Flak Maniak

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  1. Flak Maniak

    MOC lego transformers Optimus Prime mecha

    I really like the exaggerated proportions; reminds a little of NXEDGE Style. The slim waist and huge pecs work very well I think. One COULD ask for the codpiece to be smaller but I won't; I think it fits well with the rest. And man the shaping on the feet and ankles... So good. If I had to criticize, the hands are way too small for my taste, and I'm not sure if I really like the flatness of the forearm guards. But, well, I'm not a Transformers fan, and not particularly into Transformers' designs, so, when I say that I love the proportions, you know it means a lot!
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    Lego Ideas 90th Anniversary Fan Vote

    I voted for Pirates, Aquazone and M-Tron. Aquazone is my personal favorite; you will forgive me indulging myself. Pirates are I think a very straightforward and defensible choice, and a consolidated theme unlike all the split-up space and castle subthemes. Finally I chose M-Tron, as out of the available space themes I like its color scheme the most. Space, Castle, Pirates are all fine with me; I'd love for any of them to return. But, well, apparently more than that I'm an Aquazone partisan. Aquazone is thankfully consolidated here, not that that will save it!
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    If they're not making money from B&P, then... Well, they should charge us more. Honestly it seems wrong that shipping to the US is only $3; I mean sure they must be able to leverage various logistical advantages when shipping to the States, but come on. If they want to charge more for shipping or for parts, go ahead. (Especially if it means a broader selection will be available.) But, well, if they're just running it out of the goodness of their hearts... Then consider me appreciative of that goodness!
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Yeah it's definitely true that offering B&P at all is going above and beyond, and one should be grateful even if it's not 100% complete parts access. And even if the explanations over the phone about part availability often clearly can't be true, well, the real explanations still wouldn't let us buy any of those parts. Man I hope that the "out of stock" for so many 2021 parts right now means they'll be actually available eventually; stuff like the new trans-light blue robot head is just great. Gotta have 'em! I didn't think Lego was introducing all that many new parts I'd want, but perusing it, well, there may be a bunch actually!
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    Do you think lego will ever realese another space theme

    Honestly, maybe we should consider it huge progress that there's the classic space logo homages (not to mention additional classic space astronaut colors) all over the place. I mean, we fairly frequently get new torsos with the classic space logo, but otherwise modern designs. If that's not the goal minifig-wise, what is? (Well, this is where you tell me that you want things totally new, like Galaxy Squad was when it came out, as opposed to "more classic space", and that's a fair position to take.) I guess, yeah, it's good to get occasional futuristic sets in Creator, just as it's nice to get the occasional underwater set, like that underwater mech or the sea creatures set from a year or two ago. (And well, Creator is a really excellent line; if anything it's the best place to get things, given how it doesn't shy away from fundamentals-based, but complex builds.) But... Well, "a set here and there" isn't the same as... A cohesive line, with clear design idioms for various factions. I'm rambling. I guess my overall thesis would be, yes I want more Lego-original themes, or perhaps that is to say, I want more Lego-original stuff, but compacted into themes. Instead of so many generic Creator vehicles (nothing wrong with them in the abstract), maybe we could get a line of related Creator vehicles, with a cohesive color scheme. Just, imagine if there were 3-4 Creator sets this year with futuristic subject matter, and for example the same sand-blue-and-orange color scheme of that little hovercraft set. Even that very small level of tying things together would help a lot. (And recall that many of the old space subthemes DID only get four or so sets; small numbers of sets can still very clearly establish an aesthetic and a faction. Consider the Stingrays from Aquazone. Instantly recognizable, very clear visual language, iconic parts and prints. Only four sets.)
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I don't think that "this part is licensed" is a really coherent thing. I'd much rather be told "this part is not available for sale via B&P for arbitrary reasons" than some contradictory stuff about how Ninjago is a licensed theme or whatever. "We can't sell that directly" without a backing reason is much less galling to me than being told a reason that's clearly wrong or at least clearly insufficient explanation. I mean, after the one time I called and was told, more or less, that the very concept of minifig capes is licensed... Look, I'd rather they just say "my superiors tell me that I cannot sell that particular element ID to you, and I'm sorry that I can't". If I could actually know what's going on underneath, talk to the contract lawyers whose words inform the written policies that the managers must inflict on the front-line call center employees, then yeah I'd be curious. But the in-between state of being told incoherent nonsense is just too annoying. And, well, if I could actually drill down and know the grimy details, I wonder how much of it would be very specifically-negotiated stuff in the contracts with the outside IP holders, how much of it would be arbitrary decisions made by mid-level bureaucrats without much knowledge/say-so from above, and how much would just be random chance/incompetence letting things slip through or not, and just the bureaucracy not following up. I mean, does Lego get serious calls from Marvel when a Captain America torso is on B&P for a moment? Or is there the understanding that, unless there's way too much stuff on there, it's not a big deal? Are the IP-holder reps micromanaging enough, and thinking in enough detail, to say "well, we don't care if a single minifig part makes it on there, so long as the other minifig part it clearly goes with isn't on there as well"? Also I guess, if you're Lego, what happens if you try to put, say, a printed Captain America torso into a City set? Do you get a stern talking-to from Marvel? What I mean to say is, some parts are clearly a lot more licensed than others. I imagine for certain parts there are very specific agreements that those parts contain this character's IP, and are only allowed to be used in certain ways. You can put an Uruk-Hai sword into a Ninjago set, but there's a lot of stuff you can't do. (And also probably a lot of these parts don't make it on for more mundane reasons.)
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Are there some alternate design IDs for the Uruk-Hai sword, maybe some non-copper colors available? 10050 is the design ID I know of, but it's only even listed in copper on B&P.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    What, because those sets are already close to retirement?
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Man will the green villain stand even look good at all, being molded in those colors? I have no idea, but I'm gonna order one. Just the sort of part that I think, well, if I have zero of these in ten years, I'm probably gonna wish I had one lying around. (See, that's the root of evil there, this notion of "well I might want one eventually". Our bank accounts cry out in despair when that phrase is uttered!) But, well, still waiting on the Hidden Side goons' legs to be back in stock before placing another order. (Speaking of things I haven't all that much reason to buy!)
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Thank you! Very good stuff! Definitely gonna get some of those in black as well as trans-clear.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    https://brickset.com/parts/6356406
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I hope that 79194 in black is available at some point... Not sure if it's just temp out of stock or hasn't been sold on B&P yet.
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    Do you think lego will ever realese another space theme

