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    Obviously @MKJoshA or any of the Star Wars team can speak best to this, but the tone that's needed can definitely vary by forum. There are certain subforums that can tend to get off-topic much more quickly, need repeated warnings that are often ignored, and many times staff have to step in for further action because the thread gets derailed in any number of ways. We have community guidelines that every member agrees to when joining, but sometimes we have to reinforce these rules more prominently as people can often ignore them. Where possible, we would definitely like to lay out the expectations upfront to avoid this potential mess down the line; not only do people not following the rules cause us to have to step in, it can be disruptive for the community to work around those things like false information. In other words, I see the intention as "preventative not provocative"
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    [MOC] Gharmeleon

    Love the colors! Very unique design, and a great use of those XT4 heads
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    Marvel Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    The helicopter is alright, I’m not a big fan of those premade hulls, but seems like a decent set for $30. Lots of “content” to it which I always appreciate.
  4. Set Number: 42101Set Name: BuggyPieces: 117Price: $12.99 USD | 9,99 € | £8.99 | $15.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello everyone and welcome to my review of Buggy, the second $13 set in the 1HY 2020 range. When it comes to Technic, we've had a fair share of Buggy-esqe vehicles over the years, I've compiled a few of these below- There may be some others out there, but I think these are some of the main releases. Compared to these, 42101 is definitely the smallest, but is it the best? Let's find out. *A big thank you to Lego for sending these our way. As usual, the thoughts in this review are my own and do not reflect those of TLG, and if there's something I dislike about a set I won't let it go unsaid. The Box Front This may come as a surprise, but the front of the box shows the Buggy. I know, I should have warned you to sit down. Only other thing to note here is that this is the European packaging, and therefore does not have as much information as the American release. Rear The rear of the box showcases the B model instead of showing the A-model's functions. As of this time, the B-model instructions are not available on the app, I'll add some shots of that and show it's functions once they are. The Build Initial frame Nothing too exciting to see as we begin the build; note the red L-beams are meant to emulate the seat. Additionally, the white 1x2 will begin the steering functionality. Rear Suspension One of the main two functions of this set is a rear suspension, you can see here how it works, basically just one spring piston attached to some loose technic beams. Steering We then build up the front of the buggy, you can see here how it's mounted to that white 1x2 I mentioned a moment ago. Final Steps We build up the rear wheels, mount a spoiler, and are almost done. Finished Model Here's the finished model from the front, minus stickers. There are some nice bright light orange parts included in this set, paired with the red is a much more refreshing color scheme compared to previous Buggys. Finished Model rear You can see the finished suspension here, it's not the prettiest, but it works. Front Here's the front, with stickers applied. Profile View Here's the profile view, stickers applied. One thing I really like is the aggressive, hunched-over appearance this buggy has; it makes it look ready to take on aggressive trails, which is a big contrast to most of the previously released buggies that were more relaxed in stature. Rear Steering Function While not a terribly complicated steering function, it's cool that this set has a completely different system than it's fellow small set, the Mini Xerion. Size Comp Here's the size comparison to the Mini CLAAS. Parts count wise, the CLAAS has 13 more pieces, but both end up being very similar in dimensions. Function Demonstration: Overall: The Buggy is a very nice set. Similar to my thoughts on the Mini Xerion, it's hard to go wrong with this set at only $13. Visually, the color scheme is great, and even at this scale, it manages to pull off a very convincing shape. Functionally, you get a perfectly serviceable steering function and suspension. Certainly, neither of these are anything too complicated, but at this price point, they do what they need to and don't ruin the overall aesthetic. It's well built, sturdy, and yeah, that's about where my thoughts are at on this. What do you think of this? Will you be picking one up? As a disclaimer, as noted previously I will go ahead and review the B model of this once I am able.
  5. Definitely not a set for me, but it's fascinating they chose this as a release of this size. Granted, my knowledge of this is pretty limited, so I'm not entirely aware of how popular this is.
  6. Set Number: 42102 Set Name: Mini CLAAS XERION Pieces: 130 Price: $12.99 USD | 9,99 € | £8.99 | $15.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello and welcome to my review of the Mini CLAAS Xerion, one of the more highly anticipated sets from the 1HY2020 Technic Sets. Following up on it's much larger brother, 42054, is this mini variation a worthy pickup? Read on to find out! I will also mention that this set was generously provided by Lego to review; though the thoughts in this review are my own and do not reflect those of TLG, and I've never been one to hold back on criticizing a set when it's needed. The Box The box, as you would expect from a 130pc set, is quite small. There's a nice Image of the Xerion in a field at work, and a small logo to signify that this is licensed. In recent memory, I do not recall any small sets that were licensed, if at all. We can also see here that a B model is depicted, a very nice looking combine harvester, though the instructions are not yet available for that. I will add additional thoughts to this review with an overview of the B model when they are. The functions of the set are not depicted here. The Build Beginning Here is the beginning of the build, you can see the steering system being built. It's a simple system, turning the vertical axle will spin a system of three gears to move the wheels. Building the front The next few steps showcase the shaping of the front. No functionality to be seen here, though I do like how effective this becomes at conveying the curves of the vehicle. Rear Harvesting attachment Next, we build the rear attachment. This function is twofold; the rear axle rotates the center gear (which then rotates the larger gears), but you can see that this system is built in such a way that the attachment can be tilted up when the equipment is not in use. I will show this in more detail shortly. Finalized Model Front For the size, this set does a remarkable job of imitating the real-life model. It's not perfect; the cabin is too squat, the wheels are a bit too small, the shaping could be better around the front and back... but this is 130pcs, not the 1900+ of it's larger and much more accurate brother. Shaping is already much more challenging than traditional system, I think this was done very well here. I know many are adverse to stickers, but their inclusion here is very restrained; headlights and the fender logos. I do not find them distracting, and personally feel they elevate the authenticity of the model somewhat. Rear As with many smaller sets, the functions do tend to break our reality a bit; the steering mechanism isn't very hidden, but of course it needs to be accessible. This set is for 7+, afterall. Profile View As someone who does not collect Technic too often, one trend that really annoyed me with these sets is the 1/2m of axle that is usually sticking through the wheels. An easy fix, though. Top Down View Functionality Wheels The steering works as well as you'd expect. Twist the gear at the top of the cab, and the front wheels will turn to one side or the other. Raising/Lowering Attachment With a simple pull, the farming equipment can be raised or lowered. As stated previously, driving the truck forward will also spin the gears at the back, this function will work regardless of if the attachment is raised or lowered. See my video below- Gear Functions Demonstration Overall: This set is a great value. At roughly 6-7% of the original cost and parts count of it's larger brother, this set still manages to do a lot. It's a good representation of the real-life model, it's sturdy, and it has some fun functions that, while simple, work well. I think there's also a lot to be said about the type of vehicle we have here- a large community around it's bigger brother focus on making new attachments and mods for the Xerion to use. There are countless possibilities for ways that you could create your own attachments for this set to use, and that just continues the value this set provides. I'll provide thoughts on the B model when I am able. But at $13, it's hard to go wrong with this set. It's a fun little build and won't set you back much. It does what it needs to do, and in my opinion, does it very well.
