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  1. CP5670

    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    I always thought of 4360 as a space bazooka as a kid. 3839a looked like a sensor or antenna to me on the classic space sets, but like guns on the Blacktron II cockpits and other sets later on.
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    Sorry, I meant 6980. Those cannons in the front look pretty menacing.
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    Classic Space was actually kind of militaristic after the initial wave with sets like 6950, 6940, 6983, etc. It was like Lego's interpretation of Star Wars.
  4. Nice model, but the US price is ridiculous and the same as the tow truck. It would have been a good set for $80-90, not $150. The dark gray cylinders are neat though and I can see several uses for them in space models where the yellow would not fit in.
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    Yes there are a lot of random colors on the inside, although I find it doesn't detract from the build. It's worse in Technic sets where the colors are visible from the outside.
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    Is one copy of the set enough to build both of the smaller models, or do you need two of them?
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    I just finished building this. It's a fantastic build in so many ways and the ramp design is especially clever. I love all the printed parts that evoke different classic prints, especially the Blacktron signal on the radar. The only thing I don't like is the new MABS plastic for windscreens and trans parts. It looks and feels quite different from PC, and scratches more easily. Still, I plan to pick up a couple more copies of the set for parts. It's pretty cheap for how much you get with it.
  8. I'm a digital native too and don't mind electronic instructions. I think at some point they will stop making printed instructions altogether, except for UCS/architecture/etc. sets where the instructions are part of the experience. However, they should be accessible without apps (which often don't work forever) and be good quality scans. The pdf instructions on the Lego site have always been low quality, maybe to prevent copying.
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    10497 Galaxy Explorer 90th anniversary set

    Agreed, tiles are generally more useful than printed slopes or bricks, especially since you can always set them at an angle to get the same look as slopes. I hope they offer that tile on Bricks and Pieces (or whatever it's called now), so we can get them in decent quantity.
  10. Part of it is that Lego as an adult hobby is way more mainstream and popular today than it was 10-20 years ago, and the company explicitly targets adults with a lot of sets now. All the social media channels, youtubers, Lego Masters, etc. have also contributed to the popularity of Lego. I would guess there are maybe 100-1000x as many AFOLs worldwide today compared to back then, and it's a great thing in my view, regardless of whether they are more into sets or mocs. I've been in a couple of LUGs and they have had their share of infighting (like any social group), but all were oriented towards mocs and shows. I just ignore the politics and engage with the people I like. The free Lego stuff is nice but not what I'm there for, I can easily afford any Lego I want. I used to collect sets in the past too, and bought a lot of vintage MISB sets off ebay back in the day. I would buy more with all the great sets they are releasing now, but only have so much time for the hobby. I have always had a bunch of sets I bought but never built, and my collection is already too big and hard to manage, especially since I tend to move every few years for work. I still buy 2 or 3 large sets and several small ones every year.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Agreed, this is a great year for space fans. I plan to only get the Galaxy Explorer and Lightyear ship, but the city space sets are great in their own right too.
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    This looks wonderful. The big pieces are instantly recognizeable.
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    TLG Ban Custom Minifig Printing.

    I don't see how they can ban what others do after they buy the product. Are they trying to make it like a software license where you only license the right to use the minifig in predefined ways? I doubt that would hold up in any court.
  14. I actually got more into mocs as I got older. New sets are nice but I've seen a lot over the years in terms of sets, and new sets rarely excite me. The mocs are what keep me engaged in the hobby. As for other social media communities, I'm on Flickr and a couple of Discords (and Lugnet way back in the day), but never used FB/Instagram or Tiktok. I prefer forums over any of those social media sites that track your behavior. Lego social media has always been fragmented across several different places. At least with Flickr, people who are not registered there can see the mocs.
  15. The tires don't really degrade, but leave a slimy residue on other parts in the bags them come in. I've seen it on tires from roughly 1995 or 2010 or so. You can remove this stuff using alcohol. Some 1980s tires are made of a different material and are harder and not slimy, but eat into baseplates if left on them for a long time, just like in that picture above. I've seen that happen on a few sets, but not all of them.