Lego David

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  1. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    Wait, so the Castle is gonna be completely yellow, like the original 1978 Castle? Seriously? If that's gonna be the case, I am probably not gonna be interested in purchasing the set (I wanted it mostly for the grey bricks so I can build my own Castle MOC). A Yellow Castle just isn't really something that would make sense in 2021, nostalgia biases aside. I really hope the actual set turns out to be gray, as all Castles should be.
  2. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    1500+ pieces for 100$ sounds like a good deal, though the fact that it will only include three figures is a bit disappointing. Fingers crossed that they re-use the Black Falcons torso print from the Blacksmith set instead of some generic Creator torso print.
  3. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    To answer your question, yes, LEGO has changed quite a lot in the past decade, especially since the first LEGO Movie. By far, the biggest of those changes is that they went from an independent family-owned company to a multi-billion dollar industrial corporation in less the 10 years. In 2010, they first announced that they will do a full-on partnership with Disney for the first time, which caused them to adopt a corporate mentality that continues to this day only gets worse as the years pass. Like Disney, LEGO has gotten to the point where they enjoy so much success that they are virtually unstoppable, and start buying up other companies (the recent aqusition of Bricklink is a forshadowing of that). They now want to maximize their profits at all costs, and if that requires abandoning their beloved classic themes, they will gladly do it. So, if anything, I'd say the corporatization of LEGO is probably the biggest thing to blame for the lack of classic themes (and original themes in general) nowdays. Much like Disney, they have gotten to the point of where they are creatively bankrupt, to the point where they go as far as asking the fans to provide them with ideas for "the next Ninjago" with the LEGO World Builder platform.
  4. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    Tommy Anderson, one of the leading people working on Ninjago said in an interview that they work under a strict policy of not referencing any major story material from older seasons into the new seasons, so new viewers won't get confused. So kids can still get into the Ninjago show even if they weren't even born when it first started, and even if they haven't seen the older seasons. That's part of the secret of Ninjago's enduring success.
  5. Lego David

    Fantasy Pirates: A LEGO World Builder Project

    I actually did think about the idea of Pirate Orcs before, but I'm not sure if it really fits with the original vision I had for this theme idea... I'll still take it into consideration, though. We have some more characters designs! Buck the Engineer, one of the main heroes: A Zombie Pirate, which is controlled by Lord Zodrek's dark magic: And an evil Siren:
  6. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    The reason the helmet designs look so oversized and silly was because they were conceptualized as Large Figure masks first, and then downscaled to fit minifigures. So personally, I can't blame them for that. I can understand the criticism regarding the Knight's color scheme, as their bright colors don't blend very well with the rest of the theme's generally muted color scheme. It probably would have worked better if instead they used Dark Red, Dark Blue, Dark Green etc for the Knights, though I can still understand the desire to appeal to kids with more colorful knights. But personally, I still love the uniqueness of KKII, and especially the Large Buildable Figure parts, which are incredibly useful for Bionicle MOCs. I really wish LEGO did more with the Constraction Knights concept.
  7. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    Can I get a link to this German YouTube channel? I have heard several people mention it across forums before, but I haven't checked it out myself.
  8. Lego David

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I 100% agree. I don't think all original action themes need a TV show either (sorry if I didn't make that clear in my first post), my point was just to explain the reason why so many of them tend to have TV Shows nowdays. Not having any TV Shows is part of the reason why I love all the pre-Ninjago Original Action themes so much. They may have had some pre-defined characters, but the lack of a pre-defined storyline allows you to use your own imagination and piece together the clues on your own based off the various other tie-in media those themes received, such as the flash games and such. The Crystalien Conflict flash game of Mars Mission is a great example of that. Not to get off-topic, but while what you said certainly played a part in Bionicle's popularity (and Hero Factory was mostly driven purely by its "Build your own cool robot" concept) Bionicle's story had a very strong hook, and those who managed to get into it, just couldn't let go. To this very day, Bionicle fans still continue to hope that G1's story would one day be continued in some form, due to not getting proper closure when the line abruptly ended in 2010. That's saying a lot about the role the story played in Bionicle's popularity. I suspect that if Ninjago would also get abruptly cancelled one day and the TV Show wouldn't get the chance to properly conclude, a lot of Ninjago fans are gonna be left in the same state Bionicle fans are today.
  9. Lego David

