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  1. I think another factor in why LEGO prefers boxes to be fairly large is that it lets them show the product image on the box at close to actual size. Especially with a set like the aforementioned Pirate Roller Coaster, the overall size of the assembled set is much bigger than the size of box the loose parts would take up, because the model is spread out with a lot of empty space in the middle. Even among AFOLs who have a lifetime of experience with the LEGO brick and its proportions, it's quite frequent to hear "I didn't have much interest in *insert set here*, then I saw it built in real life and realized how BIG it is!" It's easy to see a small picture of a set or read its proportions in inches and still underestimate how big the genuine article will be. So besides having the assembled set on display, an actual-size image of the set is the next best way to give people an honest appraisal of how big a set they'll be getting.
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    (MOC) The Elvan Seaport of Elvadion

    Loved seeing this at BrickFair! So beautiful and colorful!
  3. Some of the microfigs from that set could also be used for "fair folk" in more fantasy-inspired settings. And there are some lovely new window panes that seem to fit in the 1x2x2 Castle window panels. Given how many of those there are and how they're all identical I suspect those are printed, although some of the more specific decorations in the set are definitely stickers.
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    I would not mind one bit if the LEGO Movie 2 paves the way for a sci-fi theme featuring mini-dolls in the future! It definitely shows how much potential that would have.
  5. Have you looked at the construction of the hull in 41073? It makes good use of curved slopes and SNOT techniques to create a hull around 10 studs wide.
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    71043 Hogwarts™ Castle

    How much is that in Galleons?
  7. Sure, but I can't really think of any way to design a bespoke gown piece that would work for both standing and riding side-saddle. After all, even regular minifig legs don't have knee joints.
  8. While Ninjago has a lot of strengths, to be honest I think sometimes which themes become huge successes and which don't can have a lot to do with how well tailored they are to kids at the particular time that they come out. It could be that specific aspects of Ninjago's storytelling and design elevate it over more short-lived themes, but we mustn't dismiss the possibility that kids today might just be more interested in ninja than in knights or aliens or spies or animal warriors — and that even Ninjago might not have had the same success if it had launched ten years earlier or later. I also think that some of Ninjago's strengths would not be able to translate well to the kind of space theme that AFOLs are nostalgic for. Like, Ninjago has a story rich in magic and legends that could certainly have a place in sci-fi, but would result in something a lot more "Star Wars-ish" than traditional space themes. It is also intensely character-driven, which I know is something many old-school AFOLs are averse to. It contains an eccentric mix of ancient and futuristic design cues, sometimes even within the same set, and it embraces "gimmick" sets like spinners and fliers. Finally, I think on some levels LEGO might not even be interested in giving other themes some "secret sauce" that made Ninjago such a mega-hit. If other themes have the same strengths as Ninjago, then they risk competing for the same audience, which may very well be part of what held Chima back. Remember, when the idea of Chima was conceived, Ninjago was not expected to last longer than three years — instead, though, Chima wound up having to share shelf space with Ninjago for its entire lifespan. It was probably not accidental that the Nexo Knights app game, the connective tissue that tied together its sets and media, was unlike anything that had been done for Ninjago. Even if there's no guarantee of achieving Ninjago-like success, it can still be more worthwhile for LEGO to keep trying new things hoping to discover a new "secret sauce" than to try and make a second Ninjago.
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    A Ninjago movie combiner project

    This is looking really rad! Can't wait to see your continued progress!
  10. While this is true, I've never seen any M:Tron blurbs or marketing that back up the "miners" interpretation. If you are aware of any that you could show me then I'd certainly love to see them though because I am always fascinated with how themes back then were marketed differently from region to region, and story/background info on themes from back before the internet is sometimes hard to come by! I think it's a little unfair to argue that the Space theme used to be more grounded back in the day. Even in the Classic Space era it fluctuated quite a bit, with some sets depicting fairly realistic unmanned rocket launches and others depicting giant robots. Heck, M:Tron had a space helicopter with laser rotors, something that's practically hitting Nexo Knights levels of silliness. I also don't understand the argument that recent Space themes have been less distinguishable from Star Wars. After all, Star Wars has way more boxy, industrial-looking spaceships than it has 1950s-looking flying saucers or spaceships shaped like giant bugs. And it's hard to imagine that the designers of Allied Avenger and Super Nova II weren't in any way inspired by Star Wars' X-Wing Fighter. And "fewer unique pieces specific to one set"? I might need a citation on that. The sets were simpler back then, sure, but even today there are very few sets that use genuinely unique parts for things besides character and creature parts and accessories. Parts like 2336, 2409, 2426, 2464, and 2680 were just as set-specific as typical non-figure parts from Alien Conquest or Galaxy Squad. The idea that sets today are full of specialized parts that are only designed to build one thing is an ignorant cliche, not a reality.
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    Future Castle Sets?

