Diamondback

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  1. Diamondback

    LEGO Dimensions Discussion

    I only see myself buying the BTTF packs, maybe Ghostbusters depending on if they do any and possibly if they were to do a Classic Jurassic Park set. Beyond that, if they want me to buy the main set they can make it in a form compatible with my hardware, as noted above...
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    LEGO Star Wars 2015 Pictures and Rumors

    Too bad we're stuck at only one series of Microfighters per year... :(
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    LEGO Dimensions Discussion

    Sigh... too bad that, much like with the distro and preorder on LEGO Jurassic World, they dropped the ball for us PC-gamers. (US LEGO JW sounds like Steam Exclusive, which means "No Preorder Goodies For You!" :( ) May still pick up the two BTTF packs anyway, along with if they happen to do any "Classic JP" (not JW, not any of the other craptastic sequels, the original Jurassic Park).
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Re Bricksauria and JP license conflict: Might still work if it was rebranded as "JP UCS T-rex"... but past experience with LEGO tone-deafness makes me cynical.
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    2015 LEGO Pirates Rumors and Discussion

    I wouldn't count on it, with Lego's Institutional ADD--pretty much the future of LEGO Pirates looks to be "rehash the same basic group of sets every 6-7 years, with no expansion beyond that". Pity, as there's a whole bigger world out there, but even the smallest ship capable of crossing an ocean on her own would still be impractically big for LEGO to produce; even 10210 is more the size of a cutter or a very small gun-brig. (Which actually makes her over-sailed for her size; it was rare for anything under 90' Length on Gun Deck/Main Deck to carry more than two masts. (Three = Ship-rig; Two = Brig or Ketch rig, depending if the layout is Foremast-Mainmast or Mainmast-Mizzenmast.)
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    LEGO CREATOR 2015 Rumours & Discussion

    Am I the only one who saw 31039's color scheme and immediately thought "Thundercracker, is that you?" LOL 4953's closer to an F-14 Tomcat but still not quite right, and the plane from the Indy 4 line is closer still to a DC-3. And oh by the way, with a little wing-modding the bird in Fighter Plane Attack is closer to a real WWII German fighter (gut guess is Fw190A "short nose" model, not the "Langenase Dora") than the planes in the film were. Lots of Sikorsky influence in the City and Dino lines's choppers, too--one of the bigger police choppers a couple years back was a pretty close likenes of a Pave Low other than the drop tanks.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I don't know what happens Behind the Scenes, but I'd HOPE they'd at least have the courtesy to tell the designer "here's what went wrong, maybe if you can work on these better luck next time." Sadly, I think Ideas is really more of a charade than anything now... one or two tokens every so often to give an illusion of responsiveness while the design team slavishly adheres to their seven-year clockwork plans whether their "feature of the year" has potential to hang on and last or not. Man, I miss the days when themes could be counted on to have more than a 1-2 year life...
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I'm gonna be blunt about this... any set that I like and support, even if I'm willing to go into the three-figure price point... well, it's a safe bet that if I like it it ain't gonna happen.
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    2015 LEGO Pirates Rumors and Discussion

    I *hope* that 16 Dec report is accurate, and in US too--I have $125 in VIP Rewards that goes up in smoke at the end of the month unless I find something to use 'em on. Too bad they couldn't make it the 14th for Double VIP Rewards Day... :(
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    LEGO Star Wars 2015 Pictures and Rumors

    So far, not much exciting for me--then again, with Clone Wars Overload killing SW for me about all I buy in SW anymore is Microfighters, the Advent Calendars and whatever Star Destroyers they release. (I collect miniature and model ISD's.) Oh well, it was enough to get me by for Bricktober at Toys R Us... and next year Pirates is back, which will really give me something to sink my teeth into.
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    2015 LEGO Pirates Rumors and Discussion

    Well said, David--your typical pirate ship was more like a Renegade Runner, a small 1- or 2-masted sloop. What made these little ships so dangerous was that they'd overpack them with weapons and crew beyond design capacity, which meant big risks getting in close but if they could get alongside you had a veritable swarm of men storming your decks. Most of the larger pirate ships were taken merchantmen, so a roughly BB-clone with less aggressive markings might work very well as a merchie.
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    2015 LEGO Pirates Rumors and Discussion

    The sad thing is, even the biggest ship LEGO ever released, 10210, only rates as an eight-gunner--she's rigged like a ship-sloop, but only of a size to be a cutter or yawl, your typical sloop-of-war being anywhere from 14 to 18 guns on a single deck. UMMMM, let me rephrase slightly. The 1750's version of a Cruizer-class brig-sloop (not to be confused with their much-bigger Napoleonic 18-gun namesakes) was 75'6" long on the gundeck, 20' 7.5" wide and carried a combination of eight 3-pound main guns (the only ones counted for ratings) and ten little 1/2-pounder swivels for anti-personnel work. Basically, even the IFS is a very SMALL representation of a typical ship of the period, though it does capture the "feel" of it nicely--small, cramped, packed with running gear and weapons even on a merchant, not exactly a lot of fun to be aboard. Try to imagine living with a hundred other people in a space the size of a basketball court, and that's life at sea back then even on a relatively spacious ship like USS Constitution. The problem is, LEGO CAN'T go much bigger than IFS... there are a lot of people, myself included, who have a psychological barrier about the US$200 price point, and for some the barrier is even lower like around $150. They have a VERY delicate balancing act to do, and I don't envy the design team that part of the job one bit...
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    Ambassador Project - Definition of Design Constraints

    One thing I would suggest would be to try to keep the "unique" minifigs to the bigger sets and more "generic" sorts for the lower points so it's easier to mix-and-match figure parts to build a bigger force. (For example, I bought a number of extra Soldier's Arsenal packs to do some custom fitting on my IFS, and a number of the small set with the cannon to up-gun both IFS and Brickbeard's Bounty.) Also, I'd suggest if possible ADM Blockbeard's #1 and #2 listings should ideally be designed either to have secondary parts-pack use or to integrate with larger sets, like how there's that small spot on the soldiers' base that seems almost purpose-designed to have a Soldier's Arsenal set drop right into it.
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    Post your general LEGO Star Wars questions here

    Sorry if I missed this, but... anyone have a US street date on Buildable Galaxy Series 4, and who all's getting what SW polybags when? I know Target got the Umbaran MHC for Halloween...
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    NEWS 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E

    Sorry, those props are NOT counter-rotating. CR means one clockwise, the other counter-clockwise... look at the stacked rotors of any helicopter built by Kamov, the two props one behind the other on a Westland Wyvern or the opposed "handed" props on a WWII P-38 Lightning. Beautiful model, though... just wish they'd include parts to fill in the "window" for those who are so inclined. Woulda been REALLY nice if it'd been to-scale with the previous Maersk container ship, but I can understand why it's not... (Cost, price, sheer SIZE.)