Getting ready for 2009.

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Once again, it is approaching a new year. For LEGO collectors, this usually means one thing: new sets! However, a word of caution, before you start stocking up on Pirates, Power Miners, and City Farm sets, make sure you have everything from this year that you want, as no one outside the LEGO Group knows exactly what will be discontinued. Based on previous years, however, it is almost a guarantee that certain sets WILL be discontinued. For instance: Star Wars Battle Packs, Racers Tiny Turbos, and BIONICLE Matoran are often hard to find around the holidays, and by the time the new year shows up, the next years line-up is there and the last years is gone. Don't forget Mars Mission is being replaced by a new Space line next year, too. Also, anything from 2007 should be snapped up fast, and it goes without saying that any Store Exclusives that are still around won't be for much longer, so grab them while you can!

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By in United States,

Wow, there not going to make any more starwars battle packs? This year , i'm going starwars/city.

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By ,

no way 2009 sets are the best. how about them pirates sets eh

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By in France,

I have see the lego star wars 2009 sets and they are so cool !!!

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By ,

You forgot the most important part...

2008 sets on sale. :D

And the store exclusives should be bought up right away as the Indiana Jones 4 plane was in stores for maybe a month.

That said I didn't buy any IJ sets yet, I need to get on that. The IJ4 $10 set is already gone from LEGO S@H USA.

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By ,

i better get town plan soon.

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By in United States,

Captin Rex, I think they meant the current battle packs could be discontinued. There should be a clone battle pack and an assassin droid battle pack for '09.
I can't wait for '09 SW and most of all Indy.

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By in United States,

It seems shima55 was correct, Republic fighter tank, sith infiltrator,general greivous starfighter and jugle duel are sold out!

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By in United States,

pardon me but those are for the us(my previous comment)volcano base is also sold out in the us. Most of these sets are exclusives, so brickset members better keep an eye out for exclusive sets!

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By in United States,

At least I got the Republic Tank which is out of stock.

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By in United States,

In City, the Fire hovercraft is discontinued, as are both harbor sets, the gas station, all the remaining construction sets, and the airport. Also, the three oversized sets - green truck, Coast Guard truck/boat, and police seaplane - are discontinued.

The fire and police vehicles introduced in 2005 - 7235, 7236, 7239, 7241, and 7245 - are still in the 2009 catalouge. That makes five years!

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By in United States,

Wow, those town sets are still around? Must be popular.

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By in United States,

Yeah its a good thing that I got the republic fighter tank to.

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i wonder how much the new indiana jones sets will be

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By in Sweden,

I think I've got everything I need. Taj Mahal, check. Agents Truck, check. Indiana Jones, check. Pick-A-Brick, triple check. New line of Space sets next year, eh? Always been one for space. Can't wait.

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By in United Kingdom,

This time of year I find the worst waiting for the new lines ups to start appearing. I am in the UK we have nothing from 2009 yet.

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By in United States,

Aw man i wanted the republic fighter tank i should have got it! I cant wait till 09 sets come out!

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By in United States,

It's amazing that Mars mission is going down the drain

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By in United States,

But I can't wait for the new star wars sets

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By ,

mars mission was awesome. it stinks that its leaving.

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By in United States,

Ill miss the old star wars sets but the new ones look cool too.

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By in United States,

I'm not that sad that these sets are being discontinued for the fact that this year wasn't that great in my opinion except for a few sets. However the new sets excite me. A new space theme( hope it's better than mars mission), City farm and construction themes, new star wars sets, Indy sets( especially the new temple of doom sets!), Lego pirates, and also what should be the end to the horrible fantasy castle theme!

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By in Brazil,

I agree with Smallsam99, this new year promises (as the Mars Mission theme has finished, I hope that the new space sets will be better, or at least will be more "classic-like"). The Pirates theme is nice, and the sets looks very cool, though are very expensive.

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By in United States,

Space Police 3? Well, um, it probably will go well because old classic space fans will buy them. I'll compare to the old Space Police when it comes out.

Are they running out of Space Lego Ideas? I hope not.

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By in United States,

They should make more Force Unleashed sets. How about Battle Packs like Miltia Troopers (rebels)?

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By ,

whats so specal about lego star wars anyway. i like the movies but the sets come on.

