London Toy Fair report

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Yesterday, myself, DrDaveWatford, 'Big' Pete from FBTB, and Gary, the Brickish Ambassador, visited the LEGO stand at the London Toy Fair. I got back late and was tired hence not posting this until today.

It's the first toy fair of the season (Germany is in a couple of weeks and New York a couple after that) and for reasons I've never been able to fathom, LEGO does not allow photography which is rather odd given that in a couple of weeks, they do. Also, much of the what's on show is very much pre-production with blank minifigs standing in for the real ones, prototype pieces in the models and so on. Nevertheless, you can get a good impression of what's coming and in this article I will attempt to remember what I saw and give you my opinion on it, with the help of set listings from All About Bricks who have done a great job of capturing prices and other details.

So, here goes...

Star Wars

75048 The Phantom £19.99
75049 Snowspeeder £34.99
75050 B-Wing £49.99
75051 Jedi Scout Fighter £59.99
75052 Mos Eisley Cantina £64.99
75053 The Ghost £69.99
75054 AT-AT £109.99
75055 Imperial Star Destroyer £119.99

The original trilogy sets look pretty good. The Cantina was perhaps a little on the small side, but does come with three band members, Greedo, Han and a couple of other figures. It's a 'concertina' design so can fold into a square building, or fold out into a long wall. It comes with a sandspeeder which looks much the same as all the others but featured new 'salmon pink' parts.

The snowspeeder and B-Wing looked okay, but much the same as previous versions, the ISD was smaller than the previous minifig one but, according to DrDave, a much sturdier design. The other 'extended galaxy' sets were just plain weird and did not appeal at all. The AT-AT was also smaller than previous versions.

Legends of Chima

More Speedorz and constraction figures which AAB has listed but which were of little interest to me, and

70141 Vardy’s Ice Vulture Glider £17.99
70142 Eris’ Fire Eagle Flyer £24.99
70143 Sir Fangar’s Sabertooth Walker £34.99
70144 Laval’s Fire Lion £39.99
70145 Maula’s Ice Mammoth Stomper £69.99
70146 Flying Phoenix Fire Temple £89.99

Apparently a crack has formed in the earth's crust and the Chi has fallen into it. Thus the lions and eagles are battling with long-extinct animals, mammoths and sabretooth tigers that has been awakened (or something like that!). It looked pretty awful and far too abstract if I'm honest although it did have some cool figures, including a mammoth but they were only visible in pictures.

Friends

41030 Olivia’s Ice Cream Bike £9.99
41031 Andrea’s Mountain Hut £9.99
41032 First Aid Jungle Bike £12.99
41033 Jungle Falls Rescue £17.99
41034 Summer Caravan £19.99
41036 Jungle Bridge Rescue £24.99
41059 Jungle Tree Sanctuary £24.99
41038 Jungle Rescue Base £44.99
41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall £79.99

The girls have taken to the jungle. There were some interesting new vine pieces evident, but not many actual animals: just monkeys from the CMF series (IIRC) bears and pandas, so God only knows what part of the world it's set in!

The Animals collectables looked interesting and series 6 will feature a lion, seal and panda.

Ultra Agents

70160 Riverside Raid £9.99
70161 Tremor Track Infiltration £17.99
70162 Inferno Interception £24.99
70163 Toxikita's Toxic Meltdown £34.99
70164 Hurricane Heist £49.99
70165 Ultra Agents Mission HQ £79.99

The return of the popular and, it seems, successful, Agents theme. However I was very disappointed with them. There was no coherent design or colour scheme that had made the previous theme appealing, they were just a mish-mash of odd-designed vehicles in strange colours. The big selling point seems to be not the contents of the sets but an 'augmented reality' mission based app that is activated using codes in the boxes.

Ninjago

70727 X-1 Ninja Charger £34.99
70728 Battle for Ninjago City £89.99

I can remember nothing about the former set but the latter looked pretty similar to the last Ninjago temple, a oriental-style building set on a rock and thus fairly boring.

City

60032 Arctic Snowmobile £4.99
60033 Arctic Ice Crawler £9.99
60034 Arctic Helicrane £24.99
60035 Arctic Outpost £34.99
60036 Arctic Base Camp £69.99

Now things start to get a bit more interesting. These sets are not unlike the previous Arctic range from 2000. They are predominantly orange and the designs look realistic, particularly the ice crawler. The story here is that the Arctic is being mined for crystals found in blocks of ice. It features polar bears, the same as the new-style bear, and huskies which were very cute.

60050 Train Station £49.99
60051 High-speed Passenger Train £99.99
60052 Cargo Train £139.99

Train fans will be pleased by the news of a new range of City trains but I suspect will be disappointed by their execution. The station in particular was very disappointing and like no station I've ever seen. The passenger train consists of three cars which are white. It uses a new huge great nose piece for the front and back and thus stylistically looks the same as every other City passenger train we've seen over the last 10 years or so.

