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  1. [MOC] PAIGE

    Nope, just an original creation that I decided deserved a short backstory. Glad you like it!
  2. She's a modern enough girl that she probably got them in a yard sale/job lot or as hand-me-downs. I definitely burst out grinning and had to pause the video when I saw this scene!
  3. [MOC] PAIGE

    PAIGE (Prototype Artificial Intelligence, Gynoid Expression) was created by robotics student Letta Arkwright to simulate the kinds of social competencies she struggled with in her own day-to-day life. PAIGE is powered by a digital brain with an unprecedented social learning engine. As PAIGE teaches her creator to relate to others and to understand her own emotional needs, she is also learning for herself what it means to be a person. This model of PAIGE uses over 830 pieces, stands 18.1 inches/46 centimeters/57.5 modules tall, weighs about 24 ounces/672 grams, and has 36 points of articulation. Her mouth, eyes, and eyebrows can be adjusted and/or swapped out to display different emotions.
  4. LEGO Ninjago 2017 Discussion

    My sources for the global top sellers are these two pages: https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/events/annual-result-2015 https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/events/annual-result-2016 According to this press release, the top selling themes for the US in 2015 were Star Wars, City, Friends, Super Heroes, and Minecraft. There wasn't a press release like this for 2016 since that was when sales growth in the US flattened, so I don't know if those same themes retained their positions. And again, since we don't know if the global rankings treated Super Heroes as one theme or two, we don't know whether that was a factor in the discrepancy. AFOL stands for Adult Fan of LEGO — basically, us! While we are generally the most vocal and visible LEGO fans online, we make up only a small fraction of LEGO sales, most of which are made up of sets bought by or for kids (or "KFOLs"). LEGO sends periodic surveys out to fan sites like this one to keep track of how many of us AFOLs there are and what our purchasing habits are like.
  5. LEGO Ninjago 2017 Discussion

    For the past two years, the five top-selling LEGO themes globally (in no particular order) were Star Wars, City, Friends, Ninjago, and Duplo. Super Heroes didn't even make the list, though granted I don't know if LEGO was counting it as one theme or two separate themes (DC + Marvel). If they counted it as two separate themes, it is less surprising for it not to make the list since unless you count them together, the DC and Marvel Super Heroes lines don't have nearly as many sets as those other top sellers. The five top-selling individual sets for 2015 and 2016 also didn't include any Super Heroes sets, but did include City, Star Wars, Friends, Mindstorms/Technic, and Disney sets each year. I get the feeling that the popularity of the Super Heroes theme among AFOLs is greater than its overall popularity, and that conversely, Ninjago is more popular among the general population than among AFOLs specifically.
  6. LEGO Elves 2017 Discussion

    Oh wow! That is so beautiful! You are clearly a master customizer! I can't wait to see what else you create! I hope that Elves isn't ending this year, and to be honest I'm still sort of questioning it. It wouldn't entirely surprise me if it ended, though.
  7. Future of constraction

    Population-wise, China's a bigger market with more room for growth. I think it will be a big focus in the LEGO Group's push for business growth in Asia. Arguably, it already is, what with them putting both their first Asian LEGO flagship store and their newest factory there. Mind you, they're not necessarily looking strictly for Chinese IPs, but they are probably looking hard at which IPs are popular in China, regardless of where those IPs originate.
  8. Future of constraction

