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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 472
    Here's a case in point: #6941 Battrax.  Look how dense the page is!  The chassis is done in 16 steps...



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  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 281
    @lowlead I think you make good points until the pdf files. I really don't want to sit in front of a computer or my phone to build Lego. Probably the main reason I passed on the Ideas sets. I suppose I could print a copy every time I wanted to build something but I doubt it.
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 472
    @lowlead I think you make good points until the pdf files....
    Oh god, agreed.  Thus the 'wink' at the end =oD  I used pdf instructions to build an 18,000+ piece Star Destroyer.  That was a challenge - I had to rearrange the furniture in my office.
    What about trimmed down physical instructions, supplemented by enhanced electronic files?
    Who knows, I'm not an expert on the matter...but I might be willing to try out real solutions to control costs instead of bitching about rising prices - which will only get worse, btw....

    560HeliportMarshallmario
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 426
    I can't imagine the absolute chaos on the Lego subreddit if the instructions were any less straightforward than they are now. At least three or four times a day, someone posts that they have a large pile of "leftover parts" including bricks and large plates, or they need help with something not looking or moving the right way.
    Usually, they'll either admit they might have skipped some steps, or else they'll try to say Lego have made a mistake and they've checked the manual multiple times. Every time you can tell what they've done wrong from just a couple of pictures or just going back one or two steps from where they are in the build.
    And it's not just on the more complicated sets either.
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  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 417
    ^Surely you're joking, Mr 560Heliport. But I agree: I prefer printed instructions above PDF's.
    SumoLegoBrickchap
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,082
    ^ No, I really don't own a computer. I have a smartphone, but I don't use many of the features. 
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  • CymbelineCymbeline CanadaMember Posts: 500
    I don't own a smart phone - I don't know anyone else who doesn't. It's becoming increasingly difficult to resist buying one because of two level verification, QR codes, etc. 
    560HeliportFollowsCloselySumoLegoKungFuKennyMarshallmario
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,172
    edited February 7
    Maybe those who are luddites are happy that way, but most of the things you might want a computer for can be done on a tablet, and it’s waaaaaaay easier than on a smartphone. To save money, see if friends or family have an older one sitting around or buy a refurbished one. Digital building instructions are one thing that a tablet can do well.
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  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 731
    I'm 100% onboard with the wanting physical instructions instead of digital.  I've downloaded custom instructions (pdf) but I always print them before I build.  I refuse to use a powered display.
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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,082
    Maybe those who are luddites are happy that way
    Yes. Yes I am. 😁
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  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,710
    How about just getting rid of instructions altogether? Why can't they just send the lego set pre-built, and optionally glued (well this is unpopular opinions...)
    Mr_Cross560HeliportOldfan
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 731
    SumoLego said:
    daewoo said:
    I refuse to use a powered display.
    I have an unpowered display, but my kids get tired of holding up the instructions to the window.  And they get cold in the winter.
    Put 'em to work!  But it was a weird way to say it....not sure what was happening between my brain and fingers.  :/
    SumoLego
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    andhe said:
    How about just getting rid of instructions altogether? Why can't they just send the lego set pre-built, and optionally glued (well this is unpopular opinions...)
    I mean, that would save me a lot of time. I have limited time for this hobby these days. The time I do have goes to the endless sorting of pieces, so I'm still not enjoying it. And a lot of sets don't get built so I can MOC other things. But there are a few that I do want built. And as much as I like building, I don't have the time. So having it pre-built sadly could be good (but then why not just try a different hobby you ask...)
    560Heliport
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,028
    daewoo said:
    Put 'em to work!
    Does the new Pokémon game count as work?  Haven't seen my children in weeks.
    andheKungFuKenny
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,334
    edited February 16
    Mr_Cross said:
    My current unpopular opinion (judging from instagram):
    I don't like it when people pull off minifigure legs to "better" pose a photograph, especially when it's intending you to see it as a knee. It doesn't look right to me and I always think about dislocated hips.
    I'm not especially keen on arms popped out of sockets either, but it doesn't bother me as much.
    I do like the scene in TLNM where L-loyd loses his arm though. Garmadon: What's it look like?
    I think I made a very similar comment to this earlier in the thread - very much agree! Even though I’m a frequent Blocks mag reader, they’ve done it to minifigs for their lovely photography a few times. The Marvel CMFs was a good example.