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By in United States,

beryui , lego starwars is awesome! You should get some of the sets like the republic fighter tank , lego starwars is great, your missing out.

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By ,

Not everyone has to like Star Wars LEGO. I can't wait for the day when Star Wars LEGO ends.

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By in United States,

Good thing I got the republic fighter tank before it's sold out.

By the way The_Best_Fighter, how can you oppose the lego star wars theme? It has
sparked different building techniques, one of the themes based in many great MOC's,
and is one of the top sellers for the Lego Company itself.

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By ,

Sparked different building techs? OK...

Bionicle is a top seller for LEGO too, just means I have different (aka better) taste than others. Plus I'm against all license sets.

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By in United States,

beryui & The_Best_Fighter, Lego Star Wars has been in existence since 1998 (or was it 99?) and is onbe of the most popular lego themes probably ever produced. I think this is just because so many fans of lego are also star wars nuts, just look at the usernames of half of the people here! I don't see why it is such a big deal that lego star wars is so popular. All of the lego themes are cool, well most of them anyway, and deserve attention on this site, be them Star Wars, Town, Bionicle, Indy or any other theme. There is no need to dis Lego Star Wars or any other good theme. What is wrong with license sets anyway?

I apologize in advance for going a bit off topic here! Sorry!

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By ,

i guess i will try a lego star wars set. thanks captin rex and brickmeister1138.

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By in United States,

I get the appeal of Star Wars: Clone Wars, but I'd like to see them bring back more of the Classic sets!!! So far the Pirate sets I have seen are nice, like to see more ships. Was always my favorite back in the day.

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By in United States,

The_Best_Fighter:

They are running out of ideas. The Star Wars Saga (excluding Clone Wars) is done and were is the new material? More redo's are coming in '09. Don't get me wrong, I do like Lego Star Wars.

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By in United States,

I agree with jonbuddy and i have been saying that lego star wars should do the yuzzahn vong war. But i think there are many good themes though star wars is my favorite.

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By in United States,

Awesome 09 sets I want to go Indy Star wars

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By in United States,

Although it would be cool to have the Yuzzahn Vong War, No one would know about the yuzzahn vong war as it wasn't based on the movies and/or the television series
(stuff that appeals to the general public easily)

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By in United States,

Hasbro is starting to get into the star wars EU more, especially with the comics. Lego may try and do the same thing to,more videogame based sets would be nice, or having a set for every episode of CW! (A long shot, but it would be cool!)

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By ,

I used to like it fine, the theme would have been great if it was only for 5-8 years to span the new movies. However LEGO is long out of ideas, and no longer make the great little $10 sets they used to make in 1999.

And for such fans, you don't know when it started?

And once again... I don't have to like everything you like, I know that is shocking for kids as young as you to understand.

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By in United States,

jonbuddy, the star wars saga isn't over until I say it is. Sorry, just wanted to say that heh heh but it really isn't over. They haven't made alot of sets from the Star Wars saga so we will be seeing new ones but also old. When LEGO saw some new models from their Star Wars video game, they decided to bring them out because they're better than the old ones. I can comment on that too because I have alot of the old ones and the new ones are alot nicer, for example old x-wing vs. new x-wing, new x-wing smokes! And they have sets in the game that weren't even brought out like the red cruiser. Yes the saga is indeed not finished yet. But Unleashed would be awesome. Anyways way off topic. LEGO has some great themes coming out and I'm excited especially for pirates and indiana jones

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By in United States,

I didn't say you have to like it, just don't dis it. Everybody is alowed an opinion.

P.S. I also miss those $10 sets. I guess the battle packs fill that void now, but they are just glorified figure sets.

P.P.S HOW ARE LEGO MINIFIGS CONSIDERED ACTION FIGURES FOR CRYING OUT LOUD?!?!?! ( I think we know about that lawsuit from previous articles) I really miss those SW minifig 3-Packs with the (then) exclusive figures in them. They could do clone wars episode packs with those.

Again, slightly off Topic apology.

