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  1. Creator Expert makes perfect sense since it functions as a catch-all for lots of different categories of advanced models. It wouldn't make sense to release it in the Architecture line because there's nothing of architectural significance about it. I know the theme has devolved into being more about tourist attractions at this point, but at least I can take some solace in the Robie House still holding the record as largest Architecture set. It would be the final nail in the theme's coffin if something as boring and pointless as a sports stadium were to take over that position.
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    LEGO Sci-Fi 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    I don't own any previous editions of the minifigure visual histories, so this might be worth picking up, though I personally would have preferred a Vibrant Coral variant - you know, really tie together the history by combining one of the oldest minifigures with the newest color.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    I think my preference, beast-wise, would be a Ukrainian Ironbelly scaled similarly to 71043's Hungarian Horntail, so it could fit in with the Diagon Alley GWP. I see what you did there... by which I mean I don't see it...
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    The LEGO Brick Race

    That little bit of description makes it sound like this could have been pretty great... hopefully GutiƩrrez will still be able to explore those themes in something else further down the road. (And maybe share some more details on Billion Brick Race in the meantime?)
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    "In/Out" isn't really a "codename," it's just a term used internally to describe any "one-and-done" subtheme. Don't read too much into it.
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    The Best and Worst of 2019

    So it just occurred to me that the year-end best-of lists are always focused on themes, sets, and figures, but does anyone have a favorite part introduced this year? As a lover of all things pumpkin spice I really like the new pumpkin found in Hagrid's Hut and The Upside Down, but ultimately I think my vote goes to 49307 Plate 1x1x2/3, Outside Bow. A part I didn't know I needed until I got it, it's especially useful in microscale builds but also as a detailing element for stuff like the roof of the Heartlake City Restaurant.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    This has been my working theory as well. Not just because it would give the Astronomy Tower some non-murder play opportunities, but also because the Room of Requirement is entirely interior-focused, so it needs to get shoehorned into something with a coherent exterior if it's to fit with the other modules. If we wanna get real wild with speculation on play features, it could be especially awesome if it had wall segments that could fold out or rotate or something to allow the room to switch between DA Training Room Mode and Room of Hidden Things Mode. (Bonus points for a hidden chamber pot.)
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    It did pretty decent sales. Obviously the customizable approach is worth revisiting, if the Bride and Groom sets are any indication.
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    Releasing a new product right before Christmas is actually a spectacularly bad idea, as anyone who has ever worked in retail can attest.
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    The Best and Worst of 2019

    Best Theme: The LEGO Movie 2 Best Set: Pop-Up Party Bus Best Minifigure: Bear Costume Guy Most Anticipated for 2020: Bookshop... plus one other one I can't mention just yet.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    I have no doubt there will be further Hogwarts modules, though for Talbott specifically I hope to see him take on some Diagon Alley shops - the broader and brighter color palette would suit his aesthetic well.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors & discussion

    With today's reveal of the new modular building, 10270 Bookshop, the description included a little profile of the set's designer, Wes Talbott. This line stood out to me: I sure hope that's a hint of what's to come... Wes has also designed quite a few Elves sets as well as the Pop-Up Book, so he could do some fantastic work with the Harry Potter line.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I love it so much! Great to see a return to the half-and-half approach of the Pet Shop, which was the set that got me started on the modulars. And a li'l pumpkin patch in back!
  14. I'd say Jay tops the list for me as well. I see five definite must-haves in this lineup and a few strong maybes. Plus, LEGO has a great talent for packaging figures I don't want with accessories I do, so even though I have no use for the Superman or Bat-Mite I'd like to try to get ahold of those Daily Planet and Detective Comics tiles.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Looks like I'll be staying up late Friday night then...