The cargo train, however, was much better. The locomotive is blue and yellow and based on US-designs, like the Maersk and BNSF locos. It comes with three wagons, one for carrying cable drums, one for containers (in this case a small tank which fits on the back of a truck) and an open cattle truck complete with cow. While this looked great there hasn't been anything even remotely like it on European railways since the 19th century. It also features an overhead gantry crane a bit like this one, track, motor, battery and remote control.

Creator

31023 Yellow Racers £19.99
31024 Roaring Power £19.99
31026 Bike Shop & Café £64.99

The first two are 'more of the same' but the bike shop and cafe were quite interesting. They are a bit like mini modular buildings, fairly realistic with a lot of internal details. They are hinged so can fold into square buildings or out to a single wall.

Mixels

All 27 mixels from the first three series were on show and to my mind they were 'best in show'. They are innovative, cheap, highly collectable and most of all fun. The first series features red, yellow and black creatures, the other two contain purple, lime green, blue, brown, orange and another colour that I can't remember. Apparently the cartoon will air in the UK, on the Cartoon Network. To be honest, these were the only sets I saw that I can't wait to get hold of.

HERO Factory

44023 ROCKA Crawler £8.99
44024 TUNNELER Beast vs. SURGE £8.99
44025 BULK Drill Machine £12.99
44026 CRYSTAL Beast vs. BULK £12.99
44027 BREEZ Flea Machine £12.99
44028 SURGE & ROCKA Combat Machine £24.99
44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER £34.99

The second half of year HF sets see our heroes heading underground to battle with fearsome creatures. The most interesting aspect were 'cocoon'-like pieces that the HF minifigs can be put inside once captured.

The Hobbit

Three sets will be available in October. They did not have names. One was a small rock piece, the middle-priced one was another part of Lake-town, a tower IIRC, and the largest featured Smaug. It was a nondescript structure made predominantly from sand green. I'd like to tell you what minifigs are included but I can't remember.

Turtles

There are two different Turtles series -- actually three if we count the one coming out in the 'Juniors' range -- this year: sets based on the cartoon which feature bright colours, and sets based on a movie coming out later in the year. These were just labelled 'Ninja Turtles' and were 'darker' than the cartoon ones: even the turtles, which are dark or olive green.

Super Heroes

Two ranges of Super Heroes were on display which I didn't much attention to to be honest. Under cover, but revealed to us were the three Guardians of the Galaxy sets. As usual with SH sets they looked to be very minifigure-focussed with weak supporting vehicles, although the largest, some sort of blue and yellow spacecraft, looked fairly interesting. These are apparently out in June.

Technic

Three sets to be released in the summer: a bulldozer, a 4WD pickup truck and a Volvo-licensed remote-controlled trench digger.

The LEGO Movie

Just the three sets we already have pictures of. Benny's Spaceship looked bigger than expected and will cost £70, IIRC.

That's just about it. By all means ask questions but don't expect me to remember every little detail, but hopefully DrDave will be able to pitch in too.

139 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

So I guess LOTR is done and dusted by the sounds of it. Very disappointing if that's the case.

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By in France,

"[…] for reasons I've never been able to fathom, LEGO does not allow photography which is rather odd given that in a couple of weeks, they do. Also, much of the what's on show is very much pre-production with blank minifigs standing in for the real ones, prototype pieces in the models and so on."

I think you asked the question and provided the answer in those two sentences.

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By in Norway,

No Lord of the Rings?!? My worst fear coming true...

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By in United Kingdom,

The creator bike shop and cafe sounds great. We don't usually get public buildings in the creator theme and so it will be a welcomed addition. Also, getting over a thousand pieces and being able to rebuild it into two other models for only £65 is such a deal! That's a set I'm looking forward to getting in the summer.

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By in Norway,

Do you remember what sort of minifigures were in The Hobbit sets, Huw? Dwarves, orcs, elves, men... Assuming there was a Bilbo figure, had he changed into the blue jacket from DoS?

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By in United Kingdom,

Could you say if Smaug was brick built or moulded?

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By in United Kingdom,

No new LotR.

There were dwarves, orcs, elves and men in the sets. I remember only Galadriel who's in the smallest one I believe.

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By in Australia,

The new Chima sets do sound quite odd. They went for prehistoric animals, but we're not gonna see dinosaur people?

The new Agents sets don't sound great, but I confess, I love that there's a villain named Toxikita. It sounds like a cocktail from a seedy bar somewhere.

Arctic is about crystals being found in blocks of ice? It feels like the 20th time they've done that storyline.

So the passenger train is another one just like the ones we've had for the last decade? That's a shame. Also, I'm interested to see the station now -- given that it's "like nothing I've ever seen". The cargo train sounds much more appealing. I'll definitely give that a shot.

