Cocoa

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  1. With each new wave, I fear that LEGO only keeps this theme around for tourist appeal. The last niche set was the remake of the Guggenheim. It's sad too, considering the plethora of new parts and techniques introduced in these past five years. That being said, this choice isn't half bad. I like the design of the Taj Mahal, and I think it's translated pretty well here. Two glaring issues to me are the frames and the central dome. The frames would've benefitted from being wide, instead of thin and tall. And the central dome seems just a tad short to me. Also not convinced by the use of those droid arms. Other than that, the design looks incredibly intricate. All those 1x1s will be a pain to align for anyone who builds this...
  2. Cocoa

    Looney Tunes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    If they were to make human characters, a problem would arise. Making specially molded heads would look inconsistent with other human minifigs, but using normal minifigure heads would look inconsistent with the other Looney Tunes characters.
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    Space station Bonsai Tree-MOC

    I love this concept. The way the dark bonsai contrasts with the colorful spaceport is very pleasing to the eye.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Now I love to see this. Really fantastic work. But if this is accurate, you may be asked to take it down. LEGO’s claim is that they can’t have leaks out and about because it gives bootleggers a head-start. Don’t know if that has much validity, but they live to preach it.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I think they came to the US temporarily in like 2018 and then stopped. While I still believe some of these ideas would work better as original themes, I would totally love to see a Ninjago space wave inspired by the likes of Macross and LEGO's original themes like Galaxy Squad. To get some more sleek sci-fi jets like the Systar ship or more recently Mei's jet from Monkie Kid would be sweet.
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    [MOC] Modular Post Office