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By in United States,

Double Post Apology, ngclarkiv posted at the same time as my earlier coment
Ngclarkiv, the Red cruiser (Republic Cruiser) was out, it was a TRU/online/Lego Store exclusive last christmas.
More Unleashed would be awesome though, they could do a sweet at-kt with Ozzik Sturn and kashyyuk (I know I mispelled that) Starkiller, or a TIE Constuction facility with Rahm Kota, Starkiller, Militia Troopers andthe new stormie variations.

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By in Canada,

That would be so awesome if they went into the EU after the second trilogly I'm saving up a ton of money for the new star wars sets

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By in United States,

ya i personnally think the clone wars sets are medium. but the classic needs to be added too. as well as EU and i loved the $10 sets

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By in Canada,

by the way The_Best_Fighter your kind of stupid if you wait for a different themes contract to expire so that your favourite theme can have a higher availablity . It's not that I don't like bionicle (because I do) it's that I can't stand people who are so lame they try to bring others down to there level.

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By in United States,

wow, no need to dis people everyone. Although some have had some opinions that don't make sense it's okay. And Brickmeister1138 those are some good ideas for Unleashed. I would love to see a Rahm Kota minifig and a jedi Starkiller or sith assassin Starkiller would be cool too. But I was just using the Red cruiser as an example that LEGO still have ideas for the Star Wars saga than just making the Clone Wars and that we will for sure see some new sets and new ideas to the saga in the future.

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By in United States,

And I know Red cruiser came out in 2007 just still using it as an example.

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By in United States,

i would like to see more versions of the wings. awing bwing kwing xwing ywing

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By in United States,

DON'T FORGET THE E-WING MAN!!!
I would love to see more Ep ! Legos too.

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By in United States,

I have been an AFOL since 2006 and this time of year has meant that the next year wave of sets hit store shelves (usually Toys R Us first) and.....Target would begin discounting the current year's Spring crop of sets. I have bought Tiny Turbos for as low as 99 cents and sets for %75-%90 off! I haven't seen this at Target this year which stings. I was hoping to pick up the Speed Racer sets at a major discount this year figuring that the movie did poorly at the box office so I thought the LEGO Speed Racer sets would do poorly as well. Oh well. LEGO sets are flying off the shelves right now. I have been to several Targets, TRU and Wal-Marts and the sections have sections of empty shelves throughout! LEGO is a strong seller!

As for the 09's, I have bought the Green Creator car, all 4 Tiny Turbos and the Thunder Raceway 2 pack set.

The-Best-Fighter
The roadplates with the 2 pack Tiny Turbos have a cheap feel to them. They are nothing like baseplates at all as they are flimsy/rubbery. They don't have studs on them, they have technic-like pins sticking up that you put technic parts on them to build with.
bmwlego

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By in Netherlands,

No new Batman sets in 2009???

I wish there would be a bit more certainty about the Batman sets! The 2008 sets are sold out everywhere and I still need two sets from 2008!

I just hope the success of the Batman game and movie will make Lego think twice before discontinuing the Batman theme! I searched the internet for news, but found only rumours at eBay about the discontinuation of the theme. If anyone knows what's going on, here's the place to inform us Dark Knight fans! :-)

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By in United States,

I don't like licensed themes. Yeah, they're good for great minifigs and the construction isn't always that bad, but Star Wars has just been horribly worn out in my opinion. I miss the days when LEGO came up with their own ideas. Now, if they're not buying licenses, they're copying old themes. The only piece of integrity LEGO still maintains is the fact that the majority of their sets aren't juniorized and the construction quality has gone up.

But honestly people, it's just Star Wars, no need to get feisty. I maintain that StarWars is completely overdone at this point, but I'm not going tell anyone they need to try the old Space sets just because they're better in my opinion.

For those of you still missing sets, there's always BrickLink. ;)

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By in United States,

dragon_teenager they may be just Star Wars sets to you but it's something that some of us collect and enjoy. And LEGO has been coming up with a ton of their different ideas including agents, knights kingdom, space, aqua raiders, new city sets and more. They may be older and already used themes but the sets are different. LEGO has also sold more Star Wars sets than anything. I highly doubt that they would even think about discontinuing it so no worries for us I guess. But legowasta I would love more Batman sets because I love LICENSED sets and hope more come out. I would love to see a heath ledger joker but doubt its going to happen ;)

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By in United States,

Agents is derived from Alpha Team, Space is derived from various classics, Aqua Raiders is derived from Aquazone, and city sets are the same as they've always been. Yes, they're new sets, but they're old ideas. Where's the originality?

