London Toy Fair Report - Part 2

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Following on from Huw's assessment of the unlicensed themes I will be taking a look at the licensed sets that were on display this year at the London Toy Fair. Overall I am a little disappointed to be honest, although there are some outstanding sets and minifigures to make up for others that are lacking.

I noted down prices and the minifigures included in most sets as well as some features that stood out to me of the models themselves. If I don't say much about a particular set, that is probably because I wasn't very keen on it so didn't take much time to pore over the details!

Please note that all prices are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

Minecraft (June)

I don't know a great deal about Minecraft but the four new sets looked to be much the same as those that have gone before. They represent different biomes but the structure of each one is very similar and the unfinished edges invite expansion as in the first wave. These are all said to be out in August:

21119 The Dungeon (£19.99) - I was quite impressed with this set in terms of value for money although the subject matter is of little interest to me. It consists of a fairly substantial area of uneven terrain with some cell bars built into one side of a hill and includes three minifigures: Steve and two Zombies.

21120 The Snow Hideout (£39.99) - This set included a cave with some terrain surrounding it and was mainly white, with hints of light bluish grey. Steve, Creeper and a Snowman are included.

21121 The Desert Outpost (£59.99) - A number of printed trans-clear 1x2 tiles caught my eye more than anything else in this set, which seems to be some kind of shelter hidden among the dunes. I am not entirely sure what these tiles represent, only that they are covered in tiny black and red squares. Steve and three bow-armed Skeletons are included along with a Wolf.

21122 The Nether Fortress (£69.99) - This lava based set was the most eye catching of the lot in my opinion and featured multiple levels, not unlike 21118 The Mine. It also included the most interesting minifigures in my opinion as in addition to Steve and Alex we find a new Zombie, which was very well detailed and a Blaze represented by a single blocky head piece.

Jurassic World (May)

My feelings on these are mixed. Although several of the sets looked rather nice the prices were off-putting for me. This is no doubt a result of the dinosaur moulds, which have apparently undergone some slight changes since their last appearance (though I can't say I noticed the updates). There are six sets to be released in May:

75915 Pteranodon Capture (£19.99) - This set includes a fairly simple helicopter (complete with side-mounted net launcher) and a dark red Pteranodon which looked great.

75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush (£29.99) - This dinosaur does have a new mould as it featured a head crest I do not recall seeing before. The set consisted mainly of a fairly large Jeep, reminiscent of the Ford Explorers from the original movie, but this time in blue. A Gyrosphere is also included.

75917 Raptor Rampage (£49.99) - This model was my favourite of the selection. It includes two Velociraptors which are named (one was called Charlie) and are different colours. A motorcycle for Chris Pratt's character is included but far more interesting was the large blue and white vet truck, which reminded me of the truck in 7726 Coast Guard Truck with Speed Boat. Unlike that truck however this one has a substantial rear section which included some internal details.

75918 T-Rex Tracker (£59.99) - The T-Rex looked much the same as 5885 Triceratops Trapper from the previous Dino series. Other than that I couldn't really see what was included as there were a number of small models on the display and the sets were overlapping a bit.

75919 Ultra Dino (£99.99) - I suspect 'Ultra Dino' is not the official name for this set which focused on some kind of headquarters for the heroes. The shape of the fort was much like 5887 Dino Defense HQ and it came with the white and grey Indominus Rex (I-Rex). Dr Wu was included I noticed and the fly trapped in amber is captured as a printed orange moonstone. Most exciting of all in my opinion is the inclusion of a Gyrosphere from the trailer. These are formed a bit like a LEGO bauble and there is a seat inside each one for a minifigure which will rotate with the ball to keep them level. A launching mechanism accompanies them.

75920 Raptor Escape (£39.99) - Two more Velociraptors were included in this set and they were different colours to those in the Raptor Rampage set which was good to see. These too were named so presumably are part of Chris Pratt's army of tame Velociraptors. The set itself was simply an enclosure for the Raptors which looked pretty impressive, although it was only just big enough to contain both dinosaurs.

DC Super Heroes (June)

Probably the biggest surprise of the entire Toy Fair for me was the news that the Killer Croc bigfig was nothing more than a rumour. I asked the staff member about it and he commented that he was aware of the rumour but didn't know where it had come from as there was no truth in it. Unusually it is the minifigures that disappoint in these sets (although I am looking forward to Deathstroke) while the sets looked pretty good.

76034 Harbour Pursuit (£29.99) - This set includes three minifigures: Batman, Robin and Deathstroke. The image of Deathstroke on the card was still blank but I am delighted to see we are getting a Deathstroke minifigure as I love the character. I believe Batman now has leg printing but is otherwise the same as his most recent incarnation and Robin was wearing his New 52 garb. The Batboat has dual cockpits and Deathstroke comes with a jetski used to tow the safe he has stolen.

