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  1. It may be popular, but Star Trek frankly is a mess, given how it's currently being handled. That has always kind of been the problem with it, anyway. The IP is spread across so many publishers, TV stations and streaming services, it would be nearly impossible to produce a consistent toy line due to everyone having a piece of the cake and trying to retain their exclusive rights. Currently it's also still in the hands of Oxford and Mega as far as brick-based toys are concerned, so I'm not sure if there is even a chance for LEGO to snatch up a license nor whether they would actually be willing, given the circumstances. I also tend to think it would also be quite an investment from a technical side, as LEGO would have to produce a bunch of new pieces to capture those sleek shapes a lot of Trek vessels have. It's almost funny that some old Mega slopes are more suitable for this than anything LEGO currently has. So personally I don't think it will ever happen. If it does, I would be more than happy, assuming it isn't a half-assed effort to just cash in with some crude simplified sets and a minifigure series... Mylenium
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    Fleshies vs Yellow

    I don't care much in either direction, but indeed it's odd that they opted to make them "realistic". But who knows? They could have the ghosts in there as minifigs in fancy colors (similar to Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter) and it might make sense then. Hard to tell just from the single package shot I've seen. Mylenium
  3. No, there is no such thing. Whatever you want to do will require a different approach, which may necessitate rebuilding the surroundings around whatever hole you need. If you need specific advise, show people an image of the area in question. Mylenium
  4. To the insurance it very likely has no value beyond the original purchase price. IMO no point to make a fuss about it beyond that unless you have a dedicated "art" insurance that would account for actual market value. They're not gonna pay you extra money just so you can re-buy a UCS Star Destroyer from ten years ago for a few thousand bucks, anyway. The rest will depend on the specifics of your insurance contract(s), naturally. Here in Germany insurances up to certain amounts of money usually won't care much and simply consider it a lump sum payment. Things only tend to get hairy when you want a full reimbursement to the last penny. You could probably claim 2000 Euro worth of "various LEGO" with no issues, but would have to prove every last detail if you exceed this limit. A sufficient amount of photos certainly helps and having original receipts is never a bad thing. You might also want to generate an overview list when each set was released at what price. Mylenium
  5. Exactly the point. LEGO couldn't care less if you put your expensive Siàn box on fire and throw it into the dumpster five minutes after you bought it. They got their deal out of it. Capitalism is about selling stuff, not how it's actually being used. Mylenium
  6. But that's only a fraction of the demographic, honestly. Harping on nostalgia is probably also not a stable long-term strategy, given how different everyone's previous experience with and relation to LEGO is. It's too unpredictable and volatile. It's also becoming pretty clear that LEGO doesn't really address that crowd specifically. It's at best coincidental while their primary focus is still reeling in new customers and ones that ideally have lots of cash to spend. Mylenium
  7. Not really. That's a myth. One bears no relation to the other. You know, you can't build airplanes from home and aeronautical engineers are among the best-paid jobs across the board, just to give an example. Even representatives from Google, Uber, Amazon, Netflix and so on keep repeating that they can't have people working from their home office for forever for simple practical reasons. That and Uber for instance navigating hard on the verge of total collapse. You can certainly spin this in a million ways, and there will always be winners and losers, but regardless, I think the target demographic for 200+ dollar sets is significantly going to shrink in the coming two or three years at least, not accounting for any long-term effects of the current crisis... Mylenium ...but someone who has just been evicted isn't even going to buy a 50 dollar set. What was the number? 4.3 million under thread of eviction in the US in the next six months alone...? The numbers are staggering and you can find similar statistics elsewhere. And not to put too fine a point to it, but the UK has created its own extra big pile of poop with all the Brexit nonsense, which clearly is also going to hit some people where it hurts... Mylenium
  8. Don't be naive! Of course even people from upper middle to high-income ranges will lose jobs. Companies are culling jobs left and right already here in Germany and things will get much worse when protections on bankruptcy and all that run out. And the situation elsewhere in the world is even more severe, including the US. People are already fleeing NY because they no longer can't afford to live there and I would predict that things get a lot worse still. I doubt this will completely pass by LEGO then. Of course there will always be a very narrow margin of people who couldn't give a care in the world, but a bunch of billionaires isn't going to make up for all those middle-class people not being able to afford much... Mylenium
  9. Will they make up for potential losses due to other people not being able to afford stuff? That is quite literally the 100 million question. The simple truth of the matter is that CoViD-19 will have some ugly long-term repercussions and no matter how you spin it, a lot of companies are going to feel the impact. Will LEGO be among those? Hard to tell, but to me it seems certain that they need to change things up. Selling people a 400 Euro Diagon Alley, a 350 Euro Lambo, several expensive Star Wars sets and on top of it a 250 Euro pair of co-branded Adidas sneakers may not prove a viable strategy in 2021 and they may need to go back to frying smaller fish, meaning sell more smaller, more affordable sets in larger quantities rather than relying on short income peaks based on hype cycles for luxurious products. Mylenium
