Friday, December 4, 2009

Ramblings

The large triple curve wedge http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=45301 is available in several drab colors. Only two bright colors are used so far, orange and white. I thought I saw a yellow one used on a leaked preliminary pic of an upcoming helicopter, but a more recent picture of that set uses a large sloped brick instead. I think I also saw a red one in an Atlantis set, so maybe there's hope for that. Otherwise, where are blue, green, and yellow? How about the other bright colors, lime and purple? This part was first issued in 2003. I don't think it has much longer to go before Lego either "fixes" the aging mold or scraps it altogether. It would sure be nice if we could round out the palette for this part.

We've been getting a few redesigns of common and very useful parts lately. Ideally, Lego will adjust or fix an aging mold rather than scrap it, but sometimes they choose to "improve" it altogether. In the most recent cases, Lego is on a mission to fix some clutch issues that current parts have shown. This has the unfortunate result of changing the way builders might use a part. Recent clutch improvements include the following:
From http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=30384 to http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=30384b
From http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4215b to http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4215c
From http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6126 to a flame/wave without the tiny prongs but rather a "stabilizing" ring around the base. I didn't see an entry for the new part.

Colors that I think the Lego palette can do without:
All of the pearl colors
All of the mottled/metallic colors
All of the marbled two-tone colors
Trans-Sparkle colors
As far as chrome/silver goes, they should pick one and stick with it and dump the other attempts.

Purple is back. Either Lego fixed the problem of uncontrollable hues, or they finally came to terms with the fact that they can't seem to control the hues of ANY of their colors. So might as well bring purple back, people like it.

Toy Story line is a mixed blessing. Green soldier minifigs and three-eyed aliens and purple YAY! New exaggerated minifig parts to better represent the movie characters...BOOOooo!

Lego Space Police is a hit and will be making it's second round next year, YAY!
Lego Space Police year two will be white again, four years of white space ships...BOOOooo!

Bionicle no more, meh. New-"improved" Bionicle-like theme, meh. Consensus says that this new theme is Ben 10 Alien Force and I agree. Lego messed up by saying that the new theme would be based on an established third party license. There is a slim possibility that Lego has quietly acquired another, as yet unknown, third party license that the fans completely missed, but it is very unlikely. Anyhow, it's all a resounding "Meh".

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