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Ji'dai
12-18-2007, 09:33 AM
The new '08 sets are slowly beginning to trickle out! For those of us who collect other themes besides Star Wars or other licensed stuff, we're getting the first opportunity to buy next year's sets today.

Castle
The Knight (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=5615&cn=473&d=70) - the return of small polybagged sets? This expensive 21-piece set builds a knight with weapons rack.

Racers & Ferrari
New pull-back Racers (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=33&d=261) and Ferrari (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=242&d=261) sets, some of which are mini-fig scale but don't accomodate them. I've also seen the new 1:17 Ferrari FXX race car at TRU this week.

EXO-FORCE
Called Deep Jungle (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=34&d=70), the new sub-theme is populated with mechs that use animal, arachnid, and insect-inspired names & designs. The latest mechs sport a new box design and deco too.

City
Firefighter (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5613) - another mini-fig polybag type of set.
Police Officer (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5612) - yet another small mini-fig set that includes a LEGO dog.
Police Helicopter (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7741) - already patrolling most TRUs out there.
Police Truck (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7743) - builds a mobile command center and small outpost.

Creator
Beach House (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4996) - oh, baby! LEGO continues their house line with this swell addition. At $30 bucks, it's quite affordable too.
Fierce Creatures (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4994) - builds a giant spider, bug, or snake. That giant spider would go nicely with the Dwarves Mine/LOTR theme. The snake would work with Harry Potter.
Mini Trains (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4837) & Mini Vehicles (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4838) - builds a small choo-choo and flat bed tow truck respectively.

Mars Mission
Mini-Robot (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5616) - Astronaut and robot bending unit. Looks more like the Crushinator, actually.
MT-21 Mobile Mining Unit (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7648) - small surface transport already plying the shelves at most TRUs.
MX-41 Switch Fighter (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7647) - this ship transforms from a fighter to a land vehicle and can be had at retail already.

JediTricks
12-20-2007, 05:37 AM
I saw the Ferrari FXX set last week and threw it on my xmas list, I'm apparently getting it for sure. I didn't like the Enzo set they made, but this looked so much better.

The F430 Challenge set looks incredibly lame, a very boxy and inaccurate version of the car, but it has a whole second yellow version of the outer parts? Big deal!

I was going to dump on that Technic Fiorano, but the side view actually nails that car's lines, so I'm a little impressed. I absolutely wouldn't buy it though.

The new Racers sets, I've also seen them this week at TRU, they look really boring and thin, like the sets are small and the piece counts padded to get them to the price-mark.

I don't like the new Exo-Force theme, though some of the concepts are kinda interesting, like the way the hoverfans are built, and the robot weapon pals have room to grow into a working concept.

Haven't paid any attention to Police or Fire, but I did see that Chopper and thought it looked plain. The police command center looks kinda cool actually.

Creator house looks cool, but a little too small, under minifig for sure. Still, a decent piece count.

Saw the fierce creatures yesterday, I wanted it to be cooler than it was. Good idea on the spider though.

I came really close to buying that Mini Trains set, if they had offered multiple sets with multiple car builds each, it would have been a lock. There's a theme for them, MINI Train set.

Mini Vehicles I hadn't seen, looks like they keep getting smaller and smaller, kinda fun. Reminds me more of Mini Racers than this line though.

Awesome find on the Crushinator's cousin there! Even the same planet, Mars!

I already gave a modestly positive review to the Switch Fighter.

So far, LEGO seems to be making mild upswings from a rather tepid 2007.

Ji'dai
12-20-2007, 09:46 AM
LEGO Shop@Home has the Ferrari FXX (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8156&cn=112&d=70) listed now. It looks pretty tough, both the hood and trunk open, plus it's got the scissor/gull-wing doors that lift up.

The F430 Challenge was on sale at TRU this week for $30, but they had it for half price back on Black Friday/Saturday.

I was going to order the Creator Beach House if my TRU doesn't get it in. The houses are mini-fig scale, but they don't come with any figs. Keeps the price down though.

The Fierce Creatures set was a bit smaller than I expected. The box is the same size as the Cool Cars (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/4939) set.

S@H has also recently listed a motorized Creator Cargo Copter (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=4995&cn=348). Looks pretty good, I'd like to see something like that in System scale.

JediTricks
12-20-2007, 04:27 PM
Yeah, the FXX has those doors, that blew my mind since the Enzo set didn't, they were a solid build. The FXX has another feature, pull a lever in the cockpit and the undercarriage deploys auto-jacks, just like the Mach V! :thumbsup:

I bet the TRU will get that Creator House set in, they had the last one, so did Target... eventually.

Yeah, Fierce Creatures is only $13, so it's a reasonable box, I just wasn't blown away by the builds as I wanted to be.

That's a pretty cool-looking motorized Copter set, they should do a few more motorized $20 creator sets like that (pull-back, right? they could do a AA-powered one as well).

