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  • Birthday 01/14/1967

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  1. fred67

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    A little obsessive about it myself, too. If I want a set for pieces, I'll have to buy two so that I can build one and use the parts from the other. I do enough PAB walls, bulk orders, brick boxes, and bricklink shopping that I have a huge collection of parts to build with, though. Although, like a lot of others, I have more LEGO than space to display it or time to build it.
  2. fred67

    When Should City be Cancelled?

    @Brandon Pea I was remiss in not discussing it - it sounds like a great offshoot; "City Advanced" maybe? Just remember, though; if LEGO is doing something (or not doing something) and you're wondering why, the answer is always "because money." They do what they think will sell the most.
  3. fred67

    When Should City be Cancelled?

    Weird thread... two years old and still going. Reading through I see some comments I agree with - I'd like to see more "adult" (detailed, I guess) versions of stuff. I feel like the "adult" version is modulars, but they don't give the same kind of sets. We get a bookstore and laundrymat before getting a police station or hospital. I hadn't been paying a lot of attention, so I checked out the city sets at S@H (US). It's what I remembered - these have a lot of play value, they are for kids, and kids like them. There's little "realism" there. They are also RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. When people complain about SW the response is often "Disney Tax," but what's the excuse on City? So I looked where I actually have bought before - the Creator 3-in-1 sets. And there you go - several much more "realistic" sets that are actually reasonably priced, and because they're 3-in-1, with a number of sets you get a lot of possibilities. But sure I'd like to see "adult" city stuff. Modulars could be beefed up with some smaller sets throughout the year.
  4. fred67

    What's the best place to contact TLG?

    I've never not gotten a response from the website, but then I'm in the US and not Romania. The US website also has a chat feature, and ultimately a phone number to contact them. I find it hard to believe the Romanian site is much different.
  5. It's a fair point; TLG profit margins are north of 20%; I believe CMFs are probably closer to 50% (maybe more). That said, if you pay $40 for a set with two figures you want, they are still making a lot more than if you bought two CMFs. So, I would say that it's not "just" about making profits, it's about maximizing profits. But I agree with others on a point - if the SW CMFs were largely background figures that you wouldn't be able to get otherwise in sets, and rounded out with the main characters in rare design (like military dress instead of standard uniforms), or with a hairstyle they may have had only in one or two scenes, then they could conceivably to both. So you make the point - exclusive desirable figures in sets - but perhaps many of those extra characters or designs are something they are also planning. I guess the bottom line is that whatever TLG doesn't do, but could if they wanted to, can be explained by "because money."
  6. fred67

    [MOC] Micro Millennium Falcon

    It's really well done; the little interior is a nice touch.
  7. fred67

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    @MAB Good point.
  8. fred67

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    LEGO's "rules" tend to bend and break when it seems like they can make a lot of money. A lot of weapons released in sets are still in use and modern (think Indiana Jones... WWII era weapons, particularly classics, like revolvers, are still used). I'm not suggesting that the amount they make from a Futurama set would be worth it, but if the Simpson's were acceptable, then certainly this would be. I find it amusing that @MAB mentions Norrington, when Jack himself was always drunk (or trying to get drunk) at every opportunity. I wouldn't doubt he says the word "rum" more than "treasure."
  9. That's a great idea. I've been working a lot with PF and using outlets instead of batteries. I get it - my remote controlled stuff needs batteries, but everything else in the city doesn't. Why should lights and amusement park rides and so forth need batteries? I've taken to using standard 9/12V connectors; I recently "fixed" my 9V train connectors (plastic deteriorated) using the PF extension cables. I spliced in 9V connectors, and it's all very generic. Allows you to use things this, to connect a bunch of devices (I have one of these); I also noticed this one, too, which looks interesting for a train layout (which is what I'm hoping to set up). These are the cables I put together. One nice thing is I was able to use white on the Winter Village layout. The only drawback is you can't arbitrarily switch polarity, but given the kind of control you should have over PF motors, it shouldn't be all that bad.
  10. I'm nobody to TLG, just like you.
  11. fred67

    New VIP system

    I agree that the new system is pretty pointless without decent reward options. I'd have gotten that VIP set, but I've never seen it available. However, I don't get the hate for it, either - it's not very different than it was before if you just want to use it for discounts. I bought Corner Garage with $50 off today. First time using points since the new system, I didn't even realize I had so many points. The only reason I even accumulated points is: exclusives, giveaways, and the rare steep (like 30%) discount. But it's always been the case that VIP points were never a bargain over cheaper prices elsewhere, anyway.
  12. @ks6349 so you want to punish everybody else in every other market that might want to save their boxes because there are some scammers in Asian countries. I understood perfectly what you wanted, I just don't agree with it.
  13. fred67

    Powered Up 3.0 update

    Another programmer - I was able to hack a little thing to run my trains, but it wasn't particularly complex, either. There are a few blocks here and there that I just have no idea what they are supposed to do (like the new "play" block that has what looks like an electrical circuit on it).
  14. fred67

    Lego Trains: Avoiding the Uncanny Valley

    @SteamSewnEmpire I get where you're coming from, but commuting to a large city (from the suburbs) every day, most cities are packing in every little thing they can - super dense, no room to even build parking lots making life very difficult for most people. There's green space, to be sure, but a small cluster of trees here and there. Frankly, I prefer the latter pictures, too, but only because that's the speed of life I'd like to be living, not because it's any more or less "real" as the first couple of pictures.
  15. fred67

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    I feel like my issue may have just been repeatedly connecting - I'd only run for a minute or two at a time. Don't know. Could be cheap batteries. Like I said, I got rechargeables, but I'd never experienced anything like it from LEGO. I did read reviews of the train that complained about battery life, but nothing on the order that I experienced it.