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  1. 21314 TRON: Legacy Revealed

    Not a great price for sure, but the minifigures and printed parts look great for Sci-fi MOCs. I will wait for a discount or prowl the secondary market though.
  2. The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I thought of this thread when I saw TBB's review... From what I can see that set is one heck of a parts pack, definitely going to pick up a few of it if possible (and I have very little interest in BrickHeadz). The Blacktron stickers? icing on the cake. I also love that they are clear water slide decals. Awesome.
  3. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors and Discussion

    I feel the same way. LOTR vs Hobbit is a good way to look at it, or DC Super Heroes vs Lego Batman Movie. Two distinct series/themes with their own branding, but with the same license owner, and probably the same (or very similar) terms, with some definite overlap between them, including specific characters. I think for now they (HP and FB) will fly under different banners, since FB merch is brand new and HP is making a grand return. However, I would not be surspised to see them eventually unite under a "Wizarding World" (e.g.) theme the same way that Star Wars sets now do: perhaps they get a small title card ("Rebels" for example) in the corner of the box, but for all practical purposes belong to the same theme.
  4. Marvel Cinematic Universe

    I rewatched Thor: Ragnarok last night. I still enjoy it immensely, but it confirmed to me what I thought when I first saw it, that it's biggest flaw is that it is too eager to make a joke, at the expense of the rest of the movie. Also, the first act feels really sloppily edited compared to the rest. After Hela gets to Asgard the rest of the movie's pacing is smooth, but it's choppy and frenetic before that.
  5. Future Castle Sets?

    I understood the modular-castle connection to be based on the typical buying demographic. Those who would buy castles are likely AFOLs with larger disposable income who enjoy seeing advanced building techniques. If TLG makes castles for them, then they only sell to castle fans; of TLG makes modulars they can sell to castle fans and everybody else. I am not saying this is my view, or even that I agree with this, it is just what I understood to be TLG's perspective when I read that part of the interview.
  6. This. Rereading the interview I realized your questions were very good. I hate reading interviews from people who obviously don't know how to ask appropriate topical questions, but yours allowed him to engage without being awkward or asking useless things. Thanks again @Jim!
  7. Thanks for posting the interview, Jim. It must have been tricky balancing time to complete this with everything else. There is a lot of insight in this interview, especially in regards to the "discontinued" classic themes. I find it interesting that modulars are seen as somewhat analogous to castle sets in TLG's eyes. I can see where they are coming from, but I also think they are mistaken. And of course our suspicions about SW competing with other Space themes have been partially confirmed. His immediate change of topic away from potential Mars exploration sets seems...dodgy to me though (in a good way). There is always hope!
  8. What was the last movie you watched?

    Real Steel is a movie I enjoy popping in every now and then, for the reasons you name. I don't remember it getting much press when it came out, but I think it's a very watchable, somewhat underrated flick.
  9. Yup, the distribution of the policeman is all spelled out in black and white.
  10. Future Castle Sets?

