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  1. Mylenium

    Can't LEGO keep up with demand?

    Still, you have to question the dumbness of not producing sufficient quantities of e.g. the Crocodile locomotive in the first place when the dumbest of morons could see that here in Europe with the LEGO train segment literally starving and people willing to pay almost any price would buy it en masse. And that remains a fact even if you leave the current pandemic out of the equation. You could even go back to previous years. There have been many such shortages for no (to the customer) apparent reasons, and while they have been resolved quicker under better conditions, they still sucked, which at least for me is the point. Anyone care to remember how last year the large Batmobile was sold out everywhere for almost two months? A company as big as LEGO with multiple facilities across the globe should not struggle so much with fulfilling demand, especially when some things are so predictable in the "My grandma, who knows nothing about LEGO, could have told you!" sense. I would maintain that LEGO still have their work cut out and there's lots of room to improve that. Mylenium
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    Can't LEGO keep up with demand?

    Well, then their stock system and logistics don't work well at all. That's ultimately the point. Really no way to put it differently. If car manufacturers or other companies had such fragile supply chains, they'd long have collapsed. Mylenium LEGO has no plan in that regard. I far too often find myself thinking that utter morons must run their market analyses. It's really that old "ivory tower" syndrome where some of their decisions appear so far removed from reality, it's really incomprehensible. This has happened time and again, not just with expensive Creator and Ideas sets. I wrote a whole article about the failure of Hidden Side ( and similar things could be said for other series or some individual products. Mylenium
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    Can't LEGO keep up with demand?

    Both and on top LEGO did the stupid thing of releasing a ton of big sets this year that tie up lots of production capacity. Mylenium
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    LEGO's inexplicable design decisions

    It's one of their internal rules. Parts have to have certain metrics to fit within the system. You know, one day that shoulder armor could turn into a foot covering on a Ninjago mech or something like that... Large parts tend to be designed that they fit even steppings of full studs, meaning they are 4 x 6, 4 x 8, 6 x 8 and so on. Only smaller parts may use full or half plate height steps. Mylenium I doubt that this plays any role here. Both versions of these parts are ones that they produce continually because they are used in so many sets. To me it seems more like this is meant to be an attachment point for some extras and/ or snap on to some mount points on a vehicle. Sometimes such stuff only makes sense in a larger context when figuring in other sets from the series... Just a guess, though. Mylenium
  5. That is just plain awesome! :-) Mylenium
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    [MOC] Modular: Mediterranean Way

    Nice model, but I'd go a bit lighter on the magenta plant parts. They stand out too much and I find them rather distracting. Mylenium
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    Are fraudulent companies opening the way?

    I mean at the corporate level, in particular manufacturing and distribution. The sets themselves are fine. It has just become nigh on possible to even get your hands on many of them. Sorry if that wasn't clear. Mylenium The aforementioned "Lucas code" allows you to recoup any cost associated with furthering your fan project and most MOCs arguably have some of that going on like that Dutch guy that's selling thick printed booklets for his "UCS" models. All fair and square in my understanding. Of course it might be different for other properties, and technically it definitely is, but so far most rights holders seem pretty easy-going about it as long as it's in their interest and furthers their products and brands. And why not? A multi billion corporation is not going to go broke on such stuff. Just the opposite - coming down hard on your fans can damage your reputation a lot more. Again, it may not be as written in the letter of the law, but I don't think a bit of a laissez-faire attitude within certain limits hurts anyone. Mylenium
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    Are fraudulent companies opening the way?

    Are they, though? I feel many of those alternate companies have genuine structural problems to actually make a dent. That's one of my eternal frustrations with Mega for instance and lately it seems Cobi are also in trouble with not being able to keep up with demand. And the other side is of course that the companies are playing silly games over patents/ trademarks. If LEGO even offered such a thing as FRAND licensing or there was an overarching coalition/ association that maintained brick designs and quality standards like it is common in some industries, we'd live in a whole different world... Mylenium
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    Are fraudulent companies opening the way?

