SDCC - New sets revealed!

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LEGO Star Wars AT-AP

LEGO has revealed two new licensed sets at SDCC! Yesterday the new Star Wars AT-AP (pictured left - click for larger version) was announced. This set contains 717 pieces and will retail at $69.99. It is set to be released from March 2014 in the US. There's no word on global pricing or release dates yet.

LEGO The Hobbit Lake Town Chase

Hot off the press comes the announcement of The Hobbit Lake Town Chase, only a short time ago. Set to be released this December, it will retail for $49.99 and includes 334 pieces and these five minifigures: Bilbo, Thorin, Bard, The Master of Lake Town and a guard.

What do you think of the sets? Personally I'm a little disappointed, they seem a little lack-luster for the price...

74 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

nice dark colour on the AT-AP, better than all the light grey star wars sets

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By in United States,

The AT-AP has nice features but seems a bit bland in general. As far as the Hobbit set goes it appears to have nice detail though the set itself is very small overall and way too pricey. There needs to be something added to it. Either larger buildings or more of a landscape surrounding it.

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By in United States,

Those buildings leave a little to be desired. Couldn't they at least include 2- 16x16 blue base plates instead of the 6- 2x12's for the water?

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By in United States,

The colors on the AT-AP are fantastic, especially what looks to be olive green. I love the dark colors on it & the addition of Technic pieces. As for the set from The Hobbit, I like the boat (especially the sails). That set is ok--I wanna see close ups on the minifigs.

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By in United States,

^^ I agree with you, HokieJoe99, on the lack of better blue base plates. The detail is alright, but the buildings bug me a little, too.

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By in United States,

What about the super hero set that was going to get revealed today

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By in United Kingdom,

The AT-AP looks great, some nice improvements over the older set and the Minifigures are great (Tarfful and Commander Gree I presume). As for the Hobbit set, I have to disagree with the general consensus, personally I like the set, although the price is not entirely satisfactory.

@vamproe - Now that looks like a brilliant set! I am so excited to get my hands on it.

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By in United States,

Meh. Not into SW and not collecting The Hobbit, so I don't have many opinions. The AT-AP looks decent. Love three-legged walkers. The Hobbit set looks good but not for the price.
I'll hold out for The Lego Movie sets.

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By in United States,

:O YALEEEHOO!!! This is what I've been checking Brickset for for the last month! Wohoo!! :-D

I love the Lake Shore set, but... the AT-AP is a virtual copy of the old one, IMHO.

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By in United States,

I have to say I'm extremely disappointed in Comic-Con this year. Only 3 set reveals? And all 3 are fairly lackluster... The only set I'm interested in is the new Batman set, and the only appeal of that is the Flash.

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By in United States,

Commander Gree AND Tarfful the Wookiee... Man I'm gunna be broke.

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By in United States,

It looks like the Hobbit set does not look like it is going to be a great set because it is overpriced and it looks like it is going to be one of those sets where you will just wonder why did you get that set or was it worth it. The AT AP walker seems like it is a set that you get multiples of because it is so great, but I liked the price of the old set better.

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By in United States,

Well its nice to have a tarful again and gree, but the lotr set looks like it should be about 30$

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By in United States,

I'm not really into Star Wars but the set looks good. I honestly think the Hobbit set looks really good, but it's pretty sad hoe they did the water. That makes it really obvious that TLG is cheaping out.

I really want to see some more SH sets. Can't wait for those :D

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By in Spain,

The AT-AP looks okay and a good improvement from the last. The hobbit set is lacking potential though.

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By in United States,

At least the AT-AP seems to be like most of the summer 13 SW sets: low PPP.

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By in United States,

The reason I think their expensive is just for the new minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll add a blue base plate to the Laketown set.

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By in United States,

IS Lego going up on their prices. Lego is already an exspensive toy.

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By in United States,

@tjyeldon1: You need to factor the piece count as well. And strangly, adjusted for inflation, not at all.

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By in United States,

OVERPRICED!!!

I'm trying to figure out where 300 more pieces went in that Star Wars set, really not worth it.

And the Hobbit set... really? Why is that $20 more than other sets with that piece count? Are the boats adding $10 each?

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By in United States,

That AT-PT better have 2 clones and Tarfful.

