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  1. Azani

    LEGO Ninjago 2019

    Who knows? Some folks are aware of what is coming in the summer, yes. I'm not aware of any Legacy sets that are set (planned) for the summer of next year, but I'm only aware of a few kits at this point along the line As it is, I get the impression that the reception to the Legacy line has sounded a bit mixed, so it should be a relief to hear that Ninjago is spinning into a different direction at this juncture. Should be exciting; they certainly sound like a change of pace. I would assume that most of the winter wave will be available stateside within a week or so.
  2. While you're ostensibly correct, your behavior and circumstantial attitude regarding this is childlike and frankly a bit ridiculous. This is not that big of a deal to anyone involved, irrespective of whether or not they are a TLG employee, stockroom worker, assembly line attendant, or affiliate. Nor is it an issue to most AFOLs, who are cognizant of the fact that it will continue regardless of their involvement or "buy-in". Implicit in the nature of this fandom and, in a broader sense, this hobby is the fact that unscrupulous folks will attempt to line their proverbial pockets with LEGO products as soon as they are able; it has always drawn large and serious crowds, and it always will. While I am cognizant of the fact that this is morally wrong and deeply offensive to TLG, I am also, in tandem, aware that this is a process that begins in Jiaxing or Shanghai, where TLG produces elements, and that the vast majority of AFOLs do not engage in the process whatsoever. Even in cases where folks are directly involved, it is absurd to pigeonhole and name-call to any extent, and that is where I begin to draw the line and stick up for my friends. This is a frankly miniscule issue, and it leaves me completely unfazed to hear that you are reporting these folks to the authorities in question. Please be polite, considerate of others, and aware of the fact that "Ninjawhip" and others do not steal anything, in any way, under any circumstances. This is not the place to make enemies. For what it is worth, I do not personally or socially approve of selling, sharing, or snapping shots of stolen minifigures, but I do not hound or call out those who do engage in such behaviors, because they are adults and are capable of making adult decisions. -Azani
  3. That's intriguing/curious to catch, as I was unaware that the UK retail setup was as tightly controlled insofar as distribution is concerned with the summer (2HY) Brickheadz. Over here in the states, we're seeing some very narrow distribution arrangements as well, but my understanding was that the Minecraft, Incredibles 2, and JWFK dual packs were seeing a general mass retail release in the UK. Generally, it is good to clarify this sort of thing in an explicit sort of way; in this case, it may have been unwise to just assume.
  4. No worries; and, as it stands in the last few weeks of 2018, I would concur/assent that TLG's marketing strategy for the proper and strictly modular Brickheadz line has been incredibly risky and intrinsically dependent on strong sales in a very short list of key IPs. I would assume that TLG would need to drastically cut back on the number of IPs/licensed popular culture properties in order to maintain the line, but maybe I'm simply in the dark about how well The Nightmare Before Christmas sells in 2018. :P
  5. For what it is worth, I know that TLG had planned a wave of four BH for the expected street date of January 1 for The LEGO Movie 2 kits. I do not know if any of these will be seeing the light of day. I can say with 100% certainty that nothing is coming to general retail on the Brickheadz front in Q1 of 2019.
  6. I am, to be perfectly clear and forthright on this one, not making assumptions. As it runs, there is very little to debate/delineate with regards to 75236 here; it is being treated in a more confidential manner than the rest of the Q1 2019 wave, so there will be some uncertainty going forward. The last thing that I am going to say/explicate on this one is that multiple retailers have labeled it as "Slave I"; I cannot imagine that this is wholly in error, as Tidy has made clear in his previous statements with regards to this topic. While I suppose that it is possible that both Walmart and Target have labeled it as such in error, I would be bona fide shocked if it were made clear/elucidated that that were, in fact, the case. I have my "story", insofar as my logic follows, and I am sticking to it; I would hope that my track record in previous matters will speak for itself. Thanks.
  7. 75236 is a playset - "R vs. K" - that is coming in January for $19.99 US and 191 pieces. It has something to do with a Slave I, but it isn't a Juniors set.
  8. Checking by the sitemaps for both Tesco and Argos, it might not go to either on the UK front; that said, that is the correct way of putting it with respect to TLG's plans, so to speak. It might be a mainline (general, or public release) kit in some EU countries, but it will be exclusive to Target or some other major big-box retailer in most. It's a vehicle of some kind. And yes, it will see a January 1 release. :) What @legozebra has explained should help you out; that being said, it's worth getting them all out in this thread. Thank you for mentioning that method.
  9. Azani

