MaxHeadroom

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  1. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    If your criteria for definitive is based on which era has more specific minifigures and more new moulds then great. My criteria for definitive is which covers the story as whole better and which condensed the story into its number and size of sets better. The 2010 line condensed the story into 10 sets and they're all well chosen. There are changes I would make (like replacing Ernie Prang with the Grim and Sirius Black or replacing Filch and the statue room with Umbridge and her office) but they're all relatively minor minifigure swaps with the occasional Hogwarts room change. The 2018 line had 18 sets (one of which was $400), 2 advent calendars, 2 minifigure series, and a bricktober pack. Not only does it not cover all of the major elements the 2010 line did (Gringotts, Battle of Hogwarts) but it also misses other things that I would expect from a line this size like the Ministry of Magic and trio's tent. There were plenty of good decisions made for an iteration of HP the size of the 2018 one (having characters age, including all four houses, representing the Triwizad tournament, including plenty of teachers) but there were also some questionable or even bad decisions (making the BB carriage but no sets from DH, including everything from scribbulus to F&B in the DA set in favor of Gringotts) and let's not even talk about the strange choices in Hogwarts' interior. I don't really have the time or energy right now to make one myself but I'm sure someone here could put together a list of 18 sets, 2 ACs, and 36 additional minifigures that would cover the series better than the 2018 iteration did. This is incredibly interesting stuff. I wonder how many of the decisions being made right now are down to WB.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I meant wave 1 Voldemort, I completely forgot about ghost Lily since it's such a throwaway figure. I guess that means we have 3 DH CMF figures. If I only had three choices for DH CMF figures Lily definitely wouldn't have been on my list. Something that hasn't been mentioned yet is that Hogwarts really wasn't a big part of the 2018-2020 line (as much as I wish it was, with how nice the sets we got were and how much I like the castle). Even excluding FB and non-minifigure scale sets Hogwarts is in less than a third of the 2018-2020 sets. Also I feel like LEGO is forgetting that Hogwarts was in DH. They could've easily made a standard Hogwarts set with all the "wizarding school" features and just thrown in a few relevant DH2 figures and an exploding features, it worked in 2011 and it would've worked in 2021. Plus if LEGO couldn't handle even doing that, they could've just made a castle set or two from the older movies and had the rest of the wave be DH focused. There is no reason that the reboot had to happen this year. We have no reason to believe that the 2018-20 line wasn't doing well and needed to be fixed. Even if it did, there's no reason they couldn't have also made some DH sets this year or just delayed a DH wave and make us all wait until next year like everyone speculated. Speaking of waiting, why did it take an entire year for us to learn this? We easily could've been told this when the Hogwarts Moments sets were announced. Why string everyone along for a full year (actually longer, since I'm sure most collectors and especially kids haven't seen this and will continue thinking there will be a DH wave next year as widely speculated). Now that we know the 2018 iteration of the theme is definitely complete, I can confidently say that the 2010-11 line remains the definitive iteration of the theme. The rest of the 2018 line being so extensive makes omissions like Gringotts and the last two films even incredibly bizarre when treating it like a complete collection. I'd really like to know how the line's reputation has changed with the 2021 reboot among kids, HP collectors, and general LEGO collectors.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    In 2011 LEGO made a set for kids ages 6-12 based on a scene where Harry intentionally gets himself killed but now in the age of 18+ we can't get anything from the film aside from brickheads, 2 CMF figures, and a golden repaint of one of the CMF figures. Skipping DH genuinely makes no sense to me. It's seems like a far better candidate for sets than HBP. There are so many potential sets that could be made. Did they really need to reboot the line now? It's not like they weren't able to make sets from past movies or remake parts of sets (Privet Drive did both). The Great Hall is the only remake in the wave and I think most kids would be able to go without a great hall for a year (there were 9 years between the first and second great hall sets). The anniversary isn't much of an excuse either since only 3 of the sets are actually from the first movie (and even then the chess set feels more in line with the other buildable object sets than the minifigure scale sets). Why couldn't a few of this summer's sets be dedicated to DH? I'm glad we finally do know that iteration of the theme is over though, 2 waves and 2D2Cs after it apparently ended. I feel bad for the kids and collectors who don't know this and will continue buying sets and hoping for DH sets next summer. I know that we're lucky to have been told what we have been but I still find "sneaking in" DH stuff incredibly vague. It could mean anything from a couple sets in a wave otherwise unrelated to DH or a random detail on a sticker.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I'd love a Gringotts set but I think I'd prefer a final 2018 style castle expansion for the battle Hogwarts with the bell towers and an exploding bridge. It would be a good way for us to fill a few gaps in the castle (most obviously the remaining dorms and the room of hidden things) and it would be a good way to get missing figures and variants (battle of Hogwarts trio and Neville being obvious inclusions as well as random others like Zabini).
