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  1. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2023

    As it stands, I'm also 'in denial'. I have more and more non-TLG bricks and I'm not mixing them. But, there are a few models I'd like to build for which mixing parts will be inevitable.
  2. A FYRA would've been interesting... ;)
  3. You can make 'anything' work on the current tracks, but consistency would be nice. IF (and I don't know what they are planning to do) TLG decides to make this a 10 or 12 wide model, Train AFOLs won't be very interested since very few of them are interested in static models only. Furthermore, it would be the second train (in a row) that misses the ball for train AFOLs. This makes me think: TLG said that the swiss crocodile would be used as in indicator if they would continue with a more 'grown up' train line-up. What if that locomotive actually sold very well, but TLG has determined that most costumers used it for display? If that's the case, I understand (but I don't endorse) their decision to make large scale models with a higher brick count (and price). It makes designing them easier. As for me: I don't care what TLG does. There many other options.
  4. *thomas*

    12v train running on powered up?

    This is not an answer to your question (sorry), but altough I FULLY understand you wan't to keep the 'stock' 12V unit to maintain the original look from the set, I would switch to a new PF or PU unit. The 12v units are becoming very rare (and expensive) and I went trough the same process as you. In the end, I just completely switched to RC (yes, with the bulky base), 9V and PF/PU. Never been happier.
  5. *thomas*

    Combining 7 and 8 wide

    Hi all I hope that 2023 will be the year I can FINALLY start building a layout. The last couple of years, I've been building mostly 6-wide, but this scale is starting to annoy me. Nothing against 6-wide, I respect the LEGO heritage, but it's just not realastic. So, I decided to switch to an 8-wide based layout. I do have some models (and trials) in 7-wide, one of them buying the Swiss Crocodile and was wondering how good it mixes with 8 wides sets. Does it look 'odd' or does it take a 'trained' eyed to spot it. Thanks for the insight. Cheers T.
  6. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Seeing the two next two each other made me realise how little detail the 'big' engine has.
  7. *thomas*

    New Hogwarts Express

    People aren't 'upset' because they choose to go a different route, they just don't understand why LEGO 'neglects' a 'die-hard' fanbase. Many AFOLTrains have been around quite some time. Let me put it this way: what's the difference between this set and let's say a 250 USD Hogwarts Express with 2 carriages and/or a more detailed platform in 'regular' LEGO scale but with the same level as detail as the crocodile?
  8. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2022

    As others have said/predicted: the design was never going to be aimed at train-fans. The 'wheel-story' is utter BS. AFAIK, LEGO has used many different wheel sizes to run on ALL their train track since the 60s.
  9. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2022

    That sums it up quite nicely. And just to add: LEGO is just being greedy. There are more HP than TRAIN fans (there is no other reason to produce this set otherwise). They care more for minifigs, so they include a bunch of them. TLG knows people will want the minifigs so they just 'add' a giant set at an insane price-point. I'm convinced that if they would've made this the size of the EN (with a longer coach), but with the same minifigs, it would sell equally good (but TLG would make less profit). I catch myself browsing their website way more often than the TLG site. Anyone who hasn't, should give them a go. What they have on offer really is a step up compared to what TLG is trying to sell as a trainset.
  10. *thomas*

    [MOC] Subaru Outback

    Cool rendition :). Still, can't recommend them (the real outback) enough. Good looking cars which have outgrown densely populated areas in Europe, but suit the USA perfectly.
  11. *thomas*

    MISB 7750

    This is one of the reasons why I don't enjoy building / playing with LEGO anymore. The fear that a unique, rare set will lose it's value once opened is a huge drawback...
  12. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2022

    Funny, when I first looked at the new station, I got some 80s vibes from it, so I know exactly what you mean. As you said, it looks like a nice place to wait for a train, but it's not a station I can relate to (most railway stations in Belgium are older, larger building that look a lot like the 4554 station, even in more rural areas). Still, my son will love it. Shame I can't feel that way about the pass. train :(.
  13. *thomas*

    LEGO Trains 2022

    As much as I like the station from a child's perspective, I do wonder: would it have been so difficult for LEGO to give us this?