2012 timetable of releases

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To help you budget, I thought it worth summarising the release dates for the sets that'll be available in normal shops:

  • March: Disney Princess, Ninjago spinners (second wave)
  • April: Marvel Super Heroes
  • May: Series 7 figs
  • June: Ninjago spinners (third wave)
  • August: Games, Friends, LOTR, Star Wars, Monster Fighters, Creator, Technic, Ninjago play sets, Mining, Hero Factory
  • September: Ninjago booster packs and spinners (fourth wave), Advent calendars, Series 8 figs

So, not too much new until August, so you have plenty of time to save up!

57 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, you forgot Marvel Superheroes in April!
Thanks for the schedule. I definitely need to budget for all of the amazing stuff coming out this year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Would anyone know the cost of some of these sets for example, I think on fbtb the total cost for a complete LOTR collection would be £321 or converted into American dollars it would be $500 and in euros it would be €385(but do note Americans will be able to buy the sets at a more less expensive price)
http://www.fbtb.net/2012/01/24/uk-toy-fair-2012-lord-of-the-rings-news/

And for Marvel it would be
£171, in American dollars it would be $266 or in euros €205, but do note these are only British pounds converted to others
http://www.fbtb.net/2012/01/24/uk-toy-fair-2012-super-heroes-news/

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By in Australia,

Which means that all of the above hits Australia early 2013. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ Well it is a long way for a minifig to paddle! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheCahleySlash; I think you've done the same as me and missed out the Spider-Man set in your Marvel prices. However, we do not yet know the price of it.
@Huw; Please add the Marvel sets. These are the sets I'm most worried about (financially) as I want to get the lot :P
The only other theme I'm interest in (mainly) is SW, which, as always, I'll get the odd set from.

Thanks for all you've done today! Really appreciated! :)

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By in Spain,

What about new modular in Feb? and mini-modulars in feb/march as well..

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By in Greece,

l already want LOTR sets and its january,so much wait......

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Lost, I had forgotten them when skimming through the catalogue!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for this. When is the Town Hall due out?

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By in Turkey,

Is there a chance that the summer Ninjago sets could be released before the 7th of July? I will go to Germany on that day, and I will buy 9450 Epic Dragon Battle. I will also buy some spinners. And, one more questions which spinners will be released in September?

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By in United States,

Any word on Lego Master Builder?

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheCahleySlash; If it's at $69.99, then it will probably be £69.99 as well. The Batcave is $69.99 and £69.99, so it's logical the Spiderman set will be priced the same. This means the Marvel sets will cost £241, even more than the £226 DC sets. All together it's going to cost around £487! I think I need a lie down...

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By in United Kingdom,

^ that's assuming you pay RRP for everything, which would be crazy! Most things get discounted at some point if you're patient (says she, who has the self-discipline of a 6 year old. "Want Lego, want it NOW!"). But this year I know I have to be savvy about waiting for deals or I'll never get everything I want to. Or I will, but I'll be living off jam sandwiches the entire year.

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By in Sweden,

@tiberium march is the town hall

@huw, thanks for all the infos!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^I buy all my Lego at retail price, the thing is if I don't buy it when its out, other people will snap up the offer.
Also its supporting the Lego Company aswell!
@BrickBob09: Ive bought all the sets I want now until the summer waves arrive so time to start the budget!

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By in United States,

hero factory is going to be released in july not august, and also the ninjago. and there doing 4 waves of spinners! thats crazy, so like lloyd is going to be released in the summer and NRG ninja is fall. and we want pics!

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By in United States,

and kai zx is spring

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By in Turkey,

@platinum805 oh please, can you tell me when are they going to release the ninjago sets in july? last year summer ninjago sets were released in june in germany, so i would like to know. and where did you learn that they're gonna release ninjago sets and spinners in july? please reply :)

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By in United States,

So I have to wait till August to get LOTR? :'( I though they would be here in June. August 9 is my birthday, so people won't have much time if they, uh, kindly decide to give me some LOTR sets. :D But I'll have a LEGO store way before then so they'll probably be there quickly. :D

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By in United States,

Hahaha I love this post. Thanks huw... For our "budgets"

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw for all your journalistic prowess at Toy Fair and all these updates.
Forgive me though...in August...what is the 'Mining' theme?

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By in Greece,

Well maybe LOTR will be realesed early in USA,so we will be able to buy them from ebay.

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By in United States,

I'm going to be so broke come August...

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By in United Kingdom,

Just in case anyone's confused by the Ninjago spinner waves:

Wave 2: Kai ZX and Fang-Suei.
Wave 3: Spitta, NRG Jay, Fangdam, NRG Cole and the second Starter Set with NRG Kai & Chokun.
Wave 4: Slithraa, Lloyd ZX and NRG Zane.