76035 Jokerland (£89.99) - This set was very impressive in every regard except for the minifigures. The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Batman, Robin, Beast Boy and Starfire are all included and each villain comes with their own twisted fairground ride. Joker has a large brick-built version of his face which is over the entranceway to the park while Harley Quinn rides a motorcycle across a highwire. It was unclear whether the villains were the same as the previous versions but since the minifigures in the packaging were not completed, I suspect these are new variants. Poison Ivy has a plant-themed ride while Penguin looks to have spruced up 'hook-a-duck' to make it rather more deadly. A 1989 Batman style Batmobile is included with a large air intake at the front. I like the set itself but would have preferred to see a couple of new villains. Beast Boy and Starfire were represented by blank minifigures in images.

Marvel Super Heroes (June)

These two sets were very nice in my opinion and it is great to see so many new characters included, particularly given the modest sizes of the sets!

76036 Carnage's Shield Sky Attack (£11.99) - This set includes some great minifigures: Miles Morales' Spider-Man, a SHIELD Agent and Carnage, all three of whom looked superb. The model of a mini jet was not bad, but obviously it is not the focus of a set this size.

76037 Rhino and Sandman Supervillain Team (£44.99) - I am not sure what to make of this set. Iron Spider, Spider-Man, Sandman and Rhino are all included and Rhino's brick-built mech looked great, with features not unlike those in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A building site is the setting for the action and a large hand, belonging to Sandman, rises out of the ground. This part of the set looked rather poor in my opinion, although it likely has a lot of play features so will appeal in that regard.

76039 Marvel's Ant-Man (£19.99) - The only confirmed details given for this set are the price as it was not on show, although under interrogation the man on the stand suggested that three minifigures will be included, including the eponymous hero and the main villain of the upcoming movie.

Update: I forgot to mention before now that I also spotted a new Green Goblin minifigure included in one of the Juniors sets. I didn't catch the set number, but I did notice that the set included a small flyer for Green Goblin and at least one pumpkin bomb. It looked very faithful to the comic book version and was a definite improvement over the bigfig included in 76016 Spider-Helicopter Rescue in my opinion.

Star Wars (June)

Overall I thought the Star Wars selection was pretty good, although like the DC Super Heroes sets it might be the models themselves which appeal more than the minifigures! There were seven Episode VII sets although they were hidden away and the staff member could not even give me a release date, let alone confirm any set names. Otherwise it is a mixture of Episode I, Episode VI and Star Wars Rebels.

75091 Flash Speeder (£34.99) - This set actually seemed like pretty good value for money as it included five minifigures: two Battle Droids, two Naboo Security Guards and a Gungan Warrior. The Flash Speeder itself is probably a little oversized although it had the shape absolutely right and looked superb to me with seating for at least two minifigures and a large gun turret on the back.

75092 Naboo Starfighter (£54.99) - The Naboo Starfighter was the 'worst in show' in my opinion. It looked very much like previous versions other than having a little more bulk underneath on this occasion, and the price was greatly inflated by the inclusion of a couple of ground vehicles for maintenance. The minifigures have all been seen before, although some were new variants: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Naboo Pilot, R2-D2, two Battle Droids and two Droidekas. I must admit that the new Droidekas looked pretty good, although they felt tacked on in an attempt to justify the price.

75093 Death Star Final Duel (£69.99) - I have little doubt that this will stand out among the Star Wars sets for many. This is obviously a playset but actually looked quite impressive with some nice details and three large round windows like in the film. It includes a sliding door much like 9526 Palpatine's Arrest and has some room for dueling in front of the Emperor's throne. Two Royal Guards, Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker and, most excitingly, a new Darth Vader are included! The new helmet and upper torso pieces were only visible in images but looked great. It is a bit of a shame that the change is being made as the current helmet has been around since the beginning of LEGO Star Wars, but the new version looked like an improvement to me.

75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (£79.99) - This model was visible from the back when we entered the Star Wars area and immediately I was impressed. The engines and wings looked simply like scaled down versions of those on 10212 Imperial Shuttle and the minifigure selection is not bad either with Chewbacca, Han Solo (in Endor garb at last), Leia and two Rebel Commandos included. However, the cockpit area looks awful. The general shape has been lost and although I appreciate an attempt at a brick-built version rather than a large windscreen with a sticker, the result was not very impressive.

75097 Star Wars Advent Calendar (£24.99) - The general theme of the Advent Calendar was the same as usual with a selection of mini models and minifigures. The mini models were actually pretty impressive I thought and included a Sandcrawler, Probe Droid, Sarlacc Pit and Jabba's Sail Barge. I doubt the box artwork was completed as the two seasonal minifigures, R2-D2 as a reindeer and C-3PO as Santa Claus, looked fairly crude. I would hope that new prints will be added prior to release. Assuming they are, this looks to be the best Advent Calendar yet!

75106 Imperial Assault Carrier (£99.99) - As many people guessed this set is in fact a Gozanti-Class Cruiser as seen in Star Wars Rebels. The external silhouette looked pretty much perfect but the inside was disappointing, with only a single seat cockpit and a computer console. Four mini TIE fighters hang from underneath the ship and looked to be a little bigger than polybag versions. The ship was very much in the same style as 7964 Republic Frigate, with decent detail on the outside but almost nothing on the inside. The minifigures include Agent Kallus, and Astromech Droid, an Imperial Officer, two TIE Fighter Pilots and Sabine Wren with a helmet!

