astral brick

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  1. astral brick

    Themes LEGO should discontinue

    Rotfl! The charme of forums, the heterogeneity of thinking. Anyway now I better understand why, according to another message, Lego pr dont participate to this forum anymore.
  2. astral brick

    Themes LEGO should discontinue

    I totally agree with you. Very interesting comparison.
  3. astral brick

    Embassy topics moved here

    Quite paradoxical, considering Tlc flaunted interest towards afols.
  4. Rotfl! Such a great image, but aren't we allowed to pretend we are in Tlg board of directors? I mean, there is a topic about it, this is the fun part of writing in a forum.
  5. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Everytime I accept a terms of service agreement I think of a certain South Park episode :-)
  6. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I don't understand why many people keep talking about "peanuts" or "pocket money". Pocket money is still money. And there are no small markets, only markets that are yet to be discovered.
  7. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I think that you are naif, or perhaps just very optimistic. I disagree, in fact I believe that supporting the design and the sale of new (and nice) sets was probably the point of no return for Bricklink. Thanks to the use of true Lego parts, they became - on a minuscule scale of course - a legitimate competitor of Tlc itself. Paradoxically, a "reseller" which paid much more attention to their customers than the original company did.
  8. astral brick

    Political correctness and Lego

    Julia Goldin: "[...] From that perspective, you would not see BrickArms and guns and things that are potentially particularly connected to things like warfare and violence, which is something that we decided as the LEGO Group we would never support. [...]" Excerpt from Julia Goldin interview, The Brothers Brick, 26 November 2019.
  9. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Julia Goldin: "[...] From that perspective, you would not see BrickArms and guns and things that are potentially particularly connected to things like warfare and violence, which is something that we decided as the LEGO Group we would never support. [...]" (extract from Julia Goldin interview, 26 November 2019)
  10. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I think you are very naif I disagree, I think that when Bricklink started to support the design and then the sale of mocs it was the point of no return.
  11. astral brick

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Unexpected bad news - For Customers: data analysis? - For Sellers: fees? - For Mocers: copyright and censorship? And let's not forget the acquisition of Sohobricks, a clear message towards custom bricks manufactures. Overall, as a customer, I don't feel very comfortable at the moment. What would it be the next step? The acquisition of Brickset? Or maybe of Eurobricks? Anyway, I can foresee a large migration to Brick Owl, provided that Lego doesn't buy it as well.
  12. Inspired by a very interesting article on Brickset – “Reduced Focus Upon Traditional Themes”, Capnrex101, 22 November 2019 – I would like to share a thought that crossed my mind. What if political correctness was the main responsible of the situation depicted in the article? Let’s analyse the so-called traditional themes. Space: guns, laser cannons, missiles or, better said, conflicts. Blacktron against Futuron and then Space Police, that is human people fighting. Castle: swords, spears, catapults, sieges and clashes between Crusaders and Black Falcons. Pirates: not loveable rogues but, historically, killers and thieves, battled by the Imperial Guard, with the use of sabers pistols and bombards. Objection! The traditional topics were simply taken over by similar conflict-based ones, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars. However, overlooking the (intriguing) considerations regarding licenses prevalence over in-house production, the main difference with past themes is the fantasy element. Therefore, in order to be acceptable by today’s standards, current sets can’t show any realistic dispute or, at least, there should be some imaginary factor to tone it down, thus the replacement function of the aforementioned themes, and maybe the reason why the recent Blacktron minifigure from Series 19 has become an alien and the pirates of the upcoming Pirate Bay are defending themselves against an invisible enemy (the progress?). Please think of the children! Hence only politically correct wars have the green light in Lego universe, parents would be happy, sales and marketing even happier. Unfortunately this reasoning implies a relevant heterogony of ends, which arises when a child may think that a battle between human beings is wrong, but it is legitimate to fight an alien, who is, etymologically, someone different than him, in terms of race, nationality, beliefs, orientations, census. Tolerated side-effects of this policy, as long as the profits increase.
  13. astral brick

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I certainly don't forget it but, considering how slowly the people are giving their support, I begin to fear that this masterpiece is not going to reach the next milestone. If there is this lack of interest then maybe Lego could be right in ignoring the Space theme, pretending it never existed or not celebrating its anniversary.
  14. astral brick

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    This IPs search engine is gold. In relation to music enquiries, among the quoted bands: Not allowed: Megadeth Motorhead Nirvana Black Sabbath Allowed: The White Stripes Green Day Metallica: rotfl!
  15. astral brick

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Macross is allowed, I would have never imagined it. The sadness is increasing now. Miyazaki IPs: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Future Boy Conan not even mentioned, Laputa Castle in the Sky, Totoro, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke allowed; Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo not included in the list, Spirited Away allowed (!). Grendizer, Mazinger Z, Daitarn 3, Voltes V and Gundam are surprisingly allowed; Evangelion not allowed. Hokuto No Ken (Fist of the North Star) no, Saint Seya yes. Akira not allowed, Ghost in the Shell not mentioned. Dragon Ball Z and One Piece not allowed, Naruto admitted. Captain Tsubasa and Astro Boy not on the list. Lupin III not allowed. Leiji Matsumoto IPs: Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 not on the list, Captain Harlock allowed (!). Gatchaman allowed (!), Yattaman not mentioned. M.a.s.k. not allowed, Starcom not mentioned. Mario Bros no (?), The Legend of Zelda yes. Street Fighter no, The King of Fighter not present, Metal Slug allowed. League of Legends and Starcraft yes, Warcraft not mentioned. Final Fantasy and The Witcher not allowed. Tetris, Pac Man, Mega Man, Sonic, Metroid, Bomberman, Myst (!) allowed Tony Hawk and Gran Turismo allowed. Monument Valley allowed (!).