Ji'dai
12-20-2007, 09:14 PM
The Cargo Copter must use a pull-back motor since it doesn't require batteries like the other "Power Function" sets.

Some more sets popped up on S@H:

City
Truck & Forklift (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7733&cn=223&d=9) - builds a semi-truck with double trailer. The forklift is a great looking vehicle by itself.
Air Mail (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7732&cn=339&d=9) - expensive set for the piece-count. Builds a neat little fixed-wing aircraft.
Cement Truck (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7876&cn=223&d=9) - small mini set.
Mini Digger (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7246&cn=223) - another mini set.

Technic
Dirt Bike (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8291&cn=57&d=70), Dune Buggy (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8296&cn=57), and Cherry Picker (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8292&cn=57).

Spongebob Squarepants
Bikini Bottom Express (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=3830&cn=355&d=70) - cute bus set with new "fish-head" driver.
Rocket Ride (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=3831&cn=355&d=70) - features the new Sandy Squirrel mini-fig and builds a cool retro rocket ship. That rocket looks like it flew right out of the old 1930s Buck Rogers comic strip.

Ji'dai
12-22-2007, 05:05 PM
I spotted a slew of the new sets at TRU today, including most of what I've reported on already. They even had the new Police Headquarters (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7744&cn=153&d=9). This one is modular so the buildings can be rearranged without a complete rebuild. The modular feature is okay, but I hope LEGO doesn't abuse it too much. Fisher-Price uses it quite a bit in their quasi-construction Imaginext toy line.

The jail cells in the Police Headquarters even have toilets for the inmates. Plus it's got the classic segmented garage doors, which I love. And I didn't realize this until I checked the box pics, but the new Police sets have mini-fig handcuffs. I don't know if that's a new element or not. I need to get that piece next time I need to do a prisoner transfer from cellblock 1138.

JediTricks
12-22-2007, 06:03 PM
That forklift is cute, looks like they took the recent Technic design and were able to bring it down to System scale.

You aren't kidding about that Air Mail set being overpriced, what the hell??? That barely looks like a $10 set, much less $15. 88 pieces is nothing, and it's a nothing-special, non-licensed set with no specialty parts. It's not even a new design, you could find dozens like that over the last 20 years.

That Mini Digger isn't part of the MINI line, weird how they're saying it is, it's got a minifig included.

That Technic Dirt Bike is rad! Very clean and tight. I see a purchase in my future.

Technic Dune Buggy is like 3 steps backwards, I had sets with those concepts in them 15 years ago, the only really nice thing is the steering wheel turns with the front end. That said, anybody new to Technic should get it, it's got everything good about Technic (minus the technic bricks themselves, but LEGO's phasing them out more and more).

Cherry Picker is kind of a weird choice, but it looks like a good set actually, nice size and an electric motor for only $60.

I was going to bust on the Spongebob sets for being phoned in, but both have some clever stuff going on, and that Rocket one is downright cool! Plus, a Sandy Cheeks figure! That looks like a real gem actually.


That Police Headquarters looks great, and I think the modular idea works perfectly for it. One of the best larger System buildings in quite a while I think.

I think the cuffs come from the Batman line, no?

Ji'dai
12-22-2007, 11:35 PM
You're right, there were handcuffs (http://www.peeron.com/inv/parts/x1610) in the Batman sets. I forgot about that. It looks like the new Police ones have a shorter "chainlink" between the wrist clips though.

JediTricks
12-24-2007, 05:34 AM
Me am smart.


It's good that they're using shorter ones, I didn't really like the length on the previous version, it just didn't look like handcuffs that way.

LusiferSam
12-24-2007, 05:26 PM
Mmm. The only one of these sets that I'd likely buy is the Knight (5615). Normally I like the Ferrari and Technic stuff, but none of these sets really interest me. If I was into Town I'd like these sets, as the Police are my favorite Town sub-theme. The rest aren't of any interest and would only get them if somebody gave them to me as a give by mistake.

Ji'dai
12-26-2007, 02:14 PM
Found a couple new Town sets listed on LEGO Shop@Home:

Cargo Plane (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7734&cn=339) - uses the nose, fuselage, wings, and tail sections first introduced in 2006's Passenger Plane (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7893).

Mail Van (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7731) - brightly colored Euro design. Not sure I like this one.

JediTricks
12-27-2007, 02:59 AM
Hmm, not really sure if I like that cargo plane, it looks like a fun set, but the plane itself seems a little dull.

That mail truck on the other hand looks really nifty to me, the swoopiness of it, the mailbox, and it's under $10.

Ji'dai
12-31-2007, 02:27 PM
Check this out:

10184 Town Plan (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10184&cn=245&d=100) - Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the modern LEGO "stud-and-tube" coupling brick, which debuted in 1958. The box even has LEGO CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen pictured on the front. (As a boy, he was pictured on the box cover for the 1950's Town Plan set).

