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  1. Aanchir

    [MOC] The Blossom Fairy

    This is super cute! You did a wonderful job with her proportions, and I love how pretty her dress and shoes are! The wings from the Ant-Man set are a perfect fit for a fairy character at this scale. I'm also pleased with how much articulation she has and the adorable pose you put her in. The tree/sapling built with constraction parts is also very clever, although I kind of feel like it might be a little better if it had more flower blossoms on it (and perhaps even some larger ones or more varied designs) to help the fairy feel a little more "in her element". But that's a minor gripe, all things considered.
  2. There was a brief period in the late 90s when Tr. Green windows and windscreens had a bit of a renaissance in Hydronauts, Insectoids, and Town Police sets. But its use abruptly declined around the time that Tr. Brown (Trans-Black on BrickLink) was introduced as a more realistic option for tinted glass in "real-world" or "near-future" settings. The last time I remember seeing a cool new windscreen mold in Tr. Green was 75973 from the Overwatch theme. It probably doesn't help that from 2010 onward there have been two other transparent green colors for designers to choose from (both of which are a little easier to see through by virtue of being lighter), or that the various sets we've seen featuring throwbacks to the Classic Space theme tend to use the AFOL-preferred blue/grey/yellow color scheme instead of the grey/green color scheme from sets like the Solar Power Transporter. Aw dang, good call! I hadn't even thought about that possibility, but that projectile would be great as a heavy laser cannon. Or for that matter, even as flamethrowers or fireballs in more of a fantasy context. I wouldn't be surprised if LEGO even created it with some of those sorts of potential future uses in mind, seeing as they opted not to give it a specific "watery" shape or texture.
  3. Nice analysis! Even though I haven't made a whole lot of Space MOCs lately, I definitely still get excited any time a brightly colored windscreen shows up in sets like the 2019 Quinjet or the 2020 Mobile Bat Base. In my case, I'm not so picky about wanting sharp angles for Space windscreens, since I generally prefer trying to "re-imagine" traditional Space factions like Blacktron or Ice Planet in a more modern style (sort of like Space Police 3 and some of the Collectable Minifigures have done) rather than trying to approximate their original design language. After all, I feel like even some of the designers of those 80s and 90s Space sets might have used more curved parts if they'd been available back then. Sort of like how Aquazone submarines used very angular dome windows, but later sci-fi/fantasy submarines in themes like Alpha Team, Atlantis, Ninjago, etc. (and for that matter, even the Creator 3-in-1 Underwater Robot) have opted for more curved dome windows. Of course, I also like curved parts just because smoothing out the corners of a model s a fun challenge for me, regardless of theme. I've spent a couple years now exploring Castle and Forestmen MOC ideas using some of the recent cylindrical panel pieces in place of the angular corner panels that were so ubiquitous in Castle sets of my childhood. That said, finishing these MOCs is trickier than starting them, since the BrickLink prices for newer parts like these (especially in colors that have only appeared in a few sets) can become very steep very quickly! And I prefer even my digital MOCs to be stuff that I could hypothetically build in real life once I'm happy with their designs.
  4. Aanchir

    7 improvements for the new creator castle

    Nice changes! I love that the end result maintains the spirit of the original set and a lot of its aesthetic strengths, while introducing some modest practical improvements like slightly taller battlements. I was less fond of Zander’s modifications on Brickset, since while the blue banners are nice, changing the yellow infill between the timbers to tan weakens the visual contrast a lot, in my opinion.
  5. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    True! Also for marble statues in other contexts like churches, or even for ghosts, maybe. I also think a combination of white helmets or armor with other colors (including more neutral ones like grey or silver) could be very effective. While they were very low-detail by modern standards (no metallic colors or leg/hip/torso details like belts, chainmail, boots, etc), I think the four mounted knights in the original Yellow Castle still feel fairly believable as authentic medieval knights, at least in terms of their color schemes. I'm not sure if there are any authentic historical examples of medieval or helmets that were entirely painted white. Most examples of medieval painted helmets and armor that I've seen (such as in illustrations dating back to medieval times, or in museum collections) feature more detailed patterns, often to match the heraldry of their wearers. And the same goes for real-world-inspired modern recreations like the sort you might see reenactors wearing at a "Renaissance faire" or other medieval-inspired events and attractions. That said, I'm pretty sure LEGO has never actually had printed medieval helmets/visors (unless you count the more fantastical designs from the Lord of the Rings theme). So solid-colored helmets like these (or for that matter, some of the Castle helmet recolors worn by the Squirebots or Royal Guards/Soldiers in the Nexo Knights theme) are currently the closest "purist" approximation of these sorts of painted medieval helmets — at least in brighter colors like white or red.
  6. Aanchir

    Useful Pirate Pieces from other Themes?

