Still Raindrop

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  1. For people who prefer more modern-style faces, do you also prefer minidolls instead of minifigures? If you like detail, I would have thought that having more sculpted legs and torsos would be better than the smoother, more abstract look of the minifigure. You could extend it to details on the buildings, too. Why not make the modulars even bigger sets that cost $1,000 each and are more accurately sized, with things like bathrooms and dish rooms? Why be abstract at all when you could put minute detail into everything? I'm being tongue-in-cheek, and I actually love minidolls. But I also really like the older style of minifigure. I tend to mix face styles in my town: "background" characters get simpler faces (the classic smiley, as well as a few variations thereof), while more central "characters" tend to have more detailed faces. I like the way it looks in my town. As far as clothing, I've actually given it much more thought than I probably should--just as I've done with faces! But I do try to avoid back and leg printing when possible, and I don't use dual-molded arms or legs. I have lots of reasons for these things, and it kind of boils down to: I like how they look in my town. But enough about why I do things the way I do. All this is to say that people like different things and different styles. It might or might not be well thought out, but it's not always as arbitrary as it seems--and slippery slope/straw man arguments like this one don't really address anything in a meaningful way. I'd be fascinated with having an actual discussion about things like this (I've had to edit this post several times before submitting because it was just too darn long!), but posts like this are why I largely haven't. I'm also disappointed to see implications that people who don't like the classic smiley faces have a lack of creativity or imagination.
  2. [MOC] Street Layout

    This is great! It reminds me of the background cities that Lego would put in their advertisements (I'm not sure if they still do this--I haven't paid as much attention--but when my Dark Age ended a decade ago, I was always impressed with those backgrounds). I like the clean look that you've given the buildings; it makes them all fit together very well.
  3. [MOC] - my city

    I love it! I always enjoy seeing cities (or sections thereof) that feel like they fit together, and this certainly looks like it was all very well planned out. I really like the two more modern buildings, as well. Your use of minimalism has really captured what makes buildings like that so special.
  4. I'd agree that the market is the worst. We got plenty of small builds in the first three buildings, so the only really new thing the market offered was the carousel. It was nice and all, but it also lacked the cohesion that came from a central building plus one or two smaller builds.
  5. I also am not a huge fan of the cottage—I actually sold my copy to help pay for the Temple of Airjitzu a couple years ago, and I haven’t missed it.
  6. Disney Princesses 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I love that we finally get Mulan--and that she's not in a huge set. What's the deal with that katana, though? The gladius piece would have been much better, I think (fortunately I have one, so I can swap it out).
  7. 2018 Friends Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Nice to see the pictures! Once again, Friends has some of the most fun, creative, and innovative designs. I've admired Friends since it came out, but only really started getting sets this year (my daughter is old enough for regular Lego now, and she adores Friends); looks like next year is going to be another great one!
  8. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    It’s true that it’s easy to change; however, it may also mark the end of an era. The modulars were the last place one could reliably get the classic Lego face. This may mean that they will no longer print the face that’s been around since 1978.
  9. Long live the 4-stud wide [MOC]

    Very nice! I was just thinking recently about how much I like the old 4-wide cars. Sure, they might not be nearly as detailed as the new 6-wide ones, or even the sort-of-4-wide ones (4-wide with the sticking-out mudguards and wheels), but they have a real charm. Plus, it's easier to make and modify them, I find, than to do so with the newer ones (perhaps because fewer specialized pieces are needed to capture the look?). Anyway, you've done a great job here! Everything looks fantastic! I'm particularly fond of the Land Rover (I can just see Sir David Attenborough standing next to it and narrating) and the Trabant. And KITT, of course--amazing shaping for that scale. Very nicely done!
  10. 2018 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    You’ve never heard of police using net launchers? Well, I live in Colorado, and the police in the mountains up here... don’t use them either.
  11. 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!
  12. [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.
  13. [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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.