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I'm really hoping those window pieces are printed. From the photo that shows them closest, it looks like they are. But it could just be that someone is very adept at applying transparent stickers.
Now I am excited!
It's not our timeline, it's a LEGO timeline.
Any correlations or similarities to the Human universe are just coincidence.
I don't understand why people keep trying to justify our own world realities with those of the LEGOverse.
Reality is irrelevant.
Open your minds to IMAGINATION. :-)
Speaking of my kids, 3 and 6yo, I take note of which modulars they play with the most. Here's the ranking:
I'm thinking there will be a new #1 come January.
Sure, the buildings may have architectural similarities to certain real world ones from specific eras, but the sets themselves can, & are, meant to be used together in any manner that the user's imagination chooses.
MS is the only one (besides DO of course) that I don't have.
In my Spring 2007 catalog, CC was first introduced and described as a modular construction set.
In Summer 2007 catalog, MS appeared on the opposite page of CC, and described a a modular construction set designed by a LEGO fan (Factory theme). Also, a picture is shown showing both CC and MS combined with a caption, "Combine Cafe Corner and Market Street for an amazing street layout!" Also, in the MS description, it states, "The modular construction allows you to put it together in different ways and to enlarge the LEGO neighborhood as your collection grow!"
In Early Spring 2008 catalog, GG first appeared and showed a street layout picture with CC, MS and CG combined. MS last appearance was in the the January 2009 catalog.
In the Summer 2009 catalog, only CC and GG appeared with no combined street layout picture.
In Fall 2009 catalog, FB was introduced and a street layout picture showing CC, GG and FB - with no MS.
So, now I'm convinced that MS has allows been part of the modular building line even though it was first introduced under the Factory theme. If it wasn't for the wording and pictures showing both CC and MS together when MS was first introduced, then I might of thought differently.
The 89.99 USD was why people have to pay a ton to get one now. They just did not sell well at the time and I do not believe ever sold anywhere but at LEGO as well. Couple that with it not being on sale and just disappearing one day means really hard to find.
Heck it is only easy to find as it is now because of b'linking it with incorrect parts.
If LEGO did another set like MS today it would likely cost around 120 USD, which I think people would still say 'Im not buying that for 120 USD, I can get a whole mod for 159.95 USD'
As a completist, I'm sorry I don't have MS... but I'm glad to have whatever I do have.
I have always considered it a part of the series. It doesn't meet all the standards, but at that point nothing had even been established as standard since there had only been one Modular Building set, and nobody could say for sure what the next one would change and what it would keep the same! And it was released with LEGO Factory branding, but you can't define a series strictly in terms of its branding, particularly now that the branding for the series has changed from no theme at all to Creator Expert.
It's hardly the only series that has undergone a major branding change — the Designer Sets, LEGO Creator, and LEGO Technic were once all separate themes under the Make & Create umbrella. The designer sets were what we now think of as LEGO Creator, while from its birth until 2006 the Creator theme was more akin to Bricks & More or Juniors: basic brick buckets and building sets aimed at young builders ages four and up. In 2006, the LEGO Creator brand quietly absorbed the entire designer sets theme (note how the page says "Creator" but the URL still says "designer"), including some sets like #4884, #4886, and #4888 that had been released as Designer Sets back when Creator was a separate entity! Meanwhile the previous LEGO Creator sets were rebranded as LEGO Creative Building (again, note the header and URL discrepancy), and the "Designer Sets" branding disappeared entirely!
As for the windows, I don't see anything that suggests they are stickers. They very well could be, but there are no signs of edges and I don't see any imperfections in the surfaces. They also seem to have the same reflectivity and transparency as the blank windows; I think a sticker would make them ever so slightly less reflective and more opaque.
I guess we'll find out in about a month, when the early reviews appear.
Seeing them as references, intentional nods to cultural motifs and the like, clears up all the issues on that one for me, maybe that's just me though. :) Isn't the Lego world as a whole under a constant alcohol ban? Banning sweets as well makes me think President Business really is in charge of this very totalitarian seeming government! ;)
I like the play features included, although I just look at my modulars. I don't play with them. But my daughter will get a kick out of this I'm sure.
The overall design is neat. I still don't love the mish-mash of colors, but I'm sure I'll get over it.
I like having some new prints on figures. And it will be nice to see the 1x1 round stud with hole in black. I've only seen it in white and dark red. Black will be most useful as well.
And that does look like the Helicarrier. Which was already "confirmed" via that set list that was posted weeks ago. So I guess they have the video ready to go for when it becomes available.
That's definitely a UCS Helicarrier. Can't wait to see it! I hope it includes some exclusive Minifigs as a bonus, like with the Tumbler.
In my personal view LEGO has always been the ultimate escapism; a world with no rules where the only limitations are your imagination and the amount of bricks that you own.
Is the modular line set in the 1930s? Sure, why not? Is it set in a giant self contained biosphere on a planet 20 million light years from Earth in the year 3124? Sure, why not?
Make it your own.
...I'd also like to say that the pictures of Ace Brickman snooping in the background of a few of the press release shots makes me happy.