    Some other cool recolors in that set that could be useful in a Pirates context (or other historic contexts, for that matter) are lanterns and vine/filigree pieces in Medium Stone Grey, and 2x2x2 barrels, 8x8x2/3 rounded plates, and 8x4x2/3 rounded plates in Medium Nougat. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being one of the most popular Super Mario sets as a "parts pack" for AFOLs, since it has so many useful or interesting parts in subdued "earth tones" compared to more brightly colored parts or character/brand specific prints/molds. Certainly I'm excited for some of these recolors myself, especially since the 8x4x2/3 rounded plate currently only comes in Medium Lilac (Dark Purple) and Bright Green, which are somewhat trickier to build a color scheme around (especially due to the relatively limited availability of other large plates in those colors).
  7. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    Okay, but your previous complaint was about sets being too similar to one another/not standing out. That's a different matter entirely than whether or not you happen to be interested in them. There are a LOT of categories of sets that I have no particular interest in, such as 4+, Classic, Minecraft, Vidiyo, Harry Potter, Speed Champions, BrickHeadz, or Botanical Collection sets, but it's still obvious to me that they are very different types of product that will likely appeal to very different audiences. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the reasons you feel drawn to so few sets and themes compared to whatever you consider the peak years for LEGO is that LEGO has been making their portfolio MORE varied (and reaching buyers with more varied tastes and interests), instead of tailoring it as much to the types of themes, subject matter, and building styles that interest you specifically. It's probably safe to say that there are a lot of AFOLs with no interest in themes like Friends, Elves, or Dots, whether it's for being "too girly", "too childish", "too colorful" or as you put it, not having "proper minifigures". But a lot of the people who do enjoy those themes are drawn to them by the very attributes that set them apart from playsets that use traditional minifigures. Likewise, many AFOLs dislike sets or themes like Hidden Side, Super Mario, Vidiyo, or Technic "Powered Up" sets with play features that involve a mobile app. But app integration actually helps those themes appeal to buyers in ways that other themes couldn't, since they offer play features or play experiences that wouldn't be possible without some type of digital integration. And of course, a lot of European and American LEGO fans would not be any more drawn to the Chinese Festival sets or Monkie Kid theme than to comparable sets inspired by European or American cultural traditions. But in China and other Asian countries where those festival traditions are more widely known and celebrated, or Monkey King stories are more widely enjoyed, those sets would appeal to those interests in a way that more European or American inspired themes would not. So certainly, there are plenty of adults and kids alike who would probably prefer new Castle, Pirates, and Space themes over some of these current sets or themes. But there are also plenty of LEGO fans (and potential LEGO fans) who would probably have just as little interest in those themes as a lot of us have in other more current/recent themes.
  8. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    I mean, it goes without saying that kids' building ability (including visual-spatial reasoning skills, manual dexterity, ability to follow a sequential list of instructions, etc) develops at a different pace from person to person. But regardless of what age a child is ready, to graduate from Duplo building to System building, jumping straight to sets marked for ages 5+ or higher would be quite an abrupt leap! Duplo sets almost exclusively around stacking parts vertically from bottom to top, and even the largest sets only tend to have 120 or so parts. Also, the stud to anti-stud connections are tight enough to stand up to a toddler's occasional fumbling during or after assembly. System sets with a 5+ or higher age marking tend to feature more extensive use of SNOT techniques, hinges, Technic connections, mechanical functions, sub-assemblies, and building steps that require viewing the entire assembly from a different angle. And System parts are not only smaller and more precise, but their studs have a much lower tolerance for clumsiness or carelessness, making it much easier for System assemblies to break just from holding or applying pressure to them in the wrong place. That's the reason 4+ sets exist — to help provide kids with a smoother transition between Duplo and System building, regardless of what age they are when they're ready to do so. The reason that they specify a minimum target age of 4 years is that toy safety regulations legally prohibit marketing toys with small parts to kids under 3, due to the implicit choking hazard they'd present. If parents feel that their kids are proficient enough to be ready for that transition at a younger age, they are entirely free to make that decision, but LEGO's age labeling has to adhere to much stricter standards in this particular instance. In previous decades, themes like Fabuland, Jack Stone, 4 Juniors, 3+ Basic sets, and 2001–2002 Creator sets were meant to serve a similar "transitional" function between Duplo and System sets. But unlike