Hypernova888

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  1. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Yeah, they'd be something really special...I know we have no confirmation of anything Fantastic Beasts next year, but truly a Wizarding World theme would be remiss without those excellent figures. Capaldi/Bill Murray/Tarkin's hairpiece would be effortlessly good for Jude Law's Dumbledore...I wonder what would work for Grindelwald's spiky hair.
  2. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    They will be. They may not be blockbusters but the last film did well enough and Warner Brothers knows just how profitable the Harry Potter license is in the long run. It's not a question whether or not this series will finish with all five installments--each one is already in the works in some way, the contracts are there. They're happening. You're absolutely right. I entirely doubt JK has anything more than some small projects beside Fantastic Beasts lined up for the Wizarding World over the next ten years. She's a busy gal, she's writing as Robert Galbraith and is working hard on the scripts for the Beasts films (which she's loving as a project). They're the future, and I think they'll increase in popularity, at least a little bit, for the next film. I hope so, as it makes me happy how much money Harry Potter makes for the talented people behind the productions.
  3. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Honestly, no, I don't think it has. It may not be in the same place Star Wars is in right now, with new film releases, cartoons, toys and other things all orchestrated by Disney, but the Wizarding World never was really quite about the toys or the movies. They started with those books, and they gained success based on the world that was created within them. And the Wizarding World right now is about as strong as it has been in years, at least since the release of Deathly Hallows pt 2 in 2011. The world's not in fever for it all like it used to be, but those stories and products capitalizing on them will be popular for decades to come, with the people who became fans of the original stories largely still very loyal to the brand. Maybe Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them didn't really do as well as the Potter films, and Cursed Child didn't get the same sort of limelight. But it all consolidates into a cloud of strong success--the books keep reselling, the productions continue, and Universal Studios has employees literally standing in their other themed areas with signs just to direct guests to the reason many of them are there: Harry Potter. It's not the way it was, it's not a mania that came alongside the films and the excitement beside every 'premiere' of 'the next installment'. But it's still cemented itself in a very stable position that I doubt will fail any time soon. Yeah, don't forget Melbourne in 2019--Harry Potter's EVERYWHERE, like Falcon said. Kids still know him (somehow), even without the movie releases, and absolutely the kids that grew up on this stuff will largely still go for it as adults. I mean, I didn't have the money to get any but one of the Hogwarts sets in the original line. But now? LEGO could clean me out in less than a second if they released a new series with no warning, I'd do my best to get every last set. Yeah, Fantastic Beasts could even conceivably continue releasing past 2024 since they said it could sometimes be a little more than two years between releases--though those films may not end up being as wildly popular as the core Potter movies, they'll certainly draw some attention and because of them it makes sense to at least do a little bit for the Potter license, even just to hang onto it a little longer until they can make it worth every penny. (Also Cursed Child is much better onstage, I'd highly recommend it to anyone. When I first read the script I felt a lot of its jenky-ness too, but I got used to it and by the time I saw it in the Palace Theatre, I was absolutely smitten. Though for the record I guess I still enjoyed the weird script, I knew it'd seem odd even before scripts are way different than books, and I laughed a lot at the funny writing and got attached to the characters. So to each his own, I'm sorry you don't like it very much. But I assure you, even if you don't like it--it's not bad. The show has fantastic reviews. Even if it's not the same sort of thing as the main series, it's not supposed to be the eighth book. Just the next story. Anyway, my apologies, soapbox over.) Yeahhh I agree entirely. It's a colour pallet iconic for and specific to LEGO Harry Potter, I think changing it would just be...sort of wrong. It still works with the portrayal in the films, and changing it would kinda devalue past sets a tiny bit from a display standpoint. If I had all of the full Hogwarts sets, and got a rockin' UCS Hogwarts to put next to them, it'd look pretty odd for the new, beautifully updated one to be dark tan next to its sandy predecessors. And I too am nostalgic for the 'puke green' roofs, as my sister used to call the colour. Those tan and green parts made up a huge part of my LEGO collection as a kid, it was like my LEGO identity. Maybe I'm just overly biased, but I think they still fit: sometimes LEGO picks colours a little more extreme than the source material that still (usually) adapt the subject well, just to make the model stand out more. It is still a toy, after all...at least most of the time. On the subject of display, It's certain that display is a crucial factor for a UCS set (though it wouldn't actually be UCS it'd be UCS on a practical level so yanno whatever), especially compared to playsets, both from a design and a sales standpoint. A detailed interior would be nice, and I like being able to play with my toys, but I feel certain that if LEGO is going to pull the stops out anywhere, it'd be on the outside of the castle, I think it'd just make the set more valuable. Honestly, though I'm not a crazy collector or anything, I'd mostly just end up displaying the castle. And as much as I'd love to see the great potential of an interior realized--the room of hidden things, or a detailed potions classroom--an ornately-crafted exterior that I can look at and think 'Man, that's Hogwarts' is really what I want. I wouldn't even need figures (though I want the minifig selection to be great in the release), I just love that castle and really, I just want one. I want it in my house, overlooking my work tables, always connecting me to the world I adore. though yeah it'd be pretty sick to see a perfectly done grand staircase with moving stairs and portraits of obscure wizards lining every wall up the seven floors but y'know *edit* Sorry for the uber-long post, love you all. <3
  4. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think it's fair to hope that 71043 is a Hogwarts. If so, I think it's also safe to assume that we won't be getting any normal waves of HP sets, that it'll just be a Hogwarts and a CMF line. That to me seems pretty reasonable, and not too much of a stretch for TLG to make happen. Perhaps it could end up being a precursor to a small Fantastic Beasts line at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019...though maybe even then, could the hints that we'll be getting a 'Wizarding World' line, not just 'Harry Potter', suggest that the Hogwarts and CMF are all we're getting of the Wizarding World next year? Fantastic Beasts falls under that blanket and it wouldn't make any sense to put a Wizarding World Hogwarts set in the 'CMF sets' lineup if there were other wizarding sets coming. My safe prediction: a CMF line and a D2C set, most likely Hogwarts, mostly focusing on Harry Potter. It's not too much of a stretch to guess that other Wizarding figures could appear--about a month ago they were filming Hogwarts scenes for Fantastic Beasts 2 in Wiltshire, it would make sense. I don't think we should ignore the possible rebranding from 'Harry Potter' to 'Wizarding World'. But I'm also a little hesitant to get too crazy with my prognostications. This sounds wonderful to me, a bit more maturity added to some of the older Hogwarts playsets would be perfect in my book, no disappointment for me.
  5. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I agree absolutely, it even had a handful of nice pieces, like those mushrooms, some extra blue fire and leaf parts--basic, but still nice to have.
  6. Hypernova888

