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    Spare parts in kits?

    Perfectly normal. For Technic sets on average you end up with three or four extra black pins and at least one extra pin of the other types used in the model when the build is finished plus likewise one of each bushing/ nut type. If there are different colors for some elements, that number can grow further. Mylenium
  2. Actually many plastics never polymerize 100 % and humidity provides a means of stabilizing the open ends of polymer chains by providing hydrogen. This would also prevent them from entering into other reactions e.g. with chlorine ions, which is what "gasing" most often comes down to - more reactive atoms and ions break free from their original compounds to form new connections and the leftovers migrate or evaporate from the material. Also of course oxygen reacts to ozone under UV light and in the process also absorbs those high energy photons. So there may be some wisdom in having a healthy humidity in your room, though the usual 35 to 55 percent in living homes should certainly suffice. Mylenium
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    making original Lego parts exactly the same

    No, you can't. One cannot even use the official LEGO artwork to promote MOCs, only the name. Creating exact replica pieces with the actual engravings is therefore completely out of the question. No offense, but don't be so naive. Even if patents, trademark and design protections have lapsed you cannot arbitrarily re-create each and every part. Typically this is handled under what is known in Europe under the "repair rule", so you may be able to sell some stuff strictly under the provision of completing incomplete sets or repairing broken models, but you cannot mass-produce a piece that LEGO have proactively decided to no longer manufacture themselves. And even then there may be regional rules that complicate matters where you may be able to sell stuff in your own country, but not send it elsewhere in the world. There's a reason why earlier this year a lot of such stuff had to be pulled from 3D printing sites like Thingyverse. The only thing that is reasonably safe to produce are "standard" parts that never had any protection to begin with, where all statutes of limitation have expired or where any of LEGO's claims have been dismissed in courts or other legal proceedings. So with all respect, don't even dream of doing any of this if you want an easy and quiet life or you'll quickly enough be entangled in a lot of legal red tape and hate your own guts for attempting something stupid. Mylenium
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    Removing gender bias

    More a case of how this is presented rather than the actual activities themselves. It simply feels extremely clichéed. You know, when the girls go riding in the woods, even the horses wear makeup, in a manner of speaking. It's all a bit too artificial and heightened for my taste and that makes it feel dated and just wrong. It has this aura of old ads as in "A lady never goes out without perfect hair.", selling more of an illusion than actual reality. And sure, we all probably miss that girl with an oily. grimy face actually repairing all those bicycles in Heartlake City, which would also help to transport a more diverse image of girls instead of them being relegated to mostly "passive" activities. Mylenium
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    Removing gender bias

    Yes, of course, but I feel that this topic is simply too broad to efficiently discuss it in every detail. For what it's worth, my point specifically is that LEGO rather consciously have only picked what I would consider negative stereotypes in Friends and even so, somehow they are kind of at least ten years late realizing it needs to change. Mylenium
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    Removing gender bias

    But then again they are not specifically addressing boys and they are mostly relegated to the "little brother" role. And it's not just the photos. It's how the stuff is listed and promoted in retail stores and so on. And it gets really awful once you review other materials like the magazines and the animated series. Also LEGO is not particularly proactive or visible in that regard. Other companies are already advertising with boys playing with dolls and all that much more aggressively. Mylenium Different problem, though, IMO. As a graphics designer for me this is mostly a matter of "uneducated use" putting people off plus that old chicken vs. egg problem where the set designers themselves have been falling victim to stereotypes, which of course itself could be another of facet of this whole thing. Or to put it in other words: If LEGO didn't try to ugly color combinations down people's throats like adding Dark Pink even in the latest Forest House (41679) and if the designers themselves took the time to reflect on their own biases and preconceptions, things could be a whole lot better without sacrificing anything. Mylenium
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    Removing gender bias

    The old gag of a bunch of LGBRQI+ themed sets not representing diversity or at best that "corporate pride" thing?! Unless LEGO show true commitment to their words, I remain skeptical. And let's face it - they are and long have been part of the problem and even exacerbated it with in particular the overboarding "teenage girl fantasy" stereotypes in Friends and some other stuff. I guess that is the point on some level - it wouldn't have taken an expensive study to see what's problematic with some LEGO themes and series. Well said! The mechanics work both ways. Mylenium
  8. Company thinking... Everything is just an internal item number or SKU and everything associated with actually manufacturing and distributing this item is tied to this number. The deeper underlying problem is of course that LEGO are extremely secretive and never publish or communicate any of that and we as customers typically only find out after the fact, if at all. Since some stuff can't even be ordered through Bricks & Pieces we potentially never find out for those parts. That's also why there's this discrepancy on BL because e.g. we never know under which internal numbers minifig prints are filed. We only ever know that torso X has its own SKU and goes with head Y. At this point I don't believe this will ever change. Even if you leave out the legacy pieces you easily end up with 20000 parts and their variants in current use and nobody is going to sit down and check, consolidate and update the databases for months on end while new items keep coming out. This simply has outgrown any practicality. The irony likely is that even the designers and other organizations within LEGO likely would love to have more consistency and do things like setting aside certain number blocks for different types of elements, but at this point it's most definitely easier to just number things sequentially and fill in existing gaps in the numbering. Mylenium
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    How do you use the laptop?