    Bad example. As much as Disney are control freaks of their Star Wars IP, it still falls under the "(George) Lucas code", making almost any fan art or other derivative use fair game (fair use) and to the specific case of MOCs you also have to add on top that the MOC itself is a new piece of art falling under its own regulations. And the latter extends to other properties as well. No point in trying to take a RIAA stance here and trying to squeeze licensing fees out of everything. Some uses of other people's IP are perfectly legal within certain limits, with the specifics being determined by the respective local laws. Mylenium
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    Are fraudulent companies opening the way?

    I can't see any way how this would ever become a reality. The cost you save on the sorting and logistics is easily eaten up by actual production cost for the resins, long printing times and cleanup. It's hard to imagine even a set with a mere hundred bricks being produced on order this way. Mylenium
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    Are fraudulent companies opening the way?

    Aside from the cost factor the others already mentioned, this is simply yet again another case of the AFOL bubble reflecting in on itself. You know, it's perhaps three percent who even are aware of brick CAD tools, graphics programs and so on to be able to create those custom sets, but of those only yet another fraction would actually be interested in doing it. It's just not relevant to their business in the bigger picture, especially now that they are far beyond being a reasonably small company and have many ways to make money much easier. Mylenium A lot of that could already be mitigated if LEGO were actually producing parts consistently in sufficient quantities instead of once every blue moon manufacturing a handful of seldom used pieces in a rare color which you can't then even order on Pick a Brick/ Bricks & Pieces because supplies are so thin. This also opens up the old can of worms of e.g. the Classic sets not serving their function as bulk brick sources and similar discussions. If people had easier ways of obtaining the materials to easily rebrick their models you could kill half the counterfeiters and on top of it fix some of the craziness on the secondary markets for LEGO sets and parts... Mylenium
  12. Update/ repair your system's graphics driver, reinstall the program after deleting all its previous configuration data. Mylenium
  13. Mylenium

    Is LEGO using the 18+ rating wrong?

    Just a few random thoughts: inconsistent/ unpredictable pricing for the same pieces across different sets weight/ volume/ bulk per set complexity (or lack thereof) of a set whacked up pricing compared to sets with similar numbers of pieces and complexity Granted, still hard to pin down, but I'm just not clear-minded enough ATM to give you a better explanation. Mylenium
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    Is LEGO using the 18+ rating wrong?

    You misunderstand. Certainly you will concede that a 1x1 tile in an ART set has a value of about 0.003 Cents whereas e.g. a large arch in the Grand Piano may have a value of 35 Cents a piece, or would you?! What am I getting at? Calculating an average part count and based on that an average price per piece is just methodically completely wrong when you can't even reasonably compare those factors. That's all I'm saying and it probably even furthers my point, at least in my own internal logic: A bunch of bags of 1x1 tiles that literally may be worth 7 Euro in a 120 Euro set makes this a terrible value, no matter how you skin it whereas a large number of clearly more costly parts in a 350 piano set, including electronics components, represents a different, possibly better value. Sorry if this still sounds confusing, but I'm struggling with words here to explain my jumbled thoughts on the matter properly.... Mylenium But then we can never have an "honest" discussion about price developments in the first place. You know, I e.g. don't care for sneaker shoes, either, but at this point it is clear to everybody & their mum that most of them are overpriced, which is kinda what I'm getting at in the LEGO universe as well. Well, whatever. This is getting too complex and it seems like every thought I have on the subject unravels a ton of others, so I'm going to stop here. My brain just isn't working that well at the moment and I can't seem to get my message across, so no point to add to the confusion... Mylenium
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    Is LEGO using the 18+ rating wrong? had an analysis of this and of course you can always draw your own conclusions from the various sets, with the specific point mostly being that a large number of highly-priced sets with a great number of pieces seems to drag along the rest in the sense of evening out the average price, so the actual price of an expensive set isn't perceived as outrageously overpriced. You know, sales psychology. Mylenium Yes/ No/ Perhaps. Point in case: You would have to develop a reliable index that is not driven by the perceived value, but by the actual production value. Even many large and complex pieces can be produced pretty cost-efficiently. That also somewhat negates your point about minifigures and other stuff: Even a "rare" minifigure only costs a bunch of cents and similarly, the difference between e.g. five minifigures vs. twelve in a Ninjago Set or whatever is just multiples of this manufacturing value, not exorbitant sums as reflected by re-sale prices on sites like Bricklink... Mylenium