  7. Set Number: 42104Set Name: Race TruckPieces: 227Price: $19.99 USD | 19,99 € | £17.99 | $29.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello and welcome to my review of the Race truck, one of the two new pull-back sets in the 1HY 2020 Technic range. For most people, I think these pull-back sets tend to be an easy pass unless the parts are desirable, but how does this set stack up? Let's find out. As with the other Technic 1HY 2020 sets, this was graciously provided by Lego, but the opinions in this review are my own. The Box Front The front of the box shows the truck on a race track, naturally, and advertises the 2 in 1 abilities of the set, as well as a diagram of the pull back feature. I know this may surprise you, but the pull back feature means you pull the set back and it charges forward. Back Here we can see the features of the set; besides the pull-back, it also has an opening hood and doors. We can also see the B model, which is a fairly good looking race car, perhaps even more well-put together than the semi. Once instructions are available, I'll post some photos and thoughts of that as well. The Build Beginning steps The build starts off simple, here we can see a Technic frame built around the pull back motor. Headlights Here's the mount for the lights and eventual bumper Building the cockpit Now we get to the real meat of the set, the cab and hood. As you can see, function wise there isn't really much going on here, the hood is just a simple hinge. No engine, no interior, just a lot of orange beams. Body Panels We start giving shape to the truck with panels and...a lot of stickers. I get it, it's a racing truck, but to be honest these stickers always make Technic sets look like a mess to me, and a lot of the 1HY 2020 sets have similar looking ones. Finished Build Finished Build Front Visually, there's some good and some bad here. I generally like the shaping of the front of the truck quite a bit, and the silver elements offer a nice contrast. Rear Here's where things are, well, less great. The big spoiler isn't totally uncommon, I do see racing trucks with them, but I think the wheels are just a bit too massive. Functionally it's good, it propels the set more when you pull it back, but it does look...odd. Front Realism certainly isn't the goal here, and like most pull-backs, the bumper is built to be slammed into walls over and over again. Profile I'll repeat here, I'm really not a fan of the rear half, it just doesn't blend well with the front half. Rear Finish Line Here's the set complete with another little side build, a finish line. It's alright, most will probably consider this a parts inflation, but it's a neat addition if you collect pull-backs an will complete really any of them quite well. Opening Hood Nothing to really see under the hood, but a nice feature regardless. Doors Same story with the doors, they open about this far, but there isn't really an interior to see. Function Showcase Overall I think it's pretty self explanatory that this set has a limited audience. If you are a fan of Technic pull-backs, this could be a good one to pick up; Orange is a great color, it's a unique design that we haven't gotten before, and as I somewhat demonstrated in the video above, it works as well as you could hope. But for those who are not a fan of pull-backs, I struggle to recommend this one. There really aren't any actual functions to the set, the proportions are very exaggerated, and there isn't much in the way of an interior nor too many interesting parts worth the $20 price tag. Of the sets to gt in this wave, I think this one is on the lower end of the scale. What are your thoughts?