Scooby Doo (August)

For me these were probably the pick of the bunch. They are exactly what I was hoping for in a Scooby Doo theme and had the tone just right, with lots of bright colours on the Mystery Incorporated vehicles and some creepy, but fun, villains. The majority were based on characters from the earliest episodes of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? including the Black Knight Ghost and Zombie.

The human members of the Mystery Gang are all represented using standard minifigure parts but for their hairpieces, which are all new. Scooby Doo appears standing up and sitting down depending on which set you buy and is a new piece.

75900 Mummy Museum Mystery (£11.99) - This set includes a small shrine with a sarcophagus upright against the wall. The sarcophagus was the same as that in a few Pharaoh's Quest sets, as was the Mummy included. Scooby Doo and Shaggy are also featured.

75901 Mystery Plane Adventures (£19.99) - The Headless Horseman included in this set, who comes complete with a pumpkin helmet which can be taken off for the villain's reveal at the end, was my favourite villain of all. He rides a horse unsurprisingly, while Scooby and Shaggy have a lime green and blue biplane and some Scooby Snax. I don't recall the biplane in the show, but it looked like a nice model, very reminiscent of that in 7307 Flying Mummy Attack.

75902 The Mystery Machine (£29.99) - As the flagship vehicle of the entire brand, I had high hopes for the Mystery Machine, and I was not disappointed! The vehicle looked pretty accurate on the box as the finished model was not there, with gaps filled in by 3D printed pieces I think. The windscreen is a new piece which perfectly recreates the one seen in the TV show and there is space for some crime-fighting equipment inside as well as a kitchen area. Scooby, Shaggy and Fred are included along with a pale-skinned zombie based on this character.

75903 Haunted Lighthouse (£39.99) - A dark red and white striped lighthouse dominates this set, which also features a hidden cave and small rowing boat. Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, a ghostly Lighthouse Keeper and a Swamp Monster are included, all of which looked great.

75904 Mystery Mansion (£79.99) - This set was a real highlight in my opinion and was everything that I had hoped for. It vaguely resembles 9468 Vampyre Castle from the Monster Fighters theme, although this model was far more detailed inside and out than that one. It included a large central tower topped with a clock face, a nicely constructed green house on the left (complete with man-eating plant) and a smaller, rickety looking section of the building on the right which conceals a coffin. Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, a Vampire, a Ghost and, best of all, The Black Knight are all included in this set. This means you will have to buy this and The Mystery Machine to get the entire gang, although I suspect most buyers will want to do that anyway as they are the two best sets I think.

There were no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Lord of the Rings sets.

Honestly, I think the unlicensed themes stole the show this year. Although there are some licensed sets I am looking forward to I was disappointed with a few of them, while the City, Creator and Technic sets all far surpassed my expectations.

The Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion wins my 'best in show' award although I have to agree with Huw that the Technic Mercedes Benz Arocs 3245 looked incredible too.

Please feel free to ask any questions; Huw, Dave and I will do our best to answer them.

101 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I was really looking forward to a newly designed Naboo Starfighter. Sounds like they are just re-releasing 7660 for the third time.

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By in United States,

Can't wait for 75093 Death Star duel! So i guess hobbit/lotr has run its last

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By in Italy,

Hi! In the 76034 the models included are only the two vehicles or there is a little part of environment too?

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By in Netherlands,

Are the mini TIE Fighters that come with the Imperial Assault Carrier compatible with minifigs? I hope they are, just like Darth Vader's TIE Advanced that was scaled down in the Death Star set.

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By in United Kingdom,

The other raptors name was Blue. The JW sets were predominantly white, blue and light grey. Other details I wrote down about them:

75919 D-Rex and 4 minifigs
75918 T-Rex and 4 minifigs
75917 Blue and Charlie Raptors and 3 minifigs
75916 Dilophosaurus and 2 minifigs
75915 Pteradon and 2 minifigs.

Overall I felt they were all reminiscent of Dino 2010 or others that have gone before.

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By in United Kingdom,

@StarWarzFan7777, nowhere near. The craft is about 30cm long so the TIEs are tiny, about 8 studs tall/wide.

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By in United States,

Thank you so much for your excellent coverage, Brickset team! It's greatly appreciated. I am so excited for the Scooby-Doo theme. I saw on BrickFanatics that each Scooby set will come with "a new Scooby snack", can you elaborate on what that means? Also, did you happen to see more details of what the Marvel figs looked like? Was the Sandman fig similar to the one in the videogame, how did the Rhino fig look? Thank you again!

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By in United States,

I would die for pictures right now. I'm really excited for Jokerland and all of the Scooby-Doo sets! I wish the minifigures were finalized and on display, the not knowing of what Ivy, Penguin, and Harley will look like is killing me! Jokerland just sounds amazing. Of course Harley gets a bike on a highwire!

