Walmart reveals Sopwith Camel

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Sopwith Camel

Walmart has revealed the LEGO Exclusive Sopwith Camel on its website, somewhat earlier than LEGO intended it to be announced.

It's priced at a shade under $100 and the description reads:

Relive a classic era of aviation history with the Sopwith Camel biplane. This set lets you recreate a detailed replica of one of the most recognizable British single-seat biplanes ever to have graced the skies. Features include a realistic rotating propeller and engine cylinders, a hinged tail rudder, realistic tension wires, functioning wing ailerons and tail flaps that can be controlled from the cockpit.

  • Detailed replica
  • Rotating propeller and engine cylinders
  • Hinged tail rudder
  • Functioning wing ailerons
  • Tail flaps can be controlled from cockpit

LEGO has asked Eurobricks to remove the images, but I have republished them here because they originated from a legitimate source and are not watermarked. No word on release date yet, but I suspect it'll be June/July.

(thanks to the ever-observant grogall for uncovering it)

48 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I have saved the image, so if it gets taken down, You can email me and I'll send you it.

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By in United States,

It looks great, appears functional and is at a great price point.

Thumbs up!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd need to know if this is Licensed with the RAF! We cant have this one withdrawn its a beauty!..
I understand that the RAF won rights to the roundel on everything except clothing in a case in 2004.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3393485.stm
"the MoD has been given the sole rights to use the roundel, which appears on all RAF aircraft, on items other than clothing such as military hardware"

Another nice pic of it here http://smashing-bricks.com/2012/04/18/10226-sopwith-camel/

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By in United States,

YES! I am really looking forward to this one. I hope we get a new Fokker DR1 to go with it!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ That's interesting. The ruling was after the first version of the Camel was released so may well apply here.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is GORGEOUS! Must buy!

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By in Sweden,

The plane in last year's Pharaoh's Quest 7307 Flying Mummy Attack set had roundel stickers on it, so I can't imagine that's going to be a problem.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ Maybe the fact that it's in 2 halves could be TLG's loophole...

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By in United Kingdom,

^ it's not in halves it's printed on a 6x6 tile.

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By in United States,

Wow $100 seems like a really fair price!

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By in Sweden,

I don't think they're halved, it looks like a piece of string is stretched over the roundel piece.

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By in Canada,

Gives me an excuse to build a nice LEGO Snoopy.

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By in Denmark,

It looks lovely, so much more so then Big Ben in the previous article. I would imagine TLG have licensed the RAF roundel properly. I mean, it's not as if they're new to the licensing arena. Would love to know how much for though.
Any marketing types care to guess?

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By in Canada,

That looks stunning!!!

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By in United States,

Gorgeous! I loved the first version, and I can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!

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By in United States,

I always wanted the original... But now I can have this beauty! Dark green wings are awesome!

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By in United States,

Gorgeous! Love it! Great look for display. And it looks like an interesting build.
Here's hoping Lego considers WWII as a 'classic era' to release some of the great fighter planes from then.
A 'Greatest Generation' line.

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By in Portugal,

I don't like the green color. Appart from that it's a great model and a definetly Must Buy.

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By in Germany,

really nice set, but quite expensive in my opinion for <900 pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

What lovely thing! Love the colours and the functionality. Shame this is the second release of a Camel, why not try something else?

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By in Spain,

@Parax But for example Pharaoh's Quest 7307 uses a single piece with british roundel and it's not licensed with the RAF.

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By in United Kingdom,

@guildfordmatt
That was over 9 years ago... there are so many other sets from other themes that have been repeated more times since... ^.^

I will be very likely getting this, it looks like a gorgeous display piece. Should go very nicely alongside the Space Shuttle :)

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By in United States,

I gonna get this when it's released.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks absolutely fantastic, best set of the summer for me (apart from maybe Jabba's Palace, but we'll see).

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By in Canada,

The epic tales of the Great War are in my blood... I'm going to own this model.

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By in United Kingdom,

If lego are producing large scale aircrafts then, fingers crossed, we may get a spitfire :) But I doubt it

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By in United Kingdom,

^That is my absolute dream set. It is an incredibly difficult shape to recreate in Lego though.

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By in United States,

Very nice, can't wait to build, along with a sister plane, Red Baron.

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By in United States,

Looks fantastic! I missed the first version of this plane, so this is great news to me.

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By in Australia,

Looks lovely! I hope this is followed by a re-build of the old 10024 "Red Baron" Fokker DR1 tri-plane from 2002 so we can have some dogfights!

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By in United States,

I'm not gonna let this one pass me up this time. A must-buy for me.

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By in United States,

Maybe British common law is very different, but in the US any government produced material is considered in the public domain. I'm sure with all the model planes made over the 100 years of British military aviation that MILLIONS of roundels have been made as decals stickers and prints.

Reading the article Parax posted it looks like there was no judgement stating only the RAF can use it, moreso that the RAF can't restrict it's use on clothing, but has the right to use it on other "Military Hardware" which Lego clearly isn't.

This is a bit of a close issue for me as NYC has made a big deal of trying to protect "its property" in the form of logos of city agencies and such, in the wake of the huge popularity of FDNY and NYPD, both from the media over many years, and especially in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. Combined with other overzealous attempts to control various symbols of the city they have harassed many businesses, individuals and even arrested people falsely, most of which have lead to NYC paying large sums to settle the subsequent lawsuits.
-bill

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By in United Kingdom,

Roundel-arama! Massive, too big for MFs, sadly other creator sets have been too small...
I wonder how they got the roundel on 'Flying Mummy Attack' from Pharaoh's Quest?

I think all these Roundels have a noticeably thin white edge/ extra ring if you like which saves it from being the true Roundel with a defined blue edge.

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By in Gibraltar,

the RAF roundel and the roundel on the photo of the set are different

the Lego one has a white border and a smaller red circle - so perhaps thats how they have got away with it?

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By in Belgium,

Nice... This will probably the first 10xxx series model I will buy.
Browsing through the set database I had stumbled on the previous one before.. which I missed because of the infamous dark ages...
Now that I will be ablte to pick up a new one for about the price (or even lower) the 2nd hand ones go on bricklink, I am happy I did resist the temptation and didnt buy the 3451 yet.

Strange though that Brickset still has the pictures up. I saw it first on Eurobricks, but seems they have taken them down already on demand of TLG.
Idem other sites have already taken down the Olympic figs pictures...
Is Huw that much loved by TLG that they are granting him exclusive publishing rights now?? :-)

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By in Germany,

Must have. Enough said.

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By in Ireland,

Why another Soppy Camel? Very disappointing choice. Surely there have been other interesting planes in the past 140 years. What about a Tiger Moth, a Spitfire...

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By in Israel,

I definitely want this :)

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By in United States,

Very cool! It seems LEGO is releasing a lot of dark green plates this year. Look at the LOTR sets and the Endor rebel trooper battle pack.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks great, but I agree somewhat with Duq (3 posts up). A proper Spitfire would have been great, seeing as it is one of the, if not the, most important aircraft in history.
I hope this has a reasonable price, but as usual I expect an astronomical UK price.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^I agree, even though I love this version more than the first. What about the Lancaster bomber, now this famous plane would make an excellent model.

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By in Denmark,

I'm sure if it sells well Spitfires, Lancasters et al could be in the offing. But we all have to buy it rather than just admire it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow! I really love this set, a must have compare to the last one. I really like LEGO planes and this one will be a firm addition to my collection.

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By in United States,

Is it minifigure scale model?

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow! I hope can pick one up on a trip to the US as my grandfather flew one of these!

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