Gorilla94

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  1. Ok ... first of all: the development of a series takes a year. The leak was before the pandemic started. If Lego isn't much better at predicting the future than any medical company or goverment this wasn't an Idea born by the pandemic. Every word about the Intention to stop Covid from spreading with it is PR talk. At the point where a company ships a product's parts alone while producing it multible times because it is cheaper to burn fuel than to pay local workers like human beings it should just stop talking about its efforts to be enviromental friendly. I am no "Friday for future"-protestor, but it is insulting to expect me doing standing ovations for greenwashing. At best this sick concept of bringing gambling to children was rejected at a medium/late stage of production, when someone suddenly realised what they were doing there... of course just in best intentions to make it more enviromental friendly ... and now the box-concept is pulled unchanged out of the dumbster just because it could help in the pandemic. I am not the creative type of guy. I need your help to explain the strategy of these altruistic modern heroes behind the raised price to 5€ while being one of the few companies doing fine during the pandemic and the decision not to offer the option to buy directly what you want for a few extra bucks (reducing the gampbling part at least a bit) like the panini blindback sticker albums had 20 years ago.
  2. I dare to say we can rule out #1, too. If Lego would care at all, they would not have started to put a second plastic bag into the cmf-bags with the series for TLM2. If Lego switches to paper boxes it is 100% of #2 with a PR dude giving a greenwashing speech. It was also said the stickers are used because children like it sooooo much to put them on the models... sure. The Ghostbusters HQ is the kind of sets many children play with... while 4+ sets have prints. Same like #1. Of course there will be an announcement how much Lego cares about their customers and wants to protect them from disease transfer. But the idea of paper boxes was there long before Covid (there are leaks of cmf19 blind boxes). If they go back to bags - and I say they will more likely stop the cmf line completely "because the market isn´t interested in the concept anymore" than to go back) it will be because of nobody buying the boxes and not because of the pandemic being over. For my part Lego already failed. They already made me stop collecting complete serieses a while ago. As long as there were still really, really good ones I would have bought some of them (Viking of series 20, Aztec of series 21) until they reach the price of 5€ for non-licenced figures. Now I am really thinking about getting a new hobby comepletely, because I don´t want to support this company at all anymore. If there is no way to see what you are buying, this becomes gambling targeted towards chilrden with prices higher than poker games I played with adults. This is evil and I despise the person behind the decision of the bandmates-series being packed in blind boxes.
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Ah, thank you :)
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Sorry for the stupid question, but can we get a Spiderman in the series? I thought he was a property of Sony?
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    In German there is a saying: The hope is the last one dying :,D I am not 100% sure that it will never happen after the bald bandana headgear and some other hairpiecces. To me it seems more like a tactic for saving money... like the orcs without hairpiece or headgear, which looked just terrible next to the ones with ears. There was even a bald hairpiece with pointy ears exclusive to the Goblin king set. Oh I don´t doubt there will be well-made figures. Every single dc one was really well made into minifigure form. I just doubt there will be a classic spiderman and similar iconic characters/versions. I´d expect stuff like Peter in his wrestling outfit or another not that well known spidermaan suit to be includet, that makes hardcore fans collecting variants cheer up and is "fine/ok" for many average customers... just like it wasn´t classic superman with dual moulded printed legs and a printed cape in the DC wave.
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Well... The only thing I hope at least a little bit for in the Marvel cmf is a bald "hairpiece" mould to hide the stud... It would be such a usefull part in pretty much any setting from Dwalin in the Hobbit to any Superhero with a Spiderman-like mask. But I doubt Lego will do "the perfect" classic Spiderman with printed dual moulded arms and legs or similar stuff... Such figures are enough to make some people buy even an in every other aspect terrible 100€ set like the gorgeous Arkham Knight Batman has proven a while ago.
