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  1. SirBlake

    Hello darkness my old friend

    Man, you guys are the best. Once again, I appreciate how cool y'all are and it helps to know that you guys are dealing with similar feelings on the matter. I'm totally on the fence about the HP line. On one hand, it appears to be quite well done, but it just doesn't speak to me like real Castle or Middle Earth stuff did. I suppose there's a chance that could change when I see them on shelves, but I doubt it. I think a (hopefully) temporary dark age is really the answer. I'll just spend the time working on my old car and enjoying the collection I've built over the years. Maybe one day TLG will come back to me.
  2. SirBlake

    Hello darkness my old friend

    Thanks for the kind words, guys. I figured you might be feeling the same way. I should be back when there's something to talk about.
  3. This is a weird thing for me to post, as I never could have imagined doing this willingly, but I find myself walking into a new dark age. It's been years since TLG has offered anything I really cared for, and with nothing on the horizon that fits my taste, I'm just going to say adios. I'm not posting this for drama, I've just forged some friendships on here (most of which hang out here in the Historic forum) in the last several years, and I didn't want anyone to think I had gone missing. The simple fact is that my hobby is centered around buying, building and displaying Castle sets and figs, and there's just nothing for me out there anymore. They've even found a way to kill the CMF line for me with all this licensed and themed junk. Because of this, being involved in the online community that surrounds Lego has turned sour. It's just not fun anymore. I'll see you guys if/when Lego decides to offer something I'm actually interested in. So long and thanks for all the fish.
  4. SirBlake

    Favourite Speedchampions Set?

    Ford GT’s hot rod + Raptor new + old Camaros im seeing a trend here. 2-car American stuff.
  5. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    I can guarantee you that if 2013 came out today, I would have been critical of the lame faction heraldry and still bought most of the sets. Oh wait, that's what I did in 2013.
  6. Whoah, that carriage set is awesome.
  7. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    There’s so much talk about how hard it is to satisfy the castle AFOL, but I would totally be happy with a modern take on 6059 with new, well designed heraldry. I’d just by 8-10 of them and build the kingdom myself.
  8. SirBlake

    Toys R Us prepping to liquidate US operations

    Well, liquidate means sell everything, so I expect that all items will be discounted at progressively greater intervals until it's all gone.
  9. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    So basically standard Castle theme operating procedure. Sounds good to me.
  10. I looked, but didn't see this posted anywhere else: There's still a tiny chance this could be avoided, but it does seem like the most likely result. No more TRU in the US, and other markets are in danger too, but their fate isn't decided yet. That would be a real bummer for exclusives and the like, though I won't miss the "TRU tax" that is higher prices than just about anywhere else. The only silver lining is that there could be some great clearance deals to be found, for a little while anyway.
  11. We have one kid and a 3 bedroom house, so one room is full of me and my daughter's Lego, though probably 90% of what's in there is mine. My wife knows I work hard and this hobby is therapeutic. Plus, as hobbies go (Golf, fishing, whatever), it's really not that expensive and it keeps me from doing other, less constructive (pun intended, I guess) things. So I guess the point is, it's a non-issue.
  12. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    I doubt that your posting in this thread would prove that, but in the interest of being constructive, what is your suggestion to move forward? What's your kid-focused castle theme look like, regardless of what the average AFOL may want?
  13. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    There seem to be many things that you’re not sure about here, yet you consistently shoot down every idea that would lead to some sort of Castle in Lego. I asked the question before, but you ignored it so I’ll ask again more directly: what is your goal in this conversation, MAB?
  14. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    Man, that HelmsVamp combo is rad. I never would have thought to try that. It is an exciting idea to think what a +/- 2000 piece set could look like. More pipe dreams, but it’s fun to ponder.
  15. SirBlake

    Future Castle Sets?

    6080 King’s Castle and Black Monarch’s castle both have a drawbridge and portcullis. Looking at them on the shelf to verify. :) Love the colors on that MOC, @Aanchir