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  1. What precedes a dark ages?

    While this has been the case for many AFOLs, I'm curious how much it will continue to apply in the future. A lot of the AFOLs around my age who ARE in relationships (men and women alike) either found their romantic interests within the LEGO fan community or brought them into the AFOL community fairly early in their relationships. Plus, I feel like the number of girls/women and LGBT people in the community is growing, so even if romantic pursuits do continue to pull people away from LEGO as teens and young adults, it might just as easily be an interest in boys as an interest in girls.
  2. REVIEW: 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

    There was a small ISS set as part of the Discovery Kids line in 2003. There was also a larger and more detailed ISS build sent up with astronauts to construct on the actual International Space Station — however, like the real ISS, it was not designed to be structurally sound in Earth gravity. That issue would probably remain an obstacle with future ISS sets. You could make some sort of stand to support the model, but it could be hard to keep it from detracting from the model's appearance.
  3. Do you mean perceived to be terrible by AFOLs specifically, or by buyers in general? I don't really remember a lot of disdain for Monster Fighters among AFOLs — at least, no more than for any other action-adventure theme like Agents, Power Miners, or Atlantis. The AFOL community tends to have a sort of a knee-jerk reaction to any theme that isn't either based on a pre-90s LEGO theme or a pre-90s IP, but usually begins to warm up to these themes as time goes on. And from a general buyer standpoint, even though Monster Fighters was seemingly only designed as a one-wave theme, I didn't really get the impression that it wasn't popular or that kids weren't receptive to it.
  4. Well, we can probably anticipate that Darth Vader will at least have a gearbox or some other sort of action feature in the torso, since that's been a standard feature of basically every figure with a lightsaber or other melee weapon since the second wave. Also, just glancing at the leaked pic, interesting that he's the first buildable figure with a removable helmet. I'm sure other people have probably already noticed this and been talking about it, but I guess I wasn't paying attention before. While the piece counts of Star Wars figures haven't increased all that much (besides the ones that have gearboxes), I'm not sure the price increase was totally arbitrary. Scarif Stormtrooper is a heftier build due to larger parts like the thigh shells and gun, and has more printed parts including a unique plastic kama. Even in the first wave, the $25 Obi-Wan Kenobi didn't have a higher piece count than the various $20 figures, so it seems like these sorts of subtler differences do have an impact on how LEGO prices the individual sets. Also, there definitely hasn't been any sort of across-the-board shift towards fewer pieces for more money. The K2SO and Baze Malbus figures had decidedly more weight and higher piece counts than any of the previous $25 sets, and all the other recent $25 sets without fabric or plastic film pieces tend to have a piece count hovering around 100. This year's Elite TIE Fighter Pilot is back at the $20/€20 price point despite a pretty impressive weight and piece count (the main thing setting it apart from the $25 sets from the same wave is the lack of any fabric elements). The Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike set has a similar or better price per piece to similarly-priced constraction vehicles like Jetrax T6, Thornatus V9, and Drop Ship. So I don't really feel like the Star Wars figures have become a decidedly worse value than we've come to expect from sets of the past.
  5. LEGO Ninjago 2018

    They also allow a nice amount of variation since they allow for both printing and dual-molding (previous ninja masks only allowed for one or the other). Plus, LEGO generally doesn't introduce molds like that expecting to use them for only one or two waves. I expect we'll continue to see use of these molds in the future. My biggest disappointment with the movie hoods is that there's a bit of missed potential with how they come in two sections. Ideally, the lower section should've been able to function as a face mask like the 2014 one… but because of the way it wraps around the back of the head (not just the neck) and the length of so many of the ninja's hair, it can't really work this way on any of the ninja but Zane.
  6. LEGO Elves 2018

    In fairness, a lot of us have been waiting for mermaids since they were first referenced in year one! Hopefully 2018 won't be Elves' final year so we'll still have chances to get them.
  7. I gotta be honest, I'd love to see Neo-Fright Knights soldiers outfitted with those shields!
  8. LEGO Ninjago 2018

    The Ninjago vehicles being out-of-scale is a big part of their appeal. They're not meant to be small, plain road vehicles like City sets, they're meant to be big, highly detailed, action-packed battle vehicles — much like the hero and villain vehicles from The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Agents, or Dino Attack. A 6-stud-wide Ninjago car or 3-stud-wide motorcycle would not only lack the impressive size and level of detail Ninjago fans have come to expect, it also wouldn't leave room for as many fun play features. Also, based on the prelims, the temple looks pretty great. Cool roof, detailed rocky foundation, etc. And all in all, I wouldn't say sets prior to The LEGO Ninjago Movie were in dire need of improvement. It's not like Ninjago was a struggling theme by any means, and it already had a great track record for detail and playability. A lot of what the LEGO Ninjago Movie did was increase the overall size of the theme — for instance, by raising the total number of sets, it was able to push the hero vehicles to price points at which sets would normally be split between two or more vehicles/dragons, or a vehicle/dragon and surrounding scenery. But it's just not realistic to expect the theme to maintain that increased size in non-movie years. Especially not in the first half of the year, which generally has fewer, smaller sets than the second half, and certainly not in a first-half wave that has to share shelf space with two huge new Ninjago Movie sets (Cole's Quake Mech and Garmadon's Volcano Lair).
  9. HispaBrick Magazine 028 is out!

