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    Running, Hiking, Cycling, Ultramarathons, STAR WARS, Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Enderverse, Horror, Science Fiction, Comic Books... and LEGO. :P


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  1. Azani

    Marvel Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Not thrilled with the 2HY lineup this year, particularly the 4+ tower, but we still are yet to see that Iron Man Helmet with the unknown set number, and I have high hopes for the 18+ line. :)
  2. @BigGuy4U Just to clear this one up, no, 75318 is not 75291 (the $99.99 retailer exclusive that we've known about since February). The former is coming late this year and appears to be a general release kit. Between 60-90 EUR, it was originally set for 2021, so I would guess that it won't be released before September or October.
  3. Azani

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    30420 is a $4.99 Wizarding World polymer releasing in August, if everything goes according to plan.
  4. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    As noted, despite the simple fact that the above three statements are accurate, their veracity in and of itself does little to lend your theory much momentum; if anything, TLG is more motivated to release a special annual report in a year where markets are especially strong to allay consumer worries that competitors such as Hasbro and Mattel are in a position to overtake them. The fifty page report is a pretty antiquated setup, and though TLG has been doing one annually for the past 35 or so years (since the mid-eighties IIRC) 2020 would be a great year to switch that up. In recent years, it's become more and more inconvenient to download this giant PDF and skim it for the data or collated data that you are attempting to reference. I would argue that this is an unnecessarily cynical attitude that really downplays the level of engagement present here. :P The virus is still not too much of a concern in western Europe, eastern Europe, and the states, where TLG continues to both manufacture and sell most of their products, and any statement in video form is probably something that's been in the works for a few months now, so I would be surprised id the virus was the driving force behind the move. No trouble at all, man! It's not too unusual for TLG to send retailers preliminary details on individual kits prior to the decision to ship said kits out to the bona fide retailers themselves, so the DOTS case was not uncannily unusual. With respect to the explanation offered by@LegoMyMamma; yes, that was DOG's imperative concern. The folks at quality management conduct some pretty rigorous tests (especially since the 2007 lime joint fiasco) so there is little room for debate their. :P On the temporal subject of Monkey Kid; every retailer that I know of is still calling it "Leaf". I would be wary of any rumors that emerge before the middle of the month.
  5. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    The 419~~ DOTS line was originally set for a January 2019 release.
  6. Hmm.. I don't recall as much, but I will have to check. I actually had seemed to recall him debunking the rumor, but I may be off the mark here as well.
  7. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Inordinately, the real issue here is the "Monkey" terminology. @Gorilla94 may be on top of the horrid extent of the whole blackface (or, more accurately, the marginalization and engendered hatred for people of African descent in the ststes), but the catch is the keyword that you highlighted above. The combination of red, black, and the "monkey" adjective, as it is utilized in the theme's name, is a perfect storm. If it were to be closely based on the actual text of "Monkey" or "Journey to the West", I don't believe that we'd be picking up on a fourteen set line with several sets above 50 EUR. TLG is in this one to sell kits to children, not to produce art. This doesn't have anything to do with colonialism or abolition; it has to do with blackface and "sambo" depictions in American popular culture. This is a mass media convulsion, and the simple fact that two members here jumped to the "racist" conclusion immediately after seeing the logo that we now know to be extra-corporation promotional material is evidence enough of the disability that TLG suffers here.
  8. For the most part, it's unwise to ask questions such as the one that you posted above. This sort of thing is what kills independent sources. I would concede that Rakuten is rarely a firsthand recipient of TLG's forthcoming releases, but I do know that 75291 is comimg. It is present in a certain major retailer's inventory system, and is accessible within their .xml sitemap. I remember the V-19 and the "Resistance Shuttle" (Raddus) discord. No member on EB thought that those had any bearing in a reliable source.
  9. Azani

    Lego Architecture 2020

    Correct; it's the west wing, the east wing, and the residence, with each wing being about 4 modules tall and 9 modules wide.
  10. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    As far as the first wave runs, I wouldn't count on that; our source material with respect to the 16th-century Journey to the West doesn't really lend itself to the colorful and whimsical style of Elves. I'm expecting something more approximate to the Exo-Force of yore. Lots of bland locations, in addition to a few small vehicle-type kits with traditionally masculine colors; reds, browns, greys. On point, sir. TLG can't afford to litigate as the defendant anymore.
  11. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    I would suggest that there is a chance that we may not be thinking of the same racist children's books and dolls and other such turn-of-the-century materual; I happen to own a book on the etiology of the blackface tradition, and so I feel relatively safe in stating my opinion on this one. That said, most people, and certainly most children, will not make that connection, so I would have some faith in TLG on this front. Nah, man; if there's one thing that the folks over at TLG corporate are not in the habit of doing, it's giving any clout to the knockoff manufacturers. I have some strong faith in TLG in that we will see some mind-changing, paradigm-shifting creative work. :P
  12. Azani

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    I would corroborate the hexagonal bit if I could find the image of the dungeon. I haven't really been following the leaked images for Ninjago. :P EDIT: Found it. Thanks! The Technic would be necessary to connect the kits in a sort of modular fashion... running off of the assumption that the sets will not connect with System elements to avoid stability issues.
  13. Azani

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    No. For "Monkey Kid", no, it's not. I had the same darn thought when I saw the logo, and now that someone else has drawn the same innocuous connection, I'll say it flat-out; that better not be a finalized logo for the line.
  14. Azani

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    I distinctly recall Garmadon having some standard old 2006 Exo-Force hair back in 2011 or so... As @GarmaFan stated above, this dates us back to Season 1. Had this Harkonen fellow said anything about what to expect from the "Burst" kits? FWIW I believe that the EN terminology will be "Burst", not "Surge" as was initially reported. Cutting the details from Nuremberg into something coherent is tough, but I would suspect that we'll get some usable technic from these kits if we really do see a board game-type setup in 2HY mainline kits. Very curious about how TLG will pull that one off. Looking forward to NYTF...
  15. Azani

    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    That sounds about right to me. :P