  8. Set Number: 42106Set Name: Stunt Show Truck & BikePieces: 610Price: $49.99 USD | 49,99 € | £44.99 | $89.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello and welcome to my review of the Stunt Show Truck & Bike, the set most people...aren't excited about. Initial reactions to this set haven't been great, what's wrong with this set? Let's find out just how good or bad this set is. A big thank you to Lego for providing this set; but as always, the thoughts in this review are my own, and I'll call something out when I need to. All honest thoughts here. The Box Front The front of the box showcases all of the elements of the set as per usual, as well as advertising the pull-back feature, and the "2 in 1" aspect. I've never really understood the 2 in 1 marketing; Every Lego set is 10000000 in 1, you can take it apart and build it into countless different creations. I normally think of 2 in 1 as being two different products in 1 package, and I guess that'd be true in this case (though obviously they are talking about the A and B model.) Back The back showcases the numerous components and a few of the sets features, though we will go over those later. We also see the B model, a...SUV...thing.... with a ramp and...uh, wall? Not really sure what's going on there, once instructions are available we will take a closer look at that. Bike Pull back engine Here we begin to build the bike, it's mostly made up of the pull-back engine/ Note the skull stickers we add here. Gears Since the bike's rear wheel doesn't directly go through the pull-back motor itself, we have to build this small gear system in order to transfer the power between the motor and the wheels. Rear wheel attached And here we can see how the wheel is mounted. Finished bike front Yeah, okay, I'm not going to pull my punches here. This is really not great. At this scale, in Technic, and with a pull back motor, it's really tough to pull off a good looking stunt bike. it's very unfinished looking and blocky, and has huge tires in order to successfully utilize the pull-back feature. Rear Plus, with the gear system necessary for the function, it's extremely wide at the back. Trailer Next, we build up the trailer, you can see here it's primarily a few large panels, we also begin to build up one function. Function built We will look at the function in a moment, but here's the mechanics behind it. Note the rubber 1x2s, those will keep the trailer in place when it's turned into a ramp, so the bike will not move it while in action. Finished trailer Here's the finalized trailer. The small peg is used to hold the bike on and prevent it from falling off, but it can easily be removed; it's held on by an axle-in-pinhole sort of situation. With Bike Here it is with the bike mounted. It works well, it's secure enough to drive it around. Ramp By twisting the gear, you drop down the props, and manually fold down the panels at the back to create a ramp. It works well, once in position it's sturdy. Though, it's not a very steep angle, so the bike doesn't get much air. Truck Now we begin the largest component of the set, the pickup truck. Steering The main function of the truck is, well, steering. You can see above how the system works, when you twist the gray vertical cylinder, it drives the small gear function at the front. it works fine, just as well as the systems on the small $13 sets. Truck Frame We continue to build up the cab of the truck, you can see some stickers are used near the engine. Again, really nothing functionally is built here, we are just shaping the truck. More building Here's two more shots of the build. A few things are apparent at this stage; first, this is obviously not meant to emulate any real-life truck. Second, it's a "slammed" truck in a way, the rear wheels are set very low into the bed of the truck. I'm not personally a fan of this look- I why they went for this design choice, as realistically you would want the truck lower so that the bike can easily jump the truck. But they missed an opportunity here to implement some kind of airbag suspension system into the design instead of yet another steering function. Complete without stickers Here's a few shots of the truck "clean," I do have some stickers on here as you have seen, but they are minimal things like a grill or V8 sticker. The rest of the stickers in the set are rather aggressive, so enjoy the clean look here before things get, well, messy. Front The front looks decent enough, some system was used for the headlights and a sticker is used for the grill. Rear Ah yes, there's the aggressive stickers. Here you can see the simple trailer hitch, it's pretty well mounted to the bumper. Profile The colorscheme isn't bad, but it feels very messy to me, especially with the stickers added on. Top down Top down, we can see a pretty big eyesore, the rear trailer bed is quite hollow. With trailer Combined with the trailer it looks good, they are two cohesive pieces for sure. Though I do not demonstrate it in this review, you get about 180 degrees of pivot out of the trailer hitch. Opening doors The first function we will take a quick look at is the doors, they can open thanks to a single axle connection point. Interior There's a few things to look at on the inside; seats, a speedometer, and the steering wheel which can be raised and lowered. Steering Complete set Here's the last little build of the set, a ring-of-almost-fire. This mounts to the back of the truck by a single pin, it cannot stand on it's own. The idea here is that you would park the truck, drop the ramp, and the bike would jump the ramp, over the truck and through the hoop. I've tried demonstrating this in the video below with limited space. Bonus Pics Just for fun, you can see the decent carrying capacity of the trailer. Overall At $50, this set does not aim to feel like one, large, complicated $50 model. It's not one single model comprised of over 600 pieces. No, instead they chose to give us a set with a lot of different components, it's a Technic set with a System mindset. And...it's okay. I think this set is a very acquired taste; for Technic fanatics, I really can't say this set offers you anything outside of pieces, the functions aren't groundbreaking and the design overall is mediocre. For system fans, this might be a good introduction to Technic since it follows a similar formula as many system sets, though to be fair, you again have the issue of "this set doesn't look great and doesn't have the functionality to back it up." Everything is always up to your opinion. In this review, my aim was to show you this set in as many ways as possible, and my opinions are just that, opinions. I'm not a hardcore Technic fan, so asa casual Technic fan I can say, I really don't get this set, unless you absolutely love the concept. Thanks for viewing! What are your thoughts?
