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LEGO Digital Designer-a tool to rebuild classics?

Postby Surfpenguin » Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:43 pm

I had one of those thoughts that occurs to you in the middle of the night: Has anyone out there used Lego's digital design service to re-create those awesome smaller sets that everyone seems to want but can't get for less than $50 on Ebay? Is this financially viable?
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Postby Eddard » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:26 pm

I've built a few quite nice MOCs in the Digital Designer and I like it since it easy to use. BUT, the parts available is not many because of LEGO's current parts usage. Sure, you can build alot of nice stuff, but there is no special parts from older sets there. It's basically the parts used in Cafe Corner, Market Street and some added basic parts. It also seams it's exactly the same parts used in the Pick a Brick sortiment.
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Postby architect » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:05 pm

The main problem is that castle specific elements such as wagon wheels, castle wall sections, arches, etc are not available with LDD and pick-a-brick. Hopefully this will change sometime in the future.

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Postby Surfpenguin » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:55 am

Oh well, so much for that idea...
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Postby Count Blacktron » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:40 pm

Yes it feels too limited when I use the program. If they could just sprinkle in some theme and minifigure specific elements in regard to Castle as a general theme I'd be overjoyed.
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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:48 pm

architect wrote:The main problem is that castle specific elements such as wagon wheels, castle wall sections, arches, etc are not available with LDD and pick-a-brick. Hopefully this will change sometime in the future.

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I have been waiting a while for that change...
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Postby bkwrm79 » Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:42 pm

As soon as Lego adds castle wall/window sections, buttresses, and maybe a couple other parts that arent' coming to mind, they're getting a huge order from me. Probably pick-a-brick and I'll design when I get them.
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Postby menono » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:29 pm

Wouldn't bricklink be just as good, if not better, as a source for these bricks?
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Postby kelderic » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:46 am

menono wrote:Wouldn't bricklink be just as good, if not better, as a source for these bricks?


Yes, however, it is inconvenient, because unless you want to pay large prices, it is very difficult to get all the parts at one store.

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Postby PunkRockCowboy » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:18 am

kelderic wrote:
menono wrote:Wouldn't bricklink be just as good, if not better, as a source for these bricks?


Yes, however, it is inconvenient, because unless you want to pay large prices, it is very difficult to get all the parts at one store.

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Exactly. I'm working on my castle now and I'm up to 3 orders and I'm not even 1/5th of the way through the bricks, minifigs, accessories, and parts I need.
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Postby architect » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:38 pm

I suggest purchasing partially complete sets or lots containing pieces of sets on eBay. This allows you to have a small surplus of vintage figs, wall panels, wheels, and old grey bricks and plates at rock bottom prices. Then these surplus pieces can be used to complete or build other sets you get. Many classic sets are not too expensive to assemble.

Of course this is not a good idea for sets that contain very rare pieces like the Yellow Castle, Guarded Inn, or Armor Shop. In those cases, it is more affordable to buy the entire set outright.

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Postby Hillyard » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:12 am

Is the digital designer kind of choppy on anybody elses computer?

It definitely needs some more arches in the mix. I have noticed the parts are exactly what you can buy at the lego pick a brick storefront online.
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Postby DaleDVM » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:23 pm

It is not choppy for me but my computer is a new dual core so I don't know how much you can take from that. The lack of wall pieces or any poop pieces for that matter seriously hampers my ability to use this program.

I also hope they fix this problem in the future.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer-a tool to rebuild classics?

Postby Blue Head » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:43 pm

Surfpenguin wrote:I had one of those thoughts that occurs to you in the middle of the night...
So I'm not the only one who thinks about Lego at night... Nice idea though.
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Re: LEGO Digital Designer-a tool to rebuild classics?

Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:02 am

Blue Head wrote:
Surfpenguin wrote:I had one of those thoughts that occurs to you in the middle of the night...
So I'm not the only one who thinks about Lego at night... Nice idea though.


Haha! I had an awesome Idea last night myself. But the question is: Has an idea ever occurred to you that kept you awake until you implemented it?
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