Jack Bricker

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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I think that we will all have to just wait and see what the prices and various features are when the toy fair comes in February. I personally do not care what the prices are as I know that the economy is really bad even here in the U.S. and I Simply Want Those Sets! I do hope that Lego does try to keep the prices down as we all have our financial limits but, I would also like to keep in mind that prices have been going up all around the board for toys except for video games which has actually been doing better during this down economy for some reason.
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    Kingdoms 2012?

    I think that it is possible either way, although from the sounds of it Lego will be doing at least another wave of Kingdoms before they discontinue it. Also LOTR is high fantasy, not necessarily a full fledged castle theme so Lego could continue their regular castle line. Also, if you look at SW Lego still sells regular generic Sci Fi themes alongside of SW because Sci Fi has such a large following. The same can almost be said for the Medieval Fantasy Genre. Now, POTC comes from the Pirate Genre and IJ comes from the Adventure/Explorer Genre which, neither have very big followings compared to the previous two mentioned. I personally think that LOTR could continue on for ten years simply because of the amount of content that Lego has to work with just from the movies alone and the following that LOTR and Medieval Fantasy has and I also think that Lego could continue their regular "historic" castle line without the two competing. However, if I am wrong I personally do not care either way and would be happy with LOTR continuing on for a number of years as there is so much content for Lego to produce and as I am a big fan of the series.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I totally agree with you on that. I really do think that there is a possibility of Lego producing a UCS level set like Diagon Alley if the LOTR sets sell well, which I think that they will. Also, I think that the play sets do look very good for what they are. I do not expect Lego to do every major location in exact minifig scale and I really don't expect them to do every scene in the books but, if Lego can make some big sets like Helms Deep and some fun, minifig packed, smaller sets like the Urok Army than I will be totally satisfied. And I still think that we are pretty lucky that Lego got the LOTR license. Think if they had only gotten the Hobbit license and how disappointing that would be.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    Sorry, but your criticism is pointless. I have heard so much useless criticism on this forum that I think that it is verging on trolling. I have heard to many time things like "the set is to dark", "the tower is on the wrong side", or my personal favorite "fleshy minifigs are bad" and now I have to hear somebody go as far as to say that Lego was being stupid to put main characters in a set and not release battle-packs for a theme that we have only seen "some" of the illegally released prototype pictures for. I really wish the moderators would start putting down this kind of criticism because it is kind of destructive to the relationship between Lego and the AFOLs. Really, Lego I think has done as good a job as it possible could do with this theme so far and this kind of criticism is just plain useless and quite offensive and does not really reflect different opinions or problems in a constructive manner.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    Well, I think LOTR fit in the history forum because of the heavy castle influence here and if you remember fantasy era it was not especially historically accurate either. Anyway back on topic: I really am very pleased with all of these sets both in terms of design and look and scale. The size is just right for a Lego set and the Helms Deep looks very impressive. Also I am really pleased to see so many minifigures included with each set. The color of the sets is dark but, then so is LOTR so I find no fault there. I am also especially happy to see the new large troll and all of the new swords and helmet pieces. A truly awesome theme and one that does look better quality than POTC.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    Wow, hold on there, lets not get carried away. It is way too early for us to know whether Lego has got the LOTR license or not. First of all we have heard only rumors and only "1" of those rumors said that Lego was still trying to acquire the LOTR License. Also we have not seen any new wave of Caste sets or heard anything official about Lego not doing LOTR. Lego has kept absolutely silent on the matter which may be that Lego is or is not doing it. I personally hope that they do acquire the license but, whether they do or don't is still up in the air for those of us out of their inner circle.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I do not think that siege engines, or other vehicles have ever been a huge focus in the Castle theme but, rather the castles, towers, and army builders have been the main focus. Siege engines are just part of the army builder focus in Castle. I would also like to clarify my original point that vehicles are not required for a theme to be successful and I do not think that they will be required for either LOTR or the Hobbit to be successful in Lego form.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    As a Pirates fan I would like to point out that the Black Pearl did not follow in the footsteps of the great, successful, and popular Skulls Eye Schooner, BSB, IMP because the set was half finished and not well designed as a Lego ship. No it did not compare well with the rest of the pirates line. But if you look at say Indiana Jones compared to the Adventurers, or some of the other POTC sets like the QAR to the classic pirates I think that Lego probably has a very good shot for a successful LOTR theme with kids and AFOLs alike.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I never was crazy about vehicles and I know that there are a lot of other people out there who are not crazy about vehicles either. Vehicles are just the accessory when it comes to castle or something like Indiana Jones because that its the playsets that are the main focus and appeal when it comes to those kind of themes. I mean just look at Pharaohs Quest, the Adventurers, Fantasy Era Castle, the original Black Knights and Dragon Masters and castle sets from the 90s. Also, keep in mind that there was a lot of disappointment with the Atlantis theme because of all of the weird vehicles, so I do not think that vehicles are going to determine the successfulness of either The Hobbit or LOTR.
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    Recreating Castle catalog dioramas

    I have always loved Legos dioramas. Although it would be expensive if your modeling skills are good for the rest of the landscape and you have the pocket books big enough I would certainly give it a try. P.S. 500th Post.
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    General Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Discussion Thread

    Oh yeah it was. I mean comparing the mermaids and the QAR to aliens in a Indiana Jones movie. Yeah I think that there still is some life left in POTC and I think that if Lego did come out with some better designed sets I there would still be a pretty good market for them too.
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    MOC: Teylingen Castle

