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    Classic Space
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  1. hagridshut

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    I'm not the target market for this set (out of my price range, and I'm a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lego builder), but I think it's great. Details are very nice. I love the tree in Fall colors out front. The detail on the beds is very nice, and the buildings overall have a cozy charm. The molded iguana is hilarious too! Being able to "camouflage" the creature on the bed is just fun.
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    What would you do if your minifigs came alive?

    They actually seem "alive" to me, not in the physical sense, but sort of as instances of a computer program running in my brain.
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    Do you "follow the instructions", build your own, or both?

    I had some spare time over the past 2 months, so I built some prototype spaceship MOCs: small stuff with piece counts that would have been equivalent to sets in the $3.99 - $7.99 range back in the 1990's. It takes a lot of work to design something of equivalent quality to an official Lego set with a modest amount of pieces. Getting the size, aesthetics, durability, and playability just right requires a lot of tweaking and experimenting. This gives me much appreciation for all the design work and iterative testing that Lego workers conduct on new sets. I am fortunate now to have enough loose pieces to experiment. I remember as a child thinking that my builds were never as cool as the official set designs, although my design abilities became significantly better as I got older. This made me somewhat reluctant to disassemble models, but I did it anyways because I needed the pieces to build my next idea.
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    [MOC] Babylon 4

    Impressive work! I appreciate the same-scale comparison with the Babylon 5 model. Zathras mentioned in one of the episodes that Babylon 4 was the biggest of the Babylon stations, but it was somewhat difficult to understand just how much bigger, since the 2 stations were never as far as I can recall ever in the same scene. The rotating section on Babylon 4 is just enormous compared to is counterpart on Babylon 5. I'd read somewhere that Babylon 4 had its own engine system and could relocate as needed. This probably made it an ideal headquarters during the ancient war with the Shadows.
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    Political correctness and Lego

    I'd consider that hypocrisy rather than political correctness.
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Anakin's Jedi Starfighter 75214-1 $16 (20% off) at most stores, since it has been out for awhile. The shape vaguely resembles the Classic Space 918/924/928 series spacecraft, except R2-D2 sits where the astronaut would sit, and the pilot sits higher up in the rear, where the cargo area would be on the '24 and '28. Anyhow, I also bought the set because I wanted to build a ship for my Unitron mini-figures, and the yellow/dark gray color scheme is very close to the Unitron astronauts' colors. I added a dash of blue by trading some yellow flat plates for blue ones, and it now looks very good with a Unitron pilot in the cockpit. I may switch out the smoke-gray canopy for a trans dark blue canopy, but it'll do for now.
  7. Interestingly wide array of categorizations! It never occurred to me that the colors could be used to signify different national origin. Growing up, I and my friends had our own LEGO "nations", but everyone had mini-figs from the same group of themes, so it was impossible to make national categories based on mini-fig colors or prints. MOC architecture (ships and buildings) was the way we distinguished "nationality", since everyone had their own style of building. I never knew that these designations existed. I had thought that mini-fig colors were randomly selected for each space set.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Surprising news. I purchase items only sporadically on Bricklink, but it has been an excellent reference resource for sets and components. I am adopting a wait-and-see perspective on this event.
  9. Classic Space and Futuron minifigs came in many different colors, unlike the more uniform appearance of minifigs in most later themes. Did you assign roles to particular uniform colors? For my astronauts: Yellow - Pilots and front line guys. This was mostly a function of the fact that most of the Classic/Futuron spaceships I owned happened to come with yellow astronauts. The Twin Starfire, Xenon X-Craft, Stardefender 200, Hovercraft, and Auxiliary Patroller are examples. Most of my spacemen are of the Yellow color. Blue - Scientists and Medical. Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy wore blue Starfleet uniforms, so I made blue minifigures assume similar roles to these Star Trek protagonists. Red - Logistics and operations. Black - Engineers and designers. White - Admirals. I used Space Police I minifigures in this role as well. Grand Admiral Thrawn (Star Wars) wore a white uniform, so I made the white-uniformed spacemen the top brass of the fleet. M:Tron, Blacktron, Spyrius, and Unitron were different organizations to me. Ice Planet guys had a similar planet/spaceship logo to Classic/Futuron, so I assumed they belonged to the same organization, with a specialty in being explorers of places with cold & harsh atmospheric weather rather than hard vacuum.
  10. hagridshut