    Quite honestly, this is my favorite modular MOC. I really love the cool yellow for the main apartment section as well as those gorgeous olive trees. But I think the tile work, from the exterior walls to the interior floors, add a lot. The intricate angular pattern works really well for a formal post office floor.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Yikes...I thought the knight gear was tacky but these are such a stretch. LEGO is keen on combining ninja scarves with every single piece of headwear possible it seems, but should they? I don't mean to be "an AFOL," but I don't appreciate LEGO using Ninjago for concepts that would work wonderfully as original themes. Is LEGO not willing to take the risk and sell these sets on their own without being branded under some large in-house IP? Or are these subthemes an attempt to keep Ninjago "fresh" with children? I think so far LEGO has done a fine job blending these ideas with the Ninjago line, but this latest wave is alarming. From the figures alone, you can tell these sets should be their own thing. But if these subthemes sell, they'll keep on coming. Fortunately, fans who don't like this direction for the theme have Legacy and CNY (which is not entirely related since it's based on Chinese culture and architecture but still satisfies many). If only. There'd be a huge reliance on dragons for certain since that's likely the most gimmicky sets you could make from that time. Though I'd love to see a serene-looking temple with tons of booby traps inside.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I really love the idea of putting that streetpost and string of lanterns across the Docks. Personally I want to modify the Pigsy apartment into the elevator section of Ninjago City, and extend the elevator outward to accommodate. Although I don’t know if I’ll actually do that as it requires a lot of work. EDIT: Tried placing the apartment in said area, but just didn’t look right to me. But one day I would like to find a way to incorporate it into my city.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Oh that’s very nice. The museum looks so big and proper now! I’d just recommend fusing the two together in the center, unless you or your friend are opposed to that idea. I’m just thinking either center one of the towers, or combine the two to make one large tower. Also combining the window frames for the Ice Planet shop would look neat.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I didn’t think the city work particularly well with multiples, but I am very impressed with how the Gardens looks with multiple copies. Even though it’s two of the same build, it doesn’t look like it. If you replaced just a few things, like the tower and zen roof house, it would look like two very distinct sets. I think the distribution of the buildings in Gardens was just very clever.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    You can upload them to Flickr and paste them here. Or you can use a Google File, Dropbox, or an Imgur album. Also a tip, mirror one section at a time. Don’t take apart more than you have to. It’s super modular so you can take the buildings off the base and mirror just the base, and then move onto each building individually, which wasn’t possible with the original.
  12. Ninjago City Aquarium - Not sure how LEGO would pull this off, but this expansion by eyescream54 just screams Aquarium to me. I imagine a greenhouse or amphibian habitat at the lower level, and some large neon fishtanks at the upper level, with neon signage and satellites spread about. Maybe an observatory and restaurant on top. Ninjago City Farms - This may be wishful thinking on my half, but hear me out. A farm expansion could have a similar layout to Docks, where it is a long 32 x 48, complete with a small rice field, some traditional homes, and perhaps a tree or two. If connected with temple island, it would not have to be three levels. However, I am confident the designers could pull off a triple-tiered farm set regardless. As the Gardens focused in on nature, with the large trees and little islands, a farm expansion would be a nice compliment.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    A Reddit user replaced the green trees with cherry blossoms from 10281 Bonsai Tree. I miss the spring green but this is cool to see. I think it would look good with lavender leaves.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    The Quadcopter has been added to Shop@Home and it gives us a closer look at those wonderful figs. I especially love Tang and the new monocle for Mei. Honestly, if those crates came in a standalone set, I'd buy. Very cozy little interiors with lots of fun trinkets. Just don't care for the main vehicle, but I'm sure it will appeal to its audience. https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/monkie-kid-s-team-dronecopter-80023
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Great thing is, it is up on Bricklink. I’m pretty sure you can buy the parts and built it IRL if that’s the case. Honestly, this is one my favorite extension MOCs to date. I love the bamboo field, the “ninjargon,” and the lake. Very in line with the island theme of the original. Also, the fence signs utilize some neat tile parts.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    This review made me so happy. Jang tries to remain a positive, but objective outlook in his reviews, but this review was unusually positive. You could just tell he had a blast with this set. His final thoughts are always my favorite segment, as he gives not only his opinion but some very valuable input. Also, seeing it connected to Spring Lantern Festival was so nice!
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Someone modded Spring Lantern Festival to fit in with the Ninjago City sets and it looks wonderful! Also important, the creator of that video, AlBrickStudios, has been caught in scandals involving children giving their parents' credit card numbers to him. As such, I think you should remove the video to avoid him from getting any sort of publicity or money. I know you weren't meaning anything bad by posting the video obviously, I just wanted to inform.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    A Flower Fruit Mountain set. Sounds like an awesome playset, a beautiful display piece, or hopefully both. So excited to see what it entails.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Yes, I absolutely love that round azure framing. The desserts use the colors of the original vehicles (sans neon orange), so maybe the shop itself is intentionally colored to resemble the hues of the Ice Planet box displays.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    A bit of an update, I have finished building the city buildings and I am starting my way to the top. I am a bit sad I'm getting closer to being done, but I am so eager to build more! I'm trying not to rush the process, as I started Monday and have continued to build more throughout the week. The build just isn't very daunting for me due to the "bite-size" nature of the bags. I sorta miss the emersion I felt with the previous two, which had an almost overwhelming amount of content per series of bags. However, these smaller portions make for a much smoother, relaxing build. Also, I figured I'd note just how many small pieces and intricate techniques are included. Lots and lots of SNOT techniques. As for the build itself, the high-contrast colors are unlike anything prior and are quite polarizing at first glance. So far, the museum's won my heart. Two of LEGO's greatest colors (IMO), "keetorange" and teal, are on full display here. The designer of the Gardens actually designed the temple fair from CNY, where this color scheme appeared for the roofing and decor of the temple. Takes up 29 studs but is only 8 wide, making it a bit cramped inside. But we are provided with a fantastic removable wall. I hope this feature is incorporated into more and more sets. The "Ice Planet" shop is not Ice Planet themed to a huge extent. But I ADORE those graphics and facade. As for the noodle house, the cramped spacing and little bits of ornate detail feel very appropriate for a small take out restaurant. Also have to mention the shingle techniques here. Little bits like this make me feel like I'm building a MOC. Simply beautiful.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    I can only imagine these minifigures would look very beautiful and ornate and would definitely be a bestseller where Journey to the West is popular.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    The Brickset article going over the different combos is finally here. One of the most anticipated is Ninjago Gardens with Spring Lantern Festival. If it's possible, I think this'd look better from the other side. Regardless, this combo still looks gorgeous! Also started building my Gardens yesterday. I really appreciated the way the instructions are formatted, as it allows for a very smooth, whelming build. So far I have built the old world and street walkway. Just point out a few things I noticed. The base. It's very relaxing, just lots of layering and bricks. It feels extremely sturdy too. Love how much "algae" there is with the green color. The island build in the back features some great techniques, and the "jade blades" make for some stunning vegetation. The angled buildings are remarkably more time-consuming and complex to build than the previous, and when finished, remarkably more interesting to look at. Lots of SNOT and sideways building that feel like a jigsaw puzzle. Love the round window and pipe detailing especially. The pillars are significantly more detailed and interesting. The smooth, tiled look of the "snake" pillar with the trans pink is wonderful, and the detailing of the tree is just wild. The tree is bulky and feels like it can support the weight of the level above. The walkway is a lot simpler, making for a much more enjoyable build. While the technic base of the original City was profoundly sturdy, it threw me in for a loop and left no room for error. Make one mistake and you kinda have to peel away to even be able to fix it. This one is simply bricks and plates with a little bit of technic just to secure everything. I love the colors of the fence signage this time, with the "keetorange" and teal. Some great building techniques were deployed, but I don't want to spoil it.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    An amazing interview with the designer of the Gardens, Markus Rollbühler. Also reveals Chris Stamp designed the Docks. https://www.newelementary.com/2021/01/lego-interview-designer-markus-rollbuhler71741-ninjago-gardens.html?m=1
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Yeah I think I have to agree. There's just so much put into such a tiny build, and I love how it's done. Especially the incorporation of the City Chase set.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I think the similarities come from both being corner layouts with a large pillar at the center, even using the same conical piece. Not to mention the tall skyscraper-esque towers. These factors alone make the layouts look similar, but one can argue it also makes the two look unified. Although, everything else about the layouts is quite different. The city's layout is designed to incorporate a bridge and elevator, while the Gardens' layout isn't. As a result, the city has larger buildings condensed in one area, while the Gardens has smaller buildings scattered about. In regards to the MOC you shared, I will say this. I have great respect for MOCists who take on such daunting projects. That said, I am relieved LEGO did not go this route. The MOC you shared after asking for something more imaginative uses many of LEGO's previous ideas. In fact, it uses the same exact bridge and building from NC's old world, not to mention Cafe Corner as the template for the street level. Of course, the execution here is pleasing to the eye, with a creative way of incorporating these designs into a new layout. And I am not against re-using designs if they work. I just feel like LEGO has a special "Midas touch" when it comes to these sets. I just haven't seen too many extension MOCs that quite have the "wow factor" of LEGO's. Especially this new Gardens, which is really something special with its vibrant palette and memorable design. Also, please make sure you credit the designers. This MOC specifically was made by Brick Ninja, who also has another NC MOC if you're interested in checking it out.