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By in Australia,

Interesting . . . the boat in the Lake Chase is nearly identical to the one in 7016, Viking Boat against the Wyvern Dragon.

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By in United States,

Seems very uninspiring and expensive. Will be a good buy on clearance.

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By in United States,

I don't know if I will buy Laketown. Doesn't look all that great.

And we already had an AT - AP. But this one still looks good. I like the clone :)

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By in United States,

I mean THE CLONE IS A BOSS!!

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By in United States,

The AT-AP looks like a decent enough improvement over the first one, but it doesn't look that much bigger, so I'm not sure how they crammed 300 more parts into it, they've gotta be tiny pieces, and that's not worth $30 extra over the old one, IMO - though the Gree and Tarrful figs look good. Still...I was hoping for $50, or at worst $60.

The Hobbit set looks okay, if a little small for the price.

In a few more years, I have a feeling every price point is just going to be a battlepack - they've come awful close with quite a few sets recently (at least on the licensed sets.)

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By in United States,

The Hobbit Lake-town set looks fantastic. Yes, it is overpriced, but other than that it looks great, especially in terms of authenticity. The buildings look exactly like those wee see in the trailer and the boat is identical to the one we saw in the Desolation of Smaug sneak peek in March. I love the brick built sails on the top!

Plus the minifigs are fantastic. Bilbo looks the same but we get a new torso for Thorin. Bard and the Lake-town guard look very well done with some new elements that are sure to please minifig collectors and Hobbit fans alike. The Master of Lake-town is probably the best of all. He looks incredibly detailed (from this and other pictures) and while we've seen little material of him from the next film so far, very accurate (if my memory is holding up).

While this is just speculation I think those buildings will be pretty well detailed inside. During the previously mentioned live sneak peek in March they spent a pretty lengthy period of time looking at Lake-town and especially all the detailing inside the buildings (for the Master, not the common folk of course). I'd bet there are also going to be quite a few play features in here too based LEGO's history and footage from production diaries and stuff.

For those still a little skeptical wait for more images as opposed to just this one computer model. Here's a video with a few pictures from Comic-Con where the actual set is displayed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP5xlJuvQyc

As to the AT-AP it looks pretty lame to be honest. Didn't we just get one a few years ago? The only neat part is the clone. But that's true of a lot of Star Wars sets these days isn't it. All these old sets with variations of the same basic minifig that make them "must haves"...

Sorry for rambling on like this forever! :-)

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By in United States,

In my opinion the AT-AP is a somewhat forgettable vehicle. I don't believe it even has a particularly large fan following like some ships in the star war universe. I personally think the vehicle is ugly with the stabilizer leg so I can hardly blame the set for looking wonky. Unfortunately the old version was forgettable and so is this one. I never buy land vehicles anyway but even if I did I would probably skip this one.

The redeeming qualities are the redesign of the guns and the minifigures. However, when it comes to star wars sets minifigures aren't that big a deal to me so it's a minor plus.

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By in United States,

Despite the price to piece ratio, the AT-TP looks super-overpriced, and not all that different from the 2008 version.

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By in United States,

Man, that Lake Town set is exactly the kind of set I wish that LEGO would develop for the Castle line. In the meantime, I'll just have to grab one of these and swap out the flesh heads! Still a nice set, imo.

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By in United States,

I like the Laketown set, it is a bit expensive, but I can live with that. I also think this is Stephen Fry's first minifigure appearance. YAY!!! (I am a fan of Jeeves and Wooster). The detailing is quite nice, and I like the boat.

I never really liked the AT-AP in the first place (It has very little screen time in relation to other SW ground vehicles), and I will probably not get that set. Gree is cool, but I don't buy sets fifty or above for ONE MINIFIG! I also think the scaling is off... it seems a bit big, a lot like this year's AT-RT (which should have been comparable to a large motorcycle with legs).

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not much of a fan of star wars and luckily i don't have to pay these ridiculous prices because most other themes
like hero factory or city are better value for money.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought they were going to show a Lego Super Heroes set?!?!

