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  1. While posting this I remembered there's some other concept art floating around that maybe some folks here would like: https://www.artstation.com/ducede Loads of Elves art (apparently another potential name for the theme was Elvendale as you can see on the WIP box art). Misc other things too - some stuff for the LEGO Portal Racers game, and his portfolio has concept art for what look like girl-oriented LEGO Fusion games/sets that never saw the light of day (an underwater mermaid city, and a very purple/gold ninja village... I wonder if that was going to be its own thing, or if it would have been tied into Ninjago in any way?).
  2. Stumbled across this several months ago, thought maybe some folks here would find it curious: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/0Wexy All the art there is under one post for Dino Racers, but on his website he lists them as two separate concepts, the other being "Hero Knights": https://www.wasabi-robot.com/portfolio Pretty outlandish designs for the time but much more in line with the sort of action themes and vehicle sets you'd expect today.
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    HIDDEN SIDE - 2019

    I'm traveling at the moment and just stopped at a random Walmart, which happened to be exactly as they were wheeling out a bunch of new LEGO stuff to stock, including Hidden Side sets: https://imgur.com/a/gUiZl6m Refraining from buying any until I get back home though, wouldn't be able to build them until then anyway and don't need to take up more space in the car.
  4. Hey! Unfortunately not - I figured that with 3DXML files needing to be captured individually, there wouldn't be much demand for it. I've been thinking about redoing this project as a simple command line tool, though - might not be soon, but, eventually, that'd be good to do. Just got some other projects on my plate first, which I'm getting close to wrapping up. If/when that happens, it'd definitely include that.
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    1997 LEGO TV show pilot featuring Pirates

    I didn't do much, but yeah, it's pretty curious stuff. I half wonder if the weird not-quite-LEGO style of the second one was an attempt at getting around the problem the first encountered, with kids shows not being allowed to be based too directly on real toys...
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    Official Pirate Names (1989-1990 line)

    Straying from the topic of Pirates, but just a correction - the magazine showed "Techdroid 2" as the same minifigure as Commander X (without the helmet), not Techdroid 1. Techdroid 1 was consistently the blue droid, and Techdroid 2 was supposed to be the red droid in that magazine. There's a 1997 large UK catalog which gets it correct. https://lego.fandom.com/wiki/Techdroid_I#Gallery (Again, I usually wouldn't recommend trusting that site too much, though I wrote what's on that page and the images speak for themselves - the caption for the magazine pic could use an adjustment though...)
  7. Since we've been discussing old Pirates stuff here lately... Here's something most of you folks might not have seen yet: The video title isn't quite accurate - while this was born from the core team behind LEGO Island, it isn't an advertisement for the game, it's a pilot/demo for a proposed TV show. As described to me back in 2010 by the late Wes Jenkins, creative director of LEGO Island and also this pilot: Back in 2010, the footage above hadn't been found - a brief clip of it was once present on one of Wes's websites, but the archive of that site hadn't been found yet, so all we had to go by were the occasional descriptions provided by him and somebody else who remembered seeing it on his site years prior. Here's another description he gave, in an interview for a fan site: Wes unfortunately passed in 2017, and in short, many of the materials from his LEGO projects (mainly audio and video tapes) were given to Lorin (the uploader of the video above), a musician and friend of Wes who'd worked with him on everything from radio shorts to LEGO Island to the above pilot - he has a variety of other LEGO Island-related uploads you might find interesting, mainly music tracks for the game and such. Now, this part is a bit of a tangent... But, with two similar projects that happened close to each other, it'd be good to distinguish between them. It also makes for quite a contrast in, uh... overall effort and direction, haha. So, the following year in 1998, there was another (completely unrelated) attempt at a LEGO TV show, animated by Vision-Scape... The history of this TV show attempt also ties into LEGO Island, but in a much stranger way... LEGO was planning to have a tie-in video game for the show, and work on it was under way at Krisalis (who also developed LEGO Chess and LEGOLAND). When the TV show got axed, somebody at LEGO thought "Hey, it'd be a shame to throw away the work on the game, and one of the kids looks kind of like Pepper from LEGO Island... Let's use it as the basis for a sequel!" So, the direction of the project was shifted to LEGO Island 2... Then, some time later, LEGO took the project away from Krisalis and gave it to Silicon Dreams, keeping the basic design but essentially restarting the project again. More details are available here. (I usually wouldn't advise trusting lego.wikia/fandom.com, but I wrote that portion of the article myself, so I can vouch for its accuracy haha).
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    Official Pirate Names (1989-1990 line)

    Linked to this topic last night while chatting with a friend, who mentioned: I don't have any scans on hand of whatever's being referred to though/don't have time at the moment to go digging around for it.
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    Official Pirate Names (1989-1990 line)

    Off the top of my head, both Captain Redbeard and Ironhook appear simultaneously as distinct characters in at least one of the pirates audio dramas, and in the Time Cruisers comics (the specific part I'm thinking of - and a translated English version; note his German name doesn't directly translate to the English name though... It translate to Blackbeard, despite his beard not being black, haha).
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    Official LEGOLAND Pirates - Stop Motion Video 1989

    By the way, here's an alternate version of this stopmotion without dialogue, in this 1989 shopvideo - I'm guessing so it could be shown in various other countries speaking different languages:
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    Official Pirate Names (1989-1990 line)

    BTW, this is a bit of an aside, but as far as Camilla in LEGO Battles goes... A few years back, I came across this demo reel on Vimeo from a guy named Ty who worked on the LEGO Battles games. About 22 seconds in, there's a brief animation of two knights fighting that didn't appear in either LEGO Battles or LEGO Battles: Ninjago, so I emailed him about it out of curiosity. Turns out LEGO Battles: Ninjago started as a direct sequel to LEGO Battles, and the clip with the knights was an art test for what the cutscenes could look like. Then as development continued, the direction soon shifted to a mostly Ninjago focused game - but anyway... I also asked about all the 80s/90s stuff in the game, what they had for reference material - turns out I couldn't have asked a better person; he was the resident LEGO expert on the development team, loves Bricklink and has a big collection from when he was a kid, and was glad folks picked up on all the 80s/90s references. They tried to pack in as many as possible, especially since they were making an RTS and needed more characters/vehicles/etc for units than what LEGO currently had on the market. Chances are, naming that character Camilla was probably his idea. I remember being really surprised when I saw her listed on the game's website back in 2009 - "wait, somebody remembered that old comic??", haha.
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    Lego Pirate Activity Books

    Thanks for scanning these - I have Roger's activity book but not Will's, been curious about it for a while.
  13. Here's some discussion of it on another forum from when it was first uploaded (though some of the formatting in the posts is now broken): https://www.rockraidersunited.com/topic/5440-retro-lego-comicsstorybooksanimated-cartoons-general-discussion/?do=findComment&comment=104833
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    The Ladybird Pirate books.

    I don't have proper scans of them, as the books are too stiff to really fit into a scanner without doing damage to them... But I did take photos of them; not a perfect solution, but they're readable at least. I'll PM you links to ZIPs of them, you can do whatever you want with them from there (re-upload them to your website, etc).
  15. The file is cut off part way through. Sorry, as far as I know there's not really anything that can be done.