BraveMax

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  1. BraveMax

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Jang has a good video of it up. I own it myself, and found it to be a pretty good build, with a lot of great detail, a good selection of minifigs, and some interesting build techniques. My only gripe with it is that the joints connecting the two sides to the center section are super flimsy (literally a rod and some clips). The boat holds together securely as a boat, and works fine as a playset once opened, but you have to be pretty careful when you're actually opening it. I think that's meant to allow flexibility in play (so you can really separate the three segments), but it makes for some harrowing moments at times!
  2. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Do you know that from some other source besides these pictures? I'm assuming I'm looking at the same pictures you are, and I'm just saying: there are a ton of things in this set of images that are clearly placeholders, and a lot of them are colored white. I see stickers on the hydro bounty, but those could just be there to make it seem less plain for the retailers they're trying to sell to. After ten years of red bounties, white is an abrupt and odd change in direction. Is it not possible that the colors here (along with other things) aren't final? 🤷
  3. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Wow - I've never seen lego set images that were so preliminary! (These are DEFINITELY coming down ASAP - all screenshotted for future reference 😂) Given that white seems to indicate "preliminary" in these pics, do we know that the hydro bounty isn't going to actually be red?
  4. BraveMax

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Thank you for this fantastic context!
  5. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Mine arrived yesterday - started building tonight! So far, so good! Feels similar to NC, but very different footprint. Bigger bricks down at the bottom...
  6. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Just received my GWP skating rink! ... The Gardens apparently shipped separately. ?
  7. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I guess my point would be... Does that mean we're not allowed to highlight criticisms? Does a set have to literally be a waste of money (not many of those in Lego!) for us to admit that we're not 100% happy with it?
  8. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I'm definitely not wading into the accessibility argument - y'all are getting way too personal with that. Some people don't like it, and that's fine. Some people don't care, and that's also fine. I think, for me, what the lack of access is indicative of is the level of thought put into the set. It's not about blindly forcing ladders and things into it to allow access for minifigs who don't need them anyways, it's about the level of intentionality that *having that* in NC demonstrated on the part of the set's designer. The original NC was a masterpiece - every section of it had something new and interesting. Fun mechanics and interesting build techniques, very little repetition of shape, great detailing, and everything tied together into a cohesive whole. The docks seemed like an afterthought - like they'd had some ideas that didn't make it into the city, and so they created an add-on to house them - but it also had a strikingly different layout and feel to it, and added some additional fun mechanics. Plus it integrated perfectly with NC. Compared to NC, NCG feels more similar to the docks - like the designer came up with an overall shape (essentially the same shape as NC, but with a tree in the middle!), and then came up with rooms/buildings to flesh out that shape without much thought for how they all worked together. Each individual piece is nice (Not arguing at all that the designer isn't good at his job!), but a few of them feel like a rehash of locations we'd already gotten in the previous two sets, and they aren't tied together as well as the locations in the first two were. I'm 100% happy to get a few more locations from the show (Mr. Chen's, the Museum, etc.), and again: I purchased the set on day 1 and am glad to (soon) own it. I'm just not as excited about it as I was about the first two, and I think I would have been had the set felt more intentional as a whole. As for those bashing people expressing negative opinions about the set... Well, I'd hope we can all agree to avoid personal attacks, and perhaps to stay away from absolutes. I haven't seen anyone say the set sucks, nor have I seen anyone say there's nothing wrong with it. That means there's room to discuss both the good and bad aspects!
  9. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Just to be clear: I don't think many here are saying we dislike the set entirely (I stayed up until 1 am, then woke up at 7 to ensure I could purchase it!), and I 100% agree that everything about this is subjective. Just trying to "think out loud" about why the set just doesn't feel as epic to me, personally, as the City! Definitely helps to have others add their perspective to what I'm thinking!
  10. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Do we know if the 4+ sets count in there?
  11. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I'm definitely excited for this set, but agree with comments others have made: it doesn't feel as well-thought out as NC or even NCD. In addition to the access issues for minifigs, there don't seem to be any mechanisms or action features apart from the arcade cabinet and lowering ladder. Things like the crab grill and ATM were some of my favorite parts of the original set. That, and the mystifying minifig selection kinda tamp down my excitement a bit.
  12. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    It's past midnight in the US, and the set isn't up yet. Not sure if I should keep waiting... Or go to sleep
  13. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Guess we know to start checking for this in a little under 6 hours for the US!
  14. BraveMax

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    They officially announced the botanical collection today, and those release Friday. I don't think we have any reason to expect more on this until much closer to the 14th.
  15. BraveMax

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    My local target removed the shelf space they'd been using for hidden side. Do we think we might not see a retail release for the final wave?