Archive for January, 2012
After creating his X-wing earlier this month as a companion to his Y-wing, -2×4- has given his starfighters someone to fight by building his own TIE.
With the new versions of these sets trickling onto the shelves, I look forward to more MOC’s popping up. Stay tuned for the upcoming set reviews as well!
This Podracer polybag is exclusively available at Toys R Us and has been spotted in the wild. It’s a bit pricy for the part count, but it has some interesting pieces and it’s a pretty cool little set. Don’t have a TRU near you? No problem, click here to order!
Some people can be so adamant about calling LEGO Legos or LEGOS or legos or whatever. Me, personally, I try to use the correct terminology whenever possible, but that’s only because I know better. Some people don’t and I’m okay with that. I don’t try and correct people on the proper usage because I don’t care what other people say when it comes to LEGO or legos. I know some people do to the point of correcting others. It’s kind of rude if you ask me. I mean seriously, why be an a-hole about it?
On a side note, we’re looking for a new name for the comic. I unabashedly stole the name from Brandon Griffith. He’s got plans for the name so we’re looking for a replacement to use for the strip. Got an idea? Drop a suggestion in the forum thread or use the contact form. This is not a shallow promise, I promise, but if we like your idea we may just pay you for it. So let us know.
So, here I will try to sum up everything else I saw. My focus really was on the licenced themes, but I did try to take in as much else as I could too … apart from Friends, which I didn’t see due to a lack of time.
Quite an interesting theme … it was described as a battle between good guys and monsters, whereby the monster in the set is after a crystal and if they get them all, they can collect them together and unleash hell. Most of the monsters are new, although some do lend themselves to the Colletable Minifigs line. The sets are due out in August, but with a particular marketing push around Halloween, for obvious reasons.
I quite liked the 9466 Mad Professor and His Monster set, as it featured a light brick, which was used to show electricity being fired at the lifeless Frankenstein as it laid on a bed. Very effective I thought. The 9467 Ghost Train set also had a nice feature where the bat wings moved as you pull the train along.
There were some nice new moulds for some of the figures, including the vampire bat minifig and a new glow in the dark ghost, with a tuft of the sheet on the back of the head. The Good Guys and vehicles have quite a classic 1930s style design.
The Summer wave here revolved around an expansion further into the wilderness with a mining theme … featuring dumper trucks (with a brick built dumper bit, rather than a one piece mould), trucks, diggers, cranes and a mine set featuring a drilling machine, conveyor belts and mine train. The minifigs seemed to have new helmets (at least to me) which used the 1×1 tiles for a light on the front of the helmet.
Quite nice sets really and it’s good to get some variety from the usual sets found in the city line.
The new City Advent Calendar has a fire theme in 2012 and veers away from creating a bigger build like the prison from this year. The little builds feature a new modified 1 x 2 brick with an actual brick pattern. These were pretty cool and will no doubt be sought after pieces.
Nothing new on display, although the dealer catalogue I got shows mock ups for the packaging for series 7 and 8, with release dates of May and September respectively.
Highlights for me were 7347 Highway Pickup, which featured nifty light bricks which could be used for indicators or headlights and the 7346 Seaside House, which had 2 decent alternate builds.
Expect these in August.
9398 4 x 4 Crawler was an extremely cool model … with full RC controls and 2 motors allowed independent & power 4 wheel steering. There’ll be a competition to customise these apparently. The 9396 Helicopter set was absolutely massive and had a lot of play features. No motorisation, but as usual, there was space for this if you have the skills to add it.
Not really a line I know anything about, but there were some really cool looking new models, especially 9448 Samurai Mech, which reminded me of all the mecha’s I see posted in the MOC section and the 9450 Epic Dragon Battle set just blew me away with how it all sprang into action when you pick it up. Nice sets, if you’re into this theme. Lots of new snake-like minifigure moulds here too, in a variety of colours.