    I really loved the article about the advantages and disadvantages of mini-dolls vs. minifigures. It really cuts to the heart of the way old-school fans often take the minifigure's advantages for granted and treat the mini-doll's advantages as trivial, even though to a different set of buyers with different play priorities it might be the other way around. It also acknowledges the ways that mini-dolls and minifigures are more similar than people often give them credit for. I'm not so fond of the article about Paradisa, which seems like it might be giving a little bit too high praise to a theme that even in the accompanying photos has a washed-out color scheme and a myopic focus on leisure and luxury. Compared to the previous article, which takes a more objective look at girl-targeted figures' strengths and weaknesses, this article seems to be all about strengths without even questioning the theme's drawbacks. It also makes some rather naive assumptions such as that the vehicles in the sets were meant to appeal to boys — never mind that other girl-oriented brands like Barbie have featured vehicle play for decades. It also suggests that later girl-oriented themes with a brighter and more all-encompassing range of colors would appeal less to boys than a theme that was aggressively pastel and "pinkwashed". The LEGO Life interview was another article I greatly enjoyed. I'd used LEGO Life a bit, but reading about it including digital editions of the magazine (something I hadn't realized previously) encouraged me to pick it up again. Upon doing so I also learned that the customization options for mini-doll characters had improved substantially. Pretty cool!
  10. First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    These are definitely interesting builds! On some levels, with them taking as much inspiration as they do from the originals, I think it's a bit of a bummer that they don't really maintain a lot of the differences in the characters' proportions — like the way Gali and Onua's thighs had more volume than their shins when on the others it was the other way around, or how Lewa and Kopaka had the narrowest shoulders, or how Pohatu was the second shortest of the Toa and had a more bottom-heavy physique. But despite all that you did a great job staying true to the weapons, masks, and color blocking of the Toa Mata while using much more intricate System and Technic mecha building techniques. I also really like the Rahi you created, though it's a shame Muaka has lost its stretchy neck. Keep on being creative!
  11. Potential Summer 2018 Constraction line

    Honestly, most of the biggest and best constraction MOCs I've been discovering lately (including ones I DON'T tend to see here or on BZPower) use CCBS, Technic, classic Bionicle, and System parts in tandem. MOCs like Alieraah's self-MOC, Astorix's Talidak, Red's AD.AM, Primus's Herakles, Gamma-Raay's Gamma Dragon, chubbybots's Umarak revamp, Djokson's Dekaimano Buster V, IGU's Makuta the Elements Lord, etc. If CCBS were truly so limiting and inconvenient to use there's no reason these builders would have to use it — it's not as though G1 Bionicle parts are rare or sellers who have these parts are reluctant to let go of them. And these MOCs' use of Technic doesn't somehow indict or forsake the use of CCBS. CCBS is fundamentally a Technic-based system, with the Technic ball joint at its core. Many CCBS sets have used basic Technic parts just as extensively as many of their G1 Bionicle counterparts. And many of the biggest and best constraction MOCs have always eschewed prefab body segments and opted for more Technic-based and System-based customization, even during G1.
  12. I do think "Flail" might have been a better generic descriptor for Jay's movie weapon than "Nunchucks", though.
  13. What if there was an M:tron-II

    I'm curious what that wiki's sources are for M:Trons being miners, since I've seen next to nothing suggesting that outside of fan speculation trying to explain the glowy bits in their storage containers. By comparison, I've seen several sources seemingly pinning them down as a rescue/emergency response organization: 6956 Stellar Recon Voyager was known as M:Tron Rescue Starcruiser in the UK, Croiseur d'intervention (Response Cruiser) in France, Supersnelle M:TRON Reddingskruiser (Superfast M:Tron Rescue-cruiser) in the Netherlands, M:Tron Rettungsraumer (M:Tron Rescue-chamber) in Germany, Crucero de rescate (Rescue Cruiser) in Spain, Cruzador de Salvamento (Rescue Cruiser) in Portugal, and Σωστικό καταδρομικό (Rescue Cruiser) in Greece. 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer was known as M:Tron Recovery Centre in the UK, Unité d'intervention (Response Unit) in France, Mobiel M:Tron Reddingscentrum (Mobile M:Tron Rescue-center) in the Netherlands, M:Tron Rescue-Center in Germany, Centro de rescate móvil (Mobile Rescue Center) in Spain, Centro Móvel de Salvamento (Mobile Rescue Center) in Portugal, and Κέντρο ελεγχου σωστικών (Rescue Control Center) in Greece. This video from 1990 clearly shows M:Trons performing emergency response and accident cleanup operations, while this one uses the slogan "New LEGO M:Tron to the rescue!" The M:Tron model in the 260 Idea Book seems to represent an injured Futuron astronaut being rescued by two M:Tron astronauts. Granted, it's possible that this is a scenario where the story behind M:Tron varied from country to country. Back in those days it was rare for a LEGO theme to have a strict, unvarying story direction for their themes. Even the much-later Insectoids theme had a much different story and different character names in the Americas than in most of Europe.
  14. What if there was an M:tron-II

    The tricky thing is that M:Tron isn't M:Tron without magnets, and LEGO couldn't use the old magnet parts since magnets that small are a hazard if kids swallow them. That's why the more recent train parts use a pre-assembled buffer piece with the magnet securely sealed in. Your concepts are kind of interesting, and I like the rugged shaping, though I'm not a fan of the gritty color scheme. Brighter colors seem to make more sense for a rescue outfit, same as how fire departments usually have brightly-colored trucks. Plus, bright, flashy colors are a big part of what makes Space sets in general so fun. LEGO Star Wars has already basically cornered the market on grey and brown space vehicles.
  15. LEGO Elves 2018

    The new animals could also be considered analogues to the Legend Beasts from Legends of Chima, which predate the Bionicle Elemental Creatures. I think the retailer catalogue called these new animals "Guardian Beasts" or something like that.