today's 4+ sets, most of those sets did not include small detail parts or standard minifigure parts. Also, their branding, design language, and scale were farther removed from sets and themes aimed at older kids, resulting in a bumpier transition from these preschool-level sets to grade-school-level ones. A 4+ City police car or fire truck might look a bit simplistic among 5+ or 6+ City sets, but not nearly as out-of-place as a Fabuland, Jack Stone, 4 Juniors, or 3+ Basic vehicle would look among 5+ or 6+ Town sets! This isn't to say that we should expect to like or enjoy 4+ sets as much as more advanced ones, but they serve a very important purpose, and one that LEGO has been aware of for many decades. So I don't really think we should treat their existence like a new, pointless, or harmful trend. "Transitional" sets like these have pretty much always existed in some form or another — the current style just happens to focus on themes, figures, and parts that older builders like us are more likely to take interest in (and that kids are more likely to maintain an interest in after they've moved on to more advanced sets). I also don't think it makes sense to blame 4+ sets or other small sets with limited piece counts for smaller Pirates and Castle sets not selling well. For starters, there have hardly been any 4+ Pirates or Castle sets in the first place — just a couple, back when 4+ sets were branded as subthemes of a collective "Juniors" theme instead of a part of the themes related to their specific subject matter. And I don't see any reason to think they would have impacted the development of the 2013 Castle sets or 2015 Pirates sets in any way, since they were shelved separately and (at least early on) developed by an entirely different team of designers. But perhaps more importantly, low-priced sets in the peak years of the Castle and Pirates themes have generally had even lower piece counts, simpler builds, and greater reliance on specialized parts than sets of similar size and (inflation-adjusted) price from the 2010s. Compare Shipwreck Defense from 2015 to Broadside's Brig from 1991 and Smuggler's Shanty from 1992, or Forest Ambush from 2013 to earlier minifigure packs/"battle packs" that Castle fans often wax nostalgic for like 6102, 6103, and 852271. Although these more recent examples have slightly fewer minifigs than their precursors, they have considerably more small, basic building/landscaping elements, with very few large, specialized elements like wall panels or column bricks. And in fact, one of the most striking things for me about the 2015 Pirates wave in particular was that it DID opt for brick-built solutions using small, versatile elements in places that earlier waves had typically been reliant on larger, more specialized parts — particularly the Soldiers Outpost and Soldiers Fort sets, which included none of the large wall panels that had been a staple of the theme's previous colonial forts and outposts. That said, those mid-2010s Castle and Pirates waves did vary from previous waves in OTHER ways that might have potentially weakened their performance. For instance, they did not include any polybag-sized impulse sets, and there was a stark difference in price between their respective "flagship sets" (King's Castle and The Brick Bounty) and their next largest sets (Dragon Mountain and Treasure Island/Soldiers' Fort). Pirates fans have definitely called a lot of attention to the latter, since the price points of that wave jump abruptly from $30 to $100. In earlier Pirates waves, there would have been at least one set at more of an intermediate price point — often a larger fort set or smaller ship set for whatever faction the pirates were up against in that particular wave, and usually costing around half the price of the flagship set, if not higher. In Castle's case, the price difference between the most and second most expensive sets in 2013 was not nearly as out of the ordinary — in fact, the launch waves of "Fantasy Era" Castle and Kingdoms followed about the same pattern with the main strongholds of their two primary factions, as did the 1984 Castle range (which had been the first to feature two distinct factions in the first place). But the lack of $3 to $5 sets in 2013 stands out as more of an anomaly, since sets like that WERE included in the 2007 and 2010 LEGO Castle waves, as well as in other themes that launched in 2013 like Legends of Chima, Galaxy Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Lone Ranger. Mind you, I'm not sure whether the presence or lack of polybag sets (or similar sized sets) would have that much of an impact on the performance or longevity of a theme… after all, a lot of retailers don't reliably carry tiny "impulse sets" like that in the first place, and it doesn't seem like Galaxy Squad's polybag sets did anything to help keep it going any longer than it would have lasted without them. But it's certainly a more quantifiable difference between the 2013 Castle sets and earlier Castle/Kingdoms launch waves than how much or how little creative building potential the sets offered. On a side note, I also feel like the number of 4+ sets has not really been pretty stable over the past 3 or 4 years… in fact, the difference between the number of 4+ sets this year and the number last year seems to be at least partly due to the Minions movie and most of the tie-in sets getting delayed. I don't think we have to worry about the number of 4+ sets expanding out of control any time soon.
