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  1. rodiziorobs

    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.
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I love it. I say that not as a huge Potter fan myself, but the rest of my family loves the books. (The movies we are mixed on.) I read the books years ago and so I get most of the references; more than that I think it is a superb microscale castle. The nanofigs are soooo adorable. The only major misstep was not including a micro/game figure of Hagrid. Also the new parts/colors/prints are really great; I love the ornate cathedral-style window panes. However, I have better things to spend $400 on--not that it isn't a fair value, it's just not something I need in my life at that price.
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    DC Comics Cinematic Universe

    Aquaman looks fine. I'll probably see it, but maybe not in theaters. Dunno. Shazam, however, looks like a total blast. "Flight Test I" had me busting a gut. Also, having Mark Strong as a villain is, well, expected, but not a bad move at all. This is almost definitely one to see in theaters.
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    James Bond 2018

    I'm not a big car buff but something seems...off. I just got the promotional email from TLG and they have a side-by-side shot, and yeah, they look similar, but I totally agree with @MAB that it's also reminiscent of that Trabant. The sides seem flat but that's a concession I'm willing to make, but where the sides join the front looks too square and blunt--especially in the sides of where the machine guns pop out. The 2x1 plates make a square corner where the real car has zero. The pouty look the real car has from the slight overhang above the grille is absent from the Lego set. I'm not sure how that could have been accomplished anyway, but it needed to be there, even if a tad exaggerated, rather than completely excised. The lack of that upper lip also reveals that there is no shaping to the sides of the headlights--on the Lego model they are simply there, whereas on the real model the hood gives way for them. It changes the profile dramatically, again recalling the Trabant more than it should. Probably the biggest problem with the blunt nose (and simplest to fix IMO) is that the hood slopes down quite low on the real model, but TLG's keeps the elevation the same from front to back. This adds a ton to the squarish look, and how impossible would it be to drop the front edge and hood interior of the car down a plate or so? I won't be buying this (it's well out if my league, price wise), but after comparing it directly with the real thing, I can see where people have legitimate issues with its design. It's a great model, but not a great likeness.
  9. I had not thought of Nexo in this way; that's very interesting. As for what makes Ninjago tick, I think it's a combination of ninjas & dragons (both of which kids like), creative villain factions, a competently-made tv series, and that the theme lately has been able to reinvent itself each wave able still staying Ninjago. I agree that the non-specific setting of Ninjago allows it a lot of flexibility as a theme that other themes aren't really afforded--it can do anything and not really steal from any other theme. Space, on the other hand, the classic adventurous, pseudo-realistic Sci-Fi we know and love, inhabits a very narrow gap between Star Wars and NASA/Ideas, and some apparent competition in the TLM2 sets, and to some extent, Ninjago. Could a serious push be made by TLG to fill this gap and create a new, freestanding Space theme? Definitely. Will they? I think so. But we will have to wait, at least until TLM2 has run its course, and then it matters how Ninjago is still fairing, and Star Wars, and whatever else TLG has in the wings. If it were new, yes. If it were the old themes rehashed, *eh*. I would rather see a new new theme than a retread. It can include easter eggs, sure, but as much as I love Ice Planet 2002, I have no real desire to see Ice Planet 2102 (for example).
  10. See, I would take that space bug set any day over the SPI set. It's one I actually have been on the lookout for a good deal on, but haven't managed to pick up yet. I find the SPI set too boxy and basic, like it's nothing really more than a bunch of stacked plates. The bug is full of curves and shapes and pieces that I would love to try and reuse in a MOC. However, if you don't like the organic look of it, that's totally your thing. Clearly we have a difference in taste and I can respect that. This. I didn't realize this was what I really wanted until you said it, Pombe. It would be enough to satiate my nostalgia while building my own thing. But it would also have to include those big angular quarter-dome pieces, in all the classic trans colors (red, neon green, dark green, and neon orange) as well as black and white. That kind of thing would be an instant buy for me.
  11. I disagree in that I liked Galaxy Squad--despite not being a fan of lime green (at the time), I liked the color scheme of the bug dudes, the audacious colors reminded me of Ice Planet. The good guy stuff was more drab, but I appreciated them as white parts packs. Agreed on the other stuff, though; Space Police II (dark trans green ftw!) and Blacktron II, combined with Ice Planet on the shelves was probably the best time we had. I don't think an update on those themes would appeal to me much, though, because I believe there is a little too much nostalgia there. The last wave of Nexo (the infection wave) had a lot of SPII and BTII aesthetic, but I bought none of it, despite thinking it was okay. That's the problem though--it was merely okay.
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    What was the last movie you watched?