    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Funny as it runs, we're over here hoping that you'll be pleasantly surprised. There are four sets confirmed for the Wizarding World banner in 2019. 75945-75948. Your timing was rough. Jokes notwithstanding, I'll be seeing the film tomorrow night. :P
  10. Azani

    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Please remain careful to avoid saying this in the future. We will never see updates from if you keep doing this. :) That being what it is, here's what I should have said upfront: 75945: No later than June. $9.99 US. 7+, 121 pieces. 75946: Release date could be whenever. 8+, 265 pieces Nothing on this one yet, save the piece count. 75947: As it runs, again, we're in the dark. I'd bet on a Release date that coincides with 75946-75948. 8+, 496 pieces. 75948: 9+, 922 pieces.
  11. Azani

    First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    I'd simply like to jump back into the fray for a moment to address a couple of my more pernicious/pensive reflections on these statements. One of the things that implicitly and instantaneously made G1 a hit (relatively, with regards to what was initially planned for) was the degree to which the creators/set designers ruminated on the amiable and affable traits of all the robots. :P Now, one of my personal goals in my G1 work has been to favor the darkness and duplicitousness inherent in a story with the literary and thematic twists that G1 retained for the duration of its run; however, I do believe that it is worth remembering that we're irrevocably dealing with a toy line meant for 7-12 year old kids; the median here should be snugly in mirth and creativity, not in drama and existentialism. All of these MOCs are spectacular, as I touched on above; however, I failed to mention the intense personality in all of these that a couple of other folks initially mentioned. A few other thoughts, to round this min-dissertation out and offer some more critiques; the Muaka and Kane-Ra type Rahi at the close are nice and complex at the heads, which I initially had thought of as a small yet noted concern (especially with the amount of SYSTEM used). It's not. My above critiques here are pretty minimal; again, it is clear that some spectacular and long-view draftsmanship went into the work that brought these to life. It must take a heck of a lot of patience to work out that Makuta. :P My earliest MOC drafts are usually spanning/ranging from simply uninspired to exactingly over-executed; to me, it's simply unbelievable as to how phenomenal you were able to make brick-built characters without noting too many of the more ancillary details on, say, the original Muaka kit. Certainly, the Rahi are a personal favorite, but I would imagine that there are a number of "personal favorites" with the mind-blowing builds herein.
  12. Azani

    Scuba Steven

    Apart from a certain (potentially warsome) reference to a certain inimitably well-produced and well-acted motion picture, I can't infer much from the nature of the MOC itself. insofar as the background work and the lighting seem to follow the path of least resistance. Turn up the effort/diligence on those, and refine your mise en scene; then, I'd be glad to toss a critique in the design department your way. Good luck!
  13. Azani

    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    75945 through 75948 will see what I currently and truthfully think is a mainline 2HY release. I haven't heard anything with regards to 75957 and beyond. Cheers!
  14. Out of sheer curiosity, would you say that the TECHNIC aspects of the build/design chassis were sufficiently advanced to engage a semi-seasoned fan of such sets? I'm looking for a moderately expensive gift idea for a certain kid, who, as far as I understand, does not peruse EB. :P I'd like to surprise him to as great of a degree as is possible, so I'm hoping to come out of left field on this one, so to speak. Thanks! I would have tentatively planned on picking up 75251 before the year's end, but I might end up simply picking up a Porg for myself; one is certainly much cheaper than its counterpart... :- )
  15. No, you're absolutely correct; I would say that the majority of the user base here is going to feel comfortable skipping past a 191 - piece playset, irrespective of the possible PT, OT, or ST designation. And I didn't mean to click "post"/"save". My mistake, sir. :P