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By in Ireland,

Disappointed to hear that the AT-AT is smaller than its predecessors, wasn't it reported to have the highest piece count yet?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw, regarding the 3 Technic sets, what functions does the bulldozer have and is the Excavator comparable to 8043 with regard to PF and Actuators?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not going to get either disappointed or excited right now, still lots of time to see final sets and loads to buy before these come out. But I do just have to say one thing: Galadriel!!!! Yes!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm waiting for the German toy fair where you are allowed to take pictures :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd also like to know whether Smaug was brick built or moulded parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm really looking forward to the Chima sets, but did you see CHI Panthar? If so is he definatly a Panther and does any of the sets come with a Panther Mini figure? :D

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By in United States,

I would love to see the new SW Rebels sets. As for Lego not allowing to take pictures, maybe you can sneak a video camera to the show (a button in a shirt).

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By in Germany,

City, Creator, Friends (animal collection sets) & Mixels are a must buy!

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By in United Kingdom,

As I mentioned nearly everything new -- minifigs and parts -- were either not there or were prototypes. The final Smaug wasn't present, he was represented by a Castle dragon.

None of the new Chima figs were there, so I have no idea, @Patch22.

@jon11380, the large Volvo looked to be pretty functional, motion/steering/bucket up/down via linear actuators etc. I don't think fans of large Technic plant will be disappointed.

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By in Czech Republic,

No new LOTR is most disappointing of the year for me, but I can now save more money for last hobbit wave.

Hobbit seems good.
Thanks for sharing info.

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By in United States,

Thank you for sharing! Quick question - what color is the Bike Shop & Cafe?

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By in United Kingdom,

Nondescript actually, mainly grey and white IIRC.

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By in United Kingdom,

Do you know how many mini figures were in the creator bike shop and cafe?

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By in Indonesia,

If anyone's wondering what the Hero Factory sets will look like (Though I doubt anyone is...) You can see them all in the new Hero Factory animation. Rather rubbish story-wise, In my opinion, but I think Ghost's influence helps the voice effects. A lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnjfwQg3YQs

Based on that, I won't get my hopes up for the "Queen Beast".

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By in United Kingdom,

@ JackQuinn1995, 4, IIRC.

>I won't get my hopes up for the "Queen Beast".

They were nothing to get excited about, that's for sure. The only innovation I could see was the cocoon, which was made of three 'leaf' sections held together with one of the Technic Y connectors.

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By in United States,

In my opinion, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are similar enough that you can have some one year and then the other the next.

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By in United States,

I'm actually pretty excited that the Turtle minifigs for the movie are olive and dark green.

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By in Australia,

was there a Bolg minifigure?

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By in United States,

hi, I was wondering if you herd anything about ninjago continuing into 2015 I read on brick fanatic's London toy fair report it was

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By in United States,

I guess that the Volvo trencher will be about the same size and cost as the Unimog. Is it of the wheeled or tracked variety?

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By in United States,

Any information on DC Superheroes?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - What colour were the bicycles in 31026/Bike Shop & Café?

I'm hoping TLG would have done a new colour but bringing back some of the older bicycle colours would be good too.

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By in United Kingdom,

@cody6268, wheeled, the biggest Technic wheels ever!

@Maniac, red I think.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Ah. Not what I was hoping for. Thanks for replying.

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By in United States,

What's the exchange rate on those CITY sets? CITY just keeps getting more and more expensive... :( I might have to switch to creator!

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, I'm just glad the prices weren't as high as I feared. But Queen Beast from HF - £35!? Really!? It better be big for that kinda money. Most expensive HF set... ever! :-) (yeah, was expecting it to be £25). Yes, I know Huw said it's nothing to get excited about, but I will wait for pictures so I can judge for myself :-)

But as others have said, I will wait for pictures before I make my final judgements :-) I'm gonna be skint, but maybe not as skint as when I first saw the set lists with their dollar prices.

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By in United States,

Did 60052 come with anything else besides the train and crane? I thought it would come with a truck like the last one because it has a crane and containers, but nowhere to put them after there unloaded.

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By in United States,

Saw no mention of Lord of the Rings. Any news on whats anticipated this year in that regards? I'm hoping for more large sets like last year's Tower of Orthanc.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to the technic Volvo, sounds intriguing. I was wondering if the 4WD pick-up was related to Sheepo's Cuusoo Land Rover ?

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By in United Kingdom,

Sounds like the new city trains are disappointing and the recent albeit rubbish photos didn't do much to stir excitement either. I am especially disappointed that the train station is more expensive than the last and poorly executed.

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By in United States,

@TechnicNick.

No, the new truck has nothing to do with any Cuusoo project. It is a medium sized all red custom style pick up truck with tilting rear bed. It also reintroduces the 5 x 11 red panel. There are a lot of them in the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have another question:P, did you see any of the Chima Minifigures names? on any of the Pictures? :D:P

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By in United States,

Wonder what was included in the Friends' shopping mall set.