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I don't think LEGO themes being backed up by a TV series or other media tie-in is a bad thing at all. I know it is sad for AFOLs who just want generic figures, but the reality is that characters and stories is what sells. The real issue is whether the respective TV series is of quality or not. Ninjago has a decent TV series with likeable characters and an often engaging story that has kept the kids interested in the theme for a decade at this point, while other story-driven themes that got TV shows, like Chima and Nexo Knights, greatly struggled with the sales due to their TV Shows being of sub-par quality. Ever since LEGO successfully first tapped into the story-driven themes market with Bionicle in the early 2000's, it has become a staple of the brand's in-house themes. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying LEGO shouldn't also do more themes with generic figures like Castle, but the reality is that without being attached to the story or characters of the theme, most kids (and some AFOLs alike) will have no reason to remain engaged with the theme and come back to it for more. My personal issue is similar to what @LOTR34 believes. I don't hate Ninjago nor its TV series, but the fact that LEGO just dumps all their ideas into their current most popular theme can be quite frustrating. Sometimes the blend of those ideas can work (a good example of that would be the Skybound wave), but most of the times, it just comes off as feeling really off, like this current wave. Instead of exploring new ideas for underwater villains and vehicles, we just get the obligatory shoehorned in Snake villains and Ninja cars into an underwater wave of all things.
  10. Lego David

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I am not a fan of those Scuba Diving Ninja suits either. Something about their design just looks... very off to me.
  11. Lego David

    Queen's bedroom

    Wow, that's incredible! I particularly like the use of the mirror and that Queen picture from that old Harry Potter set!
  12. Lego David

    Future Castle Sets?

    Sadly, this has zero chance of happening. It is believed that the Ghost Mold has been destroyed, as it was missing from the Hunted House set. In that respective set, we just got a generic ghost figure without the ghost part. I'd imagine if we do get a ghost, it would probably be the same as the one we got in the Hunted House set, but realistically speaking, they'll probably just throw in a generic skeleton. LEGO had a bunch of cancelled sets and themes in the late 80's and early 90's period, including a lot of unreleased Space themes, several Castle themes, and a Gangster theme. I did a video with a friend where we talked about the unreleased Space themes (with more upcoming videos covering the other stuff):
  13. Lego David

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Are we getting snakes as the villains again? Really? This feels like a missed opportunity. We could have gotten awesome Atlantis-style fish/sea monster villains, but nope, we just got more god damn snakes. The only sets I am interested in are the Temple and the Water Dragon, the rest are look pretty mediocre. Honestly, if you are gonna turn Ninjago into the "every original theme into one" theme, then at the very least make it on par with what came before. This whole wave feels like a dumped down version of Atlantis. Just like the Summer 2020 wave felt like a dumped down version of Fantasy Castle.
  14. Lego David

    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I don't think having those licenses around is gonna protect them from anything. As we saw numerous times, the popularity of those themes is 90% of time influenced by whether there are any new movies coming out, or if those new movies are well-received... because if not, the sets just don't sell (there are plenty of examples of that). And if your licensed themes sales are most of of the time completely dependent on stuff happening outside the company, then you clearly have a bit of a problem.
  15. Lego David

    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I am by no means against LEGO taking risks (I'd even go as far as saying that I encourage it), but in my mind there is a clear line between what kinds of risks they should and shouldn't take. I am all for experimenting with new kinds of LEGO play themes, but I don't support gimmick-based products like VIDYO or Super Mario.