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  1. Hello my Friends! This Renaissance Inspired Build was made by my Wife and I as we are currently planning out our Lego City and try on doing so by integrating classical European Architecture in as much of the City as we can. These Kinds of buildings just fascinate us when visiting Italy and other Parts of Southern + Western Europe as they are seemlessly used in modern Cities preserving a lot of history and Culture. We would be happy to get some Feedback which we always take serious and consider when making improvements :) Here is the Link to the Submission
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    [LEGO Ideas] Mediterranean Train Station

    Thanks! Yeah European Styles can be very versatile, I could even see this integrated in a caribbean Island Fort
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    [LEGO Ideas] Mediterranean Train Station

    @Dutch Thriceman I've been to a lot of Places in northern Italy, it's just beautiful, even the tourist Regions, highly recommend it :)
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    [LEGO Ideas] Mediterranean Train Station

    Cool that you've been to such a Station before! I also love these remote, away from tourist location little Spots in Southern Europe Thanks :) I miss visiting Italy, have you been?
  5. Hey there! My Wife and I now Updated our Ideas Submission, which is now called "Native Amerian Settlements" portraying more than one Settlement to show a broad representation of Cultures and maybe educate in the process. Our goal is to overshadow more problematic portrayals of the past and bring the Natives back in a more tastful and respectable fashion. I have actually talked to the Chairwoman of the Association representing Native Americans in my Country and she deemed the Project wonderful! She even gave some change suggestions to make Details more historically/culturally accurate, which we happily included in this Update! Right now the Set includes five dwellings with a Total of 2465 Parts and 6 Minifigures Thanks so much for checking it out!
  6. I mean. If Lego would not make Money off of other Cultures the whole Architecture Series would not exist, nor the Chinese New Year Sets. There is a "Traditional German Cottage" on Ideas made by an American which represents maybe 10% of Germany (and we Germans don't care). Native Americans most likely do not have the Infrastructure to represent themselves in Toys internationally but I think they still have the right to be represented correctly. Also it if any Profit would be gained surely there would be Donations to Native Americans. That is really awesome that you lived near a reservation and got to learn about it directly from Natives! In German School we didn't really learn about the Subject though the mistreatment is generally known about. Nowadays Native Americans get more and more forgotten as since the 80s there are almost no new Toys etc. being made about Native Americans. With one exception, the Big German Toy Brand "Playmobil" is selling Toys that depict the Culture insanely wrong by mushing everything together and even using viking tents instead of Tipis.
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    [Opinion] Review of the new road plates system (2021)

    To be fair, I heard the retirememt Date for Baseplqtes has been pushed to a later Date before, so it's still not 100% sure
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    Modular Wishlist

    If you can Ignore the German Gibberish you might like this Museum a German Youtuber has recently built. Video Here I for one think that now with the Police Station Lego will finally touch on more Town Infrastructure like bringing us a School or Hospital. maybe even a big College with small Sports Yard. Myself, I would actually like a nice Apartment Complex in Modular Style, with Balconies and a lot of Flowers.
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    [Opinion] Review of the new road plates system (2021)

    I know this is an unpopular opinion but i think Modular buildings should stand on regular Plates with Studs on the Bottom. It would automatically be level with the new Roads and terraining possibilities such as not entirely Flat City would be more easy. The new roads have tons of disadvantages, yes, but also open up new possibilities. They should have made both roads co-exist. There is an amazing video on Youtube by Afol TV of how a train Track can be seemlessly integrated into the new roads to make a tram track next to the road. Personally i like the Aspect of not having to fill out the broad Walkway on Roadplates since they take a lot of Space, and modulars already come with a passenger lane. with the new Roads it can be decided how broad the road should be with additional tiles as i favor 8 stud vehicles. The aesthetics of that is another topic :D anyway, nice video! There is a rumor going around for Modulars on Baseplates retiring because the current Police Station doesn't come with connection Pins for another Modular on its right Hand Side anymore. Though that might be a bit far fetched I could see them retiring Baseplates since it's even a different production Method than for Standard Bricks.
  10. Yes! I like your View on the Topic! I've been told Native Americans don't want their Culture forbidden to anyone else, they just want it portrayed with respect, diverting from Stereotypes. I've never been too much in the Western Sets aswell but my Wife loved the Idea of a peaceful Tipi Settlement :) She also thinks that it would be valuable to depict these Kind of Cultures in Playsets since that is how Children learn best. If something is only portrayed in history books it would possibly be overlooked by following Generations which would be sad
  11. Thanks for the kind words :) I too think the medium azure in combination with Tan looks so nice :)
  12. @Aanchir We've now added a Preview to the Main Update in the "Update Tab" :)
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    The Problem with Lotr and Elves

