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  1. autolycus

    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Looks like it's official that Mr. and Mrs. Claus's Living Room is not coming out due to not meeting their high quality standards, or some such. Hopefully it's a production issue that caused a delay but not a permanently fatal problem. It's a nice looking set. I'm still hoping it will appear at Christmas in July next year, but I won't hold my breath.
  2. autolycus

    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    There was a Mrs. Claus on BAM in 2018:
  3. autolycus

    Seasonal 2021

    Seems to be cancelled or delayed as a GWP for this year. That's all that seems to be known at this time. Maybe it will show up next year? It'd be great if they release it as a GWP during Christmas in July instead of them bringing Santa's Front Yard back again.
  4. At least 2 others would easily meet your criteria: 1) Death Star 2) Jabba's Palace and/or Sail Barge Yavin, IMO, is never going to happen as a UCS/MBS set. It would end up like the Attack on Hoth set and just be a collection of random components that should really be separate sets.
  5. There are, indeed, some Expanse models on Rebrickable and Brickvault. (OK, that's REALLY my last response to you for today! :) Have a great weekend!
  6. I mean, by this logic, you should be giving JJ and Rian credit for using lightsabers because they didn't have to follow George's lead but were instead making their own decisions completely independent of what George did. George established a specific set of physics and style for the space combat and the physics associated with it--that of WW2 air combat, which was clearly done in atmosphere rather than in space. JJ and Rian simply followed that. Suggesting otherwise shows a pretty grotesque bias toward just finding as many unfair criticisms to pile on as possible. Think of the alternative: JJ or Rian deciding to completely reinvent the way combat happens in space to make it more physically realistic. That would mean radically different ship designs -- probably something more podlike with thrusters on all sides with built-in robot pilots instead of the absurd astromech droids that George created. It would mean no swooping, no "blasters", etc. etc. Edit to add: Anyway, as much fun as it is to debate this, I think we're ok just disagreeing on it, so I won't add any more. Fire away with the last word, just make sure you stay on target.
  7. You missed my point entirely: George made the decision to have the space combat within the SW universe look like WW2 air combat. He made that decision in 1975-1976. JJ and Rian were just following his lead on that. The bombers in TLJ were quite intentionally an homage to WW2 bombers, just like the star fighter combat sequences in the OT were an homage to WW2 air combat. Lucas literally showed footage of Spitfires, Messerschmidts, Zeros, and various US fighters to his FX crew so they knew what he wanted ANH's combat to look like.
  8. Jabba's Sail Barge and a skiff would be an excellent MBS option, IMO. Or his temple. Yavin sounds great in theory, but I just don't think it would sell well at all because an practice, the set would probably be pretty bland. Geonosis arena could be good, depending on how they focus it. I would also love a large pod race set with multiple pod racers, a droid pit, and maybe a small section of arena or commentator's booth. I'm sure I'm in the minority there.
  9. Banking isn't due to gravity, per se. Very indirectly, in the sense that gravity creates atmospheres, but not really otherwise. Banking causes turning because the angle of the airfoil creates lift, which literally pulls the airplane around its turn. Starfighters don't really have airfoils like airplanes, and so they wouldn't behave that way in space or atmosphere. SW Starfighters also have another big physics problem: They slow down in space without any kind of reverse thrusters. How is that possible? In atmosphere, it's caused by drag, but again... no atmosphere = no drag. Oh, and space is completely silent. You can't hear sounds from explosions or other ships because there's no atmosphere to transmit the sound waves. But again, these were all intentional decisions made by George Lucas. So... before you criticize the fake physics of the ST, remember that you're actually upset with George, not Rian or JJ.
  10. If you're really going to complain about terrible space physics, you should also add the rather lengthy list of problems in ANH, ESB, ROTJ, etc. The space combat scenes are intentionally more like WW2 combat than what would exist in space. Oh, and... umm... LIGHTSABERS!!!
  11. Yeah, someone should be giving all of this a once-over for sanity checks at a minimum! For things like that and the Imperial logo vs. Republic logo, it doesn't even have to be a full-time Lego employee. I would honestly be a little surprised that Lucasfilm doesn't have someone who could do it for Lego, since it does have a small effect at their own brand.
  12. There were multiple people with good history of leaks or a good understanding of Lego’s decision processes saying there was no way it’d be minifig scale from very early on. Some on here laid into them for it. They were right though. It’s not minifig scale and it only has 2 figs, neither of which are Cody. That’s not hindsight. They called it months ago and got grief for it because some didn’t want to accept that UCS means something specific. UCS does not mean minifigure scale ship with lots of mini figures.
  13. Oh come on everybody! The brick separator is going to be orange!
  14. autolycus

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I certainly don't have a problem with 50 pages of a discussion about a big announcement! Yes, lots of discussion is expected and should be encouraged. I just wonder if there are enough sub-topics now that it makes sense to split out some of the side topics. The topic is averaging over 20 pages of discussion each week in 2021. That's a lot to keep up with all the updates. What are the latest rumors? What's official? What details are there in the sets that are already out and announced? Etc. Etc. Anyway, I was just throwing out the idea. I enjoy the thread but I've hit a point where it feels like WORK to keep up with just the sub-conversations that I enjoy. I honestly get overwhelmed and just skip past it more and more. Agree completely. It's a terrible time for a soft reboot. I already have mixed feelings about whether I want to get any of this castle wave. Hogsmeade is a definite yes, as is Fawkes. If this is a soft reboot, I may just stick to the castle sets I have and just accept that I won't get DH at all, except maybe something like Gringotts. But I'll be done with the castle if this is a reboot that will continue into 2022 and beyond.
  15. autolycus

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I was away from this thread for not even a week, and again it's added 50 pages. It's gotten to the point where if someone is gone for a week, it could take an hour or more to try to catch up to every discussion that's going on in the intertwined mega thread. I hate to be a party pooper, but can the mods please consider breaking this into more specialized threads? Clearly the Harry Potter theme has enough discussion at this point to support more than just the one thread. It might not yet be enough to support. I know the previous setup had gotten really hard to enforce, but the current setup makes it really hard for more casual members to keep up with even the most basic discussions. Sorry! I hate to be negative. I love all the discussion, but it's become impossible for me to follow the lines of discussion that I want to follow or join.