    Just accept the limitation of the medium. The medium being that minifig arms and legs are intended to fit together a certain way, and arguably aren’t intended to be pulled apart at all in the first place.
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  • lessjunkfoodlessjunkfood IndianapolisMember Posts: 115
    Mr_Cross said:
    My current unpopular opinion (judging from instagram):
    I don't like it when people pull off minifigure legs to "better" pose a photograph, especially when it's intending you to see it as a knee. It doesn't look right to me and I always think about dislocated hips.
    How about if the legs are on backward? See the box art for #1497 Pitstop and Crew:


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  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 414
    Backward legs have always creeped me out. I’ve never seen it in an official image.
    pxchrisMynatt
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,082
    edited February 16
    I like #75325 The Mandalorian's N-1 Starfighter. I plan to get it Day One!
    WesterBricksKungFuKenny
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,297
    Ninjago City Gardens has backwards legs in the instructions. Chen's Noodle Shop signage has Chen attached that way.
    WesterBricksKungFuKennygmonkey76
  • PhoenixioPhoenixio Canada/FranceMember Posts: 145
    I just finished building #10297 Boutique Hotel and I can finally say it: I'm good with sand green for now.  Let's move on to new colors.
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  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,549
    edited February 17
    The unveiling of #76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle made me think of one:

    Am I the only one who is getting a little tired of nearly every, single theme going mech-mad? Especially Ninjago, Monkie Kid & Marvel.
    Now, mechs are cool, but the last couple of years seem to have hit new heights of overkill and every other set seems to be a mech! Even the Jurassic World theme got in on the act with #75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle! Going back a bit I see there are a couple of DC Comics mechs, as well as Overwatch, Nexo Knights & Legends of Chima, which I had initially forgotten.

    Isn't it all a bit lacking in imagination? And I'm not aiming this just at Lego, but the owners & writers of these properties! Need to spice up Spider-Man? Chuck him in a mech! ;-)

    Disclaimer: This is said fairly tongue-in-cheek. I have a couple of mechs from Ninjago and I'm sure kids *love* mechs!

    Edited to add: I've just checked my collection and I have a total of 4 "mechs", one of which is debatable!

    #70754 ElectroMech - Only one Ninjago mech after all. I thought I had more!
    #21109 Exo Suit - Love this one!
    #30529 Mini Master-Building Emmet - LOL! Well, hardly a mech, really!
    #31115 Space Mining Mech
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,928
    I wouldn't say that I have no interest in mechs, and I understand their appeal, but I most certainly would agree that it's just gotten to be too much lately. Like with any fad though, I'm sure this too shall pass.
    Brickchap560HeliportJudgeChuckMarshallmario
  • sipusssipuss PolandMember Posts: 145
    I'm certain that Spider-Man and Iron Man mechs outnumber all the other ones by now.
    JudgeChuck560Heliportgmonkey76
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 731
    My Nieces' and nephews' children absolutely love mechs, so it doesn't surprise me that Lego keeps pumping them out.  I don't see a point to them, but I'm old and out of touch with cool.
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  • karritkarrit USAMember Posts: 650
    I don't care for the Mechs either.  To me they look like Bionicles on steroids crossed with Transformers and those ugly Starwars Buildable Figures they did a few years back.  They are for me mostly a bunch of useless parts for what I prefer to build.  This is the reason I was uninterested in most of the Monkie Kid sets.  If half or more of a set is one of those ugly things I'm spending my money on other more interesting sets and trying to buy the few interesting pieces & Minifigs off of B&P.
    560HeliportJudgeChuck
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    The problem with mechs in Marvel at least, if they keep putting them out with a neat or unique figure, then I'll still buy them because just buying the figure is likely just as expensive. But under normal circumstances I wouldn't want to buy too many mechs. They do get a bit old, especially since I don't normally build them, so just toss the pieces into the bins that I'll likely never use.
    JudgeChuck560Heliportgmonkey76
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,549
    Oooh, maybe not such an *unpopular* opinion then! I'll try and think of another one. ;-)
    Cymbeline560HeliportAstrobricks
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,328
    Cymbeline said:
    I don't own a smart phone - I don't know anyone else who doesn't. It's becoming increasingly difficult to resist buying one because of two level verification, QR codes, etc. 
    Add me to your list... I am now retired, and spend most of my time at home... can't think of a reason for a smart phone.  Plus as someone who can type 80 words per minute... texting is torture.  And I like the 27 inch monitor for my computer... great for watching videos/movies... the thought of using a SmartPhone for that sounds torturous.

