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I have the Helicopter and Limousine set. So I was hoping they would have additional sets along that theme. A nice private yatch and an executive jet and a nice big mansion would go real good with that set.
Don't we get bits and pieces? Yes the helicopter and limo were a one stop shop but even with today's palace cinema we get albeit an old school limo but with some other sets, like the town hall, we get tid bits of "executives" and "upper crust" so for me at the moment it would seem as though we are all better suited to use our imagination and build off of what we currently have.
Edit: #1774 is the same build as #1973, but is not an exclusive...might be easier? But I don't know about any of the more recent ones.
One thing I don't really understand is if Lego is so determined to follow market research then why haven't they crossed their previous taboos and produced an army line, something that market research would most definitely show boys as wanting?
It just seems a little inconsistent to me, on one hand market research is stopping them doing anything new and interesting in the city line, and on the other they'll ignore the market and refuse to do certain things with city?
How long do you stick to your morals for too? Where exactly do you draw the line?
We always had mediaeval armies, we later got pirates and imperial soldiers with rifles, we eventually got western and the lone ranger including armies from the Americas which could reach into the early 20th century. World War I is only a few years on from that.
It just all seems very arbitrary, and I'd be intrigued to know what sort of responses they'd get if they surveyed a broad range of parents and asked "How would you feel about Lego releasing army sets?" as to whether it would make any difference to the brand now.
#1818 aircraft is actually a cool design. definitely not a regular passenger bus....
You might have better luck creating such a MOC with one of the new City large airplanes, where the interior is several studs wide instead of just 2...
i have this set for a while. guess will have to see what i can do with it. #3182 also has 2 seating isles.
So am i stuck for now getting the dolphin cruiser set if i want a yatch? this set definitely look out of place with all other city set
The other thing is, if you're looking through Brickset for these, bear in mind that "City" used to be called "Town" before about 2005, which is where most of the ones I can think of are. For example, off the top of my head, there is #4011, which may be a little small.
In general, all Friends sets tend to be bigger and more well-furnished than non-exclusive City sets. This is so they're optimized for "dollhouse"-style play. Olivia's house probably isn't SUPPOSED to be a mansion and the City house released in 2010 probably isn't SUPPOSED to be tiny and sparse, but they seem like that compared to each other because LEGO Friends is more detail-oriented. Same goes with Dolphin Cruiser and the classic Cabin Cruiser, so it's not purely a problem with the "modern" City theme. It applied nearly as much to classic Town.
Note also that most City sets the size of the Dolphin Cruiser have more potential for vehicle-based play, because that's how boys are more likely to feel like they're getting more for their money. A boat with a bathroom is no better than a boat without a bathroom if your preferred play scenarios don't involve bathrooms. But throw in an additional seaplane or motorboat, and you can add a whole different kind of play potential for the same price you might have spent enlarging and furnishing the main vessel.
BTW, I don't have a problem with the Dolphin Cruiser's colors at all. Google images of cabin cruisers and you'll find all kinds of color schemes, with azure and white being a fairly common one. In fact, pastel colors are all over the place in seaside and maritime settings, at least from my experience. Part of the reason is probably that they won't fade as visibly in the sun and humidity as brighter or bolder colors.