  9. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    I wouldn't be surprised if some of the sets (like many Space and sci-fi sets before them) were influenced by Star Wars. But I don't think Nexo Knights in general was meant as an in-house version of Star Wars, besides on the very general level of being a story- and character-driven IP that uses various media tie-ins to foster passionate fan engagement. And that description applies to pretty much all "big bang" themes — and even more so to Bionicle, which served as sort of a template for the sort of fan engagement a theme can hope to achieve using that sort of approach. In fact, Bionicle was created with this sort of multimedia "expanded universe" style storytelling approach in the first place as a direct response to the LEGO Star Wars theme's then-recent success. I can think of quite a few other starfighter or jet fighter sets that have transforming wing functions similar to Clay's Falcon Fighter Blaster, especially in other recent "big bang" themes: Eris's Fire Eagle Flyer from Legends of Chima (2014). Jay's Storm Fighter from Ninjago (the original version from 2012, the Legacy version from 2019, and the 4+ version from 2020). The Kai Fighter from Ninjago (both the original version in 2014 and the Legacy version from 2020). Even the name of this one is Star Wars inspired! Jay's Velocity Racer from Ninjago (2020). And while the robot co-pilots/gunners are certainly reminiscent of the support role that droids play on a lot of Star Wars starfighters, I feel like that's mostly a side effect of their primary intended function as a futuristic, high-tech analogue of a medieval squire. Collectively, the ones that are designed to accompany the knights themselves are even referred to as Squirebots. Clay's characterization is also somewhat reminiscent of Luke Skywalker, especially after he begins training in wizardry in later story arcs, and learned that his mother was one of the villains working in league with Jestro. But the same can be said for Lloyd Garmadon in LEGO Ninjago — the writers have even compared his relationship to his villainous father Lord Garmadon to Luke and Vader's strained father-son relationship in Star Wars, and acknowledged that as an influence. So all in all, I think a lot of the similarities you're observing have less to do with the Nexo Knights theme in particular than with the more general impact that Star Wars has had on sci-fi design trends and on popular action-adventure storytelling. It's sort of like what Terry Pratchett said about the lasting influence of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth stories on the fantasy genre: “J.R.R. Tolkien has become a sort of mountain, appearing in all subsequent fantasy in the way that Mt. Fuji appears so often in Japanese prints. Sometimes it’s big and up close. Sometimes it’s a shape on the horizon. Sometimes it’s not there at all, which means that the artist either has made a deliberate decision against the mountain, which is interesting in itself, or is in fact standing on Mt. Fuji.” And that actually brings this back around to LEGO Castle pretty nicely, since as we've seen, that is one of the first things LEGO would need to think about when developing a new Castle theme, and something even we fans have discussed extensively about what the next new Castle theme should be like: How much should it draw on real medieval history, compared to Tolkien-influenced high fantasy storytelling? No matter what route a particular designer or builder opts for, they are making a specific decision influenced by how they happen to feel about that type of design and storytelling. And even if they don't base their medieval fantasy creations on Tolkien's work specifically, chances are that whatever influences they DO turn to will bear at least some of the fingerprints of Tolkien's work, in part because it's shaped so many of the general expectations writers and their audiences have for what sort of beings a medieval fantasy world should be populated with.
  10. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    I disagree with your assumption that Nexo Knights was introduced because LEGO thought that it would be more "kid-friendly" than Castle. For one thing, Nexo Knights sets in general (much like Ninjago, Legends of Chima, and Monkie Kid sets) had a higher target age range than Castle/Kingdoms sets of the previous decade. If anything, Nexo Knights was intended to appeal to an older "tween" audience. Additionally, you seem to be suggesting that Nexo Knights theme was created as a "replacement" for LEGO Castle — but based on when it came out, what age range it was aimed at, and its "big bang" style media and design strategies, it's more realistic to say that it was created as a "replacement" for LEGO Legends of Chima, which had concluded the previous year. And perhaps most importantly, LEGO doesn't base high-profile themes like this on stuff that they don't think kids actually like. It's not like Ninjago, Legends of Chima, or Monkie Kid were created for kids with no interest in ninjas, jungle animals, or Sun Wukong. If LEGO truly believed that kids no longer cared about medieval knights and castles, they wouldn't have chosen to make a futuristic "big bang" theme inspired by medieval knights and castles in the first place — they'd have opted for a mashup of concepts that DID still seem to be popular or trendy among kids. All in all, I don't think there's any doubt that castles remain popular among kids, and I'm pretty