LEGO is a company known for imagination and creativity, but all they're doing is making money off of other people's ideas. I want new, COMPLETELY unprecedented sets! You can't disagree that LEGO has been reusing ideas for some time now.

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By in Canada,

yes, because lego has done fantasy and farm sets before.

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By in Canada,

and of course a mecha theme was un-original as well

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By in United States,

Granted the farm sets are now, but Castle sets aren't new by any means (though the troll sub-theme was interesting).

Exo-Force sucked, but I guess it's hard to deny that LEGO hasn't smash a bad TV show into LEGO form before. :P There are a few exceptions, but generally LEGO isn't as imaginative as they were. Nobody can refute that- the examples are everywhere. The licensed themes are a good example. I know a lot of people like the licensed themes but I just can't get behind them- LEGO need to try out something new.

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By in United States,

Sorry for the abundant typos.

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By in United States,

Some interesting things I ran across:

Pirate Ship: $99 on Lego.com and was originally $99 at TRU. Now, TRU is selling it for $84.99, though it doesn't indicate that it's "on sale."

Construction Site: $99 on Lego.com and was originally $99 at TRU. Now, TRU is selling it for $89.99, though it doesn't indicate that it's "on sale."

Cafe Corner: $20 off (14%) on Target.com

Several other sets (including all City) also on sale at Target.

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By in United States,

Does anyone know what sets are likely to disappear first? Cafe Corner? Town Plan? Motorized At-At? I'm still kicking myself for missing out on the Model Home, Fort Legoredo, and several Legends sets.

Of course, I'm also kicking myself for following the "Limited" or "Special" edition tags. I prioritized the Dwarves Mine and Hoth sets way back when only to see them "re-released" months later. Lego is making it very hard for me to plan my budget. :o)

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By in United States,

Old ideas dragon_teenager, new sets. Old ideas, new sets. If they still sell, they still sell. If you don't like them don't buy them. If you don't like LEGO and they're originality then get a new hobby.

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Motorized At-At will be gone first I think, just a guest. i don't see Cafe Corner leaving anytime soon.

And TRU is making price mistakes on the new sets, I can almost promise that within 6months they will be the normal $5-$20 more than normal price.

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By in United States,

ngclark,

I like Lego and I dislike their LACK OF originality.

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By in United Kingdom,

There is a lot of Toys'r'us shops still with some pretty old sets, im gonna go there soon again with £30 so i better stock up on old sets.

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By in United States,

Trains anyone???

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By in United States,

yellowcastle,
2 points
1-Thanks for the sales alerts at Target.com
2-Look for the sets that were released in the Spring of '08 and Winter of '07 to disappear first. Town Plan is a tremendous undertaking by the LEGO company and I don't think that will disappear until you start to see it go on sale. The Cafe Corner and Green Grocer sets I believe will be around until the 3rd building comes out from this theme. The sets' designer stated in a Brickjournal interview that he planned for 3 buildings to make up the modular town theme. As for the At-At, I am not sure when it was released but I think it was Winter '07.

Whenever I go to Target on my Clearance LEGO hunting trips, I check the bottom of the boxes for the copyrights. If I see an '07 I would walk it overt to the scanner and keep my fingers crossed. This year has been a major disappointment in this department however.

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By in United States,

lego has been reusing ideas for some time now nothing new, but they keep selling! Thats why they keep reusing them. I, personally, would like something new, even a new subtheme, like maybe more buildings for lego city, not rescue (I mean really, who needs thirty fire, police, coastgaurd, and emergancy?) and some more realistic vehicles. (I would also love to see some lego romans, greeks, as these would be a little more original,plus the good buildings and sweet monsters! :D)
But as long as a theme still sells, then you should keep selling it from a business perspective! And if lego doesn't do our ideas, then use the admittedly overpriced lego factory to build and buy your models, and buy more pieces from ebay, etc, to finish them.
Nath8888

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By in United States,

I want LEGO to try out new Space themes again. Reusing Space Police will be fine for awhile, but eventually I'd like to see something interesting a la Ice Planet 2002- maybe a faction of Space stationed on the sun?

