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  1. Well if what others have said is true and the product is finalized a year out (reading all the replies to the discussion in context helps) then 21 would have been at some stage of production already. Never saw them sorting the packages out (I'll take your word for it) but why were they doing that? Its a non-issue to you but that sounds like someone somewhere at the company had a little concern. - Anyway I'm out and I'll just concede to all the replies that the packaging change definitely wasn't something less sinister, which is all that theory was; a less gloomy, less 'this is the end of the CMF' theory. So now being upset at the thought of the change can be the dominant point of discussion with the focus being speculation that it's greed or getting kids to gamble since that's where the discussion is being steered.
  2. CMF19? The product is designed far in advance so the series that came out during the pandemic were well into production. They could have done paper boxes before but there wasn't really as serious a threat before and its entirely plausible that with the new knowledge regarding physical transfer that it alarmed those at the company knowing that kids touch the packaging with a fervor and aren't as aware of the need for proper hand washing before touching their faces. Its another possible theory as to the change, one that falls under health and not environmental packaging concerns like the Greenpeace protests. Nothing definitive, especially there being only 3 possible explanations. All of the 'sky is falling' talk is of no interest to me though so that's why I didn't quote it and where I leave the discussion.
  3. 4: Or the change is temporary due to the risk of fomites/disease transfer and they'll return to the sticky-and-oily-booger-finger food-grease-covered gropey-bags in due time... until Ebolavirus or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy zoonosis/antigenic shift.
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    [MOC] Strip Club

    This is so spot on its hilarious in its accuracy! The club owner's super transparent attempt at being ritzy but winding up tacky, (I mean this in a good way to your precise representation of the reality of the source inspiration and not that your build is tacky). Excellent work with all the details, colors and design as it really feels like a skeezy big-city club.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    With loose parts (as opposed to unopened sets) Bricklink's 'new' isn't exactly the same as direct-from-Lego and that's reflected in that price difference. Any BL seller can claim that the 103,547 2x4 bricks that they've had for the past twenty-six years are brand new and unused but that isn't like Lego PAB new.
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    [MOD] Fantasy minifigures using recent parts

    You always do such great and creative reuse of the minifigure parts for other themes and these are no exception. Great use of the minecraft? torso and those antler horns are great on the cow/bull head and that witch is perfection. Excellent and great inspiration for reappropriation of minifigure parts!
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    PAB Cups: What Did You Get?

    EB pandemic time capsule.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Lol doh! The Xwing engine part, thanks! Have not had an opportunity to see it in person.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Now thats my kind of order! New small parts The sand yellow recolors on the left, the new 1x3 slope pieces on the right. Super jelly. What's the grey cylinder top middle?
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    Ah that must be it. My phone is like just after rotary dial. No wonder it wasn't working for me.
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    Anyone try out the app yet? It was functioning terribly for me. First up it prompts you to download an additional 300MB of content after the initial app install which isn't a big deal except that its incredibly slow, slower than downloading gigabytes of patches elsewhere on the same internet connection. Also the loading of the app and every area takes forever, longer than loading a Fallout 4 save on a 5400rpm stock last-gen-console hard drive. It also froze up and kept 'pinwheeling' so had to offload and restart. Then it froze again and drained battery down to 20% in just a few minutes. Then it froze again, every time on the add bandmate screen. Was going to try out @Metanoios91 hilarious suggestion of just scanning images online to unlock bandmates but never could actually get to the point of scanning with the camera, the app froze each time.
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    LEGar ...

    That really completes it, fantastic work on those graphics! Its a shame they didn't allow them but it still looks great both ways. I didn't notice the phone pieces for the lights at the roof line, very clever.
  13. Brilliant use of that hairpiece and everything stemming from that . The crow, red leaves and black trunk for a darker feeling tree. Most excellent minimalist creation and really great parts usage!
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    [MOC] Training Grounds

    What a visually gorgeous build. The tree, the overflow of the scene, the weathered look of the house and the texturing of the city wall are all sublime. Fantastic techniques, style and design throughout!