  9. Set Number: 42105Set Name: CatamaranPieces: 404Price: $49.99 USD | 49,99 € | £44.99 | $89.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hey and welcome to my review of the Catamaran, set 42105. This is definitely the most unique set in the 1HY 2020 lineup, and is to my memory the first Technic set on floating hulls. What unique features does this set have? Is it worth dropping $50 on? Let's take a look. Thanks to Lego for providing this set; as with all these 1HY reviews, the opinions here are my own and not those of Lego. Plus, with reviews like these, I really want photos to speak for themselves as ultimately, only you can decide your own opinion of a set. The Box Front The front of the box is one of the most striking from this range, it's a vertical box, and the bright blue and green colors of the set really pop. We can see the 2-in1 advertised, as well as the true savior of a boat set, "BOAT FLOATS." Rear The back of the box showcases the various set functions which we will take a look at shortly. The B model is also shown, it's possibly one of my favorite looking B models of this wave, though we will have to wait until instructions are available to get a true look at this. Once available, photos will be added to this review. Sails Here's the sails before they have been removed from their sheet. The sails are an interesting material, they sort of remind me of a thick vinyl-like material. They are sturdy, but still provide a lot of flexibility. Hull Here's a look at the hull, we get two included in the set. There two sets of 1x3 technic holes at the top as you can see, plus another 1x3 on the rear. Open For ease of cleaning and draining water, the hull can be opened like so The Build Beginning As we begin the build of the scaffold, we start the foundation for most of the set's functions. You can see two different cranks, these will control the direction of the sails, plus a gear at the back. Front Sail mount Here we begin to set up the front sail, you can see how the crank on the right will be used to rotate the front sail left to right. Dagger Boards Next we start building the constructs that will mount the hulls to the scaffold, and as well we build the function for the dagger boards. Mounted to hull Here we can see what the previous construct is for. If you turn the crank, the dagger boards can be dropped further below the hull. Mounted Here's everything together, mounted extremely securely as you would expect from a Technic set. Rudders Here's the rear rudders mounted. Mast Here we build the mast, the long axle construct will allow the rear sail to turn. Mast mounted Once the mast is up, you really get a feel for just how big this set is. Yeah, the sails are thin and the width is mostly the hulls, but it still takes a lot of real estate. Finished set Here we are, the finished set. A couple of notes, first, this set doesn't have any stickers. There is some good color variation here, and the graphics on the sails really help to keep the set visually interesting. Also, I have to say, it's a little difficult to get decent photos of this thing, mostly because of those dagger boards and rudders; you really have to have them lined up perfectly in order for this thing to stay upright, otherwise it'll fall forward. Rear Here's a view at the back, there's nothing really noteworthy here, other than seeing all of the cranks and gears used for the sets functions. Side View From this angle you can see what I mean about those pieces underneath. Unless you have this in water, it's always going to "float" like this, about an inch off the ground. Rudders and rear sail The function here is self explanatory, you turn the gear, it moves the rudders, the cool thing about this is that the white technic beam is essentially 'floating", it's held on by numerous 1x1 beams and so it's able to easily slide around when you turn the gear. You can also see that the rear sail will turn left or right, this is controled by the rear crank on the right. Front sail Similarly, the front sail can turn with the opposite crank. Detail view Here's another shot just to give you a view of one of the cranks that will move the dagger board up and down. It's tough to demonstrate in photos, so here is a video of these function- Overall In terms of a building experience, I think this was my favorite of the 1HY 2020 models (except for the Crane and Rally car, since I am not reviewing those ones). It's unique, and the functions you build here all serve their purpose very well. The set has a fantastic color scheme, it's got a convincing look, and the final size of the set is pretty large overall; 404 pieces for $50 isn't as good of a deal on paper as the Stunt Truck and Bike which is priced the same, but you get two large floating hulls and those sails to make up for it. With that said, the set feels like it needs to be in water. On land, some of it's functions like the dagger boards, are relatively useless all things considered. It's a fun set, but like many of these, one with a limited audience, I think. Stay tuned for a review of the B model, when available. Also, I'd like to take some photos of this thing in a more natural, outdoor element in the water... but that'll need to wait a while, since it's currently winter in Michigan.
  10. Yeah you are right, the build is correct, it’s just a matter of pushing down in the hood to achieve that shape. Definitely helps the look of the cabin.
  11. As per the System 2018 thread: 75533 Boba Fett Price: 29,99 EUR / 29,99 USD / 25,99 GBP Subtheme: Constraction Figures Pieces: 144 Release: Winter 2018 75534 Darth Vader Price: 39,99 EUR / 39,99 USD / 34,99 GBP Subtheme: Constraction Figures Pieces: 168 Release: Winter 2018 75535 Han Solo Price: 29.99 EUR / 24.99 USD / 25.99 GBP Subtheme: Constraction Figures Pieces: 101 Release: April 2018 75536 Range Trooper Price: 29.99 EUR / 24.99 USD / 25.99 GBP Subtheme: Constraction Figures Pieces: 101 Release: April 2018 75537 Darth Maul Price: 29.99 EUR / 29.99 USD / 25.99 GBP Subtheme: Constraction Figures Pieces: 104 Release: April 2018
  12. Set Number: 42103Set Name: DragsterPieces: 225Price: $19.99 USD | 19,99 € | £17.99 | $29.99 Links: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the Dragster, one of the two pull-back sets in the 1HY 2020 technic range. Based on some of the most ridiculous "funny" car drag racers, this thing looks like it's built to be crazy fast, but how good is it as a set? Let's find out. As with the other reviews I'll be posting today, this set was provided by Lego graciously for us to review. The opinions in this review are my own, however, and do not reflect those of Lego. The Box Front The front of the box showcases the dragster, hold on to your seats, drag racing. I know, what a plot twist. The functionality of this one is interesting, you can see a preview there on the bottom we will detail that more in a bit. Rear Here's the rear of the box. Again, we will look at the function soon. But basically, you can adjust the wheelie bar on the back, and this will determine whether or not the dragster pulls a wheelie then it launches forward. Also you can see the B model, which looks to be a dragster with more of a body as opposed