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  1. Usually I don't really care what they are as long as they are executed well. But this time I'm glad the first list was a fake only because of the backhoe, which is perfect flagship material.
  2. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    I think you have explained what others are saying to me very well, and I do understand a little better now so thank you for that. But isn't it a false equivalence? Captain America may have started out as political propaganda but that was like 80 years ago! Now he's just a typical comic book superhero. You could also argue the same for the Volkswagen beetle or the Sopwith camel and Fokker plane sets. These generally aren't viewed as current political statements in the 21st century.
  3. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    Well I was mostly replying to Danth. But in response to your main point that everything is political I was trying to say that there is a difference between something that can be made political and something that is clearly and outwardly political. I don't think captain America is political but even if it was, there's a difference between merely depicting something, flaws and all, and coming down squarely on only one side of the argument. And just because I notice more when it's something on my radar that does not invalidate what I am saying. And yes we could discuss back and forth our political differences but that's not my intention. I only wanted to point out that there are different points of view. You may support BLM because you believe they are a force for good, that's fine. But my non support of BLM doesn't come from some non existent hatred of another race. Quite the opposite as I believe BLM are doing far more harm than good. So we disagree on the issue of BLM but so what? I believe both our intentions are good, and to try to divide people even more than we already are along those lines to make profit is not good.
  4. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    No, like I have said already, I don't want them to mirror my politics or anyone elses. Whilst everything CAN be made political, such as "Omg they released a V8 Supercar, they support burning fossil fuels!" or even "they made a queer eye set omg!", these are not in themselves political statements, they are just popular things that happen to exist in reality. But sending money to BLM and releasing a clearly rainbow coloured set are outwardly political because they are based solely on political points of view, and only one side of their respective arguments, without having to be made political. How many black people have been hurt because of clashes caused by BLM? How many young black kids are discouraged from trying their best because they are constantly told that they as an individual have less chance to succeed purely because of the colour of their skin? And everyone is awesome except if your a straight white male, or a member of the Taliban, or a nazi, or....clearly no one (certainly not me) actually believes everyone is awesome. No one believes all cultures are awesome either. And if Lego really supported gay rights then why do business in Saudi Arabia? If they are so brave and bold why not sell the everyone is awesome set in Saudi Arabia? Do you believe big companies like Lego support such things because they believe in them or because they can make money from you?! And if Lego, in their greed for woke dollars, didn't play this political crap would we be arguing here on Eurobricks, or just enjoying our hobby? Now it's important to know that I didn't say any of that in some sad attempt to spread my own views, it's just a tiny example of how there's more than one side to every story and to come down on only one divides that one from the rest. There is more that unites us than divides us but the more big companies play politics for cash the more we are turning on each other and I am sick to death of that shit, not only the companies that do it but the people that fall for it. Whilst it may be true that I only notice more when the political statement being made goes against my own, that does not invalidate what I'm saying. Keep politics out, all of it!
  5. Indeed for an RC model you could have one vertical slider to drive and a horizontal one to steer, but that's not how this official app appears to be set up. Usually you hold your phone with your fingers and only your two thumbs are easily usable to manipulate the touch screen controls. It looked to me initially that with the app you are being asked to control three separate sliders with only two thumbs. How are you supposed to manipulate the two separate track brake sliders with only your left thumb? But it could be that you don't need to, and you only have to work one at a time. It could be that moving one track brake slider all the way not only brakes one side but reverses it also, so with a little practice you can control it just fine and perhaps more comfortably that the usual two individual track sliders, as you only need one to drive in a straight line.
  6. I wonder if it's replicating the real D11s controls. But yes it does look awkward to control on a small touch screen.
  7. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    No Mr edge lord I clearly said no politics at all. I don't think a religious bakery should be forced to sell a product they don't offer, but if Lego was to sell a set outwardly in support of that view I would be very concerned by that. Things aren't black and white. You can't just simplify the world to make people you don't agree with "the bad guy". Whilst you may disagree there's usually reasons behind their world view that you are unaware of. But Lego is predominantly a toy company with massive influence over children, and children just aren't yet equipped with enough worldly experience and logical reasoning skills to fully appreciate both sides of the story. You ever notice how younger people are more idealistic and left wing while older people tend to lean more to the right? To make political statements to them as a major and influential corporation is basically brainwashing, and I wouldn't want children to be brainwashed into even my own world views.
