Clone OPatra

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    [REVIEW] 75810 - The Upside Down

    I could've written this exact post I've never seen the show, nor do I care to watch it, but the set is so good on so many levels... if only LEGO hadn't revived Harry Potter and had such a great second wave coming. It's true that a set like this isn't going to happen again, and it is simply mind-blowing in design concept and execution, not to mention the fantastic parts and recolours and amazing minifigures. And yet, and yet... budget for me is far from unlimited, and I have to think about what I'd regret missing more in five or ten years time: this or some of the new HP content. Ultimately, HP wins out. Thank you so much for this beautiful review @makoy!
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    LEGO 2019 Stranger Things Rumours Discussion

    Makoy's very detailed review is live here:
  3. Our member Makoy has produced a stunning review of the equally stunning new Stranger Things set, 75810 The Upside Down. Click here or on the image to see all of the details and read Makoy's thoughts on this unique set!
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    LEGO 2019 Stranger Things Rumours Discussion

    An awesome review right here on Eurobricks will be published soon as well!
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Ah, good point. I forgot about that. That being the case, it's just a bad choice.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    I've read before (I think either in a New Elementary post or in the comments on one from someone in the know) that CMF pieces aren't just readily available. Since until recently they were all made in a Chinese factory, LEGO has to opt to reproduce the mould in one of their other factories that handles main parts supply for sets. To do so does in some way factor into the cost behind the set and the decisions the design team has to make to meet the allotted budget. I could be getting some of this partially wrong because it's very third hand, but that's the gist of it.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Or is it because the piece makes a decent representation of wrapped lembas bread, and LEGO is taking advantage of how starved LEGO Lord of the Rings fans are for anything new and useful?
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    LEGO has an odd obsession with making people ginger, like young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Warner Brothers / JK Rowling licensers have to approve all of these choices, but I doubt they're as picky and detail obsessed as us AFOLs. I'd like to know a case when they disproved of one of LEGO's minifgure design choices, and it was changed because of that.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    I've read every single one with interest!
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    What the heck, I'll join in. It's interesting to see how many of us are aligned when it comes to the top 2, but then start to split as we get into the cheaper sets. It's very hard for me to rank ALL the sets because I'm torn between ranking them based on what I see as an objective design standpoint rather than on what is actually most desirable for me to buy. With the Knight Bus for instance - objectively it looks like a great set and design, but I just don't want it, just like the Hogwarts Express from last year. Ultimately I'll try to fuse what I actually want to buy with objective design thoughts. 1. Clock Tower 2. Hagrid's Hut 3. Beauxbaton Carriage (just such an attractive set with great exclusive figures) 4. Graveyard (the design is crap but the figures are great) 5. Patronus (though objectively better than the Graveyard, the only thing I truly want is the Sirius since I don't care for the static Stag, still like the old Dementors better, and will have the Harry from the HH) 6. Knight Bus (good set, just don't want) 7. Advent Calendar (a few exclusive torsos and that's probably it) 8. Horntail (everything about this one's desogn sucks IMO, and the figures are only interesting if you're a completionist or happen to love GoF)
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Wow, the Carriage is quite a surprise for many reasons, not the least of which is that it's a Harry Potter set with zero main characters! I love the look of it, the magical openable feature, and all of the minifigures. The Graveyard set was expected from the rumours, and still pretty good. I like the grave builds including Tom Riddle Sr's, but the whole flat area looks a bit bland and uninspiring. The minifigures are all well done apart from Wormtail's very incorrect hair. I recall someone on here speculating that LEGO would never do the KKK-looking Death Eater costume, but here we go, they did! Is it the CMF Series 12 wizard hat recoloured in black? I'm going to have some tough decisions ahead about which sets to buy and which to skip and instead Bricklink the figures that I want. I just don't have the budget to buy them all, unfortunately. From the first wave I only got the Great Hall and Quidditch (at a discount), plus a bunch of CMF and bricklinking Lupin from the Hogwarts Express. From this wave I'll definitely buy the Clock Tower, and Hagrid's Hut is a definite maybe. The Horntail and Knightbus sets are definite skips for me. The only thing I really want from Expecto Patronum is Sirius, but it's a cheap enough set that it might not feel worth bricklinking him instead of buying the whole thing, though I don't care for the builds and can honestly pass on the rest of the figures especially if I get Hagrid's Hut. The Graveyard set similarly has a build that I could give a miss, but it does have more desirable figures. Does anyone else plan out how to get most of what they want without buying all the sets?
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    Single Pane Star Wars Funnies

