The 2013 GimmeLEGO awards

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Brickset reviewer DrDaveWatford, as you may know, runs his own blog called GimmeLEGO.

Dave has just posted his annual GimmeLEGO awards article which makes for some interesting reading. Find out which theme, set and minifig he thinks were the best of the year and cast your vote in the final category, the reader's choice award.

(LEGO Oscar model by Nathan Sawaya).

9 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

GimmeLEGO award sounds like they award the sets to minifigures but they're just a plastic toy that wouldn't appreciate it much.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have to agree with DrDave in every regard to be honest, this year there have been a few stand-out sets for me, although to choose only one is very tricky.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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By in United States,

Really great article, though I do wish Legends of Chima received an honorable mention for Best Theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great read and I very much agree.
My only criticism, though it's more of an observation really, is that the winning sets were pretty much exclusively massive (and the winning themes were influenced by those massive sets). It seems a shame that the huge sets can overpower everything else so easily, but then all of the huge sets highlighted were genuinely inspiring and full of detail and functions. I guess says more about the state of the TLG portfolio than DrDave's choices.

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By in Spain,

I think creator certainly was the best theme last year with its dimple but creative ideas.

I do think Chima should've been an honourable mention in better than expected maybe though.

Super Hero sets certainly were the most disappointing of last year though especially the 2nd wave.

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By in Norway,

Very interesting reading. Thank you very much. I would like t see it next year here at brickset again.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good article, I also think it's a fair summary and a good call on Creator. My only change would be to reduce the honourable mentions bit to one additional mention maximum.

I must say @Dave has got the Super Heroes bit bang on. Far too many sets last year just looking like a quick re-cut of previous sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cheers for the comments, folks, both here and on Gimme LEGO.

Chima was well down the list for me in terms of the best themes, to be honest - at times it felt like LEGO were throwing everything they could at it in the hope that something would stick. A few decent sets without doubt (e.g. Eris' Eagle Interceptor) but an awful lot of filler in there too; certainly too inconsistent to get a gong IMHO. I also thought that there was a lack of standout sets.

Excellent comment about the preponderance of big sets winning the prizes; I did have this in mind while I was making my selections, but couldn't in all conscience choose an inferior smaller set over a superior larger one just to level the playing field.

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