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  1. I'm not sure if the designer did not have any say in it. If I'm correct, the designers are usually always consulted by the Lego-designer that transforms the Idea into a real set. Aside from that: if you enter a set on Ideas, you adhere to the rules of Ideas, in which it is stated: "The LEGO Group makes all final decisions on how a project becomes a LEGO set, including the final model design". So: you know that your design can be altered to make it a set Lego can make and market. Although I do understand the criticism of this set, I think Lego has done their best to produce a set that's not way too expensive. A set more closely to the size of the original idea would have cost in excess of a 100 euro/dollar/pound and I honestly believe that they simply would not be able to sell enough of them to make it profitable.
  2. 42078 - Mack Anthem

    Got this set at an amazing bargain when in Germany this week. Have built it now and have to say: what a great set this is. Plenty of build time, nice details already in the build and heaps of functions.
  3. Cut in half newly built house scaled in 1 to 18

    The attention to detail is impeccable, as usual with you. Love it! Are those solar panels real and if so, will they be powering the lighting in the house?
  4. LEGO Creator Expert London Bus 10258

    Well, I don't agree. These also could have been more accurate with a little more attention to detail. So, for me, I think it's not the constraints of the Lego system that make this close enough for TLG to call it finished, but at some point stop making it more accurate, whether it's for budgeting reasons, or just because it should also look like Lego. It won't stop me buying it though.
  5. LEGO Creator Expert London Bus 10258

    Your last sentence kind of nullifies your statement that it's close enough within the confines of the Lego system... As to the "more than a few", was more down to it not being, say, 4-6 different/extra pieces, but more along the lines of 20-30. And no, it would not be a huge rebuild, but - for me at least - also not almost insignificant. Some small changes could make it look a lot more like the original in that specific area. Totally doable, and yes, I'm also looking forward to give it a try. The recent VW beetle also suffered from some design choices that make it look just that bit off (to me and quite a few other people). I do understand the philosophy that hey, it's a lego model and should at least look a bit like that (as the designers stated themselves), but my gut feeling says that cost (in design time and to a certain extent parts) also plays a role. In the end, it's Lego, so when something is not to your liking, nobody's stopping you to try and fix it!
  6. LEGO Creator Expert London Bus 10258

    Well, look at the picture below. The fenders should be much more rounded at the bottom, for starters. The headlights are too big and the grille is too tall (and too grey). It'll need more than a few extra pieces...
  7. CREATOR 2017

    The front looks a bit unfinished to me... the underside of the front fenders should be more rounded instead of square and the grille should have red grille plates at least...
  8. 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    In the Netherlands Shop@Home it's listed as "Naleveringen worden geaccepteerd en worden verzonden na 11 Jul 2017", meaning it's on backorder with delivery from July 11th. So not out of stock yet, over here at least. Meanwhile I'm now three-quarters into the build, and especially the SNOT-application is incredible. On the other hand - as is to be expected in a set like this and this size - building the curved sidewalls of the stages was a bit monotonous. Up until now a lot of the time was spent on SNOT-building stuff that will never be seen again when the set is finished. No complaint though, it's simply incredible how they got around making this set as sturdy as possible without adding tons of weight.
  9. 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    Ordered Wednesday afternoon and less than 48 hours later... dingdong!
  10. 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    Being a bit bored I checked if it might perhaps be available already and it was. Site loaded normally and placing the order was no trouble at all. Might be different when Lego officially announces that the set is available.
  11. 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    Lego.com shop online is now taking orders (at least from the Netherlands).
  12. Unique Canadian Minifig Sets...

    Does that red space minifig have black old style minifig (i.e. rigid) feet? Weird... and if so, I don't think the contents are not quite what came in the pack originally...
  13. [MOC] Dutch FTF Brick Truck (1:13)

    Love "flipje" on the original build, hope it has returned on the rebuild!
  14. I have a bit of a gripe with the "window"stickers, as this model is indeed on the border of being pure Technic they could have doen a bit more system here as you also suggest. But hey, that's what modding is for! So, I have a feeling that this one will be arriving for my short holiday in a bit over a week...