  7. Oh boy... That tells us much about the quality we can expect Middle Earth never needed that to keep the reader/viewer/listener interested :/
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    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    That sounds interesting. could you share a link? I looked now several sites of google Images for "english timber framed houses". Also read over the Wikipedia article quickly... Didn't found any Information about round shapes inside the walls. The wooden stuctures on the outside look pretty straight in every single case except for a piece of decoration at a balcony.
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    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    I am sorry if I didn't articulate it very well. Yes I mean the curved timbers in the walls. Isn't the outside of a building called "fassade"? In German there is a style of building called "Fachwerkhaus". Google says it is called "half-timbered house" in englisch. It looks like that. https://www.google.com/search?q=fachwerkhaus&client=ms-android-samsung-ga-rev1&source=android-browser&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwingJHHxI7uAhU3ahUIHdoXBhMQ_AUoAXoECBcQAQ&biw=320&bih=586 This style of architecture can't be represented with round tiles. It goes beyond the historical accuracy problem. A toy Castle set is always a bit fantasy. In fact I am even fine with the roof which most seem to hate, because of that. The thing is: the round tiles are meant to represent wood and serve as something giving the building stability. You have to bend wood to achieve such a form. And even if there is a tree big enough so a lunatic can waste that much material cutting that shape out of it in one piece that size without having to bend it, the shape itself still screams desperately "I am a structural weakness and about to collapse soon" when looking at it. I know the round tiles are there for quite a while. Used them in some of my projects where they are really usefull. I like that piece. What I said about stupid new moulds was not meant about the pieces used in the blacksmith specifically but in general. With a new parallelogram tile you could do insanely beautifull stuff for medieval as well as pirate themes or rural City sets... I'd even have a lot of ideas for Friends with such a part. Or let's imagine the Mines of Moria where normal tiles where used in the background with Tiles designed for such an angle. I could also see them as great upgrades on Star Destroyer surfaces if you want so see less studs. Instead of such pieces we get stuff like: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=66956&idColor=86#T=C&C=86 A piece with so little advantages over 2 1x2 modified curved Slopes that would have exactly the same shape like the new mould, that it becomes ridiculous... and the main one is that Lego can put stickers on it better and save money not printing 2 1x2s which is in fact a disadvantage for customers. I zoomed in on the box pictures. They show the interior quite well. The cooking plage isn't to bad... the Rest is "meh"... if Lego isn't hiding lots of stuff in a secret treasure box not visible on the pictures- which is unlikely from a marketing perspective-, then there is pretty much none when it comes to forging in the inside besides an anvil and another fireplace. Well... I think the historical accuracy train left when there was a female knight wearing a crown put into the set, the other female figure got pants and that pirate shirt. Not to mention the roof and a lot of other elements like a knight wearing only one shoulder protection. This is pretty much a castle fantasy set - again I am perfectly fine with that - but then it should be executed better. A reddish brown version of the helmet would have been perfectly fine in such a setting. The blacksmith even has the beard that fits the helmet. We also got a brown version of the series 20 pirate hat in Barracuda bay so it gave many people hope for a recolour. It would also have given Lotr fans a great way to do Eowyn. Guess it is personal taste. I don't army build clone figures. In my little Orc Horde as well as in the other fractions every figure has a unique face, a unique armour, weapon and so on. The only thing a few characters share are the Rohirim legs that were already used for Theoden and Eomer. A recolour of the sword would have been indeed a cool thing for me as well as for many others and it is pretty easy to do. The awesome thing about a Non-silver sword is that you can paint everything that doesn't need to be grabbed by a minifigure hand. There is a reason why so many people order black Brickwarrior custom weapons. The hilt looks great in black, when you paint the rest of a sword and it stays completely playable. All my custom figures are made in a way that keeps them fully playable. They just look better.
