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16/12/2011 - 01:22 In my opinion... Lego news

Rebrick

You probably remember a LEGO survey asking you to indicate which communities or which sites you visit regularly.

LEGO seems to have gone through this survey and the conclusion is as follows: LEGO is launching Rebrick, a social network aimed at AFOLs which will allow them, I quote: to share and discuss their creations.

No content can be uploaded to this site, it must be imported in the form of a bookmarked link from its original platform such as flickr, Youtube, MOCpages, etc ...

LEGO specifies that it designed this site, but also adds that it is not an integral part of the LEGO.com network. The manufacturer undertakes not to broadcast any advertising for its products on Rebrick.

This project, according to the manufacturer, is the result of collaboration between LEGO and the community. No commercial use of this space will be made, even if LEGO retains ownership of the concept.

This is in summary what we are dealing with.

Two possibilities:

1. LEGO has heard the appeal of the AFOLs who have regularly requested to benefit from an exchange space of this type, bringing together all the creations posted by their creators on various sites. (I'm not saying it, it's written in a post on Rebrick's blog). I quote :

... The Community Team at The LEGO group has on several occasions (at events) been told by AFOLs, that it would be great to have a website with all the great LEGO content out there. This website is now a reality! ...

The intention is laudable, the project ambitious. At first glance, there is no reason to doubt LEGO's good faith, but this space will undoubtedly be quickly diverted into a means for MOCeurs, blogs, forums or community sites to improve their visibility. This is already the case.

2. LEGO hopes to bring together in one place the entire community active on the Internet to better control its communication, have a pool of ideas, a permanent return on the products marketed and control overflows or leaks etc. ... All centralized in one place.

While the concept may seem interesting to some, there is little chance that LEGO will be able to stably and sustainably bring the entire community together in this space. Each forum, site, blog, will fight to retain its readers and other members. Eurobricks, FBTB, Toys N Bricks or Brickset for example, have huge and very loyal communities which also bring in large sums of money through the various affiliation contracts to those who manage these spaces.

Concerning the photos of MOCs, Brickshelf, flickr and MOCpages are the most used today. If Brickshelf is a space without the possibility of exchange, flickr and MOCpages are run by real communities grouped together around very specific themes.

Each MOCeur who has many comments about their creations on these platforms will not change their point of contact. He would then lose all the benefit in terms of notoriety and visibility acquired over the years. Indeed, not all MOCeurs are as well known as a Marshal Banana or an ACPin. A little narcissistic but very real.

LEGO perhaps wants more simply to bypass current and future attempts to set up such a social network by third parties. An experience is already in place with BrickLi.me started by the guys from The Brick Show. This social network is frequented mainly by teenagers fans of LEGO and does not unleash passions. No doubt because of the not very ergonomic interface and the low number of members.
Not to mention the countless existing Facebook and Google+ pages on the LEGO theme, which also brings together a large and very active community.

While waiting to know a little more, you can try to register on Rebrick via this page, and immediately start browsing through the proposed sections. Many users are already registered and the content is substantial. After validation of your account, you will be able to post photos of MOCs, comment on those of others, manage your favorites, etc ...

15/12/2011 - 10:27 In my opinion... Lego news

LEGO Star Wars - Planet Series 1

If what we can see on these visuals of the series 1 boxes of the range Planet Series published by grogall is confirmed, we have a big problem ...

It seems from these images that the planets come out of the front of the packaging and are not protected by any plastic overlay. The planet is directly accessible and will necessarily be subject to many hazards.

Between transport, storage, various manipulations by store employees and less scrupulous customers, you will have to be very careful when purchasing these sets. The risk of falling on a planet that has suffered damage or degradation of its surface and / or its screen printing will be great if we are not vigilant.

I don't quite understand how LEGO could decide not to protect the planet on this packaging which is still very attractive and well thought out. A simple transparent plastic dome would have been sufficient. Especially since the interest in touching this piece of plastic is limited: it is not a product whose tactile sensation that it provides makes it possible to validate the purchase decision.

These photos appear to be the most recent versions of these products and may therefore show their final packaging. LEGO has accustomed us to producing relatively protective and secure packaging. This attempt to put plastic within reach is surely the result of intensive marketing thinking in Billund, but it seems that the constraints of transport, storage and distribution were not necessarily taken into account.

We will see during the actual marketing of these products whether these packaging have evolved, but it will be necessary to be extremely vigilant to avoid a huge disappointment.

 

29/11/2011 - 01:08 In my opinion... Lego news

2008 Comic Con Exclusive Clone Wars Set & 2009 Mini Republic Dropship Mini AT-TE Brickmaster Pack

I didn't know what to wear for the title. And it shows.

