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The first wave of Toy Story sets based off the first two movies came in blue packaging with clouds, mimicking the wallpaper seen in Andy’s room in Toy Story. The package design changed to an overall white scheme with the release of Toy Story 3 sets to better visually tie in all the sets together.

Staff Review:

Selling to kids is a lot different than selling to adults. There's a limited window for that customer, where they are coming in and leaving the market. At the same time, there are new kids coming in right behind that customer, looking to pick up the hobby. That means that re-releasing a set every few years is trying to make sure that the new batch of kids can find something recognizable to purchase... and regardless of how we feel about those prequel movies or cartoons, they are more popular with kids than they were with the adults that grew up with the original movies. Of course, all of that being said... there has got to be some more popular stuff to release than Stumbles McSpiderwalker here, last seen in the 2013 set of the same name, 75016 Homing Spider Droid, which it feels like I just reviewed a couple of months...(read more)

User Comments:

  • Bubblyhai writes:
    Pros: I really love the green army men!

    Cons: I don't like the Jeep.

    Comments: A tank or a army truck would have been great. I have the army men on my desk at work they are fun to look at and play with.

  • Flynn writes:
    Pros: Obviously, the army men. Specifically, the stands are quite nice and have a wide variety of uses. Additionally, LEGO did a good job in deciding which of the various army men to give us (A paratrooper would've been ideal, but unlikely, so I'll let it slide).

    Cons: I never cared for the jeep, if only for the fact it's just a recoloring of the Indiana Jones Brickmaster set. Additionally, the set suffers from the same problem most "battlepacks" have- there's really not a lot of substance to the set itself aside from the figures.

    Comments: I probably would've never gotten the set had I not won it in a random chat contest (Thanks again, onions). As cool as the figures are, it just didn't really pique my interest the same way the other Toy Story sets had. That being said, the figures themselves are quite nice, and while there isn't really much of a "set" to be had, you do get your money's worth for ten dollars. I'm glad I have it, and although it isn't really my kind of set, it is very nice for what it tries to be. 8/10 overall.

  • meeotch writes:
    Pros: um... ARMY MEN!!!

    Cons: No parachute.

    Comments: Honestly, once it was known that LEGO was getting the Toy Story license, TLC would have been remiss NOT to have made this battle pack. Part of me wants to complain about the lack of variety that would be apparent when comparing multiple copies of this set put together next to an actual Bucket 'O Men, but realistically, it's a LEGO set, and it could have been done so much worse. I suppose posable knees and elbows would be really awesome! ;)

  • MrCRskater writes:
    Pros: Lots of green, perfect homage to the film and a great addition to the TS line. If nothing else, definitely a good parts pack.
    Cons: There are SO MANY weapons and accessories and not enough hands to hold them all!
    Comments: The little jeep is great, and of course the all-green army men minifigs are just too cool. Of course, the new helmets, accessories, and minifig parts in green will be great for some, but all the green bricks have already proven useful in several MOC's.

  • Draykov writes:
    Pros: minifigures (duh), minifigure stands

    Cons:after the novelty wears off, the lack of military accuracy kind of seems like a tease

    Comments: this is a great little set with a nifty little Jeep and a new army helmet element begging to be included in some B-movie giant monster diorama; includes fig accessories previously unavailable in bright green

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