  10. It never was. That's a general misconception people seem to have. Arguable anything can become a valuable collector's item, but ultimately very rarely does it happen in the LEGO world. People are blinding themselves about the economics in so many ways... Mylenium
  11. Nothing magic here. LEGO operates with a "rolling production system", meaning they're always several weeks or months even ahead. After all, it takes time to get stuff from the factory to your little corner shop, anyway. Also there was a lot of stock already in the pipeline, so for a while at least retailers had reserves to fall back on. Additionally you have to keep in mind that production is highly automated. A robot doesn't care moving from a two-shift to a three-shift around the clock production scheme and compared to other kinds of products they started out with limited personnel to begin with, allowing them to maneuver around certain restrictions. It's easy to uphold distancing rules when there's only two operators/ mechanics taking care of a hundred injection molding machines even under normal conditions. Their biggest hurdle likely was when borders were shut and they couldn't move stuff around from their production facilities e.g. in Billund or Bratislava to their packaging facility in Poland, which luckily resolved itself relatively quickly. Had this lasted longer, they sure would have felt it. Everything else is more or less a side-effect of the whole CoViD 19 crisis - prices are relatively stable, stuff is in high demand and there were a lot of expensive sets. Again, how substantial and sustainable this growth is will have to prove itself next year once all the negative factors of the current economy really will show. Mylenium
  12. Unlikely. The market will soon be flooded with these items. What is now a "rare" color will become commonplace. And it's not that you couldn't already buy tons of tiles and studs in the more standard colors. Mylenium
  13. Nothing to be confused about. People still have money and are staying home. Things will look totally different next year when moratoriums on evictions, bankruptcy and other things run out and a ton of people get unemployed. Also one mustn't forget that LEGO have fired out a ton of super-expensive sets across the board this year (and still do), most of which are even directly distributed by LEGO, so they can cash in fully on them. That's sure going to show up on your tabulation. So for all intents and purposes we may be seeing a lot of limited one-off effects. The real acid test will be next year. Mylenium Not really. I concur with @MAB here. It was actually on the market for rather long already. I'mm sure they could eek out a few more sales if they re-released it, but not as many as people generally seem to think. It was also a rather costly set at 329 Euro, so re-releasing it would only add to the pile of frustration for people who just don't have the money and/ or are also already backlogged on other expensive sets. Mylenium I'm all for that. Mylenium Not really, given how poor a good chunk of the currently available sets are. Mylenium
  14. You could say that about pretty much any celebrity on some level, but why should that stop anyone from representing them as "art"? The world's not going to come to an end from a hacky LEGO mosaic based on a hacky piece of pop-art. Mylenium They are worth a fraction of a cent fresh out of the factory, which is kinda the point. Even your infrastructure elements are likely much, much cheaper, even if you account for the cost of the new molds. LEGO are sure milking this to max out their revenue. On the other hand of course your math wouldn't add up for people who don't have a huge pile of pieces to sit on. That's the crux of it. Still, it seems to me that around 80-ish Euro would be well enough for one such set. Mylenium
  15. Or they never existed to begin with? I can only reiterate what I said a bunch of times elsewhere: I'm pretty much doing LEGO for 4.5 years at this point with no prior exposure and it seems to me people are always somehow caught up in some weird, idealized perception of the before-times rather than what it actually was. LEGO have had a ton of missteps in their entire existence no matter what decade you look at. The "old Lego" was just as terrible as its contemporary counterpart on many levels. The rest is pretty much beside the point. Again you mustn't hang on to the illusion that LEGO is anything but a big corporation and those run on money, not ideals and moralities. They may brag on about their own ethical standards, but LEGO is far removed from the benevolent "pop's workshop" it likes to present itself. At the end of the day it's all about cold hard cash. Mylenium
  16. Title says it all. Someone please refresh the certificate. I'm getting SSL warnings all over the place. Mylenium
  17. Not a single one. They're all pretty crappy in terms of code stability. You should expect regular crashes. Mylenium
  18. Nope, no real mechanics. Just illusions. :-) I considered it, but that would have required to build it larger to accommodate the gear and at the time I really was too busy to invest much effort due to helping my brother. It's almost miraculous I even managed to make third place with such a small scene, but I guess originality counts on some level. :-) Mylenium
  19. Due to the forum SSL certificate issues over the weekend I wasn#t able to post this, but here we go. This is a competition entry I did for a May the 4th... contest on They only now got around to announcing the winners and I made third place with this. Here's some more info on my blog: Here are the images: Mylenium
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    The Eurobricks Flower Show: Winners!

