legotownlinz

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  1. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2021

    I don't think that the history is helpful to predict future 18+ train sets. Too much has changed in the recent years regarding the number of Creator Expert / 18+ sets. There is so much redundancy in other themes (mosaics, botanical collection, ...) to make a train set per year realistic. The question is, was the Crocodile above or below Lego's expectations? If it was above, what kind of train set will be next, an addon set for the crocodile or a new engine? There are a few reasons for an addon set: A wagon was probably designed together with the Crocodile so that time-to-market is shorter than developing something completely new. Customer who run the Crocodile on their layout rather need wagons than another engine. However, the time slot for an addon set is limited, it should be on the market together with the main set. If we get wagons for the Crocodile, we get it this year or never. Some thoughts on different aspects of Lego trains: What can we expect from Lego's train offerings in the next few years. I see several fields of improvement: Tracks: To stand out from the competition and make the tracks look more appealing, Lego should introduce dual-molded tracks. Switches: A redesign is overdue. Firstly, Lego should copy the switch designs from the competition and make the reverse curve a separate detachable part. Secondly, the lever should be replaced by a rotating knob like in the BrickTracks design. You hurt yourself when stepping on the current lever design and the levers often break. It also helps with automation. Imho, the current Lego switches neither fulfill Lego's quality nor safety standards. Trains: 7-wide also for City trains. Cars got bigger from 4 to 6-wide, trains didn't.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Ball bearings are not necessary, but metal axles would be nice. They are still in production. All Creator Expert train sets had an engine and wagons, the Crocodile is the only exception. It is likely that the designer developed an entire train but for some reasons only the Crocodile was released as a set, maybe to keep the costs down and to make it more attractive as a display set with the display stand instead of coaches. The Crocodile set was a success and well received, so Lego could decide to release the wagons, too. Some buyers of the Crocodile would not buy wagons, but those who do buy at least three, so a wagon set could sell as well as the engine.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    7-wide coaches for the Crocodile using the new 1x5 plate would be nice.
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    40516 Everyone Is Awesome

    Adding my two cents: I appreciate Lego is doing this set. Well done.
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    moc Stephensons Rocket

    Excellent
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    (9V) RED train motor

    Because of their low quality?
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    (9V) RED train motor

    15 items per package... Nobody at BlueBrixx smart enough to understand that only even numbers make sense?
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    These sets will inspire children to become truck drivers, pilots and motorcyclists. Most of the parts are dedicated to vehicles, not wildlife. Lots of vehicles between the last few dying trees. These sets are not perfect. The animals deserve a 10/10, but not the entire set. Pricing and the vegetation builds are far below 10/10.
  9. The price of 7.5 Euros per S32 is already high compared to 2.3 Euros for a Trixbrix S32. In the long term the success of the track system depends on the number of new customers who choose 9V over plastic tracks, therefore, tracks must get cheaper, not more expensive. The number of customers who are willing to pay high prices is limited to the existing 9V fanbase but their need for tracks will be satisfied soon.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    The background of the box artwork shows what the trees should look like but what's included in the set looks like a first clumsy unaestetic attempt to design an acadia tree. Nearly everybody could build a tree of similar quality.
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    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    The animals of the Wildlife Rescue sets are sweet. The color scheme is ok, it looks better than on the early leaked pictures, but I still think that tan/red is not the best combination (though not horrible neither). The vegetation and vehicle builds are lacking the magnificence that for example the Jungle Explorer sets had.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Kings Cross is an excellent negative example for Lego's ignorance about trains. If they had ever tested this station with tracks and their own trains, they would have noticed that some of them collide with the bridge.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    But let's face it, the current train offerings cannot match with those of the past. I wouldn't say Lego hates trains, but it is obvious non of the designers has a passion for trains and pushes the theme forward.
  14. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2021

    It's true that the Crocodile was sold out frequently, but we do not know the reasons. Maybe Lego prioritized other sets for production? But it is safe to assume that at least it isn't a slow seller. Unfortunately the Crocodile is still a Lego exclusive, if it would be available in other stores like many of the cars and 18+ sets, it could give Lego trains a boost. Given the fact that there are many third-party train-related offers, it would be strange not to see any Lego train set this year. But who knows, maybe an infamous influencer is right and Lego indeed hates trains? Then they will continue to over-saturate the market with mosaics, plants, helmets and other dust catchers instead of producing a single train set. Don't take me wrong, I like some of these sets, especially the Bonsai, but I don't get why they produce so many sets of the same kind while neglecting other themes. And then there is the miracle why they refresh the City trains only every four years. Other long-lasting themes get more frequent updates. It's not harder to develop a train engine than anything else if the electronics stay the same.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Let's hope we get anything train-related in the second half year, otherwise 2021 might become a sad year for train collectors.
  16. I'd also like to upgrade my trains to 7-wide so that they have a similar scale as MOCs. I've already made several coaches longer, but not changed the widths yet.
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    A review of the first elements from the FX Track system

