Jay Sathe

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  1. Jay Sathe

    NEWS 2014 trains!

    Bogies are the train wheelsets. None of the sets you mentioned (with the exception of the mobile police unit) have the large train bases., not even the large Toys R Us and LEGO trucks.
  2. Jay Sathe

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Well even though the Town Hall seems the oldest based on the year inscription, it's got an elevator and a computer inside it, meaning that the series takes place relatively recently. I'd love to see a building with a more modern storefront on the ground floor with an older building above, like Brickstreet's excellent MOC here.
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    Brickfilm cameras?

    I've got some brickfilming experience, and for me, there are 3 "classes" of good cameras to use. 1. Webcams: At their highest, webcams will cost around $100- which is a pretty good deal. They can really only be triggered remotely with a PC connection, and they will most likely support onion-skinning, which is a crazy useful tool. Some webcams have a fixed focal length though, so be careful. I'd recommend a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 (or whatever the current equivalent name for it is). The biggest con of a webcam is the lack of zoom and the potential for crummy images. Getting a nice webcam will help on that second one for sure. 2. Camcorders: These vary in price a lot, but even the cheap ones can produce good brickfilms. Most come with a wireless infrared remote control, so it's very nice to use, and you can use the remote to do almost anything, including adjusting focus without touching the camera. It can also be used in short bursts on its battery, which is great for tight sets where a wire would get in the way. Unfortunately, you can't use onion-skinning with these, and you just have to shoot the scene and hope it'll come out well. 3. DSLRs: Very expensive, but very nice. You're going to want a macro lens to be able to focus up really close onto LEGO stuff. These cameras are also pretty large, compared to minifigure scale so they are also potentially hard to work with on smaller sets. My biggest issue with these cameras is that everything costs more on top of the price of the camera. The lens can run you for a decent chunk of change, and the remote shutter trigger will also cost extra on top of the already pretty pricey camera body. Some of these cameras can work when connected to a PC - which would let you use onion-skinning and other helpful tools, though some won't - so make sure you do your research. I've used all three for animation and other work, and honestly, unless you are really serious about brickfilming and/or photography in general, I'd get the webcam.
  4. Jay Sathe

    Mystery MOC WIP

    It's gotta be CSX, and it looks like a modern cab unit. I'm gonna go with AC4400.
  5. Jay Sathe

    The LEGO Movie Sets News and Discussion

    Luke, nope, but that's not to say Star Wars is entirely out of the film.....
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    The LEGO Movie Sets News and Discussion

    I don't know if this is the best place to share this, but I just got back from a preview screening of The LEGO Movie, and it was as good as you'd ever hope. If you have some small questions to ask, feel free. I can confirm that the guy there is Gandalf, and can further confirm that Dumbledore is elsewhere in the film. I cannot state how amazing the movie was enough.
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    The LEGO Movie Sets News and Discussion

    What I'm excited about is Benny's helmet in that picture of the set! I really hope it isn't pre-broken like the movie or just a new style crash helmet. Either way though, this set looks unbelievable. A total must-buy and an instant classic.
  8. Jay Sathe

    10243 Parisian Restaurant

    I totally missed that! That's actually a pretty nice way to solve the problem too - I knew I should have never doubted Jamie.
  9. Jay Sathe

    10243 Parisian Restaurant

    Wow. It's beautiful. I love the colors, and it's a nice change from what I expected (I was dreading tan with a dark red roof). The small size definitely "breaks the box" in a new way, and it's really good to see Jamie back (not that Astrid's designs weren't great, I just felt that the emphasis on stories was strange). The only problem that I can see is that it's not modular any more! Yes - it fits in with the other buildings, so it's modular in that sense, but previous designs have had copyable middle floors or could be placed side to side to make a bigger building. With this one, the main door on the second floor wouldn't line up! Overall though - it's an amazing set and a day 1 purchase for certain. It looks great with the rest of the buildings (though it's oddly short next to the Town Hall, which is my theory as to why they put it next to the Cinema), and I can't wait to add it to the lineup.
  10. Jay Sathe

    Official Lego Movie

    Well, they do talk about the "evil Lord Business", and I can imagine Big Oil being the evil business in this... Good catch!
  11. Jay Sathe

    10233 Horizon Express

    It's definitely more worth it to buy a second set. The 2 passenger cars aren't actually identical to each other, and it would look weird to have an asymmetrical train set. To sets together,with the full 6 cars looks really good and is definitely ideal.
  12. Jay Sathe

    Modular Building 10232 Palace Cinema

    Just finished building and quickly took some photos of all the buildings together (including Market Street). Sorry for the crummy picture quality, I still have yet to master the art of not-taken-with-a-cell-phone pictures. Annoyingly, the panoramic shot that I got of all the buildings isn't uploading to flickr, so I have no idea how to make that work. All the buildings taken from Market Street's point of view. The buildings were assembled in order and split next to the Grand Emporium to better feature the new Cinema. A much worse quality picture looking from the Grand Emporium down. The backs of all these big buildings. I just noticed that the back of the Fire Brigade looks remarkably similar to the front... A quick shot of how the Cinema looks up next to the Town Hall. It holds its own surprisingly well, considering such different architectural styles. A shot of the side of the block that is created when all the buildings are put together in released order (Market Street through Palace Cinema). At the moment, the blocks is a strange "C" shape, but hopefully it'll come full circle in 4 more years. Looking back on where it all started. The Cinema looks very nice near Cafe Corner, but the level of detail on the newer sets makes even the CC look a bit bland in comparison. A final parting shot of just the Cinema. I have to say, the stickers do add a lot to the set, even if they are annoying to place. That's all for now, I may try and get down to the LEGO room with a nicer camera in a few days' time. I've uploaded the panorama to imgur for now, so no deeplinking, but if you want to check it out, you can. Be warned though - it's a really terrible picture... http://i.imgur.com/066AbnH.jpg?1
  13. Jay Sathe

    Modular Building 10232 Palace Cinema

    Just picked mine up from my local LEGO Store. I was surprised that they already had it out on display! Man, what I would do to be the guy who gets to build sets for a living...
  14. I had the same issue with my recent Grand Emporium. It's quite annoying, but I found an easy fix. You can take one of the Technic half-pins and put it into the back of the flower piece. That can just slide onto the tap element used to mount the flower. It's not ideal, but I think it looks better in some ways.
  15. Jay Sathe

    Which set should I buy?

    City question: I have a pretty complete City setup, and I have about $100 to spend. I already have a Police Station (7744) and all the basics. What should I buy with $100? I am leaning towards the airport as the most recent one that I have is 10159, but I am not sure how well the new giant plane will fit into my small city. Any suggestions?