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By in Australia,

I actually like the hobbit set, although blue plates seemed an obvious choice and bizarre exclusion. Im guessing it will be close to $100 here in Australia but I wouldnt pay more than $70 for it. $50 would be better

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By in Belgium,

"1st comment!" -- seriously Legozrool? IMHO people who feel proud of such an achievement should be rewarded by a (temporary) ban and their comment should be removed.

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By in Slovakia,

isn t there some lightnig brick on AT-AP?

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By in United Kingdom,

If that $50 for laketown translates into £50 they can forget it. £50 for 2 interesting minifigs and a bunch of brown? (Hobbits don't count - I have too many already and hate the unposeable legs).

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^@BJMdotLEGO - IMHO that doesn't seem all that worth moaning about. ;)

I actually quite like the sets.
I'm not sure about the value as I work in £, but if TLG actually bother to convert the prices instead of just lazily changing the currency symbol and leaving the figure the same they would come in at quite a reasonable price-per-piece compared to standard licensed sets.

The AT-AP seems nice and robust and is a welcome ground vehicle in the SW world of spaceships.

And the Hobbit set looks superb to me! Very well detailed, stylish looking with some nice techniques - I love the furled sails!
I can see what some people mean about the lack of baseplates, but if they were on baseplates I think they'd look pretty awkward next to each other unless they were at right angles to each other, and the boat would look a bit odd sat between them. Having them 'loose' like that allows for arrangement and seems a pretty obvious choice to me.

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By in New Zealand,

@ BJMdotLEGO - you should be banned for your comment - go and play on IGN or something where you can cause arguments to your hearts content.

Back to the topic at hand, its hard to make the details out on the Hobbit set from the available pics, as its all dark colours. It might be one of those ones that is more than meets the eye. First impressions don't have the wow factor that Bagend, Moria, Helms Deep and Goblin King sets did - hopefully they have some bigger sets coming out also.

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By in United States,

I quite like the AT-AP (but maybe it's only because I didn't get the older one ;) )

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By in United States,

The AT-AP looks pretty good, yes the 'pod' is very similar to the last one, but compare the Legs! There completely different! http://brickset.com/detail/?set=7671-1

The Hobbit set is good, but the 'water' is pathetic! but other than that some great reveals at SDCC!

Also now that I think about it this could mean that 2014 has E III sets, 2015 E IV, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^Sorry BMJ, I'm afraid it doesn't seem all that worth discussing formally to me either! Saying that though, I feel I should point out that in this case there was at least an actual comment along with the "1st comment!" thing, so it's not a completely wasted comment. As to whether or not it would be so frightful a thing if it were just the "1st comment" comment: meh! :)

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By in United States,

It doesn't look like it in the above image, but in the release video for the Hobbit Laketown set, it appears that The Master of Laketown has a two-color cape with red and purple. I could be wrong, but if the minifigure does include a red/purple cape, wouldn't that be the first time we've gotten a cape in those colors?

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By in United Kingdom,

The ship from The Hobbit set would suit Jack Sparrow perfectly for his arrival into Port Royal!

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By in United States,

Definitely be getting Lake Town, but not at that price.

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By in United States,

AT-AP isn't bad for price per piece, but it looks almost identical to the first one and is about twice the price...

Lake Town is way too small. TLG could've added a couple more buildings 'n' stuff.

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By in United States,

The hobbit set will be nicer if always found for 30-35 dollars on sale.. It is a nice little medieval village building set IMO

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By in United States,

I'm wondering about Gree. I noticed that they used the new Clone Wars clone helmet versus the Ep. 3 phase II one. I don't think that's accurate. Lego probably didn't want to have to produce the old one all over again. It's a shame. I also noticed Lego gave him black legs when in the movie he has camouflaged olive green. Just pointing these things out. I hope he turns out okay. I have high expectations for him...

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By in United States,

Am I the only one who thinks the Laketown Guard is the best minifig of the set? Anyway, this set looks excellent
but not for $50 bucks!

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By in United States,

I am getting the AT-AP walker for two reasons 1 I missed out on the 2007 version and the minifg selection is a lot nice then the last.

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By in United States,

If you guys think the Laketown set is lame and overpriced at $49.99, why don't you think back to last year's $49.99 Hobbit set, which was a glorified tree? Yeah, the wargs were cool but that set was nowhere near as good as Laketown. I'll buy this one in a heartbeat.

