TJJohn12

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  1. Monorail Mark VI - Walt Disney World on Flickr I was really excited to debut my CRS version of the Mark VI Monorail at Brickfair in Virginia this weekend, and I'm equally excited to bring it all to you too. The model is centered around a 3-wide core, with SNOT facing every direction to get the gentle curves of the Disney monorails. Because of the internal space limitation, right now it's a push-train, though it balances well along the beam and works quite nicely.
  2. OK, so is the smallest motorized chassis width that folks have accomplished 6-wide (riding on the typical 2-wide rails)? I'm working on a CRS monorail train right now (not ready for prime time until August at Brickfair VA ). The build envelope inside the shell I've designed and built is 3-wide centered over the rails. I know - that's a crazy dream. Right now, it's a push-train I guess. But I'm just probing the waters to see if anyone has successfully miniaturized some running gear for CRS, or if I'm going to be the crazy one to do it... -John
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    OK, so they were combo orders - part B&P and part other small items to bump to free shipping. Come to find out, it's the extras that have come through (when I cracked open boxes this morning at work). I *just* got my February 27th order. So looks like delay right now is a full month for B&P orders.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    I have a B&P order from February listed as "Shipped," but that has no sort of tracking number and hasn't arrived yet. Then I have one order that is listed as "In Warehouse," but with a FedEx number that's listed as delivered (it's headed to work - I'll see if it's really there tomorrow). And my newest B&P order (placed yesterday) already has a FedEx tracking number and is reading as shipped... It's all so frustrating and weird.
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    Disney Wishlists

    There's *my* real hope! The new series has already gone into production of season 2, along with tweaks on the back half of the first season. And there's some signs the series might be making move from Disney XD over to vanilla Disney Channel. If that happens, I could see the likelihood jumping a bit. But still, I think with LEGO's long product schedules, we should hope for a season 3 before TLG produces sets. I would give the world for a Darkwing and Ratcatcher set, mayhaps with a Megavolt! But we've still got to see how they work him into the new Ducktales to see how plausible that is. So just for you guys, here's one of the latest things I've been working on that sorta fits this bill. The parts are on order - just waiting for the mailman to cooperate: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14sxW5mhfZSLxXQjaC0Gy2AxsiJ1_iVQc/view?usp=sharing
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Ordered some grey roller coaster rails a couple days back to fiddle with (without needing to buy the whole Joker mansion). They're not in stock anymore - so hopefully my order gets fulfilled.
  7. Piloted by RX-24, the Starspeeder 3000 offered direct service to the forest moon of Endor for 23 years from its original spaceport location in Disneyland. While the RX-series of droids were known for unstable personalities, the Endor-bound shuttles did *occasionally* reach their proper destination. Star Tours operated as one of the galaxy's premier travel agencies. See more images on Flickr ----- An addition to my growing collection of Disneyland ride vehicles, the Starspeeder 3000 was an obvious next model to tackle. Star Tours opened in January 1987, allowing visitors to fly into the Star Wars universe themselves for the first time. The ship's pilot Rex - voiced by Paul Reubens - ends up missing Endor and instead diving into the trench run to destroy the Death Star. The original Star Tours closed in 2010, transforming into a new version of the ride "Star Tours: The Adventures Continue." This Starspeeder model - in the original Star Tours livery - features working doors.
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    Disney Wishlists

    I actually hesitated to write that suggestion in the previous post - I think it's a possibility, but it's a model we've already seen twice (maybe 3 times if you include 10736). That doesn't preclude it being made, it's more that I think we'll need to wait at least until Fall 2019 for that type of set, to be released along with Frozen 2.
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    Disney Wishlists

    So I don't think that Tangled has the commercial power that some other Disney Animation and Pixar Studios options might. The new Tangled series *was* already renewed for a second series, but I'm not seeing much merchandising around the characters - a few Rapunzel dolls and a couple PVC character sets.
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    New Licensed Theme Rumor Mill

    Sorry, I live in theme-park-world, where many of these properties are *heavily* tied in a competitive way to Universal Studios. Potter having any interaction with a character that appears on a Disney castle-park would be a strategic deal killer. There is no benefit to TDO to linking any of their properties in deep and systemic ways to competing brands. Cameo? We've seen in in the LEGO movie. But we also *never* saw Star Wars or Indiana Jones float into Dimensions, nor Marvel properties. There would have been no strategic reason. What I'm saying is that some designers at Billund likely deserve more credit here for their vision and dreams than we are giving credit for.
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    New Licensed Theme Rumor Mill

    Yeah, that sounds completely fishy, TBH. NBC is owned by Disney, which had a competing toys-to-life product at the same time. Jack Skellington even had a Disney Infinity figure. I highly doubt that Disney would release any of their characters to intermingle with competing Universal-owned brands (Harry Potter, BTTF, LOTR, etc.). I'd wager *if* we are getting Nightmare LEGO, it's organically arising from the Disney partnership, not from a Dimensions cast-off.
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    Disney Wishlists

    OK, I'm going to be a Disney-geek Debby Downer: If Sleeping Beauty Castle was done in the same scale as Cinderella Castle, then the model would be wildly underwhelming. Cindy is 189' tall; SBC is 77' tall. The high central tower of SBC would only rise to about the height of the top of the front clock tower roof peak on Cindy. The center peak of DL's roof would come up to the clock face on Cindy. The scale of Disneyland's castle and hub - when compared to WDW's MK - is tiny. The forced perspective of Main Street is so much more important at DL than MK.
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    Disney Wishlists

    Thanks! I've got a couple more models in the "dreaming" queue, including a Disneyland Haunted Mansion. They're designed in LDD, but I need to gather budget and parts. ;-)
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    Disney Wishlists

    So I'd never expected that LEGO would *actually* make official Disney Parks sets, which is why I decided to build my own. And frankly, I'm pretty happy with my designs. So my old wish list has basically evaporated almost completely. That said, I'd really like to see another Minifig series, if for no other reason than it might yield a Goofy fig and Pluto element. Then the Fab Five would be complete. Toss in a couple more villains and I'd be a happy camper.