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UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby Staff » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:19 pm

UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars

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 1x1 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 1x1 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.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby cas » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:54 pm

Edit: I guess it doesn't like it when I quote "Staff."
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.

So it's orange orange and not burnt orange. I was really hoping for burnt, but I can live with that, as long as any future minifig scale version is burnt orange.
9499 Gungan Sub .... You will buy this set for that figure alone.

Yeah, this is probably going to be the first time in the past 12 years I do this. And Jabba's Palace, as well. :x
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!

Could you detail R2 a little more? Are the carrots actual Lego carrots or is the printing different? I guess I'm having a difficult time picturing R2 as snowman, er, snowdroid.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:01 pm

Your reply is coming up as a little broken for me ... but I've just about worked out what you asked ... R2 Snowman is basically a different print on the main body and head piece ... the carrots are printed on the front. Quite difficult to describe from the brief look I had.

As for the Pod Car ... it was just your basic orange ... like the orange of the Luke etc flightsuit.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby Flynn » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:06 pm

The best part of a LEGO set should never be the figures.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:15 pm

Your reply is coming up as a little broken for me ... but I've just about worked out what you asked ... R2 Snowman is basically a different print on the main body and head piece ... the carrots are printed on the front. Quite difficult to describe from the brief look I had.

As for the Pod Car ... it was just your basic orange ... like the orange of the Luke etc flightsuit.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby iPodwithnomusic » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:31 pm

I only have 1 question...

does the Old Republic Starfighter republic trooper come with a helmet?
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby cas » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:38 pm

Flynn wrote:The best part of a LEGO set should never be the figures.

I absolutely agree. I have never considered purchasing any set based solely on the merits of its figures until now. I'm not particularly excited about the Gungan Sub. I probably wouldn't put much thought, if any, into buying it if it didn't include Amidala (which is part of Lego's strategy in marketing these sets). I'm basically falling into Lego's trap.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bobalego » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:52 pm

Photos are all on facebook if you are desperate to see the preliminary photos...simple google search...
Flynn wrote:The best part of a LEGO set should never be the figures.

I somewhat agree, but in this case most of the sets are purely going to be to pick up the minifigs. Jabba's palace was much better the first time around but the figures will make it worth it. Gungan Sub, really? When LEGO makes a UCS version, not designed by ACPin, I will stop collecting LEGO...I am pretty sure a proper Cantina set would be a no brainer. Why is it taking so long for LEGO to make this set, aside from them selling a LEGO "Bar" being inappropriate. If they do not make Hammerhead, Walrus man and Snaggletooth soon I am going to protest. There were almost no aliens other than those three when the action figures first came out. Momaw Nadon!!! Where art thou? I am disappointed in this line now...
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:09 pm

iPodwithnomusic wrote:I only have 1 question...

does the Old Republic Starfighter republic trooper come with a helmet?


I don't recall, unfortunately. The dealer catalogue just shows him with hair.

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Just to clarify, are you asking about set 9497 or 9500 ?
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby naugem » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:46 pm

No sight of the UCS B-Wing?
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby Blacknight » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:15 pm

Despite the opening paragraph saying the summer wave is AWESOME, I'm not seeing it, personally. None of the sets are of interest to me as complete sets, they're either stupidly out of scale (Malevolence), rehashed for the third time (skiff), rehashed for the fifth time (jedi starfighter) or obscure EU stuff. Jabba's Palace looks somewhat strange and disjointed - I have no idea why a silly tower features so prominently in the set when there was nothing of the sort in the movie. The original palace had a better pit and trapdoor mechanism, and still we get no rancor. Of course, there do seem to be some gem minifigs hidden in all this rough, first and foremost being Amidala, Boushh and Salacious. The "clone" trooper that comes with the EU Old Republic fighter could be useful too. Overall though, for the first time in a very long time, I think the early year sets will be better than the summer wave.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby StoutFiles » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:29 pm

Blacknight wrote:Jabba's Palace looks somewhat strange and disjointed - I have no idea why a silly tower features so prominently in the set when there was nothing of the sort in the movie.


The two sections are supposed to reflect the design of the palace as seen from the outside.

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As for the set, it costs way too much, but I need these figures for my sail barge so I'm forced to buy it when it eventually goes on sale.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:51 am

naugem wrote:No sight of the UCS B-Wing?


No, unfortunately not ... nor the UCS R2-D2.

I kinda got the impression that if the set wasn't there, then they wouldn't talk about it. Certainly the SW product demonstrator seemed to basically be hired in help, who could demonstrate the toy on display but had no idea about previous incarnations of sets or figures, or, at times, a basic grasp of the storyline of the films! :lol:
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:53 am

StoutFiles wrote:
Blacknight wrote:Jabba's Palace looks somewhat strange and disjointed - I have no idea why a silly tower features so prominently in the set when there was nothing of the sort in the movie.


The two sections are supposed to reflect the design of the palace as seen from the outside.

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As for the set, it costs way too much, but I need these figures for my sail barge so I'm forced to buy it when it eventually goes on sale.


Actually, that's a really good picture to keep in mind. Certainly, the back view of the main building there has been captured pretty well in Lego form.

The tower is also well shaped, but forms double play value in the set given that it contains the Palace door feature.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby spud405 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:59 am

Does the Obi-Wan in the Gungan Sub come with a hair piece or will it be a hood like in the podracer sets from last year?
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:41 am

spud405 wrote:Does the Obi-Wan in the Gungan Sub come with a hair piece or will it be a hood like in the podracer sets from last year?


errr, sorry ... I didn't look very closely at the other figs in that set, I was too busy drooling over Amidala before then getting dragged over to Jabba's Palace.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby dman7529 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:11 am

I have a feeling that LucasArts and Bioware have at least a 5 year plan in place for The Old Republic, so expect to see LEGO and Hasbro to be putting out "obscure" TOR-related items to help market it. And as long as they do, my wallet may hate me, but I will be eating it up!

Looking forward to the Gungan Sub and Jabba's Palace as well, as they originals were before my dark ages ended.
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby metalface13 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:39 am

Are the minifigs in the Old Republic set done in the Clone Wars style?
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby bigospedros » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:54 am

metalface13 wrote:Are the minifigs in the Old Republic set done in the Clone Wars style?


Yes, they are clone wars style ... not sure about the ones in 9500, didn't look under the helmets
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Re: UK Toy Fair 2012 - Star Wars News

Postby spud405 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:32 pm

Sorry, one last question, what figure comes with the X-Wing/Yavin 4 planet set? Is it a new Rebel Pilot or just a repeat figure?
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