gza

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  1. gza

    Future Pirates Speculation

    If there's a new wave in 2021, I think there's probably a better chance that we get an Imperial ship of some sort than either of the last two pirate waves. In those waves it made sense for Lego to make the large ship a traditional pirate ship, since it will have broader appeal and is much more iconic within pop culture than a soldier ship. However, if there is a new wave in 2021 (trying not to get my hopes up) both Barracuda Bay and the 3-in-1 pirate ship could still be on shelves (or very recently retired). I can't see Lego having three pirate ships on the shelf at the same time, which raises my hopes for a large Imperial ship or fort. That said, we got a ship with red striped sails (TLG's tried and true formula), we're getting the 3-in-1 ship/tavern/skull-island... I'm a little nervous we're getting these one-off sets instead of a new line a'la Silent Mary. I hope this is not the case.
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    General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    Hi all, just want to share the little merchant tender l I made for the new BSB to plunder. Hope the images post properly. Merchant Jolly Boat Merchant Jolly Boat 2 Merchant Jolly Boat 3
  3. If this is really the case, I have to believe there is another pirates line in the works. I can't think of any other logical explanation, and have trouble believing they would arbitrarily stop accepting pirate-themed submissions purely due to the release of Barracuda Bay, when this has never been the case with other themes to the best of my knowledge.
  4. This would look so good with the new Barracuda. If Barracuda Bay sells well enough and it hits 10k, it could have a solid chance!
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    Received the set Monday afternoon, finished bag 14 (the completed island base) last night, and converted it into the Barracuda this morning. Overall I felt the set was a joy to build with a few exceptions (I had a lot of trouble on step 339 getting the mast in all the way) and seeing the new figures and building a new pirate set after so long was a great feeling. The island base looks great, the masts certainly adds a ton of volume to the buildings in a similar manner to the Statue of Liberty in Apocalypseburg (although this also makes it harder to fit in a display case). I tried to take some pictures with my phone to send to friends but I found it was really hard to capture all the little details, interesting angles and spaces in a photo. It reminds me a lot of the video game 'Sea of Thieves'. Although there's a lot of playability from the front I was surprised by how little of the buildings' interiors are accessible from the back of the set. The island after the Barracuda transformation looks okay, very stark and barren but leaves some animals, foliage and lanterns. I think it offers a nice space for kids to play with alongside the Barracuda, but is not something I would want to display along with it. The transformed Barracuda looks amazing, the only major criticism I have being the lack of cannons in the final design. A couple pieces I added from my own collection: an old-school parrot and compass, a 6x2 dark tan plate as a plank and a modern looking redcoat to walk it, a yellow goblet for the figurehead, and of course a monkey.
  6. I just received mine today, in the renders from Lego the shield does look like a different shade than the torso, but in person I can't tell the difference. They both look like the latter, bright-light orange to me.
  7. I'm really hoping we get a new horse color like the one in the submission (medium nougat I think).
  8. Well done @povoq! Really hope it makes it!
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I have a lot of fun looking at and supporting IDEAS projects, but I always expect that (on the incredibly slim chance they reach 10,000 votes and gain approval) they will not be exactly like the submission. Whether it's because of stability, playibility, marketability, profitability, or one of many other aspects they consider.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    Same situation in the US for me.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    Agreed, this is the crux of the matter for me personally. There's no issue with people venting their frustration, the issue comes when people say things like "the final product has nothing in common with the submission" or "the final product won't appeal to anyone who voted for the idea" which are empirically untrue and just blanket generalizations stating opinion as concrete fact. Add a qualifying statement like "I think" or "in my opinion" or "I can only speak for myself", and the earlier statements probably receive a lot less pushback.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    The funny thing is most people here who dislike the final product compared to the original design still plan to buy it, so I guess it really isn't much of an issue. If it was, they would vote with their wallet and forego buying the set. If they're buying it anyway, along with people who may not have planned to buy the original but like the final design better, I think that is (by definition) the mark of a highly successful redesign.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I've tried to respond with rational counterarguments to the points you've made, not being overly negative- saying things like this set "ruined IDEAS" or that this is "disappointing all fans that supported the Pirate Bay". Saying you think the original submission was better and listing valid reasons why adds to the discussion, but making blanket statements like those above and acting like you speak for everyone is what gets tiring. It marginalizes the opinion of all those people who supported the original idea and equally like (or even prefer) the final product.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    No, I didn't misunderstand. You and a couple others have been quoting each other about the shortcomings of the set and your dissatisfaction about the final product compared to the submission. You have made your point ad nauseum- you wish the product was closer to the original and that they made the Barracuda separately.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    Lego almost went bankrupt in the early 2000s, largely as a result of producing too many niche/unprofitable product lines. While a wider variety of sets/lines inflates manufacturing costs, it doesn't guarantee an increase in overall sales. At the same time consolidation among retailers has led to increased cost and decreased availability of prime shelf space.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I disagree, I think it's much more visually appealing with the brighter color pallet, especially for the water. An overwhelmingly brown, monochrome structure simply wouldn't present as well on the box.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    It still looks like a base to me, just as much as the original submission. Both have shipwrecks incorporated into the base. It has a few additional masts and rolled up sails as compared to the original submission, but if those really bother you I bet they could be removed quite easily.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    The original pirate base clearly had a shipwrecked ship incorporated into it as well, the only thing that changed is that the ship isn't brown anymore.
  19. I would LOVE to get a new horse barding print since it's been so long since the last one. So I'm really hoping for a knight on horseback
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    I voted for this idea and I love the final product, but I can only speak for myself. You say it ruined IDEAS, other people in the thread are saying it's the best IDEAS set ever. Watch the video of the designers discussing all the considerations that went into the set, and it becomes clear how deeply they DO care about keeping the spirit of the original (which, anecdotally, I think it does very successfully).
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    When I look at them side by side it looks like the designers tried really hard to incorporate the layout of the original build despite not being able to use the raised base plate and old hull elements. Personally I think it will be a great base for my pirates, albeit a base made out of a shipwrecked Black Seas Barracuda.
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    THE PIRATE BAY IS GOING TO BE AN OFFICIAL LEGO SET!!!!

    You can't please everyone, but I think they knocked it out of the park here, on everything from classic box design, to the alternative build (hearkening back to the days of alternative builds on the back of every set) which looks fantastic, and all the little details and callbacks to the original Pirates. I like the idea that the base is built out of the shipwreck of the original Barracuda. I had a feeling they would do something to break up the mass of brown pieces in the original build, simply because to leave it as an overwhelmingly monochrome brown would not be eye catching on the box. After years and years of people calling for the return of classic themes like Pirates I truly appreciate the fan service this set provides and will be a day 1 purchase for me.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    My wallet is happy after seeing the minifig.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    The purple goblin looks awesome. This series could be great for Castle fans.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Sounds a lot like a Ninjago line to me. Not what I was hoping for out of this one.