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It happens a lot on a boardgame site I use a lot. People will tend to make opinion pieces saying why they like this or that game more than another, and tons of people will just answer crap and not even make the effort of understanding the original poster's position. It's quite sad if you ask me.
Now of course there probably are ways to have depth AND be concise, but still.
I'd totally dig a mythology based series. Greek gods and heroes as minifigs, tons of nasty mythological creatures as brick built oversized monsters. And as said, there's place for some neat classical architecture, and the basic column piece already exists!
And as for other toys, Playmobil have done a very decent range of both civilizations and also various other ancient historical settings.
now I really want this…
The 3 hour show of thousands dressed in ancient costumes, which they put on (to get tourists back to Egypt) was amazing, and got me to thinking, that it would be awesome to have TLG create a new Egyptian LEGO set (similar to the Adventurers sets of 20+ years ago) Luxor Temple & Sphinx Avenue set (doesn't need to be all 1070 Sphinxes).
But then I realized that having a LEGO set with nearly 100 Egyptian minifigs would be highly unpopular... 😉
Like all topics, it's 100% your choice whether you're interested in keeping up with them or not. But I think it's a bit silly to expect polarizing or unconventional opinions about Lego not to kickstart discussion.
Personally, I'm not on forums for memes or one-liners of what you don't like, especially if it doesn't lead to discussion of any sort. This thread is a mash-up of opinions, discussions, venting and other things. Turns out that recently some opinions turned into much lengthier discussions: we'll all survive this "ordeal" I'm quite sure.
That being said, a Victorian series with Dorian Grey, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, Phileas Fogg, and all those other "League of extraordinary gentlemen"-type characters would be awesome. And you can do it all with this type of theme: car chases, mansions, unique vehicles like submarines and hot-air balloons (Jules Verne had plenty of inspiration in that regard)... That I'd buy in a blink for sure.
I'll check in here if I fail.
Admittedly, this is partially because I don't apply stickers. I think I would be curious to see it stickerless even if I did apply them, though.
I don't think it's good for anyone because how can you promote inclusivity and diversity on one hand and at the same time, shutting up everyone who respectfully and politely disagrees about something, or is being skeptical?
Lego fandom has always been such a good refuge from this disturbing, noisy world. But it seems to me that the cancel culture and the ''if you're not 100 percent on board with us, you're against us'' narrative have at last reached even the Lego Community.
So if you have an actual example or detailed comment to explain yourself further, I'd say go ahead, but thread carefully, stay respectful, and don't attack anybody. I'm not quite sure anything is quite censored when it comes to Lego though: I openly stated many times that I love Vidiyo and think that old Castle and Space are overrated, and I haven't been burned at the stake (yet).
Get 'em boys!!!
* I BrickLinked myself a #5591 Red Bird Rig using current grays, and it looks fantastic.
With that said, I keep my childhood LEGO and adult LEGO separate, so I never use the old colors these days.
Yeah, I get what you mean about it being privately owned and all that. Just makes me think if it wouldn't be better if the comments on the sensitive topics were disabled altogether. Because this way, it leaves the impression of the unwanted/unpopular opinions being silenced which only increases the feeling of ostracization and frustration for people, who then in turn might become more arrogant - and this is then one of the ways how we, as a society, help to create and fuel the more extreme stances, which is of course very unfortunate.
As for examples, there were multiple articles on the main site for the last year or so, where I've noticed many comments being removed, some of which included nothing that would fall into the category of hate speech or bullying.
You might ask how did I notice, if they were removed? - In a couple of ways, really; sometimes you can see a comment being quoted, though the original comment is not available, or you can refresh a site when you come back after a while and see that multiple comments have disappeared.
I myself had a comment removed once and that was when the importance of this issue hit me. I tried to offer my view on why I think, one of the choices made by Lego was kinda a misstep IMO, all the while trying to make it clear that I don't want it to come off as me having anything against anyone.
I wrote a feedback email that I was very saddened that they would put me in the undesirable/intolerant group and encouraged them to read the thing again whether there really was anything offensive.
Credit where credit's due, they agreed that there wasn't anything that would intend to hurt anyone and reinstated the comment.
The problem is: I really felt bad... And honestly kind of offended by being implicitly labeled as kind of a terrible human being - a label I did not deserve. Especially after long years of using and recommending the site all around for years.
The problem with most discussion platforms and social media being privately owned is that it is completely upon the owner's (moderators') discretion to decide how to approach the censorship. You can end up willingly or unwilligly pushing one side of the narrative for all the people who are going to read the discussion and may leave one side of the debate artificially unrepresented - which then might fuel the ostracization and so on,...
This happens especially when you become so oversensitive to one group of people or set of opinions that in an effort to protect it from being offended, you might (and usually will) end up offending another.
I think it is important to realize this, as we see Lego itself spreading into more and more markets, interests, facets of society, etc.
Sorry for a long post, but I think this is something that isn't talked about enough. Not just in lego community but in general.
I couldn't find anything.
I'll meanwhile slip away from stake duties while the crowd is fighting over color variations of brown items, while also throwing out there: "How brittle were some of those browns and reds, weren't they?"