What's Ivy's ride like? Every description of it has been rather vague.
And do any of the Scooby things you've seen so far fit in with other LEGO themes? Or are they a distinctly different cartoonish style? If not, I might put them with my CMF monsters.
Thanks for the info!

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad to hear the Marvel sets are good, without being massively expensive. Does 76037 (Sandman + Rhino set) seem good value for money?

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By in United Kingdom,

I really think that the mystery machine should have the whole gang in it: Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Daphne and Velma as it is by far the most iconic part of all of Scooby Doo. I think there should be a set with the whole gang.

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By in Australia,

I don't know if you're making excuses for LEGO ? New dino moulds? LOL Puh-lease. Quit justifying their rip-off prices for the rest of the word when their US prices are dirt cheap. You know very well the rest of the world are subsidizing the US.

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad the Scooby Doo sets sound so promising! I can't wait till we get some pictures. The Star Wars sets sound mostly decent, as do the Super Heroes. Not sure about Jurassic World, I will have to wait for photos.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the reporting!

Huw or CapnRex101 - do either of you happen to remember if the Dilophosaur had a frill in his concept art?

Frill: http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111210175347/jurassicpark/es/images/8/86/Dilophosaurus-dinosaurs-22208728-400-400.jpg

No frill: http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/22200000/Dilophosaurus-dinosaurs-22208712-600-450.jpg

The Dino sets last time around were expensive as all git out too. Of course now I regret passing on most of those. Think I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy the whole JW line this time.

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By in United States,

You wouldn't happen to know if Sabine also comes with her hairpiece would you? It'd be great to not have to buy her in two sets to just get her helmet and hair.

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By in Switzerland,

Thanks for the detailed coverage! There are two questions on my mind though:

1) Does the Nether set include Ghasts (big white squid-like mobs) as well? The Nether is rather incomplete without them ;)

2) Does any of the Minecraft sets include a chicken?

Thanks!

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By in United States,

Thanks for the news, appreciate all the hard work! Scooby Doo sounds great.
The windows for the Death star final duel, are they new?

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By in United States,

Hot dog! Those Scooby-Doo sets sound fantastic! I was hoping against hope that they might be based on the original show, what with the new one coming up and all. Thanks so much for these insights, guys! Can't wait to see the Mystery Machine!

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By in Netherlands,

@Huw Thanks for the reply. Minifig compatibility would really work for these TIEs, since they are based on Rebels. The cockpits should be large compared to the wings, shame this isn't true. I also thought the carrier would be about 48 cm long, like the Republic Frigate. Still looking forward to the set and all of the others of course.

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By in Hungary,

I know that Scooby is the "star" but the minifig distribution is not the best for those sets.
It looks like you cannot buy sets in order to have every member of the gang only once - you'll end up with at least to Scoobies and Shaggies. But maybe they are different. Is Scooby a one piece "minifig"?
I wonder if the monsters will have double facial expression, a normal human head under a monster-head or will they in any other way look like someone in a costume.

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By in United States,

No Episode 7 review? Did they not even let anyone see them? :P

Yes! Are all the Scooby sets from the original, and are the monsters real minifigures? Does the Mystery Machine have room for all of the gang, and how does it open? Was the Scooby mold finalized, and is he all one piece? He sounds kind of like the different positions of Unikitty, from what I hear.

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By in United Kingdom,

still no news on the shield helicarrier though... :(

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By in United Kingdom,

@pklego2120 - It was just the two vehicles I believe.

@spency13 - As far as I could see the Scooby Snax were just burgers, although there might have been something else I didn't see.

@Sastrei - It definitely had the frill extended.

@Emmaofemma - It wasn't shown on the box, but it wouldn't be I suppose so perhaps she does.

@Brickbob Studpants - A Ghast was there but I didn't see any chickens.

@SprinkleOtter - All the minifigures are just standard minifigures, including the monsters. I doubt the Mystery Machine could fit the entire gang given how much there was inside and it opened a bit like 7639 Camper. The actual Scooby mould was not present and he is all one piece, although he is in different poses in different sets.

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By in United States,

Ah, thanks. :) Though are you allowed to discuss the SW sets?

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By in Czech Republic,

Is the Mystery Machine 6 or 8 studs wide? What about the general size - does it fit well the current CITY Great vehicles? Thanks :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Star Wars Advent Calendar, this reminds me Huw what was the city one like?

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By in United States,

Scoopy Doo doesn't have stupid Toy Story heads?!? Yay!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm guessing there was no mention of the Avengers Helicarrier?

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By in United States,

I am very conflicted on the Jurassic World sets (prices) I hope we have a chance to nab the entire collection at a discount, with regards to Marel Superheroes: Ant-Man is the only one that interest me so far. At least it seems that I will be able to save cash on the SW sets as none currently interest me.

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By in United States,

Regarding the Scooby Doo heads, are the face prints cartoony or are they translated more to regular LEGO-style heads?

Also in the Ultrasaurus set, is the "scientist character" you're referring to Bryce Dallas Howard(redheaded woman) or someone else?