Dino & Cars
Nothing new that we don’t already know about
Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Alien Conquest
Nothing new and all sets due to exit in July 2012, so get in there soon if you want any of these sets.
Other themes (Friends, Hero Factory, Duplo, Bricks and More)
Didn’t have time to look
Whilst killing time waiting for my appointment, I found the Re:Creation stand who make things like the minifig display cases, head shaped storage bins and torches. It looks like we’re getting some new Star Wars torches (Vader, Yoda, Stormie and Darth Maul – although I overheard someone saying this might not make it to market). There’s also a pretty cool looking Darth Vader desk lamp.
Regards the minifig display cases, which I’ve yet to find in the UK … these are coming to Argos and Amazon by the summer.
Now, this part of the Lego stand was shrouded (quite literally) in secret, with only one or two people being allowed in at a time. I was shown the DC sets that we’ve already seen (and some of us have already bought). The one feature of the 6863 Batwing set that they were showing off was the pretty accurate shadow the batwing creates.
We quickly moved onto the Marvel sets, which were in a section of the stand where they had a bigfig / maxifig build of Ironman which was super cool.
I kinda glossed over the Hero Factory / Super Heroes combos because they didn’t really appeal to me.
We then came to 5 new sets from the Marvel line :
6865 Captain America’s Avenging Cycle … this was the only set on display to feature Captain America, who was sat astride a motorbike. The rest of the set was missing, because Marvel had asked Lego not to show it, because it would spoil part of the movie?! Anyway, there’s another un-named minifigure and vehicle … one can only assume it’s an enemy of some sort. Priced at £11.99, so a bargain whatever!
6866 Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown … Comes with Wolverine, Magneto and Deadpool … the figs were all pretty amazing. Wolverine has normal hands holding the claw pieces, rather than anything moulded like the collectable minifig boxer, as we feared. I can’t actually remember the vehicles included in the set, sorry! Priced at £19.99.
6867 Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape … Comes with Loki, Hawkeye and Ironman. Hawkeye is driving a jeep type vehicle with Loki in the flatbed at the back … he comes with a custom headpiece and staff and the “Cosmic Cube” (a 1 x1 clear brick!). I spent most of my time drooling over the Ironman figure, which was brilliant. My fears over the head being too large were instantly eased and I was amazed to see that the front of the helmet lifts up to reveal whichever of the double sided printed head you’ve got facing forward. Priced at £19.99, this set is a must buy purely for that fig!!
6868 Hulk’s Hellcarrier Breakout … I think this was Bruce Banner’s lab? Not sure … but anyway, the set comes with Hulk, Hawkeye, Loki and Thor. The Hulk figure was pretty damn cool, articulated and I liked the fact the head was in the shape of a normal Lego minifig head, albeit it bigger to be in scale. The Hawkeye figure seemed to have a new bow & arrow type weapon. Priced at £49.99
6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle … A pretty substantial set, with the Quinjet being pretty large, very sturdy and eminently swooshable. Quite a bit of play features (moveable wings, cockpit, pop out undercarriage thingy) and minfigures Black Widow, Ironman, Thor and Loki. Priced at £69.99, I think … although I don’t seem to have written the price down!
These sets are due to hit in April, so not long to wait.
And that was it … no sign of any Spiderman or Green Lantern sets, so maybe they’re coming later or perhaps they’re retailer exclusives.
Now, before I try to write this up, I’m going to qualify this post by saying I’ve only seen the first hour of the first LOTR film! I got bored, so stopped watching the rest. Yes yes … I am a heathen … get over it. With that in mind, forgive me if I miss any important bits out.
However, despite this lack of knowledge, I was bowled over by these sets. Fans of this licence are going to LOVE these sets. It’s another line where the minifigs are the star, but even so, I found some of the supporting buildings to be very cool too, the Helm’s Deep castle being a particular stand out. They’re well constructed and detailed.