    Yeah, it's one of those legacy pieces that would need an update. It's generally quite frustrating that LEGO doesn't regularly update those tech-centric items, be that actual elements or just the prints on tiles. It's even downright weird that they don't have a proper smartphone piece, given how much they push people to use their apps lately. Mylenium
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    price increase in Europe

    The problem isn't that it's "bad", but that LEGO have been trying to scam the customer and got caught, causing customers to snub at it. That and of course the terrible packaging and marketing (or lack thereof) preventing a larger proliferation simply because people didn't understand what it was about. See here: Mylenium
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    LEGO half year results best ever

    Absolutely! Technic is no longer really about "technic" in the engineering sense, but has moved on to render highly detailed vehicles of all stripes with app-controlled functions in a move to appeal to collectors or people who just want to play with their favorite excavator when they can't have the real thing. Mylenium
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    LEGO half year results best ever

    The themes may be established ones, but on some level it's still an apples vs. oranges comparison, as even with those themes the number of bigger and more expensive sets has grown massively. You know, it's an inevitable conclusion that with what feels like five 350 Euro sets each month of course they'd have to make a bigger cut. The growth in revenues needs to be viewed in this context as well as prices generally having gone up already even before the announced harmonization. So really not much surprising news here. Mylenium
  13. That's a limitation because doesn't use any customized shaders for such stuff and merely relies on standard functions of the underlying Unity engine. You may want to look into other options like the suggested LPub or simply rendering at an angle. Mylenium
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    [MOC] Red Fox

    That is so cute and adorable! Just like the real thing I saw just a few days ago at a small zoo. I so wanted to hug that sleepy fox... :-) Mylenium
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    When do you consider a MOC "complete"?

    Similar to your other question a few weeks ago to which I also replied it might help to establish a certain disconnect with your work and step away from it from time to time. Of course you describe what is the curse of most of the creative industries, anyway - technically, a lot of stuff is never finished because there is no accurately measurable goal or result and stuff only ever is declared finished when you run out of time or budget or you (or the client, respectively) decide it's good enough for what it needs to achieve. With regards to my own MOCs I find that I'm most satisfied with them when they communicate the story I wanted to convey and/ or show a certain level of technical finesse. I also feel that often it helps that my LEGO stock isn't that big and I don't get weighed down by considerations of abundance of materials or doing stuff differently simply because I couldn't, anyway. Perhaps that's another trick to use: When your models "work", set yourself a limit on what to use for polishing them. Mylenium
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    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    Seriously? Granted, I never understood some of the craziness of collecting minifigs and UCS nor am I financially in a position to play the game, but I like to think that when you buy a 2500+ pieces set that minifigure only represents a fraction of the value even if it may be sold for 20 Euro on Bricklink. Even assuming I actually had the money and was into chasing down exclusive figs that would be the least of my considerations and my stance on the matter wouldn't be much different: It feels like a scammy ploy to get people to buy stuff. It's as shady as loot boxes in games, rare cards and whatever you can imagine along those lines. Mylenium They absolutely are and continue to be. Just look how many designs they registered in recent months, including their much laughed-at attempt to do so for the five-studded plate some of their competitors had for years. A lot of it feels like they are merely doing it out of spite to force their competitors to invest extra effort and work around what otherwise would be straightforward "obvious" technical solutions. Mylenium
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    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    Certainly No. Ultimately they are just as good or bad as any other big con-glo-mo. They can beat about the bush all they about being a family company, their traditions and values, environmental activism, inclusivity and whatnot, but at the end of the day this is just a nice list of buzzwords that looks nice in a shareholder report. Every big corporation does it, but at the same time they all still make hundreds of dollars for every single penny they donate to a benevolent cause. It's just how it is with these things. Big companies are not what you would want as a "friend" if they were real people... Mylenium
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    When logic and design collide.