    As an introduction, I read The New Yorker Magazine each week, and one of its prominent features is its single pane cartoons scattered throughout the magazine. These cartoons don't relate to the subject matter of the articles, they are just there to provide a good laugh and some satire of our modern world. So, minus the satire of our modern world, I was inspired to make a few single pan Star Wars cartoons. Here are my first two: If some people do not understand them, I can explain if you want me to. I hope at least someone enjoys these, and if they do, maybe I'll make more for their benefit. (If nobody likes them, I can still make more to torture everybody )
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    Chinese New Year’s sets -2019

    I know people sometimes use the word "literally" to mean "figuratively" these days, but I ordered a copy at 9:45am on May 1st, 5-6 hours after the comment here on Eurobricks saying it was available, so I reckon it was being sold for at least 7 or 8 hours before going into "Temporarily Out of Stock" status. The fact that LEGO sold it directly in AUS and NZ means that they did make some adjustments to try and keep it from being as much of a fiasco as last time, but I agree with others here that they should have capped it at 5 or so per order. It's also quite interesting that the box for the Boat Race is smaller than the box for the Dragon Dance, though they're both the same price in AUD and similar piece counts. I wonder if LEGO had time to adjust between releases and make a smaller box so that they could fit more per case, or if they always intended a smaller box for this one for the usual mysterious "reasons"
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Unless the press packet that was sent to Brothers-Brick and Brickset is wrong, it's USD $60 (59.99) and AUD $100
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Ron is pictured along the top of the box. If you zoom in you can see he's in his R sweater Great to see these in high quality with confirmed prices across many markets. I'm very happy with the price of the Clock Tower both in the US and in Australia. Hagrid's Hut feels proportionally a tad too expensive in all markets. It's exceptionally detailed, but that comes at the cost of having a larger amount of small parts packed into a model that doesn't feel worth the money size-wize. Based on size it still looks pretty much like a USD $40 set, not a $60 one. But it is so darn pretty and packs enough that I'll probably get it as soon as I find it at a slight discount here in Aus.
  16. Though this was pretty much already evident from the sets alone, seeing the film has really hit home how lackluster and uninspiring the majority of the sets are in all respects when compared to the film (a couple of them have redeeming features though they have nothing to do with the movie). It's truly a shame that more budget wasn't allocated to the minifgures for whatever reason, and that we're not given a minifigure collection befitting the epic scale of Endgame. I'd think that given the excitement around the movie, LEGO would pull out all the stops on what matters to people most - the characters. Unless Marvel literally only supplied artwork of the characters in their QR suits, LEGO should've done better. I hate to be a negative nancy, and I have voted with my wallet too and not bought any of the sets (never cared about collecting Iron Men). I'd love some accurate sets even if LEGO started designing now and they came out in two years, but I know that's not going to happen.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    A slew of new Harry Potter reveals always makes me giddy with excitement, and this has been no exception (even though all of the minifigures had been leaked already). It's been interesting to see everyone's varied thoughts on these. For me, the Clock Tower and Patronus sets are no-brainers. The Clock Tower has a great exterior to add to the Great Hall, and I doubt we'll ever see these variants of the minifigures again. The interiors are cramped and/or bare, and it's really a poor excuse for Dumbledore's office, but the set is mainly going to sit on a shelf next to the Great Hall so I can't complain too much. LEGO did do the Yule Ball sections exceptionally well. By the same token, the First Task and Knight Bus are easy passes. The Horntail looks dreadful to me, and I've never cared for the whole Triwazard Tournament anyway so I don't mind skipping the minifigures. The Knight Bus looks good, but I've just never been interested in the Harry Potter vehicles. The only set that's a toss-up for me is Hagrid's Hut. The build looks quite good, though I was taken aback at first by it not being enclosed. Buckbeak also looks great. On the other hand, I can live without Fudge and Macnair, who will probably have dreadful face printing anyway. No new Hagrid is expected but a shame, as is no Fang. Add in the fact that the price is likely going to be on the high side, and it's a difficult sell. I might just have to wait for a good sale, though in Australia generally the best that can be expected is a sale that brings the price within range of full US MSRP.
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    Star Wars mainly ships