You’ll need to buy all 7 sets if you want to get the complete Fellowship and the prices start at 11.99 to 99.99.
9469 Gandalf Arrives … a scene I recognised!! You get Frodo and Gandalf with cart and fireworks. A pretty cool opener of a set and a way to get the two most obvious (at least to a noob like me) from this range, all for a measly £11.99.
9470 Shelob Attacks … Gollum! Now, even with watching only a hour of the first film, I know what Gollum looks like … the fig is a custom mould, with Gollum in crouched position with articulated arms, smilar in connection to the main body as skeleton / battle droid arms. Printed face and “clothes” (i.e. bit of cloth round his nether regions!!). The big spider (Shelob) is also pretty cool, with a winch being used for her spider silk, meaning she can be hung up if you want. You also get Frodo, with ring (which is a gold chromed ring, sized perfectly to fit on a minifig hand) and Samwise Gamgee. Priced at £19.99
9471 Uruk-Hai Army … Comes with Eomer, Rohan soldier and 4 Urak-Hai and a small section of wall, siege machine and one of the new horses, which features articulated back legs (which is an excellent new feature for the horses). It’s designed to be joined to the Helm’s Deep castle, via technic pins. The minifig printing was beautifully detailed, especially on Eomer. Priced at £29.99
9472 Attack on Weathertop … Most of my time looking at this was marvelling over the new horses and moving them from stood normally to being on their hind legs only. Even in that position, they were very sturdy. This is a great inovation. You get Frodo, Merry, Aragorn and two Ringwaiths on horseback. There’s a small section of Weathertop, which includes a spiral staircase and ruins at the top. Priced at 49.99.
9473 The Mines of Moria … Comes with a great selection of minifigs, such as Pippin, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir, a cave troll and two Moria orcs. The troll is pretty awesome and detailed … great printing on the rest of the figs. Priced at £69.99.
9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep … The castle here was really cool … pretty large and well constructed with curved walls. There were new modified 2 x 2 bricks to simulate bricks, mixed in with the walls, which was pretty cool to see. I can see people wanting these bricks on their own for added detail in building MOCs. The castle comes with the “side door” feature, which I was reliable told is important to the story?! It comes with 8 minifigs – Gimli, King Theoden, Haldir, Aragorn and 4 Urak-Hai warriors. Priced at £99.99
9476 The Orc Forge … reminded me a little of the Dwarf Mine set from a few years back … comes with 5 orcs and a various forge related stuff and has a light brick, which was a nice feature. Priced at £39.99.
All sets are due to be released in August. There was mention of Hobbit sets coming later in the year, perhaps January although that might be a little late with the films release in December … who knows, they might land early.
Anyone want to lend me the films?
Today, the LEGO CUUSOO Blog announced the concept for LEGO Minecraft has been approved. From the LEGO CUUSOO Blog:
We’re happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you—but it isn’t ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.
I can’t shake the feeling these sets will be limited, perhaps to online outlets such as shop.LEGO.com. I realize Minecraft is fairly popular, but is it popular enough? Or, better yet, will it remain popular over the period of time it takes for these potential LEGO Minecraft sets to see the light of store shelves?
Today, I had the privilege of attending the UK Toy Fair 2012, at Olympia in London. Pictures of the inside of the Lego stand were strictly forbidden, so you’ll have to make do with a few snaps from the outside. I can, however, share information about what I saw … and let me tell you, the summer wave of Star Wars sets are AWESOME!
Series 2 of the Planet Sets
First up, we had 9677 X-Wing Starrighter & Yavin 4 … which seemed almost identical to the X-Wing we got in the 30051 polybag, although the nose uses a Slope 45 2 x 1 with 2/3 Cutout piece.
Then I saw 9678 Twin-Pod Cloud Car & Bespin … which is orange, not red, like we may have expected. The Lobot figure features new printing on the head and torso.