sure LEGO recognizes this. Even in lieu of a "proper" or "traditional" LEGO Castle theme, castles themselves have remained a mainstay in the LEGO product portfolio, across a varied range of themes including Classic, Creator, Elves, Hidden Side, Nexo Knights, Ninjago, Disney, Harry Potter, Minecraft, and Super Mario. That said, I also suspect that a lot of these castle-loving kids are not as particular as AFOLs about only wanting castles, knights, dragons, etc. in a context that meets all of our benchmarks for a "traditional" Castle theme. I mean, speaking from my own experience, I was ENAMORED with the concept of robots in my early childhood, and probably would have loved themes like Exo-Force and Ninjago with an emphasis on anime-inspired humanoid mechs, or themes like Bionicle and Hero Factory with an emphasis on mechanical heroes, villains, and creatures. But since themes like those didn't exist yet in the 90s, those interests instead drew me towards whatever themes managed to push a lot of the same buttons: the giant robots in Space themes like Spyrius, Roboforce, and Life on Mars; the animal-shaped vehicles in themes like Aquasharks, Stingrays, and Insectoids; and the competitive "battle machines" in the Cyber-Slam theme. So I suspect some kids today who are into castles, dragons/fantasy creatures, magic, swordfighting, fairy tales, heroic legends, etc. would currently gravitate towards themes like Ninjago, Harry Potter, or Disney — whichever happens to resonate most strongly with them, even if a theme that's not presently on shelves like Castle or Elves might be closer to what they'd consider "ideal". After all, even many of us AFOLs are quite used to buying sets or themes that aren't a perfect reflection of our personal preferences, and then modifying them or creating MOCs from their pieces in order to bring them closer to whatever those tastes happen to be.
  11. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    I don't think it would be too unlikely for a future Castle wave to take that approach. After all, the 2013 Castle wave did that to a certain extent, with the Gatehouse Raid set that could connect to the main King's Castle. That particular wave just didn't really have room for further expansions beyond that, since the other three sets portrayed either non-castle vehicles and scenery or an "enemy" castle/tower with an entirely different color scheme. That said, one exciting feature that the Creator 3-in-1 Medieval Castle has that the 2010/2013 King's Castle sets (and even many of the recent Harry Potter sets) lack is that it includes not only separate modular segments, but hinges. This greatly expands a castle set's customization options — first and foremost, by allowing not only for customizable layouts, but also ones that break away from a strict rectangular grid. Furthermore, hinges makes it much easier to create a wide variety of layouts with a fully-enclosed curtain wall, whereas more rigid segments are hard to form an enclosed loop from unless the modules are arranged in a way that the modules on opposite sides from each other (left+right, front+back) add up to the same overall length. And of course, a modular segment with a hinge at any point along its length isn't strictly limited to use as a "straight segment" or a "corner segment" — it can effectively be used as either. Yeah, as much as I love the amount of "livable" detail that is included in some castles from themes like Nexo Knights or Elves, and would love to see generic medieval castle sets that include this level of detail, I'm fairly satisfied with the amount of interior detail in 31120. After all, a lot of the sorts "missing" interior details that I would be most excited to see, (like a banquet hall, kitchen, royal bedchamber, or stable) would be difficult to fit into spaces as small as the roughly 4x5 stud floor space in 31120's vacant rooms. The only things I can think of that would easily fit in these spaces would be: A "barracks" with storage for weapons/armor, and maybe a single bed A pantry/larder/buttery for storage of food and drinks A study or wizard/astrologer's workshop, with a reading/writing desk, and maybe some bookshelves or research equipment. That said, possibilities 1 and 2 would feel somewhat redundant in the A- and C- models, since the shops in those models already include ways of storing/displaying armor, weapons, food, and beverage casks, built using about the same techniques you'd likely need to effectively fit them in these smaller rooms. And possibility 3 is already included in the B-model. In any case, though, Creator 3-in-1 sets tend to be some of the EASIEST to customize, especially ones like this that are specifically designed using a format that makes them so easy to expand upon. And I suppose that makes it a little easier for me to be "forgiving" of some of this set's omissions than with some Castle sets of the past, including ones from my own childhood. I've already started playing around on Stud.io with possible "alternate models" for this set focusing on stuff that'd be especially important to me, like a banquet hall or a keep with a fancy bedroom. If I end up finishing any of these models to my satisfaction, I'll definitely share them on Eurobricks for anybody else who wants to try recreating them, or even modifying them to suit their own tastes! But I'm also enthusiastic to see other Eurobricks members' attempts at creating additional modular segments that can be combined with the official ones!
  12. Aanchir

