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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mall construction update #11: We've got tools for days!


This is the other side of the lower floor of my faux-Sears shop, the faux-Craftsman tools department!  Sorry I couldn't get a better angle on the photograph without spoiling future updates that were already complete by this time :)

Is this the first time I've shown my new escalator design?  This was the prototype, and faux-Macy's at the other end of the mall got a copy of it.  It's 1/3rd brick wider than my original design, but looks much better and integrates with surroundings & the 2nd floor much more elegantly.

8 comments:

  1. Is that where's my pants guy at the top of the escalator on the right?

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    1. I don't think it is the where is me pants lad

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  2. Looking great!

    Hey JANG, I have a suggestion for a potential video. I greatly admire how in-depth you analyze sets, old and new, from a designer perspective and how functional they are as toys. I would like to hear your thoughts on the concept of legal and illegal connections. Since the onset of the Lego SYSTEM (greatly emphasized in this video clip: guard.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po3zQkkX1UU#t=620) it seems that the concept of a universal "system" which constitutes the way elements are to be put together (the way everything should be) takes its roots directly from the first motto, "Only the Best is Good Enough". The recently integrated Lego Design Lab not only has a unique description on this site, but also provides a PDF that outlines several of these "legal" and "illegal" connections. Link: http://www.newelementary.com/p/glossary.html#t

    PDF found under "illegal connections" in the glossary.

    I would really appreciate your take on this subject as one of the focal points of your analysis is playability. What really defines playability? When children stumble, inadvertently, upon these illegal connections, does strict adherence to the "system" inhibit full creativity? We all have found unorthodox techniques, not to mention several sets were previously released utilizing these methods.

    Thank you for your hard work and extremely informative videos. I am always looking forward to your reviews and layout updates (especially the classic-space reviews).

    -MR

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    1. Also, don't forget to maybe bring in references to the Lego Movie and Lord Business. :)

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  3. Yes the new escalator looks cool. I have maby 1 improvemant (wich i cant see if you have implemented this on this pix so sorry if you did) My vission of this was always to use inverted wedgedges overlaped. This way you get the effect as in real life.

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  4. You can also make it the 'chess' room! Hehe

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  5. you should build a large chess board in the middle of the mall the pieces the size of minifigs.

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