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Toy Fairs 2016

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  • CM4SCM4S United StatesMember Posts: 1,364
    It is frustrating, particularly after having put significant effort into reporting on what we saw.

    However, images from Nuremberg will be arriving in the next few hours, so keep an eye on the homepage!
    I see Nexo summer! Forget this dumb drama, woo I can't wait!!
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    You should at least post a statement on the front page regarding your work being requested to be removed, as a minor snub against TLG.
    Bumblepants
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    MattsWhat said:
    The bit I don't get is if they want to do it all on their terms, then don't bother being at events like this.
    Exactly, I can understand them wanting to give retailers a look, but surely it's easy enough to put in a retailers only/no press area if they really want to attend for one part of the audience and not the other.

    It is frustrating, particularly after having put significant effort into reporting on what we saw.

    However, images from Nuremberg will be arriving in the next few hours, so keep an eye on the homepage!
    I'd say your frustration is very warranted, the coverage from all three of you was excellent and such a shame for it to have to be pulled like that, lets hope that we get to see some images before the LEGO gestapo stop any images being shared!
    MattsWhatRonyar
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    It is frustrating, particularly after having put significant effort into reporting on what we saw.

    However, images from Nuremberg will be arriving in the next few hours, so keep an eye on the homepage!
    Be ready, we might only have seconds to look at them before they get taken down too...
    VorpalRyu
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    edited January 2016
    MattsWhat said:
    To be fair, I can see why Lego likes to control when the information gets out.  Bad quality photos don't do the sets justice and descriptions/drawings of the sets can give people the wrong impression in comparison to the very controlled way the Lego brings out the info.  No need to bash them for this IMO.
    The bit I don't get is if they want to do it all on their terms, then don't bother being at events like this.  Controlling the information escaping from their offices and production plants is one thing (and I respect them for that) but going to events and then stopping people talking about it just seems pointless.  They are there to present the product to the industry, but let's face it, there is no way toy shops or licenses are going to pass up Lego if they chose not to go, or not to bring anything new.  It just seems like it is a complete waste of their time to go, and another waste of their time to police the people who went.

    If they turn up at toy fairs, show members of the press (and websites) around, see that they're all carrying notebooks and making detailed notes, and don't say anything, but then complain afterwards that - shock, horror - those reporters who were scribbling lots of notes are actually reporting what was there, then they deserve all the bashing that they get, IMHO.

    matticus_bricks
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,583

    I see Brickfanatics' coverage is still up. Obviously their level of "detail" is OK for TLG.

    Really disappointed ours had to be removed. I think we were generally very complimentary with a couple of notable exceptions. I thought the themes I covered were very good offerings, even the rollercoaster set despite the inevitable shortcomings.

    akunthitacatwrangler
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,931
    It is frustrating, particularly after having put significant effort into reporting on what we saw.

    However, images from Nuremberg will be arriving in the next few hours, so keep an eye on the homepage!


    The effort was very much appreciated, I am sure most people got to read them but I would have liked to look over them again. I do feel bad for you guys as so much work went into the posts.

    Lego need to have a long hard think about how they deal with things like this, maybe whenever Lego ask you to take down a post you post the request on the main site in place of the original news story and let people comment for Lego to see.

    catwrangler
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643

    I see Brickfanatics' coverage is still up. Obviously their level of "detail" is OK for TLG.

    Really disappointed ours had to be removed. I think we were generally very complimentary with a couple of notable exceptions. I thought the themes I covered were very good offerings, even the rollercoaster set despite the inevitable shortcomings.

    The fact that other's coverage is still up is a kick in the teeth, especially bearing in mind that people livings are linked to the news being timely and the site getting hits etc.  Is it possible they just haven't reponded to the removal request yet?

