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  1. You people are amazing. Some of this stuff brings tears to my eyes, it;s so good.
  2. gylman

    [REVIEW] 10264 - Corner Garage

    I bought the set, because I happened to be in the store, I generally buy them all and because it was double VIP points day, but I have no particular desire to build or display this one. I'd say it's easily the weakest of all of the modular series. I hope they do better next time. I have wondered about this, but maybe they've run out of ideas. If so, perhaps they should wind down the concept.
  3. I've been playing with LEGO for 30 years. I've gone through my Castle phases (several of them), my Technic phase, my paradisa phase, my Cafe Corner phase, my Adventurers phase, and others. Even my Bionicle phase. But I have to say that in all those years, to the present time, I have never enjoyed any sets as much as Ninjago City and Ninjago docks. They were a joy a build and a joy to display. The combination of the two on display is spectacular. I keep the combined sets on display in my office at work,and they always draw amazement from visitors. I fear that after Ninjago Docks, my expectations for the next great LEGO set have been set so high that they will never be surpassed. Even the Cafe Corner series seems dull by comparison. In my extremely humble opinion, these are the best LEGO sets ever made.
  4. gylman

    10264 Corner Garage

    This looks like a juniorized version of the other Cafe Corner series sets. Agree with the comments above that this doesn't feel like a "Creator Expert" set. More like a regular Town set. Kinda meh. Probably even less appealing than the Town Hall set from a few years back.
  5. gylman

    REVIEW: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

    Thank you for doing the review. It's very helpful. For the number of pieces, and the cost, this is a disappointing set. It doesn't fit well with the others. I think they have run out of ideas. For the first time, I think I will pass on the Winter Village series. Maybe it's time to put this series to rest and try something new.
  6. I could see a Moe's Tavern. That's pretty iconic.
  7. gylman

    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.
  8. gylman

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. gylman

    42081 - Volvo Autonomous Loader

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. gylman

    [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.
  14. gylman

    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.