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  1. timemail

    Indiana Jones 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    My understanding was that most of the discussion around cancellation was that the ToD set was that it was not available with the other three, however the DoD sets are also in that boat. Is it not possible that that the ToD set is just due to release with the DoD sets to give them some extra attention. It is often the case that sequels/reboots/prequels of movies are not received well by some nostalgic fans - we even saw this with KotCS. Potentially that would reduce people wanting to buy Lego sets associated with them. By releasing ToD at the same time as DoD they have the ability to go here are the new Indy sets, including one based on a movie you actually liked, in an attempt to get people to buy sets the otherwise might have ignored (I am getting ToD now so why not the others). I would also be happy with this as it would let me spread out spending over the life of the theme rather than everything released at once. It could even be a case of ToD being the flagship set with smaller DoD sets to go with it.
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    Historic Themes PAB Thread

    My quickest in Australia has been 4 weeks (although I did receive one bestseller order quicker than that just after the change). Normally 5-6 but sometimes more than 6 weeks. Received two Jan 19 orders (one both standard and bestseller, the other just bestseller) on Friday last week. Both best-sellers were in separate packages and the standard in a third.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Not only opening and stealing, but also opening to check the contents and moving on if it is not what is wanted. I have seen other blind boxes that have been opened but the contents is still there. I guess we will see some more of this as well where people don't actually want to steal, but also want to get the item they want. In theory the product can still sell so the shop doesn't necessarily lose out as much, but they will likely not sell to the unlearned consumer as they will assume if it is open then there are pieces missing. Given Lego are trying to reduce plastic I assume the contents will not be in a plastic bag in the box so any opened ones will be more likely to lose pieces. Other blind boxes don't have that problem when it is just a single toy that is being bought and easy to confirm that it is intact. Likely I will be moving to Bricklink as I normally get less than half of the series. I have not had any luck finding people who want to trade figures.
  4. timemail

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Absolutely nothing wrong with similar comments. This forum would die without people rehashing the same points again and again, popular or not, and I am not implying you do that - I just remember the previous discussions as I found it to be quite an odd way of stealing which I had seen little evidence of. Yes it did happen but I only saw it a couple of times over years of retail management. What I was referring to was the fact that the problem you are raising around opening and returning Lego does not seem to be backed up in responses here, nor previous responses to the comment, so it may be localised i.e. specific to your country or at least, not to the countries most Eurobricks commenters are from. Lego boxes here also don't get broken into much at all that I see, but the boxes with cheap plastic like Hot Wheels often do. Similar to Lyichir's post, our stores tend to have alarm cords around the larger boxes when displayed, and also larger boxes not kept on display at all in some stores so staff have to get them from the storeroom. Monitored in-store surveillance is pretty reduced where I live as the wages associated with it are too high to counteract what they prevent - it does depend on the store but the big retailers who sell Lego along with a lot of other items tend to have teams that move from store to store rather than being in one location all the time - it depends on the store crime but we were lucky (or not lucky depending on your viewpoint) if we saw loss prevention officers more than a couple of times a year. Yes there are cameras, but they do little to stop people who can just pick up a box and carry it out of camera view giving them plausible deniability. Unless people are caught in the act or there is high amounts of theft from the same person with decent evidence the police will rarely follow up on basic theft. Even when people were caught in the act you needed to have decent evidence for police to move forward with a prosecution, so the result was a lot of money spent by a retailer, and the boxes were destroyed or damaged anyway so there was little benefit. All up you have posted the comments in the right thread as this is about unpopular opinions.
  5. timemail

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Potentially this is a localised issue as it seems not many others experience this on the multiple posts you have made on this in the past. Not sure what part of the Arctic you are from where this occurs. I worked retail for many years and the scenario you talk about was very rare. People just steal things here either the whole box or rip it open in store and take what they want. They don't go to the trouble of buying things, substituting/removing them, and returning them. It may be different again elsewhere. What we did often see (and I still see when shopping as I am no longer in retail) is that anything with a plastic type container you are describing will be ripped open in store and stolen. Hot Wheels are a perfect example with the $50 plus sets with exclusive cars having the cars stolen off of the sets in the store and the rest left there. Cars, like minifigs, would slip straight into a pocket all too easily. It is the reason the hard plastic cases now exist on high risk (especially small) products. Removing Lego from a sealed cardboard box and putting the desirable items in an easy to see and access spot would lead to more theft here, not less (unless they went to a much sturdier plastic case which would raise packaging costs significantly).
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I personally think the red looks better. Although as a new Lego castle collector I think most of your heads look wrong. Lion Knights are predominantly female. ;) Patiently waiting for the day I can start ordering the new castle figs myself. My Black Falcons are itching for a real fight that forestmen can't give them.
  7. Been catching up on sets that have been sitting around for a while. Imperial Shuttle 75302 which I really enjoyed building. I was surprised with that one. I bought it on clearance for parts and figured I might as well put it together once. Now that I really liked the build process not sure if I want to take it apart. Imperial Light Cruiser 75315 which I didn't enjoy as much. This one also had a mistake in the instructions (which I didn't seen discussed anywhere else when I looked for it) which has the left hand side bridge sticker placed on it upside down. It continues throughout the build. The image on the front of the box (which is correct based on the sticker pattern) is different to how it is shown at step 220 of the instructions (image links stolen from MKJoshA's review). Lego supplied a replacement sticker reasonably quickly since I didn't notice until after I stuck it down. Given it looked like an easy to stuff up sticker I was very particular about following the instructions which proved my downfall on this one. Batcave - The Riddler Face Off 76183 Nothing special about this build. Hated the stickers but managed to place them well. I like the build overall though. Interestingly this one also had a "mistake" in the instructions where after bag 1 the step numbers started back at 1, and then counted up as normal through the rest of the book. Fortunately that made no difference at all to the build. Need to follow up with Lego though on a replacement for one a clear door piece which was scratched to buggery. Unfortunately it was one which had a sticker, which I haven't put on it yet, but have no idea where I ended up putting the sticker sheet with that left over sticker. Looking forward to getting the "otter battle pack" myself.
  8. timemail

