The LEGO Thread

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by Boy who screams, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. M'Kyuun

    M'Kyuun Well-Known Member

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    The new AT-ST is an improvement over the 2016 release (75153) so far as details, but it still lacks hip and ankle joints that would allow it to actually be placed in a sturdy walking pose. Sure, you can bend the knee, but the result is a little awkward and unstable. This isn't a large or heavy model, and the Exo-Force ratcheting joints would suffice and allow for improved articulation. Or ball joints using the friction extenders. I don't know why they won't evolve this design, and pretty much the design of all their bipedal walkers, to have articulated hip joints, but they've been making their walkers like this for over twenty years and it just doesn't make sense to me why they show no interest in improving. Not the best, and not good enough.

    Too, like pretty much every System AT-ST set, this model seems to only accommodate a single driver. Again, with the advent of the UCS AT-AT looming, I would have hoped that associated Hoth sets would have changes to improve their accuracy to source. Guess not. :( 

    My tone probably comes across as dour, but honestly, I'm more disappointed. I'm absolutely enthralled with the UCS AT-AT, and intend to get a copy- it has been the number one set on my Star Wars wish list since they obtained the license in '99, and I couldn't be more pleased with how well it turned out. I was fearful that the legs would be static, like the UCS Hulkbuster or the Ideas Voltron, both of which were exceedingly disappointing for that reason. So, the fact that they can be adjusted is fantastic and proper, especially in an $800 set. more to the point, LEGO is a multi-billion dollar, or kroner rather, annual earning company. They possess all the necessary resources, i.e. money, equipment, and extraordinarily talented people, to create new and improved joints for all sorts of applications, but for whatever reason, it is the one set of elements which seems to benefit least in improvements or additions. Given the number of mecha and creature sets they release, one would think that'd be an area they'd strive to improve in versatility, strength, and variety for all sorts of apps, but the reality is quite the opposite. That said, I do have to acknowledge that the new Constraction-like Iron Man set for 2022 has new socket joint bricks, similar to this:
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    I'm cautiously optimistic that the new piece will have greater friction, negating the need for the friction extender piece [​IMG] which was designed for the Hero Factory line to compensate for unaided socket joints' low friction and subsequent inability to bear much weight without drooping or collapsing. It's something I've been hoping for, as the friction extender, while very useful, has the drawbacks of extending the length of the affected socket joint by one stud length as well as raising the profile around the said socket requiring more buildup around the joint to cover it, if need be. Too, sometimes they'll pop out of the joint they're reinforcing, due to the lower friction of the original socket. In short, it was a band-aid fix that LEGO employed years after the standard Technic ball and socket joint had been developed and the tolerances thereof established before they really started making larger models with them and realized that they lacked the requisite strength. But again, they have the resources to improve this deficiency, and all related joint deficiencies, and I continue to hope they will eventually. I really, really hope they'll revisit the Exo-Force clicky hinges and make some stronger versions that can bear more weight. Finally, a new System brick with an adapter to fit this [​IMG] as well as a Technic bit similar to this [​IMG] that will fit it and allow for ratcheting motion. Both would revolutionize what is possible with mecha and creature builds. Pretty please with cake, make these LEGO.
     
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  2. Max Rawhide

    Max Rawhide Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' ... uh, never mind

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    The AT-ST was so briefly seen at a distance in ESB, that I can't even tell if it's accurate. Nor do I care. I still don't have an AT-ST, but this one has the exact same issue I have with every official I've seen: it's too big -- perhaps next to the UCS AT-AT it's the right scale, but it's clearly not UCS standard. Lego seems to have this scale problem with other 2 legged SW walkers as well. Which is funny, because other lego (SW) vehicles are often too small compared to the minifigs.


    I will get the Snowtrooper battle pack. It's not what I hoped for, but then my hope was not realistic -- I was hoping they'd include a build of one of those old Kenner small vehicles, the MTV-7.
     
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  3. Lex79

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    I agree that the limited articulation for the AT-ST is a bit disappointing, especially considering what Lego managed to do for bigger and heavier sets. I'm looking forward to what they would be able to achieve with an UCS version.
     
  4. optimusmegas

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    i don't know why but i kinda love this. i only have the first iron man since it makes sense stark would have a mech suit but...i dunno. maybe it's the claws. i want it.
     
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  5. MatrixOfWumbo

    MatrixOfWumbo I see you

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  6. Slave IV

    Slave IV more wealth than you can imagine!

