TeddytheSpoon

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  1. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    The other thing to consider with the 8-wide cars is that we've only had them for a year. The first round of 6-wide SC cars were very hit and miss (I'm mainly thinking of the P1 as a big blocky miss here), but they improved drastically over their lifetime, regardless of opinions on their wacky proportions. I'm sure subsequent waves of 8-wide cars will only improve looks wise, and they're getting a head-start in that department. It's possible it's Ferrari or F1-related, but I'd be very surprised if it was co-ordinated with the launch as it probably won't be this year's car (I know they're basically the same rules-wise, but still). I very much doubt F1 teams would be in a position to give LEGO references to work with months in advance - for summer 2021 releases LEGO must've been working from concepts by at least the end of autumn 2020, and even the teams themselves don't know what the car will look like at that point.
  2. TeddytheSpoon

    SW Sets in the year 1985 ???

    I wish, I was going to be boring and bring out the grey bricks and tanks story! That A-wing is superb as well. Looking at the model itself I would never guess it was made from a 1986 palette!
  3. TeddytheSpoon

    SW Sets in the year 1985 ???

    Great concept. Honestly I was preparing to write a 'well, actually' sort of post when I saw the title - consider me pleasantly surprised! The TIE is probably my pick of the bunch. I love the OP's box art as well, perfect composition make it feel very 80s!
  4. TeddytheSpoon

    these figures are original?

    "swiftly terminated"? Man, LEGO really don't mess around with rulebreakers do they! Absolutely they'd inventory it all - a good inventory of everything (including prototypes) is key to reducing inefficiency, and LEGO doesn't strike me as an inefficient company. I agree with @1974 on the IP front as well; I'd assume if LEGO's machines were used to make a Darth Vader off the back of which someone then profits, it'll be LEGO's head on the chopping block, regardless of who's making the money (as it probably won't be LEGO and certainly won't be Lucasfilm). Worse, it would represent a breakdown of trust with one of their most valuable partners. That said, it doesn't sound like LEGO is chasing down these 'genuine' listings on eBay or otherwise; I guess since they wouldn't be sold by LEGO and as such don't represent a lost profit, it's not worth spending money to stop people doing it. All it really does is make a nuisance for hardcore collectors - it's not like the LEGO brand is being brought into disrepute here. And it gives us nerds with spare time something to speculate on and discuss on internet forums.
  5. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    Aha, I'll have to go and look that article up in that case. Perhaps it's the relative size to the minifigures as @dimka_ya suggested - there's definitely something that looks off (to me, anyway!) that didn't with 6-wide, I just can't put my finger on what it is.
  6. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    I'm not yet convinced by 8-wide but I'm probably in the minority. If they can somehow up the size of the wheels a bit that'll help a whole lot. Having picked up the Elva polybag the other day I'm also hoping we get more polybags. It being 5-wide gets such a nice balance between accurate proportions and detail, which the Lambo polybag didn't really manage. For such a small set I'm really impressed by it. I miss Tiny Turbos so if LEGO wanna make more polybags, I'm all for it.
  7. TeddytheSpoon

    these figures are original?

    I didn't know about the red for stress fractures, that is interesting and makes sense. I think they probably do have a smaller injection moulding setup for prototypes, but I don't think it would necessitate a night shift. They're not often quick to start up, but with the small quantities required for prototypes you could probably start up, do a small batch and close it off within a day. The possibility of genuine prototypes is there, but the night shift story throws up a lot of questions for me.
  8. TeddytheSpoon

    these figures are original?

    I thought they'd made the switch a while ago, but don't quote me on that. The idea that these are prototypes is... somewhat believable, although they do seem to be popping up at quite the rate for supposed prototypes, which by their nature are low-volume. Equally... Why prototype a Vader figure in red (or any other colour, or figure, for that matter)? That colour has been in LEGO's armoury from the start. On the assumption that they are prototypes, the only thing I can think of would be a test of the sugar-cane based plastic that plants are now made of, to see if minifigures are up to standard. Although again, why Vader and not, say, a minifigure with a similarly complicated but unlicensed hairpiece, I have no idea. As for the night-shift theory... I highly doubt it. LEGO's production process is almost entirely automated, even down to the transport of bricks. So not only would you need to fill the bins with a different colour of plastic, you would need to purge the previous colour from the injectors (which are huge, by the way), prevent the printing from happening, and cut off the production line at the point where the pieces are thrown into bags and boxes, before doing it another 23 times and THEN putting it all back to how it was before. The actual production time would be fairly quick given how many of these are produced at once, but the machine down time would be colossal, and would definitely not go un-noticed. That's a hell of a lot for one person to do for the sake of a quick buck. The theory that these are prototypes for a new plastic mix is semi-plausible notwithstanding the fact that they seem to be popping up everywhere. I won't buy the night-shift theory unless an employee can explain how they did it. They look cool, but I do think these are probably knock-offs.
  9. I didn't cast a vote in the ballot, but I will probably pick up the gunship as it's a fairly unusual UCS set. I would've preferred it to be around the $200 mark purely for my wallet's sake, but I'm prepared to break the bank as it will be the first time in a while I'll be able to afford something that big.
  10. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    Pimp My Ride tie-in when? I was thinking about the diversity point - SC has been pretty good at bringing in some of the more niche car interests. I feel like we normally get at least one of those each wave - we've had a hot rod, vintage F1 car, Dakar, FE, the Nismo from last year was a drift car even if it wasn't explicitly stated IIRC. I forget what they're called but since LEGO seem to be doing Japanese cars now, how about some of the crazy souped-up monsters? That would make for a crazy set.
  11. Ditto. Not one of the statues has taken my interest so far but this has me intrigued at the very least. Am I correct in thinking the rumoured price was 70 bucks for this one?
  12. Well, that's one way of getting around tow cables! Great concept, very well executed. I'm immediately drawn to thinking of more track-ified vehicles... All-Terrain Scout Crawler perhaps?
  13. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    I had thought about that as a possibility for the Chevrolet set before we had the contents confirmed. Would be cool but I'm not sure they'd do three US-based sets in one wave. I'd happily be proved wrong in this case though!
  14. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    Aston Martin would be great, they could very easily do the one-new-one-classic combo in a two pack (which I think it's safe to assume this one will be). They could conceivably make one of the cars an F1 car - it's been a while since we've had one and AM are back in the sport this year - but I doubt LEGO would've been given enough info, if any, to base a set on it. I suspect it'll either be a European brand or something based in professional motorsport. I mentioned off-roading a few posts back and think that's pretty likely as we've had some sort of rally car or otherwise for the last few waves, and with Extreme E kicking off this year that seems like an obvious choice for me. You could have one XE car and one Dakar, although the Mini set was partially based on Dakar and that only just retired.
  15. TeddytheSpoon

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Rumors, Speculation

    I hadn't even clocked that, that is kind of surprising. I guess the size difference between cars gets lost when every car is scaled up to 8 studs wide. June according to Prombricks.