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    Future Star Wars Sets

    The hero's ship is, in-universe, probably a T-65 X-wing drastically modified for air racing, similarly to how some of today's top air racers are heavily modified from warbirds like the P-51 Mustang and the F8F Bearcat. However, it reminds me of another thing: the old Expanded Universe's E-wing fighter. If the T-70 X-wing of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi is the new canon's answer to the old canon's "XJ" next-generation X-wing, maybe this ship is the new canon's answer to the E-wing. I'd normally be pretty confident that we'd get it as a set in 2019, but I'm not so sure, seeing as how the T-70s from The Force Awakens prevented a T-65 from hitting shelves in time for Rogue One, and the A-wings from Rebels and Return of the Jedi prevented an RZ-2 A-wing from The Last Jedi from hitting shelves in time for The Last Jedi. Maybe Lego won't want another ship so obviously inspired by the X-wing hitting shelves so soon after 75218, and before it 75149 and 75102. There's enough other material in the trailer that they could probably get away without including the hero ship in the first wave of Resistance sets.
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    Review: Set 6212 X-wing Fighter

    Hi and welcome to Eurobricks. Here are some links you may find useful - Brickset page Bricklink inventory PDF instructions PS - It's customary not to post in threads that haven't been current for years.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Maybe the problem was having the Soviet flag in the background of the image. The person who reviewed your project probably didn't check to make sure it was a public domain image. If you just submit pictures of the build itself, you should be okay. Edit: I just looked at the projects you linked to. I have no idea how to help.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    It would help if you'd tell us more about the project. Maybe it isn't the Soviet flag that's the problem. What's the project about?
  5. That would make a big hole on the bottom, though. I feel like the lever on the top, with the sense of depth that accompanies it, works reasonably well for the top greebling. Plus, greebling merely pretends to be exposed machinery while this actually is exposed machinery.
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    [MOC/WIP] T-65, ca. 1983

