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  1. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Brilliant. You can’t make this stuff up. I can imagine being a parent pr grandparent who knows nothing about LEGO and who goes to the store to buy a gift for their child/grandson. I see the train, I remember my child/grandson has a LEGO train. I see the price, it is great. I decide to buy it. cannot imagine the feeling I would have if they build it and it’s tiny and doesn’t go on the track
  2. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    So basically, the success of the set is based in part on scamming parents. Nice
  3. McWaffel

    Rotary snowplow - King of Winter

    Very cool build, unfortunately the video link doesn’t work for me
  4. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I have exactly one PF train in my lineup of mostly 9V trains (and the crocodile without a motor). that PF train got one set of fresh batteries when I first bought it (at an insane discount). Set 60052 I believe is the number. It ran out of batteries on day two. Then I put one more set in and it died the same day. I was so disappointed, I never used that engine again. Now I have replaced the PF motor with a 9V motor. Best decision ever. The batteries from my second run are still in there as dead weight. I also can’t wait to see FxBricks release motors and power pickups. I’m gonna equip everything with pickups and motors immediately and go DCC on the first day of their release
  5. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I still fail to see the benefits of using batteries over DC power provided by the track. someone who thinks batteries are better needs to explain to me why they think that.
  6. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    You must have forgotten that we used to have electric trains in LEGO with 12 and 9V systems. On the floor in kids rooms. And it was nothing like H0 either. All that we would have needed from there was PWM-ready motors for DCC decoders and that would have been the end of it. DCC is also fully controllable via computers. Phone, tablet, laptop, whatever you want. So that argument you made is also not relevant. DCC also allows you to electrically switch tracks and lights and sounds without having to run any cables. The power can be provided through the track and the signal as well. If you ever get the chance to play with a fully equipped DCC system, I highly recommend you do so. It’s fantastic
  7. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Wow I didn’t even see this at first but that‘s completely different from my POV. It‘s 2022. LEGO trains should be electrically fed and DCC capable. Batteries are a *huge* waste of energy and resources. It’s one of the most expensive source of energy per watt by miles. Rechargables somewhat redeem themselves but they too degrade. I don’t think your battery train will run in 20 years time. But guess what? My 24 year old 9V train is running perfectly. And it’s gonna run perfectly in 20 more years from now
  8. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I would love to agree with that, but the evidence doesn’t support your hypothesis. Trains have consistently been making it through the support phase of IDEAS. For years. Where does it show that this fact has had any influence on changes in the product lineup?
  9. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    You need to get your manners and your tone in order. Big time.
  10. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    That’s not what I said. What I said is LEGO can clearly see there is a lot of demand for trains and yet we basically get nothing. The croc loco was hugely successful (if you ask retailers), and did we get a replacement for it when it was retired? Nope. Oof. They’re just corporate workers, bro. Sorry to break it to you. Apple is also not interested in making great products, they just want your money. This is also reflected by the change in the VIP system coming up. Just wait for a monthly subscription service to LEGO for GWPs and discounts. Or maybe because they don’t care. There’s bigger fish to fry. TLGs whole concept the past few years was to create and establish entirely new customer bases. Their core base is completely neglected. Every system change they do is aimed at new customers. „Built cities with old style road plates for 40 years? Well sucks to be you, we’re doing new ones that are incompatible with everything else we have on the market.“ Says the company making three sitcom apartments, two of which don’t sell. A) no need to be condescending B) never assume malice if it can be explained by stupidity C) it’s hardly the designers. It’s 100% some marketing and corporate folks trying to figure out how to best squeeze money out of peoples pockets without investing too much time and effort. This is also reflected in other themes, like city for example. As well as the arguments I made above (subscription service, road plates). There are many more examples. We don’t even have a train station anymore, lol
  11. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    It’s been going on for years and they have not done anything about it. So obviously they don’t care. LEGO designers are on record saying what TLG wants them to say. FTFY. Agreed. Also agreed. trains are obviously not as niche as we think. If it sells enough so that companies like BlueBrixx, FxBrix, TrixBrix etc. can all turn a profit selling track, plus a whole host of brick toy manufacturers making train models and buildings for trains aimed just at adults… don’t tell me trains are a niche. That’s obviously not true. TLG doesn’t care about trains and it shows. Year after year there’s trains in LEGO ideas. There must have been at least 10 trains that made it through in recent times. Not one got released. Yet they keep passing the 10k supporters. See my argument above
  12. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    LEGO just hates trains. Besides modular buildings, trains are the most common theme that keeps making it through to the LEGO ideas 10k votes, yet we get nothing. Somebody at LEGO didn’t have a train set as a child and now they want nobody to have one. Thankfully there’s now a lot of other brands offering brick trains and accessories
  13. Yes but you could also just run another power cable, which you should anyway and that’s better than any joints by a long shot, so not really that good of an argument, and surely not worth spending 25% more over
  14. McWaffel

    LEGO Trains 2022

    If you could have only one train for the next four years (2022-2026), which would you pick and why?: 1. Large creator steam locomotive (no carriages) 2. High speed passenger train with engine + two carriages 3. Cargo train with engine + three carriages 4. Revamp of one previously released train set (tell us which one)
  15. I sure do, 2016 SG Standard in ebony with the batwing pick guard 🤟🏼