mrfang2

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  1. Blast cab v2Blast cab v2 backBlast cab v2 front

    version 2 of the blast cab, closer to my original vision of it being a blue truck reinforced with green armor, I feel it’s a lot more cohesive in this version. I refined the shape slightly, moved from bolt shooters to stud shooters with built up ammo, covered up the back, and slightly reinforced the front end to be more solid. Now it’s solid enough to stand up to play like any real set would need to. All that’s left is the roof and the back mounted canon, plus the bike and small environment builds for the “set” to be completed.


  2. 12 minutes ago, JintaiZ said:

    I thought none of the Creator Expert large scale cars included minifigs...

    So my guess would be that this is part of the Large Scale Vehicle series...

    This is part of those, it’s also based on the ghostbusters afterlife design, given the rc car ghost trap, the rust, and the images on the back, so any figs included would likely be spoilers as we still don’t know who or what the movies villain is, and don’t even have names for all 4 of the kids who will be the new ‘busters.


  3. I’m not sure the rules about linking worldbuilder projects here but I’ll just say this is connected to mine, under the name “lego clash!” On there, and if you check that out there will be a lot more context to what this is. 
     

    the blast cab, main vehicle of the villain “wrecker”, is a classic tow truck converted into a mobile weapons platform. With an armored front to ram opponents, rebar blasters on the sides of the cabin, and a dock at the back to equip wreckers newest giant weaponry packs, the blast cab is a powerful weapon in the hands of its creator. 
     

    to combat him, the hero “lightfoot” creates a motorcycle that can interface with his power, turning into a bolt of energy to avoid attacks and using its own weapon to plant trackers and mini-bombs on the larger truck. 
     

    so far I’ve only got a prototype done for the blast cab itself, but that should be refined within a few days and the ultracycle should be done shortly after as that one isn’t going to be a large build. Posting the wip here to give myself a bit of pressure to actually finish it. 
     

    Blast cab protoBlast cab proto frontBlast cab proto side

    Some sketching while I designed this version of the truck. A sketch of a previous design can be seen on the worldbuilder page but isn’t included here since it has little resemblance to the model now.

    Blast cab rough design rev

     


  4. So in the new special it does confirm the existence, atleast at some point, of SPOILERS vampires, demons, living gargoyles, werewolves, and the Loch Ness monster, as well as countless other potential “sides” where monsters and other villains can come from SPOILERS which could lend some validity to my theory of the line being canceled to do away with the phone gimmicks and eventually return with a new name, more varieties of antagonist, and a retooled play pattern that doesn’t rely on the digital aspects. 


  5. 2 hours ago, s0up____ said:

    I was debating whether to go through every page or just look for a link to each completed mech, but I'm so glad I decided to go through every page, seeing the processes of Glap's projects and seeing everyone else's projects was just incredible. They're all amazing, keep up the good work Glap I'm so excited to see the end results. I am wondering though, have you or anyone else ever attempted a movie scale Emmet's Constructo-Mech?

    I’ve tried, didn’t get far tho. I think in the “assembling bricksburg” thread someone got it atleast partially done tho! 


  6. 4 hours ago, Lyichir said:

    It's not totally clear if that comment was referring to media content and sets for upcoming years, or additional media content for this year. With an announcement possibly expected "soon", I'd lean toward the latter—it's not a stretch to assume that we might get additional webisodes covering the second half year's sets and story like we did for the first half of this year (possibly timed to be released as we get closer to Halloween).

    Those have already been announced, a full set of shorts for the new wave plus a longer special (rumored to be a Halloween special)

    im banking on this being something else since he’s the one who announced those things already and was fairly open about it at the beginning of the year.


  7. 6 hours ago, Blazej_Holen said:

    I hope that Gardens of NC will be connectable to the modular buildings and that it will apear as also standalone set, not only "add on" to the NC which is now retired (except Docks). 48x32 footprint sounds promising. 

    The docks and the city both look great on their own, I highly doubt the gardens will be worse. If anything I would guess the gardens will be a “new start” of sorts for the city since it is likely to be rebranded as a series/legacy item instead of a movie one


  8. https://mobile.twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1305590480391016450

    so we are getting SOMETHING new. I have to wonder if the reason we aren’t seeing any hidden side leaks is because this is the end of the story, and will pick up with a retooled version of the theme under a new name later next year. It’s not like LEGO doesn’t listen to fan complaints sometimes, so to see the theme retooled to ditch the app focus and introduce some new villains/monsters/whatever wouldn’t surprise me. Heck, if this story ends with them sealing away the ghosts for good then it wouldn’t even make sense to keep calling the theme hidden side. 


