London Toy Fair Report, Part 5
I did say that part 4 would be the last but it seems I've upset a number of people by completely ignoring Hero Factory, Chima buildable figures and Duplo.
So for the sake of completeness and to keep everyone happy, here goes...
There will be seven new HF sets in August. All continue the 'Brain Attack' theme. There appears to be three pairs of colour-coordinated good guys and bad guys, which are in pouches: Surge and Dargon Bolt are blue/yellow, Stormer and Frost Beast are white and turquoise, Evo and Aquagon are a different shade of blue, black and yellow. I suspect they have new heads and weapons, but I'm not an expert.
The seventh, boxed, set, Jet Rocka is either half-man, half-aircraft, or a normal HF figure in a strap-on jet-pack/wing contraption.
Chima buildable figures
There will be six of them, launched in August, one for each tribe. They are also packed in pouches and are very similar to last year's Super Heroes buildable figures in terms of size and components. They appear to use existing parts from the waist down and I suspect their skeleton is identical to the SH figs. Their torso plates are similar to that on the Iron Man one I have in front of me (the only one I have), I can't recall if they were all different in shape, or just different prints.
They all have new heads and some, the lion, gorilla and wolf, have large hands fitted with robot arms for fingers and, in the case of the lion, claws fitted to them. They each have a weapon which might be new or might be recycled HF. The eagle and raven have wings made from the wing parts used in the minifig sets.
It appears that there will be instructions to combine models to make larger ones.
Apologies, we didn't look too closely at the Duplo, but the main news is that there will be three 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' sets in August. 10514 Jake's Pirate Ship Bucky, the largest, features a pirate ship and a small island and two figures. 10512 Jake's Treasure Hunt contains a rowing boat, a smaller island and 1 figure, Jake I presume. 10513 Never Land Hideout contains a island playground with a slide, and two figures, one of which has short legs.
That really does conclude my coverage of the London Toy Fair. The German toy fair starts next week. Let's hope some images emerge from it to save you having to visualise my descriptions.