I love the theater and the car even has fins!

JediTricks
12-31-2007, 05:23 PM
Wow, that's a great commemorative set! The picture is too funny. I am surprised they didn't make the set 1,958 pieces instead of 1,981 though.


So, I built the Ferrari FXX last night, it took me 3 hours! And for no reason but building, there was no fancy crap, no extensive greebling, no repetitive stuff, just build - build - build. It was nice to have a set that was a lot of bricks and plates rather than greeble detail teeny parts that a lot of sets have these days. There's a lot of stickers and a few STAMPs though, and 1 of them won't stay on the parts (luckily, LEGO included a second sticker sheet by mistake). The car itself is very satisfying, but I didn't get a feeling for it until it was nearly done. The overall look is pretty good with a lot of the lines it's supposed to have, the swing-wing doors are cool, the auto-jacks are nifty, the opening hood is slick, the opening trunk is... ok though it doesn't want to stay open and can't be opened when the doors are open. I do wish they had been able to shoehorn steering into it, but I'm not surprised they didn't, it's a tight front end already. There's no red pinstripe on the wheels unlike what's shown on the box, and some of the red doesn't match others (this is becoming pretty common with LEGO these days). I found a few black parts that showed swirling from sloppy molding (probably water in the mold when the part was shot) that you'd normally only find with Mega Bloks - I don't think this new eastern European manufacturing plant is working out so well yet. But overall, this is a really nifty car, way cooler than their LEGO Enzo.

Ji'dai
01-17-2008, 05:20 PM
Spotted the Mail Van (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7731), Air Mail (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7732&cn=339), Truck & Forklift (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7733), and Cargo Plane (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7734&cn=339) at TRU today. These four sets are all "special editions" and look to be TRU exclusives.

The Mail Van was $10 and the Air Mail plane was $17! Granted, these sets are overpriced to begin with, but if TRU continues with this mark-up trend, I'm going to be buying a lot less LEGO there.

I did notice that TRU lowered the price of the SW battlepacks to 10.99, down 2 dollars.

Jargo
01-17-2008, 05:38 PM
I want that cargo plane.

JediTricks
01-18-2008, 01:55 PM
Spotted the Mail Van (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7731), Air Mail (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7732&cn=339), Truck & Forklift (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7733), and Cargo Plane (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7734&cn=339) at TRU today. These four sets are all "special editions" and look to be TRU exclusives.

The Mail Van was $10 and the Air Mail plane was $17! Granted, these sets are overpriced to begin with, but if TRU continues with this mark-up trend, I'm going to be buying a lot less LEGO there.

I did notice that TRU lowered the price of the SW battlepacks to 10.99, down 2 dollars.Yeesh, those prices are high.

The SW Battlepacks have had the $12.99 shelf tags since day 1 and have NEVER actually been that price at any of the TRUs by me, I bought mine for $10.99 from 2 different stores on 2 different days.

Jargo
01-22-2008, 02:43 PM
Bought Argos catalogue store exclusive set 7723 'Police Seaplane' today.

http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=7723-1

The wings are dreadful and it's a bit flimsy and has no interior but its big. Perhaps too big. I plan on getting some wings for it from the passenger plane set and modding the set so it looks more air worthy. There's no accessories and just the pilot. who is only a standard police officer wearing a baseball cap instead of a peaked cap.

Argos are currently selling this for half the MRP or RRP. 17.50 instead of 35.00. which is why I grabbed it.

If you liked the cargo plane or passenger planes, then this will probably appeal too. it's about 15 inches long 16 inches wingtip to wingtip. 7 inches high at the tail fin tip.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3874219/Trail/searchtext%3ELEGO.htm

JediTricks
01-24-2008, 10:12 PM
Looks real Mega-bloky. The fuselage is wrong for a seaplane, though I do like that they're giving seaplanes more realistic design in this. Still, too much big-empty-part attack.

Jargo
01-25-2008, 09:57 AM
i'm going to buy a few parts and build a proper airplane out of it.
really hope they make a black airplane. the green cargo plane is ok but what do you do if you want a jet for your villain or a secret FBI plane. an orange plane would be killer. orange and black.

one other thing is that the white lego is no longer white. it's a sort of cream colour. like early stages of sunlight damage. it's weird. Noticed it on the other new police sets I've bought. I don't like it. The quality of the plastics seem more megablok like than lego like. just cruddy.

JediTricks
01-25-2008, 10:42 PM
Someone is probably mixing the white plastic wrong in the Czech Republic factories, I've been noticing a lot of problems with regular red. Their white is usually very stark to the point of having too much blue in it.

Ji'dai
01-28-2008, 10:57 AM
CNN has been running news items about the LEGO brick's 50th Anniversary this morning and I noticed that Google (http://www.google.com/) has changed their logo to celebrate the occasion as well.

16618

What have you guys seen or heard?

