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  1. TheLegoDr

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I've noticed when I MOC buildings, I've been building closer to 24 wide buildings instead of full 32. But I hate having alleyways in every build I do. I can't ever justify cutting the baseplate to make it smaller. Full 32 wide is definitely harder to come by because of the height. Too tall, it doesn't look right. Too narrow, it doesn't look right. Always find that balance/ratio. The bookshop looks decent for scale, but the townhouse is way too short for how it should look (IMO). But you can't straight double it up to make it look correct either. Who knows.
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    Central Perk Big Bang Theory Modular

    I know. I love the show. But it was technically a real elevator, just not working because of the explosion. (I understand limited space in builds. And I like that you tried incorporating it in there.)
  3. TheLegoDr

    Central Perk Big Bang Theory Modular

    Thanks for the pictures. I'm surprised at how different this ended up from how my own build is coming along. Which is good! Always interesting to see different takes on the similar source material. I am confused on the non working elevator/stairs above it. It looks like the stairs would cut right through it? Odd. But maybe it is the angle I'm looking at it. I love the rooftop though. Well done sir!
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    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    Normally I am not that bothered about not having a close store, but seeing these new prints/molds/pieces pains me... I missed out on those shields last summer. Now there are some other really good pieces. All of those halloween pieces would have been useful too. Oh well I guess..
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Lego has produced multiple variations of zombies. How is that really different from the inferi? Outside of lack of clothing on the inferi. Either way, I don't see why some simple printing couldn't produce one or two of them in a set. I liked the thestral a lot, but I don't know how much more we'd see of them, even though they should get some use out of their mold piece. Centaurs would be incredible, but other than the first movie (and a bit in the 5th) do we see them? I forget about the battle of Hogwarts if there are centaurs. Been a while since I've watched it. They are all over the books, but darn movies have to cut so much out
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    Smugmug acquires Flickr

    I received that email too. I'm already paid member and I don't know anyone else that may want the service that aren't already paying members. I had over 1000 photos, so I had to pay. I've slowly been going through and deleting them to wittle it down, but I guess it won't matter in the long run. I have them all backed up on my phone right now (which gets backed up to the apple cloud), but it was nice having flickr for when my phone goes caput.
  7. Lucky finding them at Walmart. Our local 4 locations are still recovering from Christmas. The whole LEGO aisle is destroyed still almost a week later. And I normally don't see too many CMF there oddly enough. I found mine at Kohl's (clothing store of all places). But full price. It stung. I didn't really love this series, but figured I needed some for completion sake. Has anyone else noticed that some come with 2 of the new clear piece, while others only come with 1? I found that odd. And yes, I checked the bag multiple times and the floor to make sure I wasn't missing any.
  8. TheLegoDr

    You Only Live Twice

    I'm sure this recreates the scene quite well. I'll be honest, I've never seen the movie. I've only seen the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig Bond movies and I think one Sean Connery. Otherwise, on its own merits, it does represent a scene quite well, especially at this scale. It adds a lot of depth vertically, and the helicopters do add a lot to the MOC.
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    "Yellow-ifying" licensed minifigures

    Those HP torsos work really well with plain yellow people. Brilliant. I hadn't considered that, for whatever reason. I will always love classic yellow since it was my childhood (especially plain boring smiley). But I do really like the licensed skin tones. There is nothing negative about people having different skin tones. *shrugs* \ With that said, you can modify your licensed skin tones with a yellow sharpie and make licensed-yellow versions of the real characters. I did it with an extra Jack Sparrow (since we had so many) and it turned out really well. I never got a picture of it and beats me where I put it. But I may have to do it on some other extras I have in the future, just for fun. But I rather like switching the pieces altogether to represent them (or other people entirely) with yellow. Looks like my town just got a whole bunch of new torso ideas.
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    Modular Sanctum Sanctorum

    Thank you! Merry Christmas!
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    Central Perk Big Bang Theory Modular

    I hate you. I seriously hate you I was literally building a central perk modular also...grr! granted in the end I’m sure they will end up different. And I like the idea of Big Bang above it (but I won’t be doing that). your initial planning looks great! Thanks for sharing
  12. TheLegoDr