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I've just seen the new D2C (this is the first time I haven't been paying attention to the line since it's reboot) and it looks amazing like every 18+ set I've seen. It's very polished and I'm sure plenty of collectors will enjoy it. I'll pass on it though since it is not minifigure scale (the only "brickbuilt" thing I would buy would be a buildable Dobby with sock) and even the minifigure sets have disappointed me recently. I regretted buying the Moments sets and I've regretted buying the chamber of secrets. If you had told me a year ago that I would be ok with waiting months to buy minifig scale HP sets and even considering not buying them at all, I wouldn't have believed you. My interest in the line is in an odd purgatory at the moment. I'm just waiting until we know what the summer 2022 sets are to make my final verdict on this reboot, and I can either excitedly start caring again or finally close the HP Discussion tab after all these years. Regardless of LEGO going with the more universal appeal of the 2018-20 sets or the targeted 2021 sets (simple play sets from the early films for kids and buildable objects and creatures for adults) I'm sure the 2022 sets will be great for their intended audience.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's not "one or two are not what you expected or really wanted", where did I say that in my post? I actually said the exact opposite: I have no issues with getting a few remakes and I have no issue with the castle being rebooted now before the original castle was more complete, if it was a genuine change of plan. I also have no issues with us waiting a bit longer to get DH sets. Read through this forum and you'll see that while I've had some small issues with some of the sets I have been one of the biggest defenders of LEGO not releasing DH sets in 2021 and LEGO rebooting the castle system. What I do have an issue with is DH sets not getting released in the near future and the castle ending after 2020 being the plan the entire time. Most action themes also told a complete story if they set out to tell one and weren't cancelled. LEGO Atlantis didn't completely reboot itself and start from the beginning before they made a set of Atlantis (7985). If the reboot was always going to end after 3 years like we're now being told, the end of the story should've been part of the plan. Can you please quote the exact words of Marcos or any of the other designers, where they are saying, what the sets for next year will be (also a link to the interview would be appreciated If I remember right it was said in a dm that was discussed here a week or two ago. Sounds rough & a touch over dramatic. Just because some things weren’t or possibly aren’t going to be made doesn’t emanates reboot is garbage. Yes I am taking this line of toys seriously. This is the 358th page of an adult-only forum about it. People taking the hobby somewhat seriously really shouldn't be a surprise at this point. I'm fine with "some things" not being made, I don't care that the troll, Fluffy, Drurmstrang ship, hogsmeade, ect. weren't part of the (apparently finished) 2018 sweeties-spanning reboot of the line. I'm not fine with the ending of the series being forgotten though. The same way I'd be annoyed if I was building a nice car over the course of three years but could never get the engine. It's still a nice car but there's something essential missing. Go back further. 2019 had an advent calendar from the first movie and BYOA book from the first movie. 2018 had a set from POA and a number of figures in the minifigure line and bricktober pack from films after COS. Despite this LEGO still generally focused on 2 movies per year moving through the series without skipping any. Once again (since I'm sure someone will have missed the many other times I've said it) I'm fine with LEGO skipping over DH for a year but I'm not fine with the 2018 iteration of the theme being considered finished without the last films being covered (that's why I was fine with the 2021 sets before now). I'm not sure if I made it clear enough in my original post but I have no problem with the 2021 sets. Going back to the earlier films and focusing on large (compared to the previous version of Hogwarts) interior sections of the castle is exactly how I wanted the line to be rebooted. I just don't like that the previous iteration of the line isn't going to be completed (if we can trust Marcos and I see no reason not to). Deathly hallows sets aren't a sequel to the series spanning 2018 line, they should've been part of the line. It's not a bad sequel, it's a nonexistent final act. If the last half hour of a movie doesn't exist then that should affect your judgement of the film as a whole. The sequel in this case would be the 2021 reboot of the line which hasn't affected my thoughts of the 2018 reboot.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    The last few weeks my opinion of the Harry Potter line has really gone downhill. I began collecting this line assuming it was going to be a four year run going through all of the movies relatively evenly and giving us a consistent castle. I wasn't expecting a perfect collector focused line. I don't mind getting an extra flying car or an extra potions classroom. Similarly I didn't mind the idea of a DH heavy wave being pushed back a year and the new Hogwarts system being introduced now and I didn't mind getting an extra great hall. It's an understandable change of plan. As long as we got a couple deathly hallows sets next year along with at least one more set from OOTP I would've been happy. Learning that A: there won't be much if anything from DH next year and B: the plan was always for this castle and iteration of the theme as a whole to end in 2020 with OOTP/HBP has caused me to seriously reevaluate my thoughts on this reboot. Releasing only two CMF figures and nothing else for DH was bad. Releasing a ravenclaw dorm over a slytherin dorm was bad. If this was the plan the entire time then there is no reason we shouldn't be judging it like a complete plan. I've probably spent around $1500 on the reboot so far including Diagon Alley and the one set from the new wave I bought (the great hall/chamber of secrets) before we learned all of this. I'm really regretting not only buying the great hall/chamber of secrets but buying anything from the 2018-2020 line. I thought there was a decent plan based on everything we heard when the line began and I thought LEGO wouldn't be afraid of the final films since we got a DH Voldemort in the first CMF line, I guess I was wrong about both. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell the 2021 set, sell all the sets, or continue buying the sets and watching as the collections for the early films get larger and larger while waiting for the inevitable few DH sets to get released. As a side note I find a bell towers set not being made because it isn't iconic enough laughable. Surely the bell towers are more iconic than whatever the forbidden corridor set is (the exterior is what's displayed on the front of the box).