    As for the work you guys put in, it was fantastic and I'll echo others when I say thank you.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Did Huw and drdave get a telling off when they returned to the toyfair today?
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    edited January 2016
    Not sure if I'm allowed to post this here (I'll link it to the website too though), but LOOK AT THIS BEAST! :O


    Rainstorm26pharmjodkiki180703
  • rdflegordflego in a world of his ownMember Posts: 324
    Speaking of Toy Fair I've just seen a picture of the Bucket Wheel Excavator and it is not pretty.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    edited January 2016
    I'm not a technic fan so perhaps I'm not the best person to comment but I saw that picture and just thought it looked ugly and crazy. Could be good for GBC builders but otherwise it just looks a mess.

    *Technic fans feel free to correct me and tell me to get stuffed.
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    edited January 2016
    rdflego said:
    Speaking of Toy Fair I've just seen a picture of the Bucket Wheel Excavator and it is not pretty.
    It's just there ^^^ ;)
    If @Huw 's description of it was as accurate as the Lego police said, there is a whole other belt and lorry you can't quite see at the back included too!
  • cakeinmilkcakeinmilk London, UKMember Posts: 33
    As the guy who provided info for BrickFanatics, please don't slate me too harshly; I got down what info I could in the time allotted. As of now, the site hasn't received a takedown notice.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    Shib said:
    I'm not a technic fan so perhaps I'm not the best person to comment but I saw that picture and just thought it looked ugly and crazy. Could be good for GBC builders but otherwise it just looks a mess.
    It does look ugly and crazy, but it's HUGE and ugly and crazy! I suspect it might look better from other angles.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    As the guy who provided info for BrickFanatics, please don't slate me too harshly; I got down what info I could in the time allotted. As of now, the site hasn't received a takedown notice.
    I wouldn't worry about it, I don't think anyone is having a go at you.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    That's not a volcano, that's a termite mound! :/
    ShibRonyarkiki180703
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    That's not a volcano, that's a termite mound! :/
    Why did I read the right words, but hear the words "That's no moon" in my head?
    bandit778Galactus
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    MattsWhat said:
    First the quality thread and now this?  Sounds like heavy handed thug tactics.
    You know Lego didn't remove the quality thread, right?
    That's what has been said here on the forums. (cue some spooky conspiracy theory music).
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    Nice model of the US Capitol building!
    MattsWhatShibricecaketallblocktooAdeelZubairkiki180703
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    That rollercoaster track looks awful in that blue colour.
    binaryeye
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    :(
    zusammengebaut.com is failing for me. I want to see the other architecture sets, the Capitol rocks!

  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    if that is the fairground set's.
    i Do not feel the need to buy it. 
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    Website appears to be down. Suppose I'll have to go back to work now ;)
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    That rollercoaster track looks awful in that blue colour.

    I don't mind that roller coaster, but probably because that's pretty much what I expected when I'd heard about a Friends roller coaster, if it was City or Creator expert then I'd have been disappointed by that reveal.

    MattsWhat said:
    :(
    zusammengebaut.com is failing for me. I want to see the other architecture sets, the Capitol rocks!

    The brickset effect strikes again!
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    I think the purple background isn't helping. It clashes a lot with the blue.
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    Oh for crying out loud!
    if this is TLG doing then this is taking the F-ing cookie!


  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    edited January 2016
    I think the purple background isn't helping. It clashes a lot with the blue.


    a very fair point, probably down to graphic design not being done specifically for that set but rather a stock Friends background.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    Oh for crying out loud!
    if this is TLG doing then this is taking the F-ing cookie!


    It's a server error, if TLG are doing it then it would actually be a cyber attack. It's just busy, it did reload for me at one point, patience is a virtue. 
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    edited January 2016
    The colour doesn't offend me so much as the fact the highest bit is what, 3 bricks?!
    I signed up for a rollercoaster:

    Not a toddler toy:


    Ronyargmonkey76Daraghkiki180703catwranglerJern92snowhitie
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    A roller coaster need more ups and downs any how.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    Oh for crying out loud!
    if this is TLG doing then this is taking the F-ing cookie!
    Nah, it'll just be sheer weight of website traffic. He'll not ever have had so much traffic before.
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,931
    Not sure if I'm allowed to post this here (I'll link it to the website too though), but LOOK AT THIS BEAST! :O


    CapnRex101 I was going to ask the same question, are we ok using these pictures in the forum. Think this needs its own topic if not the technic topic.
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    Shib said:
    Oh for crying out loud!
    if this is TLG doing then this is taking the F-ing cookie!