    I thought about it, but I think it requires a lot of time to keep it in a good condition. Maybe in a few years...
  18. When I came out of my dark ages a few years ago, life was simple: There was Lego (offering a few AFOL-targeted sets that brough me back to the Lego hobby) but nothing else. Admittedly, there were already some Chinese competitors, but they had no impact on the market and I didn’t care for them either. In the last few years, the situation has changed: Not only did the number of competitors increase, but also the availability of the sets in Europe has improved as well as the quality (which is imho still not good enough, but obviously good enough for many other customers). Despite the shift of the market, one company stubbornly sticks to their old strategy: Lego. There are no signs that they respond to the better cost/performance ratio nor can I see other measures to face the competition. I don’t think that lowering prices is the right answer to competition, instead, the part count should be increased at the same price. More and more often I notice that a Lego set looks miserable compared to other offers. The competition just throws in more parts. This is true for both play sets and AFOL sets. Lego’s AFOL offerings, Ideas and Creator Expert saw an increase in the number of sets during the last few years, but it was too small to counter the exploding number of competitors’ sets. The variety of sets on the market has changed and will further change the buying behavior: It is no longer reasonable to collect all AFOL sets, but it is necessary to limit to one’s favorite themes and Lego offers only a faction of the sets available for a certain theme. If Lego does not adjust its strategy, they’ll continue to loose market share. One pirate, castle, train, space, … you name it … set every few years is not enough if there are docens of alternatives out there. I refused to buy Chinese stuff so far, but it gets harder every day to ignore it. My main interest is trains, where Bluebrixx is aggressively entering the market. I wish I could spend my money on Lego trains, but the products are simply not there. Obviously, Lego can’t make sets for every special interest market. They would end up with 100s or 1000s of sets. But Lego is big enough and has enough money to come up with the following business model that would kill all reasons to buy competitors’ stuff: Allow customers to order their custom sets! I’m aware that the Lego Digital Designer once allowed that and that you can still order bricks on Lego’s website and Bricklink. But it’s neither convenient nor reasonably priced nor are all important parts in all important colors available at any time nor is there any reliable source of proven designs. Fan designers should be able to rely on a fixed set of parts they can use. They upload their creations to Ideas, Rebrickable or a to-be-created platform where customers can buy them, not only the instruction but also the bricks. Designers get a payment for each order. There should be some kind of rating system or categories, e.g. “designed by Lego” or “reviewed and approved by Lego” that only contain designs that meet certain quality goals. Lego Ideas in its current form would not be necessary anymore, instead all designs would be available all the time and produced on demand. All the talented designers would be part of an ecosystem that is controlled by Lego and would not have to work for or sell their designs to competitors (that are often stealing the designs anyway). Key for the success of the proposed system is the technical infrastructure to handle the orders without manual work, otherwise custom sets would be too expensive (like pick-a-brick is now). Lego is the only market participant that could currently afford such large fully automated warehouses. Of course, the current Lego product portfolio for children should continue to exist (with a more competitive price/performance ratio), also some of the best AFOL sets should be sold in Lego stores to attract new customers. But the bulk of the AFOL market should be moved to the proposed model where customers choose from a large catalogue of design that are made on demand. I strongly believe this is the future to better respond to customer needs. Lego is in the best position to realize it, but if they don’t someone else will do it and then dominate the market. What are your opinions? Are changes in Lego’s business model necessary?
  19. legotownlinz

    Where do you see LEGO in 30-40 years?

    Plants are not made from ABS. There is no replacement for ABS yet.
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    A review of the first elements from the FX Track system

    It's actually one layout across multiple rooms.
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    Trixbrix R56 curves injection molded recommendation

    True. And I like competition in the LEGO market, too. I'm glad that tracks get cheaper now, I spend too much money on tracks anyway. The Trixbrix double straight track was a game changer for me, it allowed me to expand my layout quickly.
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    A review of the first elements from the FX Track system

    A few years earlier I would have started with Fx Tracks but now I own so many plastic tracks that it would be prohibitively expensive to convert to 9V (see some impressions of my current layout below). I couldn't use all the special elements that I enjoy a lot, but will never be available in a 9V version. Beside that, multi-train control is an unresolved issue of the 9V system. There are no DCC motors available and personally I hate the complexity of DCC and do not like to use it for my LEGO trains. Therefore, I do not see conversion from plastic to 9V to happen at a larger scale. Plastic tracks have far more advantages than disadvantages when compared to 9V.
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    Trixbrix R56 curves injection molded recommendation

    I own moulded Trixbrix R56 tracks and can confirm that the quality is excellent. They are a bit more glossy than LEGO tracks. I also own BrickTracks R104 and R120 tracks. They are less glossy than LEGO tracks. Coaster mentioned that he switched from aluminum to steel molds which should make the tracks more glossy. As I have not ordered tracks from BrickTracks recently I cannot confirm it. BlueBrixx tracks looked warped on their YouTube presentation video. I never that warping issues with Trixbrix or BrickTracks tracks. The products of all three manufacturers are legal in the EU. In my opinion it is also morally ok to buy from all of them. 4dbrix was ahead of Trixbrix in the early days, but that doesn't mean that Trixbrix ripped off their ideas. The idea to produce different kind of switches was not new, all track systems have similar elements and all manufacturers copied all important design details from LEGO, not from each other. I'd guess that we will soon see moulded switches from Trixbrix. This would be an expectable step and not a rip off of a BrickTracks idea.
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    [MOD] 60266 Ocean Exploration Ship

    Here's a picture of my modded exploration ship with relaxed color schema (red parts removed), increased height, hidden crane gear box and a few minor details added. I've started to make instructions so that I can upload it to Rebrickable, but I can't find the large boat piece in Studio. Any ideas how to add it?
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    [MOD] 60266 Ocean Exploration Ship

    I've made some additional improvements to the 60266 Ocean Exploration Ship, the biggest one is a deck at the front of the ship. Not only does the front look empty anymore but the deck also compensates the additional weight of the increased height of the rear cabin so that it looks better when floating in water. Instructions are now available on Rebrickable.