JediTricks
01-28-2008, 04:48 PM
That's awesome, but unfortunately the only thing I've seen so far.

Jargo
02-05-2008, 09:00 AM
couple of new battle packs for the castle theme. one is crown knights
http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=852271-1
and the other is skeleton army
http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=852272-1

nice move by TLC. much more attractive packaging than boxed figure sets.

jedi master sal
02-05-2008, 12:51 PM
couple of new battle packs for the castle theme. one is crown knights
http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=852271-1
and the other is skeleton army
http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=852272-1

nice move by TLC. much more attractive packaging than boxed figure sets.

Hmm, I wonder if we'll see these in the states.

Jargo
02-05-2008, 07:04 PM
guess you'll find out at toyfair?

it's a very cool idea and something they should try with regular themes like city too. I dunno, like a construction set and an airport set. Police set. commuters. medical and rescue.

Batman sets would be cool. Like say - The Batgang: Alfred, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon.

JediTricks
02-06-2008, 12:12 AM
The links aren't working right now. :(

Jargo
02-06-2008, 08:21 AM
no, i just checked and the site is down. some server runtime error. anyway i saved the images last night so here they be.

JediTricks
02-07-2008, 09:23 PM
Holy crizzap! Those are so competing with Mega Bloks! Finally a good idea from Lego.

Jargo
02-09-2008, 02:44 PM
found this on brickset.com who found it 'elsewhere'


from Jan Beyer, Community Development Manager, LEGO:
"Regarding the low sales of the EXO FORCE line, the decision was made to stop the line at the end of 2008. The sales were good in 2006 but in 2007 the sales did not meet the expectations and the expectation was that even an expensive marketing campaign could not get the sales to the expected level."

JediTricks
02-09-2008, 07:56 PM
Not even a little surprising. The line with the lights was popular because it was the first time we saw it, but the second wave was incredibly derivative of the original without the electronic features, so no surprise it went down in flames.

Jargo
02-10-2008, 07:58 PM
i couldn't really get into exo-force. I bought one. don't remember which one. i was fairly underwhelmed. i'm not a fan of bionicle either. or technical lego unless it's used as subframe support for a big set. The idea is cool but the sets just turned out too flimsy and lightweight.

Ji'dai
03-05-2008, 02:03 PM
Green Grocer (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=10185) and the Castle (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=473&d=70) battle packs are now available from LEGO Shop@Home.

Green Grocer is priced at $150, ten bucks higher than Cafe Corner, and the same price as the Town Plan. I'll probably get the Town Plan first.

Ji'dai
03-27-2008, 05:38 PM
Spotted two of the new Speed Racer sets at TRU today:

8158 Speed Racer and Snake Oiler ($20.99)
8160 Cruncher Block and Racer X ($39.99) - this one builds a semi-trailer and black racer

And those small boxed sets with low piece counts and high price tags are hitting TRUs. My local store has had them for a couple weeks now: The Knight (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=5615&cn=473&d=70), Firefighter (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5613), Police Officer (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5612), Mini-Robot (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=5616)

LEGO Shop@Home has a new Town set listed, Doc & Patient (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4936&sku=380af084-c8e2-4579-a37f-d7196eec3d55). The set features a female physician tending to a rather surly-looking patient. All this and more for only $2.99.

Ji'dai
04-24-2008, 10:35 AM
Two new fan-designed Factory sets hark back to the days of Classic Space in these two new releases I saw on LEGO Shop@Home:

Star Justice (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10191&cn=301) - This 895-piece, $100 set builds a command base, space ship, surface ship, and cargo transport.

Space Skulls (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10192&cn=301) - This 956-piece, $100 set builds a giant space skull with tentacle graspers, a skull fighter, skull surface ship, and a skull-bot. Whew... I'm tired of typing the word skull.

Jargo
04-28-2008, 10:01 AM
I don't like those space sets. Lego seem to be a bit skull happy lately. Might have been nice to have something a bit more alien. and frankly a helluva lot cheaper. those sets are no way worth what they're asking for them. There are so many excellent builders out there who could have come up with something a million times better than these sets that look like a nine year old designed them. very poor indeed. There again the recent mission to mars sets weren't much better.

Ji'dai
04-28-2008, 04:54 PM
They don't do much for me either. I'm more interested in Town these days rather than Space (or Star Wars for that matter), but I'd be all over some re-releases of Classic Space sets.

Jargo
04-28-2008, 06:00 PM
mmm Futuron, Blacktron and Explorien for me. the designs and colours just seem to work better to me.

JediTricks
04-29-2008, 01:23 AM
I actually kinda like these, but they don't look like hundred-dollar sets, maybe half that at most and even that seems high. The problem is that they're using small pieces and plates instead of bricks - the greebling enhanced detail of the last few years has really jammed the prices up on sets in general.

