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  1. Mylenium

    New Lego Identity by Interbrand!

    As someone working in the graphics design space this strikes me as exactly the kind of stupid exercise where a bunch of overpaid agency drones fresh off design school simply overthink it and go totally bonkers. Nobody cares nor is there any requirement that typefaces would reflect specific elements and the same is true for the background designs. They're only painting themselves into a corner. A few years after roll-out this is going to look very, very old due to the excessive and repetitive use of those components... Mylenium
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    Do these bricks lock ? :)

    It should/ very likely will. I would just expect the gap at the edge to be slightly larger since there doesn't seem to be as much room under the edge of the dish for an airtight fit. Mylenium
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    Ideas for a New LEGO website

    Yes/ No/ Maybe. We can agree that it would open up a whole can of worms, but it's not per se "stealing". But that's a discussion for another time... Mylenium
  4. LPub, but it's quirky and has a quadrizillion bugs. Also your model has to be organized pretty well beforehand, since apparently it isn't integrated into an actual construction program and you have to go back and forth. Sometimes seemingly trivial changes to a model can cause the whole instructions to be changed and then you spend a lot of time fixing those issues. There always has to be a master model. In the simplest scenario this would be the first model you build and the others being submodels. There is no need to ignore anything since the program will simply generate the steps and you don't get to see anything of the other models while working inside a submodel. It just needs to be logical from an actual building perspective, which may require to include redundant steps for sub-sub-assemblies or such, since you can't jump across different submodels. Other than that of course nothing stops you from simply merging three separate PDFs after they have been generated or create your instructions in a page layout program like the free Scribus or an office program like Word based on rendering out the model as images. Whatever suits your workflow best... Mylenium
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    Ideas for a New LEGO website

    I don't care for all the fluff. It's way too time-consuming to maintain digital collections, be that commercial offerings, MOCs or one's own parts repository. And I consider myself pretty immune to all that nostalgia stuff, since I only took up the hobby eight years ago. What you propose would do zero for me and as already pointed out, there are enough sites that already do it. Of course that doesn't preclude you could do it better, but I'd need much different reasons to visit such a site. A constant source of frustration are for instance the unsophisticated search functions on these sites, which mostly rely on what's built into the underlying CMS/ blog software, so a meta search engine that maintains its own database with extensive tagging, verbose descriptions, a reverse image search and other "intelligent" functions (not necessarily real AI) would be helpful for instance even if it merely links to other existing sites. I'm sure there could be many more other such scenarios, with the point being that a new site really should resolve shortcomings that others have, not add to the pile of redundant functions. Mylenium
  6. Basically none. I enjoy building, but I don't necessarily want stuff to stand around and catch dust. I live in a small flat, anyway, so it's impossible to keep everything around forever. The exception from that rule are a few animals when I think they're really well done or just cute, a few things Star Wars and items like the Super Mario Piranha Plant that have a deeper meaning to me such as in this case reminding me of the fun I had in my Super Nintendo days. Most other models have to go eventually. I'll keep them around for a few weeks to show them off to friends or family, but then they get dismantled and the parts funneled into my repository until I may need them for something else. Mylenium
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    Questions for MOC Builders

    Turnover beats revenue/ grosses. The no. 1 rule of all retail business. That's basically all that matters. And given that many small sets are produced in the millions vs. only a few tens of thousands on most bigger sets, that sure carries weight. Yes, of course, we all could anecdotally cite situations where we were jealous of someone carrying multiple 200+ Euro sets out of a LEGO store, but it's probably nothing compared to the wider market. The example that stuck with me is when a few years ago LEGO revealed how many UCS Millenium Falcons were sold in Europe. It was only around 10000 at that point. Now consider that these packages have actual higher manufacturing cost due to the sheer number of pieces, the elaborate packaging and manuals, are mostly hand packaged and so on and weigh that against what you can earn with them, given the numbers. Point in case: The profit margins very likely aren't as impressive as people may think and not above what you can make with the same number of pieces automatically packed into smaller sets. Beyond LEGO of course charging a premium compared to competitors I would imagine that their grosses across the board balance out and they don't cash in exorbitant amounts on some big sets. And you don't even need to be too skittish about the numbers or the age demographic. There's tons of users who will buy multiple packages even of cheap sets, which offsets the reduced income. Just think about some Star Wars battle packs of which some users have bought 20 or 50. Or stuff like the upcoming Forest Animals: Red Fox (31154). Even I, despite my limited finances, plan to get at least two of those as do I for some other sets. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that LEGO don't need to sell big sets to make their billions of revenue every year. Mylenium
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    Questions for MOC Builders