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    Hey, I found a stash of them hidden on a random shelf at Target today and there was a Zombie Cap in there so I’m good. If you are cool with that, thanks a lot for the offer!
     
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  7. Such Heroic Nonsense

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    Never fear, Sam WILL get a minifig eventually. They went back to do series 2 for The Simpsons and various other franchises and will almost certainly do the same here.

    As for a potential series 2, I could easily reel off a list of 12 characters most Muppets fans would visually recognise in minifig form right off the bat, even if (unlike the first selection where the names are all iconic) they maybe don't know them all by name.

    Plus, Pigs in Space naturally gives them ample room to do new versions of Piggy etc. So, for example ...

    • Sam Eagle
    • Scooter
    • Rizzo The Rat
    • Zoot
    • Sweetums
    • Dr. Teeth
    • Floyd Pepper
    • Pepe The King Prawn
    • Camilla The Chicken
    • Marvin Suggs
    • Pigs in Space deco Misss Piggy
    • Link Hogthrob (Pigs in Space)
     
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  8. rattrap007

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    I got the Thor one and want this one. The others are pass. I think it is the claws too
     
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  9. rattrap007

    rattrap007 one with the Force TFW2005 Supporter

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    I’d want Uncle Deadly
     
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  10. Such Heroic Nonsense

    Such Heroic Nonsense No!

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    How could I forget Deadly??? :eek: :confused: 
     
  11. supervir2

    supervir2 Feels like the kid in Big everyday.

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    So…was planning on using redeemed points when I purchase the AT-AT to knock the price down a bit, but I’m a bit leery knowing how dodgy the system is at launch time. Anyone done it successfully? I don’t want to enter them, have that order time out, and then not be able to use it. They’d probably credit me on the back end, but that would be a hassle.
     
  12. CyrDraconis

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    I finished Discovery! Man this is a lot of set, and I really, really like it. I've seen the mods for the Hubble to actually sit in the payload bay, but I'm honestly okay with just using the extra stand for a deployment display. Probably just going to display Discovery and Hubble separately anyway.

    The chrome stickers were definitely kind of a pain, but I managed them alright; and I just love a lot of the details like the approximation of an interior on the mid- and flight decks, and the snappy landing gear feature. About the only thing I'm not super keen on is the airbrake in the vertical stabilizer, which looks weirdly gappy and flimsy compared to literally the rest of the set. If that's my only negative though...man, good stuff.

    I have enjoyed all of the NASA collector's sets I've picked up - only missed out on Women of NASA - and I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite that lasts. Can't wait to see what the next one is, after next season's City Space reincarnation.
     
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  13. Sinestro00

    Sinestro00 Fully vaccinated and ready to party!

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    Anybody know anything about this General Jim guy?

    General Jim's Toys and Bricks Military Building Blocks Sets

    Some of his stuff popped up on Amazon while I was looking for the Creator Expert Haunted House ride (conveniently out of stock on Lego.com as double-points VIP weekend approaches, again, grrr). They looks pretty decent, and the biggest complaint of the sets that have been reviewed are missing pieces out of the box. I’m wondering if they are Lego or some sort of KO brick. Price is probably too low for someone to bricklink these sets and resell, so must be KO.
     
  14. jru42287

    jru42287 Ass Möde is a way of life.

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    Just finished the Saturn V build tonight. Fitting, since there's a lunar eclipse tonight!

    Really impressive set, and didn't take as long to put together as I expected. I'm confused, though, are you able to combine the parts of the lunar module the way they're displayed on the box? Doesn't seem like the proper connections are there.
     
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  15. R3M1NGT0N

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    Anyone with 2006 (Piraka/Inika) Bionicle sets mind telling me if the joints hold up well. I’ve heard it’s 2007 onward where the joints are fragile but 2006 seems to utilize similar joints so figured I asked before I purchase some.
     
  16. tfcrafter

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    No issues with mine. Keep in mind, with 2007, most of the issues just concerned the lime green joint pieces. With 2008 onwards, the changed joint design became more fragile.
     
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  17. R3M1NGT0N

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    Thanks for the info. Kept hearing conflicting things about when and what’s most fragile.
     
  18. Mercutio

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    VIP Weekend rewards are live on Lego.com. Looks like the Vintage Camera has lasted more than 10 minutes, unlike the Ulysses probe earlier in the year, haha.
     
  19. betsuni

    betsuni I'm just here for the robots

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    Got a Vintage Camera after 8 minutes of lag and site crashing.

    Nice to see it lasted longer than 10 minutes at least.
     
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  20. AzT

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