    Political correctness and Lego

    I don't believe that "political correctness" has anything to do with the decline of traditional LEGO themes, nor do I believe that fantasy elements had anything to do with the decline either. As a child, I thought that the Castle theme was fantasy. Several of the sets included glow-in-the-dark Ghost mini-figures. There were also some sets that had a blue wizard with a white beard in the 1990's. The use of magicians, the supernatural, and green dragons were all indicators that the theme was based on fiction rather than reality. Space was similarly not that realistic. The ships looked nothing like actual spacecraft of the era. Also, the conflicts between the different space themes were fairly mild in that they were generally limited to theft and espionage. Specifically, I remember Blacktron II plotting to steal Ice Planet satellites, and a Spyrius commercial I found on YouTube centered around Spyrians trying (and failing) to steal items from Unitron. It wasn't until the 2000's that Space became noticeably more violent: one of the Mars themes centered around armed conflict between human colonists and Martians, and the 2009 Space Police III theme was much more militaristic than its predecessors. IMO, the growth high volume of licensed rather than in-house themes is purely driven by market demands. Kids grow up reading Harry Potter and watching the movies. Movies like Frozen and the Marvel series are a huge driver of demand for toys. With only so much engineering, product development, advertising, and other budget to go around, LEGO group is naturally going to place more focus on what keeps their business afloat.
  11. The mid-80's through the mid-90's is my favorite era of Lego Space. I enjoy the originality and creativity of the sets from that period. They aren't tied to any detailed storyline, like Star Wars. There are only some generation notions of what the different factions represent, and it's up to the set builder to create their own stories. The fact that many of the ships and bases are simpler and more "open" than Star Wars or Avengers sets, practically encourages people to add and modify the designs. I was fortunate enough to own an Intergalactic Command Base in the mid 1980's. Over the years, I modified, disassembled, and rebuilt many iterations of this base. After Spyrius and Unitron, I lost interest in the new Lego Space themes. UFO introduced big custom pieces that I felt weren't as flexible in use as previous themes. I didn't particularly like the designs of Exploriens or Roboforce sets. This dislike of the newer space sets contributed to my exit from the Lego market in the late 90's. I continued to look at Lego products on a casual basis during the next 15 years, but it wasn't until the early 2010's that I picked it up again as a hobby.
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    The "Red Baron"

    I built the Red Baron, a recolor of the Ice Planet Blizzard Baron, inspired by Space: The Comic, a web comic that I discovered here on Eurobricks about 10 years ago. The real Red Baron was a World War I flying ace, and a fictional nemesis of the cartoon character Snoopy, as memorialized in a song by the Royal Guardsmen. Backstory: The Red Baron is rumored to be a former M:Tron employee with ties to Blacktron, flying a spacecraft designed in part with plans stolen from Ice Planet. Allegedly, this pilot used to fly the reliable old Vector Detector for M:Tron, but became frustrated with that ship's lack of acceleration and firepower relative to newer escort ship designs. Modifications (from front to rear): 2x forward cannons above where the skis would normally be located. This doubles the firepower of the standard 2x beam emitters deployed on the front of the main engines. "Nosecone" is a 4x4x2 black slope piece with side angles, to accomodate a larger forwards sensor array. M:Tron/Blacktron II style avionics replace the Ice Planet computer tiles, and the wing vents are replaced by 2x1 plates with a 1x1 slope tile (representing supplementary targeting sensor pods). Aft: tucked under the port and starboard Modified Facet 3 x 3 x 2 Top Item No: 2463 are small booster engines to provide redundancy and greater acceleration than a standard Blizzard Baron. Other notes: The ship lands on 3x Black Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Rounded Bottom (Boat Stud), which act as anti-gravity landing pads in place of trans-neon orange skis. The "Baron" himself is a racecar driver minifigure, but with opaque blacktron visor, black arms, and black airtanks. He now works as an independent private contractor for M:Tron, and provides escort for M:Tron cruisers as well as air cover for M:Tron mining and rescue operations.
  13. Star Wars is just one of many themes that Lego sells, so from a financial standpoint, I think the fallout would be minor. Also, if the TV show "The Mandalorian" becomes a hit, that could counteract any disappointment with "Rise of Skywalker". Mandalorian warriors and ships, and their opposition, should make for some interesting set designs. Sets based on "Rise of Skywalker" might sell well regardless of the movie's popularity at the box office, if the designs are interesting. Based on YouTube reviews, I was pleasantly surprised at the improvements in the re-designed Millennium Falcon set for "Rise of Skywalker". I'm glad that Lego didn't just rehash/recolor the previous model. Nice looking sets with great play features will get attention and sell on their own merits. There are so many variables at work that it is difficult if not impossible to say for sure what would happen. Personally, I don't particularly care what happens to the Lego Star Wars product line. I own a handful of Star Wars sets, like the Rogue One U-Wing, but I always preferred in-house themes to licensed themes.
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    M:Tron Bonfire mech

    Reminds me of the Firebat unit from the video game StarCraft. An arm with a hand or other grasping machinery might be useful for lifting and clearing away items that cannot be burnt with the flamethrower. I like the design very much though.
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    Stickers isn't a big deal! Or is it?

    Most of the old Lego sets I own are from the years between 1985 and 1995. None of them used stickers, and the prints are in remarkably good shape for toys that are about 30 years old on average, and saw heavy play when I was I child. I do not believe that current era stickers would hold up as well over the long haul. I personally do not like stickers. Aligning them properly is often a real annoyance. The colors often don't match the bricks. For example, white stickers practically never match white bricks and plates to which they are attached, causing unevenly colored surfaces that annoy me. Black stickers end up having a thin white "border". The edges of the stickers pick up lint and dust over time, further affecting aesthetics. I understand why Lego uses stickers, but I don't like it. When I buy newer sets that use stickers, I will apply as few stickers as possible. If the set's aesthetics or function aren't affected by the lack of a particular sticker, it will stay off. Stickers also have 2 other problems: Replacing them in the future can be inconvenient since Lego does not sell replacements. Stickers are often damaged or creased right out of the box. Someone earlier in the thread said that stickers would be more tolerable if Lego open-sourced the graphics. I agree. If I knew that I could download and re-print replacements, I would feel better about long term collection maintenance.