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  • Birthday 09/04/1986

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  1. CP5670

    How do you use the laptop?

    I don't like this piece for the same reason. You can't connect it anywhere while it's open, and it feels like some clone brand piece.
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    LEGO half year results best ever

    All the licensed sets have definitely driven up profits across all themes, including Technic and Creator. They are bringing in a lot of new people into the hobby who were not into Lego before. I've met AFOLs at shows who said they only got into Lego recently after buying some of these sets, and did not play with Lego growing up.
  3. I have quite a few MISB sets that I got on ebay in the early 2000s and have been opening up them over the years. Just opened up an 8862. Back then they were much cheaper. I could sell them but prefer to enjoy them myself, and can make much more money doing something else. I only sell them if I want to free up space in my collection. I don't necessarily have a problem with the buyers, and to be honest they are cheap compared to a lot of other stuff people buy, like exotic cars. However, buyers who speculate on them (instead of building it themselves) and expect to sell in the future will often get shafted. The market can shift over time and not all old sets are desirable anymore. Also, the bricks definitely can degrade over time. I've opened MISB sets from the 80s that were apparently stored in smoky environments, where the bricks had become brittle with excessive clutch power and would crack easily.
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    What is Lego Education?

    They used to have some great deals years ago, including rare parts packs and sets you couldn't easily get elsewhere. Today it's not all that different from what you can find on Bricklink or Bricks and Pieces.
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    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    They weren't even the first to come up with the original stud/receptacle design. It was taken from another company (I forget the name now) whose IP they bought up in the 1950s. Nothing wrong with it necessarily, most successful companies are not the original innovators but take an existing idea and refine and scale it. They definitely do have a history of anti-competitive behavior though.
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    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    The store staff I know are great people, but not always treated well by the company. After all they are just employees, not the owners or senior management. As for the "social responsibility," it's like that for all for-profit companies. The reality is that they do some combination of good and bad things, and publicize the good things while hiding the bad things. Interesting, thanks for clarifying. The regulator does work nicely (except for the current limit which makes it hard to use with PF), but it's definitely not a $50 part.
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    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    Mixed thoughts for me. I love their products, but they are a huge for-profit corporation with plenty of skeletons in the closet, like all corporations. We get all these sets today because they are a highly profitable global business. It's also a very different company now than it was 20 years ago, in both good and bad ways. They are much more corporatized, but also treat AFOLs as a serious market now. I've heard very mixed things from employees who worked there in various retail and corporate roles. I agree about the costs of electronic parts, they have always been wildly overpriced, going back to the 9V/12V days. They are generally good quality and reliable though. One of the worst examples was the 9V train speed regulator, which I recall was $50 ($70-80 in today's dollars) for a 5 cent potentiometer encased in plastic.
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    Should people buy Fake Chinese PF motors?

    If I needed a significant quantity of motors, I would consider the clone brand motors. I'm not a fan of the new system and don't want to invest in it, especially since I already have lots of PF and 9V. I looked into the clone RC motors but the Buwizz motor seems better all round, and I got some of those instead.
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    How do those people create MOC?

    I started off building modded and upgraded versions of official space sets. There was often something about the original set I wasn't happy with, so I would use the pieces to build something bigger and better. New trans colored parts are often a source of inspiration too, since we don't get them very often. Any single part in large quantities (like what you get from PAB walls) also leads to new ideas and new ways of looking at a piece. Over time you develop a set of patterns and techniques you are comfortable with, and reuse them across several models.
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    I use Flickr and Brickshelf at this point, and keep local copies of everything. Many file and image hosting sites from the pre-social media era were shut down, and it's a difficult business model. Even Flickr has struggled to make enough revenue in the past with free accounts, but is backed by a larger company. It's interesting Brickshelf is still running. I talked to Kevin about it once and he said it was losing money and he would have shut it down, but found some other way to keep it going after learning that some users there had died and their moc gallery was like a monument to their life.
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    Keeping boxes in good condition?

    I keep all my boxes before 2000 (which had the flaps, trays, etc.), and a few of the later ones that are more fancy like Ideas sets. You can put small boxes inside larger ones. They do fill up the shelves in a closet, but don't take up any floor space for me.
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    [FUTURON] Polaris Express

    This is beautiful, just like a supersized monorail train. I like how it accepts both a passenger and cargo configuration. The tiles on the sides give it a tough, armored look.
  13. I think this would be impossible to verify for sure. I just assume I have some knockoff bricks in my collection at this point, in addition to fan-made custom parts. As 1974 said, for parts without studs like Technic beams or gears, it's basically impossible to tell. There is enough variation among genuine Lego parts that they probably differ more from each other than from clone parts. When they first changed the coloring process in the mid-2000s, I thought I was getting fake Lego on Bricklink and contacted sellers about it, until I realized all the parts were like that now. The change they made to the trans plastic recently would also look like a knockoff if you weren't aware of it.
  14. I agree, the airtanks are not really useful for models with manual pumps. The key is to first open the valves and then pump it, not the other way around. They work much better with motorized compressors. I don't buy many sets these days, but might just pick up this one. It has all the right functionality with no real flaws, although I would have liked extra pneumatics instead of LAs for some functions. I like the color scheme too, and those new beams will be very useful.
  15. I have a bunch of trans green canopies from SP2 and Hydronauts/Insectoids, but those parts are becoming hard to get now and as you said, the color largely disappeared after 2000. It's a dark color like trans-blue but goes well with primary colors that contrast with it, like gray or white. I like trans orange and bright green, but they look quite different from the other colors and are not really a substitute.