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  1. AmperZand

    Western Town Citizens

    Cool minifigures! Clever use of present-day and sci-fi prints. If you didn't already know they weren't designed for a western setting and weren't searching for anachronisms, you wouldn't spot them. And I like that you went with yellowies; I don't care for fleshies.
  2. Fantasy-horror minifigures each using at least one recent-ish LEGO part. Yes, some of the accessories aren't LEGO. But given that even TLG has on at least one occasion used a third party piece in their marketing, I don't think I've committed a mortal sin. Back row L to R: wraith, necromancer Front row L to R: cambion, spectre, devilkin, angel of death Questions? Comments? Creepiness?
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    Is there a 'medieval-punk?'

    Iron/steel was more of a scarce resource in Medieval times compared to the Victorian era. So where you can, use colours that suggest wood (reddish brown, dark brown, tans), not ones that are ambiguous such as black or bley. As wood has different material properties than metal, constructions made of it need to be chunkier to achieve the same thing. Although steam engines existed in Antiquity, they only really became common during the Industrial Revolution and were hardly used in Medieval Europe. So you want to avoid anything that suggests steam (or steam & vacuum) engines. If a source of power is required, try to make something that looks magical using trans parts or suggests arcane power such as glyphs.
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    Lego BYGGLEK general discussion

    I also got the package of three. I ordered online and they arrived at my pick-up point yesterday. By some miracle, the shipping company, dpd, didn't mess up. I usually find dpd to be completely inept. For reference, I'm in the UK. I saw a review before the boxes arrived saying that the lids had no clutch power which is both true and disappointing. I'm using the three boxes to elevate a Hidden Side mod and stacked them on their sides to reach the required height. With no grip, the lids would have just fallen off, so I had to use a small piece of Blu Tack at each corner, which did the trick. The boxes are connected to each other using white 2 x 4 plates. Overall, it looks pretty good. I'm glad I got them. I'm not using the boxes for storage, so the fact that their walls are thick and therefore the internal volume is small makes no difference to me. I can see how some would find that annoying though. The smallest box has one of its dimensions as 11 studs. From a building point of view, I reckon 12 would have been more in keeping with LEGO's design style. If Ikea and LEGO release the boxes in other colours, I hope they do them in light or dark bley. They would be great that way - with just a bit of MOCing - as hills/mountains. Realistically, if they do appear in colours other than white, I suspect they will be in bright colours such as red, blue or green. That's not my preference but I reckon that's what would appeal most to kids and therefore be the most sensible decision commercially for Ikea/LEGO.
  5. @Aurore Very interesting. Thanks for the heads up
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    [MOC] Greek Temple

    Very cool . I especially like the floors and the roof.
  7. AmperZand

    Fawlty Towers - The Funny Walk

    No, it isn’t. You’re thinking of the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch from Monty Python. @vitreolum’s creation is a representation of a parody of goose-stepping in Fawlty Towers. Same actor, John Cleese, but different series.
  8. AmperZand

    Absolutely the BEST Elements

    @Peppermint_M, Are minifigure parts out of scope? If not, I’m going to go with the minifigure head (in yellow of course), torso assembly and leg assembly. I remember when they came out and thinking how brilliant they were. Still do, actually. Also, body parts for variant minifigures like short legs, yellowy elf ear/hair and Medusa hair. If so, I would say the masonry brick.
  9. AmperZand

    The Goat Mystery

    In various psychiatric hospitals around the world, there are people babbling incoherently, rocking backwards and forwards, and smacking their heads against padded walls. How did they wind up that way? They tried - and inevitably failed - to figure out the reasoning behind LEGO’s release of system animals. Why did the goat only appear in one set? Why are there no sheep, gorillas or rhinoceroses? Why did it take 34 years (say it slowly: thirty-four years) between the release of moulded horses and big cats? No, don’t try to answer. Save your sanity! Save your sanity! Save your sanity!
  10. I suspect it’s more the latter than the former. LEGO is regularly at or near the top of global brand reputation rankings yet is more often the licensee (SW, Disney, HP, Marvel, DC etc) than the licensor. Someone in Billund had the idea of deriving more value from the brand by licensing it to others. As you say, the risk to LEGO is small - falling as it does on the shoulders of the licensee - and the reward for LEGO is licensing revenue. I predict we’ll see more such collaborations during the next few years. As for the current batch, the apparel doesn’t interest me but I have my eye on the set of three small IKEA boxes.
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    UK Sales

    Argos is having a LEGO sale with 25 - 33% off selected sets. Looks like it is matching which is also having a sale on LEGO.
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    Minifig collecting rant

    Very wise. I long ago learnt not to seek to collect complete collections. You never know when the company will produce or another collector will turn up something unobtainable. Completionism will likely lead to disappointment.
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    CMF Series 21 Guessing game.

    1. Firefighter 2. Cow Costume Girl 3. Chinese Warrior/Swordsman 4. Chef 5. Australian Aboriginal with Kangaroo/Wallaby 6. Classic Space Astronaut 7. Brick Costume Girl (new colour for that mould) 8. Chinese Demon (re-using the Monkie Kid demon headpiece mould) 9. Golfer 10. Zorro-like Swashbuckler 11. Cupcake Costume Guy 12. Isaac Newton with an Apple (the fruit, not the tech!) If 16: 13. Canadian Mountie 14. Basketball Player 15. Pumpkin Suit Guy 16. Carpenter
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    Fleshies vs Yellow

    I doubt it’s the beginning of a trend. It would be too damaging to LEGO’s brand to abandon yellowies.
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    Custom Minifigures - The First Law

    Once upon a time, a thread like this would have belonged in the Minifig Customisation forum. Nowadays, who knows?