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Well it's in the right direction of what I was trying to say. That the GBP will continue it's downward spiral trend, not going back to where it was. Brexit is going to do irreparable harm to your currency in the medium term. Check out this forecast (though only predictive and not a sure sign of course):
Besides, the huge difference in pricing of +65% sticks out like a sore thumb when compared to any recent released sets which were +20% at best. But this is not something we'll have to wait long to see like currency movements. As I expect a corrective statement on the set's UK pricing in the next day or two.
Tell you what. Don't comment about anything I say. I'm not really interested in your opinion.
Good. Then you won't read them. If you don't read them, you can't reply to them. Then we're both fine.
Yes. But that comes down to a decision made a couple of years ago about what this set was going to be, the target market - and the price. If they start changing any of that significantly, then it's likely to create unforeseen issues.
We're likely to see more of it. However, it's more noticeable on expensive sets. Alright, so I have bought Mixels on the other side of Europe, and planned it that way, but only because I would eventually make the trip anyway. In general terms, even large percentage differences aren't really worth bothering about for low-value items. That low- / high-value distinction is important for the modulars. Most other high-value sets relate to what I call a "cult" interest, where the theme itself has fans. As such, they'll pay what, on a purely rational basis, are "silly" (or "sillier") prices. The modulars are different in that they appeal to people with less of an emotional interest. As such, the prices have to be reasonable.
That makes TLG's position difficult, but they can't just double the price "to bring it in line" without consequences. That doesn't mean that it won't happen, but it requires a bit more thought about the pros and cons. They also got quite a bit of flak last time they increased the price between announcement and release; I don't suppose they want to repeat that. The obvious thing to do is to price to the market, keeping the market happy, and essentially hope that the situation resolves itself by the time of the next big general-interest set.
This'll do though... it's attractive enough. Finally a reason to use all of my squirreled away VIP points I guess. The police force in my modular city's just gonna have to set up an undercover precinct somewhere.
Not without first releasing modular police station, hospital + pharmacy, school, DMV, counterfeit factory, and disguised secret agents HQ :-)
One problem is there is a limit to the number of buildings before you start repeating the style or function - a municipal building is a municipal building; a shop is a shop; some would just be too big.
I believe that is also part of their counter copycat move, i.e. to use more and more new parts that still had the patent in force and moving away from standard bricks that already expired years ago.
As for this new modular, I think it is detailed and big enough, at least compared to the recent sets, though I'm afraid the price here in SG could be as high as US$420 :(
Can anyone confirm, after just studying the photo's, that indeed if you want to, you can swap out the café on the left, by exchanging the large and small baseplate, so you can build the cafe as the corner building facing outwards, sitting with it's blind wall tugged up against the bakery?!?! Or even as a loose modular. The small base plate is 32x16 and the big one 32x32. The café can be build onto the small base plate. There are two studs left just used for tiles for the street, but the 'florist' building has a side entrance door too, so that can be used as a corner building next to a park or square in your street layout, or MOC something adjacent to that florist building and make it bigger.
I would probably swap these buildings around. This set looks great, but it also makes me feel like modding the hell out of it, just for the fun of it!
Don't think I need confirmation. My eyes did not deceive me!
Anyway: this modular building is epic!
I can really kick myself in the head for not having started to collect the modulars sooner, when I still had the chance to buy the Town Hall, the Fire Fighter's station, and the department store! I just have to live with it now.
Glad I bought the cinema, and the pet-shop, next one I will get is the restaurant, then either this new one or the detective's office. After that the bank; the bank and the whole money laundering scheme is also really funny.
Anyone notice that Jamie seems more rushed with this video than any of the previous ones, like he's rushing to go to the bathroom or something?
This is also why mirrored versions of the Pet Shop have never greatly appealed to me. That set's variety and asymmetry are exactly what make it so visually interesting; why sacrifice those things in favor of a more rigid, repetitive layout? Mind you, I know that in real life it's not unheard of to have an entire city block or even an entire neighborhood made up of identical townhouses. But visually, that kind of cookie-cutter street layout is just as boring to me IRL as it is in LEGO.
If you want to buy multiples of this set to make bigger buildings, of course, you certainly still can. I've seen people do so with the Brick Bank. But you will have to stretch your creative muscles a bit more instead of just repeating the same layout from the instructions. And chances are, your town layout will benefit a lot more from that than it would from just mirroring every building.
(Whatever happened to predictability... the milkman...)
I think there would be a Lego riot if this were the last of the modulars. But I could definitely see them dreaming up something similar, but different. (Free-standing structures - modular cottages?) The do have smart folks and lots of market research.
The buildings are all very varied, but ultimately, their (mostly) 32x32 layout, triple-floor and shop-front format give them some sort of uniformity.
@JudgeChuck the love HLC tile can also be seen at the dentist, together with a Lego news. I think it's just supposed to be trading material in the waiting room. I've actually been making a kiosk/juice bar combo and they 'sell' the HLC one there too. I love it when they mash all of Lego together.
I think it's cool how they took a bit of something from their previously released modulars and combined it without the finished product looking like a Picasso. No offense to any fans of his out there.
True but the new Ideas set, Old Fishing Store will be a break from this. (Except it's still a 32x32 base plate). Hopefully it will prompt Lego to explore different layout designs. I'd like to see a 50's style gas station that has a large base but only 1 story. Also, the Ideas set may very well be the second modular of the year that was discussed.
Aanchir: Agreed! I didn't make my point very well and perhaps it wasn't a good point to begin with. You and I and many of the Brickset crowd WILL buy multiple copies, explore modifications on LDD, place a bunch of Bricklink orders and make the Townsquare into our own unique creations. My point was the average Lego buyer will not do this. With the Pet Shop, you could buy 2 or 3 sets and easily modify the building by stacking the levels up for a taller building or mirror image one and set it by the other for a nice rowhouse street. Is this "creativity"? It is to some, especially to younger builders. With the last three Modulars, you cannot not make EASY changes to the overall design. I liked the GE/CC/PS in that you could buy multiple sets and just keep stacking them up as tall as you wanted.
(looking over items in the house to sell, to make cash for it :D )