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  1. Faefrost

    Are classic themes dead ?

    Most of what Classic Space was has now been running in City as a subtheme for 2 years. And it seems to alternate with undersea stuff. Adventures is heavily subsumed in Ninjago with its regular treasure collection story waves. Plus Indiana Jones. Castle really just needs some media tie in to push it back into the zeitgeist of play patterns. But Castle and Pirates have long had a problem that they largely revolve around the largest most expensive sets for play. And the smaller impulse buy and gift tier sets don't offer great standalone play value. You need the Castle and the Pirate Ship. This is why they have been moving to the larger single creator and black box sets of just the centerpiece.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I can't escape the feeling that it is a retired old Firehouse converted to a club. There are tons of these across the US Rust Belt. Even the interior with the balcony upper floor feels like it. I put a Light My Bricks kit in my Buggle. It's expensive and a monster to install. But it has there special pieces so you can still separate floors. It looks amazing. the 60200 Capital City set has a generic red suited bellhop. The 2022 Advent Calendar has the named character from the City cartoon Tippy Doorman. He has some distinct character design such as his goatee. One of the First Chinese/Lunar new year sets 80107 Spring Lantern Festival is a 32x48 Modular Footprint corner walled park.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The Parisian Restaurant was railed against because it was "much too small for the piece count and price! They are clearly fluffing the piece count using only very small pieces". I wish I was joking about this. The Brickbank was positively HATED. Hating on the newest Modular is a fun Holiday Tradition on AFOL forums for some odd reason. "I don't like it! It's not 100% what I imagined in my head when I first heard the rumor, so they've clearly done it wrong!" Yeah there is an internet thing called "Headcannon" and it's alive and well in the AFOL community. The truth is you kind of need to see the new building in your display to know if it works or not. I actually like this one. It calls back to the old Town Plan set and calls back a bit to the Fire Brigade. While not really being it. The facade is a little more complex than it seems at first glance. With a lot less red than you think.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    We go through this every year. We get pages and pages of negativity and ranting on how much they dislike it and how much previous modulars were better. Until this time next year. when the Jazz Club will now be considered the pinnacle of modular design and pricing and the new one is the object of their ire. They ranted about the Police Precinct, about the Brick Bank, about the Corner Garage, about the Diner, about the Detectives Office, oh how they ranted about the Parisian Restaurant. on and on. Town Hall was derided as a Big Box of Air. Now it's the centerpiece of any Modular Display. Welcome to the Cycle of Life in the Lego world.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I kind of like it. The main building does have that very NYC/Harlem feel to it. I'm not crazy about the color of the Pizza place. But it isn't horrible. It does feel like it could use some detail out front. Maybe a Pretzel cart or a taxi.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I'm not surprised we are getting another eatery. The Modular's seem to include food every few ones. And given Lego's obsessive love of Pizza we've been long overdue. I'm more surprised about something like a Jazz Club. Which seems a bit esoteric of a subject matter. On par with a "Modular Beat Poetry Club". I figured for music we have been long overdue for a Record Store. Given all of the nice record and album prints we have now.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I could see a Pizzaeria/Jazz/Music Club could have a very Harlem or Chicago vibe to it. I could also see them going for a New Orleans style building. Although that would be weird with a Pizza place. You would think more Seafood. Never trust pics this early. They are almost always fake and of somebodies MOC.
  8. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    They don't actually have to change them up in any way for legal reasons. They make changes for budget and production reasons. They have a few other product design steps that MOC's dont face. Such as what parts are in inventory? What would need a new run or a new color? There are some very complex reviews involving parts by bag and instructions. Clear part diferentiation etc. Stuff we never have to deal with. I would not imagine this one needs a lot of changes.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    We have a results announcement. 4 sets chosen. And as much as I would like some of the ones they didn't choose. You can mostly see the reasons why they opted against them. https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/a4ae09b6-0d4c-4307-9da8-3ee9f3d368d6/post/4be91cf1-bb84-4942-ba9d-773871e98790 LEGO IDEAS FIRST 2022 REVIEW RESULTS LEGO INSECTS A huge congratulations to Fan Designer José María (aka hachiroku24). José María has hit a homerun with his small builds inspired by 5 different insects found around the world. He has captured the colours, shapes and overall details so well that it’s hard to tell they are brick-built! We think they will be a great way to bring a piece of nature into your home without bugging you! If you'd like to learn more about José María then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview. THE ORIENT EXPRESS, A LEGENDARY TRAIN Big congratulations to Fan Designer Thomas Lajon (aka LEt.sGO). We’re so excited to finally give our fans a train set! There are a few trains as famous as the Orient Express but none of them can rival the elegance, luxury and history that comes with it. Thomas has poured a lot of love into capturing the details from the locomotive and coal car to the restaurant car to make sure this is the perfect tribute to such a legendary train. It’s a special privilege to bring this creation to life in LEGO bricks! If you'd like to learn more about Thomas then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview. TALES OF THE SPACE AGE A huge congratulations to our first Polish Fan Designer Jan Woźnica (aka john_carter). Jan’s 3-piece product idea intrigued our review board and we’re certain it also caught the fascination of the community overall. He’s managed to create stunning poster style sci-fi scenes filled with action and serenity, showing you don’t need a lot of bricks or loads of details to create awe-inspiring LEGO models. If you'd like to learn more about Jan then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview. POLAROID ONESTEP SX-70 A huge congratulations to Fan Designer Marc (aka Minibrick Productions) for being selected with his incredible tribute to the iconic Polaroid OneStep SX-70 camera. Using his mechanical engineering background, Marc not only made this creation look flawless but also added hidden functionality that mimics the development of film as it slides out of the camera. We can't wait to see the memories created with this Polaroid camera. If you'd like to learn more about Marc then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview. This was the full list of reviewed projects https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/a4ae09b6-0d4c-4307-9da8-3ee9f3d368d6/post/80b29f94-d8e0-47d8-ab43-f9cec25cc98e
  10. Faefrost

