Huaojozu

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  1. Huaojozu

    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    We've got pics now? I'd love to see them!
  2. Hey everyone, I'm back with another alternate model, this time for the latest modular - 10264 Corner Garage. I posted the exterior in the set's thread back in February and had to put the project on hold for a bit. I came back to it this month to finish the interior and you can see the result below. It uses 2190+ pieces, so about 85% of the original set. A lot of the very specialized pieces and Technic pins left over. Initially I wanted to make 3 fully furnished floors but it soon became apparent that I wouldn't have enough pieces for everything. The floor would have to be compromised a lot due to a lack of plates (since the original has an unusual floor shape) and there also weren't enough pieces left for furniture, without combining colors willy-nilly. So I settled for a store on the ground floor and an appartment on the top. Building these alternates, I'm starting to realize why Lego hasn't produced a classic straight modular for a while. The latest ones we had were DD, DO and PR - and while DD's and PR's sidewalks are straight, the buildings themselves are more corner-y. Having only one exposed side makes the building looks less interesting standalone. I think I will go back to corner modulars or adapt Lego's philosophy of "straight-but-corner" for the future. Seems like more fun. Enjoy the pictures below. You can get the instructions here.
  3. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    Done with the first pass on the exterior of my Department Store alternate model. I'm sure it will change a lot as I work on the interior and realize I need parts used elsewhere but so far I like it.
  4. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    Just look at the facade... there's so many tiny pieces there, that I would be surprised if the weight was significantly larger to what we're used to. Especially with the smaller footprint of the building and sparse interiors, I don't see where they could put the bigger bricks that would increase weight.
  5. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    It would be great if everyone liked the same things and everything was a nice big echo chamber of positivity. Alas, that's not the case. I feel like the complaints were for the most part well reasoned and put forth without any drama or toxicity. A constructive discussion and summary of pros and cons, if you will. Why would you find that unpleasant to engage in?
  6. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    DD may look out of place but you can't argue that it doesn't features unique architecture elements that make it look distinct. The rounded edges of the ground floor and right side, contrasted with the the sharp edges of the top left side, make for some pleasing viewing. I've been wondering all day why it bothers me. And I think this sums it up pretty nicely for me. It just doesn't have the NEW! factor that the other modulars had. Maybe it's because the color scheme is very similar to Town Hall?
  7. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    It's of course hard to tell without getting to build it, but does anyone else feel like the interior mini-builds are of very varying quality? What I mean is that the builds in the vet's office are absolutely stunning while the builds in the apartment are quite lackluster by Lego's own standards (compared to similar subject matters in other modulars), especially the toilet and the kitchen (and personally I'm really not a fan of the TV, though some people seem to love it).
  8. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    I'm not questioning the fact that certain parts cost more to make. But I don't believe Lego says: "OK, we are using these parts, this is the cost to manufacture them, these are the overheads, let's add 20% for profit and go." I would expect it to be more like: "OK, you want to use these parts in your design. We could probably sell that design with these parts for X." How much profit that leaves then dictates the Go/No-Go decision on that particular design.
  9. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    I don't claim to know Lego's pricing strategy, but that doesn't seem optimal. Weight would only affect the amount of plastic required (which I assume is a negligible cost) and shipping charges (which again I can't imagine being that high). It's much more likely in my opinion that Lego simply looks at the market, the direct and indirect competition, what price points their other sets are at and the general price trends in the industry and in general, and sets a price that is predicted to bring in the most profits given the elasticity of demand.
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    10264 Corner Garage

    Brick Bank may be sold out in some places but over here you can still find it below MSRP in 10+ eshops.
  11. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    Somehow I like it even less now... It feels overcrowded in some places and quite bland/empty at others. Look at the view at 1:21...
  12. Huaojozu

    10264 Corner Garage

    What's disappointing to me is that the bumped piece count (that could at least partly justify the increased price) is padded by what looks like a very large volume of 1x1 pieces.
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    10264 Corner Garage

    I think they did a good job with depicting the ideas they wanted to do, with a slightly smaller footprint to accomodate the pump, but the end result is not something I am excited for. The color scheme is quite boring when compared to older modulars, the general shape leaves the weird gaps on the side of the center structure and the facade doesn't seem very interesting. Coupled with a price bump...
  14. Huaojozu

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    First impressions? I don't like it. The way they achieved the shape is bound to leave gaps (as you can see), the color scheme is rather boring, for lack of a better word (I really didn't like the Town Hall colors) and the facade looks quite simplistic with that window design. Maybe with more photos from different angles I will change my mind?
  15. Huaojozu

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Props to LEGO for keeping the set under wraps this long. Even if the name and piece count is accurate, we still didn't get a single picture leak. I'm hyped like everyone else, crossing my fingers for some new/rare colors.