    Storage and Sorting LEGO

    I don't think I ever went over how I sort (not that anyone cares ). Everyone always says sort by part, then color. Other say color! There is so much rivalry. There are a lot of different ways that will work for a lot of different type of collections/builders. I have found what works best for me is a -- wait for it -- combination of both by color and by part type! Oh the humanity! I have three separate areas of pieces (located in the same section mind you). One area is similar to akro mills style drawers on the wall. I am an eye doctor, so I was able to get contact lens bins from the contact lens representatives. They are approximately 1 foot tall x 1.5 feet wide x 6 inches deep containing 9 drawers each. I have 18 of them (and will likely get more). I use these for the small parts that will get lost in the shuffle. I have probably more categories than needed, but I always know where everything is at any given moment, so it works for me. But these categories are by color group AND piece type (like all blues, greens, reds, etc.). So I have drawers separated for plates of varying sizes together (as in all 1x1 blue group together, all 1x2 blue group together, etc.) and repeated with each color group for each size. So if I need a 1x4 or a 1x8 in a specific color, I know where to find it immediately. The only hiccup was the longer 1x12 or 1x10 plates, so those are grouped together by type with a mixture of all colors. Same goes for tiles, with the varying sizes up to 1x6 and 1x8 are mixed to save space. This continues for plate modifieds with hinge clips, flags, 1x1 rounds (trans separated), food items, brackets, snot bricks, etc. I can't really say each and every drawer's contents in this message because we would be here all day. Yes, I likely have too many categories; however, I know these will get lost with the other bins I have, so I keep them separate and know where to find them. My brain certainly works in this structured category system, so if my daughter asks where "x" piece is, I can tell her from across the room what bin to go into. The second area is larger sterilite drawers from Target. These house the 2x and up plates, separated by size (but colors are together). So 2x2, 2x3, 2x4, etc. To save space, I did put 2x14 into a ziploc and place them in the 2x10 drawer, and likewise the 2x16 into a bag into the 2x12 drawer since there were fewer of them and didn't want to incorporate another drawer. Then we move onto the larger sizes, 4x have their own separate drawers depending on size, then 6x, and so on. I also have round plates into their own drawer, and wedge plates by size into drawers. Like I said, if I need to find something fast, I know exactly what drawer to go into. The last area is premade shelves that were in the LEGO room before we bought the house. On these shelves I use 12 quart sterilite containers from Walmart. These containers are sorted by piece type within color schemes. Each of these groups are into ziploc bags. So if I have a ton of tan 1x bricks, I have them organized by those sizes. I have slopes, inverted slopes, round brick (if I have a lot in certain colors), brick modified, plate modified, arch, fence (again if I have enough to warrant it, like black), 1x brick, and 2x brick. These are sorted by color groups, so one container may house varying blues, but each blue is sorted into its respective color. So blue, light royal blue, dark blue, medium blue, aqua, etc. Same goes for red, dark red. One is just the varying pinks/purples. I have pearl gold, metallic silver, pearl dark gray. Etc, etc. The list continues ad nauseum. I have over 300,000 pieces, so it takes up a lot of space. I need to manage it somehow and this worked for my brain. Yes, you have to pull the full sterilite container off of the shelf. Yes, you have to open and re-close ziploc bags so things don't spill out. But it has been a pretty effective use of space for me. I need things by color. I'd be miserable trying to sort out all of the tan 1x bricks from a giant tub of just 1x bricks of all colors. I don't build that chaotically. I build lots of Modulars or castles, so I will need specific colors in large quantities. Again, it all depends on you and how you build for what will work best for you. With this said, I still hate sorting. I think it is tedious and annoying. I'd much rather build. As monotonous as I like things, I still find sorting to be a bane. But a necessary evil, so it will forever happen until I can't do LEGO anymore.
  13. TheLegoDr

    Sand Green bricks for the Green Grocer?

    I know I already commented a while ago. When I first got back into LEGO in 2010, I think I got my first modular in 2011. I was beyond the first 3 buildings. Early on I wanted to buy them (and they were even cheaper back then), but I couldn't really justify those prices. And I didn't love them 100% to justify it. So I bricklinked them, like a lot of people have. Now same boat, the rare pieces were expensive then just as they are now. So I took a different route. I used a different color. And unfortunately I never got around to getting pictures of it, but I was one of the first to have a sand blue version done. The sand blue groove piece is easily accessible. And personally sand blue looks amazing compared to sand green (personal preference). But since then, I have grown to not really care for the early modulars. They were neat at the time and revolutionary in terms of build style. And they still provide new details/colors/piece usage, so I still buy them. But I've found myself not worrying about the official build and only MOCing my buildings. I don't remember the last modular I've actually built. Maybe Detective Office? I have since torn down and modified/MOCified other buildings with the pieces. I think I'm trying to say, if you want the official, bite the bullet and pay $$ unfortunately. OR modify it to something else and most likely appreciate it more because it will be unique (and cheaper). If I ever get around to getting pictures of the sand blue version, I'll post them on the EB. I modified other bits of it also since the original design was lacking in areas. Not symmetrical enough where it should have been. (and this is coming from a huge Jamie fan)
  14. TheLegoDr

    Telephone building Modular

    I guess I don't understand what you mean. If you are referring to the window panes, then the LEGO version is accurate to how it looks now. The picture is the only picture I could find online that represented overall how it looked with the side stairwell. It has gone through different modifications over the years, so finding an up to date picture was difficult. And it is enough of a hassle that I was/am unable to just go there and take a picture of it myself. If you are referring to something else, then please inform me. I don't understand. Thanks for looking.
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    Telephone building Modular

    I was just frontpaged! I've been a member for 8 years and this is my first frontpage. I am honored and it really is a dream come true! Thank you to the moderator that frontpaged my build. It really means a lot!