Grover

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  1. How did you come out of your Dark Ages?

    I slowed down a little on my collection when I went to college, but still kept up fairly well. Then I went to grad school, and the lack of time and money hurt. I was fortunate in that I never went a year without getting at least a tiny Lego set, thanks to my parents at Christmas, but I didn't follow much Lego for quite some time. Sadly, I missed out on almost the entire Fantasy Era and all the Vikings. Fortunately, I wasn't totally brainless, and did keep some tabs later in grad school, so I was able to pick up the Kingdoms Joust, the Medieval Marketplace, and the Cafe Corner. I missed the Mill Village Raid and Market Street. (I managed to finish Bricklinking Market Street just a month ago, so I finally have all the modulars. Woo hoo!) I kept picking up the modulars after grad school, but it wasn't until around 2010 that I really started buying sets again and getting back into Lego like I did when I was a kid. Personally, I think the high quality modular builds kept my interest and allowed me to get back into collecting. It was classic-castle.com that got me back into MOC building and it has been eurobricks that has continued and encouraged that, so thanks to all here!
  2. Future Castle Sets?

    I probably wasn't clear; I should have said more originality in the set designs. In my opinion, they treated Castle 2013 as if it were a City line, rehashing old sets (i.e., a million police stations, etc.) but even more thoughtless, using almost identical designs over again. I would like to see new sets altogether, and, if rehashing, significant changes. It felt to me like Castle 2013 was phoned in and that they in fact did not spend a lot of time thinking about designs, what would sell, at what price points, etc. I certainly see those things in Nexo, KK2, and others, even if I personally do not care for the theme or designs, but I did not see that with the Castle 2013 theme. Hopefully that makes more sense. And, while expressing personal preferences that are pipe dreams, I'd like to see old grey, old dark grey, and especially old brown. I can deal with the bley and dark bley, but that reddish brown is ugly to me. Never happen, but hey, might as well throw it out there.
  3. Future Castle Sets?

    That's not really what I heard from it, nor is it any different than diehard fans of any other theme out there. I think it's diehard fans expressing their personal opinions. I, for one, don't care one way or the other about any of those things. I do, however, not want to see a mindoll Castle theme, and would like to see more thought put into set designs. I'm sure you have your personal opinions as to what you want to see as well.
  4. Future Castle Sets?

    I kind of assumed it was a bunch of LARPers on an acid trip. :-)
  5. Future Castle Sets?

    I think that the corporate mindset has been detrimental to themes that are not top financial performers. If a particular line, such as Castle, does not perform as well as City, then it may be eliminated as the idea behind companies is to maximize profit. Hence why we see the Friends line and others. Principles have little to do with the theme choices except when they coincide with avoiding alienation of the most profitable sector. And yes, I agree with x105 Black that we have not really been thrown a bone. Sure, if Castle had been on hiatus for a year or two, and during that time we had LotR, then sure, I'd consider that a bone being thrown. However, with Castle having been gone for 5 years now and getting NK and Elves? Really? The Disney castle is OK, but is literally a cartoony castle compared to a fortress. Hogwarts is appealing to me for parts, not for the set itself. I'll buy one and use all the parts to make my own MOC castles. Pretty much all I do anymore except buying old castle sets on Bricklink.
  6. Future Castle Sets?

    I think that's true of many of us. I have been spending much of my money on old sets on BrickLink because there is no current castle line. I'm kind of enjoying this reprieve as a chance to get all the old sets that I didn't get during my dark ages, but that won't last long. Once I have all the old sets, it's not like I"m going to buy NK or something because it's the closest thing to castle that I can get. I'd rather buy duplicates of old castle sets than that.
  7. Future Castle Sets?

    I am 100% OK with that. :-)
  8. Future Castle Sets?

    An expert level Castle set is my dream. My total pipe dream is that they come out with an Expert line of Castle modulars (turret, gatehouse, wall, great hall, etc.) that would fit together like the modulars do for City. Won't happen, but I can dream and make my own MOCs.
  9. Future Castle Sets?

    I agree. It makes me hopeful, too, as, in my opinion, the designs are getting better. 1. Harry Potter is more real castle than Nexo. 2. HP and Castle have run concurrently, as others have said. 3. "Yay, Nexo is dead". I don't even bother to qualify that with any other statement, just glad it's gone. 4. Lego just brought back a 4 wide vehicle, a few days ago: https://brickset.com/sets/4000030-1/Truck
  10. Future Castle Sets?

    That looks really good to me, too. I'm all for color schemes like that. Sadly, that came about during my dark ages. Otherwise, I would have bought a couple of those just for parts.
  11. Future Castle Sets?

    I agree--it is very much a space theme. For those who really liked the classic space, it was great. For those of us who wanted Castle, not so much. As for tan castles, I'm 100% for it. Tan, white, salmon, light grey, dark grey, black... any color that could be conceived of as even semi-realistic. But blue? No one ever built blue castles. Neon orange? no. Most castles were built with the stone from their region. Carcassonne looks very different depending on the lighting (browse some of these pictures): https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g187151-d578756-i18518243-Chateau_Comtal-Carcassonne_Center_Carcassonne_Aude_Occitanie.html From light grey to tan to salmon. I also think it would be interesting to see castle designs from the old Roman forts built on a hill, to pallisaded walls, to high castles and double concentric designs with full gatehouses. There's a lot of options for designers.
  12. Future Castle Sets?

    Personally, thought that Nexo Knights combined the two worst parts of the above: poor color choices (neon and primary colors) and crazy over the top cartoonish fantasy elements. Really a techno-space cartoony element. None of that appealed to me at all and I did not consider any of it a castle theme. I wasn't too crazy about the troll wheel and the other over the top designs from the Fantasy Era, as x105Black points out, although I did like the colors for MOCs, and I was much happier with those designs than Nexo Knights or not having anything at all. I side with Klaus-Dieter, though, in that I really liked the Kingdoms line with all the neat colors and detailed medieval buildings of both military and civilian sides. More factions like that, perhaps some more detailed updated stuff like the wolfpack guy from the CMF line a while back, would be very cool to see indeed.
  13. 2018 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Oh yeah, TLG won't do military, just saying that I am uninterested in helicopters in general. The military ones are a little more interesting, but they'll never make them for sure. I'd be quite happy to have knockoffs of Toyota sedans and minivans. We need some more purely passenger vehicles to fill out the city for sure. I doubt they'd sell, so they'll likely never make them, but such is life.
  14. 2018 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Ford Mustang by a longshot. Pretty much any car, really, except maybe a Festiva or something. I could maybe get behind an Apache or an Osprey or something, but an AS350? Bleh. My opinion, though.