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  1. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The only place I have seen the Mega Futurama characters recently was at 5 Below. So that license may have faded.
  2. Faefrost

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    But honestly there is a strong strategic reason for doing one of the City stalwarts in a more realistic grown up form every now and then. Can we all agree that the all time best seller of the line was the Fire Brigade? That one dodged cancellation for almost as long as the Death star, and got 2 or 3 production runs past the initial. Part of the reason for that is it has the most crossover appeal. It functions as both a wonderful playset for the younger family members and as a nice town centerpiece for we grumpy old AFOLS. It's the one the kids eyes gravitate towards. Similarly the recent trend of adding a vehicle to some sets is likely for a similar hook. They have never quite matched the FB's crossover appeal. The way it attracted newcomers to the modular line. The Pet Shop and Parisian Restaurant may be the Modular Connoisseur's preferred sets. But FB is one that introduces them. They can use another like that. I think they tried that a little with CG. Not sure how well it succeeded? But they were clearly seeking to hook the City Boy fans with the garage and the Friends Girl fans with the Vet. I think a Police Station or Post Office would be a logical set to fill that entry point role as the young uns graduate from city. Offering the linked building and vehicle play. I don't think Lego has ever specified that the Modulars are meant to be 50's American. Now it is clear that much of Jamie's vision and experience probably comes from a model railroading hobby at some point. His mental map looks like Post War US Steam/Diesel Transition Era. But honestly that is not entirely uniquely American. Much of 20th Century architecture is fairly universal throughout world cities, with only minor differences separating the regions. Of the 14 Modulars only 5 of them are "American", and one of those you would not know it unless you knew the backstory. FB, DD, PC and CG are distinctly American style buildings. PR while clearly being a European style building is actually based on a purpose built faux French style building from Jamie's New England hometown. Okay I'll give you DO has a bit of a Brooklyn or Chicago feel to it. That's a neat idea. Especially if they could give us an older style stainless steel Greyhound type bus with it. A bus terminal would have been a better use of the CG's footprint than a Garage. See it's often a matter of perspective. I kind of like CG because I know of many many buildings that look like it. It's pure US early 20th Century Rust Belt Industrial. The colors look fine for stuff you can find anywhere on the path between New York and Chicago or Detroit. It's a downtown industrial building they don't tend to have a lot of ornate industrial details. I think part of it is Jamie is less Hands On with the Modulars these days. And part of it is he has learned to be very very cautious about what he says when answering such questions.
  3. Faefrost

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    While they tend to surprise us, I think we are due for another Government type building. Either a Police Precinct House or the oft mentioned Post Office. (If Police I'll predict that there will be a small Donut shop next door. Because some jokes they simply can't not make)
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    [MOD] Lunar Base from 60227 Space Station

    I keep thinking that the 2014 Arctic Base sets would fit in with a Mars or Moonbase extremely well. https://brickset.com/sets/60036-1/Arctic-Base-Camp
  5. Faefrost

    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    We are forgetting something. Not too long ago (maybe a year) 1 or 2 Ideas Gingerbread House projects were rejected. I forget exactly but they may have been removed from consideration. The feeling was that they were removed because of some planned Winter Village set. When the little cardboard box set with the minifig came out, most assumed that that was the conflict. But in hindsight it may be this years Winter Village set. The D2C sets start development and planning around 24 months out.
  6. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I somewhat agree with you. Although Pursuit of Flight has a market niche problem. It's a fantastic MOC, But I fear it wouldn't have a clear market segment. It's an interesting desk toy. So yeah minimal production run of 5000 never to be heard from again. The Medievel Blacksmith is interesting. We are overdue for a nice fantasy Castle type bulding. But it would probably be paired down quite a bit. The sad thing is any of the three Disney sets would sell like gangbusters. 50,000-100,000 production run easy.
  7. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    It’s actually a little less obscure than you might think. The new show (which this is from) is up to 5 seasons on Amazon Prime. And I think the Amazon show gives them multiple ways to license a product, be it direct from Gerry Anderson’s company (I forget the name) or via the sublicensors making the new show.
  8. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    That could be the case for both of them. Either lower tier LEGO employees, or people who were hired after submission. Say a LEGO store employee somewhere. If nothing else I hope the builds got them noticed enough to put them on a path for advancement. https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/a4ae09b6-0d4c-4307-9da8-3ee9f3d368d6/post/80169e60-7cf7-4dec-b51c-2f21d3051747 so betting odds on what will see production from this round? I’m actually leaning towards Thunderbird 2. Not that it’s the best build. Both the Haunted Mansion and the Snow White 7 Dwarves house would sell like gangbusters. But it feels like LEGO already has an active Creator Expert Disney subtheme. Which would probably eliminate the 3 Disney sets from consideration. The UCS Shuttle is gorgeous, but a subject they have done as an advanced D2C set before. The others seem a bit niche. I’m surprised we didn’t already get a Disney Haunted Mansion D2C set this year. But of the original New Orleans style from Disneyland. It’s the 50th Anniversary.
  9. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Interesting results. The Dino skeletons are “meh” to me. But I can see how they would do well in Lego’s target market. It sounds like they really want to do the playable piano, but are still evaluating if it is possible from a production engineering and design standpoint.
  10. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I am so sick of that thing. I'm not a huge fan of Nathan Sawaya's stuff as "art". I get that it is, but I find it a bit pretentious. Like it's trying too hard. Trying to flip that pretentiousness into a retail product with an extra helping of ugly is just bleah.
  11. Faefrost

    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    It also looks like the Space Station set might also interconnect with the 2014 Arctic Base set, which always had a space base vibe to it.
  12. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I’m so happy the 123 Sesame Street made it to review. That one seems like a no brained if the license is reasonable. Of the 5 in review? It seems a weak field. A lean a bit towards the Queen Victoria. The food stands are cute, but I’m not sure what the market is there.
  13. Faefrost

    The LEGO Group takes civil actions against LEPIN

    The raid, arrest and shutdown of Lepin probably needs its own thread. Quite a remarkable turn of events. How soon until Bootleg Lego Lepin sets become rare aftermarket collectors items?
  14. Saw the Rexcelsior, the Castle and the Sparkle Spa set at Target tonight. So the Rexcelsior apparently isn't a D2C. The implication in the Ninjago Movie is that it is happening more in a "Chinatown" area of a Western City. That scene had more than a bit of an homage to Gremlin's feel to it.
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    Launch Command just wouldn't be Launch Command without the Roller Coaster!