    Bionicle's end almost certainly would have been planned before Nexo Knights launched, or at least, not long into its run. While Nexo Knights sold reasonably well, I don't think it surpassed expectations, and other themes like City, Star Wars, and Ninjago all sold better than it. So it didn't have any great degree of unanticipated demand. Furthermore, I don't think Nexo Knights has that much more overlap with Bionicle in terms of genre, aesthetic, or target audience than Ninjago does. My understanding is that it sold well in 2006 but failed to meet expectations in 2007 and 2008.
  9. Did you even read the creators' responses? Because while trying to allay fans' fears, they have generally been quite positive about the design changes. For reference: https://twitter.com/brothershageman/status/889301426773532672
  10. I don't mind the idea of the ninja's designs becoming more like the movie. From when we first got a good look at the movie hairstyles and faces they felt to me like what the ninja might've looked like from the start if LEGO had an unlimited design budget for new hair pieces and a better idea of who the ninja would become as the series went on. Not much about the original faces from the 2011 sets actually reflected the characters' personalities. And of course, besides Kai, their hair was just pulled from figs that preceded them. But the movie versions' hair and faces could be specifically tailored to them according to their personalities and backgrounds. After hearing that Lloyd would be getting a new VA I was actually wondering if there'd be a time skip. Sensei Wu's fate in Season 7 definitely opened the door to that since it meant he could reunite with the ninja at an undetermined point in the future. I get some Batman Beyond vibes from the SDCC teasers, what with an evil gang claiming to be the successors of a powerful villain who opposed the heroes in the past.
  11. Minifigs = Too much ATTENTION?

    I feel like LEGO dedicates plenty of attention to new building elements, to be honest. I'm often amazed at how many fantastic new building elements have come out in the past five or so years — new brackets, new hinges, new wedges, new curved slopes, new round plates, new detail elements, etc. "There could be more" is a rather poor argument for them giving building elements more attention, because there could ALWAYS be more, and even if they introduced only building elements and no minifigure elements there would still be a plethora of potential new building elements they wouldn't have the budget for. Also, frankly, I don't think the need for a lot of the new building elements you suggest is in any way urgent — if LEGO can make do with existing building elements and a moderate number of new building elements and still come up with impressive new builds, surely fans can as well. I don't particularly care if the number of new minifigure elements each year is truly necessary. Necessary or not, I think it's nice and generally doesn't cause any meaningful problems.
  12. Is this really that unexpected, though? It would have been strange for the series NOT to have some version of the main characters. And while Kai, Wu, Garmadon, and the two Lloyds are very similar to versions that come in other sets, the LEGO Movie series had a similar situation with Hard Hat Emmet, Scribble Face Bad Cop, and President Business. Meanwhile, the Cole, Zane, Jay, Flashback Garmadon, Pajama Garmadon, and Misako figures are all very different from the versions of those characters that appear in other sets.
  13. LEGO Ninjago 2017 Discussion

    "slightly lower prices" only applies if you don't adjust for inflation. In today's money the Imperial Flagship would've been around $203, over $40 (25%) more than the Bounty. So it's not a huge surprise that the Bounty is smaller. The higher piece count speaks more to its level of detail than its size.
  14. I did a lot of digging several years back to figure out more about classic Space factions' place in the universe, and most of what I gleaned about M:Tron was that they were actually a high-tech rescue outfit. For instance, 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer was known as M:Tron Recovery Centre in UK catalogs, Unité d'intervention (Response Unit) in French ones, Mobiel M:Tron Reddingscentrum (Mobile M:Tron Rescuecenter) in Dutch ones, and M:Tron Rescue-Center in German ones. 6956 Stellar Recon Voyager was Rescue Star Cruiser in some UK catalogs, Croiseur d'intervention (Response Cruiser) in French ones, Supersnelle M:TRON Reddingskruiser (Superfast M:Tron Rescuecruiser) in Dutch ones, and M:Tron Rettungsraumer (M:Tron Rescuechamber) in German ones. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Greek set names from catalogs also back up this interpretation, as do some commercials: The idea of them being a mining or shipping company is probably just different interpretations of the contents of the cargo containers they carry. Some people see the crystal-like studs they carry as raw minerals, others as some other type of commodity. The second of these videos seems to present the cargo as containers for storing cleaned-up fuel spills or other debris. American set names, commercials, and catalogs were quite vague on this point, perhaps purposefully — the most detailed info I've seen on M:Tron in an American catalog was that they have the most powerful computers in the galaxy, technology that the Blacktron forces hope to steal.
  15. CCBS custom parts

    This is amazing! I've been wanting to see somebody do this for years! I hope it works well when printed. It'd be cool to see a Toa Mata torso with the same sort of effect, but since that uses an implied accordion joint rather than a conventional hinge I feel like it'd be a lot tougher to pull off, and would almost certainly require changing the look of that center joint.