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie - an AFOL's Review

    Thanks for the review--I'm now looking even more forward to my chance to see it, I'm glad it plays its 'LEGO'-ness well!
  7. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    So would I, though the way Grawp appears in OotP doesn't really suit the normal big-fig style...I'd expect to see more of a brick-built figure, like Gi-Ant-Man from last year (though I'm not sure if that could look good at all).
  8. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Isn't just one set, but a whole wave? That's very hopeful to hear...I'm excited! ;) Honestly, if we got a UCS style Hogwarts? I'd accept 100% reused figures from the past easily. Obviously I want the best we can possibly get, I'd like sets from Fantastic Beasts 2, but just...Hogwarts. Getting a two-eras-in-one set like the new Falcon would be the most ideal (and most sensible) set I think we could possibly get, definitely with Harry, some of his friends and teachers, Dumbledore, and then probably Jude Law's Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange, young Newt and if he's important enough, the new character Sebastian. I'd pay as much money as they'd want for a really good, thoroughly detailed castle like that. Even if we got a normal flagship playset I'd still dig that--my only Hogwarts Castles came before the rebooted 2010 wave, and I wasn't able to pick up 4842. *regret* It feels very hard to speculate sets right now, hard enough that we don't know much at all about the next FB film, but also because it's tough to get a proper sense of what LEGO wants to go for when it comes to Harry Potter...likely some of the same as we've gotten in the past, but if they're going to do a CMF wave it makes me feel like these sets may be something different...maybe they'll have a different feel, or a different focus, or will just (fingers firmly crossed) have a new degree of quality to them. Even still, all speculation, hopes, theories and anything else aside...I'm excited to get anything LEGO Potter...and if it's within my means, I'll do my best to collect this 'wave' as best as I can in its entirety. I'm eating up any rumors and hits we're getting...I haven't been in theme hype mode since LEGO Dimensions...and I haven't been excited to this degree since the last wave of LEGO The Hobbit. I think if there's any help to the perceived validity of these rumors, it's that we're only getting these rumors NOW for 2018, when we'll see the next Fantastic Beasts movie. I don't think LEGO was prepared to be able to do sets for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016 (or they just didn't want to or didn't see the value in it) so they put Newt and Tina in Dimensions and are now ready to commit for the release of the next film. Maybe they think they can trust it to be successful. I wonder how odd a LEGO Depp Grindelwald would look...(a proper one, not the simple Dimensions one)
  9. Hypernova888

