum, I'd like it to be readily visible). Entrance now has doors which are not obstructed by the pendulum. The midsection is taller The roof section is much shorter so it'll be slightly better proportioned to the Great Tower (or, at least my incarnation of the Great Tower - I added another floor to it) The color scheme should fit better with the existing buildings from last year. I added more dark flesh and less dark tan. The floors have been tiled over (and there are a few nods to the 2004 clock tower with the furniture). The hospital wing is now divided into two vignettes, separated by some of the pendulum's gear mechanism. I'm not sold on the little table with the skelegrow and the potions. I'm also not sold on the vegetation on the sides of the building, I'll have to see what that looks like in person. I'm not sure if I want the pendulum to move slower or faster than the hands on the clock. I've bought gears to accommodate both options.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    I've spent the last few weeks preparing for the US release by MODing the Clock Tower on Studio (gutting most of the interior, adding the iconic pendulum and linking it into the gear system, fixing some proportions). It's pretty extensive, ordering the parts on Bricklink cost me ~$50. I'll post the file after I can get my hands on the set. I'd like to make sure it all works and that I'm happy with how it looks in the flesh before putting it out here.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    I'll be honest, I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of a swinging pendulum in the Clock Tower. The complicated mechanism behind a synchronized spinning clock and swinging pendulum was the only thing holding me back from MOCing my own Clock Tower. Hopefully someone a bit more adept at Technic than me comes up with a MOD that adds in the feature.
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    REVIEW: 7144 Slave I

    As soon as I received this set as a gift back in 2000 when it was first released, I fell in love. Now, 13 years later, does it still hold up? Let's take a look: 7144 Slave I Pieces: 166 Minifigs: 1 Price: $20 Year of Release: 2000 Description: PART ONE: Parts and Introduction Here are the contents of the set. A lot of green, black, gray, and brown, with an assortment of blue, trans-orange, red, yellow, tan, trans-black, and white. The unusual pieces are pictured here. Only one of each type is pictured, so note that multiple may actually be included in the set. The windscreens and slopes are particuraly useful for MOCS. PART TWO: The Instruction Book Onto the instruction book. A few nice little details that weren't replicated in sets post 2001. First, names under minifig pictures. Second, the movie scenes in the top of each page in the manual. I love this detail-it gets you in the appropriate mood to build the set. Finally, a very miniscule thing here, but there is a bounty hunter insignia behind the step numbers. PART THREE: Minifigures To the minifigs! One of the main selling points of the set was the inclusion of Boba Fett and Carbonite Han. They are both spectacular: detailed yet still keeping the feel of classic LEGO. Here's an Episode V reference for Boba. The basic feel has been masterfully captured (even though the recent variations have been much more screen-accurate). PART FOUR: The Build The build is simple, nonrepetitive, and takes about 15-20 minutes. I'll be showing the progress of the build in five step intervals. Step 5: Step 10: Step 15: Step 20: Step 25: Step 28 brings us near the conclusion, with the sub-assembly of the front wedge complete: And we're done! Obviously this version isn't as detailed or screen accurate as later LEGO incarnations, but it still captures the essence of the ship. PART FIVE: Features The features of the set are fairly simple. I'll be starting with the storage compartment. As you can see, Han does not immediately slide out once the compartment opens. You have to sort of fish him out with your finger, a grueling process that will cause you to harbor depressive feelings for years to come. The next stop on this wonderous journey of wonders is the cockpit, beautifully decorated with printed tiles: The last feature is the most iconic of the ship, the rotating wings. Here we'll start in landing position: And now, by merely picking the ship up, they rotate! It's controlled solely by gravity, and unlike later incarnations, Boba's seat isn't connected to the mechanism. Looks like he'll just have to deal with the extra blood in his head. Maybe that's why he tried to fly over the Sarlacc with his jetpack. Overall, it works pretty well with the only downside to this feature being that if it is tilted even a little past the verticle position, the wings will look a bit wonky. PART SIX: Final Verdict MINIFIGS-10/10 The figures are classic. These figures were used relatively unchanged for 11 years, a testament to how iconic they are. PARTS-9/10 The parts selection here is great-a lot of uncommon/exclusive pieces. The only gripe I have is the top section of the back of the ship. Why was it necessary for it to be black while the rest of the rear is grey? DESIGN-8/10 The design here is great for the $20 price. The wings bother me and it feels like that it could have been fixed with a piece connected to the Technic axle. FEATURES-10/10 All of the features that were present in the movie have been represented here. Not much more I could ask for. SWOOSHABILITY-8/10 It's fun to swoosh around, but it looks odd when the ship takes a nose dive because of the wings. FINAL VERDICT-45/50 or... 9/10! A classic that is a great add to any LEGO Star Wars collection! But that could just be my nostalgia goggles talking... goggles can't talk though. PART SEVEN: Conclusion? This review is over, and the Slave I soars off into the whiteness of pillow sheet and/or wall. But what's that in the foreground...? Is that an upcoming review...?
  14. That sounds a little "wishlist-y" to me, especially since the "leaker" said that the Praetorian battle pack would include four guards... and that's ludicrous.
  15. That's because many of them are based on old Doug Chiang concept art for Episode I/II. He's a brilliant designer, one of few bright spots of the prequel trilogy.
  16. Yeah, but considering that piece has been around since 1999 and has been molded in all sorts of different colors, I doubt that's the reason why. That being said, I don't know why the Medical Droid's legs are DBG either.
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    [MOC] Mos Espa Arena

    I think he means the miniature. Also, I love the MOC! Absolutely ridiculous size without losing any detail.
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    Buying Older Parts

    I was recently given a lot with an assortment of sets from the early 90s that were in mostly good condition, but unfortunately there were some plates that were downright mangled. I'm a bit of a stickler with having the correct variation of bricks/plates (seen below) and unfortunately Bricklink does not differentiate between them. What would be the best way to get replacements (if there is a good way at all)? Am I being unrealistic?
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    Buying Older Parts

    Thank you for the insight! I was actually hoping you would comment, you're actually the one who got me to really notice and care about the mold variations! I guess it's just something that I'll have to accept - I won't ever be able to replicate the insanity of the exact molds used in each set without going insane myself.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I was talking about the Geonosis Troopers and Senate Commandos battlepacks, which are technically part of the CW line but do not have cartoon faces.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Yeah, I was just hoping this would be a cheap way to get a CW Yoda since I've recently been buffing up my CW collection and don't have a Yoda yet. ...But I also don't have a prequel Yoda, so it all evens out.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    *Sigh* I was worried that would be the case. Don't get me wrong, I love how all the Rebels figures fit in with the film figures, but that was set from the start. Considering that there has only been ONE other CW set released with normal-eyed minifigures, I'd like the cartoon eyes trend to continue or for LEGO to release all the major CW characters with normal eyes... just pick one or the other! Now I have to BL a CW Yoda just so the ship can fit in with all of my other CW sets.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Since the final CW sets had non-CW faces, does that mean the Yoda Starfighter will have prequel Yoda instead of CW Yoda?
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    Misleading Lego Play Features

    The 2014 Vulture Droid has a cockpit... which is completely wrong (and makes the model look awkwardly bulky). Vulture Droids pilot themselves in-universe.
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    Star Wars Rebels