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Hope we can go some D2C reveals in 2019 without leaks
I can't speak for others, but I really prefer not having product reveals spoiled before the official fanfare of the announcement. A good recent example is the Vader's Castle set - it kinda came out of absolutely nowhere and got announced on a Star Wars podcast, the buzz was crazy for the next few days - we got a bunch of great images and official description from Lego, and also got the pre-orders up the same day...
Had that leaked early, we would have gotten one or two low quality images not showing anything, no release date, no pricing, no details.... it would have made the official announcement far more interesting when it actually did happen.
Obviously I'm here - so I'm hoping for whatever new modular information I can get - but I much prefer to see/hear it straight from the source than from leaks. Just higher-quality reveal if it's official.
Personally I wish they'd announce before December.... being a toy collector during the Christmas holiday buying season is pretty difficult and frustrating... trying to balance what I'm buying myself VS what I'm asking for others to buy me VS what I'm buying for other people..... it's a lot for the bank account to handle. XD
But you know what would be even better...
Many of us are going to buy the new modular regardless of what it is. Imagine if LEGO let VIPs order it before the reveal and shipped it out for a specific date. How great would it be to open up a package and hold it in your hands at first sight. What a great Christmas present that would make! The level of secrecy required for that would make it next to impossible though.
I left my Dark Ages back in July, and started off with the new '18 Potter sets, then picked up the whole Ninjago Movie line, and a few of the Batman Movie sets. I guess that made Ninjago City and Ninjago Docks my first two modular-type builds...
Then I got Detective's Office, then Parisian Restaurant, then Brick Bank, and most recently Assembly Square and Downtown Diner - all the ones available through Lego. Just last week I finally found a reasonably priced Pet Shop and added that into my city too.... so I missed out on all the older retired modulars other than Pet Shop, but I still, have enough of them at this point to form an opinion of the line in general... and I absolutely LOVE the diner. I really can not understand why it is such a polarizing and controversial release. The build itself is fantastic, and I really do love the style. I feel like the people complaining that every single building in the modular line don't all follow the same style/height/appearance/era have never set foot into a real city before....
I can walk down the street and see 40 different architectural styles from different periods in different states of quality from brand-new to disrepair.... I see big buildings and small buildings and huge buildings.... Cities ARE a mish-mash of a bunch of different things, so I see ZERO issue setting a build like DD next to GBHQ and BB and DO.... honestly that is MORE realistic than if every single building was the exact same height and architectural flavor.... very few cities in the world are that uniform, and the ones that are generally are quite boring. Even Amsterdam, which has a ton of old Dutch style buildings, also have a lot of modern and unique buildings around too.... I've yet to read a single logical complaint about DD that actually made any sense to me. I'm not trying to say anyone is "wrong" for not liking it, but I honestly just can't wrap my mind around not enjoying such a unique and fun little set. Does not compute.
Yea I mean they just opened an "artisan pizza" place down the street from my office (thus right down the street from the liberty bell and Independence Hall, and the pizza place looks like it's straight out of the 1950s.... that type of variety is half the reason I love living in a city.
Honestly my only complaints about DD are there are a few too many parts that just SIT on top of something but don't actually connect to any studs... like the stack of flapjacks, the glass cups, the lack of connection in the boxing ring, etc.... I also had to put a 1x1 round white tile on that single stud on the top of the facade because it was just bugging me to not be covered up, but that was more personal toyOCD than design complaint.
As for speculating on the next modular... I'm partial to a Police Station. I modded a second BB to be a post office (as one 2-corner building), and for a fire station I'm building a smaller version on the Ghostbusters fire house. I'm doing a lot building and not much completing.
id really like (never going to happen) to see a more grown up design, an Amsterdam style bar/coffeeshop/brothel would be comedy and amazing
Call me old fashioned, but after being there, I kind of root for the company on things like this.
That said, gimme a teaser- I can’t wait anymore!!! Haha
the car it only appears as subtle accents. Contrast with Detective’s Office, which used the equally pastel Light Royal Blue rather extensively.
I also don’t know if it’s accurate to say other modular buildings had a more universal look, particularly Palace Cinema, which is based on one EXTREMELY specific movie theater in Los Angeles with a very uncommon architectural style.
To be blunt, a lot of AFOLs’ bigger issue with Downtown Diner seems to boil down to “it includes pink.” I doubt any AFOLs would have complained about a modular building with any of the set’s other colors, particularly the long awaited return of Bright Bluish Green/Dark Turquoise/Teal. But because it includes pink, suddenly there are complaints about it looking “too Friends-ish” and so forth.
Even the streamline moderne style doesn’t seem to have been as great a deal breaker to people as including a “girly” color, and early after the announcement I remember seeing many people on sites like Eurobricks photoshopping it with alternate colors so as to “improve” it.
In the grand scheme, I'd put it ahead of CC, MS, TH, PS and possibly BB in terms of visual interest in my street.
And I love the Diner as well. The more variety the better. We wouldn't be a dozen modulars in if Lego stuck to a basic formula every year.
A lot of the hate seems to be for the same reason many people (i.e. a vocal portion of the AFOL community, often far outnumbered by the eventual buyers) hated the Fire Brigade, and the Pet Shop, and the computer in Town Hall, and the Palace Cinema, and the Detective's Office, and the laundromat in the Brick Bank, and the shelf of Creator Expert sets in Assembly Square…
One complaint I seem to hear most often, and usually from European buyers, is that in their eyes the Modular Buildings should depict architectural styles that might realistically have all coexisted in a single European, pre-WWII city.
Maybe European cities have less variation in local architecture than Americans are used to seeing, considering our cities are rarely anywhere near as "historic" as European ones to begin with?
In any case, I'm with you, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I feel like there's a lot more business sense in trying to make the modular buildings feel noticeably different than the ones before them (both roping in new collectors who weren't interested in earlier buildings, and giving old buyers something that feels like something new and different instead of a rehash of what they already have) than in trying to keep them as samey in style and appearance as possible and only varying the types of homes/businesses.
And even if I did agree that a particular building felt "too different" from what came before, the ideal fix wouldn't be to go back to the presumed old standard or create a new standard based on the new building's architectural style, it would be to keep varying things in more and more ways. After all, if ONE building stands out from what was previously "normal", I certainly understand how it can feel strange or wrong. But if EVERY building stands out from the rest, then standing out BECOMES the new normal! Problem solved!