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  1. I could see a Moe's Tavern. That's pretty iconic.
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    REVIEW: 75954: Hogwarts Great Hall

    There's something about the Hogwarts castles that makes them hard to reproduce with LEGO. I don't buy sets for the minifigs, but rather for the quality of the build and architecture. Every previous Hogwarts' set has disappointed in that regard, and this one does too, on a much grander scale. Sorry, but this one is not even remotely on my "want" list. Thanks for the detailed review.
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    Pop-Up Book - LEGO IDEAS

    Meh. I liked the fishing theme houses better, but unless the first one sold extremely well, I wonder what kind of a market there would have been for them. Let's hope the next wave has something more exciting.
  4. I went to my local LEGO store to see this set today. It looked better than I thought it would, but it was even bigger than I thought it was. Great set, but too big for my available display area.
  5. Thank you for doing this excellent review. I'm impressed that LEGO has made this effort. They committed to an amusement park theme, and they have delivered, year after year. That said, I feel exactly like others have indicated. I have bought none of the previous sets, and don't plan to buy this one, as they are too big for display. I like big complex sets, and generally buy them. But the difference between this set and the equally expensive Cafe Corner and some of the large Ninjago constructions is that the latter are much denser, and can be reasonably well displayed on a shelf, or packed together without taking up an entire table.
  6. As an old Technic hand, I need more pics and info to judge this, but so far I don't get it. Don't like the look, for sure. Let's see how much interesting functionality it has.
  7. I am somewhat disappointed. Nice job with the bottle and display, but they butchered the ship. :-( It bears no resemblance to the original slender, masted, creation. Hopefully someone will come up with modified version of the ship so those so inclined can try to reproduce something closer to the original. Will it fit inside this new bottle though? Probably not. I guess that's the source of the whole problem. I look forward to the Ideas sets, and I may still buy this, but it's not on my "must buy" list like the last couple of sets.
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    [PRESS RELEASE] 10260 - Downtown Diner

    It's beautiful, and maybe it marks a whole new direction with modular buildings? I feel like the Cafe Corner has gone as far as it can in terms of architecture. Sure, we can add more different types of buildings, but they all start to look alike after a while. I will start a new city block with this, the detective office, and the movie theatre, which didn't fit all that great into the Cafe Corner series anyway. Which LEGO designer did it? Two things I don't like: -the minifig heads -the car. Seems useless. Waste of money and parts.
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    10259 Winter Village Station

    Hard to see where 900 pieces are used in this cute but smallish set. Used to be that 900 pieces meant something of a decent size. I guess there area a lot of 1x1 and similar sized bits. Colour scheme is excellent, though. Oh well, I'll buy one of course, or two, but I had been hoping for something better.
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    Lego appoint new CEO

    In what way is LEGO off track? I confess I don't necessarily like everything they release, but is there a specific trend that has emerged that can be related to this one particular CEO who has been in power for less than a year, when most products probably take longer than that from conception to release?
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    10255 Assembly Square

    Well, he didn't do them all. But the ones he didn't do.... well.... let's just say they are not the best in the series, both in terms of overall look, and in terms of cleverness of building techniques. I don't want the series to end. I've seen amazing Cafe Corner style modulars done by AFOLs that would stand proudly next to Jaime's work. Here's hoping they keep it going, and here's hoping that Jamie continues to design big LEGO sets.
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    10255 Assembly Square

    Jaime Berard is by far, in my opinion, the best LEGO designer. Everything he touches looks great (COUGH Emerald Night COUGH). Of course I will buy it, in duplicate at least. That said, I think this building doesn't really add much to the overall theme. I think they are running out of ideas (though I've seen pretty original ideas from AFOLs). This might be the swansong of the Cafe Corner series. It would not surprise me if they announce the end of the series after this set.
  13. While this particular set holds very little appeal for me (crazy price for yet another race car with an interesting gear box but little else, that will just end up sitting on a shelf), I hope that it heralds a future of "ultimate" Technic constructions of a more interesting nature. In my opinion, for pure functionality in an elegant package, the 1980s' Airtech Claw Rig has yet to be surpassed. An upgraded, motorized version of that iconic Technic set would be my ideal high end technic set. I hope that LEGO designers read these threads and consider what people say. I believe they do. So, here goes: for me any "ultimate" Technic construction would have motors, would have remote control, and would have a variety of fucntionalities that involve visible movement and manipulation. To that end, the LEGO Volvo loader from last year was much more of an "ultimate" Technic set for me. I only wished it worked a bit better (too slow, with erratic movement). And well designed pneumatics are more fun than linear actuators.
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    This brings a tear to my eyes. Really. Thanks for building this wonderful work.