Now...should it be $39.99? Yes. But we know LEGO is an expensive hobby.

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By in United States,

I don't think I will get the new AT-AP because I already have the 2008 one. I'm guessing the extra 300 parts were used to fill up the large (ugly) gaps in the cockpit the 2008 had. I also think this will look oversized next to other sets like the turbo tank (unless they make another version that might be very overpriced.)

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By in Canada,

I won't buy either of them, because the best deal I'll get in Canada is 20% off a set that's 25% above US retail. Nowadays it's hard enough getting the value for your dollar just at American retail, now even the Americans are scratching their head wonder what part of the body Lego is pulling their prices from.

This isn't just an issue of price, it's also that neither one of these sets (like 75% of 2013) have anything of interest aside from the over-done minifigures. Lego needs to realise that it doesn't matter how many great minifigures come in a set, because if they're not paired with a great looking model, I'm forced to tuck the minifigures in a drawer or bin where they're hidden forever. My days of buying Lego sets are reaching a quick end, and the first taste of 2014 is just insult to injury. I'm sick of these cheap "bare bones" sets getting sold for top dollar! I'm not going on some "back in the good old days rant" where I complain about a one or two decade difference, this is Lego going downhill in a matter of one or two years. A Lego magazine arrived for me a bit ago and for the first time in six years I just casually flipped through the pages and tossed it aside. I used to keep a recent magazine within arms reach of my lounge chair and stare at each section while the cable television chattered on in the background completely ignored. My interest in Lego isn't gone, and that's what pains me the most, because right now if I'm not the guy who buys the current sets then I'm left to redefine my hobby as an AFOL. So what do I do now, spend the rest of my life making Lego stop-motion movies or investing in over-scale MOCs???

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By in United States,

Heh, I thought Laketown was a POTC set at first.
Yeah, it's pretty cute but feels overpriced...pretty much like what everyone else has said.

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By in United States,

I NEED to see more Hobbit sets! :P

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By in Canada,

@Ypres I hear you, it is hard to remain excited about sets that cost double in Canada by the time they hit amazon in the USA. We just dont get the extreme deals in Canada. As far as the sets I am pretty content with legos current models minus a few of the smaller super man sets. I would hope the addition of the larger builds like Tower of O, and the soon coming ewok village in september would perk your interest.

When ever i think about how much lego is costing and the over priced mini figure I have to appreciate that with that price comes a commitment that your lego will be worth the same or more in the future if cared for. The fact that I can say my Hobby has a ROI potential makes me proud to collect lego.

There are other places in the world where lego is marked up as well when compared to the USA.

As much as the flood of stickers and chinese made elements drive me nuts, I actually enjoy all the licenced themes and unique characters lego is now able to produce. Besides the re-hashed sets that occur especially with star wars.... AT-AP perhaps I am enjoying the new models.

AT-AP-- Ill have to build it to know if I like it better

Hobbit set--- looks a little weak as a set but Ill buy it just the same, hobbit fan till the bitter end.

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By in Denmark,

LAKE TOWN is really great. It got a pleasant atmosphere. The boat, houses and LT-guards are all nice. And it doesn't seem to have any stickers (*tear of joy*). The prices are always to big but with a bit of patience its always possible to get at least 25% reduction somewhere :-). Must own!

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By in Germany,

I also like the Laketown a lot. TLC just keeps on releasing the type of sets I always wanted to have. However, I can't believe it will be 50 euros in Germany. More like 60 or even 70, I reckon, if you consider the current Tolkien set prices.

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By in United Kingdom,

You can make any argument for PPP you like on the AT-AP but it's some dull re-make of an existing set with an exclusive fig to get the collectors and parents to part with their money - not on my radar unless it drops to 50% off, then i'll sell the clone.

The Laketown set looks nice, but $49.99 for 334 pieces is robbery. It'll be £45 at least in the UK, maybe £49 (because as someone mentioned above, why bother with different exchange rates when you can just exchange currency symbols instead?) and because of the massive boat and mast it feels like a rip-off. Sure, the minifigs will be lovely but I won't justify the cost for five figs.

Given my complete apathy for minecraft, the miniscule chance of ever even seeing the exclusive Marvel and DC figs in real life never mind owning them, and one blurry photo of a set with a Flash fig in, i'm once again thinking SDCC is a bust for me.

