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  1. alvinofdiaspar

    Lego Architecture - rumors and discussion

    Yes, I think Elizabeth Tower strikes a good balance in terms of the scale and affordability.
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    New VIP system

    Said it on Brickset but will say it again - as a set the Ulysses probe is fairly meh - yellow used instead of gold for the Mylar on the probe and the IUS; unimpressive rendering of the probe itself (weird high gain antenna, nubby controls for the deployable booms?) - I wouldn't have bothered if I wasn't a space nerd. But I am a huge space nerd, and unmanned probes are specifically my personal interest - and here comes to issue - I was hoping to pick it upon the first day along with Discovery but it wasn't available. Fine - I logged onto VIP 10 minutes early on release day and got hit by the maintenance page right at nine - and it didn't resolve until it's all over. I felt like being jerked around by TLG and the experience is anything but "VIP". And there is no way I'd ever shell out $200 for a mediocre set aftermarket as a matter of principle. So now I am just waiting for the instructions to come out and thinking of ways to improve on the design. Let's face it, there are far more impressive rendition of space probe hardware on Ideas and other MOC sites.
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    10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Discussion

    Got mine on the first day (wasn't a pleasant experience with the TLG site, though pales in comparison to the Ulysses probe fracas) - waiting for Steindrucker to come up with the custom prints before cracking it open. Probably will invest in a display case when it comes out too. I am really looking forward to building the HST - it looks great (the "bent" look of improperly aligned solar panels is so realistic) - too bad about that "mirror" but there is only so much they can do.
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    Lego Architecture - rumors and discussion

    The Architecture line has always felt disappointing to me - premium price for lackadaisical sets. I am hoping for some more large scale, iconic structures that can actually depict some details. Instead of skyline (or even NYC-based) sets, I hope we can get some set of various architectural masterpieces.
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    The space sets just started hitting the shelves in Canada - picked up Rover Testing Drive. Not super impressed by the design as expected (and the orange accent is rather icky), but the parts will be really useful for some serious space builds. I am super looking forward to Space R&D People Pack though!
  6. I was there as well. Work interfered with attending the event on Thurs/Fri (but I did get the big bag of loot with lots of TRON parts) but had a great time checking out the MOCs and shop over the weekend. Definitely will return!
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    Love the space people back - that was unexpected and it is a nice touch. The sets are a little “kiddy” but that’s the target group, so I can’t fault TLG for that - the fun will be buying the sets and ripping them for parts for some more adult space builds. I am hoping the console and launch centre displays are printed, not stickers but I won’t hold my breath for that. And yes, the SLS looks proportionally off - like most if not all TLC fictional rocket sets. I just want my hands on the parts...
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    Those City space sets are just begging to cannibalized for parts for some even more serious space build! The designs looked a little off proportionally - but that can be rectified Also looks like chrome gold is back...
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    [MOC] Cheese Shop

    Another delightful MOC Modular!
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    Asimov's Foundation (TV)

    Whatever they do, I think I am bound to be surprised. I am most curious as to how they will handle "style" of the Galactic Empire.
  11. alvinofdiaspar

    Who's Your Favorite Film Composer and/or Score?

    I don't really have one favourite, more bits and pieces from the usual Hans Zimmer: Crimson Tide - Roll Tide Da Vinci Code - Chevaliers de sangreal Interstellar - No Time for Caution John Williams: Schindler's List - Main Theme Star Wars - Force Theme Michael Legrand Parapluies De Cherbourg - I Will Wait for You Thomas Crown Affair - Windmills of Your Mind Vangelis 1492 - Conquest of Paradise Cosmos - Alpha (from Album Albedo 0.39) Steve Jablonsky Steamboy - Collapse and Rescue Ennio Morricone La Califfa - La Cena Alan Silvestri Contact - Good to go Cosmos - Gionardo Bruno Michael Giacchino Star Trek Beyond: Night on the Yorktown Star Trek Into Darkness: London Calling Joe Hisaishi Castle in the Sky: Collapse of Laputa Yuki Kajiura Hack/sign - The World Noir - Canta per me And some from the video games genre: Geoff Knorr Civilization Beyond Earth - Future of Mankind Michael McCann Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Icarus Neil Davidge Halo 4 - Arrival Jack Wall Mass Effect 2 - Suicide Mission
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    Asimov's Foundation (TV)

    Anyone else who is eagerly awaiting the (Apple) TV adaptation of Asimov's Foundation? The utter lack of information on the adaptation is almost unbearable - please, please don't mess it up!
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    Thanks for the tip - didn't occur to me to look on Insta... Found it - looks decent enough. Summer can't come soon enough.
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    I hate to ask...but where? The suspense is killing me...
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    That "Rocket Base" look like the MAV from The Martian. Agree - would be quite happy if the Lego set is along similar lines.