to the bare frame A model. Instructions are not yet out for this, but I will post additional photos when they are. The Build Track Light Similar to the Race Truck, we get a little side build in the form of a track light to indicate when the race begins. It's a decent build, and if you are into collecting pull-back models, this serves as a nice addition to your display. Beginning build The frame for the dragster is pretty basic, we can see here it's mostly a few technic beams mounted to the rear pull-back motor. Wheel bar mount Next we begin to build the wheel bar function, the long gray technic beams here will be the main bar. The red 1x2s serve as the "activation" for the function, but again we will look at that shortly. Mounted to frame Here we can see the finished wheelie bar mounted behind the pullback motor Body Panels Here we use some modern day panels to shape up the vehicle, again keeping that very thin triangular shape in mind.We also fill out a spoiler fit to be a dinner table. Completed Set Finished Set front (No stickers) I thought I'd share a photo here without stickers, since they tend to be quite aggressive like most stickers on these racing sets. Front As ridiculous as I think these tiny wheels are when used on sets as actual wheels, they are actually a decent choice for what this is based on. Rear Here we can see how well that massive spoiler is secured, and the wheelie bar in the "down" position Profile Alright so here we can talk about the function. As you can see, the design of the set is very back heavy. As a result, when you pull back the set, it has a tendency to naturally pull a wheelie for a few feet of its journey. So, we can drop the wheelie bar down to prevent this, though it's manual process. You must remove the red assembly as seen in the photo above, move the wheelie bar and the 1x3 black beam inside of that into a different position, and reattach it. Detail view Here's a closeup of the cockpit. The stickers are busy, but make sense given the set we are dealing with here. Inner detail The only detail in the cockpit is a small "fuel gauge" printed 1x1. With Race Truck Here's the two pullbacks together as well as their accompanying accessories. Here's also a... well, an attempt at showing the wheelie functionality. You get the idea. Overall: I share similar thoughts with this set as I do the race truck. Its a set with a very limited audience. It doesn't offer anything groundbreaking in terms of parts, the wheelie bar is a fine function but not exactly something a flagship-buying fan would care about, and it's very limited in what you can do with it. For most people, I doubt this is worth a buy. But if you like pull-back models, this might be worth picking up. It's overall a decent design, certainly evocative of those "funny car" design, and it's one of the best performing models I've seen next to the very similar 42033 Record Breaker. The accessory is nice, and I do like the ability to alter whether or not this can pull a wheelie. I guess, as far as a "pullback" goes, this is the first to my knowledge where the function can actually alter the performance of the pullback feature itself, and that's certainly neat for those into these models.
  13. I've never really been into the SC sets before at the 6w scale, they looked good for the scale they were at and I could tell what they were supposed to be... but I like this change to 8w. Personally I feel like it does a better job of capturing details of the sets, though I do hope we get larger wheels and better headlight solutions in time for some of these. As someone who is looking to get these purely for display and in no way a city collector, I like the change and am onboard for the future of SC myself. Definitely a series that I will be inspired to MOC with; interested to see how they stack up next to the GWP Batmobile since it's at a similar 8w scale, I was debating selling that freebie but I think I'll keep it to display alongside these.
  14. Man for some reason I wasn't feeling this series when the leaks were out, but I see at least 7 or 8 that I want to get my hands on now For some reason I totally missed the Superman and WW that were included in this series
  15. Was a successful day, we went a little early to the Lego store nearby and ended up 7th in A really long line. I did overhear one of the employees say they had 86 of these things in stock at that one store, so at least they anticipated the demand a bit, normally they stock like 3-5 of these big boys.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    if that was the case I would think they'd have taken some kind of action against BrickOwl- though I wouldn't put it past LEGO to try to stop something like that. Very strange news indeed. I have never really paid much mind to the MOC shop due to prices and lack of interest, but i can imagine there will be a crackdown on that to avoid collision with IDEAS. The actual brick marketplace I imagine would stay intact, my hope is they would add more new-from-factory elements and sell directly through Bricklink instead of bricks and pieces. Only time will tell, this was not the headline I was expecting today that's for sure
  17. Name: 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer Theme: Star Wars UCS Year: 2019 Pieces: 4784 Price: US $699.99 – CA $849.99 – DE €699.99 – UK £649.99 – FR €699.99 – DK 5299DKK --$1099.99 AUD Resources: Lego.com | Bricklink | Brickset Hello everyone and welcome to another review! This time around, I'll be stretching the limits of what my photo setup is capable of with one of the largest Lego sets ever, the UCS Star Destroyer 2.0! Following on the heels of the monumental UCS Falcon 2.0, Lego once again gives us a massive UCS set that breaks everyone's display space and wallets alike. I think many will agree that the Falcon is a crowning achievement of Lego, it's a massive set with a parts count to back it, and an unreal level of detail. Does the Star Destroyer follow in the Falcon's footsteps? Does it improve upon it's lineage in the Lego Star Wars brand? Let's find out. And before we begin, a massive thank you to The Lego Company for sending this our way to review. While the set was provided, I all opinions are of course, my own, and I will do my best to view this from the "is this worth $700 angle." The Box Front Similar to the Falcon, we are presented with a massive square box to contain the ~13 pounds of plastic hidden inside. The front is very simple, with a nice, clean banner depicting the UCS brand and a striking photo of the Destroyer itself. Usually when I get these review copies of sets they are the European packaging, and I have not seen this set in store yet here in the US, so I am not sure what additional details or warnings may be on the US one Back The rear showcases other angles of the ship, showing the rear, the top, bridge, and small hangar underneath. Again, very little in the way of warnings or anything, just a slew of nice photos of the set. Side 1 I won't show every side of the box since they get a little repetitive, but this side shows a nice shot of the underside of the star destroyer, something I really don;'t have a great way of doing in this review. Also note the