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  • Re: The Themes of Our Past Return???

    Playmobil is a very different toy than LEGO. For starters, they're generally aimed at a younger audience. This often makes a big difference — what feels totally new and unfamiliar to a four-year-old might feel tame and familiar to a six– or seven-year-old.

    Also, since they're not a building toy and their parts are generally more specialized, they have to keep sets and themes out longer to get their money's worth out of the molds. In LEGO's case, around 75% of the parts in a set are already being used in other sets regardless of theme, so their themes can be more flexible.

    All that said, I think the idea that LEGO doesn't believe in historic themes is just us AFOLs reading too deeply into their actions. LEGO doesn't have any sort of quota for "historic themes" — that's a category we use for themes that, to LEGO, might have no special relationship. And it's a category with little concrete meaning. Take away the two human characters who only appear in two sets a year and LEGO Elves is every bit as historic as, say, Knights' Kingdom II or Fright Knights.

    What LEGO does tend to have more consistently than "historic themes", broadly speaking, are Castle themes. And currently, Nexo Knights occupies that niche. That doesn't mean LEGO has given up on historic Castle sets forever, just that they wanted to experiment with a Castle theme that wasn't historic, just like how in 1998 they experimented with a Castle theme that wasn't European. Neither of those breaks from tradition was intended or expected to last forever, just to mix things up for a little bit.
    Lyichir
  • Re: New Grand Carousel?





    Definitely a purchase for me, but even not having the original Grand Carousel I don't think this one was or is meant to compete?  This does look smaller in scale - none the less I will be happy with it.




    The base is about 1/6 smaller in each direction (40x40 instead of 48x48), but regardless, it looks like a big improvement to me. The steps and "marquee" (not sure what you call it) are more intricate, and the animals feel a lot less basic than the sticker-faced horses of the old one. There are also fewer big gaps in the floor.

    Obviously we still have yet to see it in great detail, let alone see how well it functions. But given how notoriously fragile the old one was, I think this could be a good case study in how bigger isn't always better.
    LyichirmadforLEGO
  • Re: Why are tan 60478s this price?


    zmarkella said:



    MaffyD said:


    ^ Is the new part significantly different to the old? Is the reinforced underside preventing some connections?




    No difference from the outside.

    Here's an image showing the detail:
    https://img.bricklink.com/ItemImage/PL/85080.png

    I can't think of any 'legal' connection that would be prevented by the reinforced underside.


    The old version could be layered at a 45 degree angle offset, a technique that was used in some sets such as #6414 Dolphin Point. However, this technique was rarely used and the lack of a reinforced underside reduced the part's clutch power. After pieces like 4x4 round bricks and plates were introduced that technique became even less essential, so the part was redesigned. I can understand some MOCists preferring the old version if, say, they want to create towers with a spiral color pattern, but for other uses the new one should suffice.
    BumblepantsMAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • Re: How many monorails were there




    Fauch said:







    davee123 said:




    Could have been 25 years before the first molded torso, perhaps?  Not sure if we have a date on when Sea-Tron was in development, but the first molded torso (apart from "stiffy" figs) I believe was in 2012 for Ninjago?

    DaveE








    the one you put on top of a regular torso?
    has there been a modified torso that fits on legs?
    and the head? I think I read yoda or jar jar were first to have modified heads, but I don't know.






    Dogpound and Leatherhead from TMNT are the only ones I can think of. Axl from Nexo Knights sort of has one, but it's still a regular torso underneath, just with a unique neck/shoulder/armor piece permanently affixed to it in place of the usual arms.

    First modified head was Jar-Jar, I think. Yoda came later (preceded by C-3PO, Chewbacca, and Watto).
    Dedgecko
  • Re: CMF Series 17 - The Real One (2017)

    I suspect the high CMF prices may be in part a way to curb demand. The first few series were very inexpensive, and consequently, tended to sell out very quickly. As a result there was a risk that people looking for them — people who might've paid well over the $2 price tag — might not find them at all. And that basically equates to lost sales. It also created a golden opportunity for resellers to buy the figs up in massive quantities and then hike up the prices to what people are ACTUALLY willing to pay, profiting mightily from all that unfulfilled demand where LEGO couldn't.

    The fact that we're not seeing such hugely inflated prices in the aftermarket for many of the more recent figs as there were for many of the earliest figs even back then suggests to me that LEGO is now doing a better job fulfilling demand in the primary market than they were previously.

    That's not to say you shouldn't prefer the old prices! But I think the price hikes make sense in that context.
    josekalelMynattBumblepants
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