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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Denyer » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:34 pm

Word of warning if anyone's after LDD -- the 4.3.12 installer on the official site seems to have a very outdated brick definition file (missing various joints and more besides) and is a much smaller download than 4.3.11 -- fortunately the previous version is still available;

https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index. ... iscussion/
https://lc-www-live-s.legocdn.com/downl ... 4_3_11.exe

Fairly easy to get to grips with.

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:46 pm

Got the blind-packed Disney minifigs of Jack Skellington, Elsa, Frozone, Chip, Louie, and Jafar.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:58 pm

I've been picking up a few from Series 19. Generally a lively and fun set of figures and the bulking up of the accessories adds value (but one wonders if this to sugar the pill of the mooted price hike for these next year). Was amused my local Lego shop has got fed up of having to have two or three members of staff feeling through packets to help customers find the figures they want and have just labelled them all up.

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:21 am

My local store doesn't do this. They just put them out on a table, and every time a new wave of blind-packed figures comes in, the store is swarmed by people feeling up packages. Super great if you're prone to migraines and wander in on the wrong day.

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Post by Denyer » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:26 pm

Thought this was rather cool for the number of pieces;


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvBJ2KYEVVA

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:04 pm

That is pretty cool. I wish I had the inclination toward doing things like that, but I primarily do it to de-stress.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:32 pm

I think seeing the amount of clever things folk do online with Lego can be a bit intimidating when thinking about building stuff yourself these days. I tend to like customising sets I've bought and adding to them. I'm still really pleased with the 2013 Castle stuff I bought a few years back and modified to represent some of the '80s setsI used to have (or wish I had). I'm particularly pleased with the pub I put together from a Hobbit set and the Lego Movie Castle set.

Recently I picked up one of those vehicle CiTY 3-set packs Lego puts out. Bit of a bargain, as the Fire Chief truck (the largest in the pack) is actually pretty cool, but on its own commands near enough the same price as this 3 pack (it comes with the small yellow digger and that blue off -road thing). No way does it feel worth its retail price in terms of volume of stuff, but it is fun to play with. Love things with lots of tools and places to put things.

I picked up the Overwatch Wrecking Ball set as well, as I thought it was funny. And it is, and it looks great on display. Such a clever and fun set. And not overpriced either.

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:39 pm

It's not that it's intimidating, and I certainly wouldn't expect to be putting together transforming Dinobots out of the gate, or anything. It's just that my interest in LEGO is aesthetic and therapeutic; I enter a kind of zen state when I'm following the instructions that allows me to calm down, and then I have a cool vehicle or something.

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Post by elverimp » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:51 am

Anyone here have the Friends memorabilia LEGO? I am planning to order one on Amazon.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Skyquake87 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:07 pm

Dead Man Wade wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:39 pm
It's not that it's intimidating, and I certainly wouldn't expect to be putting together transforming Dinobots out of the gate, or anything. It's just that my interest in LEGO is aesthetic and therapeutic; I enter a kind of zen state when I'm following the instructions that allows me to calm down, and then I have a cool vehicle or something.
probably just me then :P i get what you mean - i like the feeling of .. switching off and just putting something together :)


I saw the Friends set - looks pretty good, but I'm not a massive Friends fan so it's an easy pass. I got the Overwatch Junkrat and Roadhog. It's brilliant. That and the Wrecking Ball set are brilliant. Got a neat Hidden Side juice bar thrown in. The colours are hideous, but I love it!!!

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:04 pm

Skyquake87 wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:07 pm
probably just me then :P i get what you mean - i like the feeling of .. switching off and just putting something together :)
Exactly. When I'm following the instructions, I'm able to shut off my anger and anxiety and just go through the motions of putting it together.

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Post by Hound » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:16 pm

I got the Overwatch D.Va and Reinhardt set for Father's Day and I bought the Wrecking Ball set last week and i love them. I want all of the Overwatch Lego, especially the Bastion and Gibraltar sets.

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Post by Denyer » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:54 pm

Anyone after loose pieces, particularly hard to find ones, might want to order sooner rather than later -- LEGO has bought Bricklink.

https://www.brothers-brick.com/2019/11/ ... ore-192215

For those who haven't kept up with it, after the creator died the family sold to an Asian tech company legally based in Belgium. Who, whilst not exactly popular with some sellers, did a lot to update it. So this acquisition presumably gets LEGO Stud.io (modern digital building software) -- and tucked away at the bottom of the press release they're also acquiring a company that produces high volume third party bricks; http://sohobricks.com/whatwedo.html

Predictably, LEGO's already declared third party parts verboten. The anti-violence, anti-weapon stance is looking ever more hypocritical with all of the film tie-in stuff and sets with names like Skull Basher.

Also worth noting that LEGO has previously banned customers for reselling, and has just acquired a vast amount of personal data for people who do so.

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Post by Warcry » Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:08 pm

That's probably not going to end well for the site's users. :(

In retrospect, though, it seems like a natural move for Lego and I wonder how long they've been trying to pull it off. Cornering the second-hand market seems to be a really popular strategy for giant corporations these days.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:19 pm

Hmm. Saw this and didn't really know what to make of it, so the above is helpful. Lego do very vigorously defend their products/ IP, and after the recent victory against Chinese bootleggers, I wonder if this stealed their resolve to do something about resale sites like this that include non-official lego compatible parts.

Didn't know they banned customers for reselling stuff. That's... curious. Will they then be looking at ebay and anyone who ever resells an old/ retired Lego set, or parts out sets to sell piecemeal...? Or sells an old childhood collection of bricks...? I'm intrigued what they're aiming for here...

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Post by Denyer » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:35 am

They lost certain key legal arguments when we were kids, and patents for a lot of parts have passed the 20 year expiry so clone brands that stick to them are on firm ground as long as they don't take logos or other IP. LEGO can buy those competitors to disrupt, of course, but more will spring up.

http://theconversation.com/how-lego-leg ... ures-43489

^ LEGO still has a tighter grip on minifigures under trademark law rather than patent, unless that linked ruling gets overturned.

Modifying (i.e. printing onto) official parts is fine, although printing trademarked logos (DC, Marvel, etc) obviously not.

With reselling they've still got no way of tracking people who buy up Amazon return pallets, supermarket clearance stuff, etc. but it wouldn't surprise if they go after resellers who carry recently released set-exclusive parts or sets in high volume. LEGO gets a lot of marketing from artificial scarcity and convention tie-ins, etc.

Having said that, there's eBay and smaller Bricklink type sites, Amazon marketplace with sets, etc.

I think the bigger threat from LEGO is that there are some things they've never managed very competently; digital building and pick-a-brick type services being amongst them. It's hard to see anything coming from this but negative publicity (price hikes, branding, banning, etc) and an exodus.

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Post by Warcry » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:36 am

On a happier note, my family's gotten into the Lego advent calendars this year -- Star Wars for me, Harry Potter for my wife and City for my son (who really likes his Lego even though he's only 4). It's fun for each of us to have a little thing to build every day, and the minifigures in the licensed ones are neat!

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Post by Hound » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:50 pm

My quest to acquire the Overwatch sets continues! I've gotten the Tracer/Widowmaker set and the Genji/Hanzo set.

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