Still Raindrop

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  1. LEGO Island 20th Anniversary - Full Island Built In Real Life!

    This looks wonderful! I had just started putting together some old Lego Island Xtreme Stunts minifigures (and creating "updated" versions of other classic minifigures) around the time you posted it, not even knowing that it was the 20th anniversary. This is just splendid!
  2. [MOC] HAU Tiki Bar & Polynesian Restaurant

    Oh hey, another tiki bar builder! Very nice—your execution is flawless (I have to say I’m a little jealous of how perfectly you captured the feel of it!)! The A-frame looks great, and I love the interior decor. Looks like a pretty classy joint! Edit: oh, and the use of the sideways 1x2 log bricks as tiki mouths is inspired! It perfectly captures the distinct shape.
  3. [MOC] Taiping Lake Garden

    This is beautiful--I love Asian MOCs, and this one is perfect. In addition, the photography really makes me feel like I'm in the scene, not just looking at a model. I've saved this so I can continue to look at all the details in the coming days. Well done!
  4. Modular MOC: Kahuka Lounge Tiki (Juice) Bar

    Thanks, everyone! Ooh, that's a good idea--I think I'll have to add one! Thank you! I agree. I'm very happy with the sloping front part of the roof (I looked at several different midcentury modern tiki bars and found that kind of angled slope on many; I think I captured it pretty well), but I'm not really as happy with the rest of it. I think I'll continue to tweak it for a while.
  5. The residents of Redbrick Springs may live in a mountain town thousands of miles away from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't mean that they can't enjoy all the midcentury modern fun of a tiki bar! Well, in this case, a tiki juice bar: the Kahuka Lounge. Here is the exterior: Here are some interior shots. Note the Polynesian and ocean/island-inspired decorations all throughout: The bar: Ice machine, blenders, juicer, fruit, and sink: More fruit, juices, and a cup-holding tiki: The owner of the Kahuka Lounge is mysterious; some say he's impossibly old. However, if you know the right people, you can get an invitation to his rooftop hot tub.
  6. 10255 Assembly Square

    You could always pretend that they're a chain! I've seen two Starbucks stores within a city block or two of each other. That's it! I knew it looked familiar. I used to have family in Kansas City (in fact, that's where I was born)--that's the square with the Neptune fountain, right? It definitely bears some resemblance. As you mention, the Lego buildings are less Mediterranean, but the feel is similar. That's cool!
  7. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Oops--I'm sorry, I didn't mean to misrepresent you. I guess that's what I get for going off of memory (from what must have been quite some time ago--a year, perhaps, or more?). Sorry about that! I agree that it would be nice to return to slightly higher buildings. I've appreciated the smaller ones--they create a nice varied skyline, and my two-story creations don't look quite so out of place when there's a wider variation of building sizes. But since the DO, the BB, and the PS are the only ones I have, I'm hoping that the variety can be improved in an upwards way. Similarly, the size/width variation that the multi-business model can give is something I enjoy, particularly when it makes my display feel more "real." Take the laundromat, for example. I will admit that it does diminish the grandeur of the bank. But I like how it makes it appear as though the bank has expanded, buying the room above the laundry and connecting it to the rest of the bank for use as the president's office. It's certainly a trade-off, though, and there are no two ways about that. Anyway, sorry again for misrepresenting you. I look forward to the reveal of the new modular--and to hearing your thoughts on it!
  8. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Technically true; the Pet Shop was just one business with one residential building, but it was still not only one building with only one business. Two businesses, two buildings. I wouldn't mind such an even split again. I don't think that it's necessary to speculate about a multi-business combo. It's happened twice in a row, but that's not necessarily indicative of a permanent change--just a trend. After many buildings with similar footprints, it makes sense that the designers would want to work in a little variety to avoid feeling stale. There's a good chance that it'll be a multi-business combo, but I'd say it's not a guarantee by any means. It is likely, however, to have some of the other things you dislike about the direction the modular line has been going, such as a smaller height (compared to GG, TH, etc.), a story, and a more detailed interior. I like those--I feel like detailed interiors improve the look even when viewing from outside; it adds to the feel of something being "real" when we can catch glimpses of furniture, rugs, etc., through windows, but it's understandable why some don't.
  9. [MOC] Outdoor Store - Modular Building

    Very nice! The exterior looks great; I love the touch of color that the roof adds. The inside is lovely as well. There's a longstanding local outdoor shop in my town, and the interior of the MOC reminds me of this store.
  10. 21306: The Beatles Yellow Submarine (LEGO Ideas)

    Nice! As a Beatles fan, I'm excited for this--they look just like the cartoon.
  11. Modular Ski Store WIP

    Very nice--it captures the same feel of some of the ski stores I've seen in Breckenridge. I particularly like the way you did the door/entryway.
  12. Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    It could also be Charles Dickens....
  13. Which Themes Deserve a Reboot?

    I'd love to see a return of Adventurers; I think that Johnny Thunder, as a globe-trotting adventurer, is versatile enough to drive all kinds of early-20th-century themes. And unlike, say, Jake Raines, JT has been around for enough subthemes to be iconic. However, I recently heard somewhere that Orient Expedition sold poorly (despite being, in my opinion, the best Adventurers subtheme). If that's the case, I can see why they'd be hesitant to bring him back full-time. Plus, it has been 12 years since the last regular Adventurers sets, so I'm guessing the nods in places like the Lego Movie are as much as we'll get. Which is a shame, as similarly updated character designs would be great.
  14. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I still doubt the veracity of this rumor. I think it was this time last year when everyone was certain we were getting an arcade.
  15. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I think this actually makes such a building less likely. It's fans who would want an inverted corner (some fans--I wouldn't). But a potential buyer who sees only minimal façade with two big walls lacking detail might not feel the same. I'm a parent as well as a fan; I don't think kids are as drawn to a tiny façade and minimal sidewalk as they are to a building that has plenty of front-facing design features. I feel the same way. As a standalone set, to avoid displaying it with blank walls showing, you'd have to display the back end frontwards.