the tape on the box indicates NOT to cut on this side. We will see why shortly. Side 2 Here's the side that should be opened, which showcases a neat outlined version of the ship, a size comparison to the Tantive IV, and the included minifigures. Opening the box As I said a moment before, the tape indicated which side of the box to open- doing so presents us with another sketch style image of the ship, this is the box containing the massive manual. People who experienced the UCS falcon will be familiar with this for sure. Inner boxes Removing the instructions box reveals the four smaller boxes, in typical large-set fashion, all filled the the brim with parts. The boxes aren't numbered, rather you go by the profession of the sketchy on the boxes- the topmost part of the ship is the first box, for example. However.... that doesn't really matter. The bags inside the boxes are numbered 1-19, but at random points in the build you'll need to use some extra large plates that are in unnumbered bags in boxes 3 and 4. So during the first few step of the build, you'll need to get parts from three of the boxes. Minifigures I'll talk about the part count and whatnot later on in this review, but here's the first point of conflict with this set- the mini figures. In the past, many UCS sets including the original Star Destroyer did not come with minifigures. Now however, we are getting figures in sets like this and the UCS falcon. This presents two issues. This is a $700 set, and including cool, exclusive mini figures in the set could make it worth it to the people buying the set. But, people who are interested in the figures but not the set, are stuck behind a $700 price wall. On the flip side, if the mini figures in the set are relatively uninteresting, then the people not interested in the set aren't missing out, but people buying the set may feel ripped off. This set... falls in the middle. it certainly has less figures than the UCS falcon, and while they are new and exclusive, they aren't exactly the most exciting figures, and they are more of troop builders, "battle pack" material as many have said. So people who wish to troop build these figures are stuck behind that price wall, and people who buy the set certainly aren't getting a slew of figures unlike the Falcon. A lose-lose situation, perhaps. The figures themselves look good enough, but personally I would have enjoyed some "filler" - Stormtroopers, A Vader with red eyes, etc. Omitting a Vader figure was probably the biggest shock I had with this set honestly. The Manual Before we get to the actual set, let's take a quick moment to talk about the manual. Its massive, equally as massive as the Falcon's manual. It's spiral bound, it's almost as wide as the box when closed, and similar to many large scale sets and IDEAS sets, there are numerous pages at the start of the manual that talk about the design, lore and history of the set. One page that I found pretty fun was the one photographed above, a feature on many of the previous incarnations of Star Destroyers, starting with the original UCS set that this one replaces. Sticker Sheet Just one sticker for the set, the infographic that is standard for UCS sets. Tantive IV The small Tantive IV included in the set is pretty good, I would say "par for the course" when it comes to polybag-sized builds. The shaping is done well, and I'd say it about as nice as the old one included with the original Star Destroyer, maybe a little better in certain areas. It's a fun extra to get. The Build: Phase 1: Stand First we build a simple stand that displays the infographic and minifigures. It's.. alright. It's definitely nothing special, and honestly it's hard to see this stuff once the SD is built due to how much more the ship overhangs over the stand. But it holds the ship up perfectly well. Do note however that it's bolted in to the technic frame, you cannot simply remove the ship from the stand- the larger pieces on top of the ship can be removed and allow you access to the inside to remove the axles and take the ship off the stand, but it's not the simplest process. The Build: Phase 2: Frame Now we begin the most critical part of this set, it's frame. This is an interesting process, you can see it's essentially a T-shaped frame surrounded by a triangle. Unlike the UCS Falcon though, this frame doesn't feel very sturdy at first. The more you add on the the build, the more the frame pulls together and strengthens under the weight of the set. We will see more of this later, but here's the perk- due to the relatively unobtrusive frame, the interior of the ship is damn near hollow, and that provides plenty of opportunity for interior work if you so desire. I know I'll certainly be doing such enhancements to my own copy. Note that you also start some greeble work on the sides- it's the same thing on both sides mirrored. The Build: Phase 3: Bottom Panels https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48721109467_765b6c8e4b_c.jpg[/img Okay so here's the part of the review where I say "get ready to do this, a lot." From here on out, a god portion of the build involves a lot of gray panels, colorful pieces to hold them together, and a variety of greebles, especially roller-skate pieces, cheese slopes, and 2x1 grills. Connecting The original UCS SD utilized magnets to achieve the angled shape of the ship. But, those have not held up well over time. This time around the connections are two fold. First, there are small mixes-sized ball joints that connect the flat edge of the panels to the outermost edges of the frame. Second, you mount the bottom of the panels to technic axles, as you can see in this photo. The overall structure is definitely better than the magnets, but not without its issues. Shield Array / Docking bay Here we have some further constructs for the underside of the ship. Nice in design, though very difficult to see with the display base Lego provided. I do really love that simple TIE Fighter build. The Build: Phase 4: Rear Next we build up the rear of the ship. Gone are the days of the large gray tires; this time around we use barrels and the large cockpit halves that originated with the Falcon. I'm okay with this choice, they aren't as obtrusive as pictures made them seem. The one issue is the three "flaps" on each one- the two angled flaps on each are very loosely connected. Bottom half done Here we have the bottom panels and rear of the ship done. As I said earlier, you can see here just how hollow the inside of the ship is allowing for plenty of creative changes later on. Also, while the ship is built at an angle, the front set of panels and the rear set all line up perfectly. What does this mean? Well, on it's own, there is more give to the bottom panels than I would like, but it' easy enough to add additional support to keep all of these large panels together. The Build: Phase 5: Top Panels Next we start the top panels. There's a few differences here, especially with the nice rotating turrets you construct but there's a lot of similar techniques at play as the bottom of the ship. One interesting this is that the panels do not utilize all of the balljoint sockets along the frame unlike the bottom. Why did lego