Daddy_Stardust

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  1. Daddy_Stardust

    Three "woke" films later and we still lack a female X-Wing pilot

    Granted it doesn't alter Lego's laziness, nor does it help purists, but for anyone not aware, there are the following available from Firestar Toys and all are utterly lovely: Combine that with the double sided face from Lego and you've got 6 female X-Wing pilot faces. Just wish TLG made the same level of effort as FST.
  2. The Star Wars movies are a 40+ year legacy with vintage films in the series that are *just old* to many kids; side burns, plastic models, moustaches, matte paintings, slow pacing - my boy loved Rogue One but really really struggled to sit through Empire Strikes Back, he even finds Raiders of the Lost Ark incredibly dull. I know Marvel comics have been around for years, but the current movies are a new contemporary product for this generation of kids. These kids are growing up being wowed by seeing The Avengers or whatever as their first exposure to a blockbuster franchise, as opposed to a new Star Wars film where they have to be familiar with a bunch of the dad's old movies to truly "get it". Yes Star Wars is still big, so are the Rolling Stones, but just like the Rolling Stones you can't expect new material and merchandise to resonate in the same way with the younger generation either.
  3. I think you're looking at it too specifically about the media it's tied-into and not the fact that the world for toys and children has changed massively in the last 20 years and is continuing to change. When I was a kid it was all about "must have" toys and sets, having that massive super set for Christmas was a dream come true. That article you link to seems to completely ignore that fact and think it's all about Star Wars merch reducing in popularity because of the films they're attached to, as opposed to other forms of entertainment just taking over children's interests. What was the last massive range of action figures you can remember kids all going crazy for like Star Wars, GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, Turtles, etc. etc? Not to mention how Star Wars has to fight for competition with other sci-fi/fantasy sequel-driven blockbusters like Marvel now that it never had to in decades prior. These days, my own son is 9, he's really not fussed by his toys and Lego much, plus I don't believe he even owns a single action figure of any intellectual property whatsoever. He would far rather have a video game or digital "experience" than any physical toy. He would much prefer to have v-bucks in Fortnite than a Lego Millennium Falcon, Death Star, police station, fire engine, monorail or whatever. Yeah he *likes* his Lego, but he's never asking for any of it as a present, most of it ends up me buying it to tinker with myself as a de-stressing hobby and then we'll occasionally play together with his Lego sets when he feels like it but for the most part he'd rather be online unlocking skins and spending fictional cryptocurrencies. If given the choice between an X-Wing or the latest Fortnite Battle Pass, irrespective of whether it was related to Empire Strikes Back or The Last Jedi he'd instantly choose the latter. His favourite gift last Christmas was a 2TB hard drive to expand the memory on his PS4. When I was 9 I really really wanted 6394 Lego Metro Park and Service Tower.
  4. Daddy_Stardust

    Updating Your Minifigs

    A more screen accurate Bail Organa thanks to a Firestar Toys custom head, dual-printed legs and new hair:
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    75217 Conveyex Mod - full length train