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    AFOLs have been stealing from intellectual property or real world items for long enough, and it is about time they stop. The Ghostbusters HQ, Welcome to Jurassic Park, Fiat 500, Crocodile Locomotive, Bonsai Tree, Harley Davidson Fatboy, The Colosseum, and now, the Snow White Cottage, were all straight up plagiarized from intellectual property and real life items. Clearly none of these things would ever been thought of but for that one person who made it once and uploaded it to a website and no-one before or after them would ever have been able to come up with those ideas.
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    Disney Properties 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    The only real iconic castle I know of would be the one in the logo (I don't know if that is one from a theme park). I am a casual Disney fan and would think that besides the logo the castles in the movies would be known to more people compared to a theme park castle in the US. I would think the spread and accessibility of the movies is much greater. That said I would not be the target market for that castle as I would only buy Disney sets associated with particular properties I like rather than just general Disney sets. The set would likely target a more committed Disney fan and they would likely know more on castles. Is there a castle at the Disney park in Europe which might be in the running for a non-US audience?
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    Historic Themes PAB Thread

    Potentially you are not getting one flag. From memory the box in the set included two flags and a cape. Maybe they have packaged them separately for PaB but it may also be that you get everything together in one lot, but they have put it up separately on the page. I can tell you I am not paying that price to find out what they send though.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    6329605 is the 1x4 wood grain print with 4 nails in medium nougat. It was the only one besides the1x1 and 2x2 round that was available last time I did an order.
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    Rope ladder ideas needed for MOC

    You make the second one with a droid arm on each each side running the whole way down as the rope, with a bar running between the two as the rungs. It will be movable and slightly flexible.
  13. It was a tongue in cheek response. Hard to convey in text. Just that terrible stickers were better than the lack of quality control which led to a set instructions having a sticker applied upside down in the instruction manual. If it was a printed piece then there would be no option to turn the print over. Don't know how to quote multiple quotes on different pages but your point on the other page about printed pieces just being another specialist part is the key for me. At least with a print I could remove it (yes you can wipe them off without visible damage to the brick) or turn it around if I wanted to. An umbrella is just an umbrella and while it can be worked into a build in most cases a 1 x 2 with an unwanted print will get more use than an umbrella or other specialty piece (although there are those who strive for NPU).
  14. As a hater of stickers I had a situation today where at least a sticker was better than a printed part. The Imperial Light Cruiser instruction manual actually has one of the stickers placed upside down which I dutifully copied and didn't realise until all the stickers were applied. It carries on throughout the entire manual as well. At least with a sticker I was able to get a replacement so that I can place one the right way up (although maybe if it was printed they wouldn't have made the same mistake). I guess in the end I will have that part with stickers the correct way, and again with stickers the wrong (although right according to the instructions) way. I think over last year I had to use the replacement bricks service 5 times to get sticker sheets replaced due to them being damaged in the box. Between stickers and clear parts the quality control is very poor. Dislike of stickers is very much a personal problem and not a Lego problem though. Sure they take a bit of a hit from some who prefer printed pieces, if there were only printed pieces they would take a bit of a hit from those who prefer stickers (my kids love them). Either way they look at their bottom line first and that is why we are where we are today. I would be interested to know how many people prefer stickers vs printed, and how many don't really care either way (which would probably be the majority).
  15. timemail

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    There is a difference between liking a practice and having an understanding of why it is the way it is. I hate stickers in sets and wish that none of my sets have them. Especially when I am looking at my large sets that I paid AUD$1000 and put a sticker on incorrectly because I don't have the dexterity to put a sticker on straight. I hate the practice, yet I understand why Lego does it even though I hate the practice. Fortunately I have not been in Lego long enough to see my stickers peel and discolour. I am sure I will be more bitter and ignorant like others when that starts occurring. I personally love a lot of speed champions sets, I looked at my collection the other sets waiting to be built the other day and realised I hadn't built any Speed Champions sets in the last two years. Every time I go to build one I stop and don't due to knowing I will have to put on a lot of stickers. If I was paying an extra 30% on the RRP of one of them to avoid stickers I probably would, and would enjoy the sets more. But many people would not. Lego have clearly made the business decision to not do this because of the impact it would likely have on logistics and also sales. While I love the Lego product, I don't like a lot of the company decisions, but I also understand that business make decisions in their interests, not in that of their customers. It doesn't help that Lego is so sanctimonious about so many things, yet in the end they are a company and their interests remain their bottom line, not that of the consumer. It just helps that a lot of the time what is good for the consumer will lead to more sales and a better bottom line. I'm going to put my unpopular (at least for this thread I am sure) opinion in here. My opinion doesn't actually matter as I am not in Lego's main target market. They may throw me a bone now and then, but ultimately my sales mean next to nothing to them so no matter what I like and don't like it won't make an iota of difference.