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  1. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    True- but I'm assuming a trip to LEGO HQ would be a concern that would supersede such a rule?
  2. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    I don't know, I liked Ninjago: Rebooted okay.
  3. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    I'm just having a really hard time reading the beast heads and jaws as one functional head unit. The jaws in all of the photos so far just seem like random parts hanging in space to me.
  4. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    It's comparable because there are all those red rangers on the shelf, at once. Just like the dozen different Batman toys, or Star Wars figures. You're talking two different versions a year apart, these other lines are doing different versions at once.
  5. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    Fans of every other toyline don't seem to mind getting different versions of the same characters over and over. Take a walk down the toy aisles and just count the different versions of the same red ranger. On the shelf at the same time. This is an industry standard for a reason.
  6. Considering, as Lyichir said, that the majority of TLG's employees in that sort of stature work from Denmark, and my role in 2014 planning NYCC with the LEGO team, yes, I definitely have. One of the things I think we need here, though, is context. You say you didn't get most of the story supplemental material, and so the whole idea that the story was too complex always seems weird to you, which makes perfect sense. But contextually, BIONICLE was most successful and aimed most strongly at the US audience. It was a very minor theme in most of the world, and it was the US sales and audience that propelled the line to such great heights and longevity. We weren't given percentages, but we were told in very explicit details during the NYCC ramp-up where the line was relaunched that BIONICLE was first and foremost a US-audience line. When the majority of your audience has decided that the story has gotten too complex or confusing (a complaint brought up again by one of their own employees apparently at the recent toyfair), you have a problem, regardless of how the peripheral markets feel. (Of which, in all honesty, the US is often- TLG's biggest market is Germany.)
  7. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    BZP is always there too.
  8. That's neat, but not what LEGO employees themselves, who have market research and analysis have said.
  9. dviddy

    Is It Still Worth Getting The 2015 Toa?

    Plus the dark orange shells! I've bought like six copies of that set by now. Such a good one, whereas I haven't picked up the new Pohatu and its the only one I haven't and probably won't.
  10. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    Also, not all of the people talking the most are the same people. I still feel pretty much the same about most of the 2016 sets. I think the Toa are all, without a single exception, a step backward in design and personality from the 2015 sets. I like Tahu's and Lewa's new masks better than their 2015 ones. I feel like these 2016 Toa look like the over-complex "every hole needs to be filled with as much technic as possible" MOCs that are unfortunately still littering so many BIONICLE MOCing communities. I think it looks almost universally awful. I like some of the beasts, I like Umarak more than I thought I would, though I still can't stand the lower legs. I'm just not posting about it every day because that gets tiring, but I don't have much else to contribute at the moment.
  11. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    As if we weren't complaining about x when it was G1 too. The things I hate about the new sets are the same things I hated about the latter-year sets in G1 too. I loved G1, but it was a flawed, flawed thing.
  12. Except that beloved entrenched story was poorly written, just as inconsistent between media forms, handled with no real schedule in updates and promised content, consistently had games and features removed to cut costs at the last minute, etc. It was plagued with qc issues in the end, and that entrenched story was meandering and incomplete, and led to mass fan backlash and boat-jumping. It kept the fanatical elements of the base talking and engaged while alienating casual fans. You remember it happily and that's great, but don't pretend these issues haven't always existed.
  13. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    LEGO hasn't done that in the past, no. We usually don't get good pictures until NY.
  14. dviddy

    Star Wars Constraction 2016 Discussion

    Yeah, I use Bricks and Pieces extensively for CCBS parts. Bricklink has a high volume of so many parts, but CCBS parts that aren't the small red or blue shells from Ninjago sets are near-impossible to order in the bulk quantity that I want. Especially for parts like the white shells uses on Kopaka 15's thighs, and only ever on his thighs in that colour. That's one of my favourite pieces, so Bricks and Pieces for forty of them was way easier than buying the entire two or four from ten different Bricklink sellers. Also finally found a copy of Kylo Ren in Portland. This set is amazing. It's everything aesthetically I could ever ask for out of a constraction set. Now I need to find a second of the set so I can have one to display with the only Rey I've been able to find, and also one for parts.
  15. dviddy

    Bionicle 2016 Sets Discussion

    It wasn't too late to go back, the upgrade to CCBS was planned years before BIONICLE ended, and was potentially designed to be used for BIONICLE. It was in fact, one of the small contributing factors to the line being canceled, as the designers wanted to push further into the CCBS range, but with BIONICLE's decaying/stagnant sales, and smaller market impact, added on to the convoluted and impassable story, the idea of launching CCBS with a different "test" line came about. Had they not canceled it, we would have had CCBS BIONICLE sets instead of CCBS debuting with BIONICLE.