    BUMP: This topic was started for a T-70 model built in the style of the 1999 T-65. I added a T-65 model built in the style of 1983 Space sets to the first post. Can anyone please point me to pictures of X-wing models and other Star Wars MOCs built BEFORE Lego obtained the Star Wars license? Preferably in the period 1983-1987. Thanks. EDIT: Here's a Brickshelf gallery by errbt with 1980s Star Wars creations, but there are no pictures of the X-wing hinges. Here's another by podracerHH, but it must be built after 1999, because it has early SW minifigs and click hinges. One by krize. Again, no good pictures of the hinges. Does anyone know of any others?
  7. As far as I know, it's all speculation. There are no real rumors to discuss yet.
  8. I don't know how retail works, so I can't answer the question you're actually asking. However, my attitude is that, looking only at my bank account, it only makes sense to buy directly from Lego if there's a cool free promotional set available or if a set cannot be found elsewhere for more than a 5-10% discount, since VIP points equate to a delayed 5% discount and double points to a 10% discount. I can't take personal responsibility in my shopping habits for how much of my payment goes directly to Lego versus the retailer I buy from.
  9. I agree with everything Exetrius said. It's a great spaceship that looks like a MOC; it's overpriced at $70 but well priced at $50; and it's very creative. It looks like no Lego spaceship we've ever seen before. The minidoll design is great. However, it's not <my> kind of spaceship, so I'll pass.
  10. The canopy of the police ship is attached with too many studs, making it difficult to remove and replace without damaging the rest of the build. Inside, the controls of the police ship look great, but they're too fragile, making it difficult to place the minifig at the controls and remove it therefrom.
  11. The current lack of a dedicated in-house Space line has been extensively discussed in a lot of threads (like this one), so I don't have much new to say here that I haven't said before. Not briefly, but more or less comprehensively, here it is again - Injecting Space and Castle into Creator is clearly the strategy with the lowest risk for the company, but I still wonder if it's viable, given that Creator increasingly feels like a subtheme of City. I assume you refer to modern Creator sets, with sophisticated primary builds that don't look like table scraps? Those would probably still require some significant conceptual effort to decide what they're going to be, and then significant design effort to develop the three models, if you're going to do something more creative than an iconic real-world space shuttle or a generic robot/mech. There have already been brick boxes with Castle and Space parts this year (Building Bigger Thinking), but I haven't the imagination to get those for their Space content. Although I find the shared universe of classic Space subthemes (by which I mean the pre-1999 Space line as a whole, rather than the 1978-1987 waves labeled "Classic" on Brickset) charming, I don't feel like the set designs were generally any better back then than more recent Space set designs since the early 2000s bankruptcy crisis. In general, the sets between, say, 1988 and 1998 relied far more heavily on large, complex parts that took more imagination to recontextualize than today's parts. Today's "specialized" parts are generally small elements of geometry for a builder's toolkit; the "specialized" parts of the classic Space era were generally platforms that represented entire spacecraft features or that encapsulated large complex geometries in a single part. However, I do agree that older sets were easier for children to build and rebuild into alternate models, because the larger parts meant that less thought and planning were required to decide what to build and how to build it. Although I admire some of the classic Space subthemes (particularly the 1978-1983 waves of Classic Space), I don't actually want Lego to revisit them as new Space subthemes, at least not openly. It would require just as much creative effort, market research, and product testing to develop a rebooted "Blacktron" or "Ice Planet" Space theme as to develop any other new Space theme, and an entirely new theme would allow set designers more creative freedom and risk less flak from disappointed AFOLs who complain that their childhood was ruined when the new sets don't resemble their favorite neo-Blacktron or neo-Ice Planet MOCs. For example, look to the 2009 and 2015 incarnations of Pirates: as sets, they were perfectly competent reboots of a well-loved classic theme, and they were very faithful to the tone and content of the classic theme too. But they flopped at least partially because the market wasn't right with children and at least partially because AFOLs didn't think they were creative enough. I except another Space Police line from my preference that Lego avoid direct conceptual retreads of classic Space subthemes, because "Space" + "Police" is a much more generic idea than "red space miners with magnets" or "black and yellow space spies that attack white and blue space explorers" or "blue, orange, and white spacemen that launch rockets from an ice planet." Rejecting Space Police 3, Alien Conquest, and Galaxy Squad because they feature cheesy B-movie aliens is fine from a perspective of personal taste, but it's a rather narrow view of the sci-fi/space opera genre to suggest that Space is necessarily better without them. I would also like a peaceful, humans-only, exploration-oriented Space subtheme that makes some nods toward "realism" and some nods toward the 1978-1983 classic, but (as I have said in other threads) most of what I would really want out of such a subtheme is covered pretty well, in a set here and a set there, in other themes right now. It helps that I am an adult with a job and I can go to Bricklink and eBay for classic sets that fill in the gaps. I recognize that if I were a kid without an income and with no knowledge of sets that were released before I was introduced to Lego, I would not be satisfied in this regard, but I also remember that as a kid in that position, Star Wars satisfied all my spaceship wants pretty well. To be successful year after year after year, a new Space theme would have to reinvent itself like Ninjago while avoiding conflict with Star Wars, Super Heroes, and City. Perhaps one of the reasons that Nexo Knights and Chima were relatively unsuccessful compared to Ninjago (a point which has been extensively debated in other threads, and one which I will not comment on here) is that their various subthemes all felt very similar to each other both aesthetically and in content - the hero and villain vehicles and bases changed color slightly from wave to wave, and had slightly different features, but in general they all looked pretty much the same. In contrast, Ninjago has been able to be at different times a theme about sky pirates and floating islands, cyberpunk biker gangs, post-apoc dieselpunk raiders, giant mechs fighting kaijus in the city center, highly realistic quasi-medieval Japanese landscapes and ships and temples, and several other distinctly different ideas and looks, while retaining just enough stylistic unity to be recognizable as the same theme from wave to wave due to its common elements of color-coded ninja heroes, a certain distinctive design flair, and the common understanding that the stories occur on a cartoon planet Earth, or if not on Earth (I'm unfamiliar with the lore), clearly not "in space." It has been widely discussed, and agreed, in other threads that there's plenty of room for a new Space theme to keep reinventing itself like that while staying away from Star Wars, Super Heroes, and City, if it was treated as some sort of future city or as an umbrella theme that can cover a lot of different content, like City covers a lot of different ground in its exploration subthemes. Although conceptually there's plenty of room for an umbrella Space theme, I doubt that Lego has the capacity (especially in TV production) to provide such a theme the long-running support it would need to succeed, especially when internal resources are already heavily allocated towards so many other long-running, successful themes: Architecture, City, Creator, Creator Expert, Friends, Minecraft, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Technic; and other successful themes that have required heavy internal investment and have potential to run for several more years, like Harry Potter and Speed Champions. A counterargument to the above two points is provided by the fact that Friends has been running for nearly as long as Ninjago despite not reinventing itself nearly as drastically as Ninjago from wave to wave and not having nearly as much multimedia support, even though it represents a market segment that had previously long been underserved and one that many people doubted was viable. (Not to mention the fact that in content it competes closely with City and Creator.) One reason that Space was able to take off as a successful line in the 1980s was that not only were there a lot of space opera TV shows and movies at the time, like Star Trek and Star Wars, but there were also a lot of shows with the boxy, greebly grey visual style besides the big franchises that were relatively accessible to children - UFO, Space:1999, Silent Running, etc. (And Alien, though that wasn't aimed at children.) There was also a sense of progress in crewed space exploration, at least among children, because the Space Shuttle was still new and shiny and it wouldn't have been apparent to children that the Space Station was still 20 years away and nobody would be going back to the Moon anytime soon. And - here's the kicker - Lego didn't have the license to any of those properties yet, so any kid wanting a Lego spaceship had to get something from the in-house Space line. Today Lego already has a license to most of the child-friendly space opera in the cinema (via Star Wars and Super Heroes), and it's not shy about producing NASA sets if it wants to, even if the many rejected NASA Ideas projects and the disappointing Moments in Space gift with purchase contest make it seem like that. Although there is a good amount of pretty good sci-fi on TV right now (like The Expanse and, depending on who you ask, Star Trek: Discovery), it's generally aimed at adult audiences and features levels of blood and guts and bad behavior that are comparable to Game of Thrones. The thoughtful, serious, relatively realistic, and relatively family-friendly films Ender's Game, Gravity, Interstellar, and The Martian had very little toy and collectible tie-in merchandise in general, so there wasn't anything in other segments of the toy industry that could drive film-related sales and thereby help support an in-house exploration-based Space subtheme launched at the same time, so in that time period I think Lego already did pretty well by releasing Galaxy Squad and the 2015 Space subtheme of City, plus the Benny spaceship and Super Secret Police Dropship from The Lego Movie. Besides, if anything of that nature came out now that had a big presence in other segments of the toy industry, Lego wouldn't push out an in-house theme featuring similar content. They'd just get the license too. All of the previous paragraph can be summarized like this: the Space theme had no competition in 1978, so it grew until it reached its natural limits and was replaced by Star Wars when the time was right. A sustained new in-house Space theme of the type that many AFOLs want would have too much competition now to be viable. There ain't no competition for ninjas and dragons, so Ninjago has kept on growing. Okay, that's enough of that. Instead of pounding out a few hundred words about Legos each night, why don't I pound out a few hundred words on my thesis? Because I don't understand the math, and misunderstood math can be a fierce adversary that wants no part with words!
  12. ^^ Nope, Mars Mission is one theme I skip over pretty fast when I've playing with my Brickset wanted list, pretending my Lego budget is much bigger than it really is. However, I recently got a Life on Mars set (Solar Explorer) that I really wanted as a kid. As an adult, I find it pretty disappointing. I also got a Space Police 3 set (Hyperspeed Pursuit) that I missed in my Dark Ages, and that one's a mixed bag.
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    ideas up house (wip)