    I doubt that Lego-original IPs will sell well to adults, in general. I think Lego-original stuff isn't very likely under the 18+ banner. What you see marketed to adults is generally either licensed (Star Wars or other nostalgic properties), or based on real-world things, like the Sydney opera house, or whatever else. Or, mundane city-ish stuff, like the Creator roller coaster, the modulars, much of the Creator Expert line. While I mostly enjoy Lego's original IPs, I think I'm in the minority among my age cohort. There's a reason that the more fantasy-oriented Ninjago sets are clearly for the younger demographic, and the plausibly-real-world-city ones get the D2C treatment. (And you see it reflected even here on Eurobricks, where there are many fans who only like Ninjago City, Temple of Airjitzu, etc., the ones that can fit into their Lego cities, but they aren't out there buying every mech and dragon.) (Also I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Benny's Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP! already IS the modernized Galaxy Explorer. That's what a love letter to classic space looks like. And, if you want to see more of that, that's very fair! But I wouldn't count on it, unless Lego thinks they can sell it to the children too.) If I had my way we'd see space and castle continue forever, with stylistic revamps every few years. I'd like to think today's children would buy those sets. But unfortunately Lego seems to disagree.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    If I built some fortress on a (possibly raised) 32x32, or 32x48 baseplate, then a dozen figures would seem enough to populate it... I mean, if I did some small setlike builds, if each figure has a clear purpose within the diorama... Will I really want more than twelve? What I'm trying to say is, you people are a bad influence! (But, if the Ninjago orcs get cheap enough on BrickLink then I WILL order even more of them, against my better judgment and in line with yours.) Gonna stay on the lookout for various sci fi/fantasy torsos; got a lot of parts that'll be for some dwarves, but I haven't the right torsos yet. Hopefully, Lego will oblige with new nice torso prints soon. The design ID is 73109. Brickset lists it in two sets so far: https://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6326478 Also check out 73230, a 1x1 brick with an axle hole! Not even on Brickset yet! What's with 66509? Two 2x2 jumpers, fused. Is that part necessary to exist? Dunno, but it does now! Just a lot of "combination of basic things" parts coming out in 2021. Almost too many examples to name; you might pore over the PDF posted upthread (copied from that now-downed website that occasionally posts new parts info), because there's a lot of interesting stuff in there.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Still waiting for the legs for the Hidden Side ghostly minions to come back in stock... Was gonna place an order recently but I wanted to get eight more of those, to have a dozen of those guys total. (My policy at the moment is that for any massable figure, I'll allow myself only a dozen, as that's more than enough for a large build. I'm not one of those "200 orcs on a baseplate" people; I'll let myself accumulate way too many minifigures total, but I'll at least TELL myself that I have builds planned to go with them.) Lots of weird 2021 parts in general; that 2x3 plate with cutout, for example, is really strange, not something I would have expected at all. And the 1x2 Technic brick with the 1x2 plate sticking off it at mid-level? What even is that?! Definitely gonna order a bunch of 6329386 when it's in stock; that new trans-light blue robot head. I imagine that part will be very popular for a long time.