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    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    To be honest I don't like the set very much. The work place is cute and a great Inspiration for MOCs. I'll bricklink the printed Tile for sure. The horse is cool. The flat silver version of the SW-Guards' armor is awesome. The female head with golden ornaments on the forehead is great for many kitbashs. And well... that's it. That's all i like about it. The round Tiles at the fassade are just awefull. There are so many stupid new pieces intruduced. Why didn't we get 2 Tiles until now which have a parallelogram shape? It would improve so many sets so much. I never expected the goat in the first place but it is still bad to not get her. What I indeed expected was a recolour of the tournament knight's sword and the viking helmet. The sword is the same colour and there isn't even a viking helmet in any colour. In fact there is such a ridicilously small amount of tools, weapons and armor, that it is not funny anymore.
  11. To be honest I'd be pretty annoyed by a lotr remake. Spend too much time and money making my custom Thror, Thrain, Faramir, Eowyn, Sauron and Witch king in legolike quality with custom printing, 3d printed parts, painting and so on... the quality of koruit lotr-Figures makes it pretty unlikely that too many people get tempted to start armybuilding Cmf-Uruks^^'
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The hobbit book is just gorgeous. It hurts, that it most likely won´t be chosen.
  13. Well... My point is this: "Castle" litterally means immobile and I don't speak just about the building of a castle but the whole era. The whole society behind it with limited resources which is structured in a way that keeps everything running anyhow. Where one dude is working for months at a chainmail armor and the question "can we really afford a visor for our knights helmet" is a serious question to consider. Where you wait with war until spring or summer because your troops will die by large numbers just because of the weather, if you don't. Let me put it that way: would you consider the Death Star a Castle? After all it has a dungeon, Throne room, weapon chambers. But there is also Vader's Castle and Jedi Knights. So would you consider Star Wars a Castle theme? In the modern classic fantasy universes as well as in legends and myths I know a dragon is something supernatural if not diabolicannd not a common thing... just like magical plants breaking walls. A castle isn't designed to fight back this rare and ridicilously overpowered creature most medieval texts see as the devil himself or at least a very high status servant of him. The idea of a castle is to force the average joe opponent into a long siege that makes it basically an economic battle between the food ressources of the defender and the aggressor's insanely high costs... A Castle was the gamechanger in that scenario. A peasant throwing rocks down the wall became a real threat while a trained knight who would ride just trough/over the infantry became in a moment just another footsoldier trying go climb up that wall... in fact real siege battles were pretty rare in history. Pretty much every fantasy I know handles their castles that way, too. A bunch of orcs that could slaughter a village is no threat if you have a few bows on top of the wall. The siege battles are always a big event. The ridiculous amounts of Uruk Hai, Saruman sends against Helm's deep also giving them explosives, the undead army in Markus Heitz' "Dwarves"-Novels... the support of a Dragon in Eragon. A Castle is not supposed to be one option in a fair rock-paper-sissors game. It is like Indiana Jones bringing his gun to a swordfight (and a Dragon would be a tank vs. Gunslinger in that example). A scifi-setting where flying vehicles are standard is because of that not a Castle theme even if there is a horse head on the vehicles as decoration. The core of what Castle means is missing in my opinion. I also don't say that an armored motorised vehicle cant be usefull even in certain scifi settings. It just isn't a Castle. They have a robot cook and a service robot. If they reached the point where it is cheaper to let them take care of the kitchen and have them as buttlers, it should also be cheap enough to be used for protection in larger numbers... Never wrote the guards wear no helmets. I wrote they don't protect their faces. Yes, they are using the old moulds from regular Castle themes. In these themes it made sense, that the simple soldier has a cheaper helmet than a knight, which means less metal, so no visor. In this context some are wearing crazy scifi-armors and medieval helmet designs without any protection for the face. Yes, bandits and other characters from older themes wear clothes fitting the world they live in. A world where a Castle means what i described in the first part. The characters from the medieval market or the water mill don't wear any armor and they are still Castle characters in a Castle setting. Well... a knight had two jobs: keep the place efficient as local representant of the nobleman above them. and be the elite in warfare in case they are needed. These "knights" are in a mobile tank driving around with the king and they are simply not needed as units. Like I said you could replace Lance with a belt keeping the lance in place while the scifi-motorcycle flies around. I'd say my argument was fine, but of course you are free to have your opinion.
