legotownlinz

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  1. legotownlinz

    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    The email conversation was polite. I wrote pretty much the same there as here. Of course a discussion started with mostly complaints about the quality of BlueBrixx. I understand that they do not want 95% negative comments in their group. But blocking people only moves the discussion to groups outside their control. Not so smart. If you still read their Facebook group: Be aware that the comments there do not represent the true customer (dis)satisfaction. I paid 15 Euros to send it back. I guess BlueBrixx also believes their product is not defective. But a spring mechanism is part of any model railroad switch I've seen so far.
  2. legotownlinz

    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    In the meantime I have sent the double switch back to BlueBrixx and got a refund. But they did not refund the shipping costs which would be required by EU laws in case of a defect ("Reklamation" in German). I could open a case in PayPal, but I don't think it is worth the troubles. I also asked why they still offer the product in their web store although they know it is defective. I got no answer, instead they blocked me on their Facebook group. Imho this is close to fraud, it looks like they hope that customers don't send it back because the shipping costs are 50% of the product's price. To sum up, I'm not only disappointed by the low quality of their products, but also by their business conduct.
  3. legotownlinz

    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    Yeah, if there wouldn't have been the problem with the spring mechanism, I would have been perfectly happy. When I unpacked it, it was like "wow, great". But then I integrated it my layout and the trains derailed.
  4. But it should be more robust and have a better haptic feedback (latching). The idea of the BrickTracks approach is good, but the actual implementation is disappointing.
  5. legotownlinz

    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    42 Euro for a double crossover without flaws is a better deal: https://trixbrix.eu/en_US/p/Double-Crossover/58 As you can buy the same from TrixBrix off-the-shelf it makes no sense to print it yourself.
  6. legotownlinz

    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    I have no plans to fix it or develop a workaround. I simply return this crap and keep buying the 3D-printed Trixbrix double crossover which works fine.
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    Beware of BlueBrixx Double Crossover

    Yes Btw, there are several other reviews on YouTube which confirm the issue.
  8. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    The 8-wide trains have the same bricks as all other Bluebrixx Specials. The Bluebrixx Pro sets are made for Bluebrixx by other companies, e.g. Xingbao. So their quality depends who made the set.
  9. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    You get what you pay for. I wish I could pay more in return for a better quality. Bluebrixx needs to learn that quality is as important as pricing. They need to find a balance, e.g. order their bricks from GoBricks, even if it makes the sets more expensive. And improve the instructions and print them.
  10. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Lego is lucky that Bluebrixx doesn't understand the AFOL train market neither. Bluebrixx's focus is on price, but AFOLs actually want detailed models and good quality. It might be possible that their cheap products attract new customers, but they won't make Lego customers switch to Bluebrixx. At least I never considered to buy any of their crappy 6-wide stuff. Only the upcoming 8-wide models are of interest if the quality of the bricks is sufficient. But if half of the bricks need to be replaced with Legos, then taking their instructions and source everything from Bricklink is the better choice. I'm excited to build my first Bluebrixx set, hopefully this weekend.
  11. legotownlinz

    Maximizing integrated use of the Powered Up Hub

    No, it's this way: The battery does 10 A and then it explodes. All batteries can provide much higher currents than the limit of safe operation. A battery back like the one shown in the images above should have internal protection. But it is from China, so you never know if it is really safe.
  12. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Some of their 8-wide designs look good. But if their brick quality is low, this is the way to go. Not all their parts are available from Lego, though.
  13. legotownlinz

    Maximizing integrated use of the Powered Up Hub

    Sure, but if the battery can only handle 500 mA and the overcurrent protection limits the current to 800 mA, then the battery could get damaged, or even worse, melt down, catch fire, ...
  14. legotownlinz

    Maximizing integrated use of the Powered Up Hub

    Sure it works. The board doesn't care where the power comes from as long as the voltage is the same. One thing that may need to be considered is the overcurrent protection of the board. It has been designed for AAA batteries, so it might draw more current than allowed by the spec of the 9V battery.
  15. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    It would be really helpful to share experience with Bluebrixx trains. The problem is, the forum rules say that competitor brand discussions are allowed in the Community section, so I assume there should be no Bluebrixx discussion here in the Trains forum. In my opinion this rule needs to be changed because nearly all train-related products nowadays are made by competitors. There are several indications that Lego also targeted the AFOL market with this set: Listing it in the Creator Expert section Absence of children on the lifestyle photo Review samples were provided to AFOL YouTube channels, e.g.
  16. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Me too. I will get my order of a few coaches and the crossing this week. So far I bought only a few third party modulars and tracks, but otherwise kept my part collection Lego-only. I'm now thinking about mixing all parts. The decision depends on whether I see a perspective in buying mostly Lego. But being interested in trains, I'm pessimistic.
  17. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    So you say they market leader is unable to do what the small competitors can afford? Because there is a compatibily issue with trains if they do not have train wheels and have the right gauge that does not exist with cars and ships. Ok, other models don't look well if the scale is off, too, but the issue is not as severe as with trains and tracks. I once got one of those Creator trains as a present and the guy who bought it was rather disappointed that it did not run on my layout. The average customer assumes it is compatible but it isn't. Therefore such sets should be avoided.
  18. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Or they could have made it a 2-in-1 6-wide set with the option to build either the engine or the coach. A full train would then require four sets, a perfect idea for greedy Lego ;-)
  19. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    There's even a lifestyle photo for this set. Do they really think any AFOL will put such garbage on the table? And take a look at the crappy box art, they didn't even manage to draw a track that fits the scale of the train:
  20. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    It definitely is. If they had made a Creator 3-in-1 coach compatible with City trains, many people would have bought it several times. I don't see any reason to buy this set at all.
  21. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    If they made it 6-wide it would be a decent train. I wonder how many parents buy it and later find out it doesn't run on the tracks. It's not hard to foresee lot of disappointed or frustrated customers. Silly. Mouldking has a similar train in 8-wide.
  22. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    It's not a City set number. Let's hope it is minifig scale und runs on tracks. But it could be in a smaller scale.
  23. This is a smart decision. From a business point of view it is very important that the products are useful for 9V DC, PF and PUP users, too. I'd estimate that PF and PUP is >90% of the market, so anything that has value for PF and PUP will sell much better. I'm hoping for a PUP battery box that can be recharged with power pickup wheels. I like all the cool TrixBrix items too much to switch entirely to 9V. But I'm open to convert parts of my layout to metal track for automatic charging.
  24. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Same for me. I'm not as excited about the 2022 City trains as I was about the current ones. I've decided to go 7- or 8-wide but I doubt Lego has serious plans for the AFOL train market.
  25. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2022

    I neither care about single piece noses nor if it is Amtrak or not but rather if it is well-designed. I hope for innovation, new train specific parts, better use of Powered Up, accessory sets (e.g. additional couches, railroad crossing, station, ...).