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By in United Kingdom,

@popo123, loco, three wagons, small truck, forklift, gantry crane, possibly some small goods platform for unloading the cow.

@Patch22 yes but can't remember them.

@Briguy52748, clothes shop, beauty parlour and one other shop IIRC

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By in Indonesia,

@TheOneVeyronian; As I mentioned in the above comment, it seems like it'll be pretty lackluster, if the new Webisode is anything to go by. I'm especially worried by the fact that the webisodes actually tend to glorify and sweeten the sets, making them look better than they actually are. (eg. Dragon Bolt. He looked massive in the webisode.)

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By in United States,

Did the blank minifigs show gender. I.e. Any idea about if there were female mini figs in agents or Arctic?

Outside of the lack of cohesion with the animals, did the Friends Jungle sets look to have good play value?

These sets overall sounds disappointing, but I am glad to hear the Mixels did look good. I keep forgetting about them, but my son is extremely excited about them when he saw a pic of them in the Lego magazine recently.

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By in United States,

@ huw

Thanks! Also, was the bike shop and cafe all one. Building? Or was it 2 separate that can be combined? I saw a watermarked image that had a 2 story tall building and yellow car. What was the interior like of both?

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By in United States,

Was the 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer any different from previous years? I missed out on the earlier ones, so hoping this one is as good as the rest.

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By in United States,

I'd love it if the cantina proved popular enough to revisit/augment with additional smaller sets, like a Han/Greedo alcove and booth, or a couple tables of various different tipplers. Alas, probably not to be.

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By in United States,

Did you see the next Star Wars Advent Calendar? I'd heard Darth Vader is going to be Santa this time, and I'm curious if he's got a red helmet.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw

Thanks for the show review.

Are the Chima mammoth and sabre-tooth tiger moulded or brick-built?

The City/Arctic huskies are moulded, right?

Is the polar bear just the articulated bear in white?

Thanks

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By in United States,

This line up indeed sounds disappointing enough to save my wallet for the current line and perhaps a few of the winter and spring 2014 models!

I am mostly just excited about the Mos Eisley Cantina - long overdue, especially the inclusion of Greedo, the Modal Nodes (the Bith Band), and a Dewback!

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By in United States,

Am I the only who thinks Lego is making star wars sets too pricy? I mean, a lone snow speeder is 40$! Not to mention, they all seem like remakes. Lego really should consider making more EU sets, such as T4-Bs, Tie Advances, E-Wings.

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By in United States,

I'm extremely disappointed that there will be no LOTR sets this year (and possibly not in the future at all). What a shame, and a wasted opportunity not to produce ANYTHING from Gondor. :-(

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By in United Kingdom,

Is it an X-70B Phantom or a TIE Phantom? The former is a flat prototype like a fat SR-71 Blackbird; the latter is half-way between between a TIE Defender and an Imperial Shuttle (with a prototype cloaking device).
Then again, at £20, it doesn't sound like it could be either, at least at minifig scale. So what is 'The Phantom'?

Also, how big are the other Technic sets, compared to stuff we know?

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By in United States,

There is so much left untouched in LOTR and I will be so terribly disappointed if nothing comes of it. I've purchased every LOTR and Hobbit set so far and look forward to every new set. LOTR has become the new Castle for me since the Castle line has been less then stellar.

I hope Smaug doesn't look as bland and Duplo as I think he might.

Looking forward to getting a LEGO Movie spaceship.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks very much for the information.

You mentioned shops that "Heartlake Shopping Mall" included, but were they simply individual shops, or was there anything in the set to represent an indoor shopping centre/mall?

Do the new Agent figures just look like the old ones? And how does the gender ratio look, are they all male?
Also, were there any buildings or structures in the Agents theme? If its all just vehicles I think I'll pass.

Thanks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, you say biggest Technic wheels ever, how big we talking please?

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By in United States,

I believe I would rather buy the old AT-AT from 2003 than the new one coming out.

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By in United States,

Smaller AT-AT and smaller ISD? Hmmm, doesn't sound very promising but I'll probably buy them anyway. Size isn't everything; if there are improvements in the building techniques and some cool minifigures I will likely enjoy these new versions.

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By in United States,

I have heard that the new Lego movie sets are coming out on February 1st. Is anyone sure? Maybe there is a different date. Please let me know if you know.

Also, I had read the description of the Super Secret Police Dropship, and it said that 8 minifigures are included. As of now, we only know that Emmet, Batman, Johnny Thunder, and Green Ninja are the good guys, and 2 Robo Poloce. That's 6. Could the other 2 possibly be the green lantern and someone else? It already included batman, so why not another superhero? Just my curiosity. Let me know if anyone saw the other figures and when these sets would be coming out. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

@popo123, two 2-story square buildings. Inside was what you'd expect: a bike workshop and tables/chairs etc. in the café.