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By in United States,

As for reissues and Licensed themes, next year's wave of Sponge Bob sets are repeats and the sets are only 2 years old!

nath8888
You seem like a voice of reason here. I agree and would love to see more buildings for LEGO City such as places to eat, shop and live. I love the Modular sets like Green Grocer and Cafe Corner but they are expensive! I would love to see 15-30 dollar sets that can give my minifig town population something to do besides drive cars, get arrested, fly a plane, put out a fire or live in a white house with a red roof!

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By in United States,

I think the city sets need more regular houses. The theme makes it like a place where everyone is doing all the "exciting" jobs and no one does normal jobs.

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By in United States,

In 2009, I am very excited but I have one fear about space police 3. After looking at the titles of the sets I think they might leave out the blacktron and thrown in space criminals that are cheesy like the power miners rock monsters and instead of being related to the classic throw away their basic principles for this fantasy junk. First castle, then rock raiders, and is space soon to be next? This is just my personal opinion in my worst case senario. I hope it turns out different than what I just described but you never know until the pics. come out. I am still anticipating their release but if they are a bunch of junk like power raiders than I won't even deal with getting any sets. Please say what you think.

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dragon team I was thinknig about a sun base Space theme earlier today. They could bring back Ice Planet and have the bad guys be from the sun and have some fire symbol. :)

And SpongeBob I think is repeats because it's the 10th birthday of SB in May, so hopefully we see new sets for that, and the reissue of the old sets is to celebrate that.

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By in United States,

Lego should have kept up with the Mission themes, Added a Jupiter Mission or Neptune Mission (Red suits for Jupiter, Blue Suits for Neptune, White Suits for Moon or deep space etc). Also as sets get discontinued you can very easily decide which sets should be picked up first by checking this site (Most Wanted and Most Anticipated. It has worked like a charm for me. For instance, the most Anticipated in the bottom of the wanted list will go on sale at Target or be in Stock at TRU forever until they are discounted like the Aqua Raiders and Exo Force. Most Anticipated should be picked up as soon as possible.

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By in United States,

I think have more Space themes stationed on specific locales could be awesome, but I won't lie that the new Space Police lines look very promising. It sounds kind of like Agents and Space thrown in a blender, and that sounds like a winning recipe to me. I know some people don't think so but I'm liking the idea.

Also, Smallsam99, Power Miners are rubbish but I don't think it has to do with the Rock Monsters. Also, Castle was very good this year, in my opinion. I like the fantasy era.

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By in United States,

Another helpful link to any theme!!!
Http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=342212

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By in United States,

Hobbes thank you though i have never collected trains i have always thaught they are cool. Thanks for the other link as well.

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By ,

Neither link shows anything new. Plus that train is fan made and not anything close to official.

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By in United States,

explain the unseen track... Tc does no have holes and I still don't know if it is or not...

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By in United States,

Just got a UCS Falcon for $360 from Amazon with free shipping!! The listed price is 20% off today. But look closely--you then get an additional 10% off during the checkout phase (noted on the listing for the item). You only see this additional discount on the page they show just before submitting the order (the same page that confirms free shipping).

Good luck!

J

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By in United States,

Okay guys, a new theme they should bring back: Ninjas! C'mon Ninjas were awesome and I completely forgot about them until seeing one of my old sets today. And they should make the Samurai cooler because they don't look so great. Maybe a face mask somehow like The Last Samurai samurais.

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Does no have holes...

OK...

It's very clear to me you have never actually owned a LEGO Train before. The track DOES have holes on the side of the track. I have seen it, I have seen it because I have my Holiday Train out. Plus if you actually looked at your link and read the title... "Ideas for Power Functions System trains - hopper design is modified from Benn Coifman". It's ideas, they also say the ideas are based off someone else, LEGO would never do that because then they would be sued. Plus why would LEGO stick up for pickers of just a hopper on Brickshelf? Also why would battery controlled trains be using 9V track if it was an official picture?