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    2/3 of those are parts of Hogsmeade. The dark tower isn't essential by any means but it would be a nice way to get POS Sirius and Buckbeak back on the market. Even with that I don't think LEGO can sustain just focusing on the first four films for very long.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    3/4 still have some things left but not very much unless LEGO decides to do more hogsmeade stuff or remakes of 2018+ sets. What's left other than the durmstrang ship, second task, divination classroom, and boggart DADA class?
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    The least interesting HP AC? Did you forget the first one? (I wouldn't blame you if you did). Least favorite would be totally understandable but I really don't see how this is less interesting than tables and flagpoles.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's a load of small builds and minifigures just like any other advent calendar. Fun for kids, nice for customizers, and awful for people who want something that looks nice on display. The difference this time is that instead of mostly accompanying a one set (Great Hall 2019, Clock Tower 2020), this is mostly accompanying four sets (chamber of secrets/great hall, Gringotts, Leaky Cauldron, Dursley's escape house). A slight issue is that three of those four sets don't exist yet and I doubt at least one of them will anytime soon. All options here (one set/multiple sets and existent/nonexistent) have pros and cons. Giving it some thought though, if ACs are going to be based on multiple sets it would be great if they were somewhat based on upcoming sets. It would give us something to speculate about and give designers some prints that can be reused allowing for more new prints in the main sets. As for the advent calendar itself I am apathetic as always. I keep all of my sets as standalone things and ACs are by design just a collection of random builds so they just look like a mess.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    They'll probably keep it exclusive to the accessory pack.
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    [REVIEW] 40516 - Everyone is Awesome

    At first I understood and somewhat agreed with the perspective of this set being a cash grab like some people have claimed but not anymore. After reading comments here and especially comments elsewhere it's clear that a set like this is still a risk and therefore still necessary. If LEGO created a set to simply cash in on pride and make as much money as possible this set would've just been the standard pride flag instead of the progress redesign. They definitely would've made more sales, especially in places like the UK, not that the set really needs more sales. If the set being a nice display piece doesn't make it successful the monofigures definitely will.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I know all the sets are available from selected retailers but do we know who those retailers are (other than LEGO of course)? I thought target was supposed to be one of them but then they only announced preorders for fawkes, chess, and the buildable figures. Specifically I'd like to know where the Great Hall/Chamber of Secrets set will be sold since its bit of a tradition for me to buy the main castle set as soon as it's available.
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    [REVIEW] 40516 - Everyone is Awesome

    Oddly the only LGBT+ related thing I own is a small flag I made out of LEGO, so I guess I'm the target demographic for this. It's a surprisingly tasteful set that doesn't feel too forced and corporate when it easily could have. I do have a slight issue with the build though which I'm surprised isn't being brought up more. Curved slopes connecting the backdrop to the base would match the curves at the top of the backdrop more and make the whole thing look more like a flag. Not a major issue but it could have been improved, maybe that would've been too many parts in new colors though. Hopefully LEGO has prepared for the massive amount of demand this set will have from both LGBT people and monofigure collectors. I could see this set selling out quickly and scalpers making a large amount of money.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Considering the 2018 set is going to be in production until December 2022 I think we still have awhile to wait for another train set, motorized or not. The new chocolate frog cards look nice. I'm still not a fan of having them randomly distributed, especially since there are so many of them. If there were 8-12 different cards to collect I think collecting them all from just buying the sets would be far more manageable. I won't bother collecting them all unless there are only 2-3 I'm missing. Do we know if the sets themselves will contain duplicates?
