I've spoken before about the 'Brickset effect' which occurs when we link to other sites or promote offers which then see a spike in traffic or sell out as a result. Yesterday Brickset experienced something similar, the 'Helicarrier effect', at about 2:30pm GMT. The graph to the right, from Google Analytics real-time reporting, shows the number of users on the site and the number of pages per second being served as you all clamored to find out more about this highly anticipated set. It's the highest I've seen it since Mark Stafford linked to the list of sets he's designed from Reddit when the Exo-Suit was revealed last summer. Thankfully the server stood up to the assault...
There have been pictures of this new polybag, 5002938 Stormtrooper Sergeant, floating around for a few days but without availability information or a set number. Now, thanks to Anders in Denmark we know that it's being given away in BR toy shops there, and also possibly in other Scandinavian countries where BR has branches.
It's not often we review boxes of bricks, in fact I think this might be the first time. That's probably because until this year, they have been pretty boring, useful only if you want to stock up on basic parts in basic colours.
This year however, boxes of bricks have been rebranded 'Classic', a product name last used in 1999, and are chock-full of useful parts in interesting colours.
The new range consists of six sets: small, medium and large creative brick boxes, a small 200-piece set and two 'creative supplement' boxes: 10693 containing mostly traditional LEGO colours and 10694 which is full of parts in colours more likely to appeal to girls. Naturally, that was the one I bought and is the subject of this review.