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  1. BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    R56 in PF (and 9V) is definitely my priority ! 9v straight would rank 2nd. But 9v Straights are not that expensive : 8 x 9V straights is about 30 EUR on aftermarket. So 9v straight should be very competitive as European customers will also have to pay for more shipping fees and add 20% to 25% of custom taxes. PF straight with copper/inox tape is still a very easy and affordable workaround especially on straights. As for points, we do not need so many. I do not like 4Dbrix (and TrixBrix) switch geometry. Their solutions are not enough flexible and I won't buy and store a single-purpose switches. A swich must be very versatile to meet the market. I do have more tha 20 9V and PF switches. But even if R104 switches were very cheap, I would not buy more than a couple of each, for exhibition or outdoor use. for instance, For instance, for a ladder, tracks on a drawer would be more room efficient especially for longer trains.
  2. For your investigation, you may have forget 3d files on Thingiverse, pictures of afol that cut and stick old lego points on brickshelf, etc.. It takes a very long time to design, print, test, correct, improve print and finally publish. I find it too easy for others to slander and they deserve the first rank for stupidity Working on patent and IP is a serious profession, you know. For your records, I'm working (on my own and for friends only) on this for months. I mean the industrial track, not the provencale tablecloth. I've also designed a 3XL wheel (49,6 mm blind) for a german S2/6, mast for catenary, etc.. And for those IP ayatollahs who blam and accuse without knowing, I got inspiration from Maerklin and Tillg models for the design. I don't know if others have done similar things
  3. Results from the quarterly survey time April 2013

    I do agree that taxes (and sometime national lobbies) don't help, but it can't explain the great part of the mess about prices. Like Amazon in Europe, most of Web vendors are fiscally located in Ireland and pay all of their taxes there. That's the way they legally escape local taxes. So why is Lego shop cheaper for Germany delivery than for France ? Why is this often the contrary (for Lego sets) on Amazon ? 3 of the 4 toy shops in my shopping district display the same price grid for Lego set. The fourth one is a Belgian franchise : bigger sets are often much more expensive as smaller set are often cheaper, sometimes up to 25%. You may find there themes that comes not out in France, or find them earlier. And exceptionally, you may find limited set restricted to another network. It's obvious their supply chain comes from abroad. Taxes and regulations do not vary with size of sets, themes, playmobil release date (news are released 6 month earlier in Germany), etc. But Lego prices difference between countries do. And the cheaper is not always the same place ... Juste realize that, for instance, set 10232 is 7% cheaper in The Galerie Lafayette Haussman, THE very big department store in THE very centre of Paris where local, national taxes, excise duties, rent ... everything is higher than anywhere in France (and even in the World according to you) than Legoshop @home a web seller without go-between and with minimum taxes ... That's so frustating and irritating to find next door the same set you bought 25% more. Who want to buy Lego Tower Bridge 10214 EUR 219.99 when it's on shelves for a year at EUR 169.99 in my local toy shop (a brick and mortar toy shop with employee, taxes, rent..) ? As far I'm concerned, I don' care. The funny thing is that is sometimes cheaper to (re)import even with USPS shipping fee (~50/60 $), VAT (+19,6% on value including shipping) and customs tax perception fee (~26 $) added. This is less a problem of high price but more a feeling of inequitable differences. Big price differences on the same set noticed in a short period of time within a finally small area tend to show inconsistencies in prices and develop the feeling of being outsmarted, duped. Say that, it won't ruin my enjoyment of buildind more and more with my Lego bricks !
  4. LEGO Star Wars 10236 Ewok Village

    I dreamed of it Definitely a must-buy for who can afford it ! I wonder if the trees are tall enough to let an AT-ST go between ? May be two sets will be needed
  5. Classic Space Restoration Project

    Great job, Rufus. I'm really moved as I got it for Christmas '79 ... That a great set of the Lost World. If only TLG would reissue all the first wave. Play it again, Sam
  6. Results from the quarterly survey time April 2013

