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#18271 etcrane   A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee CAGiversary!   6594 Posts   Joined 18.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2022 - 10:34 PM

I'm torn...I appreciate them going back to the old space theme, but it looks so blocky. I've gotten used to the newer, smoother designs.

It's like going back to the old VW Bug design
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Totally agree … hopefully that’s a fan MOC and not the actual set. I guess they really want to get that 45+ year old money or something, because that Space set is a ways before my time and the retro design would do nothing for me.

I hope the Castle is modernized and not a retro build.

Barracuda Bay was the perfect way to pay homage to the past but evolve a classic LEGO theme imo.

#18272 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 May 2022 - 11:19 PM

The new Galaxy Explorer is supposed to have 1254 parts. The original set had 338 (which included the tower).

 

I think it's safe to assume the new version will be a considerable update. 



#18273 TheBigD  

Posted 24 May 2022 - 11:31 PM

I thought he was asking about the space set's 2 base plates, since the site is in German.

The pictures are from the Classic. SPace set that the new one is inspired on.

Google Chrome translation....

With the new LEGO 10497 Galaxy Explorer, the focus is clearly on the spaceship. 3D base plates, as they were in the sets from the 70s, didn't make it into the new edition. But that should also be due to the fact that these special base plates are no longer produced. The small transmission tower will also no longer exist.
 

Instead, the designers focused entirely on the Galaxy Explorer. The remastered spacecraft has a wingspan of 32 cm and measures 52.5 cm from the engines to the top of the weapon systems. This means that the set should not only be suitable for playing, but also look good in the showcase.

For the cockpit and the adjoining crew area there will be two 12 x 6 x 2 windscreens in trans-yellow, as we already have them from 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! know. In general, the spaceship is less bumpy and the edges of the wings are fully tiled. As a result, the look is somewhat reminiscent of that of the 10283 Space Shuttle , where the wing edges are also built without visible knobs.

The cockpit is equipped with various consoles, and there are also various consoles and sleeping arrangements in the crew area. As with the original, the rear area can be folded away to the left and right. This reveals a small rover that can be used to explore foreign planets. The crew of the LEGO 10497 Galaxy Explorer consists of a total of four astronauts, two in white and two in red classic space suits.

The set consists of a total of 1254 parts and will be sold for 109.99 euros. We are currently not assuming that the LEGO 10497 Galaxy Explorer will be a LEGO exclusive set, so there should also be some discounts in free trade. Unfortunately, we can't say with certainty when exactly the new Space Set will appear. We currently think August is likely.

  • Set number:  10497
  • Designation:  Galaxy Explorer
  • Number of parts:  1254
  • Figures: 4
  • Release date:  August 2022
  • Availability:  LEGO
  • RRP:  109.99 euros


#18274 Corvin   ...of Gilead CAGiversary!   5296 Posts   Joined 18.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 01:53 AM

"3D base plates, as they were in the sets from the 70s, didn't make it into the new edition. But that should also be due to the fact that these special base plates are no longer produced."

 

That's a pretty lazy excuse.   

 

Not that I need any as I still have a half dozen of the originals, but it could have been a cool add for people that don't have them.  When did they stop producing those?

 

So those were heavily influenced by the lunar surface that got me thinking.  Has LEGO ever had a Mars themed series?  I'm picturing a maroon/sunset orange baseplate kind of look, which could be cool.



#18275 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 May 2022 - 02:25 AM

Has LEGO ever had a Mars themed series?

Yes but not as cool as you would imagine. There was Life on Mars and Mission to Mars. They were fun for their time, although the aliens were a bit odd. Also there weren't any baseplates.

 

https://brickset.com...ry=life on mars



#18276 TheBigD  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 01:34 PM

When did they stop producing those?

 

About 40 years ago. :lol:
If it weren't for modulars LEGO wouldn't even make thin baseplates anymore. They already phased out the road plates.

Life on Mars was great, very ahead of it's time design wise and the aliens were great. Mission to Mars... I don't know what LEGO was thinking.