@Astericked, much the same, superficially. DrDave thought it looked better and it does have some cool rotating guns on the sides.

@tkatt, yes a Santa Vader, but black helmet. The set has a couple of other festive minifigs in it as well.

@zander:
> Are the Chima mammoth and sabre-tooth tiger moulded or brick-built?

Brick built, the mammoth was about 9in tall, the tiger was much like last years lions but more 'abstract', shall we say.

> The City/Arctic huskies are moulded, right?

Yes, like the current doggies, but slightly different I believe although the ones on show were prototypes.

> Is the polar bear just the articulated bear in white?

Yes

@joefish, no idea about the SW ship. The Volvo was huge, the 4x4 about 3/4 the size of the Unimog and the bulldozer was about 12" long.

Gregorovich, The mall looked to be an entrancehall and a shop either side, maybe one on top of the entrance. It was a single structure, or at least could be combined into one.

Agents figures were similar and I think some of the old names are back. Not sure about female ones.

@meccanotwitch, 6 inch diameter perhaps. They are not balloon tyres, but flat-sized ones.

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By in United States,

Some nice sounding sets - I'm looking forward to the German and New Tork Toy Fairs.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks Huw, they sound perfect. It will be great to have some large scale tyres.

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By in United States,

Also, what does 'IIRC' mean?

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By in Belgium,

IIRC = If I remember correctly

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By in United States,

Huw: Thanks. Any idea what the other shop was? Also, anything else included in the set that's noteworthy (e.g., a car or a fountain, etc.), or Friends characters that were included or so forth?

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By in United States,

@ huw

Thanks again. Are the backs open on the cafe and bike shop?

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By in United States,

Huw, I think those wheels and tires on the Front loader are the same ones that were on the Unimog with new yellow rims... The tread pattern is definitely the same... There is a black #4 panel in front of the rear wheel and it is roughly 1/2 the size of the wheel..

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By in United States,

If anybody wants to see part-images of these sets, go to eurobricks.com. Then, go to the town forums. Look for one called "2014 city sets discussion", or something close to that. Go to page 35, and scroll down until you see a link that says "here's a link to the pictures from darth punk in the Star Wars forums. If your in safari (apples internet), it PROBABLY won't work. My iPad mini 2 crashed every time I clicked, although the macs MAY be fine. There not watermarked, just little pieces of the picture to avoid the watermarked box. Hope this helps! (Just to be clear, it's ALL the pictures, not just Star Wars.)

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By in United States,

I heard we were getting 4 LotR sets...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Briguy52748 the beauty salon had a character with a beauty face mask on, Aunt someone I think she was called.

@Paul Boratko, yes you are probably right, good call.

@popo123 yes, if you open them out: they are hinged.

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By in Malaysia,

I was hoping for a new Emerald Night train with extra lights and carriage. Oh better luck next year.

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By in Canada,

Chiming in with those disappointed that LOTR appears to be done. Like @The_Chosen_1, I too am very disappointed we did not get a single set based on Gondor. It's a tired complaint, but the pirate ship was a waste of a set. An Osgiliath set at that pricepoint could have been excellent, in the vein of an expanded Weathertop. No Faramir or Gondor soldier minifigures. No Denethor. If the line passes without an Eowyn figure, that's a crying shame.

Oh well. More money to spend on OT sets. ^^

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the news, Huh!

It's nice to know we're getting Galadriel and Smaug, although only three sets for the new movie seems a bit of a shame. I thought we'd definitely get a Battle of the Five Armies set. Oh well.

I'm glad you were impressed with the Arctic sets, because I'm really excited for them, and it's cool we're getting huskies.

Also, the Mixels sound great, but that's no real surprise anyway.

I'm sure summer will be pretty fun. :)

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By in Germany,

I wouldn't give up on the LOTR line yet. The Tower of Orthanc was too much of a success and the displayed sets in London appeared to be in rough state from what the article said. Maybe the LOTR line wasn't ready for display yet? So let's wait until the German toy fair and if we don't get nothing there then it's time to complain. I certainly want to spend more money on LOTR Lego and without the theme I'll just spend less.

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By in United States,

^ I think part of the reason behind no LOTR sets is because of the change in release date of the hobbit film. Orignally the third hobbit movie was suppose to come out this summer, but was moved to a december release. I think lego originally planned on releasing the hobbit sets this summer. With the change in the movie they had to delay their release. I think that there may still be another wave after the next hobbit wave.

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By in United States,

"Not even a day after we got images of the 2014 LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sets, there is already news for the LEGO Lord of the Rings sets. BlackTiger13 on Eurobricks has seen some preliminary images and has given the names of five sets in the next wave as well as some descriptions of them. He also notes that the images he’s seen is from “someone who works on the sets” but is not allowed to show them because the person who worked on them would be in trouble (obviously). We’re a little skeptical about the information but it is some news so feel free to discuss.