    Hope you are kidding ? If I were you, I you would start a petition to get prices on the Official Online Legostore up to 30% higher for people, say, from Montana (compared with prices for those from New Jersey). Those difference between states you listed above are as high in the US as in the European Union. That would be great fun ... as for us in this old Europe. I don't think Lego prices have a lot to do with costs. Those box I once ordered on Legoshop where produced in China, Hungary, etc.. (sometimes Denmark, probably the price sticker) shipped to a big warehouse somewhere among the Vikings and then delivered by a Romanian driver in a Polish truck. I don't think cost's would have been different if he (the romanian driver) had to deliver in Germany (just turn left instead of right on the Rhine river highway). I think It's more a question of competition (Lego and Playmobil new themes - even colors used - are the same at same time, even the same rotten ideas) and consumer ability to pay more or (un)ability to compare prices. What a stupid consumer strategy ! I live in France, in the east, the country that we called "of the three borders" (Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany). And there, it's worth taking you car to go shopping accross the border, not only for beers (go to Germany for long-drink beers, to Belgium for strong flavored ones, to France if you want to spend a lot for chemical ones and then leave what you haven't spent on an bank account in Luxemburg to avoid most of European taxes - I'm joking). It is worth also for Lego, as long as you intend to buy a big set. [i could there also speak about anticipated and limited series, themes that are not issued in a country, etc...] Not so long after Lego gave up wood for ABS, those guys from North America brought us the Internet as researcher from CERN invented the Web. So now it much more easier. It takes no longer than a couple of minute to find the desired set up to 30% less, shipping fee included (more and more cheap within western Europe). And even for smaller set, you may sometimes take part in a "bulk" order. The fact is marketers only achieved to destroy the value of Lego set perceived by old regular customer. I now consider Official Lego Prices as the limit to never reach, the prices for desperate consumers, incurable lego-addict, aliens that never taste of our consumer society... Even in Paris' Galerie Lafayette - one of the best Lego shop in Paris, even best as the official Lego Shop (if you dare find it), also known as the self-proclaimed temple of fashion - but especially sanctuary of high prices for tourists still amazed by the French capital city... Even there, you will be able to buy Palace Cinema (10132) 7% less than on Lego Shame Online. With this survey we now know that the sleeper has his eyes wide opened. May be he would - endlich - realize that there is definitely something rotten in the (brick) kingdom of Denmark. It's time to take AFOL for what they are : Adults.
  7. LEGO Friends on shelves

    Guess who I met last Sunday at my local shop ? Her names is Stephanie. She's a little taller than regular minifig. Same picture, bigger Sets on shelves looked too attractive to say No. My daughter picked one of the smallest, #3930. No stickers ! What a good news ... The sunshade piece and the 1 x 1 milk brick are printed. Nice colors too. Here it is in real world : It seems there are new pets (birds, dogs, etc.) No doubt we'll soon buy another one (The big house was around EUR 75). Is it what you mean ? Her hair fits perfectly on a regular minifig. Bit not for heads as friends'head have a thinner neck. A closer view on the fig. Bad news : soft plastic, same that make octopus legs (Atlantis line) As you may see, it's not as shiny as "regular" hair pieces. No discrimination please ! Blond hair are not exclusively dedicated to women ... My peasant match more with our times like that. Actually, I'm off today. I won't be able to show it before to morrow.
  8. Need Help identifing a train for a MOC

    Hi, If you are talking of the steam loc, it's a 121 PLM, pulling omnibus #309 between Vintimille (on the italian border) and Marseille, with more than 50 stops as La Ciotat. Here is a link with more pictures of this beautiful engine. Enjoy.
  9. So do I + Part No: 4085 Name: Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical New color: brick-yellow (tan) Part No: 87620 Name: Brick, Modified Facet 2 x 2 New color: brick-yellow (tan)
  10. [Minifig review] Alien family is growing

    This one ... : But I left it to my nephew and he hasn't build it so far. So I won't be able to take some pictures of it. Sorry
  11. The ugly and nasty alien of our dreams ? The bad ones are always the aliens Last seen in set #5983, but can be encountered in set 5984 and 5985 Universe: Space Police Year of birth: 2010 Status : WANTED TLG release 3 new aliens this season : You'll have to spend a lot and buy sets #5984 and 5985 to catch them all. Set 5983 (front, back, top) will provide you only the most common one but for a minimal donation to TLG. Let us get acquainted with sir escapee ! He has a very big mouth, so big that he can unfasten his belt with its chin ! A close up of his face shows us that his head is made in two parts sticked together. In fact, it's barely noticeable. I wonder how this guy manage to sleep on his back, and how he managed to dress. Even his back is threatening ! The head itself is a big, hard and heavy part. I'm not sure if it's the first time but we get a jail suit with this minifig : And for our pleasure, it's printed on both side ! It's a great minifig for any AFOL No doubt that it will soon sit in my Mos Eisley cantina ... Enjoy
  12. REVIEW: Portal of Atlantis 8078