I worked this out by looking at the leaked pics we saw a while back and I noticed that some of them had the Constrictai snakes at the top of the blister pack, while others had the Venomari. Of course, waves 3 & 4 could be vice-versa, but seeing as this order corresponds with the set number order, I don't think it's likely.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can wait for the awesome SW, LOTR,SH and Ninjago sets as theres some good sets about ATM I still haven't got. Other than The series figures, store exclusives and the first few sets I buy in 2012 (as well as 3 for 2 & geta free something when you spend £0.00 offers) I rarely buy any thing at full price and £70.00 for a set that costs $70.00, that's I can starve from until it goes on sale for 10% or more.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ That is exactly right, Ushi.

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By in Turkey,

I think wave 4 is fake because all the summer spinner numbers are in order except 9591 Weapon Pack. Advent Calendars and Ninjago booster packs will also be released with the summer sets.

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By in Canada,

Lego is keeping me waiting longer than Blizzard... or maybe not -_-

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By in Canada,

My wish list for the year is series 6, 7 and maybe 8. However, I'm a bit hesitant to keep buying collectible mini-figures because my first foray into series 6 netted quite a few duplicates. I'll pick up a couple of Marvel Superhero sets and 1 very small Monster Fighter set. I want the swamp creature. Other than that mini-figure I have no interest in the theme.

I'll pass on the new Creator house (unless the official photos wow me) because it looks terrible in the one unofficial photo I saw. There is a lot of talk about the CITY mining sets but all mention of the hospital has dropped off the radar. Are we still getting a LEGO hospital set this year? After being disappointed with the Town Hall set, the hospital is my most anticipated set of the year (besides the Superhero stuff).

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By in United States,

Didn't the US press release say that LOTRs sets would be out in June?

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By in United States,

While the release date is August, LEGO often quietly releases the sets a month or two before. I wouldn't be surprised if you could pick up several of these sets in June.

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By in United States,

I remember AC sets were out in June, even thought scheduled for August.

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By in United States,

@ Isabella and Lego Liker...thanks. Any sneak preview picks from City Mining anywhere?

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By in United Kingdom,

August looks pricey.

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By in Ireland,

So I take it that Minifigures Series 8 wasn't revealed at the fair? There doesn't seem to be any mention of the actual characters anywhere, after a few Google searches. Or maybe they were there, and the people who saw them were sworn to absolute secrecy...

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By in United States,

I though LotR was June.... :(

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By in United States,

Mining Theme!!! Woot! Looks Awesome.

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By in Australia,

@ Brickmaster47 - Funny, but it's not that bad...

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By in United States,

does anyone know how much the "epic dragon battle" set is going to cost?

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By in United States,

Huw, did you see the series 8 at the London Toy Fair?

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By in Hong Kong,

what's this mining theme about?

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By in Canada,

For Canadian Bricksetters just take the above months into consideration plus or minus 6 months.

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By in United States,

monsters ! It sounds like I'm one of the few, but I can't wait to get most of these sets.
from what I've seen....the only one I might pass on is hte haunted train (but I want glow in the dark ghosts that come with it)

@deathwatch search utube for the mining sets

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By in United States,

What is NRG?

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By in United States,

FWTW:

Here in the U.S. my son attends the store-sponsored LEGO club meetings and I've noticed the new releases tend to come out the month before the corresponding theme meeting. If this holds true to pattern, it means LOTR should be out in June, because the meeting in-store is in July.

@jonbuddy - NRG is the 4th wave of Ninjago spinners Huw mentioned. They feature more gold weapons per ninja and removable crowns atop the spinners. If you say the letters quickly N-R-G, you'll understand the word they represent.

Huw, thanks for all your reporting!

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By in Denmark,

^ Yes, these are the UK release dates, I believe most countries get the summer sets in July. (They pretty much do in the UK too, but August is official).

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By in United States,

What are the mining sets? Another form of Power Miners or Rock Raiders? By the way, Power Miners is probably my favorite theme, so I would love to see them back, or at least something similar!

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By in Turkey,

Not all of the NRG Ninjago spinners will be released in September. I made a research about it and I found out that only NRG Zane, Slithraa, and Lloyd ZX will be released in September. Ninjago sets are also coming in June.

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By in United States,

I wish I knew how much the Ninjago sets are going to be. That would help with my budget.

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By in Turkey,

@Rolyat24 I know. 9447 Lasha's Bite Cycle is $19.99 (3 minifigs, a small blacksmith shop, bite cycle, and Venomari fang blade.) 9448 Samurai Mech is $39.99 (2 minifigs, a small catapult, samurai mech, and Constractai fang blade.) 9449 Ultra Sonic Raider is $79.99 (6 minifigs, a giant tank, and Fangpyre fang blade.) 9450 Epic Dragon Battle is $119.99 (7 minifigs, Great Devourer, a jail, the four-headed giant dragon, and Hybnobrai fang blade.)

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By in United States,

On an unrelated note i found the Star Wars sets at my local TRU along with boxes of S6 figs.

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