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  1. I do agree that the selection of Castle and Pirates and "compatible" sets has been rather small the last years. Luckily the sets from The LEGO Ninjago movie gives us a few that are interesting in this way. I am for example planning on getting 70608 Master Falls which I think almost screams "Pirates". - I also think the buildings from Elves can provide a good base for houses for Castle and Pirates, though you will have to find use for quite a few alternatively coloured bricks... I did mention some of the "older" themes as examples of themes/sets you can buy even though you have no interest in the theme itself. As newer examples it could be Ninjago or some the superheroes' sets, they often provide small shops or parts of bigger places, like factories. Friends is also good for this.
  2. The economic downturn is not applying to TLG alone. According to Danish news sites, also American giants Hasbro and Mattel have experienced economic downturns. It seems it is more of a trend in the industry. Whether customers have found out they have toys for the next decades already, are beginning to buy second-hand, or they are turning to alternatives, that is a question to be answered. When it comes to the themes of LEGO, I see themes - and I do not see themes. What I mean is that I buy sets I find interesting whether or not they are part of a theme I find interesting. For example I bought 7985 City of Atlantis with its giant crustacea, even though I had absolutely no interest in the theme itself. But the set provided so many great bricks for building a Roman/Greek/Hellenistic or other classic building, I just had to have the set. In the same manner, I have sets from themes like Indiana Jones (Oriental market), Prince of Persia (Middle Eastern buildings), Friends (lots of shops and details), Ninjago (great details and super for Asian buildings) and Marvel Super Heroes (details). So even though I am only into classic themes like town/city, castle and pirates, I find sets from other themes interesting, even though I do not find the theme interesting in its own right. So still plenty of sets to put on the wishlists. I cannot buy them all
  3. What did you buy today?

    "Create The World" has hit The Danish Coop stores. Connected to this the stores offer a handful of polybags at DKK 20 which is even lower than the standard rate of CFMs. So I bought myself - not the Create the World set, but two polybags: - 30351 Police Helicopter (I want a modern version of a police helicopter) - 30353 Tractor (always nice to have, not least with a snowplough) Both sets I find are decent builds with a nice selection of parts. Not least for the price.
  4. 10259 Winter Village Station

    The Danish price is DKK 649 which equals €87 - and LEGO even comes from here... Even without VAT it is still more expensive than in the UK. Besides that, I like the station. I think it is a nice building, I like the corner tower. I agree it is rather small, but I think it fits a village. It might also work as a revived station for a modern tram line. The bus is a very well made vehicle.
  5. Custom LEGO Music Shop

    Looks like a mini version of JANGBRiCK's music store (WIP). I like the size of your store, though. It is good for those of us not having the same amount of space as some famous MOC'ers have got.
  6. Dealing With Burn Out........

    I can easily imagine how working on the same project 6 to 8 hours every day for a year can burn your energy and wish for building. When at the same time, you avoid to build other sets/MOCs that could have served as breaks from the big project, it is no wonder you got fed up. As you already imply yourself, and also agreed upon by fellow EB'ers, selling your collection is not the answer. Most like you will regain your energy, creativity and want for building LEGO again. Your new hobby is a way of removing you from want burns you out and rebuilding your energy. So, put your bricks and big ideas/projects away. Eventually keep a small "emergency kit" within reach, should your wish for building return for a while. With just a small portion of bricks (e.g. a smaller set), you are not "obliged" to dig up big ideas or get involved full time again, you can just sit down, relax and build a little. Go out, enjoy your new hobby and let bricks be bricks.
  7. Worst instructions

    It also bothers me when each step adds too few bricks. It also has the side effect that the instruction booklets get bigger and thicker. Growing up in the 80s, I have seen relatively big models being built with rather few steps. - Of course we have to take into consideration that models have become more complex since then. But still. Furthermore it annoys me that the booklets come in so many different sizes. It even happens within the same set. It makes it more difficult to store the booklets together in the same folder.
  8. What you should bring on your holiday depends partly on which themes interest you, partly on the time you have for building. Do you have 14 full days or an hour now and then? If you are into Creator, I would definitely recommend one or more (depending on the size and space available) 3-in-1 sets for maximizing the options of building and inspiration. Once you have built the official models, you can mix the bricks and go MOC'ing. Modulars and equally sized sets are also good time consumers. But be aware sets with fewer and bigger parts might not be that MOC-friendly. I have tried this a couple of times. It brings the most fun and memories if you can find something to remind you of the trip. First time I bought a LEGO set as a souvenir, it was in Finland. I had never thought of buying 60059 Logging Truck, but after driving around in the forests it was the obvious choice. And I am glad I bought it.
  9. Steinbruck - Modular town & Vehicles

    Nice to see a new layout here I like your MOCs and MODs, and I also like how you have divided the city into a pedestrianized historic centre and surrounding areas with roads and more modern buildings. You should make an entry in the Town Layout Index, so it is easier to find your layout again later.
  10. MOC : Dorm building

    Really impressive MOC, carebear. Both in size and details. I really like the common areas, they have a high level of details. They are wild, lively and express creativity. And actually a great contrast to the dormitory rooms which are quite neat and tidy.
  11. [MOC] Modular Houses

    Great buildings, you have made, Sander. Nice combinations of colours and good details. Like the two smaller buildings, seemingly alike and yet different. And I like the relief with the Weeping Angel on the red building. It is not often we see details like that.
  12. Modular MOC: Kahuka Lounge Tiki (Juice) Bar

    Funny idea, and I like how you incorporated the classic Pirate stuff. Great idea and well made. Maybe a small homebar next to the private hot tub to increase the exclusitivity for the guests coming up there?
  13. [MOC] Funicular railway

    As Denmark is a rather small country, it is not too far. Though for me it is "on the other side of the country". I have never been in Skærbæk, maybe this year should be the first.
  14. [MOC] Funicular railway

    Really beautiful model, Sven F. It reminded me of a trip to Bergen, Norway, where they have quite long funicular. It is an amazing trip, going uphill having a view over the city. I have been thinking about making a funicular myself, but nowhere any real plans. You show how nice it can look and work. A really welcome part in any layout. I would love to see that at an LEGO event.
  15. Building a City with limited space

    I am in the same boat here. My plans are bigger than my table. It actually keeps me from start building a layout, as I want more than I have space for. I am therefore thinking about doing it a bit differently, namely building temporary layouts (maybe on the dining table, wife says ok! ). To get some variety, I plan to make different layouts every time. For example building chronologically: How would a layout in 1984 look? The update it to 1986, 1988, etc. The it could be a small town layout with smaller houses and shops and a bus stop. Then a big city layout with big buildings, tramways and busy streets. Then maybe an airport layout, castle or pirate. - This way it is still possible to pursue one's ideas without needing a gigantic layout. If you have got some shelfes for displaying, you can also make small dioramas there. If you need some inspiration for layouts, I will recommend you to take a look at the two layout indices. Here you can find both big and small layouts: * The old, rather comprehensive Town Layout Index, which is not updated anymore. * The newer, but seldomly used Index: Town Layouts.