    Bag 8 The gate on the right hand side, ground floor. Only accessories differs from bag 6 A table with bottles and a frog and weapons Build. 1 extra part. Gates put toghether Bag 9 The gate on the right hand side, upper floor. Like bag 7. Build. 2 extra parts. Both pictures shows that some slopes shine as other don't. The 4 x 3 30° slope on the right looks badly molded with an irregular surface May be there is a link with that ? Building completed With minifigs added. Other views I think it's a great set. It's current price is too high but I think it will soon drop. The color scheme (dark red, dark tan, black and pearl gold) is wonderful. I HATE these red and grey underwater vehicules There are 6 minifig + one old-style skeleton. The gatekeeper is great and its speckle black-gold armor and helmet are particularly amazing. The overall design is great, the diaphragm is a good find and the building is pleasant.
  13. Set #8078 Theme: Atlantis Year Released: since December 2010 Piece Count: a lot Minifigs: 6+, 3 divers, the guardian of the gate , octopus and shark warriors and an old-fashioned skeleton List Price: too much, 95 EUR I had to go to Paris last wednesday to attend a meeting. I take advantage of noon time to pop into the only shop in France dedicated to Lego. What a surprise ! The shop was full of freshly delivered new sets : cars, space police, atlantis, prince of persia, trains, etc. 5 hours laters, most of it has been sold ! I must admit that I bought this box for the minifigs, but I like the overall design much better than in set with the squid (8061) The box Though there is no light in this set, the picture on the cover highlights the color palette used for the set (black, gold, dark red) with rays of light coming from the gate. The treasure chest is hidden by the guardian. As the box is quite big, you can't miss it in a shop. The biggest set in the line. It has in fact the same size as that for the fire brigade. It measures 54.5 x 47.5 x 8.5 (in cm). As usual, the back shows some of the functions : The gate can be open by turning the wheel (this tile, it works with gears). The mouth of the shark can close the lower stairs ... rather useless as you can swim around ! Minifigs shoot on the top. Content The box can be open properly by cutting two seals on the side. I like the fact that this kind of box can be easily flattened and stored without any damage. Two booklets inside - could have been only one as they are rather slim : I don't mind paying about 90 EUR and getting only one booklet - , a shameful sticker sheet, 9 numbered bags from 1 to ... 9. Instructions : cover Random page Last pages with 2010 sets 8077 "Exploration Headquarters" 8076 "Deep Sea Striker" Inventory, and here, the same with a bigger size Sticker sheet : patterns for shark noses Building bag 1 Not so many thing to do : minifigs and sharks and a bit repetitive (you have to build twice the same shark) 3 smaller bags in bag #1 What you get. 5 extra parts. Side view of a shark. The design is a little bit different than usual. The head is build upside down. The design is not bad BUT Quality issues again ! I got trouble to put these smooth teeth in hollow studs. 3 out of 8 were too thick to fit. And when you try, the material peel off (See pictures) ! That's a shame ... I'm fed up to call the customer service and to hear the same tune : "That's so odd that you encounter so many problems, M XX !" May be I'm a too good client ! Minifigs 6 and the remains of an aquaraider : The ancestor : Nostalgia, nostalgia ! A real old fashioned skeleton with loose arms. Notice the helmet with aquaraider pattern ! I don't remember that female could apply for that job last year. Times had changed. Girl power is on in minifig world Deepwaterproof make up. Notice the fly on the chin and the harpoon in the hand. Hey deep sea creatures, Kiss or Kill ? Gatekeeper : No words in my mouth (keyboard, in fact). It's better than what you can see. Just look and salivate His legs and torso are printed, the latter on both sides. Look at his face ... too much thalassotherapy is not good for health Greatest parts of the set (of the year - hey, you should make a poll on that) : Helmet and armor (pauldron ?) Front / back Oups ! It's dawn and I have to go to work. Let's open bag 2 later ______________________________________________________________________________ The building is divided into 8 parts, one bag for each. It takes approximately 15 mn for each part. You add no more than 5/6 pieces per step, and building instructions are very clear with no color problem between black and dark bley. You also don't have to finished bag 9 to start playing. Each bag leads to something playable. Hence, it's really a child's play. Bag 2 The main entrance and the main staircase. Some technic parts (links and towball) to move the lower jaw Completed. No extra parts. Bag 3 The upper jaw and staircase. A boat bow brick and some rounded slopes Completed. You may notice use of SNOT for the jaws. 3 extra parts Just lift the upper jaw to open the gate ! Bag 4 Apartements : room and office. The gate is inhabited. Belville arches Don't know if it's a new map. Who knows ? Completed. The lower part seems to be a bed. 1 extra part Bag 5 The upper floor, the gate and its mechanism to close this kind of diaphragm. Nices colors : transparent blue inverted slopes, transparent light blue tiles, pearl gold rounded slopes, etc... Here it is. 3 extra parts. Pinned with the main staircase. The gate closed and opened, revealing a gold treasure chest. Can somebody explain TLG that people moves in three dimensions in water ... Bag 6 The gate on the left hand side, groundfloor Parts Build. 3 extra parts. Bag 7 The gate on the left hand side, first floor Parts Build. 2 extra parts. Gates put toghether I can't add more images in this post ... Go there for the end
  14. [Review] 7953 - Jester

    Jester Even better than the former one ! Set #7956 Theme: Kingdom Year Released: 2010 Piece Count: 25 New parts : Minifig torso and hat ! Printed parts : minifig torso and head (both sides) Minifig: 1 Price: Impulse price, between EUR 2.49 and 4.00 Bought last Wednesday in Paris. The box It’s a standard colourful Impulse set box. A nice picture of jester in action. I like the new Kingdom logo very much .. It'll surely be a hit. Nothing of interest on the top ... Nor on the back. Content Bag and instruction sheet The hat is packed in a separate bag, inside the main bag : Minifig Very good looking and well printed with its crowned belt. Both torso and head are printed on both sides. Great ! And with two flags and some slopes, this set is a real bargain to add some fun on your medieval market place ! TLG give us here an early Xmas !
  15. City 2010

    As far as I can remember 7937 Train Station : ~ 45 EUR 7938 Passenger Train : ~ 120 EUR and 7936 was around 35 EUR