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  1. Be interesting to find out if this was the case. It s a real shame i do not think we will find out. Chinese manufactures if they did rip it must have some talented people to reverse engineer this stuff.
  2. How do we know the designer of the set has not gone to Loz and offered the design? As I remember those Chinese trains? everyone said ripped off, stolen and then the designer posted in this very forum saying. I worked with mould king to design them. Lego not interested. IMO we need to get all the facts before assuming its a rip off. Most likely has been ripped but would be interested to see what the designer says. Just My view and it means nothing
  3. emm

    Increasingly losing patience with Lego

    One thing to remember as well is SKU count. When Lego nearly went bust they had hundreds of unique special pieces. To save the business they cut hundreds of these unique SKUs. The golden age of trains was the prime example. Departments creating amazing products with no thought to streamlining and costs sky rocketed. Working in the supply chain myself you have to weight up the cost of the, line time, storage, moulds, rates and margins. Simple fact is lego cut a-lot of skus from there line to streamline the business and get the cost of the entire operation down. Having personally done SKU streamlining myself a number of times you have to make choices. Lego Trains do not hold the market share in the same way the other kits do. Trains are not as cool as they used to be. So they get cut. It is simple economics. Add to that a Train Purchase is out of the reach of most Children outside of a Birthday / Christmas (this excludes AFOL who buy stuff all year). If you look at what Children buy with pocket money it is in the 10-15 mark not the £89.99 to £179.99 mark - there are always exceptions. Do you keep a niche happy or do you keep the core happy. Core will always win, it keeps the lights on. Lego’s main sales come from a lower end range and AFOL esp within Trains are not profitable past a certain point. Now the crocodile was marketing genius. Lego make a set knowing they will sell it because Lego Train Fans are desperate for it. Plus Lego has a cult following where any other brick is rubbish. So another manufacture could come up with a far superior product and would never get the same market share - for the moment. So at the moment Lego are in a Win Win. Hell i remember when Lego realised it people in the UK could not get it. Lego out of stock. John Lewis had plenty of stock, i bought mine from John Lewis when Lego where OOS but others refused. This plays into Legos marketing as they can drip feed and always win. Very very clever marketing. There was a post about lego making bigger train wheels. This is unlikely to ever happen. Not because the market does not exist, it is because the market is not big enough to warrant the costs involved within both the manufacturing and supply chains and there is a 3rd party solution. Lego will be watching all 3rd party sales and I can guarantee they will be pulling sales data. If it starts impacting they will act. Until then it supports their markets. To give an example i guarantee lego has the moulds to re make Monorail. But the manufacturing and supply chain costs of re-starting the production coupled with projected sales will never return the cost of restarting. Lego might have physically replaced the machine that handles that mould. So now it would be a OPPS parts. This is my view and i could be / most likely am wrong but Lego is a business and the fact remains Trains are a niche that they will never fully support again. With the rise in 3rd Party 3D printed options, Lego get the sale of the main train without having to worry about the infrastructure.
  4. I could be wrong but i would be 99% confident Lego will never produce any thing outside there current track range. It does not make fiscal sense. I wish they would go back to the range like in the 80s but equally i am a realist. Plus as long as no one does anything stupid these 3rd party allow the lego train system to expand without lego having to invest. It is a win win. Someone else makes the investment, lego sells more trains.
  5. I own a lot of the Trixbrix, bricktracks & 4dbrix (prior to changing business model) and TrixBrix has come on leaps since they first started. I have one of there 1st cross overs. It was ok. I have the R56 as i run a two track layout. My view is the clutch could be better but overall i am extremely happy with them. I have some of the injection moulded track and they are brilliant. I also like that they have a complete system and have always found the customer service top notch. However if you are in the UK, Trixbrix do not ship due to brexit. That being said 4d brix was brilliant and i wish i had bought the decouplers and if Fx had sorted their 9v out sooner i might have gone that route. I am not connected to either company, i just look for the best solution. All my points run from a megapoints controller. Soon to have routing added. This IMO and doesn't mean anything and the end of the day its your trains, do what you want.
  6. Dtomsen i would have to agree with you. As some people have had a great experience with bluebrixx, from some reading today. I wonder if i had an early one when the bricks where not as good but now quality has improved. Legotowinz i will go back and have a look at the video.
  7. Be interesting to see what the quality is like. How bad can it be I bought one of their parks and the brick quality & Clutch was extremely poor. You breathed and it fell over. Never again. I have a lot of trixbrix track and that has come on leaps and bounds.
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    Steam Locomotive with Smoke

    Love this. Well done mate.
  9. I have deleted my post. Rules are rules.
  10. emm

    PFX brick Sound with Trains

    Thanks just ordered one. So does it work with diesel as well then?
  11. Hello All, Ive been looking around to find an answer but can not. I am looking to buy a PFX brick so i can add sound to the train. However what i am interesting in is as the train is stationary it plays the compressor sounds and then as it moves off the it plays the engine sound and increases it with speed I watched the how to video and it is useless. Has anyone with a PFX brick managed to so this? On their train video i believe it is at 10mins, 20seconds Thanks Andy
  12. I wouldn’t expect to see anything until 2021 to be honest. I could be wrong but it’s still a 6-8!week pre-order for the FX brick. It was 6-8 weeks even before Covid-19. Will be interesting to see how this one pans out and I wish them all the best.
  13. emm

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    No Problem @Itrain. I think John Lewis made a mistake and haven’t picked up on it yet. Happy I could help.
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    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    Hi there, no battery box or motor included just the train. its due to turn up on Sunday so will let you know if it comes. It didn’t say pre-order and they have give a pm slot. I am expected John Lewis to have made an error and delay the order.