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@Legofanscott, exclusives are no longer limited to the traditional 10*** numbers.
In the last year I've been lucky enough to build just about every pirate ship going except for the POTC Black Pearl and Imperial Flagship (for my money Skull's Eye Schooner is the best) and to me almost all are better than that. I think the plastic sails are horrible, the proportions are dreadful and the quirkiness makes it less than a proper pirate ship. Thats fine, its not for me, but I'm sure there will be a number feeling the same. A big part for me is £30 or even £50 for some quirkiness is fine its a bit of fun, but if that thing costs around £230 then I'm not going to (and i suspect many others wont) be spending that on something quirky.
In the MF range, also a little quirky, the big high value set is stunning and the quirkiness is left out. That makes total sense to me. I personally think they've made a mistake having such a high value set so out there, unless theres a second build that makes a 'proper ship'.
I also have most of the ships. My favourite is the Black Seas Barracuda, but the recent Queen Anne's Revenge and LOTR Pirate Ship were both superb, and actually I prefer both of those over The Imperial Flagship. I like the idea of something so far out, and with so many pieces the potential for mocing and amending the design is huge.
I've said already to some privately that it's not the sort of £200-£250 set I'd want on my sideboard. It's not the sort of set I'd want anywhere for that matter. Some won't believe me, but I can actually see myself missing this one LEGO Movie set I was intent on buying - there's too many other good, large builds coming out this year!
I suspect there's either going to be some very very fortunate kids out there over the next year or so or we can expect a price reduction fairly swiftly. Being a lover of large builds, it's a ship I've been looking forward to for months. To see the image for the first time yesterday, was disappointing.
It's a real shame that #9446 Destiny's Bounty couldn't have been comparable to this in scale, since it, too, was a remarkably unique vessel (and even more impressive in the TV show and the Ninjago miniland that was built for LEGOLAND Deutchland). But on the other hand, I'm impressed that the LEGO Movie is even expected to be such a powerful merchandise-mover that it gets a set this size. Let's hope those forecasts don't disappoint!
I did not plan to include the LEGO Movie sets in my budget for 2014, but I'm feeling more and more pressure to do so, especially seeing the creative brilliance of some of these later-in-the-year releases.
Also, for those who are wondering what Benny will look like in the sets, the CGI image on hischaracter page seems to be based on the version from the sets and not the version from the film, based on the simplified torso decoration and helmet, both of which seem optimized for mass-production.
Maybe Lego could flip through the sales records from Time Twisters and learn a little lesson from history and stop before it hits production.
Also, Time Cruisers in general was just not a well thought out theme. There was no real cohesion to any of them. Add that to the fact that in 1996-1997 I could find just about ANY LEGO set I wanted on clearance with pretty steep discount and I think there really is no good comparison between the two.
Benny's ship is an instant classic, easily in the same league with Airport Shuttle, the Yellow Castle and other iconic LEGO sets. It is essentially a Galaxy Explorer 2.0 with elements inspired from Classic Space and Futuron. I love it so much, I will buy it day one, I like how they saved the best for last and went all out at almost 1000 parts, worth every penny.
The Sea Cow is simply incredible, it blows away the IFS easily in size and design and replaces it as the best LEGO ship ever made. 2700+ parts is jaw dropping, that thing is epic. True it may not be formal Pirates but I love Steam Punk and I love that ship, it is very creative and something every true LEGO fan should appreciate. Although I can see some AFOL's not being able to understand that. We also get Emmet's hilarious double couch, I could care less about figs in this fig centric era, the build is the star of the set, not the figs, this is true in all D2C sets and needs to remain this way. Who cares if it doesn't come with a huge amount of new figs, it doesn't need them. Get over it.
The Police Dropship will be great as well, it will probably be $90, and I can see Green Lantern coming in that set with Batman. The star is Johnny Thunder though, thank you TLG, we love all this fan service!
Furthermore, it can't be ignored that the late 90s sets suffered in terms of design quality, not just in terms of "weirdness". There were a lot of large, specialized elements in almost all themes, even beloved themes like Adventurers, and this was just as true of Time Cruisers/Time Twisters. The LEGO Movie sets are all much higher quality, as is typical of today's sets. The level of creative brick-built detail in sets like Metalbeard Duel or Super Cycle Chase is far beyond anything produced in the late 90s and early naughts.
People made comparisons to themes like Time Cruisers when Ninjago pics were first showing up as well, and many AFOLs dismissed the theme as rubbish that was doomed to fail. In contrast, it became the LEGO Group's most successful launch for a new product line of all time. Likewise, Legends of Chima was viewed as garbage, but despite not meeting its ambitous stretch goals (which anticipated 30% more sales than Ninjago), it still succeeded handily. Kids, and even many adults, LOVE a bit of anachronism, which tend to breath new life into weary archetypes. It's a big part of why steampunk has become so popular in the past couple decades, and it helped fuel the BIONICLE craze, which you might recall began with the novel premise of a mechanical civilization on a tropical island.
So I think it's a bit presumptuous to assume that kind of playful anachronism is going to doom a theme to fail just based on one failed theme released at a time when pretty much every LEGO theme was failing, even the classics.
Again compare the haunted house. it's a straight up, lovely set, feels substantial and looks great. fits in with a popular holiday etc etc.
If anything, the photos of Lord Business just make me wonder even more if this movie is going to be directed at a younger audience. I'm hoping it has the sophistication of Toy Story, but I've had my doubts from the start. I can't get excited about a Lego movie just because it's a Lego movie.
I do hope I am proven wrong.
i hope i'm right
Will FerrelLord Business' Evil Lair today. Both are great sets, the Supercycle is a great build, and the battery in The Lair made me chuckle.
I wouldn't know about secret stuff like that. :-)
polys, yay! I really like 30282.