LusiferSam
05-19-2008, 12:49 AM
I was in Wal-Mart on Friday and saw four new Batman sets. The Batbuggy: The Escape of Mr. Freeze (7884) (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?S=7884-1), Robin's Scuba Jet: Attack of the Penguin (7885) (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=7885-1), The Batcycle: Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck (7886) (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=7886-1) and The Bat-Tumbler: The Joker's Ice Cream Suprise (7888) (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=7888-1). I hadn't even heard any rumors of these sets and there they were. In fact, I can't find them on Lego's web site. I didn't have much money on me at the time, so I didn't buy any. Tomorrow I'll head back there and try and buy the Harley Quinn set. The set is ok, but I want the harlequin Harley Quinn figure. :thumbsup:

figrin bran
05-19-2008, 01:02 AM
Thanks for posting about those new Batman sets! :thumbsup:

I really like that Tumbler one. However, that monster truck isn't really something that I'd envision Harley driving. The ice cream truck seems more like her sort of thing.

Jargo
05-19-2008, 09:24 AM
the hat that haley quinn wears is being re-used in the castle advent calender this year for a court jester. i might get the harley quinn figure on ebay but the rest of the set doesn't interest me.

JediTricks
05-19-2008, 04:45 PM
I had forgotten all about these, we saw them at Toy Fair and then... total blank.

I think the vehicles with that Mr Freeze set are awful, but I may get it anyway for the Freeze elements, character and backpack.

If that Robin set is $20, I'm buying it. Over that and I'm not too likely to bother, but I do kinda like everything about it. $20 is my new Lego-limit though.

As cute as that Harley Quinn figure is, there's nothing else in that set I'd want, not a damned thing. I'm guessing that's LEGO's version of the Batpod there.

There's something about that Tumbler set that makes me want to get it, even though the Tumbler they created is kinda ugly and the ice cream on top of the Joker's truck doesn't look like anything to me. I'll likely pass, but only because it's surely $50.

LusiferSam
05-22-2008, 11:54 AM
Well I did pick up the Harley Quinn set early this week. I can't say this anything too special. The motorcycle looks like it's clearly based on the one in the Dark Knight. Harley's monster truck is a bit silly, but it's sure fun to hit Batman with the giant hammer. For some reason I thought the jester hat might be soft and pliable, but it's not.

The flick missiles are different. That's a new technic pin that holds them in place. However they look out of place. But the holders easily come off, so that's not a big deal.

The biggest issue with this set is the stickers. That's lots of stickers and many that span two elements. Oh well.

JediTricks
05-23-2008, 02:50 AM
STAMPs! (STicker Across Multiple Parts)

I'm getting so sick of that one, they inhibit creative rebuilding and they ALWAYS come up too.

LusiferSam
05-23-2008, 01:10 PM
STAMPs! (STicker Across Multiple Parts)

I'm getting so sick of that one, they inhibit creative rebuilding and they ALWAYS come up too.

I hadn't heard that one before. But I like it. It's nearly as good as BURPMAN (Big Ugly Rock Person Made Annoyingly Non-mobile).

I agree stickers really do stifle creativity. And I really don't understand why sometimes Lego prints the pattern and sometime it's a sticker.

Jargo
05-30-2008, 07:10 PM
I went to TRU for Doctor who figures today and left instead with this: http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=7744-1 and this: http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=7741-1 Although i really wanted to get this: http://cache.lego.com/images/shop/prod/7743-0000-xx-13-1.jpg to finish off the police station and round out my 2008 police vehicles. I'll have to wait til next month though.

the police station looks great though when you look at it from all angles there's a lot of dead space under the prison cells which are for some inexplicable reason on a raised platform. The vehicles are pretty weak in design. The 2005 police vehicles seem a lot sturdier. of particular weaknes is the tailgate door of the dog van which has a two stud wide hinge rather than the four studs it needed to be non wobbly.
I do like the little details though like the interrogation lamp in the windowless 'interview' room or the coffee maker in the adjacent room. the cell doors look good and you can angle the CCTV cams down to spy on the prisoners. the lavatorys in the cells are a nice accurate detail but do we really need toilets for lego people? lol

the helicoptor looks good. aside from the two stud wide rear strut and tail propellor. the use of the wide angled pieces as main rotor blades is a bit over the top and i'll be changing that for thinner rotors more akin to a Bell jet ranger type of helicoptor. It's about time LEGO came up with a proper rotor piece. not just fairly thin but also long enough. 1x10 perhaps.

The main thing i noticed is the softness of the plastic LEGO are using these days. pieces bend more easily. longer plates seem to have a mild warp in them where the ends bend up fractionally and the white is still a sort of cream colour not true white.
the sprue indentation in the trans blue window panes of the police station is annoying. all but one had the spriue mark dead center in the top/bottom third of the piece. the one that was different had a sprue mark at the edge of the pane which while still visible looks a lot better.

