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  1. henrysunset

    #21057 Singapore Skyline

    We have seen a revised White House and an Architecture-style rendition of the Taj Mahal recently, not to mention the two Soccer/Football stadiums which aren't in the Architecture series, but are clearly related in terms of style and potential audience. That said, I also want more iconic architecture such as Fallingwater, Villa Savoye, and Farnsworth House. I do not expect we will see more of these, as they are popular amongst architecture buffs, but not widely known in mainstream circles. Instead, we will probably need to be satisfied with the amazing MOC's created by fellow LEGO Architecture enthusiasts. I just don't think lesser-known architectural sets sell very well. I did try to predict sales rates based on data that's no longer available and yes, it looks like sets like Imperial Hotel and Villa Savoye didn't sell well. https://brickarchitect.com/2015/lego-architecture-sales-europe/ Sincerely, ---tom
  2. henrysunset

    #21057 Singapore Skyline

    I wanted to start a thread to discuss the newly announced Singapore Skyline set. It will cost 59.99€ ($59.99 / £54.99 / 79.99 CAD / 89.99 AUD) for 827 pieces, and will be released on January 1, 2022. The set has been met with mixed reviews, some celebrating the bright colors and layered composition, and others critiquing it as visually cluttered and garish. My own opinion lies somewhere in the middle — for a much longer exploration of the set check out my complete review at Brick Architect website. Box / Packaging: There has been a lot of discussion about the box, which features the Adults Welcome (18+) ribbon along the bottom of the box, but this time in (what I think is) a garish Dark Azure color instead of the White color used on the previous LEGO Architecture sets. Marina Bay Sands: Since it is by far the largest model in the set, a lot of attention is placed on the Marina Bay Sands. It looks huge compared to the other buildings in the set, but I did the math and the scale is actually right - It's just a huge building! The comparison with the earlier #21021 version (top) is not favorable. The Trans Dark Blue color is perhaps more realistic, but otherwise the new version has a less faithful curve shape (it's more like a banana), and other aspects of the detailing including the west entrance aren't nearly as detailed. Parts: The set relies on a lot of printed parts, but only two are new printed parts - the Singapore nameplate, and a new 2×3 Plate with lots of square windows on it. More notable is the new 1×4 Curved part, which has the same profile as the 1×1 part which was introduced a few years ago. I doubt the part was created just for this set, since parts are almost never created for the Architecture series, but it did debut in this set. Geography As you can see, the position of the structures in the model do match fairly well how they are positioned in the actual city. This assumes you are north of the harbour looking south... The biggest quirk is that Gardens by the Bay is shown in front of the Marina Bay Sands, when it is definitely behind it, and Lau Pa Sat is presented in front of MBS and One Raffles Place, but is several blocks behind it. Conclusion I gave the set a 3/5 star (Good) rating, since there is a mix of highlights and lowlights in this build. The main highlight is that it allows you to explore the Marina Bay Sands building without having to buy an aftermarket copy of #21021 Marina Bay Sands (2013) for as much as $1000. It does have a good price-per-part, but the price-per-gram is poor at $0.146 per gram. (This is something I have started calculating, and results in a very different conclusion about value than price-per-part reveals.) In addition to my review at Brick Architect, be sure to see some of these other reviews before making a decision when this set is released in January: https://brickset.com/article/67632/review-21057-singapore https://rebrickable.com/blog/443/review-21057-1-singapore/ https://truenorthbricks.com/2021/12/04/singapore-21057-review/ https://www.brothers-brick.com/2021/12/04/lego-architecture-21057-singapore-review/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaQRc0t8ZZg&t=3s (video) Sincerely, —Tom
  3. henrysunset

    [MOC] Aachen Cathedral

    This is great! Even though the cathedral is of multiple architectural traditions, the gothic elements are prominent. That's why I've added it to my collection of great LEGO Gothic architecture on pinterest. LINK: https://www.pinterest.com/tomalphin/lego-architecture-gothic/ Thanks for sharing!
  4. How did you get and/or order it? I have the Spike Prime set + the older version of the Expansion set, and would like to get this part so I can put together a Raspberry Pi Kit, too.
  5. henrysunset

    10282 Adidas Superstar

    I am not a sneakerhead, but I genuinely enjoyed the packaging, build experience and finished model — that's why I was eager to share my enthusiasm in this thread! I love seeing real objects re-created at a 1:1 scale using LEGO, and this is a very satisfying example of this style of building. When I review sets, price only plays a small role, and usually only when a sub-par set happens to be a great parts pack (so it gets a small bump in the rating). —Tom P.S. Data showing our review distribution compared to other sites is here https://brickinsights.com/statistics/reviewers/34. You will find a detailed description of our 1-5 rating system here: https://brickarchitect.com/about/#ratings_and_reviews.
  6. henrysunset

