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Meta Thread Legoman 10/05/2019 (Sat) 16:18:53 No.1 [Reply] [Last]
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Posts That Don't Deserve Their Own Thread. (PTDDTOT) Legoman 06/10/2020 (Wed) 21:04:18 No.563 [Reply] [Last]
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Lego have direct links to and are collaborating with the CCP. >inb4 tinfoil hat Lego wanted to take on Chinese clones (namely Lepin) but Chinese courts will always stick up for their own companies and interests. So how does Lego deal with this? They promise investment in China if the Chinese courts deal with the knockoffs. 2013: Lego announces plans to build a factory in China - https://brickset.com/article/6019/lego-group-to-build-factory-in-china 2016: Lego takes action against Lepin - https://brickset.com/article/23648/the-lego-group-takes-action-against-clone-brand-lepin 2016: 2 months after the lawsuit against Lepin is filed, the Chinese factory is opened - https://brickset.com/article/24807/the-lego-group-celebrates-opening-of-factory-in-china 2018: Monkie Kid begins development - https://brickset.com/article/51399/monkie-kid-begins-journey-to-the-west 2018: Lego wins the lawsuit against Lepin - https://brickset.com/article/39608/lego-wins-lawsuit-against-lepin-in-china 2019: Lepin factory is destroyed and owners arrested in a police raid - https://brickset.com/article/43475/police-raid-lepin-factory-owner-arrested 2019: Lego brings number of official stores in China to 140 but aims to have twice this by December 2021 - https://www.brickfanatics.com/the-lego-group-continues-expansion-in-china/ I wouldn't be surprised if there's been underhand deals behind closed doors in order for Lego to really get Lepin shut down. Again, >inb4 stop being paranoid this is just a children's toy company No, it's business. Businesses have been lobbying goverments since forever and closed door deals aren't anything new. The product the company sells is irrelevant; making profits is the only concern of businessmen and politicians.
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Is it me or do the space marine reinforcements look a little...odd?
>>1105 Heh
>>1098 Dunno, same head-to shoulders ratio

Legoman 10/07/2019 (Mon) 22:56:11 No.25 [Reply]
I've been wondering, you hear about figurines manufacturer all the time, things like those guys who create custom Warhammer statuettes and the like, but I've never seen LEGO specialists.

Basically what I'm asking is:
-What are the tools used by LEGO modders to make their own brick sets and Lego people?
-Are there online tools?
-Are there behind the scenes into LEGO creation? As in, videos of the creative process behind designing a set/legokin, marketing/focus groups and actual production thereof?
-Who are the LEGO engineers that decide how many bricks should a building have?
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>>597 >How did you remove the prints? With these two things. I use tape to cover up the sections of the piece that I want to preserve, and use an eraser to rub the exposed area until the printing is gone. First, I pull off a piece of tape (I prefer this specific brand and type) that's long enough to wrap around the piece being altered, and touch the sticky side with my finger several times so it's not as sticky. The reason for touching the sticky side with a finger is because if the tape is too adhesive, you'll end up pulling off printing when you remove the tape. On the other hand, you want the tape to be adhesive enough to stay in place so you don't end up pushing the edge of it away while you're using the eraser. Once the tape is ready, cover up the part(s) you want to save. Some pieces, like Harley's head, require multiple pieces of tape layered over each other and require you to remove and reposition the tape during the process (don't try to recycle old tape; always use a fresh piece when re-applying). Brush the eraser (I recommend the Pentel ZE22 because it's easy to hold) in the direction of tape->no tape. If you brush the eraser toward the tape (instead of skimming across the tape and onto the exposed area), you'll push the edge of the tape away and expose parts of the printing you want to save. Running the piece under hot water while you pull the tape off seems to help avoid pulling off printing, probably because it loosens up the adhesive. Best thing is to start with simple pieces that don't have a lot of printing you want to save, so you can get an idea how much force is needed to rub off the printing. Once you get used to that, you'll have an easier time moving on to more complicated removals. Here's another example; the left torso is a Simpsons Edna Krabapple that I removed the center printing from.
This may be of interest OP. You can make your own prints using a laser printer and release paper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5RSz3XzIB0&pbjreload=101
>>587 Tell me about that ork! Why does he wear the mask!
>>944 >Tell me about that ork! Why does he wear the mask! To look tough while he's working
>>942 Gave this a go. Turns out less is more when it comes to using the medium. Will post photos of my second attempt tomorrow.