    It's a server error, if TLG are doing it then it would actually be a cyber attack. It's just busy, it did reload for me at one point, patience is a virtue. 
    Oh then i am in trouble as i don't have any patience.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    edited January 2016
    MattsWhat said:
    The colour doesn't offend me so much as the fact the highest bit is what, 3 bricks?!
    Some loop de loop type parts would have been great, but actually a Roller Coaster isn't defined by them. Older roller coasters were just basic train track with ups and downs, before the wheels that go both sides of the tracks were introduced, allowing for more extreme design.
    As I said I was expecting something pretty basic so not at all disappointed by that. The one vain hope I had was that it was going to be used to introduce some new specialised coaster track parts that could be used in a creator expert roller coaster to go with the mixer/ferris wheel.
    Ayliffecatwrangler
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    It's a friends set, I'm impressed that's it's an entire loop.
    ShibMattsWhatBumblepantsPoMoPink
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,892
    edited January 2016
    MattsWhat said:
    The colour doesn't offend me so much as the fact the highest bit is what, 3 bricks?!
    Ummm... it's definitely, like, at least ten bricks tall. It's got two rising tracks and two falling tracks.

    What bugs me more is that it just doesn't feel like a roller coaster to me. Maybe that's because I'm used to roller coasters that raise you up and then drop you back down immediately, so the long flat curve at the top feels really odd. I understand the constraints of the parts they were working with, though, and to be honest I was wondering how they'd make those giant curves work for them. I think it could have benefitted from a new tighter curve piece.

    The United States Capitol Building set looks great!
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    edited January 2016
    It's a friends set, I'm impressed that's it's an entire loop.

    That was pretty much my thought, I guess that expectation vs revelation is very much what is at play here.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    I think the roller coaster is pretty cool for what it is and I am sure my daughter would love playing with it.
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    Aanchir said:
    MattsWhat said:
    The colour doesn't offend me so much as the fact the highest bit is what, 3 bricks?!
    Ummm... it's definitely, like, at least ten bricks tall. It's got two rising tracks and two falling tracks.
    One riser can't get you 5 bricks up can it?  Maybe it's more than 3, I was just making the point that it's little more than a glorified train track. (If you can call being blue glorified).  A roller coaster has tighter bends and steeper drops, yeah it would have needed new pieces (and I guess that is what I was hoping for) but calling it a roller coaster seems wrong when clearly it is no more than an amuesment park train track.
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    should the set be rename to "fun train?"
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 1,002
    not down.  thousands of people wanna see those pics.

    patience! young padawan.
  • rdflegordflego in a world of his ownMember Posts: 324
    Having to constantly reload the zusammengebaut website is like trying to get Taylor Swift tickets. *refresh* not loaded *refresh* still not loaded *refresh* Come on! *refresh* DAMMIT. LOAD!
  • AyliffeAyliffe the UK innit?Member Posts: 314
    should the set be rename to "fun train?"
    I vote that the set is renamed "The Eyesore Express"... 
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 3,923
    Even when it does reload, there's no new pics. I suspect there's problems uploading them while it's down.
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,014
    kind of happy i saved the image to my HDD,
    now i can look at them and try to get the page to load.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,649
    The cab of the Volcano base truck doesn't look too bad but overall a big miss for me.
  • SMCSMC UKMember Posts: 1,931
    Wow I thought the Capitol Building was a moc even though I know it was coming and that this was not a Lego show. How much is that sucker?
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,356
    They are posting images to twitter while the site is down https://twitter.com/zusammengebaut
    rdflegoMattsWhatAyliffe
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 1,002
    the rollercoaster tracks look like duplo
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