Our very own Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin) has done a fantastic job recreating Andy’s room from the Toy Story films scaled around the minifigs. A fantastic job all around; this is quite possibly the ultimate Toy Story vignette.
Well, it’s come and gone. BrickCon 2009, the best Lego convention this side of the Mississippi (until “Bricks by the Border” in SoCal in 2011, mark your calendars) was a blur that I’m still recovering from. And so I bring you a belated recap post.
First, the sad news. There was no BothCon this year. The absence of Mike “Count Blockula” Crowley and Don “Don Solo” Solo took quite a bit of wind out of the sails for any potential plans, and we had to pass on the festivities this year. If you want another BothCon, send them your money so they can help me run our little private FBTB party again!
But oh! Good news! Lego presented us with some Toy Story set news and stills. This not-so-intrepid photographer doesn’t have great pictures of the slideshow itself, but I bear gifts of set numbers (with links to the aforementioned not-so-great shots) and followed by much nicer shots of the sets in their display case (photography by Sean Forbes used with permission)
Random tidbit: Toy Story 1 and 2 sets will be branded “Toy Story” with a unified box design. When Toy Story 3 premieres later next year, it will feature its own branding and box design.
More sad news! I didn’t get a 8038 Battle of Endor at the 50% off “scratch n’ dent” sale. Others luckier than me got their hot little hands on them first.
Excellent news: as per Steve Witt’s Q&A, the Star Wars line is going nowhere. Someone on the other side of the room who mumbled like my toothless grandma asked an indecipherable question about the fate of our beloved Star Wars sets when the license ends. The intrepid Witt responded with comments about SW being one of Lego’s most stable and profitable lines, and no one need fear it’s departure anytime soon.
Negativity: the new set revealed wasn’t the UCS Max Rebo Band, as was popularly theorized. Maybe next year, Bothans…
In my packet of press releases I received from LEGO today, one sheet announced a licensing agreement reached between The LEGO Group and Disney. I wish I had a copy of the press release in digital form so I can republish, or link to it if it was on their site. In any case, it breaks down to the following Disney properties:
Toy Story: Starting in 2010, LEGO will release sets based on Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 (the film is set for release in June 2010). LEGO System sets based on TS 1 and 2 will be released starting January 2010, with a May release for TS3. LEGO Duplo sets based on TS will be released in June 2010.
Cars: LEGO Duplo sets based on this property will launch in June 2010. No indication of System sets at this time.
Prince of Persia: LEGO will be releasing sets based on the film Prince of Persia: Sands of Time scheduled for release in April 2010 with a film release of June 2010. This makes me want to whip out my Gamecube and play the game all over again.