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By in United States,

Do you happen to remember what kind of motorcycles they were? (Harley, dirt bike, or sport bike/bike with fairings?) And the colors of them? Thanks.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101

This may be to detailed of a question, but was the Gungan Warrior in the flash speeder the same one from the recent battle droid carrier?

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By in Hungary,

In the JW sets there are no herbivore dinosaurs at all? I was expecting at least one (a Stego or a Tricera).

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By in United Kingdom,

@SprinkleOtter - No, they were there but hidden away and we didn't have access to them.

@petrbasler - It was 8 studs wide and probably wouldn't look out of place amongst City vehicles even if it is a little bigger than most.

@blarghiflargh - The heads looked to be the usual style and the scientist character was the same one seen standing on a balcony in this image: http://images.brickset.com/news/jurassic-world-sets-2015-600x556.jpg

@Bycougars - The minifigure was labelled as 'new' so I imagine it must have different design, although I didn't look at it in enough detail to identify that difference.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just Tydirium for me this time around, I think.

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By in United States,

Thanks CapnRex101!

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By in United Kingdom,

How substantial was the build in the Sandman/Rhino set? Could you elaborate on it? Thanks.

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By in United States,

blarghiflargh - The scientist minifig from the poster is Dr. Henry Wu. BDH's character in Jurassic World is named Claire.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interested in the Shuttle. If the cockpit looks crap I wonder if something can be adapted from the better and previous model.

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By in United States,

Thank you for the response CapnRex! I'm excited to see pics!

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By in United States,

Whoa oh-oh-oh oh-oh, oh Jokerland

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By in United States,

is the rhino a big fig?

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By in Netherlands,

I'm curieus to see those new printed Minecraft pieces!

@CapnRex101 do you recall any new colours for the MC tools/armor?

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By in United States,

Could u tell me about what the size/details on the Death Star duel was?

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By in United States,

Excited about Scooby Doo. We were at the Lego Store in Alabama for Brickfair last weekend and the employee showed us a sheet that listed the Helicarrier and a price (in Canadian dollars) of $399. Should be next month but not sure. I think the sheet was for upcoming Lego sets that employees could not get a discount on right away.

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By in United States,

Could you tell me exactly how many pieces each set has? Come on guys, a few more days and we'll have pictures, stop pestering them.

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By in Netherlands,

Quote: "...the prices were off-putting for me. This is no doubt a result of the dinosaur moulds...".

As an industrial design engineer working in the plastic injection molding business I'm well aware of the cost of moulds but it surprises me that this is regularly used as the reason/justification for high set prices. Think of what a company like Playmobil have to invest: each and every part, including very big and complex ones for buildings and vehicles, requires its own mould! And it's not like they only have a small product range...

If want to sell plastic toys, then you have to invest in moulds, period. If you're buying a painting, you don't want to be charged additionaly for the new brush the painter had to buy, do you?

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By in United States,

Thanks CapnRex101! I guess we will wait for images in the next few weeks. I was really hoping for a Boss Nass minfig in the flash speeder, maybe by some chance the gungan minifig is just a place holder for Boss Nass. Probably not, but one can always hope.

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By in Canada,

Sounds awesome. You do realize that with Scooby-Doo LEGO now a thing and the Classic '69 Batmobile from SDCC you can recreate the fabulous Dynamic Duo New Scooby-Doo Movies from the 70s or whenever. That's going to be a fun thing to see in upcoming Brickfilms of old school AFOL fans.

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By in United States,

@Thunderburt But how else will I apologize for a company that's doing better than ever for arbitrarily raising prices?

Look at the Collectable Minifigs line. Jumping from $2 to $3 by series 3 MIGHT be because they initially misjudged the numbers. Jumping to $4 because "new moulds for Simpsons" and then just rolling with it? Because those new moulds for series 3-10 were SO expensive, right?

There are polybags that cost less than CMF packets now, how ridiculous is that?

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By in United States,

Was there a price in USD for the Jurassic world sets?

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By in Ireland,

@CapnRex101 the nether (21122) MineCraft set probably has a zombie pigman. There are no normal zombies normally in the nether except when one accidentally passes through a nether portal. If it was different from the zombie in the last sets then that's probably why.

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By in Netherlands,

@DanRSL:
I'm not sure if LEGO themselves use the "new mould"-argument or if it's just AFOLs doing that. In the latter case I understand that one wants to justify buying a (over)pricy set. But the argument should not be used by TLG (again, could be that they don't) because it simply comes with making plastic toys.

Yes, to certain degree the inclusion of unique parts and/or license fees can influence the price of a set but I think we agree that there's a fair amount of arbitrariness involved too... Just look at the price differences between countries...

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By in United States,

@Thunderburt I believe the reason Lego can and (in my opinion) charges more is not because of a new mold, but because the dinos can't be used in any other set; unless there is another Dino series in the next few years after the Jurassic world stuff.

Anyhoo, with the star wars calendar, is there a new mold for the want c-3p0, or is it like a hood on the back? And dos the Rudolf r2d2 have horns? Or does it just look like Rudolf with printing?