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How do we go back? Legoman 10/24/2020 (Sat) 14:07:47 No.677 [Reply]
Tired of seeing all of this star wars and corporate sets just slaping a label on lego and do kids these days feel the same way?
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>>679 >The introduction of smaller and/or specific pieces that replaced the classic bricks I don't think this is a big of a problem as it used to be. I remember for a while, many LEGO sets would have these huge pieces that could only ever be used in the way that the instructions called for. Pic related #1 is the absolute worst offender in this way. The pieces of the action figures could only every be used in very limited ways. Bionicle was vastly superior, as the pieces worked with existing technic sets. Pic related #2 is another similar example. That thing could just have easily be made with smaller simpler pieces. Looking at some of the current sets on the LEGO website, it seems like they don't use as many "specialized" pieces anymore. Sure, the have more rounded pieces and pieces for details, but they don't seem to have as specific uses.
>>790 Thanks anon, gonna check it out now
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Good new everyone, checking this year's Classic sets, Lego is slowly coming to its senses, with brick buckets that seem more solid and balanced as opposed to the ones that would have such a random combination of colours and shapes that weren't able to do much. And the two smaller ones feel like they are doing the "expansion pack" correctly, as opposed to putting a little of them in the main one, which ends up bloating the piece count of the latter and leaving out many normal bricks it could have.
>>1099 These look great, especially the transparent pieces. Nice to see a shift towards the more traditional brick buckets.
>>1099 Oh look, sets with soul.

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Alpha Team Legoman 02/27/2021 (Sat) 03:58:52 No.961 [Reply]
This theme doesn't seem to have as much praise or scorn as others of its time. And the make-over they got in 2004 doesn't help. So what does anon think of Alpha Team, rightfully forgettable or unrealized potential that would have gotten to Ninjago levels? Did you like the Team better, or Ogel and his drones?
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>>1010 I think that masks makes a lot of sense.
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>>1007 It's funny how they went from fabric uniforms with medals to sci-fi jumpsuits with printed designs. Reminds me of how Shocker combatmen in Kamen Rider went from looking like fashionable terrorists like IRA or ETA to their better known look.
>>1029 If I took the mask off, would it be painful?
Hopefully this is of interest! The animation reel for TILT (Trans-International LEGO Team) is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T4tJFp_ZRk .
>>1084 Looking at that part with the drones dressed like outlaws, I think that they were meant to have a hat for each setting. Likely that was the Western level, wonder what other themes there might have been.

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Nostalgia Legoman 04/30/2021 (Fri) 22:23:15 No.1101 [Reply]
Let your inner old fart out and come reminisce about the Lego of yesteryear. Childhood memories, favourite sets/themes, etc.
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I wish there were more photos of old store shelves online. They are perhaps the closest thing we'll ever get to a time machine.

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DEEP LORE Legoman 10/03/2020 (Sat) 22:44:32 No.669 [Reply]
>After leaving Power Miners, Brains joins the Atlantis team. >In 8078 Portal of Atlantis a skeleton of an Aqua Raider can be seen >The aliens from Alien Conquest are shown to be behind the Atlantis and Pharaoh's Quest themes
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Insectoids combines two trends of Classic Space minifigure design. They come in two different colours (or rather colour combinations) like the first ones, that had five, Also, they have a "leader" with a slightly different design and printing on legs or helmet, like in 90s themes. Though giving each "character" a different torso started with Exploriens and androids with Spyrius. What's more, its seems that neon green helmets pilot flying vehicles while darker green ones do ground vehicles. Even cockpits seem to have properties depending on the color. Trans-green ones rear windows, perhaps related to powerorb storage, and neon ones are actual piloting cockpits.
>VIDIYO actually has something resembling lore which reminds me of Trolls: World Tour with different locations with each their own music genre >Only six of the genres are elaborated upon, the other four are mentioned in the app's bandmate list. >Hidden Side has ghost characters you can unlock by playing the Ghost Mode in-game, including the bosses shown on set boxes (Playing Ghost Mode is free and doesn't require having a set btw, it's actually more fun than being a Ghost Hunter). All of them have personal little descriptions on their profiles, like how they died or what they do after their death. This includes references to the places you see in the sets and cartoon.
>>1044 Very nice analysis anon >>1050 I wonder if they will elaborate on VIDIYO lore. I've seen some of the Hidden Side character profiles and some of them are really dark for a Lego theme.
>>1044 Another kind of division exists in UFO >Main aliens appear only in the bigger UFO sets (the ones with saucer parts) >Red robots pilot smaller or detatchable aircraft >Blue robots pilot land vehicles
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>>1050 sorta related >The Vidiyo shark singer can be seen as a graffitti in the skatepark set, released befoer vidiyo was announced

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Legoman 11/21/2019 (Thu) 20:59:16 No.109 [Reply]
CHADS of /toy/
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>>112
I think its popularity so many years after relies on the fans growing up and reading up on the storyline. It's so rich that you have to appreciate all the effort that's been put into it and the Bionicle universe is fleshed out really well.