The Mirror of Galadriel – Includes Frodo in a plain shirt and Galadriel. There is a small mirror and a statue. – $12.99

Amon Hen Ambush – Includes 2 Uruk Hai, Boromir, and what he believes is Merry. Small set of steps and the palantir tower. – $25.99

The Defence of Osgiliath – Includes 2 Orcs, a Gondor Knight, and maybe a Ranger. Small orc boat and ruins. – $40.00

Witch King Showdown – Includes the Witch King, Theoden, a Rider of Rohan (Eowyn), a white horse, and a Nazgul. Also includes a Fellbeast and small grassy area. – $60.00

The Battle of Minas Tirith – Includes Gandalf, 2 Gondor Knights, maybe 4 Orcs, a troll, and possibly Pippen. Set has 1 large gate at ground level, 2 smaller levels with a small house and the citadel. Also includes an orc catapult outside the city. – $120.00"-Via Brickfan
- See more at: http://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-lord-rings-2014-preliminary-set-names-details/#sthash.Gh9xuJhV.dpuf

We know we're getting a glow in the dark Witch King...could these be real?

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By in United States,

Thanks for the update Huw, but I think you dropped the ball a bit on the Hobbit line. There are a lot of people out there on the edge of their seat for every scrap of information. But I realize that's a lot of sets to remember and keep track of so thank-you for for posting this!

I'm terribly disappointed that no LotR sets were seen. But I'm choosing to remain optimistic. I certainly agree with the comment above by marswatcher.

Can't wait for Smaug and Galadriel!

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By in Norway,

I've heard that theory mentioned, Bycougars, and it could be the case, even though LEGO has had a lot of time to prepare another LotR spring wave... We'll just have to wait and see. I imagined we'd have one LotR wave this spring, then a final Hobbit wave and then, next year, the final wave of LotR. Hopefully, we'll still have that final wave of LotR next year. A good wave and a UCS Minas Tirith could be enough to satisfy our most crucial needs.

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By in Canada,

Huw, you said that Smaug was included with the largest Hobbit set. Was that explicitly clear, or do you think he could come with the middle set instead? A "Laketown tower" sounds like that place with the black arrow ballista that will presumably be used to kill Smaug, so it would make sense for him to be included in that set.

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By in Switzerland,

@Trandoshan: According to the trade catalogue, there will be four Hobbit sets this year ;) One of those probably contained spoilers and therefore wasn't displayed at the Toy Fair :)

@LegendsOfNinjago: That list is 99% fake ;) Galadriel and the Witch-King are in a set that's based on Dol Guldur :) Besides, it's the version of the Witch-King that is seen in AUJ and in FOTR (when Bilbo puts on the ring and sees the Ringwraiths for what they really are) and not the one with the helmet seen in ROTK :)

I wouldn't expect any new LOTR sets this year since there weren't any in the catalogues ;) Maybe next year if we're lucky :D

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By in United States,

I'm so glad they're stopping LOTR. They're such bland sets. Classic Castle and Pirates would be much better to have, or maybe another adventure theme. Friends going to the Jungle and City in the Arctic are definitely the most exciting parts of this list!

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By in United States,

Of the Marvel Super-Hero sets, did you only see the GotG ones, or did you also see the X-Men set? If so, is it indeed the Blackbird/X-Jet plane?

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By in United States,

Galadriel. That is an upside.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've just listened to the voice recording I made while going round the stand so can shed some more light on the Hobbit sets. I'm also hoping that the other attendees can pitch in and fill some gaps and I suspect Pete will do so in his report at FBTB.

So, there are 4 sets:

The small one with Galadriel and the witch king
Lake town bell tower has some important character something like bain? in it
Battle of the five armies, I don't recall much about that
The Lonely Mountain, the one with Smaug in it.

Sorry it's so vague, there's so much to take in and not much time to do so!

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant updates, thanks. Some great potential there, quite a lot to get my head around. My girls will go mad for the Friends sets. My eldest especially as she LOVES pandas.

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By in United States,

What Dwarves did you see?

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By in United States,

Poop...I was really excited about that article....

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By in United Kingdom,

I had high expectations for the AT-AT after not getting the previous versions. Not sure about the City and it looks like Chima has gone too far (just like Atlantis etc...)
I also have a question: Did you get any free gifts or booklet or anything like that? I was just wondering because at the NY Toy Fair people have previously got the Yoda Chronicles minifigure and the prototypes of Captain America and Iron Man.

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By in United States,

Hey Huw i was wondering you had anything recorded about the Super Heroes sets or remembered any more.

Like what did the X-men set look like and are we getting all five members of the Guardians? Some set build or all vehicles?

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By in United Kingdom,

Just to pick up on an earlier comment, I was quite impressed by the upcoming System scale Imperial Star Destroyer - it looked better to me than the previous effort (Set 6211), and was heavy but surprisingly robust. The guy who presented the set to us was raving about a new trans blue hologram microfig which is included in the set. Definitely my favourite of the Summer Star Wars sets.