    Not up to speed on the latest "fads", but e.g. when "The Mandalorian" first came out there were loads and loads of MOCs for the Razor Crest, Grogu/ The Child and his crib, other vehicles and props, many of which seemed to be motivated by commercial interests and/ or ego stroking about being the first, not necessarily the builders' own fandom. Rinse repeat for other movies TV series etc.. Even when LEGO bring out a set there's often about a dozen MOCs/ MODs only a few days later with everyone trying to "fix" what they perceive as wrong or a shortcoming, usually for big expensive sets more than small ones. You can really observe these waves rippling through the communities... Mylenium
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    Questions for MOC Builders

    Simply knowledge and experience. You have to have built a bunch of sets with diverse elements plus you should at least know where to look for specific parts on Bricklink. Again experience, but combined with a good grasp of engineering and design principles plus a lot of experimentation. Occasionally, but I don't do "LEGO sketching". It's one of the most critical principles you get taught at any arts/ design school: Consider the medium and pick the right one, but don't let your creativity be limited by it. If you're too specific you lock yourself into a certain mindset that prevents you from exploring alternate solutions because you're trying too hard to make your (potentially flawed) design work. I don't do "real life". Trying to re-create an object like a Polaroid camera or a vehicle as an exact replica couldn't be any more uninteresting to me. Instead it's about abstraction, reduction and/ or freely exploring ideas and designs. For the rest you can buy enough sets already to put another model on your shelf to catch dust. Ideas come first. Even when I was more on the engineering side and did Technic I always had to have a concrete use case to even get started. Of course not everything turns out as expected and quite generally I'm a lazy builder whose projects often end up unfinished, but at least I always had good intentions I would argue... ;-) Mylenium
  10. Some people don't know better and eventually even the biggest BL vendor will run out of stock. Different priorities. PaB basically guarantees you that within a specific period you get the parts, but only from a limited selection. Not that it works particularly well in practice, but that's a different story. And you need to put it in perspective: We as LEGO nerds may be willing and able to put up with the usability nightmare that is BL, but many others won't. Different strokes for different people... Mylenium
  11. Nope. And now that I see it, I think I misread your question and talking about "old wartime stories". Sorry. I'd maintain the position that these are probably specially packaged somewhere, though. Mylenium
  12. Doesn't seem to be a factor these days. All review sets are regular sets as far as I have seen (not myself, just on other people's sets). Otherwise I would concur that they are probably specially packaged items. Someone once explained on a blog that before there was the LEGO Ambassador Network review packages were handled by conventional marketing agencies and for a long time they even had to return the sets. It would therefore make sense they'd mark them specifically so they didn't end up in shady places. Also keep in mind that this was long before they had their big packaging and logistics facilities and production wasn't as automated. So some poor soul probably had to package these by hand months before the actual production runs/ street dates. Mylenium
  13. A lot of nostalgia, for sure, be it from real experience or just looking at a different era with rose-tinted glasses. There are a few other factors, the crudeness of the models itself being one. There's a certain appeal in simplification just like with certain art styles. The other thing is of course that it was a lot more complicated to produce this stuff back then. Discovering a new element from a new mold or even just a new print would have a completely different impact because you knew how hard it was to pull off. This also affects perception overall because the market as a whole was simply different. I remember this well from my scale modelling days at the time. There wasn't a new model coming out every day. Stuff was shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and other such shows and that was basically it for the rest of the year. These days it's literally an endless stream of new releases which makes each individual item a lot less significant. And for LEGO it's pretty much the same. With a few hundred new sets coming out every year it's a whole different story compared to perhaps thirty to fifty sets each year way back when... Mylenium
  14. They couldn't if they tried. It makes no sense at all from the "How to run a big company." POV. They'd lose insane amounts of money. Mylenium
  15. Why not simply post a photo instead of dancing around the issue? I mean it's literally 7th grade basic physics knowledge to figure out how much force a lever needs to pivot around a point when there is a known counter force and all parameters are known or measurable. Mylenium