    I can't totally suss out the intention of this topic, but yes, please check out the Star Wars section: https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/forum/86-lego-star-wars/ I'll lock this now.
  19. It's now the 24th here in Australia, and the first sessions will be finishing in a few hours and even sooner in New Zealand, so I reckon it's time for the shutdown to begin.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Ok, I honestly have very little idea what it going on here, but we're here to discuss Harry Potter LEGO, not squabble about what people are doing in regards to leaks and namecalling. Eurobricks is not a place for that. If this keeps up, I'll put this thread in a 24-hour lockdown, which would be a real shame because there actually are things to discuss at the moment.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    I have a feeling that her hair will be a massive disappointment for anyone hoping it will be either new or closely resemble her actual movie look. It seems LEGO pulled out all the stops for the first new wave of Harry Potter to give it a proper kickoff, and now have fallen back to many of the compromises that we're used to with reused face and leg prints (though the leg print thing is clever), pre-existing hair moulds, etc. I personally would've preferred even just new face prints for Krum and the Hermione that we've seen over that Stag Patronus, and I don't see how kids will find a static trans-blue animal to be all that fun either. Certainly if Yule Ball Hermione turns out to have an ill-fitting hairpiece and/or there's no new Hagrid and/or no Fang (or an existing mould named Fang in the set), any of those should've been prioritised over the new stag in my opinion. All that said, I'm still quite grateful for what LEGO has done and is doing with this theme, as it's above and beyond the Wizarding World sets that have come before in all respects and honestly a dream come true that they're making new Harry Potter sets at all.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    These sets are pretty much based on the films, with perhaps a few nods to the books here and there. In the films there's no fleshed out description of inferi as I recall. There are just creepy lake monster people that start to come for Harry when he touches the water. But maybe I'm forgetting. Either way, they could 100% happen, because as people have pointed out, LEGO has no problem making lots of traumatic stuff in Licensed sets. Cedric being included in a graveyard scene is also completely possible. Anyone who thinks that LEGO has never made a set with an adult and a child who the adult murders need only turn their attention to the Star Wars sets with General Grevious and Nahdar Vebb, the latter of which is a Padawan who only appeared in one Clone Wars episode... in which he was murdered by Grevious.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    It's a pre-existing leg print, and the designers have cleverly designed these new torsos to match up with it.
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    Harry Potter 2019 - Rumors and discussion

    Why do you think so? It looks pretty good for a somewhat distressed or quizzical teenage Ron to me. Definitely displays personality better than the CMF one. I'm looking forward to seeing the other side as well.
  25. Great and extremely thorough review as always, WhiteFang! It's very interesting to see so many torsos back to being without the neck mark again. I loved that the LEGO Movie 2 series had moved to being mostly European-quality plastic, as opposed to the slightly duller Chinese plastic used in all series previously. I wonder if this series is more of a mix between the two. Just like with the first Disney series, despite feeling fondly toward many of these properties I'm just not very interested in the minifigures. I'll probably pick up Jack Skellington and Hercules because all of their parts look fun and useful, and maybe Elsa and Sally for the great hairpieces especially. Otherwise, I can give the rest a miss.