    The Centaur of the current CMF looks pretty Elve like. Despite the horse thing going on down there
  14. Well not an Earth Lodge but a Wigwam standing on a Mountain will be included, we tried to deliver the aesthetics that it is made with Branches and leaves. I think it turned out pretty good with the rounded Shape. Also it will be openable like the Tipis
  15. Yeah the Person harassing us in the Comments also harassed the Creator of "Spanish Colonial Fort" saying his next Set is probably Auschwitz. In reality Auschwitz was never torn down so it can stand as a "Mahnmal" which means it is a memorial to never forget what cruel and hideous actions were performed during WWII. I'm all against wanting to delete history, we should learn from the past not just keep the unproblematic Topics alive. (Auschwitz was one of the Execution Camps used in Germany during World War II)
  16. Please read the PS of the Description of this Post. I asked for Feedback from an Association which represents Native Americans and this Submission was considered good to them. They gave me further Suggestions to Improve but overall it wasn't deemed problematic at all. Native Americans don't want to forbid anyone anything, they just want respect and not incredibly racist portrayals, which this isn't. It's a personal Choice I'd say. I liked all the Pirates of the Caribbean Figurines, I think yellow is perfectly fine but more different Minifigure Skin Tones are just neat imo
  17. Well Changes are generally made based on Feedback. It is not mixing Cultures since it depics a Plains Tribe rather accurately. I think it would be worse if no Changes were made after being given honest Feedback, people should be allowed room to improve their Creations and Themselves
  18. I honestly think it would be far more problematic to only represent Western Cultures in Media and Toys. Right now a lot of Ideas Submissions feature either European Medieval buildings or Asian Temples / Anime Adaptations which of course is fine on its own but Lego should also consider bringing some diversity to the Table imo.
  19. Sadly someone (also from Germany) attacked us in the comments saying we "steal the culture" and other pretty ridiculous Insults (Comment got Deleted by now). In reaction to this the entire Comment Thread got locked wihtout any Statement by the Ideas Team, so basically one loud Person feeling offended on behalf of someone else they probably even have no contact with Sabotaged the entire Project (due to not being Commented on it is sinking on the Trend Frontpage). It's just so ridiculous. We got in contact with a Native American Association, they said it was wonderful, I took a lot of Effort making it more accurate based on their Suggestions, and still one uninformed raging Person can Sabotage it.. It's making me sad honestly. Imagine you are German and someone made a German Set which might not be 100% accurate since Germany is also very diverse but you are looking forward to it anyway since you grow tired of only WW2 toys being made but then an Australian Person says it's offensive to Germans and the Project gets cancelled.
  20. This made me so happy, honestly. You gave such wonderful constructive criticism and actually we already worked up an Update adding a wigwam and a pueblo to represent both Coastal and Residential Aspects of the broad Culture. (The Plan is also to rename the whole Project to SettlementS as to not getting people to think it portrays one Tribe then) Sadly the Update can only be posted in about 3 weeks since there is a sort of "cooldown" after Release of the Project / other Updates. I think it's delightful that you can see the educational Aspect since i firmly believe the Cultures should not be swept under the rug by calling even accurate Portrayals offensive. I agree adding the Totem Pole in Plains context was a huge Blunder on my Part initially mistaking it with "Mater stakes" which were used by Plain Tribes but were by no means decorated at all. This is actually a common misconception and raising awareness with sensitive representation is a step in the right direction I think :) Talking to an Association representing Native Americans and doing further research each day was a really nice experience. I could also imagine, if it was a Set, giving historical and educational Insights to different Cultures in the Building Instructions for example, that would be really neat. Thanks again for taking the time, being open minded about the Subject and sharing these thoroughly thought through insights!
  21. Well I can only repeat that I actually got in Touch with the Native American Association of my Country and they deemed it okay. It could be a chance to redeem old possibly problematic Portrayals for Toy Companies. I might see the whole Western Theme in shambles if they wouldn't dare to touch on the Native American Subject again because only portraying white Men of early America and leaving out indigenous People would be just as problematic Imo. Cultural appropriation means bending the Culture the way to fit the Narrative you want to portray. We want to suggest a Playset portraying Natives correctly and (in the coming update more diverse with other non Plain Tribes) Thanks for the Thoughts though
  22. I think they stopped the Theme with the 1997 Set. it's kinda a double edged sword since Lego releases Chinese New Year Sets, portraying other cultures right and respectfully shouldn't be a Problem. Playmobil on the other Hand (a German Toy Company) is still releasing Native American Playsets that are portraying the Cultures so incredibly wrong it's ridiculous. There has not been an outrage as of today. @GermanLad @caiman0637 Thanks a ton!
  23. Yeah we intentionally didn't include Minifigures with War Paint or Soldiers with guns since we want to divert from the Hollywood slaughtering Aspect and raise Awareness for the actual Cultures I mean there are still Native Americans represented in Collectible Minifigures Series and with a License like Lone Ranger it seems to be no Problem for Lego but I understand the concerns Thanks for the Support :) Thanks for the Support! We have an Update ready including two other Non Plain Tribes (Atlantic Coats and one more Southern Theme) bringing the Build up to about 2500 Pcs with 5 buildings (Just can't post it yet due to waiting Period for Updates)
  24. Well it would be a shame if the Culture wouldn't get a chance to be represented respectfully because it is always deemed "too controverse" Like I wrote, I actually got in touch with an official Native American Association and like in all topics a few very loud voices sometimes seem to reach the public eye more than the majority of opinions Thank you for your insights and Support! really means a lot :)