jdubbs

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  1. At this point I wouldn't expect it to just show up as in-stock on the website without prior notice. They've already warned that it will remain out of stock through the Oct 1 general release date... Given that they've got a notice up on the product page about the problem, I expect we will see another update advising when more stock will be available, before anything shows up for sale.
  2. Future Star Wars Sets

    It's highly unlikely any non-current movie would get a full wave unto itself. But given that LEGO is still putting out Clone Wars sets years after it went off the air, I think it's safe to assume we will get another Rogue One set or two mixed in with upcoming 2018 and 2019 waves. My hope is that a cargo shuttle will come next fall, since there won't be a December 2018 movie, and since both Kylo's and Krennick's shuttles should be long-retired by then. And then maybe the following year we might get an AT-ACT, once the ridiculous Gorilla Walker is off shelves.
  3. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I wasn't collecting modulars the last time one was retired... did the LEGO Store discount it once it was listed as "Retiring Soon"? I don't have the Palace Cinema yet, and even though it is currently listed as out of stock in the US, I'm guessing it will come back in stock at some point, since a) it was never even listed as Retiring Soon on the website and b) the Batcave has been going in and out of stock (and backordering) ever since it was listed as Retiring Soon.
  4. I assumed the nose bits were related to Unkar Plutt's ill-advised modifications to the Falcon... there might be something about this in the Incredible Cross Sections book? The radar dish was replaced after the original was knocked off inside the second Death Star.
  5. [MOC] Bricksfield Public Elementary School

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  6. Next UCS Set

    I have the original Y-Wing and it was super-annoying to display... the nacelles kept falling off. But it was also surprisingly true to the original prop, so I'm not sure there's a lot they can do to improve it.... versus the Rebel Blockade Runner or Star Destroyer which to me at least look more dated. Another playset is also a possibility, perhaps an Endor bunker assault or a hybrid playset like Jabba's Sail Barge. Especially if the Assault on Hoth playset retires in the next six months, which seems likely given it was discounted for the Force Friday sale. But my money is on the A-Wing. It can be done to scale with other starfighters for ~$150, it hasn't been done before (addressing complaints that so many recent UCS sets have been rehashes of previous sets), it's the last of the classic trilogy starfighters to receive the UCS treatment, AND it appears in Episode VIII.
  7. Next UCS Set

    Bear in mind that the Falcon was not the next UCS set after the Death Star Redux. The Snowspeeder was. So if you choose to believe this silhouette is a tease for a new UCS Star Destroyer, it could just as easily (and more likely) be coming a year from now rather than in the winter/spring. My guess is that the next UCS set will be on the smaller size ($200 or less) to offset the extreme price of the Falcon, which makes an A-Wing or Poe's X-Wing the most logical choices. A TIE Bomber would be great, but that ship is dense, so I would expect a Bomber in scale with the UCS TIE Fighter to be more like $300.
  8. Flooded Collection

    You're going to be dealing with a lot of mud and sediment. I'm actually from Austin and our house was flooded Memorial Day 1981... I still have childhood books that survived the flood, as did some of my dad's McIntosh stereo equipment, believe it or not. So there is hope... JangBricks' YouTube channel has a video detailing how he cleans the sets he buys used... basically immerse bricks in hydrogen peroxide and set them in direct sunlight for an hour or two (make sure they're fully immersed... I've done it myself and it worked best if I used two glass bowls, one larger than the other, and sandwiched the bricks in between them). With that many bricks you're going to have a lot to clean... on Amazon you can find large jugs of hydrogen peroxide for much cheaper than you'll find at Walgreens. And a salad spinner works well to dry them. Jang's instructions cover how to clean (semi-)permanently discolored bricks, by the way... in theory short-term contact with mud wouldn't require this level of cleaning. But given all else that you're dealing with and the size of your collection, it may be a while before you can devote cleanup time to your bricks, which is why I suggested using his technique.
  9. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Really happy the inner areas of the six exhaust vents are brick-built rather than stickers.
  10. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    It has an underside! (more or less.)
  11. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I can't wait for the 5-10 pages of mind-numbing debate about whether this constitutes a "real" UCS set because they opted for block lettering over the stupid seal.
  12. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    If you're looking at it on an iPad you may only see the zoomed-in photo... at least, this is what happened to me. If you read the comments and search for the twitter account of the user who originally posted the image, you'll find the second image with the four minifigs. Or switch to a laptop or desktop computer.
  13. 10259 Winter Village Station

    The online LEGO Store shows different availability in different regions. In the U.S., the Train and the Toy Shop have been either in stock or available for backorder consistently since their introduction. In the UK and other parts of the world, not so much.
  14. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors and Discussion

    I love the LotR sets (until the last wave, which was totally phoned-in) but it's not gonna happen. Christopher Tolkien retains the rights to that book and by most accounts he wasn't a fan of what was done with The Hobbit and LotR... so the likelihood he sells the film rights for any other books are slim-to-none. Still, the LotR sets are a cautionary tale for HP. LEGO clearly hoped they had the makings of a long-running line of sets, but it seems the sales just weren't there. I gather they are struggling to find another evergreen line of the likes of SW, Ninjago, and City. I wonder if it wouldn't be easier to do a rotating lineup of smaller licenses, each of which gets attention for a year before going on hiatus to make way for another license. This is basically the approach Playmobil takes... one year they do Knights, the next they do Pirates, then History, and back to Knights. It seems like this approach would allow LEGO to do HP one year, then cycle through a few waves dedicated to another of their licenses like Goonies, Ghostbusters, Pirates of the Caribbean, E.T., and even LotR. This would relieve the pressure on any one license to become evergreen and allow them to tie into movie releases and anniversaries as they come and go.
  15. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    I am a bit surprised that the first wave of Rogue One sets are retiring so quickly... just a year or so on the market. The first wave of TFA is (for the most part) still available... and those sets are a year older than the Rogue One equivalents. They could be keeping sets like the Falcon, Poe's X-Wing, First Order TIE, and Kylo's Shuttle around because they'll be featured in TLJ. But I hope it doesn't mean the Rogue One sets didn't sell well... I still have fingers crossed that we'll see a Rogue One Cargo Shuttle once Kylo's and/or Krennic's shuttles are off the market. I think it's highly unlikely another UCS set would be announced alongside the UCS Falcon... it would be totally eclipsed by the attention paid to the Falcon, and no one would have the budget for two UCS sets at once. The next UCS set will likely come in the first few months of 2018, around the time the Snowspeeder was announced.... but the way I read his comments, the "big" set he's referring to is another system-scale set that he worked on, since those are the sets he warns are retiring.