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By in United States,

@Thunderburt
No, I don't think Lego themselves has or ever would use that excuse. It invites too many questions about the production and business sides of the company that no company would ever want to discuss publicly.

The real reasons for price hikes are clearly tie-in licenses and "because they can". But no one likes to look at a company as taking advantage of them, so the "because they can" (CMFs, looking at you) is often excused any number of imagined ways.

@Yorick The JW sets are higher because the license to use the characters and brand was expensive, end of story.

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By in Netherlands,

@DanRSL: I completely agree with your analysis. Why do we keep buying this stuff?! ;-)

(Answer: because we can!)

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By in Austria,

Hi thx for the heads up on the scooby doo sets.

But lately and already some time there are major problems with the Lego online store. Could you please cover this on the main page. I don't know if this helps any, but the last wave of cancellations of Santa's Workshop makes a lot of people tired of shopping at the Lego Online Shop, so be so kind and address this.

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By in United States,

Hope my wallet can survive Marvel and DC, but on another note...
Where was The Hobbit and LOTR!? I really hope its not the end for LOTR, so many non-explored set ideas...

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By in Netherlands,

@jack_bricks: I also saw my early January order of Santa's Workshop being cancelled yesterday. :-( Brickset already addressed the recent problems with [email protected] in an article (http://brickset.com/article/13885/january-cock-up-at-shop-lego-com-lego-responds); even if they did that again, it wouldn't change a thing. You (and I) should turn to LEGO's Customer Service. But I'm afraid even that wouldn't change a thing...

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By in Malaysia,

Does the Mystery Mansion have 4 walls, or is it just a front like most Lego sets?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd like to see a UCS-style mystery machine, in a similar style to the VW camper, that would be a must have set, but I'm judging by the £29.99 price tag and the fact that it's a licensed set, that it will be nowhere near that big.

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By in United States,

Just when I buy a custom deathstroke they make him in a set. Ah well , I bought a pre-52 and it had arm printing whereas I expect this one to be new-52 or arrow related. Too bad they didn't have a picture of him or something. They better include the head with the white facial hair and eyepatch , as there isn't such a head in any Lego color so far (although one of the Atlantis figures sort of looks like that). Good thing it's in a set I can actually afford. It'll be interesting to see what they do for star fire , Becuase the current version looks rather... Unclothed.
Really excited for the imperial shuttle , that's a rather large hole in my collection , and I'm probably getting the flash speeder and cruiser (and hopefully the Death Star duel). Also , C-3po better be at least partially red or something , and not just default 3po with a Santa beard. Reindeer R2 may be good , but I still think the snow R2 is the best holiday R2. The Jurassic world raptor sets sound like must haves to me , at least the cheaper one , as is the dilophosaur set , and possibly the pteradon.
Damnit Lego , stop making all these awesome sets.

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By in United States,

It seems like I'm the only one interested in the Spider-Man set with Carnage. Am I correct in assuming it's based on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon? Also, one kind of cool observation about that one and the Spider-Man/Venom set: Only counting the spider-men and villains, 76004 has a red Spider-Man and black symbiote, while 76036 has a black Spider-Man and red symbiote. I thought the reversal was interesting. Both sets also come with a SHIELD agent, technically, so that's a cool parallel too.

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By in United States,

The new Deathstroke and Sabine figures sound awesome! Was the Robin variant Red Robin, or was it too hard to tell?

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, I am disappointed with much of the licensed offerings. The only thing that tempts me is Jurassic World. Other ones are either disappointing or I have no interest in them. Star Wars in particular seems a disappointment to me, I can only hope the rumoured TFA wave includes some neat stuff.

Looks like I'm going to save some money this summer - just as well looking at the Jurassic World prices an the fact I am having to replace my computer...

Thanks for the detailed report! :o)

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By in United States,

Nice, wow those Jurassic World sets sound EPIC! Definitely have to save up!

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By in United States,

@HK-50-09: Starfire will most likely be the version from Teen Titans Go!, as seen in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. And judging by Deathstroke in the game, it looks looks like he won't have a human face printed, but the helmet and the split mask on the minifigure head piece instead. I'm really hopeful that the "still in development" Harley Quinn is the New 52 version in the game. What else could they do with her if she's a new variant? Everyone else is getting the new designs, so I hope she does, too.

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By in United States,

I was really hoping for some word on the new Space series.

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By in United States,

Flash Speeder- sounds pretty good, why is it bigger than an AAT tho?
Naboo Fighter- they took the worst aspects of the last one and worsened them. Facepalm.
Imperial Assault Cruiser- a piece of overpriced garbage that just happens to have Sabine's helmet.
Tydirium- how did they screw up the cockpit that badly?
Death Star Duel- sounds pretty awesome, NEW VADER!

And Velma only comes in the most expensive set... and nobody's surprised. Speaking of which, if eighty percent of the Teen Titans are coming out or already out, where's Raven, hmmm?