The AT-AT had some nice details - the feet looked better than the previous version, for instance - although I must admit I've been spoiled by the MOC UCS version and therefore all of the system scale AT-AT's look a but puny to me these days and I can't help but notice the limitations.

Of the other Star Wars sets, the Cantina needed to be twice the size (and have twice the number of band members !) - maybe the design will facilitate joining two sets together in the same way as, for instance, the current Kingdoms Joust set. There's a nice new System scale B-wing coming in the summer. The snowspeeder didn't look much different to any number of snowspeeders over the past few years. I can't really comment on the fidelity of the 'extended universe' sets as I don't know what they're supposed to look like.

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By in United States,

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO LORD OF THE RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is the theme done?!?!?!!!!

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By in United States,

Wait, there is a Juniors TMNT set? Do you remember what minifigs it came with? Also, in the Ultra Agents, is Inferno the same Dr. Inferno as in the previous Agents theme?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm glad the Star Destroyer's getting a reboot, 6211 always looked really ugly and awkward to me, especially with the dreadful-looking-from-the-outside bridge section.
And I get the impression that the new spring loaded shooters are the main reason behind all the other vehicle remakes - everything needs to be made again with that feature maybe.

As a follower of Star Wars who sees multiple complaints every wave that...
a) there are too many OT/NT/EU sets and not enough EU/OT/PT sets
(delete alternately - each wave seems to focus on a different one alternately!)
and b) that TLG are really lazy for just remaking everything
(what do you expect when there's only a finite number of sets you can make in a theme based on films? Some of the old sets being redone were from way back and were pretty rubbish, and a number of sets are brand new anyway...)

...I'm wondering how many of the perennial complainers will notice the fuss over there being no LOTR sets at all and just be glad the SW theme keeps rolling on. ;)

(Though on that subject I can't help but think that LOTR and the Hobbit are just different sub-themes within the larger Tolkein's Middle Earth theme. Calm down everyone! You're getting hobbits, dwarves and elves under a different title, and wasn't Galadriel in LOTR anyway?)

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By in Poland,

Photos ???

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By in United States,

^Wait a month, for the NY Toy Fair and check Brickshow TV or Your Creative Friends on Youtube then.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't wait till the German toy fair for pictures:D, I really want to see the Phoenix Temple;)

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By in United States,

Please note guys that of Lego follows past trends they will do more Star Wars sets. PLEASE!!!! Lego Want A Jedi Temple!!!!

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By in Canada,

Im most exited for chima arctic and ultra agents. who cares if there mish mash, we all have different opinions. But mostly exited for the chima stuff. Phenioxs sound awesome but mostly the vultures and the sabre tooth tigers! arctic is really awesome too!

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By in Australia,

@Huw, would you please be able to comment on the new LEGO 60051 High-Speed Passenger Train? Did it have a smaller set of bogie's at the front of the train and then the larger for the back; similar to the red CITY 7938 Passenger Train from 2010? And if you were able to notice, did both engines have clear windows with one having a battery box inside? And my final question, did the front piece fit flush, tight with the rest of the train? Thank you.

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By in United Kingdom,

From the sounds of things, it seems this years summer wave will be another weak one with Star Wars, Agents and a chima in particular not delivering anything that great.

So far the city Artic, Lego movie and creator ranges seem the most interesting.

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By in United Kingdom,

@LegoAdventures, the only thing I can say is that the front we saw was a prototype so I can't say how well it fits, but surely they've learned lessons from the last one that didn't.

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By in United States,

I wonder if the Mining sub-theme from CITY was enough of a success to help bring about the new Arctic sub-theme? I thoroughly enjoyed all the Mining sets and look forward to the new Arctic sets! Perhaps there will be a product collection for the Arctic sets as there was with the Mining sets? Thank you for your insights into the new sets, Huw!

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By in Australia,

@Huw, thank you, exactly. Perhaps that is why they're releasing a such a set that is reminiscent of the 2006 LEGO 7897 Passenger Train, so they can make up for the flaw that was present with that one.

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By in United States,

Huw, was there any sign of CMF, especially The Simpsons?

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By in United States,

Star Wars is super disappointing this year, I really expected better sets. Oh well, I guess we can't have everything.

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By in United States,

It sounds like there are a lot of good sets to look forward to! I'm particularly interested in the Chima, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ultra Agents.

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By in United States,

That Chima storyline has got the to the worst thing I ever heard. A toddler can come up with a better story. Why dont they just be friends and have tea :P

City bike and cafe and Technic sounds interesting. The trains are disappointing. Wish LEGO would to their thing like in the 90's and makes lots of little sets to make a complete railway system.

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By in United States,

Can you describe the Superheroes Guardians of the Galaxy sets and minifigs you saw?

