As we all know, Legends of Chima seems to be receiving the lion's share of the LEGO marketing budget at the moment so I guess it was no surprise that Craggar (left), and Laval, were 'guarding' the entrance to the fair.
Anyway, on with the survey of what was on show, starting with Legends of Chima...
Legends of Chima
As you know, there's a large number of Legends of Chima sets in the shops already, and there's loads more to come. The second wave of Speedorz (70104-70106) will be launched in March, so if you do plan on buying them all, don't hang about buying the current ones as they'll disappear from the shelves fairly soon.
Then in June, the next wave will be launched. Another three Speedorz and another starter set. This is when they become interesting because new characters are introduced.
- 70107, Skunk Attack, features Skinnet the skunk, as seen in episode 1 of the TV series.
- 70108, Royal Roost, contains Laval.
- 70109, Whirling Vines, contains Gorzan, from the gorilla tribe.
- 70114, another starter set contains Eris and Rawsom, who might be a new character, or might have just been Rawzom spelled incorrectly.
The six 'buildable figures' looked absolutely terrible, IMO. A cross between the Ben 10 and the Super Heroes ones. They are out in August. I'll say no more about them...
There are four more Chima sets out in August, which look a whole lot better:
- 70009, Worriz' Combat Lair, £60, is a 8-wheeled contraption that breaks into five sections. It comes with 6 figures: Eris, Grizzam, Windra, Wakz, Wilhurt and Worriz.
- 70007, Eglor’s Twin Bike, £20, is a neat looking 2-wheeled vehicle being chased by Razcal in a small helicopter.
- 70008, Gorzan's Jungle Striker, £50, is a gorilla-like mecha which looks pretty cool. It comes with 4 minifigs: Rizzo, Gorzan, Gardo, G'Loona, who's a female.
- Finally, 70010, the Lion Chi Temple, £100 is an impressive looking structure which won a best toy award today. You can see pictures of it here. It comes with7 figures: Lagravis, Laval, Longtooth, Eris (she seems to crop up everywhere, doesn't she!), Cragger, Crawley and Razar.
Then in September, there are three more Speedorz:
- 70110, Tower Target, containing Grizzam.
- 70111, Swamp Jump, containing Furty, who appears to be a fox.
- 70112, Croc Jump, containing Crug.
I hope you have deep pockets if you intend getting them all!
If I'm not mistaken, the new minifigs in the June onwards sets are:
- Skinnet, Furty
- Gorzan, Gardo, G'Loona, Grizzam
The new City sub-themes for later in the year are coast guard and cargo airport. The coast guard sets are, apparently, slightly juniorised and aimed at a younger audience. They do appear to comprise mostly large single-use pieces (boat hulls, aircraft cockpits, etc.). The coast guard vehicles in the sets are white and orange with blue accents. The five sets are:
- 60011, Surfer Rescue, jet ski, 2 figures, shark.
- 60012, 4 x 4 and diving boat, 2 figures.
- 60013, Coast Guard Helicopter. This looked like the the most interesting of the five, the helicopter uses a new cockpit piece that, while juniorised, looks pretty good. The helicopter is rescuing a wind surfer. 2 figures.
- 60015, Coast Guard Plane, seaplane rescuing fishing boat, 3 figures.
- 60014, Coast Guard Patrol, the largest set, quite a lot in this one: large floating boat, RIB, rock and lighthouse, small helicopter, sharks.
The cargo airport sets were far more interesting. They are green and white:
- 60019, Stunt Plane, is actually a bit out of place because it doesn't really go with the rest of the sets in terms of theme or colour. It'll be £10 and features a black/red/white single-prop plane and a small ground support vehicle.
- 60020, Cargo Truck, £25, is a 'great vehicle': a 6-wheeled truck, an excellent orange fork-lift truck and a couple of pallets. A superb set by the looks of it.
- 60021, Cargo Heliplane, £25, features the new cockpit piece also used in the coast guard helicopter and has end-of-wing mounted rotors. It looks to be supporting forest logging operations as the set comes with logs and a guy with a chainsaw.
- 60022, Cargo Terminal, £70, contains an absolutely huge cargo plane, the largest LEGO has made by the looks of things, at least 40-studs long I would estimate. It also contains various ground support vehicles, including a conveyer truck for loading the pallets, and also a control tower.
Finally for City, 60023 is an interesting 'City Starter Set' which contains an ambulance, fire engine, a police motorbike and 5 minifigs, all for just £20. I think this is the first time we've seen all three emergency services in one set, isn't it? Shame it didn't also have a coast guard vehicle and an AA van in it, too :-)
Three Advent calendars again. The City one seems to be more varied than the last two we've had. The Star Wars one features a Santa Jango Fett. The Friends one, probably more of the same...
There are NO more new Ninjago sets this year.
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger sets were on display but not all of the minifigs. All except the smallest contain the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and apparently they are different in each set, although they said that about Jack Sparrow in the POTC sets and that turned out not to be the case. We have good pictures of them so I won't describe them.
In part three, I will cover Castle, Galaxy Squad, Super Heroes, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Stay tuned!
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