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Honestly, any continuation of the Harry Potter line would make me happy--I snatched up the Fantastic Beasts and Potter packs for Dimensions in a heartbeat. I wouldn't mind mostly reusing past figures, though I've wished for years for a line of Harry Potter sets with as much attention to detail as the Lord of the Rings sets. If we do get more sets, I'd appreciate anything. I think having a CMF wave would guarantee some new quality of figures, likely new parts, definitely new printings and reworked designs, if not some more special characters. I don't expect obscure figures in the line, but I'm excited for the very possible updates of elementary characters (Dumbledore surely, perhaps Sirius) to fill out the Collectible Minifigures. Maybe the Golden Trio will be given special variants in the series, sort of how TLM, The Simpsons, Ninjago and LEGO Batman series all came with variants of main characters, alongside secondary characters. On the subject of theming, I'm super excited at the potential prospect of having BOTH Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, if they release sets and figures under a 'Wizarding World' banner, I think that'd be a dream come true! It makes sense to have FB next year, but if Potter is confirmed, I'm hoping that's what that means. For anyone asking about the Cursed Child--I don't think it'd make any sense for them to make a set/sets based off of the show, though (and I don't think this is at all likely) I'd adore just getting Scorpius and Albus in the CMF wave. Point is, I'd be happy getting anything magical from LEGO--and I think this is the best news I've heard for my collection in a good long while. I'm super psyched for 'the chase' of rumours, leaks and announcements to come. Full steam ahead!
  10. Hypernova888

    What is Lego Worlds?

    Damn, if this is true... Well, it'd better be! I love that if this is the case, there's a more linear grand adventure game, and an open-world build game. Like the two base pieces of LEGO Universe, more fully realised. RIP LU, but we may be getting two games better!
  11. Hypernova888

    LEGO Hobbit 2014

    I checked-My Gollum matches line-for-line WAIT-I just looked at pics of that Gollum! Mine has a defect, it's missing that chin line. That's a bit odd. =/ EDIT: But if one looks at pics by The Brick Show, Firestar and others, they don't have that line either. So...only LEGO's did, looks like.
  12. Hypernova888

    LEGO Hobbit 2014

    Sorry to say, but Gollum's not new. Just look at him side-by-side with The Hobbit's. It's the same. But, I completely agree, a Smeagol face would have been brilliant, though I just use his LotR variant! XD
  13. Hypernova888

    LEGO Hobbit 2014

    Actually, no. Legolas's Hobbit face is softer. with a more sympathetic mouth. LotR's is sharper, more defined. This is a little more defined, but much more emotional, with the cheekbones more lines than curves. Yes, but I'm not talking about the art at the top, I'm talking about the figure pics at the bottom of the package. Interestingly enough, the box art at the top's face does seem to be his Hobbit variation, so maybe that's this new face's alternate? Though I'm kind of wondering whether any of these figures will have alternate faces at all.
  14. Hypernova888

    LEGO Hobbit 2014

    You know what's more awesome? I found new pics of the Legolas, Gimli and Gollum fun packs-Legolas gets a new face print! Gimli also appears to, but I'm not going to assume JUST yet. Strangely enough, Gollum's just the one from Riddles for the Ring, so no new print. But that makes me want each LotR one more! I'd paste the pics here, but the good-quality are WAY too huge: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91xuNZLEjtL._SL1500_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91tMkRJr10L._SL1500_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51bBprUV-fL._SY300_.jpg
  15. This..cannot be real...Not in this scale! Honestly, this is flipping amazing! Amazing work, the only thing that I think could have been better is that the lighting made it seem really dark and hard to see all the lovely details. Brilliant!