    [REVIEW] 40516 - Everyone is Awesome

    Hmm, well, that's good to know! In any case, if I wanted to use them for this purpose, I could always just place the set over top of one of the more basic metal bookends we already own (similar to these ones). I haven't yet had any issues with those sliding around, and since they're pretty much a flat metal sheet bent at a 90 degree angle, this set would probably sit pretty neatly on top of them. I'll try this out when my copy of the set arrives, and if it seems useful enough to be worthwhile, I'll think about getting a second copy.
  13. Aanchir

    Future Castle Sets?

    Thank you! I actually just revisited this topic specifically to ask if anybody had seen photos/videos of the castle segments combined with one another. I wish this builder raised the camera up to show what it looks like from a slightly higher angle, but I'm sure the longer this set is on shelves, the more people there will be who combine the different builds and record them to share online. I'm not sure this particular arrangement of the segments is the one I would prefer, as the B-model's tower ends up overshadowing the A-model's living quarters in a way that leaves that corner feeling a little cramped. But after building the main structures of each model on on stud.io, I'm not sure whether there's any arrangement using just one of each build that would really give all the structures more room to "breathe". Unless, of course, you also add custom segments of your own to create a little more space between the "official" builds. For reference: The A-model's "gatehouse" segment and B-model's "watchtower" segment terminate in a vertical structure on both sides. The A-model's "smithy and living quarters" segment and C model's "town/market" segment terminate in a horizontal wall on the right side and a vertical structure on the left side. The A-model's "watchtower and dungeon" segment is the only one that terminates in a horizontal wall on both sides. I suspect that the "drain" is meant to be a watergate (an entrance/exit for "friendly" boaters carrying supplies and trade goods to or from the castle), so for it to retain that function as an entrance/exit, any bars over the entrance would have to be able to open and close. But that probably wouldn't be too difficult to manage. It's a bit of a shame the set didn't include TWO copies of the barred door piece used for the A-model's dungeon, since those would have been about the right size to attach to the watergate using a couple of clips on either side. That would not only be an improvement from a security standpoint, but also a somewhat less repetitive way to reuse the barred door piece in the C-model than simply having yet another dungeon/jail at the base of the tower.
  14. Aanchir

    [REVIEW] 40516 - Everyone is Awesome

    My order of this set shipped today, but before it arrives, I wanted to ask a question to anybody who has already obtained the set… is the vertical portion of the model strong enough to use this set as a bookend? That recently occurred to me as a potential practical use for this se., and if it's feasible I might want to think about getting a second copy at some point in the future. But I realize the "backdrop" might not be sturdy enough to support a row of books unless you add some SNOT brackets or Technic beams to help lock it together more securely.
  15. Aanchir

    Lego declining drastically?

    Reading this comment, I couldn't help getting the image in my head of book covers like these ones, but with time-lapse illustrations on the spine of LEGO structures being slowly taken apart. It's funny how this particular train of thought is making stops at so many different "stations" as it passes between us!