2013 summary

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I've added the latest batch of set numbers to the database so the outlook for 2013 is becoming clearer. So, building upon the article I posted a few days ago:

  • Galaxy Squad: A new space theme that sounds as if it's been inspired heavily by the excellent 1997 movie Starship Troopers, i.e. space marines fighting 'bugs'. The set names suggest the opponents are some sort of vermin or bugs, don't they.
  • Super Heroes: Ten sets known so far, featuring DC and Marvel super heroes, which, if they appear early in the year and their set names are quoted in the retailers' catalogue, they are probably not related to any forthcoming movie.
  • Lone Ranger: No details known but the theme has been confirmed.

That being the case, I would say that the Space Marines project on Cuusoo is doomed to failure, and the Modular Western Town may pass review but won't be produced until some time after the Lone Ranger sets have ended.

52 comments on this article

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By in Austria,

Could't the Modular Western Town be Lone Ranger's Diagon Alley?

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By in United Kingdom,

Will the lone Ranger be franchise based (flesh tone minifigure) or theme based (yellow tone)?

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By in United Kingdom,

^Its going to be franchise based as there is a movie out at some point next year based upon it.

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By in Denmark,

I want the space enemies to be humans again, last time was Spyrius in 1994 or Robo in 1997. The reason why i wasn't interested in getting any Space Police III sets, was because the enemies were criminal aliens, not Blacktron.
I often changed the Space Skulls in LEGO Digital Designer to be humans, instead of skeletons.

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By in United States,

So PQ scarab attack plus S7 galaxy patrol = Galaxy Squad.

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By in Norway,

^^I didnt like the space skulls either. I think we deserve a new space theme. It most will be related to the coosuu project as well as the Galaxy patrol minifig released in series 7. But I really hope it will not gonna be a new action figures instead.

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By in United States,

Starship Troopers is very far from being an excellent movie.

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By in United States,

^ Glad someone else said it. Even if you aren't comparing it to the book, the only way it's a "good" movie is if you're drinking heavily and just want something to laugh at.

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By in Australia,

I'm kind of OK with Galaxy Squad meaning the doom of Space Marines. I know that sounds horrible, but the way I see it this way we get the Space Marines theme regardless of its CUUSOO performance. Sad for the guy whose project it is... Maybe LEGO will get him on board as a designer for it. As for Starship Troopers, when I watched it I missed that it was supposed to be satirical so I hated it. I might enjoy it if I watched it again with that knowledge...

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By in United States,

Hero Factory 2013 confirmed: Von Nebula Rises
Sets:
Breez 5.0
Bulk 5.0
Rocka 5.0
Furno XL
Bruizer
Scarox
Pyrox
Ogrum
Storyline: Von Nubula, released from his black hole staff where he was imprisoned, uses Anti-Heroes, made out of Hero Factory's technology, to combat and destroy Hero Factory.
Source:
http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Hero_Factory

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By in Norway,

"Starship Troopers" is about space fascists... Is that something we want in LEGO form?

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By in Canada,

Starship Troopers is a great movie, and no people it's not a Starship Troopers theme. Huw was just making a correlation between the two....

As long as it has some sort of Space Army-esque minifigures I'm game.

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By in United States,

I wouldn't feel bad for the guy who put Space Marines on cuusoo. After all, the Space Marines were copied from Lego S7 Galaxy Patrol. His additional design part that was on cuusoo is not covered here.

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By in United States,

Well so far the news on the 2013 sets is disappointing. The positive of all of it is I can see myself saving some cash and picking up some of the current sets on the market I haven't been able to get yet.

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By in United States,

So, Aquaman and the white Batman are not special polybag figs, and we are getting a tan Tumbler! I have a feeling that my wallet will be quite thin next year.

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By in United Kingdom,

No news of an Arkham Set? We know there is going to be a Hooded Robin, Joker, Harley, Guard etc released in 2013?!?

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By in United States,

*Facepalm* CAN'T TLG MAKE A UNLICENSED WESTERN THEME. I've been wanting a new Western theme forever and now it's licensed so there goes any chance of a unlicensed one :/ and even if Modular Western Town
is approved it probably won't be produced till LR ends...
Looks like I might be buying space, sounds very promising :D

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By in United States,

Oh man I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Starship Troopers is not an excellent movie (it's not even good as satire). I read that and was like, "Whoa, Huw, are you feeling OK?"