    Lego City 2023 Leaks, Rumours, Speculation And Discussion

    I think it will pair really well with the Harry Potter Hogsmeade set.
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    Lego City 2022 Rumours, Leaks, Information And Discussion

    Much of it has to do with the complex logistics involved in manufacturing Lego. They tend to do Staggered Releases for the huge Mass MArket themes and lines with an offset between Europe and North America. There are a number of reasons for this. All involving logistics. But here's one of the big ones that we don't really think about. Europe and North America both have huge full service manufacturing plants. So outside of special run stuff like D2C etc, Most sets released on European Shelves are manufactured at the Euro factories and most sets sold in North America are made in the Mexico factory. Lego tool sets. The molds that they use to make Lego parts are extremely expensive. The tooling will cost between $100,000-$500,000 USD. To put this in perspective due to the extremely high precision needed from every Lego piece in all axis, plus the need for the highest quality ABS, Lego's tooling costs are the highest in the toy industry, and possibly the highest for any Injection Molded plastic manufacturer. Mattel's Barbie does not need to connect to every other Barbie ever made with 6 axis of precision. So the tooling is expensive. So While each factory has one or more toolsets of the most commonly needed elements, for stuff that is new, or is used less, or is very specialized, there may only be 1 set of tooling company wide. And this tool set is shared among the factory's. Because it is cheaper to move the tool for a few weeks use at a time than it is to ship millions of pieces. So the European and North America Factory's will be careful planning and scheduling, have production offsets. The factory's will not and pretty much cannot be making the same sets at the same time. So each is working on a slightly different schedule. And this results in some regional offsets for when product hits the street. Because unless dictated by a license contract for a Hard Date, such as stuff related to a movie, you don't really want or need finished product clogging your warehouse shelves waiting for the other side of the world to catch up. So one region may be getting new Ninjago this week while another gets City. It's all about the Logistics of keeping the factory's humming with maximum efficiency.
  12. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The Nike one would be a license (albeit a really really expensive license) to print money. There's a Nike store a short distance down the Mall Aisle from my local Lego store. I notice the massive line there for each new Air Jordan's release. I can't help but imagine the weird synergistic chaos of moving that line down to the rather nerdy crew in the Lego shop. But it would be a breakthrough set that would unquestionably grow Lego's brand into new customer bases. Assuming of course there isn't some element of Lego's Adidas License that would block a Nike project. You can imagine Lego coming out with a whole new line of brick built shoes. Air Jordan's, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Giant Clown Shoes, whatever.
  13. Faefrost