The Starry Night is out, still in stock and comes with the two GWPs.

 



#18277 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4341 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 02:37 PM

Grabbed Starry Night this morning. Had the site up last night, but apparently passed out before it went live. Good thing not everyone is geeky about Van Gogh as me.....Got both GWPs and actually remembered to use my code for the Ulysses Satellite!

 

I have a huge stack of the old City road baseplates, but no space ones :(



#18278 TheBigD  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 02:48 PM

Grabbed Starry Night this morning. Had the site up last night, but apparently passed out before it went live. Good thing not everyone is geeky about Van Gogh as me.....Got both GWPs and actually remembered to use my code for the Ulysses Satellite!

 

I have a huge stack of the old City road baseplates, but no space ones :(

I love the set. The Van Gogh Doctor Who episode is a favorite of mine. The set just seems very expensive for what it is.

Screw it. I bought it too with $20 in VIP rewards and the two 'gifts'.



#18279 Corvin   ...of Gilead CAGiversary!   5296 Posts   Joined 18.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 08:49 PM

Re: Mars

 

Those are kinda neat, but not what I was picturing at all.   I'm thinking they could/should revamp the classic space theme to fit Mars instead of the Moon.  I'm picturing The Martian (Matt Damon flick) but with LEGO in my head.  More science based/exploration instead of... aliens.  lol



#18280 n64ra   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3216 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2022 - 09:47 PM

I'm on Firefox currently. Doesn't seem to have auto-translate. If it does, it's disabled.

 

Totally sucks that the baseplates are not part of the Space set re-release. That's a large part of an old set. And the excuse is pathetic.  So learn how to produce them for a re-release!



#18281 TheBigD  

Posted 26 May 2022 - 01:25 AM

Re: Mars

 

Those are kinda neat, but not what I was picturing at all.   I'm thinking they could/should revamp the classic space theme to fit Mars instead of the Moon.  I'm picturing The Martian (Matt Damon flick) but with LEGO in my head.  More science based/exploration instead of... aliens.  lol

You can use this year's moonbase and pretend it's Mars. 

https://brickset.com.../subtheme-Space



#18282 skiizim   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10581 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 May 2022 - 06:53 PM

Found at Costco, ymmv
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#18283 husher   Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? CAGiversary!   2849 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:22 AM

I don't have a Costco membership and the closest is 40 miles away...but I'm thinkin about it.



#18284 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:50 AM

Costco is peak ymmv. I see posts on Reddit with all sorts of sets that never make it to my area. I did get Boba Palace for $60 but right now the entire toy section at my nearest store is a pallet that’s half Pokémon cards and half squishmallows

#18285 TheBigD  

Posted 27 May 2022 - 12:46 PM

Costco is peak ymmv. I see posts on Reddit with all sorts of sets that never make it to my area. I did get Boba Palace for $60 but right now the entire toy section at my nearest store is a pallet that’s half Pokémon cards and half squishmallows

I regret not getting a friend of mine to pick it up for me.



#18286 jrc84  

Posted 27 May 2022 - 02:34 PM

Anyone have a suggestion on storage for smaller sets?

 

My daughter has been building the $10-$20 range sets and we are getting overrun with these things and they are collecting dust. She doesn't really play with them much after building so I was thinking of breaking them back down in some zip lock bags or maybe some kind of plastic storage boxes (put them all in a big plastic tub) so she can easily go through and pick out sets to rebuild later.

 

Basically, is there a craft storage box or something that makes more sense than a bunch of zip lock bags in a storage tub - something big enough for 100-200 piece set range and instructions that can be easily accessed and stored.



#18287 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 04:18 PM

Speaking of Costco YMMV, found a Mario starter set today that was obviously a return for $15. For me, I live close enough to Costco and love rotisserie chicken enough that a membership is worth it. 

 

Basically, is there a craft storage box or something that makes more sense than a bunch of zip lock bags in a storage tub - something big enough for 100-200 piece set range and instructions that can be easily accessed and stored.