And finally, we have 9679 AT-ST & Endor … which is a new build and once again features the printed flag piece showing the detail of the cockpit, like we last saw in set 4486.
All were listed for an August release at the same price as Series 1.
I was then swiftly moved on to the other sets which are set to be released in the summer, starting with …
9515 The Malevolence … this is definitely not minifig scale, before anyone asks. It’s pretty sturdy though and features a carry handle for easy swooshing. There were stickers on the body to represent all the little rooms of the ship, which helped with the scale. The weapon on the side features a rotating wheel and a flick fire mechanism. The figures all seem recylced, apart from Padme Amidala, which looked new to me.
9497 Republic Striker-class Starfighter … not a ship I am overly familiar with and it’s main play feature was it’s movable wings that can move 90 degrees, from beside the cockpit to sticking out like “normal” wings. All new figures, including a square bodied droid (T7-01). Not one that I am gonna bother with, personally.
9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter … is similar to previous starfighters, although with a new cockpit design. It did seem a bit sturdier in the main body and featured a new droid from what I recall. The new fig for Even Piell feature a new head mould that looked pretty cool.
9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor … I have no idea what this ship is (not really into Expanded Universe) so it was a bit of a mystery to me. It’s wings have moving parts at the back. The figs were certainly unique and pretty cool looking. The Sith Troopers had helmets that looked like forerunners / afterrunners to Darth’s helmet .. a bit like the development of the Clone helmet over it’s phases.
Again, all launched in August. I didn’t have time to note the prices as I was pretty quick in looking at these as both myself and the person showing me around wanted to get to the following 3 sets …
9499 Gungan Sub … the sub itself is a vast improvement on the previous version, with a more rounded look. The best part though … Queen Amidala. This figure is quite simply stunning. It’s EVERYTHING we’ve wanted. She’s in her red outfit, and comes with a custom moulded skirt piece, white head and headpiece. Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks feature too … not sure if these are any different, I was too busy drooling over the Amidala figure. You will buy this set for that figure alone.
9496 Desert Skiff … a beefed up version of previous incarnations of this set, featuring new minifig versions of Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett. If you thought the last Boba Fett fig we got was good … this is even better, with leg printing certainly, as possibly arm prints too. A different coloured cape as well. We also get Kit Haba, although he just looked like a Clone Wars pirate to me. The Sarlaac was new too.
9516 Jabba’s Palace … now, this set was a real beauty. For those expecting to get Jabba’s entire palace, you’re gonna be disappointed, but the important parts are here. The throne room, with moving platform covering a “pit” (which is big enough for a fig to lay down in, but no more) is well constructed with plenty of play features … you can easily recreate the death of Oola into the pit of doom! The tall element which you may have seen in the prelim pics has a rendition of the Palace doors (which can slam open and closed), complete with the pop out eye, which uses a printed 1×1 round tile. With all that aside, the real reason you’ll want to buy this set is the minifigures. The new Jabba is stunning, in a lighter colour than before, fully printed and in two parts so you can articulate at the torso (does Jabba have a torso?!). Bib Fortuna looked all new to me, Salacious Crumb is a custom moulded & prnted figure and is just perfect. Leia in Boushh disguies is awesome … just as you’d expect, with her grenade again represented with a 1×1 round tile. The Gamorean Guard is also new, with a new headpiece and printed detail. Oola is along the lines of Aayla Secura, although in lime green, obviously. For this one, I noted the price … it’s a hefty £119.99, but defintely worth it for the figs alone.
9509 Advent Calendar … features another raft of nicely made micro ships, mostly Eps 1 to 3 and features 2 exclusive figures … Darth Maul in a Santa outfit and R2 Snowman, with carrots on his body and a top hat!
All out in August, expect the Advent Calendar which is due in September.
I also saw the Hoth Board Game, which looked great … although the rules sounded complicated. You’ll buy it for the microfigs, which, despite being really small are instantly recognisable.