  14. Ah, sorry^^' Disney ownes the muppets, doesn't it? Then I'd say we probably get a Seasame Street cmf or a line of 4+ sets. One of those things will happen. Lego would never be so generous to give us 5 exclusive moulds for one set... especially in that price range.
  15. I dare to assume a Disney 3 series including Seasame Street Characters - The moulding budget for the Ideas set would be way too generous for Lego, if they don´t use the moulds twice. They could give Ernie and Bert arm pinting then.
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    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    I love the workplace and the shield (if that is a printed element). I´d have hoped to get the new sword mould in another colour. The 3 I can see are the same like in the cmf. I really hope we get a reddish brown viking helmet with gold or silver print, which would allow me to make a perfect Eowyn. The rest is not my cup of tea...
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    DC Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Have you checked the pieces? I payed about 7€ getting torso, headgear and Legs from different stores a while ago. Wasn´t such a bad deal even with shipping because the stores had other interesting rare parts as well.
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    LEGO Dimensions Discussion

    That is difficult to answer without knowing you. Do you like the other Lego videogames? The starter kit costs about 30€ at my place. You have about 9 hours of real story content and a lot more of boring searching for collectibles. For my part the 9 hours of quality content and some good jokes involving my favourite licences are worth that. On top you get 3 neat minifigs. The toy to live aspect makes this so much better than the other Lego Video games we get these days. I'd recomend this pack for pretty much anyone, but of course it is still a pathetic deal when you can get several hundreds of hours of high quality Gameplay with Witcher 3 or red dead redemption 2 for the same price. The fun packs and Team packs have huge differences in quality. E.T. has some cute sentences and great animations. I already bought his pack just for the figure before making the decision to get the game. He also gives you access to his movie-world (nice to see some Locations from those licences in brick Form but there is no Gameplay except for searching for collectibles). Same for the Gremlins. Unikitty has lots of new interactions with other characters including cute comments and funny jokes done in her original movie voice. No additional levels. Bane only says a few sentences from the dark knight rises which are completely out of place in 99% of situations. Also no new world. Bart has no voice at all and is only giving you access to Springfield, which you can already visit, if you have the pack with Homer. In general i'd choose only a few of my favourite Charakters to improve my experience in the main game. The level packs are pretty much like the fun packs in terms of different qualities. The Simpsons "level" pack for example is unbelievable short and is just a Lego version of a Simpsons Episode that was pretty much just chosen because it has very few characters in it. If you get it on sale for 15€ and don't have Homer so the minifig is something you want, we reach a point where you won't feel completely ripped off. I got the the Lego Batman story pack for 30€ which was hardly worth the money to me. I can use the printed elements for a batcave wanted the two figures and enjoyed the between 4 and 5 hours story driven Gameplay.
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    Marvel Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    The new Mysterio Energy effect piece is cool. The arm printing design on Spiderman is gorgeous... it is a shake that the blue seines trough the print that much :/
  20. Well... a "castle" is from my point of view (and the Oxford English Dictionary's) a fortified immobile building in most cases made of traditional material. In German the word "Castle" is closely related to "mountain" which shows how much a Castle is defined by being a immobile building. The Nexo knight's "Castle" was a metal tank on wheels... an open metal Tank on the top offering no protecting at all from the various flying units of the theme... and a vehicle in danger of driving into a mine field or get attacked from Below while parking - something that is a risk necessary to take when attacking but certainly none a place for civilians to flee into should have. I can hardly see anything "castle" about the theme. A knight is more than just a guy in an armor. He is the result of a society where a whole village is needed to get one guy into chainmail and on a horse. He is an expert in holding his lance and riding a straight line. This whole concept would not exist with this amount of recources and technology where keeping a bunch of war robots in a hut in case you get attacked would work better in every way. And certainly there would be no simple soldiers wearing a helmet not protecting the face...