For sets, I haven't found anything better than bags as far as cost and space taken. As long as the bag can fit the instructions, it's easy to identify the sets. 

 

For individual piece storage, I've found hardware stores such as Harbor Freight offer better value than craft stores. 



#18288 husher   Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? CAGiversary!   2849 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 27 May 2022 - 06:19 PM

Anyone have a suggestion on storage for smaller sets?

 

My daughter has been building the $10-$20 range sets and we are getting overrun with these things and they are collecting dust. She doesn't really play with them much after building so I was thinking of breaking them back down in some zip lock bags or maybe some kind of plastic storage boxes (put them all in a big plastic tub) so she can easily go through and pick out sets to rebuild later.

 

Basically, is there a craft storage box or something that makes more sense than a bunch of zip lock bags in a storage tub - something big enough for 100-200 piece set range and instructions that can be easily accessed and stored.

Cost wise you've nailed it.  We buy Freezer Slide Lock bags in quart and gallon size.  Most have a writable white area so we put down the name and number of the set.  Put those in big plastic tub.  The bags squish together and minimize wasting space.  We keep the manuals seperate so they don't get ripped up.

 

We also have the bigger plastic drawer sets that stack for separating building pieces by color...they work okay until they get fuller and heavier and start to warp the drawers and preventing them from sliding easily.



#18289 TheBigD  

Posted 27 May 2022 - 08:16 PM

Anyone have a suggestion on storage for smaller sets?

I use these for lose pieces. As everyone else said, bags are great.

https://www.walmart....anium/247777555



#18290 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 May 2022 - 12:36 AM

I'm normally a cheap MF but the slide lock freezer bags are so much better than the basic ziplock. Hefty makes half gallon bags (I've only found them at Target) that are good for medium sized sets where a gallon is overkill.

 

According to the dates on Lego.com, the Cosmic Cardboard Adventures GWP will now be available through 6/14 (or while supplies last). Good news for those waiting for June 1 sets.  The Amusement Park is still listed as ending 5/30. 



#18291 TheBigD  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 12:54 AM

 

According to the dates on Lego.com, the Cosmic Cardboard Adventures GWP will now be available through 6/14 (or while supplies last). Good news for those waiting for June 1 sets.  The Amusement Park is still listed as ending 5/30. 

And Forestmen set starts June 15th.



#18292 jrc84  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 02:25 AM

Appreciate the storage suggestions; I will add those fancy freezer zipper bags to the grocery list.

#18293 TheBigD  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 04:11 PM

The Star Wars advent calendar is going to be beach themed this year.

Beach Vader.

https://www.instagra.../p/CeEw3epLTeY/



#18294 etcrane   A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee CAGiversary!   6594 Posts   Joined 18.9 Years Ago  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 04:43 PM

Hell yeah … came here after seeing Beach Vader … wasn’t disappointed.

I normally resist the advent calendars, but Beach Vader and his shirt are definitely joining my collection.

Hopefully Costco carries the advent calendars again this year.

#18295 TheBigD  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 04:55 PM

Hell yeah … came here after seeing Beach Vader … wasn’t disappointed.

I normally resist the advent calendars, but Beach Vader and his shirt are definitely joining my collection.

Hopefully Costco carries the advent calendars again this year.

I regret not getting the first Santa Vader but the Ugly Christmas Sweater Vader is awesome. I think I even like this one more. 



#18296 salty tbone   Flipmode Squad CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 May 2022 - 07:37 PM

Those Vaders are great. Mandalorian just mailed in it last year with a scarf



#18297 TheBigD  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 10:18 PM

Those Vaders are great. Mandalorian just mailed in it last year with a scarf

The scarf was super lame because there is a red scarf piece you can just add to the normal figure.



#18298 skiizim   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10581 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 10:51 PM

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#18299 TheBigD  

Posted 28 May 2022 - 11:13 PM

You had your children sign it?



#18300 skiizim   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10581 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 29 May 2022 - 02:38 AM

You had your children sign it?


Some of the designers.

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