have us put them there? Why not use them for more stability? The Build: Phase 6: Bridge Next up we start on the bridge which uses some interesting techniques, though ultimately its a frame that you add a bunch of angled gray plates with greebles onto, similar to the rest of the set. Another important thing to note here is this is the final stage of pieces really locking in to the frame. Everything beyond this point is only loosely connected, to allow you to easily remove the pieces so you can carry the set by its frame. The advantage here is this allows easy access to removing it from its stand, and also for you to work on an interior if you desire. Final constructs Heres a few shots of the last thing you build. Notable things here are the greeble work and the interesting angles they used. Completed set Once you place that last piece In place, you have to just sit back and take in how massive this set truly is. And then you remember you need to find a place to display this monster, and you quickly realize the space you had planned out isn't large enough. Profile Shot I'm letting photos do most of the talking, and I'll talk in full at the end of this review. But one major improvement over the previous Star Destroyer is the proportions, from the profile shot here we can see just how well the shaping has been captured. Rear I do love the detailing back here. I think this area has the most issues with proportions, the area between the edges of the big thrusters and the outermost part of the ship should be longer, but it's not a critical issue. Top Down View Size Comparison Here's a size comp with the only other "UCS" set I have, the Tumbler. Yeah, this thing is gigantic in comparison. Random Detail Shots (Note that the array can be angled up or don on top) Conclusion $700 is a big price tag for any Lego set, It’s more than double most of the previous Star Destroyer sets, and sits only $100 below the UCS Falcon. At only 4.7k parts, it’s also significantly lighter in parts and minifigure count to that Falcon. But the parts it does come with include a variety of large plates, and it’s completed size and weight are very comparable to its slightly more expensive rival. But we have to look at this set in many other angles to truly understand it’s value I have seen countless comparisons to both the original UCS SD, as well as the more recent UCS Falcon 2.0. In truth, there are many ways that this set is a better value, and many ways that it is a worse value. In my opinion, the target audience for this set has already been carved out. In fact, I almost question the value in a review of this set being posted because, well, I think you’ll make up your mind pretty quickly on this one. If you are buying this set, then you are a huge fan of Lego Star Wars and specifically this ship. It’s not a casual set you’ll pick up for the building experience like a UCS Slave II or Sand Crawler, and it’s not the flagship set title that the Falcon has laid claim to. It’s a massive wedge with engines. It’s gray. VERY gray. The building experience is, unique and fun, but at points it can definitely feel repetitive. Other than techniques used to achieve the bizarre angles of the set and a few neat techniques in the bridge and engine, the building experience is rather straightforward. Compared to the original UCS SD, this set feels more stable, and not relying on magnets will be beneficial in the long term. It’s a more accurate shape and silhouette than that original set, and of course takes up a larger footprint, if that is your thing. If you have the original SD, do I recommend this one? While I do not have that set in hand now, I will say it has held up remarkably well design wise. While not quite as accurate as this one nor as large, it’s still a really good set, and unless you can pull a big profit in selling that one to fund this one, I have a hard time recommending making the switch. It’s bigger it’s slightly more accurate. It’s likely a little more sturdy than that old model. But has enough changes occurred since that old model? Eh, I’d say that old set is still very good and still very competitive to this one, if you already have it or somehow snipe it at a great price I would say the upgrade from the Falcon 1.0 to the 2.0 is a more worthy upgrade than the SD 1.0 to SD 2.0, for whatever that’s worth. But, if you do not have that previous set, there is a lot of fun to be had here. I’ve never built a set this large before, and everyone who has seen it completed so far has been wow’d at its massive size. If I had shelled out the $700 for this, I think the biggest value for me comes from it’s display value and that wow factor it draws in. Here’s the thing- it has some fun bits in its build, but had this set been 30% smaller, I anticipate it would still have largely the same techniques. The size does not offer much to the build, but rather the size itself is where the value comes from. There is a sense of satisfaction to this set, it feels like you own a prop of this ship used in the film almost. But it’s not without its flaws- for $700, the minifigures are questionable. The interior is hollow, and I feel this space either could have been used for an interior, or for further support to the set. Luckily, this space will allow you to mod to your hearts content. Plus, there are a LOT of studded surfaces, and to some this may make the set feel unfinished when compared to the Falcon or some of the great MOCs posted here on the boards. It’s understandable, since tiling over all of these plates would prove almost impossible given the way it was constructed, and I can only image the price if they had tried to smooth the surface out. And in real life, the gray studded surfaces look smoother than in the harsh lighting of CGI and photos. To summize, a lot of the issues that you may have with the set are either easily fixable or aren’t necessarily such a big deal. I plan to make many mods to this set, but even without them, I think the finished product is fitting of its price tag when I look at the other elements of this set beyond its part and minifigure count. If you have the previous incarnation of the set, I don’t know that it’s worth upgrading to this set, but rather taking steps to mod and update your old copy. If you are simply looking for a massive, fun Lego experience, I would personally say the Falcon is a more enriching experience and carries a more unique color scheme to boot, whereas this ship is for an even more diehard audience. But if you love Star Destroyers, love collecting massive sets, or simply want to find something that will challenge your display space, this set is the one for you. Again, a massive thank you to LEGO for providing this. I was very young back in the early 2000s and sets like the UCS SD were something I dreamt of owning. It has been a fantastic experience to build this set and it looks ridiculously awesome on display. I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this set, and what LEGO does next to further push the limits. Thanks for reading! Please be sure to leave your comments below and vote in the poll, we share this valuable feedback with LEGO and this is a great chance for your thoughts to be relayed.
