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  1. rodiziorobs

    What was the last movie you watched?

    I'll admit this movie is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I would rewatch it more if I could. The first 20 minutes, I feel like, were rewritten and that's the problem. I read that the original movie had been nearly 3 hours long, but had to be trimmed down; I'm pretty sure those first 20 minutes were what was left, and most of what got cut came from there. The movie has serious issues, the human cosplayers characters among them, but I still think it gets a lot right: the mo-cap effects and actors and the score deserved some Oscar attention. ... ... ... ... ... The last movie I watched was Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Not my favorite Marvel movie, nor even my favorite Captain America movie, but still a solid film. While not movies, I have been rewatching British comedy shows Blackadder (seasons 2-4, but 3 is really the best) and Monty Python's Flying Circus after decades since first seeing them.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    NASA comes to mind. *But* because of its real-world application and educational/inspirational nature, it's kind of a different beast than traditional pop culture licenses.
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    DC Comics Cinematic Universe

    Seconded. I mean, I'm intrigued by the Joaquin Phoenix take, but that's no guarantee I'll see it. Nicholson was fine, Ledger was fine even if I didn't care for some of his characterization (that's Nolan's fault, anyway), and Leto I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole; my Joker will always be Mark Hamill.
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    The Magnificent Seven (1960). I had never seen it, and was in the mood for a western. Before that, I rewatched Black Panther for the first time since my initial theater viewing. My opinion hasn't changed.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't stand this image. She's got a definite case of floating head syndrome. Not as bad as, say, JL Cyborg or CW Iron Man, but how hard is it to screw up a still photo like this? At least its just a mag cover, the movie should look better.
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    In the past three weeks I've seen The Music Man, The Truman Show, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Peter Rabbit. I've probably seen the last one about a dozen times, actually; my kids have been watching it almost non-stop since it dropped on Netflix.
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    LEGO Elves 2018

    I don't doubt the theme is on its way out soon, but none of the Walmarts or other stores in my area have shrunk their Elves shelf space, even with the new HP or Unikitty sets (they haven't priced anything at clearance either ).
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think people tend to read too much into what does or doesn't appear in a book, especially in the case of these encyclopedia-style volumes. The SW ones just regurgitate whatever artwork/photography is readily available, rarely fuss over accuracy, and still include old pictures when newer ones are out there. With the encyclopedias Especially I doubt that TLG works closely with pubs like DK at all, not enough to give them advance artwork at any rate; they set up the terms of the license, and probably don't see much else until the approval stage(s). For other books, like novelizations of forthcoming work (i.e. an upcoming FB movie), they would probably get some pre-vis concept art, set photos, or even a set visit, but even then there's no guarantee of accuracy. Besides, that's a different kind of book than a collection of stuff that already exists, like this HP one. TL;DR: don't get your hopes up over this or any tie-in book.
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I just noticed the "cobblestone" 2x4 tiles are printed, and there are six of them. I don't know why that makes me so excited, since I don't mind stickers and I don't know what I would do with these pieces, anyway, but it makes me very happy.
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    The Brick Fan has the image up now, along with an image of the backside. Thanks, @tormentalous! The footprint on this is 6x26 studs, and I'm guessing it will come in on the order of ~240 pieces. I love the way they've built the tilted columns on Gringotts! While I understand microscale isn't everyone's favorite, I love it and especially appreciate it on a one-off promo set like this. Calling it 'shameful' or whatever seems remarkably pretentious. Besides, since it's a promo it's not like it's stolen a slot from a regular set, and if nothing else, it's a great parts pack. I would expect this to be available for purchase by itself. Maybe a it is freebie if you spend more than $150 or something, but I'm pretty confident it will go for $20 as a standalone.
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    LEGO Elves 2018

    I fully agree with both of these statements. I personally did not mind the extensive range of dragons, but hated that (a) we never got a black dragon, and (b) the Secret Market and Dragon Sanctuary were so limited in their availability. I have been able to pick up a second copy of most of my favorite sets for the first two waves in the secondary market for less (sometimes much less) than MSRP, but I never did pick those two up when they were on shelves, and getting them now is impossible. I wish they had introduced more characters with other colors. I have way too many of each of the mains, and very few unique characters. I hope the theme isn't discontinued yet, and that if it is, the most recent sets stay available for awhile longer. Cash has been tight lately and I haven't been able to get any yet; I'd hate for them to become as rare as the other sets I mentioned.
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Both were not quite as good as I remembered, but were both still great.
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    Tomb Raider (2018), which was actually pretty good and Rampage, which wasn't; I've seen worse, though.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    My two bits on the M&M dispenser is that Lego won't do it. Not because of safety, or licensing issues, nor the obvious supply chain issues that would introduce, but because of an (at this point) old company policy to not partner with food companies that aren't encouraging health among youth. For example, McDonalds used to occasionally have actual Lego toys in their Happy Meals, but several (maybe 15?) years or so ago Lego decided to stop. Now when a new Lego Movie comes out, the toys are noticeably *not* Lego. They are branded cups or other such stuff, and furthermore are not licensed by TLG but by Warner Bros, who have licensing rights over the movie images but not Lego construction toys. Sorry I can't provide a source for this policy, I remember reading about it years ago and everything I have seen since has reinforced it. If I'm wrong, someone feel free to point that out. As for the model itself, it's a charming MOC, and makes a great display piece at home. Shoot, I myself have built numerous candy dispensers over the years. But it won't become a set.
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    Where to get started with Advanced building?

    I'd echo @Mylenium and @chubbybots2 while also recommending you grab some newer sets you think look cool and then alt-build the heck out of them. Working from a limited selection of bricks can help you see creative solutions you might miss otherwise. You can also look up the instructions for any modern set on lego.com if you don't actually want to *buy* the set but still want to see how its made, then try and emulate those techniques with your own collection. Since you aren't looking for anything in particular, you may also consider buying partial/incomplete sets off of eBay or local classifieds as a great way to bulk up while saving a bundle.