Only Jurassic World set I want is the Dilophosaurus one. Superheroes... maybe the Batboat, but definitely the Shield Sky Strike, the others don't interest me. So it seems like I won't be getting many summer sets...

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By in United States,

Well , at least if everything's gonna be game based that means deathstroke will be new-52 so I will be able to have original (which was also based on the LB2 3DS version) and the new 52. Shame he most likely won't have a human face , that would be nice.

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By in Italy,

Regarding Minecraft: those trans-clear tiles with black or red dots could be redstone circuits :)

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By in United States,

God do we really need a new Naboo Fighter? The 2011 one was great and this one is not going to be much different. Why can't they release a new Trade federation vulture droid with brown coloring. Then the 2011 Naboo Fighter would actually have something to fight!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the details!

Just wondering, is Robin the New 52 Red Robin, or N52 Dick Grayson Robin??

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By in United States,

Was the mini jet in the spiderman set a spider jet or was it a shield jet?

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By in United States,

Very disappointed to see NO Lord of the Rings. It is a shame that LEGO discontinued the line. They had so much more to do...
Anyone know why they stopped?

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By in Netherlands,

*sobs*
No more Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Lego. Such a shame!

These two themes (or actually really one and the same theme) were and are my all time favourite Lego line. I love all the LOTR/Hobbit sets Lego has made, yet I feel TLG could have done so much better, and so much more.

TLG has not done justice to the vast mythology, the splendour of Middle Earth and the potential to develop more sets similar in size, and intricacy with respect to building technique such as present e.g. in the 'creator' sets such as the modular buildings or the winter/Christmas sets. Why no (modular) set(s) of Lothlórien, Rivendell, Osgiliath, and Minas Tirith? There are also so many characters, creatures, and monsters they never turned into a minifig, or a bigfig, or a brick build figure. I think TLG should have approached the theme differently by making e.g. three mid-size, mid-prize modular sets of such places as Rivendell, and Osgiliath, that way people aren't deterred by the high price point as many may be when they look at the (absolutely stunning b.t.w.) Tower of Orthanc., and are still able to recreate a Lego version of a place such as Rivendell, or Osgiliath.

Just look at the last Hobbit film: The Battle of the Five Armies. TLG has made four sets based on this fantastic movie. As much as I like those sets they really fall short of how epic everything looks in the film. Where are the much desired dwarven army battle packs? The Woodland Elven army battle pack set, or some new set with a proper building from the city of Dale and a bunch of elves, and a moose included. Why no Orcs, and Goblins battle packs, and another set with a new version of the giant troll for which they already made moulds?

Also, will there be no new non-licensed 'evergreen' castle theme this year? Kingdoms in 2010 was the theme that turned me into an AFOL. The 2013 'Castle' successor was not bad but not what I had hoped for, and now there is nothing!?

I suppose the good thing is, there won't be that much for me I really feel I must buy, and must collect this year. Except for a couple of SW sets and future CMF series, and maybe a few Pirate, Ultra Agents and Ninjago sets, no theme in particular stands really out as something I feel must fully collect. The advantageous flip-side of the coin will be that I hopefully shall be saving lots of money which I, the previous two years felt compelled to spend on more, and more Lego.

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By in Australia,

LOL here comes all that plastic mould crap justification blahberblah again, read my diatribe above, it got buried in all the noise.
LEGO makes billion$$$ profit$$, gimme a break about moulds.

Remember this guy? Head Honcho CEO of LEGO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp? Uncle Knudstorp sayeth “When I pay for a newspaper, I pay for what is written on it. When you buy plastics from Lego, you’re not buying kilos of plastic – you’re buying a wonderful play experience.”

IOW, our 'play experiences' are more expensive c/w USs' 'play experience'. Likely due to the moulds. Remember, arbitrary prices and huge profits. Blame the moulds. They can't argue back right?
And I reiterate: Rest of the world subsidizes the american play/resale 'experience'.

At least for the past year competition has been fierce here and you can source discounted LEGO from almost all year round via sales from the retailers. Can't complain too much, but my frustration stands! ^.^

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By in Australia,

"These too were named so presumably are part of Chris Pratt's army of tame Velociraptors."

Best sentence ever.

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By in United States,

So the Jurassic World sets are all from JW movie and not any from Jurassic Park trilogy?

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By in Australia,

For Ninjago, I was just wondering how many dragons there are going to be? I know you said 2 small ones in The Final Flight of Destiny's bounty, but are Sensei Wu's Dragon and the Ghost Dragon the same thing?

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By in Belgium,

Thanks for the report,looking forward to that death stroke!

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By in United Kingdom,

LEGO probably aren't making more LOTR/Hobbit sets due to lack of sales.
My kids love City, Star Wars, Lego Movie, Chima etc. but there's no interest in LOTR/Hobbit - probably the same for other kids. Not enough AFOLs to justify production?! I think it's good that themes like Castle get a breather now and again. A little break from a theme now and again re-invigorates interest I would say. Just wish the Star Wars theme would have such a break now and again to give my bank account time to recover :-D

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By in United States,

These sets sound great. Looking forward to Star Wars and Super Heroes sets. Did you guys notice if the regular spider man minifig in Rhino and Sandman Supervillain Team is different than what we have now?

