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  1. AmperZand

    Ideas for CMFs

    @Robert8 Brilliantly illustrated! Excellent artistic skills. 👍 The Landscaper’s ‘scissors’ are called shears. It looks like Mr Stars and Stripes/Uncle Sam has tails, so the parts count should be 8. If this series were real, I would be after the Chupacabras, Ninja, Eris, Prince Charming and Polymath/da Vinci for sure and possibly the black Chess Piece and Mr Stars and Stripes. I doubt LEGO would ever do a jockey: too closely associated with gambling. Even if they did, I don’t think they would include a riding crop, an instrument for beating a horse to make it go faster (or for hitting other jockeys to make them go slower!)
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    Ideas for CMFs

    I think the Fright Knight might have been ‘inspired’ by my Death Knight. Can’t prove anything of course.
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    Physical guide for applying stickers?

    Window cleaning solution. On the rare occasion I use stickers, I place them using Windolene. Works a charm. But don’t take my word for it, take LEGO’s. Window cleaning solution is the method they recommend. The following is from Best way of applying decals or stickers to LEGO® models Our designers have shared this trick for applying decals: lightly spray a window cleaner on the surface of the parts to be decorated. This will allow you to adjust the decal without damaging it. Once you have the decal in the right place, use a flat edge to smooth out any bubbles and let it dry.
  4. @Aine, I’m pretty sure there is nothing gentle about how LEGO’s automated assembly process attaches arms to torsos. In all likelihood, they just get pushed into place; no delicacy involved. If you gently ease the arms out and replace them equally carefully, you’re probably stressing the torso less than when the arms were put in in the factory. Of course, the more you do it, the more you stress the torso. But you would need to do it a lot to crack a torso. The exception is if the torso is old (older torsos were moulded differently and prone to splitting between the waist and the armpit) or if the arms come from a different minifigure (some very small differences in tolerances can make arms too tight or loose in some torsos). But if all you’re doing is swapping the arms and you slowly ease them out/in, the risk of torso cracking is very low indeed. The worst you can expect is that the arm becomes slightly loose. If that happens, you can easily fix them with Humbrol Satin Coate.
  5. @WhiteFang, Great review and images Like I always say: A CMF series ain’t a CMF series until Fangy has reviewed it! One small note: While the flamingo could be used as an animal, it’s meant to represent a lawn ornament.
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    LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 19 poll

    My faves starting with the most: Monkey King Fright Knight Mummy Queen Fox Lady I already have at least one of each of the above. I also have the Explorer for parts and am considering the Gardener mainly for the flamingo.
  7. Indeed which was a poor decision in my view. Its faintness is made worse by being obscured by the helmet's grill. LEGO should have used bold printing so you could clearly see it. The Monkey King is excellent in real life, every bit as good as online reviews make it seem. The Mummy Queen is cool, too. When I saw the minifigure in reviews, I thought I would use the death mask face. But now that I have the minifigure, I'm not so sure and am inclined towards the mad mummy visage. Sure, you can use the Fright Knight's head for ghosts and there may be some uses where subtle printing is desirable. But on balance, a conspicuous face would have been better.
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    [Moc] The Council of Wizards

    Magnificent creation! You have brilliantly captured the refined aesthetic of elven architecture and landscaping. Even without the minifigures, I would have guessed it was meant to be elven.
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    Open questions

    Hello, @Itaria No Shintaku, When it comes to LEGO, I’m a latitudinarian who uses third party pieces for both minifigures/minifigure accessories and in construction (though more the former). So I can’t say for sure why some people treat the two differently. My guess is that they think of minifigures as not being what LEGO is really about and therefore OK to ‘taint’ by resorting to non-purism. But construction in their view is what LEGO is actually about and therefore it demands unadulterated parts. That’s just conjecture though - as I said, I’m no purist.
  10. Indeed. It’s a bit tricky to see in this picture, but I did the same with Dragon Suit Guy when it came out. Back to S19 talk, any more UK sightings apart from Tesco?
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    [MOC] Last guard

    Great minifigures! 👍
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Can’t stand fleshies. They’re an abomination.
  13. I suspect popularity will vary by country/region. For example, the Gardener is a North American trope: flamingo garden ornaments were invented and popularised in the US, but never caught on much elsewhere. Rugby, in contrast, is predominantly a European/antipodean/Fijian/Samoan/South African sport, so the Rugby Player will be relatively more sought after in those countries/regions. As mentioned, the Monkey King is from the Chinese story “Journey to the West”, so that minifigure will be relatively more in demand in China and Chinese sphere of influence countries. Italian American cuisine and cheese dishes in general aren’t nearly as big in East Asia as they are in many other countries, so the Pizza Suit Guy won’t resonate as much with Chinese, Korean and Japanese kids.
  14. Yes, since 1995, though that shroud remained in production until 2006 as a variant of the minifigure above and, I think, later as a key ring.