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In Topic: LEGO Deals 3

05 February 2023 - 03:30 PM

Some insane 2024 rumours that I wouldn't hold your breath on because having leaked pictures this good this far out is sketchy and way too many fan favorites.


A Zelda set of a tree. 
Loads of Disney stuff, brick built characters like we saw with Bowser. Some older Disney like Snow White set that looks like the passed over Ideas set. 

Other rumours are the big black LotR tower will get a remake.

A more civilian $400 caste that has a grey goat.

Gotham skyline ART set.

X-Men Masion with only 6 figures.

They LOTR leaked photo is already gone but I saw the Deku tree. I love Zelda. I hate that set. 

In Topic: LEGO Deals 3

05 February 2023 - 03:28 PM

You don't explain why. The Enfield jobs are mostly call center jobs, they already have a nice place worked out, the offices are. Why can't LEGO afford to be there? You also go on to say cities have been gutted because of telework... so why does it matter if the office is in a city or not.


You clearly never been to Boston if you think they have a decent transportation network. Rochester NY has a better bus system then Boston has a transportation system.

The gist boils down to employee preferences. Broad generalization alert: pretty much anyone younger than me (I'm 46, late Gen X) wants to be in vibrant urban places, wants to walk, wants to bike, is transit-savvy. The last place they want to be is suburbs and small towns - certainly not until they start families and need to find good schools for children.

When applied to call center work, call centers burn through employees like crazy, almost as quickly as Amazon warehouses do. You need a larger population of potential employees to be able to stay near full staffing complement. There's also a smaller factor at play that commercial buildings age rapidly. It's cheaper to buy a new building with modern wiring than to improve an older building that likely requires a full gut and replace of the entire wiring and telecom systems.

I saw the comments after the above post on fires in Boston's transit system. Half the transit systems in America are the same way; here around D.C., Metro has fires almost literally weekly somewhere in the system and they're pouring millions on millions into system upgrades. We're a Third World nation when it comes to infrastructure. But even with this in mind, there isn't a single large business that thinks it can thrive keeping operations and headquarters outside rail-served mixed-use locations. By the way, this is why ideas to relocate Federal agencies out to the heartland are just boondoggles and would waste billions in taxpayer money - every time someone tries to force a relocation, more than 3/4 of the current employees resign rather than relocate. Some would say this is the intent, but I'll just leave it at that.

Telework not only guts the cities, it guts the suburban offices that remain. Let's say the call center in Enfield decided not to relocate - it would be much cheaper for them in the long run to simply shift the call center operation to telework and close up the physical buildings. There's nothing one can do from a cube at a call center they can't do from a PC/VOIP at their home.

Everyone related to development is figuring out how to reverse the decline of office occupancy and loss of daytime population. The main solution boils down to trying to find innovative ways to add even more housing. That's not really viable outside the cities and transit locations because again, the youths simply don't want to live there. 

In Topic: LEGO Deals 3

01 February 2023 - 03:04 PM

Also some local professor, who isn't Richard Wolf so he's probably wrong, take on the LEGO move.

I'm a professional urban/community planner and the gist of the argument he makes about relocation back to cities and competition for talent is 100% correct. Offices no longer want to be in suburban locations and cannot afford to be there - they  want to be in city cores and areas accessed by heavy and light rail transit lines - preferably no further than 1/4 mile from the stations. I work in a massive county just outside D.C. and this is one of our biggest challenges - our office vacancy is increasing and it's becoming much harder to attract new tenants because the businesses would rather be in dense urban places. They don't care about the costs of living.

It's much harder here than in Boston because we have the added impact of huge numbers of Federal employees and the Feds are sticking with significant telework, so the whole region is suffering because we can't occupy physical space. D.C. spent 20 years recovering to become a vibrant city and it's been gutted by telework - the daytime population in center city is devastated and the ripples are closing restaurants and services catering to daytime employees.

In Topic: Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

25 January 2023 - 06:43 PM

Man, you're in for a treat playing Sapienza for the first time. I'd argue the H1+H2 maps are better overall than those in H3, and I really loved H3. H2 maps in particular are just so consistently good across the board, especially the DLC.

I second this for Sapienza. I think it's possibly the best map of all time. It's definitely in the conversation.

In Topic: LEGO Deals 3

12 August 2022 - 07:59 PM

Under the category of "I never thought it would happen to me," TWO copies of the Lion Knight's Castle arrived yesterday. I only ordered the one, and at least so far they only charged me once.


Ethical dilemma time this weekend.