Aloha Bricksetters... Happy Monday/Day After Christmas Day to Everyone in the Forum!
's heart has grown three sizes larger (or maybe it was always that large to begin with), we are continuing the annual tradition of giving away sets that I want to keep. If you remember last Christmas Day, our friend @lowlead
provided a pair of very exclusive GWPs for two (2) raffles.
This year, he has provided a #40567
Forest Hideout and a #40532
Vintage Taxi for the annual raffle. I will be running one today that will conclude with the BonusBall draw on December 31st, and then a second super-super-awesome raffle that'll run from January 1, 2023 through the BonusBall draw January 6, 2023.
We want as many unique posts in thread as possible, so please avoid double posts - but EVERY unique post will be counted. If in the event we do not have enough entries to cover all of the actual BonusBall possible outcomes, I will assign a number (in the order of entry) and we'll do the raffle by a random number generator of those entries. (If the BonusBall number drawn doesn't have a corresponding post.)
If the prize isn't your thing, I do have a wide variety of extra sets, polys, figures and Lego-related whatnot in my inventory - and I'm happy to substitute the prize for something of reasonable comparable value. For instance - if your heart is set on an Ideas Sailboat instead of the Taxi or the Hideout, I'm happy to work something out. (And no, I'm still not shipping a UCS Millennium Falcon to Ulaanbaatar or Dushanbe.)
Finally, I strongly urge everyone that enters to make a donation to FairyBricks. If you happen to win the raffle, making a sizeable donation for FairyBricks would be even better. If you don't the raffle, but still make a sizeable donation, that that makes you a Danish Prince. (No it doesn't, but please consider making a donation nonetheless.)
If you're new to the Forum, or not really familiar with what FairyBricks does, please check out their website.
If you watch 'Love Actually' and then 'Die Hard', it's really tough to have any sympathy for Hans Gruber.
With our eyeballs and brains being subjected to 'A Christmas Story Christmas' and 'The Santa Clauses', is there really any room for interesting new content, or is everything just some sort of derivative work of something that was once good? Or should we be nostalgic and happy that somewhere... out there... our beloved characters continue on enjoying fun adventures?@SumoLego
's answer: This is a difficult question for me. I like to think a good story never ends. But I highly dislike a new story that is terrible and makes me hate the character I once liked. Short answer - make something original.
Enjoy! And Good Luck!
Thanks @lowlead & @SumoLego
Best wishes to one and all!
I have no problem with old stories being retold/updated providing it brings something new to the table or at the least a decent interpretation of the original (MCU vs DC films springs to mind).
My biggest issue with a lot of modern retelling is that instead of utilising technologies to improve a story, there seems to be this mindset that if 'we stuff it full of effects, people won't realise we phoned in the script and characters' which is a shame as there are so many brilliant stories yet to be told on screen but they get pushed aside for existing properties because of the (more or less) guaranteed financial reward instead of taking a risk (the MCU seemingly the exception to this with GOTG and Antman).
Want more originality but at this point aren’t all the stories really the same?
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After having watched "The Santa Clauses"...part of me wants to answer "KILL IT". Let things end on the good note that we all remember and love. I feel like Toy Story 4 also suffered from this.
But...I'm also very much of the "rollercoaster" mindset. Hop on and enjoy the ride for what it is. So ultimately, I'm willing to give most things a chance, and enjoy it for what it is.
But...I wouldn't mind some original ideas, and I do think that there could be some really good original stuff that could be produced. I just don't have any of those kinds of ideas lol
A milk cow that has gone dry or the milk's gone sour, put it out to pasture.
I had to laugh yesterday when a newspaper article was reporting how the new Avatar movie had brought in almost a billion dollars worldwide. There was supposedly a quote on the internet from the director that it had to make 2 billion to break even. Crazy.
With that said, I agree it is difficult to further a story along with beloved characters only to destroy everything you loved about them. (One reason why I'm thankful Will Ferrell said he'd never do an Elf 2).
But if they can handle the characters (maybe need the whole original cast and writing crew/director), then it might be something worth while and not just a money grab. It'd be like Ghostbusters: Afterlife. I thought they did a good job continuing that universe even though it was decades later than the original.
Having said that, if it's done well then it can be gratefully received - but done badly it can ruin the originals reception.
Unless a story ends with everyone dead or the end of the universe then there is always scope for more, but we should be protected from the law of diminishing returns. What I really want to see most is consistency though. Anything designed as a standalone series (or multiple run of seasons) should be plotted out ahead and filmed in one huge lump. Otherwise we end up with Lost.
I don't have any particular preference if I'm honest. There are some genuinely brilliant classics, but newer content can be equally good. However, I really object to the re-boots of most films etc, which are usually awful!
Of course many are cash grab ins just made to capture the kids' attention and drain the parents wallets, so don't go that extra mile!
I'd love and probably prefer new IP that I could get excited about though.
What I really want are films with family appeal that I can go see with my kids. I want movie magic - IMO there's no need for grit or darkness or adult themes to "attract the audience".
I don't need a film to be based on a comic or a classic TV show, although I'll happily watch them.
I'd like more LEGO movies but that's not necessary either.
Entertain me, surprise me, give me characters I care about in a story that engages and distracts, make me laugh and/or cry - that's all I ask.
I guess the number to bet on is 19, as that was also the BonusBall for our last raffle... So, congratulations - @TheOriginalSimonB! I will be in-touch to get the parcel with @lowlead's complimentary prize!
The Andor series illustrated to me how a 'new' story with many new characters in a pre-existing, giant universe might be the best of both worlds so to speak. Plenty of lore, aesthetic and familiarity already exists, but we're taken to a different corner of said universe for new stories.
Poorly-written characters and bad storytelling can ruin anything, old or new. So I would have to say quality is the key to success. The latest Dune iteration is another good example of quality production efforts surpassing former versions of the same franchise - and countless examples of the opposite....
I hate to say this, but the quality of this show is going to intensify my standards for Mandalorian and Ahsoka.
BUT. For every one of those that I love, there are at least 10 that fall flat or almost ruin what has gone before. Including Star Warts (leaving the typo), including Marvel.
But they don't spoil it enough for me to fear new iterations, so I would say that keeping them coming is a good thing. And we do get original stuff, more than I could ever hope to watch in a lifetime anway, so I'm not too bothered by the amount of materaI I need to skip.