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    39 Projects under review for the 1st 2022 Review Period https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/a4ae09b6-0d4c-4307-9da8-3ee9f3d368d6/post/80b29f94-d8e0-47d8-ab43-f9cec25cc98e Some really incredible ones this time. I mean there really are no bad ones this quarter. There are no obvious ones that they would never make. This might be the single strongest group we've ever seen hit at once. Just no or very few obvious flaws. At a glance ones that I think (to my eye at least) have a good chance; - The Concorde, just the nice sort of aerospace display piece that would go well with the Shuttle. A comfortable $100-$150'ish set for AFOL's. - Steampunk Airship, Just a nice sort of meeting point between Pirates/Ships/Castle/Fantasy/Adventure. Gorgeous Model at a rational size and scale. Add in a Baron von Baron minifig and it's perfect. - Lego Insects, I think this one is a gimme. The only way they don't do this is if they already have plans for something along these lines - 221 Baker Street. They've avoided doing straight up Modular Buildings for Ideas. But seem okay with Modular Adjacent. This seems a great period piece with a probably accessible license. - Adventure Box, basically a classic type Sewing Box. It's gorgeous, distinct, outside the norm, functional and altogether something Lego has never done before. But it works well in Lego form. - Hanging Flowers, a really clever execution and a nice piece(s). The only thing that may work against it is the need for something to hang it from. - Antique Cash Register, talk about a follow up to the typewriter. Although if they do make it I somehow doubt that we would see that much Metallic Gold. - Notting Hill Market, just a gorgeous little slice of city life while not stepping on City or Modulars. Longshot stuff Less likely, but you never know? - Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers, I would almost say this set is a decent possibility. But there is a new movie coming soon, which might make this set unlikely. As there might be an actual normal license issued. Or Disney might want any product geared towards the movie. - Farm Life, If only City wasn't doing Farm stuff this year - The Toilet, because Lego is weird. Stuff that probably will not make it. Which is remarkably small this go round. These are all A list projects this time. So I may be wrong about these. - The Original Kit Kat Clock, I think there is some licensing involved with that clock design. Which may preclude it. I may be wrong and the design may be public domain by now? - Mach Patrol, a perfect execution, of a 1970's Anime vehicle who's show did not see huge distribution or popularity outside of Japan Italy and parts of South America. Plus the shows subject matter might be a little risque by Lego standards. Here's the OP for Daitarn 3 if anyone is curious what this thing is. Basically it's a Womanizing James Bond Super Spy with a Giant Robot, and his two hot assistants fighting over him. 1978 folks! What a time to be alive! - The Polar Express, Major license. May be precluded by Lionel's longstanding licensing. - Polaroid Onestep, A little too strongly branded. Lego tends to avoid paying for licensing that mainly advertises somebody elses product. (Adidas sneakers aside) - Air Jordan, While I would never say never, I suspect that their Adidas License likely precludes this. At least in the short term. - Lancia Delta Integrale 16V Rally Car, The car is doable. and gorgeous. The stickers/sponsor markings are not. As Hasbro discovered with their more modern Masterpiece Transformers line, they need to separately license each sponsor logo and markings. It can get real annoying real fast. Everything else will likely just come down to size of project and if they see a market for it?
  14. There is a language table in the Ninjago City instructions. It's got to be online somewhere. Like Star Wars Aurabesh its just a straight swap to english letters.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    There are a few non Modular sets that work with the Modulars. Ninjago City, Ninjago City Docks, Ninjago City Gardens all are on a Modular footprint with the same connectors. Although the sidewalks dont quite lineup. Marvel Daily Bugle is for all purposes a Modular. (Except one of the connection points is slightly off in the instructions. Ghostbusters Firehouse works, but is 2 baseplates and feels a tad overscale. Ideas Old Fishing Store is in scale and style 10228 Monster Fighers Haunted House works but you may want to put it on a tiled baseplate to preserve the dollhouse type opening. Be warned this one is as expensive as the oldest modulars. Also look around on Rebrickable. There are some great MOC plans available. Many that are conversions of non modular sets. For example there is a great one that takes 2 Ideas Sesame Street sets and turns them into a full modular corner. All you need to add are the baseplate and sidewalk tiles.