    I don't see a need to aim as high as $100, even. One of my favorite sets growing up was this: It is essentially a wall. A wall. Yet the playability was there as if it were a full castle. The wall was hinged in sections so that you could change the shape, and of course had modular connections in the ends--all castle sets at the time did, so you could combine them. I never did, though because I didn't need to. Inside the wall was a little jail cell, and outside there was the invading force with a catapult. Best of all there were enough figures for each side to actually have a mini-siege. Modern examples of a similar sets are this: and this: They both have similar elements: an invading force, a small jail, but what they lack is the suggestion that there is a larger castle included. They are very finite, closed-off, and self-contained. This isn't a bad thing, but this is where you find a pitfall. @Lyichir brought up how difficult it is to make a self-contained castle, and how small those end up being due to real-life limitations such as piece count. That is why the two newer sets are self-contained. But the answer is that not every set needs all four walls. I stopped being a kid before those two newer sets were even a concept, but I can't imagine 7-yr old me playing with them as if they were a castle--they would be a remote outpost or a single tower. But, for all play-related purposes the older set I did have was a complete castle. None of my friends ever asked "hey how come you only have half a castle?" or "why can't we just sneak around the side and break open the jail that way, instead of breaking down the door?" The open-endedness of the wall suggested that it stretched on forever, either to encircle the entire kingdom, or to a larger castle, and that's the way my friends and I played it. You wanted in, you stormed the castle. I think the same approach could be taken with new sets. Make a large gatehouse with some wall extending to the sides and budget it at $40. Kids who can't afford a $100 toy (which was definitely my childhood) still get their castle. Include technic bricks at the back to connect to the $100-$150 castle set for those kids or adults who can afford it. Have the opening to the castle a portcullis or drawbridge only, so that both sets feel like something on their own, but also feel like they don't repeat each other when combined. I'll even take a step further: those lone tower sets could still be a thing also, but with a modular base, two ways: either pins at the sides, so it can be inserted into a larger castle wall, or pins on the bottom, so I can be added on top of (or inserted into the middle of) an existing tower on the castle. Both gatehouse and tower sets would easily be standalones. No kid getting them as a present would feel like they only got half a castle. But if they did have more sets--or even multiples of the one--all those different sets could 'play nicely' together to form a larger whole if the child playing with them wanted them to. I know this idea isn't new--modular castles have been around a long time, Ideas (or Cuusoo) projects have suggested it, but I think the major problem is when we have the perspective that kids won't enjoy a castle set unless it is a "complete" castle with four walls. As long as no set has an obvious "you have to buy parts 3 and 4 separately" feel to it, I think it would be successful and satisfactory. It seems like this is the kind of approach TLG is taking with the HP sets, where we are hearing that the great hall won't be repeated in the full castle, and that the whomping willow set will connect, etc. From the sound of it, each playset will be completely able to stand by itself and feel complete and unique, but can also be made into part of a larger whole. I hope they do this with a medieval castle line next time we get one of those. A 2000 piece castle could exist as the flagship of a castle theme while the theme offered plenty of complete play scenarios that would satisfy lower budgets.
  11. LEGO Elves 2018

  12. I need hints to buy retired Lego sets

    I prefer ebay myself, I find searching for sets on BL fiddly. It's not that I don't know how to use BL--I do and have--but it's not my favorite way to buy. A note on eBay, though is to be patient. Don't rush to buy the first thing you see, find a handful of items to keep an eye on and see what happens. I have bought MSRP sets, both current and retired, sometimes for up to 60% off. Most of what I buy is used, though, which goes even cheaper. But you have to wait for that deal to come along. As always, YMMV.
  13. Future Castle Sets?

    I like the colors, and I really like the rounded effect on the turrets. The Nexo-enhanced battlements look really nice, although I'm sure a lot of the high part count was invested there. Frankly I am not a fan of the main entrance--I think most of it is that the pillars look too plain next to the detailed walls, and the burps need some dressing up. Maybe the gate is also too broad? I dunno--it seems like the walls and towers are appropriately busy, then the center is devoid of anything. I think you've got a good thing going, I'm just trying to give some honest feedback.
  14. New LEGO Initiative

    I mostly agree with this, and I only say mostly because I believe there is some nuance to the situation. If chemical production is being prioritized over food production due to some external factor such as government policy, then I have an issue with that, as it gives those food producers incentive to get out of that industry on a large scale, which ultimately hurts people. However, I don't think the technological uses of food crops should be ignored, either. Brazil's ethanol economy is a notable large-scale economy where both ethanol and sugar are derived side by side from the same crop. Efforts are made to use the whole plant, and non-consumable parts that can't be used for ethanol or for food are pressed into fuel, which is then burned to run the distillation plants themselves. There are downsides and undesirable consequences (like any industry), and the situation is far from perfect, but it has gotten better and shows that both interests--food and chemical production--can be served in tandem, if the conditions are right. As for deforestation, it is driven so much by food-as-food demands (as opposed to food-as-fuel) such as beef or food-use sugar that unless sugar-based PE really takes off, I don't see it affecting this issue much. Also, I believe that this kind of process (using food an other plant sources as plastic or even structural material) will come about one way or another. I would rather a world in which a small private company like TLG does the research in refining and correcting the process to where it is sustainable over some major industry player. I think as a company they are generally conscientious and responsible. By the time this process catches on, they may have found a way to do it right with truly reduced impacts, both ecologically and on food economies. This also can't be overlooked. Since most PE products, both high- and low- density varieties, are designed to be disposable, it would make sense that long-lasting 'legacy' products like Lego bricks be made out of already-used plastic rather than new plastic.
  15. If the suit were a cover for a torso, then the arms would have to have remained exactly at the minifig's sides, since torsos are significantly narrower at the top than a 2xn brick. Making it a distinct piece was the only way to keep the arms mobile.