    Many thanks, the retail set was always really ugly looking with nothing but a locomotive and single carriage, so it never screamed "train", looked like a weird steam iron with a trailer or something. However as per mine above, even if they'd just greebled up the front and put on the simple cockpit effect, I think that alone already looks way better and would have hardly affected the cost of the set. But once you start adding carriages and turn it into a real train, that's when it truly comes to life. Obviously there's some incredible MOCs out there, mine's just a modded simplistic retail set, and my variant would be way too expensive to justify on the System market, but I do thoroughly love it now (I can't MOC to save my life, but I do love toying around with a good aesthetic makeover). I bought 3 retail sets off Amazon for £48 each, Bricklinked one carriage for about £34, then checked Ebay and made an offer and got a complete set with no box or minifigures for £30 (+£5.00 shipping) and then another set I bidded on and won for £29.95, free shipping, again no minifigures. Bricklinking it was a pain as no single store had everything (domestically) so just in shopping Ebay for figureless sets was way more cost-effective and indeed cheaper in the second case from Ebay (all the bricks from the additional locomotives alone can then be utilised as good value spares). God knows what I spent on parts after that though... the fact that it's containing 39 minifigures, I can't imagine how much that would cost on the retail market if it was a real set haha.
  6. Well I finished this around 6 months ago, but I've been just so lazy at getting round to photographing it. So finally here it is, our modified 75217 Conveyex with 6 carriages and 2 locomotives, gave it a windscreen, bulked up the greebling, gave it more detail: Filled out the empty interiors with a simple engine block (admittedly really just to fill it out and remove the interior holes that could be seen all the way through than to give it any major interior detail): Removed the gun turrets, added red-vented hatches, smoothed out the carriages and doorways: Each locomotive has a Conveyex driver in one side and a combat driver in the other side: First carriage - officer's mess with dejarik table (includes Iden Versio in her stormtrooper dress uniform): > Second carriage - cargo hold designed to hold the Imperial cargo containers from 75141 Kanan's Speeder Bike: > > Third carriage - following the death of Dryden Vos, Grand Admiral Thrawn has laid claim to his collection of ancient artefacts, which are being transported to him under elite guard (includes a holocron, a kalikori, ancient Mandalorian armour, the statue of The Dancing Goddess and Xim's Death Head (along with numerous jewels): Fourth carriage - Stormtrooper barracks: Fifth and sixth carriages - infantry, guards, technical crew and rebel prisoners: Full length in all her glory:
  7. Absolutely, don't really have any interest in vehicles or characters from media I don't enjoy the films of. My son has one from the Yoda Chronicles DVD (Jek 14's Jedi Scout Fighter), but we didn't get anything else from that or Freemaker Adventures. However neither are 'proper' Star Wars, so that's part of why we never got them, just felt like silly made-up toys, irrespective of the fact the Stealth Fighter was actually an E-Wing (if it got reissued with the EU Sandspeeder treatment in classic colours and released as an E-Wing, who knows, maybe I'd buy it next time). We've got VERY little prequel stuff, got a few characters I like, like Ventress, Barriss Offee, a custom Clone Commando, a few clones, but other than that pretty much nothing other than a yellow Jedi Starfighter and the Mandalorian speeder (fully filled with Mandalorians), same goes for the whole Clone Wars range in general, just doesn't interest me. That said, I loved the Clone Wars show, but all the designs are those from the Prequel movies so that's where they don't really appeal for me. Main interest is classic OT which obviously by extension includes designs featured in Solo, Rogue One and Rebels. Got a few ST ones as well, though only those that are OT-styled (like FO TIE Fighter, T-65 X Wings etc., not stuff like quadjumper, resistance transports etc.) that feel like classic Imperial and Rebel craft, but funnily enough bought the two new Resistance TIEs even though we've not watched the show much; can't deny I've got a bit of a weakness for new TIE styles (though a big discount on Amazon certainly helped my buying decision!). What can I say, when I make Lego Star Wars sets with my son (and then mod them dad-style haha) it makes me feel like a kid again, and I guess I do only really care about the stuff that feels like the Star Wars from when I myself was a kid. Then again the only Star Wars films I dislike are eps 1 - 3, if there was an awful OT-era film that had great in-film vehicles that made excellent Lego sets, I'd still get them cos they feel like classic Star Wars... that just hasn't happened for me yet haha.
  8. Daddy_Stardust

    Updating Your Minifigs

    I assume it’s this one? Never been a fan of the airborne helmet (in Star Wars in general, not just as Lego) but definitely looks much better on a figure than just as a catalogue image. Very nicely done figure! https://www.firestartoys.com/Shop/Minifigure-Headgear/Arealight-Unprinted-Headgear/5506-Arealight-~-Airborne-Helmet-~-Black-.html
  9. Daddy_Stardust

    Updating Your Minifigs

    Awesome, thanks for the link!!! Time for your rabbit hole to get a lot deeper Robianco... you know you're going to have to do it! http://www.eclipsebricks.com/printed-hands/
  10. Daddy_Stardust

    Updating Your Minifigs

    That's excellent, where are the printed hands from?
  11. Daddy_Stardust

    Tulak Hord minifig

    Except this is what Lego's is based on, and as a minifigure it's pretty accurate:
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    Tulak Hord minifig

    Nicely done, but I can't help but feel that the head of the Sith Warrior would be much closer in likeness? https://lego.fandom.com/wiki/Sith_Warrior
  13. Daddy_Stardust

    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Major Vonreg's TIE Interceptor for £43.32 and 75243 20th Anniversation Slave 1 for £68.47 both from Amazon UK during flash sales. Also recently got a deal on another Conveyex container; full set without figures for £29.99 on Ebay... my super long mod of the retail set will be unveiled soon... sorry lazy as hell at taking photos haha. Lovely, that figure is beautiful. How much did you pay? I bought a £42.00 four-pack set on Ebay around 4 years ago of sealed polybags for Yularen, TC-14, Darth Revan and Hoth Han and always wondered how good value that was at £10.25 a piece?
  14. Daddy_Stardust

    [MOD] Imperial Landing Craft 75221

    That looks fantastic, you're very welcome, so happy my aimless tinkering could have been of influence to you! I too went from hating the thing to loving it :) Have you modified the inside at all?
  15. Daddy_Stardust

    Updating Your Minifigs

    Yup done it on a couple of muds and they look great. Shame it’s only one hose, but the shaping is excellent and so much better than the two-hose scuba mask I’d been using prior. They’re onboard my work in progress Conveyex mod so was waiting for that to be finished before unveiling them. However will put up photos tonight when I get home from work for you.