I'm surprised no one is pointing out that the new theme sounds like a reboot of the Insectoids space theme. That's the first thing I thought of when I heard about it.

I don't care what it is. Space is space. All parts are space parts, but it's great to get actual space sets. Long live SPACE!

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By in United States,

^ It has a score of 7.7 at IMDB so I'm by no means the only one that thinks it's good. I guess it might depend on whether you saw it when it first came out, or more recently because you weren't old enough in 1997 :-)

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By in United States,

Loved Starship Troopers (different from the book but some elements there). Not a great film but campy, b-movie fun! Hope the Galaxy Squad's have power armored/mech like suits (which Starship Troopers movie shoulda' had).

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By in United States,

Although I was kind of hoping for some kind of an exploration-based space theme, I am still super jazzed for Galaxy Squad! Agreed that it sounds like an Insectoids redux. Insectoids was an interesting concept that could have used better execution; this may be that better execution. Keeping my fingers crossed for large brick-built space bugs.

Also, Starship Troopers, while not without its flaws, is an incredibly entertaining space action movie with some fun satirical elements. I love it unironically. Whew! Now I feel better. :-)

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By in Canada,

Galaxy Squad sounds like a great theme but I really have to see photos before making a decision on whether or not it's worth buying.

Four of the Superhero sets sound amazing: Batman vs. Bane - Chase with Tumbler, Superman Metropolis Showdown, Superman Battle of Smallville, Spider-Man Hunting with Spider-Cycle and Spider-Man Mission at Daily Bugle. Again, I'm the wait and see type. I'll need to see photos before making a final decision.

I agree with a lot of the commentators here. I'd prefer a Western theme rather than a Western license. I feel the license limits the designers creativity to what's in the movie. The theme allows for more creativity and maybe even better sets. Plus, I prefer the yellow mini-figures.

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By in Canada,

I'm actually hoping Galaxy Squad is nothing like Insectoids. I will pass on the theme if it is.

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By in United States,

^Have you ever seen the Battlebugs group on Flickr? If the sets are in that vein, then it'll be a great theme.

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By in Bolivia,

Between Lone Ranger and TMNT, I can officially claim that licensed themes have jumped the shark.

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By in United States,

I think the sets featuring Iron Man could possibly be movie themed with Iron Man 3 scheduled for release in May 2013, and the "Marvel 4" set name might be a placeholder (maybe to avoid a spoiler) as it is numbered between the two Iron Man sets listed.

I was really hoping to see more Marvel characters. If there are any new ones in the other sets then it appears Lego will be using the typical action figure marketing ploy for the Super Heroes line. You want a new character? Then you have to buy yet another Spider-Man or Batman to get it.

Also, again, the lack of X-Men (with dozens of characters they could feature) is severely disappointing.

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By in United States,

Marvel 4 = Fantastic 4 ??

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By in United States,

Galaxy Squad sounds cool. Lone Ranger could be too, but I have concerns for it becoming the next Prince of Persia.

I still think TMNT could be really fun. The new action figures that just came out are amazing and among the best I've seen in a long while.

Plus (and it's been said before) LEGO TECHNODROME people. It's a freakin' DEATH STAR ON WHEELS!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

Uhm, you're joking about the Super Heroes sets, right Huw? There's no way the Superman and Iron Man sets are not movie related, especially since they involve things like the Extremis armor and Malibu Mansion.

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By in United Kingdom,

Starship Troopers is like Robocop for the 90's. Verhoeven did a great job on it. I love the line where someone's head is blown off and someone else just shouts 'medic!'.
I can't say I watched the sequel(s?)

Flec
Aged 41 3/4

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By in United States,

The Superhero sets look pretty vague in which minifigures come in them. Although, some seem like no brainers (especially, the Arctic Batman, Mr. Freeze and Aqua man set) but others take some guessing. All I care about is which set comes with Venom, the Daily Bugle or the "Spider-cycle". Anyone here watch that new Spider-man show? So you could tell us if any of these ring a bell to any episodes?

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By in United States,

To hit home Okay's point, Superman and Iron Man are def. movie tie-ins sets.