After the build and checking to make sure I'd actually put all the pieces where they should go I found i had a proper handful of bits left over. mostly 1x1 round trans plates. and 1x1 new slopes in trans blue.

I hope they produce more modular sections to build up the police station. maybe have a section for detectives. or a major incident room with a city map table for planning strategy. and a few desks with computers. big plasma screen on the wall for briefing sessions that use video evidence. and plainclothes detectives.
a locker room would be cool. Dog training courtyard. shooting range.
And a squad of riot police would be very cool. batons and shields and helmets. rubber bullet guns and water cannon on an armour plated riot van.
not forgetting a police informant. Lego should do a straggly long greasy looking hairpiece for this. and a worried looking face on the head. and a shoeshine stand. all the best informants are shoeshine dudes.

Ji'dai
05-30-2008, 11:09 PM
My TRU had quite a few of the new mid-year releases on the shelf today.

The Castle sets with the Dwarves and Troll Warriors looked pretty good, especially the big battle ship. I saw a shelf tag for the Dwarve's Mine too, so maybe LEGO is re-releasing that one again. It was a Target exclusive last year.

I looked over the Agents and ocean rescue sets but was not impressed by any of them. There were a couple of shelf tags for new Creator sets that sounded interesting - a Stegosaurus and some kind of sports car.

And there was a 50th Anniversary basic building set that sported 1950's photos and graphics on the box. It comes with a "gold" brick too.

Jargo, there's a new Police pontoon plane out too. It uses the nose cone and fuselage elements first seen in the Passenger Jet and the recent Cargo Plane.

Jargo
05-31-2008, 07:11 AM
oh I have that. bought it a while back when UK store ARGOS had it on a half price sale. it's huge. well, for a police vehicle. but thanks anyway.

i've just been applying all the stickers to my new sets. have to say the sticky gluey stuff they use these days does make removing stickers easier. especially when you have problems positioning the stickers. Just peel them off and start over. Though I use a scalpel to lift the corner to avoid bending the sticker edges. I wouldn't reccommend anyone using a blade like a scalpel though unless they have experience with craft knives. and kiddies should always ask an adult to help them. m'kay?

Ji'dai
05-31-2008, 10:00 AM
I've always disliked applying stickers since I'm so maddingly anal about it. I use a sharp paring knife or hobby knife to raise the corner and re-apply stickers.

LEGO Shop@Home has the new sets I saw at TRU listed:

Castle
Troll Warship (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7048&cn=473) 493pc/$80 - My pick for the best of the new troll/dwarves sets. One of the better sailing vessels I've seen.

Creator
Cool Convertible (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4993) 648pc/$45 - I really like this. One of the better sports cars LEGO has made recently.
Stegosaurus (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=4998&cn=348)731pc/$45 - Not as neat as I imagined it.

City
Emergency Rescue (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=381&d=9) - Ocean rescue and beach patrol sets. I still prefer the predecessors of this theme better than the ones shown here.
Police Pontoon Plane (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7723) 215pc/$40 - I don't know how those wimpy engines are going to lift this thing off the water.

Mars Mission
MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7644) 795pc/$80 - I'm still not impressed with this theme.

Agents
Speedboat Rescue (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8633&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 340pc/$40 - :Dr. Evil Voice: "You mean I have frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?!" :Dr. Evil Voice: Yep, this set sports new sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.

Mobile Command Center (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8635&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 1154pc/$90 - Wow, big set! Semi-tractor trailer that opens to reveal Agent mobile operations center.

Gold Hunt (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8630&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 352pc/$30 - The 4 X 4 in this set just looks odd. The wheels are undersized and the vehicle chassis is set too high above them IMO.

Turbocar Chase (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8634&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 498pc/$50 - Are the barbed-wire elements new?

Jetpack Pursuit (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8631&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 88pc/$10 - Geez, 88 pieces for ten bucks? Surely you jest, Mr. Bond.

Swamp Raid (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8632&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 231pc/$20 - New motorcycle design. Plus remote-controlled alligators. Or are those crocodiles? It's got the MOTU-inspired "Trap-Jaw" mini-fig.

Jargo
06-01-2008, 01:41 PM
the barbed wire piece appears to be new. introduced in the agents sets. even though the use of barbed wire is dwindling and people are using other methods to deter intruders. with these agent sets it shows that the mindset of the Lego company has finally reached the last quarter of the 20th century. perhaps if they keep this up by the time we hit 2025 they'll have found their way to the 21st century. and really start doing contemporary designs in sets

JediTricks
06-01-2008, 07:56 PM
Castle
Troll Warship (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7048&cn=473) 493pc/$80 - My pick for the best of the new troll/dwarves sets. One of the better sailing vessels I've seen. Pretty cool indeed!


Creator
Cool Convertible (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4993) 648pc/$45 - I really like this. One of the better sports cars LEGO has made recently.Yeah, that one I keep going back and forth on, I like the look but the top just doesn't deliver that well. I have a couple photos I found online during toy fair.


