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    Avid fan of LEGO, but mostly limited to Ninjago and Mixels. Aspiring writer, keen artist, ok photographer.


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  1. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    I’ll put my money on them being super fake. Those comparisons you’ve drawn are spot on, especially on the ElectroMech, which looks near identical to the original. Legacy remakes have, so far, been incredibly distinctive from the originals. I honestly can’t remember, but it does feel way too early to be seeing pictures of the next wave.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    That is something many forget, that a CMF line needs to appeal to significant portion of the LEGO market. It’s exactly why the Ninjago Movie CMF contained very few in the way of minifigures that hardcore fans would actually enjoy. Notice there was only ONE actual ninja minifigure in that line and it was a repackaged figure from the set line. (I guess three if you want to count Kendo Kai and Spinjitzu Training Nya, but even they weren’t anything to write home about.) I’m not saying I wouldn’t like a Ninjago CMF, I would love to see it happen. I just can’t see it happening and if it does, I can’t imagine it will give the fans everything they’re hoping for. Now another Ninjago People Pack, that I can really get behind. I would love to see a Legacy Tournament of Elements People Pack with the four Elemental Masters we’re missing. I predict that next year’s Legacy line will include more fan service-y stuff, seeing as it’s the tenth anniversary of the line. Legacy, so far, hasn’t really given us anything in the way of minifigures we’ve missed out on, bar the Digiverse Zane I suppose, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the line next year.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Usually, it’s people inside the factories that leak pictures of pieces and sets to these knockoff brands (and to us). I believe it’s one of the main reasons LEGO don't showcase future sets at the public Toy Fairs anymore. The myriad pictures that were taken there and posted online were used by knockoff brands to replicate sets. It’s interesting that we didn’t see many leaks for Monkie Kid before the official unveiling, but obviously the people who shouldn’t see them did. A shame really.
  4. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Maybe we’ll see a Legacy wave similar to the Day of the Departed line of sets; reimagined vehicles and minifigure designs reappropriated for a new storyline. They’d have to do something a bit more for the tenth anniversary, seeing as we’ve had Legacy sets for the last couple of years. Just another Legacy wave wouldn’t feel all that remarkable.
  5. Tobias_Jay

    Decal Wish List

    Hi, i’m happy to give these a crack. I’m on a bit of a decal designing blitz, so I might have them done by the end of the weekend. Was it just those torsos you wanted?
  6. Tobias_Jay

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I don’t think the warehouses are bare as such, I just think that the process of getting stock from warehouse to store shelves has been slowed due to intense sanitation measures and rules around the staff permitted on the premises. And I do apologise if I came off as insensitive earlier. I don’t mean to diminish the importance LEGO has on us AFOLs just because there’s a pandemic going on, but I read back what I wrote and it definitely comes off that way. What I meant to say is please don’t let your disappointment at LEGO not meeting a release date turn into resentment for LEGO as a business. It’s not like they want to limit the amount of sets they release, it’s just a product of circumstance. It’s perfectly healthy to be upset about it though, don’t let angry people on the internet like me tell you different!
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    The LEGO situation in Australia is a product of the global pandemic forcing stringent measures at the LEGO warehouse in Australia that has been sowing releases right down, it’s evident everywhere you go. Shelves are looking pretty bare. I don’t want to sound bitter, but I would strongly encourage those upset by not being to be able to purchase every LEGO Harry Potter Set from day one to exercise a little patience. I know this may sound like blasphemy on a LEGO forum, but there are more important things than LEGO sets not coming out when they’re supposed to. I know for a fact that LEGO are doing their best at the moment.
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    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    To any Australians wondering, the sets appear to be releasing on S@H and most general retailers on June 1st. I forget that that’s only a few days away because time doesn’t seem to mean anything at the moment...
  9. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    You mean the little robot that looks like the screen on legs? It does very much resemble Tee Vee from Alpha Team, a theme that ran from the early to mid 2000s. Wether or not it’s actually him remains to be seen, but it is definitely a welcome and adorable inclusion regardless.
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    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    I’m loving the Fire Truck, though I’m agreeing with the sentiment that the mech takes up a lot more of the back of the vehicle than I thought. However, I’m pretty sure fire trucks don’t actually have much interior on the back any way, it’s all water tanks and hoses, so I guess a mech is much more interesting. Im not seeing enough buzz about the apparent return of Alpha Team's Tee-Vee in this set. I love the little legs and the interchangeable faces. A beautiful boy. On a completely seperate note, is anyone else so used to Ninjago's rules around ghosts that when they see the box art for the water based sets with ghosts, with things like Vaughn deep sea diving and wonder why the water isn’t destroying them? Or is everyone else better at separating the two totally seperate universes than I am? For some reason I can’t seperate the two in my mind!
  11. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    Yes, looking back on what I wrote, it sounded like I had some actual evidence that retailer exclusives were a thing of the past. It was purely observational, seeing as themes like Ninjago, City, etc. haven’t had really world-wide retailer exclusive sets since Toys R Us went down. I’m not as attuned to the release schedules for many themes, so my research was indeed flawed! If that’s the case, then the Fire Truck could indeed be a retailer exclusive. It wouldn’t be strange to have a wave of four sets plus one exclusive, I’m sure it’s happened before. However, we did have this same issue with the Ultra Dragon set from Ninjago a year and a half ago, where the pictures came in late, leading to a belief of exclusivity, but it turns out the pictures were just released later than the others. I guess we just have to play the ol’ waiting game.
  12. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Definitely agree with most everything said here. Sometimes I’m unsure wether my opinion would be different if I was new to Ninjago and didn’t have any of the original suit designs, but I definitely prefer new hybrid suit designs to gussied up versions of old ones. I would quietly argue that they should have faces and hair that closer resemble their pre-season 8 looks, maybe that’s something they can implement for future waves. I was a little disappointed that Young Lloyd in the Destiny’s Bounty set has green eyes as opposed to the black ones, that shows a deliberate desire to retain uniformity with the current line rather than reference the old designs. I do understand that reintroducing old hair moulds and face prints costs money that LEGO clearly don’t want to spend though. Before we had pictures of the new Legacy sets, I was really hoping that we’d get a Titanium Zane in the Legacy 2 suits so we could get his new hairpiece in silver, so I don’t have to keep re applying silver sharpie to one of my spare hairpieces.
  13. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    I believe, more specifically, retailer exclusive for in-house themes are a thing of the past. Licensed themes must still be keeping them afloat.
  14. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Ho boy, they certainly did beef up the Kai Fighter! Maybe a little too much? I don’t know. Once I see more pictures of it in hand I think Ill be able to make a better judgement. I am adoring this new wave. Perfect balance of location and vehicle/creature sets. What I’m loving more is the balancing out of ninja figures, much better than the Prime Empire wave. We have Cole and Nya in three sets and Jay, Zane, Lloyd and Kai appear twice each (not counting the Spinjitzu Blast sets). Very excited for these to come out. Also, am I right in saying these new ninja suits are called ”Hero” suits? Just from what I can make out from the top of the box.
  15. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Usually when final sets lack something preliminary images feature, it means they’ve been moved into a different set. I remember early pictures of the 2016 Samurai X Cave set including Master Yang but somewhere along the line until release, he was moved into the Ultra Stealth Raider. I also remember early pictures of last year’s Forsaken Castle having Zane instead of Cole, but he was removed for obvious reasons. I’m unsure where the Garmadon figure would go, admittedly, unless he’s set to appear in one of the Season 13 sets or a book, as others have suggested.