    There are drawbacks to not having a SmartPhone... cannot use Zelle app, nor Uber/Lyft... but I can get around that.  Plus I use my large large computer monitor to Photoshop hundreds of images for my next iteration of my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide... makes it much easier on the eyes.

    And the best reason of all... LEGO Sets/MOCs look bigger when not viewed on a SmartPhone!  😁
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  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 281
    Hoping for a lighthouse that turns into a mech! (with a small helicopter as a backpack)
    Bumblepants560Heliportgmonkey76KungFuKennyBrickchapSumoLego
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,172
    Istokg said:
    Cymbeline said:
    I don't own a smart phone - I don't know anyone else who doesn't. It's becoming increasingly difficult to resist buying one because of two level verification, QR codes, etc. 
    Add me to your list... I am now retired, and spend most of my time at home... can't think of a reason for a smart phone.  Plus as someone who can type 80 words per minute... texting is torture.  And I like the 27 inch monitor for my computer... great for watching videos/movies... the thought of using a SmartPhone for that sounds torturous.

    There are drawbacks to not having a SmartPhone... cannot use Zelle app, nor Uber/Lyft... but I can get around that.  Plus I use my large large computer monitor to Photoshop hundreds of images for my next iteration of my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide... makes it much easier on the eyes.

    And the best reason of all... LEGO Sets/MOCs look bigger when not viewed on a SmartPhone!  😁
    You are allowed to own both a computer and a smartphone, just so you know :)

    I agree watching movies on a phone is torture.
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  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,181
    edited February 18
    2021 was a slim year for my lego purchases. I aquired the 2021 modular,  ninjago city gardens, castle in the forest and the creator castle. Ctually, that's more than I originally though. However, for 2022 I am going to get nothing, not a single set. I don't have the room, need or desire for additional plastic blocks.

    I'll check in here if I fail.

    #noLego2022
    Well, I failed.

    I needed some pieces for my latest project

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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,082
    You are allowed to own both a computer and a smartphone, just so you know :)

          ..........What?   ;)
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,028
    WesterBricks said:
    It’s a treasure hunt and a puzzle rolled into one experience.
    I agree.  Except that I have about 20 of these projects still waiting for my attention...

    (I agree with your unpopular opinion?)
    560HeliportKungFuKennypxchris
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,315
    When creating bulk lots from incomplete sets too cheap to bother completing , I have fun putting about 1/3 the set in one lot, 1/3 in another lot, and the minifigs in a third.
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  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 414
    ^ Filed under “Chaotic Evil”
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 472
    The LEGO Ideas BTS set is lame and the 'shelf life' of boy bands suggests that this set will pile up behind the Barnes & Noble check-out counters next to Queer Eye.
    Although, one unique property of BTS is they seem to have the full faith and approval of their own government...so they have that goin' for 'em.  Which is nice. 
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  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,181
    By time the set is released, will anyone care about BTS. Wait, who is BTS?
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  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,232
    I'll give you an unpopular opinion then:  The BTS Ideas set will likely be one of the best selling LEGO sets ever released, even if it's not put out for a couple of years.  Even if it's released EXACTLY AS IS based on the approved Idea.

    Not only has BTS been around since 2010, they (and K-pop in general) have been on an enormous upswing, and it shows no sign of stopping.  And as an idol group, there is a very good chance that the group will remain both around AND relevant to the pop scene for literal decades to come if they follow in the tradition of many of the older/larger (size wise) J-pop groups like Morning Musume or AKB48 and start rotating new members in.  And quite frankly, even if they don't, their popularity in the K-pop scene and the rabid loyalty of their fan base ensures that any set release will sell, and will sell WELL, for any time in the foreseeable future.

    (Best selling numbers are likely to be when taking worldwide numbers into consideration.  For many regions it may not be the best, and it may do poorly in regions where K-pop isn't that big.  But there will be a LOT of K-pop fans that would never EVER purchase LEGO otherwise that will get this set because its BTS.)
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