(http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=4998&cn=348)Stegosaurus (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=4998&cn=348)731pc/$45 - Not as neat as I imagined it.No kidding, underwhelming.


Police Pontoon Plane (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7723) 215pc/$40 - I don't know how those wimpy engines are going to lift this thing off the water.You aren't kidding! That set is really blah, I think they're starting to lose their minds.


Mars Mission
MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7644) 795pc/$80 - I'm still not impressed with this theme.That vehicle looks like a big convoluted mess.


Agents
Speedboat Rescue (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8633&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 340pc/$40 - :Dr. Evil Voice: "You mean I have frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?!" :Dr. Evil Voice: Yep, this set sports new sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.I like that little sub-pod, but that set feels way overpriced, there's just not that much going on there.


(http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8635&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US)Mobile Command Center (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8635&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 1154pc/$90 - Wow, big set! Semi-tractor trailer that opens to reveal Agent mobile operations center.Looks like a cool set, lots of neat things, but I kinda wish it had 1 more big vehicle.


Gold Hunt (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8630&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 352pc/$30 - The 4 X 4 in this set just looks odd. The wheels are undersized and the vehicle chassis is set too high above them IMO.That villain cracks me up, but that set has nothing positive going on, that is one plain plane, and you're totally right about the truck undercarriage.


Turbocar Chase (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8634&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 498pc/$50 - Are the barbed-wire elements new?They seem to be. I like how the car looks, and it really has the transforming gimmick this line calls for, but it's waaaay overpriced, the supplementary aspects (gate, chopper) are very underwhelming.


(http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8631&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US)Jetpack Pursuit (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8631&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 88pc/$10 - Geez, 88 pieces for ten bucks? Surely you jest, Mr. Bond.It comes with a rubber tank tread, that jacks the price up a little. I think it looks like a decent little set, but not a "must have" situation.


(http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8632&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US)Swamp Raid (http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=8632&LangId=2057&ShipTo=US) 231pc/$20 - New motorcycle design. Plus remote-controlled alligators. Or are those crocodiles? It's got the MOTU-inspired "Trap-Jaw" mini-fig.This set doesn't do much for me, but that bike is pretty cool, I wish they'd make system sets for Technic Guys, that'd be a real winner there.

Jargo
06-01-2008, 09:25 PM
found these two agents sets listed at brickset

8636: Deep Sea Quest
8637: Volcano Base

no other info or any pics yet.

Ji'dai
06-06-2008, 05:43 PM
Yeah, that one I keep going back and forth on, I like the look but the top just doesn't deliver that well. I have a couple photos I found online during toy fair. I got a good close up look at the Cool Convertible at TRU this morning. The retractable roof is a neat feature; it looks like it completely collapses into the trunk. You're right though, the roof design leaves a lot to be desired. The model would be just as well off without it I think.

My TRU also had the Dwarves' Mine on the shelf today too. Must've been popular enough for LEGO to re-release it again this year.

Jargo
06-06-2008, 10:30 PM
Brickset now has pics up of some new sets
Agents volcano base http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=8637-1
Agents deep sea quest http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=8636-1

Coast guard platform http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=4210-1

the volcano base looks cool. as does the coast guard platform. not too sure about the sub and boat in the agents set though.

Ji'dai
06-07-2008, 02:34 PM
Yeah, the Agents Deep Sea Quest doesn't do anything for me.

The Volcano Base is kinda neat looking. The first thing I thought when I saw that pic was "Mustafar." This set would've been a nice addition to the ROTS line.

The Coast Guard Platform is okay looking. Not a lot of surface area on that platform though. Needs more plates over those orange girders (suspension bridge elements) or a lot of guys are gonna get wet :D

That CG Platform reminds me of the alternate model you could build with the classic Town set Victory Lap Raceway (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6395). The back of the box has a pic of an off-shore oil rig. I'll have to scan and post it later.

JediTricks
06-07-2008, 03:52 PM
Brickset now has pics up of some new sets
Agents volcano base http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=8637-1
Agents deep sea quest http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=8636-1

Coast guard platform http://www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=4210-1

the volcano base looks cool. as does the coast guard platform. not too sure about the sub and boat in the agents set though.The Coast Guard platform looks like a good set, a lot of stuff going on that makes it really look like a platform for once, usually they'd cop out there.

The Deep Sea Quest set looks pretty flat, I kinda like the design of the sub but it's not exciting.

The Volcano Base set does indeed look like a winner, and no giant baseplate or other cheats (beyond BURPs). I like the interlocking fingers on the door.

Jargo
06-08-2008, 08:35 AM
Have to admit I'm surprised at how many sets there are in the coastguard subtheme. I'm loving it though, all that orange.
There's still the coastguard boat, set 4898 to be revealed which I'm hoping is another solid hull boat rather than a brick built one. I know a lot of people don't like the huge molded boat hulls but i like the clean smooth lines.
and the coastguard bike, set 5626. Possibly the dirt bike? hope it isn't the big motorbike and I can't imagine it being the pushbike.