>figured it wouldn't matter
I'm not really bothered by it; if you think that your post merits its own thread then by all means create your own thread. Now that I think about it, this may have been better off as its own thread because we've been able to have a discussion about it.
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I'm going to write a thesis that will make bionicle books part of obligatory education. Wish me luck.
>>122
This is but the beginning. By 2100 Bionicle will become compulsory religious study.
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Leaks/Rumours/Upcoming themes Legoman 03/11/2020 (Wed) 20:35:06 No.320 [Reply] [Last]
Post the latest Lego leaks, rumours, or upcoming themes here. Lego's just announced a Mario line and this is the rumored set line up. 71361 is a CMF wave according to the rumors, which should prove interesting. CMF Series 20 was revealed at the NY Toy Fair. The Mandalorian is getting 2 brickheadz and the long-awaited Razor Crest
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>>1085 >>1086 How badly IS Vidiyo doing, like are there actual stats instead of rumors and a couple of entitled AFOLs cutting boxes? Do I honestly need to check the app to see how active things are? And take a good look. Two genres/factions are getting normal beatboxes (Monster Metal & Fantasy Folk). I see five of the six formerly released beatbox genres are getting stages, is there a Tropicon one that isn't leaked yet? It's not too farfetched to predict a third wave with Discowboy & Samurap beatboxes at the very least.
>>1087 As far as I know there's no stats or anything, but bear in mind that even Brickset published an article about Vidiyo possibly flopping. https://brickset.com/article/58772/has-vidiyo-flopped-already Though I think its not too hard to see why a ridiculously overpriced, badly marketed theme is flopping already. Amazon discounted them from day one and stores have been discounting them recently, and it doesn't help sales that rumours of box cutting are going round. The app suppsodely suffers like every other Lego app - barely works, heavy on space and memory, only works on the latest phones, and the AR gimmick just doesn't integrate nicely, which is yet another nail in Vidiyo's coffin. I'm not holding my breath for a wave 3.
>>1088 Counterpoint: The way they had wave 2 ready and the amount of content released in it, I think they split up their originally prepared product into three pre-made waves to extend it as much as possible. There's apparently going to be an in-game store outfit update this Saturday and people still seem to be making videos too, so the app's not as dead as everyone proclaims.
>>1089 So each wave is like a DLC of sorts? I guess we'll see this Saturday if the app is as dead as everyone says it is.
>>1090 >DLC Sort of, except it's more testing the waters and extending the product's life for as long as possible by not releasing one huge wave of sets at once. (Imagine being a kid and trying to collect it all, ouch.) If they can make it until after the COVID situation is over, it'll be a blessing for them.

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Stop Motion Legoman 12/31/2019 (Tue) 22:29:38 No.197 [Reply]
Kicking it off with the classic that started it all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jde4qHbCtSg
>Journey to the moon
The oldest record Lego stopmotion, made in 1973, and is amazingly made by two 10 year olds and a 12 year old.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW583kCiOWo

I never watched YouTube stopmotions during the 2000s, but they're quite nostalgic and charming even if they aren't animated very well.

>Lego Star Wars An Average Death Star Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8tc6qjUX4E
>Brickfilms.com 2007
Montage of Brickfilms users' own works in 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDe6ES5iQAQ
>Lego Black Ops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smETLCCPTVo
>Circle Circle Dot Dot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-tkqpHnxTI
>Coldplay - Viva La Vida
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIuxiwhUGz4
>Rymdreglage - 8-bit trip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qsWFFuYZYI
>Lego Pizza Delivery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUfM0oA8Q8E
>The White Stripes-Fell In Love With A Girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTH71AAxXmM
>Michael Jackson's "Beat It"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAOBcXm7bog
>The Grocery Store
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6k73WgGua8
How can I get into stopmotion?
I don't have the patience.
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Try break it into small hour long chunks a day, that should keep it interesting without it getting boring and tedious. You could also figure out ways of limiting how much animation you need - check out the Brickfilms.com video in >>210 at 0:17-0:33 to kinda get what I mean. Something like that would be effective and quick to do.
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