    I somewhat doubt we'd see one the same year a new castle theme launched. Judging from sets like Temple of Airjitzu, Imperial Flagship, Medieval Market Village, and Kingdoms Joust, it's more typical for non-licensed exclusives to come out a year or more after the corresponding theme launches. I suppose, though, that there is an exception in the Haunted House, which came out the same year as the Monster Fighters theme, so there's no reason that couldn't happen again.
  12. There is one in the new Harry Potter sets that solves both those issues, though it is still not posable. Personally I think that pieces like the 2x2x2 slope brick or the new gown element work best for long fancy gowns, and I don't think it would be typical for a person in a long gown like that to ride a horse anyhow. But if need be, you can just swap the gown for a stack of bricks and plates, or for normal minifig legs, since a saddle will cover up most of the distinguishing details anyhow. For sitting figures I think swapping the gown for normal legs is also an acceptable solution, and I believe this is what is done for Professor McGonagall in the new Harry Potter Great Hall set. It would probably be possible to create a posable gown element (after all, there is one for mini-dolls), but I do not think it would be appropriate for all the same styles of gown, since for the figure to be able to sit it would have to be more or less flat in the back rather than trailing behind. Even with mini-dolls the Disney Princess sets introduced a new non-posable gown element for characters with more billowing dress shapes than the posable gown element.
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    My Case Against Artificial Rarity

    I think in a lot of these cases it's a bit unrealistic to call the rarity of these figures "artificial". Comic-Con exclusive minifigures, for example, are designed for LEGO to give them away for free at specific events. It's a great marketing technique, but time on the production floor costs money and it makes sense that LEGO would rather dedicate most of their production time to products they're actually selling around the world, rather than to production of stuff they're giving away for free at specific events. It's true that it can be frustrating when a Comic-Con exclusive figure is the only official version of a particular character you like. That said, nothing prevents LEGO from releasing a "normal" version of characters they've previously released as Comic-Con exclusives. Just look at Green Arrow — not only is the one in sets based on the same character as the one that was released as a Comic-Con exclusive, but even based on the same version of the character's costume! Chances are we would have already gotten a "normal" version of Phoenix in a set as well if not for the fact that there have only been three or so X-Men sets since the Super Heroes theme began. But even now, the chances of seeing characters like Phoenix or Bizarro or Spider-Woman or Shazam in sets are ultimately no different than they were before those characters were released as event exclusive minifigures. As for Mr. Gold or the chrome gold C-3PO, they were basically sweepstakes prizes. It's asinine to think that something like that should be available to everyone; it defeats the whole purpose of creating those figures in the first place. It's no different from the solid gold, silver, and platinum Bionicle masks that have been released for various contests and sweepstakes. As a kid, do you know what I thought about these masks? I thought it was really amazingly cool that they existed, and that a few lucky people would get to own them! All this despite knowing that I would almost certainly never own one myself! I also never felt cheated by not being guaranteed a chance to own every Bionicle mask ever made. So it's downright baffling to me that actual adults feel cheated by the existence of similar limited prize items.
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    MOC: Elves, Ragana's Shadow Tower

    Wow, your goblin king fortress is beautiful! I wish more of the castles at LEGO conventions had bright colors like these! It really evokes a powerful mood, whereas more typical greyish castles can often feel kind of sterile without brighter accents to complement them. That said, the grey parts where the castle appears to be crumbling also make a very powerful statement here! And I love your creative use of the keychain ribbons!
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    How successful was Galaxy Squad?

    I didn't really buy a lot of the Galaxy Squad sets, but to be honest the one that wound up being a must-have was the Hive Crawler. I also consider the Warp Stinger one of the theme's more iconic designs, and Space Swarmer was a pretty solid design for its price point, so I'm not sure I'd agree that the insect vehicles were weaker designs than the human ones. I think the shift away from including things like metal detectors and walkie-talkies in space themes may have less to do with any shift away from exploration and more with those things no longer seeming futuristic to kids. In this day and age, I feel like a sci-fi character with any sort of communicators or sensors/detectors tends to have them built into their suits or as an unobtrusive ear- or wrist-mounted device, not as a separate gadget they have to lug around.