    I'm sure Amazon has some books on it, but the basic gist is that as a designer you should never worry about logic. Once you do, you create "bad" design. That's where engineering has to take over to make it work and then the whole iterative process back and forth to adapt the design to the tech specs and vice versa. And that is probably what you need to do in the most literal sense as well. Do not work on the same two sides of the coin all the time, but set yourself achievable goals and milestones on individual aspects only, then force yourself to get off the project and only work on it again under a different hat the next day, next week or whatever. also consider working on multiple completely different projects to get your mind off. Not saying you should become a master of the eternally unfinished like I am with a graveyard of projects in various states, but taking a hint from my creative work as graphics artist/ 3D animator it really helps if sometimes you get a little distracted with other things. and of course if you have a family, buddies and colleagues that may even extend to the physical world of letting them in on your work and occasionally steer you. Mylenium
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I tend to disagree. The bigger a company becomes, the more it creates its own reality and this may just be a case of bubbles inside bubbles. Seen it happen elsewhere more than once and actually LEGO is terrible in that regard due to that weird self-pollination process of RLUGs, RLFMs and the company being utter control freaks who want to inject their view of things into everything. I would assume their focus group testing and other processes are equally biased. Combined with their greed and seemingly not having mangers with balls, I find that a dangerous combination and such failures are inevitable. It's basically similar to what happens when a blockbuster movie bombs: In trying to replicate their previous successes they limit the potential for other things and in my view LEGO are also simply trying a bit too hard to bend it over their knees. And they also seem to be drunk on their own success elsewhere and have lost touch with some realities, thinking they can get away with anything. And that's probably the sad reality of VIDIYO: Someone very high up in the decision-making chain was too keen on making it big and cashing in his annual bonus without really knowing what he was doing. I doubt the designers and a lot of other people could be blamed for this disaster. Mylenium
  20. And so has plastic-based art in museums that's now beginning to crumble and decompose. See where this could be going? A few years down the line it may not be anything but a worthless pile of plastic dust rattling in a box. The rest I never understood, anyway. I might covet a ten year old set that I missed out on, but anything beyond that just to relive some childhood nostalgia or whatever? The whole notion just is weird to me on so many levels. Even if I had that kind of money and couldn't be bothered. And in some ways Thorsten's comment may even be true, even if it may have been meant tongue-in-cheek: That whole collecting thing (of brick sets, not minifigures) feels so contrary to what I understand LEGO should be about... Mylenium
  21. Sounds like the old "A solution looking for the problem", only it's the wrong solution. It's not that most "leaks" ever came from some deep underground shelter. They were simply mistakes by sales personnel and openlyvisibly processes related to logistics and distribution. I mean, what do they expect? Some poor sap at Walmart who's been tasked with stocking the shelves to really give any consideration to their "Do not put on shelf before XX" stickers when he's simply following instructions? Similarly, all IP-based "leaks" are just some pretty good guesses or third-parties having prematurely released info or clues. Can't exactly blame a film studio for putting out trailers and then people speculating about sets. This seems for all intents and purposes just weird and as a consumer-oriented organization LEGO should just learn the opposite: Open and effective communication, not playing the hush-hush game and then falling into panic mode with half-assed statements every time something hits ze Interwebs. Mylenium
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    Review: 10290 Pickup Truck

    A bit ambiguous about it. Based on your images I have a few concerns about the building techniques. A few too many large gaps and some parts only seem to be connected by a few studs. May not be as bad as the T2 bus, though. Mylenium
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    Is Lego pure ABS or with additives?

    You can't avoid some degradation, but the key point is to avoid high energy light types like UV. That's basically the same problem as when conserving paintings with synthetic pigments. Even "wrong" interior lighting can make them fade. Overall you should be fine, though, if you don't abuse your window sill as a shelf all the time. The most exposed item in my household, a custom black Technic frame construct used as a picture holder for photography, does not show any signs of wear that can be attributed to sun light despite being near a window all the time for a few years... Mylenium
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    Is Lego pure ABS or with additives?

    Sure, and likely tons of it. ABS being based on three monomers alone is reason enough to necessitate extra substances to influence where those chains fuse and those would also act as overall stabilizers. Similarly, different colors may require different chemicals to integrate pigments. And then of course there's a whole host of intermediate auxiliary process chemicals. Point in case: While LEGO certainly go out of their way to keep things simple as well as customer and environmentally friendly even they can't avoid some of this... Mylenium
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    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I've seen this reported for Amazon UK, us here in Germany and Canada. No idea if it's on in the US, but it may be worth to simply try and look up a 25 or 30 USD LEGO set and see if there's a small "special promotions available" link under all the info blurb, offering to add the set and an extra free BeatBox. At least that's how it's set up here. Mylenium