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By in United States,

You hardly described the stuff I was looking forward too. You know you may not like tmnt or Superheroes or even ninjago but other people do!

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By in Taiwan,

I don't see what's the problem with LotR. Most consumers didn't feel that the LotR-labelled sets provide a complete collection and we still hope to see a final wave.

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By in Australia,

The only LEGO sets i buy now are lotr/the hobbit. I would hate to see lotr go or the hobbit. if that happened i would probably stop buying lego (i know that sounds extreme).

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By in Canada,

Not sure if I will by the Amon Hen set (doesn't sound like anything new), but the other four are must boys. Hopefully Faramir is in the Osgiliath set. Glad we get an Eowyn, although I would also love to see a dress Eowyn.

Can we get one more AFOL oriented LOTR set, and do the Golden Hall of Rohan? That or Lothlorien or Rivendell, Ewok Village style.

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By in United States,

Just wanted to Thank you HUW for not just this article but for all your reviews. As someone who lives in the central US and has neither the funds (probably because I spend them on Lego) or the time to visit these shows, it's nice to get first hand, reliable info on all things Lego. I can only imagine the time and energy you spend on keeping us all up to date and just wanted to say. " Thank You!".

I love many Lego themes and am looking forward to the Hobbit sets (even though I'm not a fan of the movies) and I'm sure they will make more LOTR sets as the third Hobbit movie is still set to come out.

Can't wait for the new Star Wars sets either. Spring and Summer launches will be great. Tired of the Snowspeeder repeats but missed out on the original Mos Eisley so that will be a must buy. Also, love the fact that the new Rebels show will bring new characters and ships. I want to see all the different races created in Lego and the different ships will allow me to continue to add to my collection without just doing repeats to get the newer (usually more stable) version of a set just to get better looking figures.

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By in New Zealand,

Great to see such a huge response to this review - lots of interest and energy amongst the Bricksetters (I imagine that in my head to the tune of 'Here Comes the Hotstepper'). Having almost finished my Echo Base diorama I've finally decided to replace my 7130 Snowspeeder so glad there is one on the horizon whilst simultaneously feeling smug cuz I built an ATAT from scratch. Will have to start saving for the Star Destroyer - prices in NZ are just reddick

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you @eric0529, it's a pleasure :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Just for you Mixels fans out there...

I saw my first advert on Cartoon Network UK last night, it was a bottom of the screen scroll bar pulled out by one of the characters. Both my boys got pretty excited when I pointed it out.

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By in United States,

Could you please elaborate on the Constraction sets please? They might be of little interest to you, but to some readers its the most anticipated thing of the year.

Its interesting to hear about the cocoons. That's sort of the opposite of those Canisters on the Mechs in wave one. That makes a lot of sense.

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By in United Kingdom,

60032 Arctic Snowmobile £4.99
60033 Arctic Ice Crawler £9.99
60034 Arctic Helicrane £24.99
60035 Arctic Outpost £34.99
60036 Arctic Base Camp £69.99

yes please..............

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By in Switzerland,

@Huw: Thanks a lot for your coverage! I have one question on my mind though: Is the order in which you listed the Hobbit sets from smallest to biggest? :D Especially the middle-sized ones seem to confuse people ;)

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By in Italy,

thansk for the news!!! The agents theme is really bad?!?!? :( :( :(

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By in United States,

@Huw I know it's been asked many times, many ways. But can you use recordings and memory to tell us what is in the Super Heroes sets.

I wanna know what set Rocket Raccoon is in, i know Brick Fanatics said we get a brick built Groot and a yellow and blue ship. But are all the sets vehicles and no buildings? Why are they so not memorable.

And maybe the TMNT sets?

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By in United States,

I,m sad that there not doing LOTR. Buti,m happy about the Witch King

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw, I love how you are answering all these Questions.

Great show review!

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By in United States,

I love this time of the year. :o)

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By in United States,

Guys, keep in mind there weren't any Simpons at the show so it's not to say we don't get any LOTR. ;)

I hope. :'(

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By in Switzerland,

@Ethix: Sorry to burst your bubble, but there weren't any LOTR sets in the retailer catalogue so obviously we won't get any this year ;) Maybe we'll get more next year (or a second s@h exclusive, which is pretty unlikely IMO) :D

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By in United States,

Maybe they will have the Lego LotR at the N.Y. toy fair... I sure hope they do!

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By in United States,

Hopefully LOTR will be like Agents, here they stopped for awhile then started back up. We may have some hope.

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By in United States,

Oh, by the way thank you Huw for doing all this work, we all thank you.

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By in United States,

hey, does anyone know what 'the ghost' is?

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By in United States,

Hue do you remember which Hobbit set was the one with 313 pieces?

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By in United States,

Do you remember if there was a molded bear figure (Beorn in bear form) near the Hobbit sets?

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By in United States,

I'm looking forward to the hobbit sets and SH.

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