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By in United Kingdom,

im an avid star wars fan,
but the time is coming when we all have to agree the theme is running dry and re-released sets do become boring and offen change colour alot for instence
the x-wing grey then white
snowspeeder grey then white

and what else happend to the cute little sets of yesteryear such as
droid fighter
droid escape
landspeeder
and so-on
and any way when these new sets are released they seem to be stupidly priced like the v-19 torrent this cost £50 i dont own this set because of the price im sure its a good set but i am only willing to pay about £30 for it

class me as a cheap skate but thats what i think

johnny roger

p.s sorry for moaning but its been a week

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By in United States,

I agree with ngclarkiv, a new ninja theme should be released and left alone with basic ideas of ninjas vs. samuari.

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By in United States,

i'm a avid star wars fan,
but the time is not coming my friend. Star Wars is by far the best product and has been the theme that has done the best. They are by far making the sets alot better also. Remember the old Naboo Fighter? Way too boxy and looked nothing like the movie. Although the new one also has it's problems, it's sleek and is definitely better. If your asking me, LEGO is finally getting them right.

I guess you could say that another Falcon coming out in 2009 is a joke but they are not done yet. There are several other sets that they could be making that would be new. They just haven't done it yet. I am indeed growing tired of The Clone Wars sets though and would indeed like to see some Unleashed ones in the future.

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By in United States,

FYI, several Star Wars sets are 25% off on Amazon.com.

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By in United States,

I am also a avid star wars fan,

And i think the really need to release some more classic sets. They should do new jabbas palace sets as well as ships. The endor playset is a good start though. I also think we should get more sets from 1,2,3. Though my wish is yuzzahn vong. Overall i think lego will keep star wars but i hope the clone wars series of sets will be gone soon. AS for unleshed they are ok but not my favorite.

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By in United States,

The amount of people on here really shows that lego couldn't discontinue star wars, as quite a few of the fans on here are in favor of starwars. if you don't like it don't buy it. (I do agree, that it really could take a few improvements and that they should stick to the classics.) I really want to see a cute little dentists office with all the cool tools and maybe a chocolate shop.

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By in United States,

The_Best_Fighter, I also like the idea of bringing back Ice Planet. I love that theme, but sadly I couldn't get any sets. It has awesome minifigs, awesome colors, and awesome vehicles. I especially liked the Blizzard Baron and the Ice Saturn V. Lego should also make a new UFO line, like the one from the late 90's. Also, a line like Spyrius would be nice.It had awesome colors. I would also like it if they made an Explorien theme.

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By in United States,

Completely agreeing with THX here.

Also, I know LEGO will never discontinue Star Wars until people stop buying them (which is unlikely to ever happen), but that doesn't change my disappointment in LEGO's creativity.

Yes, I think a reimagined UFO line could be fantastic, but frankly I'd rather if they left Ice Planet alone. That theme was perfect the way it was.

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By ,

If everyone on this site stopped buying LEGo Star Wars Lego wouldn't even notice? Are you guys really naive enough to think that you matter to LEGO?

"20 people on Brickset LOVE LStar Wars! We must keep making Star Wars!" - LEGO Co.

The day will come when Star Wars will become too expensive to buy the rights too, and that will be that. LEGO has already increased the Star Wars prices greatly to cover the new licensing fee.

All that said, they need new Ewok sets.

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By in United States,

I liked those old exploration sets. dont remember wat there called but it was some guy i think his name was jack and he was often in asia. I like the theme they should have some sort of expleration theme.

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By in United States,

I'm not saying that this site really matters to lego, but it IS a sampler for taste. The rights are another concern.

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By in United States,

I agree with you. If Lego can think of more sets, this theme could last for a very long time.

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By in United States,

Yep. Starwars will be with us until Lucas croaks, and probably long after then too.

Still, now that Star Wars is becoming it's own theme rather than the replacement for LEGO Space, there's still room for a lot of new ideas to satisfy purists like myself.