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By in United States,

I can understand LEGO not making more LOTR/The Hobbit sets if sales are down but they could take care of almost everyone's minifigure wants in 3-4 battle packs. And they'd probably sell like crazy.

Witch King (ROTK) + Eowyn(armored) + 2 Rohan soldiers
Faramir + 3 Gondor soldiers
Armored elf four pack
Iron Hills Dwarves four pack

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By in United States,

@blarghiflargh I would have to agree with you I think that would cover the rest of the important minifigs. If they could do something like that along with an UCS Minas Tirith that would finish off the theme perfectly.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am gonna nab JokerLand if it's any good. Sounds like I could set up a decent display on my bookshelf from that set.

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By in United States,

Is the rhino a big fig???

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By in United States,

Middle Earth has been "confirmed" to be done with a while ago. No, no formal recognition of it, but then again they were pretty absent while the theme was active too...such a shame.

As far as other sets..LEGO will make me go broke if I try to get everything I want. Which means, plenty of sets are getting cut. But it sounds like a few key Scooby sets are must haves and a few Super Hero sets (or just the figures if found at the right price)...

I'd love some Jurassic Park sets since I skipped the Dino theme a few years ago, but only because of the price. It now looks like I should have bought those instead of this because those prices were so great...JW is way overpriced. New moulds for dinosaurs that didn't need new moulds...makes sense.

You can use the USA is cheaper argument all you want, but it's still not cheap here either.

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By in United Kingdom,

Scooby Doo + Lego pretty much flips all my "child of the 70s" switches.
It will probably be the first time I collect a whole theme. There better not be any meddling kids buying up all the sets first.

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By in United States,

Has LEGO ever officially confirmed that the Lord of the Rings / Hobbit sets are discontinued? I know I've heard rumors that there was a planned Return of the King wave that was squashed, but no official confirmation.

Also, did they say anything about the future return of the Castle theme? I know LEGO has referred to Castle as an 'evergreen' theme along with Space and Town (and I think Pirates), so I'm not concerned that there won't be any, but I'm wondering if we know whether they will come back in late 2015 or if it will be longer than that.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw and CapnRex
Great insight guys, thank you :-)

Not overly excited by any of the new Star Wars sets. Thankfully I am no longer a set completist, but I must have every single minifigure.
The upcoming Scooby Doo theme sounds interesting. But I'll keep my pennies.

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By in United States,

@bruce n h It is kind of funny that people say LOTR/Hobbit has been officially discontinued, but in order for it to be official Lego would have to make an announcement, which they haven't done. Chances are that since there is no current news on any new sets it is more than likely finished, but there is no guarantee. It could be like Harry Potter where they stop making them for a little bit and then come back and finish it.

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By in United States,

A new, extremely detailed Zombie... Sounds like a Zombie Pigman to me... Any more details, CapnRex101 ?

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By in United States,

Hmm... Jokerland sounds very nice. I won't go any further without images, however. The Nether Fortress and the Dungeon sound good as well. All of the new Marvel sets sound very good, a couple of new minifigures there.

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By in Netherlands,

Hello CapnRex101,

Could you please answer some more questions regarding the SW sets?
I'm interested to know which color the flash speeder is, green or dark green?
You said there was a change in the droideka design, but in prelims they look exactly the same as in 2013's battlepack. Could you explain me what's different about them?
Did tyderium have an interior? If so, how big and how many figs fit in the cockpit?
What kind of domes/pieces were used as windows in the final duel?

Thank you.

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By in United States,

Disappointed, but not surprised, by the lack of LorT and Hobbit sets. I feel they had at least two more good waves they could do, then endless waves of battle packs. All we really want is to amass huge armies of Uruk-hai and Mordor orcs, right? Maybe a Witch King? Eowyn?

I sure hope @Bycougars is right about what he said. But I disagree about Minas Tirith "finishing off" the theme. There is still so much Lego can do in Middle Earth.

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By in United States,

@ Curunir I shouldn't have said a UCS Minas Tirith would finish off the theme perfectly, because a perfect ending to the theme would include Osgiliath, Balrog, Mumukil, Amon Hen and maybe a couple other sets. That is just the one set I was hoping they would do the most, it is hard to imagine a LOTR theme without Minas Tirth, some Gondor Soldiers and the Witch King.

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By in United States,

I totally agree. RotK got seriously snubbed by Lego. I hope they make it for Ideas, and I hope they continue the the theme later.

But I guess my Hobbit Which King will have to do for now.....sigh.....

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By in United States,

Man, I was hoping for more Middle Earth themed sets. =(

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By in Canada,

Thanks for keeping us up to date with the summer sets. I am very excited for the Star Wars sets in particular.

I saw the leaked images of the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium yesterday... I thought the cockpit area looked fantastic. Of course the image was very blurry. It's awesome that they are releasing a smaller version of this ship that will fit in my Endor diorama.

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