  18. The new batmobile is most excellent, can't wait to display it next to the Tumbler (and eventual batpod when I get around to bricklinking that thing, didn't realize the prices of those tires went down to about 9$, used to be 50 a piece when I originally searched for them lol). I haven't searched every page of this thread but what is the expected release on this? Though it does make me want to consider modding the Tumbler to be smoother, all of the studded surfaces date it a bit and I think it's time for a refresh.
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    What did you buy today?

    Got the FRIENDS Ideas set this weekend, awesome set for huge fans of the show like my wife and I. Also grabbed a few of the latest minifigure series
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    LEGO Ideas Support Thread: Bionicle

    Awesome news! I think the important thing here is regardless of what happens with this project, the community should definitely continue to create and support Bionicle IDEAS projects they find interesting, as there's no better way to show the support this theme still has. In other words, don't put all eggs in one basket with this project.
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    LEGO Ideas Support Thread: Bionicle

    I think it really depends on what LEGO's threshold is for interest. IDEAS requires 10k votes- so is that the sales goal they have for the set once it's put into production? Is it less than that, and they want 10k to hedge their bets? They have done some very niche sets. Big Bang Theory, Women of NASA, Beetles Yellow Submarine, etc. It's pretty doubtful that most casual people would purchase those sets, that is definitely targeted towards a very specific audience. This Bionicle set is no different; yeah, it's cool to those of us who grew up with this theme and lived those 10 years of story. These three scenes mean something, and I think we all are doing our part to show LEGO that Bionicle is still a brand with a following. But let's not kid ourselves, this set has very very limited shelf value. Most people casually walking in to a LEGO store are not going to pay much attention to this set or really understand it. Yet it has a much larger chance than any revival of Bionicle does. G2 absolutely killed this brand's value for many chain stores due to it's sales, and it's doubtful LEGO would be able to sell much to stores anytime soon. But this set is our best chance of getting something because it would be released only in LEGO stores where they can understand the potential demand. IDEAS has put out an incredibly wide variety of sets; I can only hope that we can add this to that variety.
  22. 21318 LEGO® Ideas Tree House Ages 16+. 3036 pieces US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €199.99 – DK 1799DKK –AUS $279.99 *Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing. Detailed Tree House model to challenge LEGO® builders and inspire endless play! Build, display and play with this intricately detailed, 3,036-piece LEGO® Ideas 21318 Tree House playset. A complex build for experienced LEGO builders that all the family will love to play with, it features a landscape base and 3 LEGO tree house cabins—a main bedroom, bathroom and kids’ room. The tree has interchangeable sets of green summer leaf elements and yellow and brown fall leaf elements—these and various plant elements on the base are all made from sustainable-plant-based polyethylene plastic—and the treetop and cabin roofs are removable to allow easy access. The model is packed with play-inspiring features including a buildable picnic table and seats, swing, bonfire, treasure map and hidden gem element to play out a treasure hunt, and a wind-up crane on the balcony of the bedroom cabin. A great birthday gift, this unique creative toy comes with mom, dad and kids minifigures, plus a bird figure, to role-play fun family scenes. It also includes a booklet with building instructions and information about this LEGO Ideas set’s fan creator and LEGO designer. This LEGO® Ideas set includes 4 minifigures: mom, dad and 2 children, plus a bird figure. This challenging, 3,036-piece building toy features a landscape base, tree with interchangeable sets of green (summer) leaves and yellow and brown (fall) leaves, and a LEGO® Tree House with 3 cabins—main bedroom, bathroom and kids’ room. The treetop and cabin roofs are removable for easy access and play. Landscape base features a buildable picnic table with 4 minifigure seats and assorted elements to create a picnic, plus a buildable stream, swing (hanging from the tree), bonfire, hidden gem element, plant and bush elements, and a ladder to the cabins. Tree foliage features over 180 botanical elements made from plant-based polyethylene plastic using sustainably sourced sugarcane. Assorted plant elements around the tree are also made from this plant-based plastic. This is the first milestone in LEGO® Group’s ambitious commitment to make products using sustainable materials by 2030. Main bedroom cabin features a buildable bed, and assorted elements including hidden scissors (as a reference to the fan creator’s day job as a hairdresser), ship in a bottle, compass, clock plus a balcony with a hand-operated, wind-up crane to lift items up to the cabin. Bathroom features a buildable bathtub, toilet and sink. Kids’ room features bunk beds and assorted elements such as a book and treasure map. This LEGO® Ideas creative toy comes with a booklet with building instructions and information about this awesome set’s fan creator and LEGO designer. Measures over 14” (37cm) high, 10” (27cm) wide and 9” (24cm) deep. Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from 24th July, 2019 LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2019 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.
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    LEGO Ideas Support Thread: Bionicle

    I will caution against such a thread as we do generally discourage for IDEAS projects to be presented in such a way, we prefer for the focus to be on the MOC itself and not the promotion of the project. And so I would encourage that anyone who has a Bionicle IDEAS project to present it as a MOC here on the forums, with a simple link to the project, as the guidelines suggest. However, Bionicle now being allowed on IDEAS is a topic worth discussing, and I can see some value in using this thread to discuss ideas of what kinds of projects people would like to see. Plus, with the activity levels as they are in the constraction community, it's doubtful any of these projects will get much exposure unless we as a Bionicle community work to share them around. Personally, I think if anything under the Bionicle trademark could legitimately win, it would likely have to be primarily system based. I would assume there isn't much in the way of Bionicle parts left in production, and any IDEAS set that relies on constraction parts isn't really possible given the constraints of IDEAS sets in general.