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    DC Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Can't say I am happy about that ^^' TLBM brought us some of my favourite Figures like Poison Ivy, Riddler and Bane... thank you for the response anyways :)
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    DC Superheroes 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I heared rumors of a Lego Batman movie 2 2022... they are Fake, aren't they? I mean they can't make a Sequel with Universal having the Lego Film rights and WB owning DC, can they?
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    Future Castle Sets?

    To be honest, I don´t see it that way at all. I don´t get how my posts made me look like I want just a bunch of UCS-Sets. At a certain point a set is fine (in terms of what it represents as licenced fan merch as well as a generic toy and what is charged for what is offered) and just looses it´s cuteness by getting bigger and bigger. The bag end set nailed this point pretty much with the only downside being the stickers for the maps and the book. Size says pretty much nothing about quality. The small set with Bilbo, Gollum and the Ring is indeed one of the best in my opinion. The question is what is possible with a sceene. A Laketown-set for the third movie could have been done as a extremely small pack just including bard and the ballista or a still very, very small one including Bain, too. That´s cute and nice to get. It could also have been the flagship set including Smaug and a really big and detailed tower (the 80€ Set could have been a proper Erebor set without Smaug then - while Smaug is awesome the builds were a huge dissapointment - Dale can be skipped... nobody asked for the terrible overpriced tan ruin... in the end it would have been easily possible to do a wave still with the poorly chosen pricepoints but at least with better sets simply changing which set gets which setting). As a 30€ set it´s just "meh" offering nothing more than the small set except for Orcs without ears and Tauriel ... and there is a reason why this character is that cheep on bricklink and there are "non-Tauriel"-cuts of the movie. I might not have expressed myself correctly. What I meant was that somebody must have come up with the Idea that there isn´t enough money in the licence to go on with making sets. If it was different we would have such sets and less "new approaches" like nexo knights. That´s true. But with this, barrel escape also in wave one and then the release of Smaug in wave 3 it already doesn´t fit much with the releases of the movies. So I don´t see where the point is in making it an important factor if sceenes are right now in the cinema, if a character like Thror would be a desirable figure.
  24. Seems to be the weakest numbered cmf until now for me... My highlight are the Aztec warrior and the castaway. The crab is probably the most adorable Lego animal I've ever seen. Bee keeper is cool with his accessory, too. The printed ladybug tile is cute. The violine is awesome.. Torso and Legs of the Centaur girl are nice to get... the rest I don't want for free :/ I am glad that there are only 12, if that is the new quality standard. Now I can stop collecting them all much easier. Would look stupid on display anyways to have 12 next to 16.
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    Future Castle Sets?

    That's true. But I don't get why it has to be exactly this amount of sets for these pricepoints and in this case why a 300 parts set for 30€ has to be the the laketown set if it is clear that it won't be very good. I know that there are buisness decisions but in this case it would surely have been better to let someone with love and understanding for the material (both Lego and the licence) make the decisions from scratch instead of telling a designer which impossible Job je has to do with theme and price range and then claim that there is no demand for middle Earth/Castle sets, when few want that stuff. Pretty much nobody from this threat would have skipped Beorns hut and did a dolguldur-ambush-set with him instead... making a headpiece with just one angry expression instead of a usefull hair mould and a standard head with two expressions. Hobbit wave 1 included the spiders from desolation of smaug already. Smaug did not appear until a set for the 3rd movie. It is not like it would not have been possible to take some freedom releasing sceenes or combine them. The movie-3-Laketown set has hardly any relevance for the plot except for the ballista and the sets from wave 2 were still brand new on shelves. You could have easily put it on a roof in the first set, add Bain and there would be nothing missing. Should not cost more than 5€ extra... and to be honest i would not increase the price with the thought in mind, that the set isn't that gorgeous/iconic/impressive and not that desirable figures are included. I know, that this has nothing to do with piece count or production costs, but it is important when it comes to buyers decision.