TooWanBee
06-27-2008, 01:14 PM
My friend said it took him like 18 hours to build the Star Destroyer.

bpr2
06-27-2008, 05:32 PM
I'm looking forward to the new Death Star Playset. That looks pretty good and lots of mini-figs. The only thing I didn't really care for is the TIE bomber(?). It is so small and not too scale. They were trying to create a 'hanger bay', but I think they should have left the miniature TIE out.

Ji'dai
06-28-2008, 10:42 AM
Yeah, I thought the mini-TIE looked a little weird too. Maybe it's a drone ;) The System DS is a great-looking playset, but it's priced beyond what I'm willing to pay for any one set these days. $150 is about my limit.

While placing my order for the Green Grocer (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10185&cn=245) this morning, I noticed that LEGO Shop@Home has a Volkswagon Beetle (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10187&cn=245&d=100) up for pre-order. Its got 1,626 pieces and costs $120. The model is based on the 1960 "bug."

LEGO also lowered the price on the Space Skulls (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10192&cn=245) and Star Justice (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10191&cn=245) sets to $70, down from $100 each.

JediTricks
06-28-2008, 07:14 PM
Cute idea on the Beetle, but horrible execution. The humble brick just can't recreate the curves of that car. The side view looks more like a 1940s German staff car. Still, points for trying.

Ji'dai
07-01-2008, 01:57 PM
I got the latest Shop@Home catalog yesterday. The new Indiana Jones set, Peril in Peru, is listed. It's the one with the DC-3. I don't see it online yet.

Brickmaster subscribers will get an exclusive MINI Clone Turbo Tank shipped to them with the Nov/Dec issue.

17647

They also have a two-page spread for the System Death Star, man that thing is a beauty.

Other new stuff:

Vintage Mini-Figure Collection (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=852331) - Five mini-figs from the last thirty years, including a 1978 Classic Space fig. Oh, and this set is listed as "Vol. 1," so expect more...

New Technic sets: Off Roader (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=8297), Telescopic Handler (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8295&cn=57), and Excavator (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8294&cn=57).

Creator Transport Ferry (http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=4997) ($70) - not System scale, but close to it. The boat is made entirely of bricks, no single-piece hulls. Alternate models include a cargo plane and a hovercraft.

JediTricks
07-02-2008, 01:17 AM
Nice find on that MINI set, kinda weird that they'd go there at this point, but they did a good job with it.

Man, I am old, I have all those figures in the minifig set, tons of those old astronaut guys (not sure of any in red though).

Off-Roader looks alright, but almost like "been there, done that, and done it cheaper" now.

Telescopic Handler looks neat, I like how the cockpit is offset and the wheels are beefy. I don't think it's something I'd get, too pricey, but if I got it, I'd love to turn it into a Technic Guys attack vehicle, change that pallet fork to either a battering ram or a cannon.

That Excavator was a real "wow!" for me, pneumatics and treads yet a good price anyway. It looks a little small in the cockpit, but I'm still digging the overall design. I don't have the space or money, but if I did, I'd probably get that.

Oh man, at first that Creator Ferry set didn't look like much, then I saw the bow open and the alternate sets and I was ga-ga. I'll definitely keep an eye out for any sales or clearance prices on this set.

jedi master sal
07-02-2008, 08:46 AM
Heh, I LOVED those Space guys. I had tons of them. Plenty of white and red ones. My friends and I would treat them as Americans and Russians. Then when the YELLOW one came out, whoo-boy, that was a big deal. I was the first to get one and was the BMOC so to speak for all of about two days.

Gawd, I miss those sets. Should have never sold off my LEGOs from back then.

DarthQuack
07-09-2008, 01:40 PM
I hear you Sal.....I feel the same way....those town buildings that all connect look sweet, as does that new Town Plan.

Ji'dai
08-09-2008, 11:37 AM
We may not see Temple of Doom Indiana Jones sets, but here is the next best thing:

Taj Mahal (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=10189&cn=245&d=100) - $300. It's got 5,922 pieces, which is even bigger than the UCS Falcon. It may very well be the biggest set ever.

New Spongebob set too: Emergency Room (http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=3832&cn=52&d=100).

DarthQuack
08-09-2008, 02:09 PM
Damn, that Taj Mahal is a BEAST.

Jargo
08-10-2008, 08:44 AM
y'know, that taj mahal set would be darn cool if it wasn't gonna cost an arm and a leg. it's impressive. very impressive. just way out of my wallets range.

JediTricks
08-10-2008, 11:33 PM
I can't believe how many 2x2 turntable bases they used in that set!

Jargo
08-20-2008, 10:47 AM
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