  9. A trailer for season one has dropped online, no English version yet. It doesn’t show too much plot-wise but definitely does still have stuff held over from wave 1 along with the new wave 2 stuff, and seems like it will be expanding on the iron bull plot a good bit as well as introducing the new villains that were hinted at in the pilot and intro. Given they know they’ll have atleast 2 seasons to work with now, I would expect the pacing to be far better than the pilot which HAD TO showcase everything in some way or another. 


  10. The likely reason for the multiple answers is because Batman is played by different people in the different movies. The ones in the “LEGO movie” series are will arnett, but the cheaper, direct to dvd movies use someone else, if not multiple other people, who I’m not sure the names of. He was also voiced by different actors in the games based on the LEGO movies and the LEGO dc games, which may add to the list.


  11. 25 minutes ago, Lyichir said:

    Has anybody in the U.S. seen the new Ninjago sets at stores like Target or Wal-Mart? I've been doing a lot of my Lego shopping online lately but my sister's girlfriend is visiting and I wanted to try to get the Legacy Destiny's Bounty for them to build together before she leaves next week, so I'm not sure whether I'd be able to get it on time if I ordered it. A couple days ago I checked Wal-Mart to see if they had it yet, but it didn't look like they had many newer Ninjago or Hidden Side sets at all, so I was wondering if they were planning to put the new sets on shelves at the start of this month since that was technically when they were delayed to (even though online they've been available since the 24th of last month).

    I'm gonna be on the road some today and will probably check Wal-Mart again but it'd be helpful to know if anyone else from the U.S. has had any luck finding them in physical stores in their area.

    I’ve only seen the smaller sets at Walmart (one Walmart had the fire-stone mech and that’s the biggest of anything that showed up)

    targets have been stocking them consistently though in my area, all of them have atleast most of the sets. 


  12. 3 hours ago, Ragana9289 said:

    So the series will continue ?

    For now, we know that flying bark studios is producing at least 2 seasons of the show (it’s unknown if they got picked up for 2 after the pilot or 2 MORE after a season 1 that they’re already working on.), and it’s HIGHLY unlikely LEGO would sink the money in to production if they weren’t going to make sets. Plus, there are still a couple villains introduced in the pilot who haven’t hit sets yet, and one of the heroes too. 
     

    all in all I’d be very surprised if this wasn’t continuing for a good while. Atleast a 3 year series if I had to guess. 


  13. On 8/22/2020 at 8:43 PM, Robert8 said:

    So, if this theme doesnt work on China, they are pretty much screwed

    Considering they’ve now ordered multiple seasons of the cartoon, and the stuff said about crazy turnout for the launch events, and the “bonus” 4 set wave releasing just a few months afterword, I would guess they are doing pretty well so far in China. 
     

    lego listens to fan complaints pretty frequently too, so I’m sure by now they’ve heard the want for smaller sets and will likely make them. One thing you can get from that documentary is that the second wave of sets was developed with the first and held back a few months for whatever reason. They present the flaming foundry and cloud roadster as if they were part of wave 1 in that special. I think that goes a long way to explain why they “didn’t listen” to fans saying they wanted small sets yet, since they’ve not shown anything yet that was designed after the series initial reveal. 
     

    so for now, I’d say things are looking pretty good for the future of the theme. it’s got room to grow, sure, and time will tell how the so far positive western reception will impact the release of future waves or media, But it’s quickly gaining a following, the designers are putting out some stellar models, and the people working on the show are making some solid content. 


  14. On 8/2/2020 at 10:20 AM, LOTR34 said:

    I wonder if Monkey Kid will get different outfits in future waves.Or will he suffer the same fate as Jack and Parker and get stuck with two outfits?

    The documentary thing that was released did show the animated version of kid wearing a helmet and, presumably, a new outfit to go along with it. Hopefully those make it into sets. 


  15. Promo image of the original 4 ghostbusters and ideas ecto 1 fighting a non-LEGO stay puft has shown up on legos instagram. That combined with the gb’s being the first ever licensed characters in LEGO legacy is definitely lending credence to the idea that the line isn’t finished just yet.


