Thanks to Ken for staying on top of this and also for giving me a direction on what theme to start with. The Ecto-1 is just amazing. Sure, it doesn’t have the lighting that the original CUUSOO submission had, and there are a few other minor construction differences like the way the hood and nose is constructed, but aside from those minor quibbles, this set is simply awesome. What we saw in the showroom was the final model and it does not disappoint. You can pick up this set starting in June of this year and it will cost you $49.99 for 508 pieces. The official press release is below.
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The American International Toy Fair is coming up next week and as usual FBTB will be in attendance. I eagerly await the invitation that is in the mail as I type this to show up on my doorstep. Unfortunately, we are only allowed one attendee this year so our coverage will be limited. We plan on focusing on licensed brands first (Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Heroes, The LEGO Movie, etc.) and then all other themes second. Our coverage begins on the morning of Sunday February 16!
Last year’s Toy Fair saw the debut of the Disney Princesses line. This year, it’s the boys’ turn to get toys and it’s based on the Disney Junior cartoon Jake and the Never Land Pirates. There are three sets including a fun little pirate ship. There are a few other Duplo sets, and no new princesses, though.
In addition to 10507 My First Train Set, there is also 10508 Deluxe Train Set ($109.99 USD / $129.99 CAD, 134 pieces, Available August) listed in the retailer’s catalog, but it was not on the show floor, and there is a confidential stamp watermarked over the image so I can’t take a picture of the picture.
There aren’t that many Creator sets to show for the fall, only three to be exact. And much like the more recent sets, the house sets include at least one minifig. The great thing about these Creator sets that are based on houses, is that it provides a great suburban-type of playset/environment compared to the more urban buildings in the modular series, or the dollhouse-type fire and police stations. You can actually make a neighborhood. If only LEGO City would catch on and make things like gas stations, or post offices, or cafes, or any other hundreds of types of buildings you’d find in a, you know…. CITY.
Click through each box image to go their set.
We must be getting the hang of this cause this has been our fastest upload yet. Pictures and video of the fall assortment for Galaxy Squad are now online in our YouTube Channel and flickr feed. Some highlights include a photo of the tiny bugs that pop out of the red pods and the awesome skittering action of the Hive Crawler’s legs. Probably my favorite GS set. Anyways, click through the stills to get to each set’s flickr set, or watch the videos below:
I just finished covering the LEGO Friends line from Toy Fair and you can catch all the photos and details at our sister site. The one set I’m looking forward to is 41015 Dolphin Cruiser. Pleasure craft, yacht, cruiser, whatever you want to call it, it’s awesome and looks like it’ll be lots of fun. There are thirteen new sets with over a hundred pictures to peruse through, so head on over to HeartlakeFriends.com and take a look at what’s coming in 2013 for LEGO Friends.
Tonight was the industry awards show for the American International Toy Fair where they give out awards for Toy of the Year in various categories as well as induct any new inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame, and The LEGO Group walked away with three out of the twelve categories. It should be noted that no other manufacturer won more than one award. Top Honors for Toy of the Year went to LEGO Friends for which I’m very happy about. LEGO also won Activity Toy of the Year with LEGO Friends, Girl Toy of the Year with LEGO Friends, and Specialty Toy of the Year with LEGO Architecture. And that my friends is how this post is relevant.
It’s always a treat to see how LEGO decorates the corners of their booth at Toy Fair. This year they are understandably making a push on their hot new IP line, LEGO Super Heroes, and their feminist-angering girl-friendly line, LEGO Friends.
The Super Heroes corners was the most interesting. Rather than going with a mural or a large statue, a bas relief of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman adorned one corner. It was a combination of a studs-out mural type of build with a traditional sculpture construction technique.
And finally, LEGO had an approximately six-and-a-half-feet-by-six-and-a-half-feet tall sculpture of the Hulk minifig on the conventional hall floor. Lean, mean, and green, it will probably give you an idea of what the final painted face will look like for Hulk if you squint your eyes and blur your vision a bit.
I’ve started the upload process for our photos taken at the LEGO Collector Event this morning here in New York.k It’s slow going, and our connection is a little iffy, but we’ll do our best to make sure everything makes it onto the FBTB flickr stream.
Up right now is the Star Wars theme. We’ll be uploading the licensed themes first, then the rest afterwards. So take a peek and let us know what you think.
- 9496 Desert Skiff
- 9497 Republic Striker-Class Starfighter
- 9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter
- 9499 Gungan Sub
- 9500 Sith Fury-Class Interceptor
- 9525 Pre Vizla’s Mandalorian Fighter
- 9515 The Malevolence
- 9516 Jabba’s Palace
- 9677 X-Wing Fighter and Yavin IV
- 9678 Twin Pod Cloud Car and Bespin
- 9679 AT-ST and Endor
- 9509 Star Wars Advent Calendar
I was wrong. This year’s exclusives from LEGO are actually exclusive. Or, at the very least, very difficult to come by.
First up as you can see is the Darth Maul minifigure. He’s packaged similar to white Boba Fett, Chrome Vader, etc, before him, so chances are he’ll be available through some other means later in the year. Possibly as a Shop@Home exclusive.
The next exclusives truly are exclusives. They are Iron Man and Bucky Barnes Captain America. The Iron Man is different in that the head is a printed minifig head piece, whereas the regular release figure will have a helmet with a flip up visor. This figure was specially made as a promo minifig like the Dark Knight version of Batman and the Green Lantern figures before it. Bucky Barnes Captain America was, if I recall correctly, produced while the script for the Avengers movie was being finalized. It was unknown if Bucky Barnes would play the role or if it would be Steve Rogers, so when it was determined that Steve Rogers would play the role of Cap, the Bucky Barnes version of the minifig was shelved. Until now.
Disclaimer: I’m a little under the influence as I post this, so the exact details of the origin of this special Cap figure may not be 100% factually correct, but that’s about as close as I can get it.