    Over the past two-ish weeks, I have watched: Jurassic Park, the first one. Its flaws were more apparent to me this viewing, but it succeeds in so many ways that it's nothing short of amazing every time. Sneakers, an early computer-age espionage thriller with Robert Redford and a good supporting cast. It has a lot of genuinely tense moments (the slo-mo sequence in particular) that I appreciated. I'd watch it again some day. Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was better than its predecessor in every way. I mean, the science-y stuff is still completely handwavium-based, but it was a fun time. All of the actors seem to have settled into their roles more this time around, as the amount of capital-A Acting was unnoticeable (especially compared to the first). I'll definitely watch it again. The Eagle has Landed, a WWII film from the late 70's told from the German side, full of wonderful actors like Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, and Robert Duvall. The inconsistent accents across the film was frustrating (especially from Donald Pleasance, who I know can do better), and the editing/pacing a little off compared to modern standards, but not enough to kill the movie. Also, the score by Lalo Schifrin of Mission: Impossible fame helped sell a lot of the tension without being intrusive. I enjoyed it fine, but I probably wouldn't watch it again.
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    James Bond 2018

    I've gotta say I never expected to see Bond in Lego. Thirteen-year old me would have been ecstatic. But adult me, who recently tried revisiting the film franchise, says, "eh, the old movies really don't hold up any more. The story, action, and dialogue were usually bad, the sexual politics appalling, the portrayal of race/racism really off-putting, and there is really very little redeeming about the whole franchise, other than playing GoldenEye on 64 back in the day." Adult me also thinks back on teenage me who read a handful of the books and realized even then what kind of guy Fleming must have been (turns out I was right). As I said, I tried revisiting the films, and it was rough. I couldn't bring myself to finish half the movies I started, they were so bad. Cinema has come such a long way since the 60's (or even the 00's) in terms of technique and effects, but also the stories we tell and how we tell those stories. Nowadays Bond feels more like a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur" than ever before. (IIRC, those are Judy Dench's exact words from one of the films). Now I don't think the character or franchise is beyond redemption, and I guess that the film franchise has tried to address its past recently? (I don't know, I haven't seen all the Craig ones, since I find him...bland), but I think it will be interesting to see how they roll out the marketing on this one. Edit: ah, turns out its probably a car and not a full-blown theme. Well, I take back what I said, then; that is one redeeming feature of the Bond franchise in modern times: the vehicles (and gadgets) always were cool. Well played, Lego.
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    PAB Cups: What Did You Get?

    Wow, that's quite a haul--and a great variety of fantastic parts! I need to get down to my store soon, and see if they have some of the same selection. Thank you for posting here!
  15. And this is why the minidoll was born. TLG doesn't care who buys their stuff, they just want as many people as they can get to do so. If half of the population prefers (as evidenced by test groups, sales, and Itaria's anecdote) a different product to what you're selling, you make a new product to sell alongside it that appeals to them. Then you can get everyone's money. All this is to say: the minidoll isn't going anywhere, folks. I agree completely with you. Not to stir the pot too much, but this is why 'gender-neutral' tends to be a myth in practice; the older generations want (unknowingly, perhaps) so badly to reinforce it, it will take a long time to see any real change, a proverbial 40 years in the wilderness. And its not just buyers of toys, either; it's producers also, TLG included. Not that it's a problem per se, but it is reality, all idealism aside. See, and these remind me a lot more of the Monster High dolls, or perhaps a less chibi version of Bratz dolls. I can see a lot of similarities with minidolls, though. When this kind of image has been popular with girls for at least ~20 years, it's no wonder TLG returned to this well (having visited it before with their Clikits marketing). Minidolls tend to be less sexualized then that picture (and MH and Bratz) though, meaning while minidolls are more anatomically defined than regular minifigures, their proportions and hemlines aren't pushed to the extreme like those other examples. I think that's a good thing.