  16. It was hated for being, largely, everything bad about thunder cats, with few of the redeeming qualities, a bad tv show that managed to alienate fans of both the (at the time) current thundercats and ninjago, being seen as a lackluster attempt to replace both without understanding what made either good.

    the show was awful, with grating voices, unlikable characters, botched drug allegories, inconsistent tone, and a predictable story (oh, the conflict of the season is over, but the villains throw the chi away to where the NEW villains are, rinse-repeat)

    the sets on the other hand, start off great. Then they keep going. And going. And going. With similar parts and homogenous designs for each tribe. I get that the gimmick is “the vehicles look like the animal!” But man it got old, especially once the garish orange fire add-ons got introduced. Oh you have 7 vehicles shaped like a lion already? How about MORE OF THAT, but with WORSE COLORS. While the builds are solid on their own, it just felt like wave after wave of very similar vehicles with very similar minifigs. 
     

    while similar problems would crop up in themes like nexo knights (similar colors and unfitting accents in some waves) or ninjago (repetitive themes for some story arcs), chima got hit with it essentially right out of the gate, not giving people the time or motivation to get invested in the characters or story to a point where they could look past those things.

    As 1 dimensional as the characters of nexo could be, they were decently voiced, had good, if standard, plots to react to, and each had a distinct personality, without introducing so many characters you can’t keep track of. As repetitive as ninjago could be at its worst, by the time it hit That point the Characters were fleshed out enough that a whole season could get by on how the focus character is dealing with that problem/villain differently than other characters (contrast the tournament of elements to skybound, both have a quirky antagonist crew picking off the ninja one by one, but since one focused on Kai and one on jay, they ended up very different, one deconstructing the “designated main character” tropes, and one focused on “what happens if you break the comic relief character”

     

    chima on the other hand came out of the gate with a TON of characters all vying for attention, starting off with a betrayal plot that doesn’t work because we don’t KNOW the characters yet. It felt bloated and weird, as if there were missing chapters to the story, and again, I can’t get over the voices, watching More than a few episodes of the show At a time gave me headaches. 
     

    tldr, and sorry about the wall of text:
    Add together too many characters to actually care about starting out, botched morals, pissing off multiple potential fan groups by releasing at a bad time, repetitive builds with garish gimmick-overdosed “fire and ice” add ons later, and you get legends of chima. A series who’s good ideas were constantly buried under strange missteps and a combination of all the major problems LEGO themes face at once.


  17. 41 minutes ago, Lyichir said:

    I don't think it's quite that simple. AFAIK it's more a case where the sets and show are made side-by-side. That is to say, the rough story outline comes first (with input from both the set designers and brand team at Lego as well as the writing team for the show), then the sets get designed, then the show is written based on those. But the sets aren't necessarily always finalized by the time the show is written. This is one of the advantages of the not-quite-toy-accurate aesthetic for vehicles and settings in the show, since sometimes the writers and animators might be working from a slightly earlier prototype of the set designs than what ends up on shelves.

    Yeah I can definitely see the fire-stone mech being miscommunicated as “stone mech with one half covered by fire” or something similar to that, leading to the show crew seeing “all stone mech but with magma and fire covering one side” and the set team seeing “mech that is half themed to earth and half themed to fire”


  18. 1 hour ago, Robert8 said:

    Now that I think about it, the only Monkey Kid set that isnt a vehicle is the BrickHeadz, right?

    :look:

    Bull king is just a large brick built figure, but yeah other than him it’s all vehicles, even if some of the vehicles pull double duty as a base or have environments as side builds. 


  19. On 6/23/2020 at 4:11 AM, MAB said:

    I imagine they don't want to have similar toys to Playmobil on the shelves at the same time. Given the delay in release of the new movie, there probably won't be any LEGO sets based on it until at least next year now. And I doubt they want cartoon based Real Ghostbusters sets out at the same time as Ghostbusters Afterlife, if they do sets based on the movie.

     

    Mostly agree With your points, as much as I want it to happen it’s not realistic, unless the odd amount of new merch for the show is because of plans for a new one after the movie (those “fright feature” figs for afterlife certainly do have a cartoonish art style, like halfway between real and the idw comics...)

    the similar products thing I do disagree with though. although all the playmobil stuff says real ghostbusters on it and uses the cartoons as character Design inspiration, all the sets are original vehicles to playmobil, leaving stuff like the toon ecto 1, 2, 3, ichi, aquatic ecto-1, any of the large ghosts, or play sets bases on any of the locations actually from the show (power plants, labs, etc.) as fair game. 


  20. I would absolutely love a wave of “real ghostbusters” sets. They’ve got a lot of material to work with, with more vehicles and large ghosts that could be brick built than the movies had, and the colorful jumpsuits and blue proton packs would be distinct variants from the movie minifigs. Plus they’ve already got the ghostbusters license so doing a wave based on the show instead of the movie shouldn’t be impossible, and with playmobil and hasbro both releasing products based on the toon, those designs will be back in fresh circulation. 