[SPOILERS]

The Extremis armor has already been revealed to appear in IM3: http://splashpage.mtv.com/2012/07/03/iron-man-3-concept-art-extremis/

And the name of the Phantom Zone from Superman lore is apparently being called the "Black Zone". No one can be sure until more details come out, but the Superman set "Black Zero Escape" sounds awfully close.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am really hoping we get the other DC sets, for instance Arkham Asylum sooner rather than later!

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By in United Kingdom,

Why is it that every £12 Superheroes System set involves a cycle? Not that it will stop me from buying :D
These sets sound really awesome, I'm glad the superhero prices aren't sky high either :)
I still can't believe there's not an official Hobbit sets list though!

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By in Norway,

From what I've read on Wikipedia about US-M, the Daily Bugle set will feature Beetle. I think Venom might be in the Spider-Cycle set, but I don't really know.

The Iron Man sets are all IM3, I think, while the Superman sets might be both comic and film based(like Batman). I hope we get some parts of Metropolis, and that it's not like "Batwing Battle Over Gotham City"...

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By in United States,

@ CCC - Space Marines wasn't "copied" from the Galaxy Patrol minifig. It was a theme specifically designed FOR the Galaxy Patrol minifig. The project's creator has openly and repeatedly stated that he made no changes to the minifig (except the color) so that it would have a better chance at production.

It's extremely glib and callous to claim that you wouldn't feel badly for someone who finds out that their project--the most-supported one on Cuusoo--may be doomed to rejection. Regardless of whether you like the project, it would be devastating for anyone to make it that far only to have the rug pulled out from under them.

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By in United States,

Black Zero is a Superman villain, not a nickname for the Phantom Zone. He's too obscure to be a character that TLG would choose to put into a set, so he must be in the Man of Steel movie (which is odd since that movie is said to feature General Zod as the villain).

And yes, Venom comes in the Spider-Cycle set, along with Nick Fury with his flying car or whatever.

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By in United States,

I expected Galaxy Squad, from the set names, to be a new "Insectoids" type theme.

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By in United States,

Still don't think the TMNT will come out in '13 because the movie got pushed back until Summer '14. Could be Winter '13... doubt it though.

Love Starship Troopers, but don't watch the sequels, you'll regret it.

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By in United States,

TMNT is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon that starts in a week, so '13 is a good time to release it. Besides, if it came out in '14, how would we already know about it?

I agree about the Starship Troopers sequels though... terrible, just terrible.

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By in Bolivia,

The CUSOO space marine projects initially used different marine designs. They were just later adapted to use the Galaxy patrol's armor once the Galaxy patrol was announced.

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By in United States,

Translations are iffy, but for the most part, we have as best a picture of what 2013 will bring us without pictures available.

One question: why do people keep thinking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2013 theme? I don't recall any of these "spy reports" mentioning the sight of TMNT in the retailer catalogs. As far as I know, this is still a rumor that has been passed around so much people think it is official. But correct me if I am wrong.

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By in Canada,

Why do all the space themes have to be about massacring anyone that looks different. Just because they're "Aliens" doesn't make the theme not violent.

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By in United States,

Because kids aren't clamoring for LEGO Model U.N. and LEGO Peace Corps. Deal with it.
Although I would totally go for LEGO Model U.N. as an excuse to get military--excuse me, PEACEKEEPING-- vehicles and tons of parts in Maersk Blue (which is pretty much UN Blue, right?).

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By in United States,

Yes, TMNT is merely a rumor for now, but it comes from several reliable sources, so it must be true, plus it seems plausible for TLG to have a theme based on it for various reasons.

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By in United States,

It only doesn't have a watermark because it's a close up of the same watermarked picture we've seen before.

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By in United States,

@Okay: Didn't know that, thanks. Just watched trailer- wat.

@BlackRabbit: Agree, wish Space themes were more about research than "action".

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By in United States,

Galaxy Squad sounds like Insectoids 2.0

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By in Ukraine,

^^^^^^ @ninjagoyo,

Yes!! Lego U.N. with light-azure-blue peacekeeping vehicles!! Somebody put that on Cuusoo to see what they say!! =)

Indy Out

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By in United States,

galaxy quest...could that possibly have anything to do with the upcoming "enders game" movie? I guess probably not, they would've given it that name.

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By in United States,

Another Johnny Depp minifigure.... NOOOOO!!!!

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