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By in United States,

It was Johnny Thunder littlelegoluke. I do agree with you all on the originality and I still say some historic or war themes would be cool or ninjas. Hopefully will see some fresh ideas from LEGO in 2009

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By in United States,

I think it is rather funny the way that "veteran" lego fans pick apart at he fantasy castle sets and ridicule them. It is also funny thta people think that they are being dicontinued when they sell just as much as Indy or Star Wars, and cost less because there is no licensing fee. There are at least 4 decent sized castle sets coming out next year already. I'll agree that some of the items were way overboar, like the megablock-esque dragons, the rumored elves(no way)and i will admit that the skeletons were kind of useless in terms of mobility, but other than that everything else was pretty solid, or had even been introduced already. to SmallSam99: give me a break. you say that you are a fan of the old lego sets and you want them to bring them back, while making fun of the fantasy castle sets. there have been magicians, sorcerors, dragons, and even skeletons since the days of dragon knights and fright knights, series that are considered "old castle", so you can't say that they are fantasy. and as for remaking the castle sets like the old ones? news flash: this has already happened about 10 times. Almost all of the "old" castles and forts are duplicates. in fact, pretty every set is a copy or has been copied, except for the forestmen, dark forest, and fright knight sets, the ones thta people like you were dismissing as "fantasy" stuff 10-15 years ago. The dwarves mine is the highest rated set on brickset, and also on lego.com. i'll agree with you that some things, like dragons and elves, just aren't acceptable, but if you keep on smashing the new, innovative(and succesful) ideas, we all will be stuck with endless repeats of the same old sets...

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LEGO license with Star Wars, I don't know when the new date for the rights end, but once they do LEGO needs to spend more to expand the date. Some time done the line the time will come when LEGO can't afford to waste the money and that will be the end.

I'm just glad they realize they can have a Space theme and a Star Wars theme. Sadly John Thunder is dead for good because of IJ. Yet another reason I hate licenses.

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With regards to the original topic ('08 sets disappearing because '09 sets are arriving) I have an idea as to which Creator sets will still be available in '09. I just built the Green Creator car from '09 (set #6743) and the back of the 1st instruction booklet has Creator sets pictured.
Some of these sets are from '08:
4996 Yellow Beach House
4995 Blue Cargo Copter
4994 Fierce Creatures
4837 Green Mini Train
4838 White/Blue Mini Vehicles

I would think that LEGO would still produce these sets if they are advertising them in '09 Instruction booklets.
bmwlego

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To answer a question and get it over with, Lego stars Wars will end in 2011. That is when the license expires and no more star wars, and I also think Indy too. That's why many new sets are coming out and lego keeps making more remakes to get them right. Also legofan3, the fantasy elements I am talking about are the fact that undead skeletons, dwarves, and trolls are being associated with castle. I can understand a wizard and yes dragon knights and fright knights were fanatasy but they didn't go overboard like this new theme. Lego can release their own trolls and dwarve infected theme but don't pass it off as being a castle theme. Also the mine really isn't the best lego ever, just ask other people.

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Good to now the Yellow House should still be around, I never got around to buying it.

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I believe that the Star Wars License has been renewed at least twice with Lucas. No reason to think it ouwldn't be re-negotiated again.

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Star Wars license was for 10 years, and then another X years which I guess is only three years. If you got from 10 years to three eyars that's not a good thing. LEGO will tell anyone any lie, they are a company, not your friend.

And I can't believe I have to explain this again...

Just because there are pictures doesn't mean they are LEGOs! There is a LEGO Terrorist from Brickarms.com, doesn't mean LEGO made it. Those animals are made from a third party. The cows and sheep, and pigs came out last year on the site. Oddly enough LEGO did then decide to make a cow, but they don't look alike. You can buy a cow or whatever from brickforge.com.

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Correct again Fighter!

This site is just 1 of several great sites that I visit and I am sure that most bricksetters visit, including brothers-brick.com, brickshelf.com, peeron.com, eurobricks.com, mocpages.com, brickfactory.com, etc. These are great sites to visit to educate yourself about your hobby.

bmwlego

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By in United States,

That's right and also if you want to buy discontinued sets or just missing a few pieces then bricklink is good to go to.

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By in United States,

Hey guys...this is about 2009 not what's lego, what's not and elves. Let's get back on topic.

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By in United States,

Okay this is on topic. DO you think castle will end this year?

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By in United States,

I hope not i am guess a new castle subtheme will appaer next year.

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Do you guys think the Eiffel tower of UCS millennium falcon will be discontinued?