    10282 Adidas Superstar

    This is a really awesome and unique set... I just gave the set the coveted 5/5 star rating in my review of the set at brickarchitect.com 😊. (And I'm a really strict reviewer!)A couple highlights from my review that might be of interest to eurobricks readers: This set really is a master class in sculpting everyday objects with LEGO bricks! This whole set feels like a love letter between two of the biggest brands in the world. After just over an hour of inspired building, I am holding one of the most realistic LEGO re-creations of a common household object that I’ve ever seen. The set is a bit too expensive based on both an assessment of price-per-part ($0.11), as well as the price-per-gram (also $0.11). To make matters worse, the price in Europe is much worse... for example 89.99€ in euros. (That’s $109 based on current exchange rate – 37% higher price than in USA.) Sincerely,—Tom P.S. Let me know if you have any additional questions about the new brick-built shoe!
  7. That was interesting to see, thanks for sharing! I don't know for sure, but I suspect the process is similar for LDraw.
  8. henrysunset

    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    As a reviewer, it's my job to highlight the very best and worst aspects of every set that I cover—even the good (and great) sets! Focusing on the highlights and lowlights is the most efficient way that I've found to help readers decide whether a set is a good match for their collection or not. My job isn't to encourage folks to buy every set, but rather to make sure that they love each of the sets they decide to buy. (If reviewers do their job well, fans who only buy a couple sets a year based on extensive research should feel like every set they buy is one of their favorites!) Even serious AFOLs have limited time, space, and budget; I'm here to help! As a more casual fan of LEGO, I would have probably just built the set, modified the roof a bit to match my preferences, and loved the finished product! ---tom
  9. henrysunset

    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    The Review embaro has lifted, so I'm eager to share a summary of my thoughts on the new set! (Full review at brickarchitect.com). #21325 Medieval Blacksmith - box and finished model. As has been discussed at length, many folks see the final version as a bit of a letdown, as it is smaller and less "mature" in aesthetic compared to the original LEGO IDEAS submission. While this is true, I am happy to report that it really is a nice model, apart from some quibbles that I have with the roof coloration, and annoyance with structural choices on the third floor. The ground floor in particular is excellent, with an absolutely brilliant play feature: you press on the brick-built bellows to make the light brick activate in the forge! I also enjoyed nods to classic Castle, including the Black Falcon logos, and nod to the classic Forestmen theme in the tree. The tiny details are the best thing about this set. Now, I don't think it's a "perfect" set, but it really is a nice way to revisit classic Castle themes with modern building techniques. It earned out "Recommended" 4/5 Star Rating (with caveats...). Available February 1. Sincerely, —Tom Alphin, brickarchitect.com
  10. Thanks for explaining! I can totally respect that it doesn't sound like a particularly easy process to automate, and it will take some time to migrate 1000 parts! Out of curiosity, how long does that process take? I would expect that it's at least 15 minutes per part (average), and that probably doesn't include the process of moving parts through the review process. ---tom P.S. Is there a human-readable summary of the process to create new parts in LDraw? If not, It's the kind of nerdy article I'd love to tackle at Brick Architect if someone wants to help me do it!
  11. Is it possible to script a bulk conversion into LDraw format? It wouldn't bother me if it took a long time to clean up and move to "official" - At least folks who are familiar with the "unofficial" parts could begin to use them! As mentioned in another thread, I'm in the process of writing an article about the Most Common DUPLO Parts, and many of the parts are missing pictures. I also plan to add the most common DUPLO parts to my LEGO Brick Labels collection (for only the most discerning toddlers, of course...) ---tom
  12. henrysunset

    [MOC] 1:400 Woolworth Building

    I love this, and have pinned it to my collection of great LEGO Gothic Architecture on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! —Tom
  13. henrysunset

    MOC: Basilic Notre Dame de la Garde

    The iconic alternating light and dark bands on the arches took me right back to southern Spain, walking into the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. You have achieved the detail well at a small scale! I've added this to my small but growing collection of Islamic and Byzantine LEGO Architecture on my Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing! —Tom
  14. Love the neo-gothic details in a very small model. I added to my popular Pinterest collection :-)
  15. henrysunset

    Lego Certified Professional Sets

    For a much longer (and fairly up-to-date) list of unofficial architectural sets including those by LEGO Certified Professionals, you should reference this Unofficial LEGO Architecture Set Guide - BRICK ARCHITECT. It includes information on many sets, including details which I have verified by talking to the original resellers or the LCP in certain cases. Sincerely, —Tom