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There is certainly a change in the community, not sure if its good, bad or ugly (except the increase in price you can get for old sets).
I see no harm in them trying a new M-tron range, whether in the iconic colours or not... I'd love to see it crossed with power miners... MAGNA-MINERS? I'd buy the whole frikkin theme!
In addition some products, e.g. that Bonsai Tree, are aimed at people whose "Lego needs" are currently underserved - if there's no Bonsai Tree, they might not buy any Lego at all. Introducing a new M-Tron would not address that product gap.
Is there not a product gap where space or more importantly Sci-Fi that is not Star Wars is concerned? I can think of a plethora of alternative worlds, scenarios and characters I'd love to see depicted in LEGO. I would certainly buy more if I was more interested in the subject matter, SW has become lacklustre for me (I freely admit to not having seen The Mandelorian - yet).
Is there not appetite for more Castle/Medieval/Sword&Sorecery themes?
I'm certain that there are lapsed LEGO fans who might be tempted back into the hobby by a more alluring proposition than a picture of the Beatles (again, for example only)... and might be more likely to stay in the hobby if their niche interests are not served by one solitary set?
This is not criticism of what's out there already, merely asking whether there is a need for more?
I think I understand the point about opportunities for new sets, but the sets are coming so thick and fast that there hardly seems to be a week between official announcements of new products. We haven't even seen this year's own brand IP (if there is one). So, it seems LEGO's capacity for more product exceeds its own supply channels, a suspicion borne out by empty shelves and out of stock notifications on many, many of the product pages of just about any retailer you care to visit on the web.
I see a lot of activity on facebook, a lot of activity on flickr, instagram and elsewhere, and the majority of it hints at a very great desire for things that are not in the portfolio of existing products.
Fwiw, I don't necessarily want or demand new M-Tron, or Neo Classic Space, or Castle, or Lord of the Rings, or Troll Hunters, or Friends in Space, I'd love to see those options out there though and I think there is a market amongst people who aren't already active fans as well as people who've got an established habit.
Soon after emerging from my DA, I got a couple of the #5002941 Hero Pack polybags as a GWP and couldn't work out what you were meant to do with the parts. There was a nice map and some stickers, but the facemask didn't seem to fit onto the weird spider thing. It was all just a bit too odd! ;-)
That being said, the strategic placement of studs to show it's Lego but not interfere with the look of the model is even better.
But I don't like the look of models that emulate the way all Lego looked like in the 70s and early 80s. Studs everywhere. Like that VW Beetle... I forget the number. #10187 - found it. Not for me. Compared with #10252 for instance. But that's ok - there's enough of all styles for everyone :-)
I prefer MOCs based on old themes to be "vanilla", using only original parts.
(sorry, triple negative ;) )
I do also agree that Ninjago feels like it kind of ‘steals’ theme concepts that could’ve stood on their own two feet, though Ninjago is pretty pick and mix so it doesn’t run those subthemes for very long before moving on and that subject might not’ve served a full theme for up to 3 years.
It's something that has always been there in the AFOL community: see the initial reactions to the announcement of the Ninjago theme. My favourite comment: "This is the weirdest theme since Galidor."
Many AFOLs have been jumping to conclusions about anything that is different from the sets of their youth since forever. Rose-tinted nostalgia glasses etc. - the "best" Lego was the Lego you played with as a child.
It's OK to have a bias, but it's also important to recognize you have a bias.
Unfortunately it just seems to be getting worse, with people getting angry and lashing out about any set/theme that does not 100% perfectly suit their needs/wants. Whilst at the same time complaining that TLG is releasing too many great sets they cannot all afford/have space for...
It's getting so bad that last week StoneWars (a large German Lego news site) implemented a revised comments netiquette to crack down on all the negativity, derailing of comment threads, and personal insults. PromoBricks, one of the other main German ones, has hinted they will do the same.
I built a 1960s Town Plan with 1960s-2010s parts (95% 1960s), and if you are good at what you do.... a Town Plan scene spanning LEGO parts from 5 decades can look quite nice! I've had several folks ask me about building ideas using some of these newer parts... ;-)
Mostly 60s items, but 1970s Minitalia window (in the Firehouse on the left) and steep slope bricks, from the 80s low slope bricks, low sloped decorated bricks and 2x3 plates with curved ends, as well as 1x2 modified bricks with grooves, 90s to present... teal slopes, straight and curved railing pieces as windows, etc. Also in the 1960s they did not use black, gray or teal bricks/slopes.
1960s Esso Station parts with modern Maersk blue bricks and Maersk Sealand stickers from the 10152 2004 set.
60s, 70s, 80s parts...
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All the different categories that you could vote for with space, castle or pirate related like M-Tron, Forestmen or Imperials, could all have been put under just three categories of Classic Space, Classic Castle or Classic Pirate. There really isn't much difference between the sub themes of each apart from different colours. Add up the sub votes for each one of those and you'd end up with the Classic trio at the top as expected
I feel similar about quite a few of the Space themes.
A lot of love for Lego sets is colored by people's nostalgia for the sets they played with as a child. Which for me means I have no love for any 90's Castle sets.
However I can understand that other people might feel different, just like I have no affinity for Bionicle, but can understand the love a lot of people have for that theme.
I can see where you’re coming from if for example you were comparing Black Knights to Black Falcons in Castle, but Forestmen had a very distinct ‘Robin Hood’ style with plenty of focus on topography, vegetation and hideouts instead of full on castles, whilst the Dragon/Fright Knights threw more fantasy into the mix (and Basil the Batlord - one of my personal faves).
When TLG came out with the 10187 in 2008... I really disliked the very rugged studded design.
So when the 10252 came out in 2016, it was a much more pleasing design. with many more plates and other curved studless LEGO parts.