    Looks like a pretty decent start. Keep the updates coming! PS - most people on this forum make a Flickr account and deeplink photos as URLs from their Flickr albums.
  14. ^^I like the aliens from Space Police 3, Alien Conquest, and Galaxy Squad. The prints are great, and the sculpts are goofy and detailed. Those are fun, silly aliens that aren't really threatening, and wouldn't look out of place in a CGI cartoon for kids. The Mars Mission aliens, on the other hand, are very crude sculpts with virtually no detail, and they're meant to be scary, ugly, threatening aliens - they would look out of place in Chicken Little, but not in Alien. I just don't go for that kind of stuff. All this said, I haven't yet convinced myself to buy any Alien Conquest or Galaxy Squad sets.
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    Creator Expert Car 2018 Speculation

    Considering how many Technic fans complain that the Bugatti isn't functional enough for Technic and should therefore have been built out of System as a non-functional Creator Expert display model instead, I think it ironic that the next big licensed car revealed is, in the opinion of many System fans, too functional for System and should therefore have been built in Technic if it was going to look bad anyway. Seems like neither approach to mixing form and function satisfies the primary audience of the respective primary building system (System vs Technic). I think the functions of the DB5 are great, but it is a pity they had to compromise on the form to accommodate them. That said, it's really hard to get the subtle curves of the DB5 in Lego, and I haven't seen any MOCs that do it a whole lot better. I don't know if I'll get the DB5, though. Have to have a long talk with my wallet about that.