It is on the occasion ofan article written on the subject that I decided to order two sets that were missing from my collection: The Comic Con Exclusive Clone Wars Set (comecon001) sold for $ 75 at Comic Con 2008 and produced in 1200 copies and the Mini Republic Dropship Mini AT-TE Brickmaster Pack (comecon010) printed in 500 copies and sold for $ 49.99 at Comic Con in San Diego in 2009.

After some customs tribulations, which will have cost me the VAT and customs clearance fees, here I am in possession of these two sets that I wanted so much .... I note in passing that the contact with the service in charge of customs clearance parcels from abroad improved significantly.

I wouldn't be talking about money here for these two sets, that's not the point. The only thing to remember is that you must be prepared to set yourself a maximum rate that you consider to be the limit of decency or your means. It is at this price that you will be satisfied with your purchase and that you will not be frustrated with spending indecent sums on your passion.

These two sets are not even an investment. They will only be of interest to collectors at the end of the line, who are looking for the rarest pieces and who have already acquired most of the range. But these collectors are rare and many are those who give in under the lack of space or the need for cash and who abandon their collection to newcomers on eBay, Bricklink or Le Bon Coin ....

If I speak to you about this notion of investment, it is in reference to the report broadcast this evening on M6 in 100% MA and which featured Festibriques, a passionate MOCeur apparently a member of FreeLUG and a guy by the name of David who accumulates at his home, in a dedicated room, boxes for later resale.
The report is well done, honest, but the presentation of this guy disturbed me. She misleads the viewer who risks believing that the few boxes of LEGO he has are worth gold.

It also conveys a rather pejorative image of the AFOLs that we are by highlighting a guy who is not an AFOL. We must not hide our face, there are many speculators in the LEGO world and the second-hand market lends itself to active speculation as the capital gains are enormous in some cases.

But the community is not just home to this type of collector-speculator. Of which act.

If you want to discuss it and share your opinion, do not hesitate to post a comment or to go to the already cult dedicated topic at Brickpirate.

Below is the extract of the report broadcast on M6 which really makes us look like imbeciles .....

28/11/2011 - 00:58 In my opinion... Lego news

Mehdi Drouillon - Old vs New Boba Fett

It was while browsing flickr that I came across this photo of MED and that I asked myself the question. Are LEGO minifigs too detailed?

It is a question that deserves to be asked and that divides the community. It's a fact, LEGO minifigs are getting more and more detailed, screen-printed and dressy. Some see it as a normal evolution of the toy according to the evolution of fashions and technologies, while others see LEGO gradually losing its soul and its image of a toy appealing to the imagination of the youngest.

Today we are a long way from the basic yellow-headed minifigs of the 1990s. I naturally pass on the bits of plastic acting as a character dating from the 1970s before the creation of minifigs with movable arms and legs in 1978 .... The arrival of Flesh in 2003 changed the appearance of minifigs, but without necessarily distorting the product.

In recent years, LEGO has entered another phase: Minifigs are more and more detailed and close to the universe from which they are inspired. Just see Jack Sparrow, Harry Potter ou Indiana Jones to understand that there is no longer any need for imagination: The minifigure is immediately recognizable and assimilable to the character it embodies.

The remakes of the Star Wars universe are also ultra-detailed: Sebulba from the set 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers released in 2011 is much more detailed than the Sebulba of the set 7171 Mos Espa Podrace released in 1999.

Not to mention Boba Fett's minifigure which has evolved well since the set's minifigure 7144 Slav I released in 2000 until 8097 Slav I released in 2010 .... 

The Star Wars universe reflects this evolution of minifigs over the years. The range spans over 10 years and incorporates almost every variant of minifig that LEGO has been able to produce.

Personally, I am divided. On the one hand, I tell myself that as long as the minifig keeps the shape that we know it, all is well. And I expect seriously worked minifigs in the Superheroes range, with beautiful screen prints and colors faithful to that of the models. After all, it's the shape of these characters more than their dress that makes them part of the LEGO world.

But on the other hand, I contradict myself and I regret that some minifigs are sometimes too dressy, decorated, to be made even more realistic or close to their model. Undoubtedly an effect of nostalgia particular to the Star Wars universe, which must be less present among the youngest ....

And you, what is your opinion?

designholic - Minifig Evolution

27/11/2011 - 17:10 In my opinion... Lego news

Lego santa yoda

You have probably already visited the site legosantayoda.com, but you might have missed the main point of this mini-site.

In addition to the contest which will allow Americans (and only them, don't think about why) to win many prizes, you can make your contribution to the charitable effort  Toys for tots by sending e-cards to family, friends, or people you don't know but would like to spam by doing a good deed.

So, since it's Sunday and you are surfing aimlessly on the global web, take a few minutes to send several virtual cards and help bring some happiness to underprivileged kids. For each card sent, LEGO agrees to give a toy back. The gauge doesn't go up very quickly, it's up to you to make it go even higher.