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Now that I've given it a bit of thought, getting a DA expansion pack instead of a quidditch pack makes complete sense. This isn't going to be the final Harry Potter accessory pack and the designers know that. Diagon Alley is still a recent set so if they're going to release an accessory pack to expand it now is the best time. Meanwhile there is no recent quidditch based set or even an old quidditch set on the market. Why not wait until we get a quidditch pitch remake in the next few years to release a quidditch accessory pack? The standard Hufflepuff sweater was exclusive to an expensive set for 2 years before appearing in an accessory pack, so why can't we wait a bit for an easy way to get ravenclaw quidditch robes which are far more niche? On the topic of a quidditch remake it's one of the few remakes I'm not dreading. This year's Hogwarts castle and flying lesson sets have shown that LEGO is finally going to give us ways to display all of the relevant figures flying which would really benefit a quidditch pitch set. I still hope LEGO waits until at least 2023 though.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    One day it's complaints about us getting the same popular characters unnecessarily repeated (Cho and Cedric in the Moments sets, Luna in the GH) the next it's complaints about us getting unpopular characters. What were you expecting, a "characters collectors want" accessory pack including CMF quality figures? I will actually buy this (I probably wouldn't have bothered with a quidditch pack) but I do have two issues with it. 1. Harry's torso. Not only because it's yet another thing from the DA which is no longer exclusive (I'm all for important things being made available elsewhere but there are plenty of different Griffindor robe prints available in multiple sets and CMF figures) but because it just doesn't look good paired with full size black legs. Definitely my least favorite Harry figure from the reboot. 2. These should've been included with the DA in the first place.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Another benefit that hasn't been mentioned yet is how the grates let more light into the tower floors. I like them when they're used on the balconies since there isn't much that needs to go on those but I'm really not a fan of their use in the devils snare room. Everything else I'm ambivalent towards. The more I see the Forbidden corridor set the more disappointed I am that it wasn't given just a bit more budget (maybe $50 instead of $40). That set could've been really good with an improved devil's snare and some extra heads for fluffy (along with a few other upgrades to fluffy if possible). I also wouldn't have minded a simple 8x8 flying keys room with 3 keys, a broom, and a door although that probably would've increased the price even more.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    This is just as overdramatic as saying we will never get Deathy Hallows sets. We should definitely be expecting at least one remake next year and probably a couple per year after that, but this line isn't going to be mostly remakes for awhile. Even this wave which is literally based around all of the sets being remakes isn't entirely remakes (the three broomsticks, the main build for the flying lesson, and Lockhart's classroom/office have never been done before) and almost all of the parts that are remakes are still from sets that around 20 years old.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Honestly I think 50 pages is rather low considering we got reveals for 8 sets this week. Notably those sets include our first look at the rebooted castle and the mostly new concept of massive brickbuilt minifigures as a stand-alone set. Not to mention things people have been waiting for since the line rebooted like hogsmeade, the chamber of secrets, and fluffy.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    My main issue with the 2018-2020 Hogwarts castle not getting another expansion is that it makes the choices of dorms incredibly strange. Surely if they were only going to make two dorms they would've made Griffindor and Slytherin? I think a bell towers set that works with the 2018-2020 sets is still plausible. It's something that could work in the new square style but also have a decent exterior like the flying class set. I'd love to see one next year including the remaining dorms, room of hidden things, and maybe a library.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Still not a fan of the tower section of the great hall but everything else is nice. I'll be buying all of the castle sets ASAP but I'll probably wait a bit on hogsmeade. I had originally wanted to get the chess set but after seeing how bad it is as a display piece (no studs to connect the pieces, so making it look nice on a shelf will be a nightmare) I probably won't buy it, but then again I would like those figures of the trio. I'm really looking forward to see the interior for the flying lesson set and getting better look at the forbidden corridor interior. Part of me hopes the remaining challenges will be put in those small side towers but I have a feeling those won't actually be anything interesting, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them is yet another potions classroom.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's a lovely tribute to the original Great Hall. It's nice to see the small orb back. It's a shame they didn't include a white rat but the potions are nice enough.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    That statue is entirely designed around being a functioning chair, I don't think a scaled down version of that exact statue would be very appealing. You may be onto something with the year1/2 oversized minifigures of Harry and Hermionie standing around something though. The issue is coming up with what they would be standing around. Would it be something functional or decorative?