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Maybe he's a bit older than the target age range, but knowing him, I was a bit surprised it didn't capture his imagination enough to make him want to buy any. I think a bit of proper backstory (like you said) might have brought in the slightly older audience like him.
For those that are enjoying these spin-off City themes (i.e. *not* Fire and *not* Police), I've heard that next year's is an aqua-themed one. Not like Atlantis (no sea creatures etc.) but maybe exploration / research, so maybe we'll have some submarines and the like...?
I would love to see a more serious underwater theme again (ie, not conflict based). I think there's a lot of that out there and Lego can be different and inspire kids in other ways.
Just would rather see them at about 30% off (will be watching Amazon for these)
Normally city sets bore me, the constant fire and police repetition doesn't interest me, but it fully accept that it's not designed for me. The arctic line is great. Seeing the Huskies in real life really sells them too, because they are made from two colours of plastic mixed each one is individual. Plus the polar bears in the larger sets are a nice bonus, as always it'd be nice to get some f these things in the cheaper sets but frankly it makes sense for TLG to put them where they'll get most money from them.
The tent sold at LBR is a great set to buy, don't miss out on that little gem. Having been into LEGO since 2008 this is my first new polar themed line so it is new for me unlike the countless police and fire sets released each and every year. I originally planed on NOT buying the sets from this theme but will likely buy the majority of them now after building the small skimobiles and tent sets and after seeing them in person at TRU.
What annoys me is 2 of the sets are exclusives and as such carry a premium (10-20 EUR more than similar sets) so I probably won't manage to get them all.
Plus side: loads of orange. The huskies are good and I like the polar bear as well.
I think the large issue for my son... any bit of exploration is really removed. For example that diving set above is great. It is an underwater theme, with sharks, and rocks and seaweed, divers and a treasure chest. It is a set of the environment. One could have a submarine set, and travel down to this underground environment and explore, or fight off sharks, etc. This is a wonderful set, and one that would be an instant buy for us.
In Arctic, the entire focus is on the vehicles, and there is not a single background scene. It removes a ton of playability when one does not even have a single arctic scene. Where does your snowmobile or helicopter go? There isn't a snow bank, a cliff, a frozen river. Nothing. Arctic sets without snow just seem pretty crazy to me and to my kiddo. Obviously, we are looking for something different than others, and really want that action adventure that has playable scenes, and not simply a vehicle line.
Because of this, the interest in Arctic is absolutely zero. Compare that to Lego Friends Jungle, where one FINALLY has background playable action scenes. Now, one can have an action adventure.
But then again, that's not going to help sell the sets, is it...
As is stands it just doesn't sell to my kiddo. For others it will.
Right. You do not have to see it as an issue. The question was what was our reaction/opinion, and our reaction is that it is a line that does not work for us.
Why would you presume double the price? You do recognize that Lego Friends Jungle incorporated jungle scenes with special/adventure features (and sometimes even a vehicles) at a reasonable price point...That is all done at a wide variety of price points, with some of our favorites at 9.99, 19.99 and 29.99. Of those 2/3 have vehicles. All I'm saying is that an arctic set without the arctic does not work for us, and what would have made a difference was replacing a set or two with actual arctic environment set. Dig out the Crystal in the arctic and use your snow sled to return it to base. Rescue the scientist stuck in the ice storm/ice break/snow fall. I would have bought them just to add/modify for my winter scene. ;-)
I am glad the theme works for some, since I like the theme choice, but the implementation doesn't work for us. Not a big deal, and simply where we are at with this line. I should also add that 'city' is generally not our favorite line to begin with, where Police Station has been one of the few sets of interest because of the special features of the station itself. I'm not surprised that the arctic line as it is does not interest my kiddo. A large yeti throwing snowballs... that would have been up his alley, but of course the them would not be City. ;-)
Some one after my own heart! I totally agree, we don't see nearly enough landscape with lego
I think some are missing the point too. It's not that we need spoon fed a back drop it's about those 'action scenes'. Why the short lived outback line was great... Yeah it was a 4x4 but you also got a rope bridge and some crocs or a river and a canyon!
Arctic could have had a mountaineer style figure (my one complaint is not enough variation to minifigs) with a crystal in secret area.
A frozen waterfall with some mamouth bones
The polar bears cave/canyon
An igloo with an Inuit
I like this theme but with a few extras it could get taken up a level. Vechicles are easy to make and lego flood us with them, a few scenes wouldn't be much to ask