  21. 2 hours ago, Exetrius said:

    Promising setup for a third year! I hope this 'greater boss' will look similarly evil to Nehmaar Reem. I'm a bit cautious of that last sentence, in my ears it has this silly or comic undertone. I don't want another Jestro goofball villain. 

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    Maybe it's Lord Vortech! :oh: :grin:

     

    The entries on the website are written “in character” so things are usually played off a bit more joking-ly than they usually portray in the series. 
     

    also, remember the writer of the series did say earlier this year that there would be more shorts “and the main event” while talking about hidden side (Before the wave 2 shorts aired) on twitter, so it’s possible that this new threat will also see hidden side graduate beyond just shorts and get a direct to video movie or longer episodes to work with.
     

    Given the more positive views I’ve been seeing about the new sets online (most negativity I’ve seen is just directed at the car and occasionally the sub, with the bus and locations getting favorable reviews so far.), I could see hidden side growing into its own a bit more with another wave or two and really living up to its potential. I just hope we get more brick built baddies like the version of the harbinger from the bus set. Would love to see a four armed monster or something like mothman...


  22. I just can’t agree with the statements made here about the show. Yes, not everything was fully explained, but this is also very clearly not all there is. I mean the intro itself showed like 5 villains who don’t appear in these episodes, this is not the whole story. This was a pilot, for a show meant to sell toys, of course they have to show all the current sets in it. ninjago did the exact same thing and arguably worse, considering several of them weren’t even remotely close to their set designs in that (blacksmith shop, earth dragon, etc.) and here they are atleast recognizable, if a bit more stylized. 
     

    the story was simple but made sense as a starting off point, introduced our main heroes and villains, introduced an ongoing conflict, and showed off the powers for everyone who has powers. They kept it lighthearted and fun, and the animation was slick and constantly moving. As someone who loves cartoons, i can say it did a fine job as a pilot, and did everything it needed to to set up the main series, while leaving enough things open ended, like sandy and pigsy’s past, or mei’s powers, to give them something to explore later. 
     

    the only part I felt really needed more explanation put in was the mech at the end, but from the looks of it, it seemed to be similar to a cartoonified version of a “master builder” creation from the movies, so I can give it a pass and see if they do more with that power later. 
     

    I dunno, I can see why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I can also see this becoming very popular, especially in regions more familiar with the original monkey king stories. 
     

    in terms of the sets, I do agree they need some more smaller sets in the next wave, and I’m pretty sure we will get them. Given the number of additional villains shown in the intro, I’m sure they have plans for atleast a couple more waves of this, and they will see the complaints about the price. I don’t really agree that the sets are over priced for the content given, aside from the bull tank and mei’s bike, as all the ones I’ve gotten so far have been bigger than anticipated and absolutely lovely builds, but I honestly feel they should’ve maybe left the monkey mech for wave 2 so the line didn’t feel so unbalanced. 


  23. 7 hours ago, Vindicare said:

    I could see Cartoon Network at least giving it a shot. They already have a good relationship with LEGO & all the other shows they've had. Plus, they do play some niche like shows. I certainly hope they pick it up, I don’t do much of the streaming services. 

    God I hope not Cartoon Network, they still haven’t even started advertising prime empire, let alone airing it, while the season 13 ninjago sets are starting to hit shelves. Not to mention how they treated nexo, and chima, and every third party show they get that isnt titans go (mega man, sonic boom, transformers cyberverse, etc. all get 6-7am slots with no advertising, random release schedules, and will drop random, frequently out of order episodes on their app.)

    Nickelodeon isn’t much better, shafting all their shows to Nicktoons after less than 1 season when they don’t do spongebob/loud house viewership, including LEGO city adventures, lego Jurassic world, and rise of the tmnt (which shares a lot in tone and style to monkie kid)

     

    really the only good option there is for the show is a streaming service at this point, since networks right now are throwing everything they have to them anyway and not actually doing anything with their on air programming. I could see MK doing really well on Netflix given their huge emphasis on animated content recently.

     

    also on the subject of the show itself, I’m absolutely loving it so far. The pacing on the pilot was a bit off, but it’s just the pilot, I’m sure it’ll improve in the rest of the series. The characterization was really enjoyable, the action was great and, as a cartoonist, the design of the locations and vehicles was absolutely beyond expectations