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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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 (!).
  4. astral brick

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    In the meantime Leandro Tayag (len_d69) Macross Valkyrie has sadly expired.
  5. astral brick

    What are the most underrated themes?

    Mindstorms, the natural evolution of Technic and the way to get out of its stagnant dichotomy heavy equipment and vehicles. Underestimated by Lego itself, which never truly pushed the project, guiltily relegating it to a niche, or better said to various niches, more and more confusing and therefore smaller (Boost? Spike?). Always overpriced, somehow understandable in the age of its ancestor Control Center, unacceptable today in the era of Raspberry, whose appreciated integration with Lego was irresponsibly left to third undertakings.
  6. astral brick

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    About the Japanese Tea Garden I am afraid that the answer is very simple, Lego is already planning to release a similar set, therefore they want to avoid the polemics that occurred with the Jurassic Park set. Anyway, I can't imagine how frustrating and disheartening should be to reach the ten thousand votes only then to get the Idea rejected like this. As I said in another thread, a new voting procedure should be adopted urgently.
  7. astral brick

    "Golden Age of Lego"

    I am in agreement with you, it was a quite impolite exhortation.
  8. astral brick

    Japanese Licenses Wishlist

    Great idea! Moreover the related afols' polemics could be so fun: and the snout shape is wrong, and it is too tall, too short, too big, too small, and the colour doesn't match, why not the mecha version, where is the aircraft carrier for playability, where is Tokyo Tower, where is Rodan... Gundam would be so interesting, and Evangelion peculiar form so challenging to design.
  9. astral brick

    Japanese Licenses Wishlist

    Considering the amount of western licenses that Lego is managing, I am wondering how difficult and expensive it would be to acquire Japanese ones. The potential profits could be huge, in relation to both high number and dedication of manga and anime enthusiasts. City and sci-fi sets for Dragon Ball, pirates ones for One Piece, ninja style ones for Naruto. Personally I would like to see Macross and some classic Go Nagai robots. Anyway the dream - and perhaps most profitable - partnership would be with Nintendo and the endless possibilities offered by its IPs lore. I think of a Mario kart theme, a Zelda castles-fantasy line, a Pokemon one on the model of Brickheadz. Remembering the Amiibo crazy collecting phenomenon, a hypothetical Nintendo license would probably pay for itself in a short time with a handful of minifigures series. Lego if you are reading, please think about it!
  10. astral brick

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    It is light sci-fi because we were not able to get back to the moon in over 50 years, imagine going to Mars. My curiosity of what exactly? As I said the last Lego City sets show nice models that, with some modifications, could be - or, better said, should be - part of a new Space line, their natural positioning. However Space fans are supposed to be happy with some Ninjago and Super Heroes aircrafts or Lego Movie spacecrafts and, of course, umpteenth replicas of Star Wars vehicles. Nothing wrong with those sets - actually, for instance, I love the fist shaped spaceship - however leftovers, weak echos of Space themes' former glories. Maybe because these themes represent the backbone of Lego? Perhaps, on a business perspective, because they should always be available on store shelves in order to be potentially bought both by newcomers and old customers, thus doubling the incomes? Please see the previous reply. But this is not the case that we are discussing, due to the fact that Star Wars line is actually preventing the release of another Space theme. Because flying towards the stars, preferably not while fighting a war, has always been the ultimate mankind dream. Lego could possibly... if such a theme... could take... could continue... I find so disheartening that, given all those hypotheses, we basically have to wait an interlude between Star Wars movies, in order to have a release of a new Space theme. But only maybe, let's not fantasize too much, heaven forbid.
  11. astral brick

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Science over fiction, that is the lack of the ability to dream that I feared.
  12. astral brick

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    You may look at Shiptember challenges and countless of space-themed mocs or neoclassic remakes to have an idea. It would be interesting to see a fraction of these techniques applied to official sets. Given that I don't understand what is wrong with space opera, how many iterations have we seen of police or fire stations/trucks/cars? Anyway, past space themes have proved to be able to go beyond the dicotomy good guys/criminals and have shown multiple color schemes. So yes, there is life beyond blue, grey and yellow bricks. I don't think that it can be classified as sci-fi, Nasa sets are based on real models. However the point of no return is seeing that even Lego Town/City went from reality - space shuttle sets - to light sci-fi designs. Considering the current catalogue's situation, I am afraid that you would land, at most, in a galaxy far, far away.
  13. astral brick

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Given that it was a rhetorical question, it is saddening to notice that there are sci-fi elements everywhere but where they belong, id est Space. Although Mars Exploration sets are very nice, they represent the final nail in the coffin in relation to a hypothetical Space renaissance. In fact if even Lego City is now embracing "light" sci-fi elements in its catalogue, then there is truly no hope for a new Space line. So the big picture is pretty clear, hard sci-fi is dedicated to Star Wars, and I can't help thinking of how many potential great Space sets will never see the light of the day because the designers don't have the chance to express their imagination, being forced to replicate pre-existing models taken from some movies.
  14. astral brick

    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    Apparently the future of Lego Space is Lego City. Literally down to earth. Did the designers lose the ability to dream?