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I don't know when the Eiffel Tower will be discontinued but it is on sale now at Amazon.com for $129.99 instead of $199.99 for a savings of $70.00.
bmwlego

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By in United States,

If you want too stock up on the battle packs-get the droid one, since the new one will be Asasin droids, and there will be a new Clone Battle pack.

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By in United States,

Im one of the LEGO starwars haters. 2004- is when LEGO starwars died.
Anyways, at my target, they don't have much mars mission or indy. O.o

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By in Australia,

I hope that the mars mission stuff in AUS isnt getting discontinued otherwise ill only have 7 out of the I think 20. Atleast with space I can like create the launches to mars, then use my mars base to land.

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By in United Kingdom,

Massive clean-up time ... remember, this thread is about what might be discontinued in the near future.

If you've got info on availability of *new* sets, there are already threads for that info; please post it those; the contribution is very much apprecuiated.

If you want to have an argument over when the Star Wars license ends, or when LEGO will finally get around to releasing the Elves sub-theme, or whatever, there are much better places than Brickset to do that.

In the meantime, any thoughts you have about what might or might not be discontinued, please post away !

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By in United States,

I think the Eiffel tower and UCS millennium falcon will be retierd as they are both on massive sales right now.

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By in Canada,

I hope they keep Batman around after the success of the game. 'Cause if they don't... Somebody gonna get hurt real bad. (Heh. Russell Peters. Heh heh.)

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By in United States,

I wonder if any body noticed, but many themes have been resurrected throughout the years included '09.
Rock Raiders-Power Miners
Aquazone-Agua-Raiders
Life on Mars-Mars Mission
Alpha Team-Agents
What I'm saying is that many themes are being brought back but just in a different form.

P.S. I think Exo-force, Mars Mission, and some movie-based themes are being dropped

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By in United States,

I also noticed that countries that dont receive a lot of attention (e.g. Vietnam) have many REALLY old sets in their stores. One time, when I went to the country I'm from (Vietnam) they had on the shelves of their stores sets from 2004 and it was '06.
Bottomline, if you're on vacation, look around in certain stores in a different country. You might just find something rare. (and possibly pricey.

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By in United States,

Yeah legoC&C we've been talking about the old theme new theme form but actually if anyone is interested. Just saw power miner, glatorian, lego city horse set, darth vader's tie, aat, and the new indiana jones sets at toys r us last night. I bought the aat and love it.

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By in United States,

Yeah, they come back but in bad remakes changing the whole theme into something else. Pirates has been the only decent remake along with city which is always getting better.

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By in United States,

I also wonder if any other themes will come back the same, like space police 1-3

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By in United States,

okay just a question but how do people get those new clone wars battle packs i mean i go on youtube and people have those new ones THAT ARE SUSSPOSED TO BE IN 2009! just search and youl'l find it so can someone answer my qestion... are the new star wars battle packs eing discontinued? or the old ones someone answer i really confused

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By in United States,

The new battle packs are found at toysrus :D and the older ones are going to be discountinued

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By in United States,

The 2009 Indy and Star Wars sets are on Target.com now. The Flying Wing is $50, Shanghai Chase is $30, Hyena Droid is $20, TIE Advanced x1 is $30, AAT is $50, and Attack Shuttle is $60. I assume the other 09 sets are there as well but I haven't looked as I'm not very interested.

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By in United States,

Are you sure the Shanghai Chase set is $30?Because legocolecter abu-h919 told me it was $40.Anyway,I can't wait for 09.

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The Shanghai Chase will most likely be $30-$35. Sometimes sets increase after they orders start coming in, look at TRU and the Pirate sets. However anything more than $30 for it is insane.

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I'm looking forward to Space Police 3, but I can't help worrying the sets are going to be too juniorised like some of the recent sci-fi-themed original Lego sets in recent years have been. Lego Space should really go back to its roots.

I don't see what's wrong with re-introducing old themes. I'd like to see a Blacktron range with their original colour scheme, as I thought they could have done a lot more sets in that range like a big walking machine or a large spacecraft. I think there could be more civilian space sets as well, in the style of the old Futuron sets. A space bar, laboratory or futuristic houses and other buildings would be great.

I'm glad to see Pirates is coming back as well. With regards to new ranges, I've always thought a Roman range of sets would be good. There could be Roman houses, villas, temples and one of those outdoor theatres.

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