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By in Netherlands,

The Hobbit set could be better. Lets hope it is just a preliminairy picture. It could use another building and ways to connect the buildings. Like with the 79010 goblin king battle.

The Star Wars set: again a set we have already seen. Come on TLC! Stop making reruns.

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By in United Kingdom,

There's a lot of criticism for Lego remaking old Star Wars sets that seems odd to me. How many ships are there that haven't been done before? And given how dated (i.e. really rubbish) the old versions of sets like Slave I, the sailbarge and all the Jabba's palace modules looked, aren't we glad for remakes that match the current (far better) aesthetics?

(^And I wouldn't normally be so petty as to point out a typo but that one's pretty fitting; with all this negativity TLG might well need some TLC!)

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By in United States,

@BJMdotLEGO, sorry 'bout that just got a little carried away

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By in United Kingdom,

Im not really into the hobbit \ lotr sets but this one looks pretty nice :D

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By in United States,

The Hobbit set looks like a POTC set. I don't know, 334 pieces, that should retail at $35 or have closer to 500 pieces. I'll still get it though. *blush* =/

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By in United Kingdom,

I've just checked out the Viking sets from 2005-6 after some comments that the Hobbit set looks like one of them. Turns out there's one that has that same boat with the same mast. But they're in a different colour and the Viking set is just the boat with a dragon.
It strikes me that there's absolutely no resemblance whatsoever beyond the fact that Lego only have a certain number of boat hulls and masts to use and so every boat they produce will resemble some other previous version. In essence, the observations about this set, which features a boat along with two other buildings, were, "That boat looks like a Lego boat." Well I never! :P

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By in United States,

That AT-AP looks awesome! I really want to buy it! *pitiful moaning in background is heard* Sorry guys, that was my wallet. Again.

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By in United States,

Since no one has brought up the misprint on the Lake Town Chase's part count, I guess I will...
When I built this set in LDD using FBTB's detailed photos, my parts count came to 463. It is possible that I used up to six more parts than what LEGO used in the set; but, I know for a fact that the Lake Town Chase has to have more than 450 parts just to build the model in the photos. It seems that LEGO gave the wrong piece count to the news sites. Eurobricks user, deskp has come to the same conclusion in the threads over there...

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By in United States,

I think that the AT-AP looks awesome and they finally are making Tarful and Commander Gree minifigures. I have been waiting for these for awhile. The piece count seems decent for the price of the set. Even though the price is higher than the 2008 set, it is also bigger. The hobbit set is okay it could be a little bigger. For the size of the set it shouldn't be priced any higher than maybe $40.

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By in United Kingdom,

^They have done a Cammander Gree before haven't they? I've certainly sold one on that I got in a batch of SW Lego from eBay (I'm an OT only sorta guy!)... [checks Brickset database]... yep, he's in 9491 Genosian Cannon. It's a recent-ish one, probably still available if you want to get him - and a lot less pricey than the AT-AP will be!

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By in United States,

@zipsforbannanas This is a different gree. I agree with you about the remakes.Lego should not stop making re-makes. Lego should redo some of there sets because they listen to feedback and they design the sets to be as perfect as possible. Lego should make more remakes in my opinion.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Darkbrick29, so it is. How's that's for an OT guy showing himself up? Two Grees? I'd only just heard of one of them! :P

I'm glad it's not just me on the remakes. There was a definite shift of style in 2009 that I really noticed in the AT-ST in the Endor Bunker set. The FBTB review of the Sailbarge was slagging it off because it was a remake, but I can't see anything about the new on the isn't miles better beyond just the smaller size, which I'm happier with anyway.
The Y-Wing is the only remake so far that hasn't been an improvement in my opinion, and that was only because it didn't look right at the front and had huge stickers and the newer parts actually hindered the engine pod design.
I can't think of any vehicles from the originals that hasn't been made once already anyway. And the B-Wing, TIE Bomber and Sandcrawler are the only vehicles I can think of that need a remake now too. (There's the TIE Interceptor too, but there's a brilliant MOC on Rebrickable that you can make from the latest TIE fighter with no extra pieces, so I'm happy without a new one.)

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