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  1. While 'others are saying lego have quoted well over 100k', lego themselves in a documentary said up to 200k for the more/most intricate molds such as the dice (and chain, both of which Stuartn linked to) are on the upper end. They certainly won't be producing molds in the 200k range too often. I'm almost certain they alluded to the average being somewhere just under 100k. Given the dice and chain would likely have more than just 2 halves and job done, that'll be where the extreme cost goes. Straight forward molds will likely be between 50k-100k. I had a quote for around 3k to create a mold for a lens. The lens would have to be spotlessly smooth, which would require a high precision of milling on the cnc machine to create something smooth enough. And as has been brought up, cmfs use new molds all the damned time. There's no way a simple new mold costs that much all the time. Especially when there are Chinese knock off companies making almost perfectly replicated bricks/figures etc, the only telling difference being the slight colour distortion or 'not as high quality abs plastic' being used. The fitment being just as good. Id also like to point out that legos clutch power over the years has started to decline. Even their own brand new pieces aren't providing as good a clutch as they used to. So their tolerances aren't exactly all that either. As also has been brought up by jdubbs and I can fully get behind, the budget of everything that goes along with a new mold is likely the driving force.
  2. Nope, typically not. The most expensive was the dice Typically, the cost of the molds fall well below 100k.
  3. Fuppylodders

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Appreciated, thanks!
  4. Fuppylodders

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    What do you mean, what shape? Also, does anyone have any idea when the bookshop is going to retire? I'm wondering whether to get it or skip it and go straight to the police station. I've still also yet to get the haunted house (fairground) and right now money be getting tight enough to make me have to choose!
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    [MOC] Patrol on Endor

    Ooo this is nicely done! The shrubbery looks spot on with its density looking just like a covered forest floor. The felled tree with its green mossy stuff growing on it is also well done, although kind of unsure about the random sticks/branch growing out of it, the small tree/bush looks nicely done and I like the overgrown path with different colour floor for the outer parts. Am assuming the speeder bikes are your own design? (difficult to see much of them here) Nice little diorama!
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    [MOC] WALL-E with Stuntz flywheel

    Oh my gosh! How soooooo adorable! and playful too! Great job on capturing the aesthetics of Wall-E too! I may just have to make one of these
  7. I stand corrected! (apologies!) Although, I still hate it and stand by the nonstandard view of it... I'll go back to lurking in shame Yeah I know, but, these 18+ sets are slightly different and focused more towards adults, they know full well there are plenty of older afols where the OT and the 18+ range has a sweet spot rich in potential customers--not to say it wouldn't do well with PT, but again... Its a 'new' spin they're trying, what safer way to play it than the OT... Am just playing devil's advocate too by the way. Id much rather they delved into other stuff more often, but for some reason, while they're desperate to try wild and whacky stuff outside of star wars in almost every other theme... For some reason they like to play it safe for the majority.... No idea why
  8. I'm talking about OT. Clearly there's a metric crap ton of PT stuff they could throw the designers at for rehashes and even new yet to be done stuff, but it's clear by now it's literally almost at the bottom of their priority list so it is what it is. (yes, I'd love more PT stuff, but, it's obvious they're overloading OT stuff and slinging PT to the side, not much you can do other than accept it or go all mandrproductions at them) Also, 'irregardless' isn't a word
  9. I can completely understand that, entirely can. Maybe, they're trialling more of the smaller 18+ sets in the 'safety' of OT to see how they sell, before giving them a go in different trilogies? Probably not, but that's what I'm hoping.
  10. I think it's good what they're doing. Their market of star wars has been saturated with all the rehashes possible, and its kinda a quiet period of in-between series/new stuff for star wars. What with there being an absolute enormous offering of other themed toy sets aimed at kids, it's almost like they've gone 'OK, we've done most of what we can, let's give the rehashes a break and give the adults a bit of time'. While I might not be able to afford all the ones I'd like, I think it's great they're giving afols their moment. Let's be honest, parents gonna breath a sigh of relief, kids will have plenty else to choose from, and afols gonna be happy. I'm not sure how this could be construed as a bad thing by any stretch. Training on dagobah actually sounds like very good value as well, certainly can't knock that.
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    [WIP] Greeble wall in Lego Room

    Absolutely fair enough :) I still really like the greeble wall! I'd be half tempted to put some kind of hinged panel hiding. The odd minifig as a little secret egg kinda thing. Keep this updated with progress pics!
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    [WIP] Greeble wall in Lego Room

    That's very cool! I'll be keen to see it complete! I thought about the monochromatic feeling of it, and while dbg is a good colour to go with it, what about a real kinda spaceship vibe to contrast with it? Such as trimmings of red or blue (I would say yellow but don't think it'd go well with the grey) perhaps just along the top or bottom, perhaps to replicate bulkhead structure? Either way, a cool project you are doing!
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    LEGO Titanic 2021 Discussion

    What an absolute beauty! I can't believe how smooth they've got the hull looking. Also, if I'm seeing it right, it looks in scale with microfigs...?
  14. Oh don't get me wrong, I'm actually greatful for the upcoming hoth wave (hypocritically?) - it's literally my dream OT wave! And think they've done a really decent current wave of Mandalorian (as well as the razorcrest)... Completely agree about 2021. I just kinda feel there's a lot more that is plenty popular enough that hasn't been tapped into that could have been (*could have been after the ST*) when marvel new stuff gets tapped into non stop. They don't wait to see how popular a certain film might be, they're just all over it. But with star wars, they throw plenty of OT stuff in the mix frequently enough. Given how popular star wars is, and how popular marvel is, I'm just wondering why marvel doesn't do that, and star wars feels the need to when there literally is sooo much more star wars to be tapped into.
  15. I expect this has already come up, but I don't recall... But the recent discussion has me wondering... How does marvel manage to get sets to things sooo recent and relevant and star wars just gets trickles and scraps here and there, playing it safe often and going back to the OT for safety...? Marvel doesn't throw back to the main characters/stuff too often does it, that it ends up blocking ability to get much new stuff...? The only thing I see frequent, is Tony starks iron man armours in any of its many variants, and given they appear to be covering a huge amount of different armour variants, even that doesn't seem too bad. Other than that, it seems well balance-but that's from a mediocre fan perspective, I don't follow it too much. So why does star wars have to keep reverting back to the OT when marvel has been out 13 years with iron-man and 9 years with the first avengers film and they don't keep reverting back to then...? What am I not getting...?