    Awesome. Just simply awesome. I really like all of the detail that you put into it like the stables, barracks and especially the dining hall. That fireplace looks so cool. Really great castle.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I would go for a Grond and a Mumakil when I was a kid. I have never been crazy about space anyway. The point is that just because Star Wars is popular does not mean that is all that will sell. I think that LOTR has a very good chance of being popular and I think that some of the new pieces that Lego could make as a result of this theme would certainly make it popular with Castle AFOLs.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I agree totally with you on the fact that a theme does not need vehicles to be successful. Vehicles are just part of the elements that make a successful theme when it comes to Castle. Yes, getting a troll ship or siege tower is neat but, I do not want to get either before I get the castle for the ship and siege tower to attack. I do not think that LOTR is going to rely on vehicles at all but, on minifigs and and the iconic locations like Isenguard, Helms Deep, Minas Tirith, Cirith Ungol, the shire, Barad Dur, and Moria. Most of those sets do not have to be made into huge UCS sets but, could be made into simple modular sets like for example Cirith Ungol and Isenguard could be made into $20-30 sets and the Shire could simply be made into Bag End which is really just a single-story house under a hill. Also, you could make Helms deep on a raised baseplate Like 6081 Kings Mountain Fortress and Moria could simply be set of depicting the Balroq vs. Gandalf on the bridge with a couple of orcs. That just leaves Minas Tirith and Barad Dur for a large set and perhaps a UCS level set. I do not think that Lego has to make a lot of UCS level sets at all to create a fun and innovative theme that will sell well to kids and AFOLs alike. I just think that Lego should be a little more innovative than they were with POTC since most of those sets are either not well designed like the BP or do not depict scenes from the movie that were all that great like the water wheel. In that regard I think Lego could have done much better and the theme would have sold a lot more.
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    Bjornu's Pirate Town

    Love your MOC. I especially liked how you made all of the buildings modular and all of the detail you put into the town. The prisoner soldier with the handkerchief was great too.
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    Liberty Inn

    I really like your inn. I love the whole look and feel of it and I hope you do a full interior inside it as that would just increase its awesomeness. Great work.
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    Sorry, there is no cellar door.

    Great Job. It reminds me a lot of the Auditore Villa in Assassins Creed 2. I also love how you made the lit fireplace as the cellar door.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    Quote Think Big, Play small Micromachines. Un-quote Oh, yeah this is Lego. Yeah, I would think that is probably what Lego is going to do and if Lego does it right I think the sets would be rather neat. I could also seeing Lego perhaps doing a UCS set for LOTR and what ever they do I am sure it will be cool.
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    Kingdoms 2012?

    I was able to find one of the last Kings Castle sets in my area at Target so I picked it up. I would like to pick up the rest of the sets but, that is going to be real hard with the new Assassins Creed Revelations coming out. I totally agree with you, I really do love classic castle but, I really want a true licensed LOTR theme more than anything else. Hopefully they will come out and Lego will do a better job than POTC.
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    Lego Castle World Map

    I really like your map and how you laid out the factions. Great job and thank you for posting it.
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    Kingdoms Target Stocking Stuffer 2011

    I really like that little set, I guess I will have to check my local Target store sometime next week.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    Ok, I agree with all of that, but I still am pretty optimistic about Lego LOTR. I have always thought that a license for LOTR is not going to be filled with UCS level sets but, I could see Lego making a decent Bag End set with the 13 dwarfs and I could see Lego making a 12 inch high Orthanc tower, which is a typical hight for Lego towers and I could see Lego maybe releasing a UCS level scaled down Helms Deep or Minas Tirith. I am not saying that Lego is going to make exact replicas of all of the LOTR locations and scenes but, I can see Lego making all of the different characters in LOTR and I can see Lego making scaled down sets of important parts of middle earth. One think that really bugged me about POTC was that Lego did not even try to come out with sets from some of the better scenes of the movie like Lego did not come out with a pirate lords meeting set with at least some of the different pirate lords, they did not come out with jacks rum cache island, lego could have done a lot better on the Black Pearl and some of the sets Lego did release like the windmill and london escape were frankly quite lame. Hopefully Lego will do a better job with LOTR and I think they could make a few scaled-down tower sets of Orthanc, Barad Dur, etc... for like $20-30 and I think that Lego could do a decent Helms Deep set, similar looking to Lego set 6081 Kings Mountain Fortress for $80, and I think that Lego could make a decent looking Minas Tirith for $150. All I am saying is I think it is possible for Lego to do a decent job on LOTR if they come out with those sets and I think that the sets if done right would probably sell pretty decently.
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    Ultimate Flying Dutchman by Bricktrix

    I would be willing to pay any price for that set and if Lego made a UCS Black Pearl I would be willing to pay any price for two of those.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    I completely disagree with everything you said. The reason that Star Wars has focused so much on vehicles is because the whole Franchise revolves around space ships, death star, etc... Also, I would like to point out the battle of alamut was, although not successful because of the POP movie, a pretty good attempt at making a large fortress. And do not forget that Lego has a lot of experience in making large castles and medieval buildings. I think that Lego could do a good job and I know that if Lego does I and many others will probably buy at least one, if not several, of every set.
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    LOTR & The Hobbit 2012

    No offence, but what a sick thought