    What has this to do with anything? I'm merely commenting on the technical and procedural shortcomings of the contest. Whether I actually like any of the winners is a whole different matter on which I simply choose to not comment on and that is that. Mylenium
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    Quantity over quality?

    I fail to see your point. If there's any irony in your original post and I missed it, then so be it, but ultimately it doesn't matter what the actual reason is. And it still wouldn't matter if LEGO factualkyl were unable to outfit their testing crowd with pre-production models of new components. It has been and remains one big shit show thus far. Mylenium
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    The Eurobricks Flower Show: Winners!

    QFA. And to add one more: It might help if the powers that be actually promoted the contest across all sub-forums via respective mod posts instead of relying on people clicking on a banner. 36 votes is pretty laughable, all things considered... Mylenium
  23. If you're using JPEG, the pin holes and other smaller elements will get in the way. They produce lots of "noise" and reduce the efficiency of the compression because more smaller blocks are being generated. I would definitely try PNG in such a case. Just doing a quick & dirty conversion of your image in PS reduced the file size to 100k and that doesn't even account for the unnecessary noise you introduced via the JPEG compression. Rendering directly to PNG and optimizing this could easily yield half of that size with the added benefit that you could even ramp up the DPI/ dimensions a bit without adverse effects. Getting this to be under 50 MB is absolutely feasible. Mylenium
  24. Aside from the built-in PDF exports in both LPub and being rather shitty, the key point is how the PDF's "objects" are generated. More "editable" objects, more data. It is typically much more efficient to flatten your PDF, either by rasterizing your pages in tools like Acrobat or rendering image-based pages right away and assembling them in a PDF creation tool. Unfortunately even that isn't as simple as it sounds, as the effective file size is determined by the internal encoding of the PDF and what options you use for image embedding. If you have well-optimized PNGs for instance, you would need to set the PDF options in such a way that your images don't get converted to JPEG or even TIFF data inside the PDF. In contrast to @supertruper1988 I'd stay away from transparencies right away in such a case, as having the layout program generate a fill color for the background automatically means that it's re-flattened and the image data may change. As to your specific predicament - it's impossible to judge without understanding your model structure and in turn how the PDF data has been generated. Providing sample PDF pages or at least some screenshots might help to clarify and put this in perspective. Mylenium
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    Quantity over quality?

    You know, there are consumer laws and that, even if on a general level it will always remain an open question what actually counts as a "working" product. Point in case: Inside our own AFOL bubble we can of course fix such things easily because we know where to look, how to do it and have the spare parts, but imagine some uninitiated person building this, shredding it on the first day and wanting a refund from his generic store where he bought it.... And given how LEGO keep beating about the bush about their high standards, things just don't mesh here. So no, consumers can't be Beta testers, especially on a material product with limited options to fix things after the fact. LEGO need to get their act together and avoid such debacles at all cost regardless whether they are construction issues or just fluctuating shades of colors... Mylenium