  8. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    I think inclusion of women police officers and gay people in the queer eye set for example is great and I don't see those examples as political. But I would say the rainbow coloured EIA set (with its intro in the instructions), stopping marketing of police sets and supporting BLM are too political.
  9. allanp

    [Poll] Do you like LEGO as a company?

    I am mixed. I like that they listen to fans for their sets but I wish they would stay out of politics entirely.
  10. I think there's a good chance of this, despite we haven't had a flagship backhoe for many years longer!
  11. You are right in that the 1:8 cars are there own subtheme, so are not considered the flagships of their years. You are also correct that the 2nd half flagship isn't necessarily the set with the mot pieces. But it is (as far as I remember) always the most expensive set of the year (excluding the 1:8 cars). In recent (to me) years there has also been 1st half flagships. But with the release of sets like the top gear car (the expensive but small PU sets) I'm not sure which sets are considered the flagships for the first half. Is it the expensive but small PU sets or is it the usually much bigger first half set?
  12. I hope it's not true. Been waiting for a flagship backhoe for ages. Does the release of a small one reduce the chances of that?
  13. Great review @Jim with fantastic pictures as always. You did persuade me to get 42070 with your review of that set, but sadly not even you, with powers as great as that, has won me over with the CAT. One comment you made in the review was interesting. "Reading lots of comments, I wonder if am looking for different things in a Technic set. Too big, too ugly, don't like this, don't like that. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I do get the impression that TLG designers cannot do it right. No gearbox, only motors. Gearbox too big, or in this case gearbox too simple." It's the classic motor for every function vs one motor and a complex gearbox argument. But as neither of these solutions is what you would find on a real bulldozer or excavator or whatever, then neither is desirable to me. I want as close to "build for real" as is reasonably practical, Technic is capable of much better than either of these two scenarios. I'll start with the bad so I can end with the good! The Bad: I do want big and expensive sets, I really do. But the price and piece count is not the reason why I want them. A set that is so realistic, mechanically authentic and detailed that it has to be that big and expensive in order to achieve it's level of awesomeness is the most desirable, a set that justifies it's bigness. The CAT however is mechanically unrealistic, it copies the functions but not the real life mechanics that makes them work, and it's a bulldozer so the functions it does have are kind of limited. Actually there is one mechanically realistic thing, which is the planetary drive on the sprocket. However it's the wrong sprocket that's being driven by it and because there is so much gear reduction inside the angular motors already, there is literally zero gearing left for the builder to build. It's all done for you in pre-assembled components. To drive and to move things around is a bulldozers main function and you as the builder build none of it! How is this desirable in an almost 4000 piece Technic flagship? I love the planetary reduction hubs but these main drive motors still have way too much internal gearing. I think such gear reductions should only be in small servo motors designed to save space. Although much has been said about the high price, I don't think there would be as much complaining if the CAT did more to justify it. "Oh but it has this many motors and a hub and this many pieces and if you do the math it works out not too bad etc etc". I'm sorry but it's number of motors and hubs and pieces to me does not add up to a sufficiently mechanically authentic or interesting model to justify having all those motors and pieces. If you like it then that's great. I never want to see Technic sell badly so I am genuinely happy there are some fans out there that are excited to buy this set. I won't be buying this. The good: It does look pretty awesome and impressive on the outside. I do like the various rare/new useful recolours, like the 5x7 frames and dog bones in yellow for example. I also like that the bag numbers seem to be increasing. Not counting a bag full of 2x2 round bricks, has a Technic set gone up to 8 before? It's not as high as it could be. The 89 batmobile had bag numbers going up to 24 or something like that, which is great for these 3000-4000 piece builds, and can be a much more useful tool for preventing mistakes. It also looks to be pretty solid and well engineered overall. The inclusion of a proper track tensioning mechanism for the first time is great. Most details are built with real pieces so there isn't much reliance on either printed pieces or stickers. The build experience does look to be greatly improved by having you build notable things throughout. For example, when you build a supercar, all of the interesting stuff is done in the first quarter of the build, the rest is just bodywork. The CAT however does seem to have more notable things to build throughout, like the folding ladder and the gigantic blade to end the build. And at the end of the day it is still Technic. I'm sure I'd have more fun building and playing with this than playing a computer game or whatever.
  14. Reminds me of a humvee!