So here we go:City – No doubt we will see more of the perennial Fire and Police, but what kind of new twist could they add to this after Forest fire and police, Swamp police and Prison island in recent years? Maybe it will just be regular urban police and fire. In terms of other subthemes, we have had several adventure-type subjects recently with Space, Deep Sea, Arctic and the upcoming Volcano Explorers. This summer has Airport and Stunt Show sets too. Past subthemes that I think are well overdue to be revisited are Farm (last seen in 2009/10) and Hospital (2 medical sets last in 2012). It’d be cool to see a new updated hospital set using newer parts like the x-ray tile, head bandage, crutch, wheelchair. I’d really, really love to see more civilian buildings like a school, or a Leisure or Beach subtheme like that of the early 90s but I have no expectation of this whatsoever as TLG has consistently offloaded this kind of subject matter to Friends.
DC Superheroes – 2017 could be a massive year for DC Lego sets. There is the Lego Batman movie in February which will undoubtedly have a wave of sets. My guess is that these sets will probably feature classic Batman characters (Robin, Joker, Batgirl, Catwoman, Riddler, Ivy etc.), and maybe this is why in the summer 2016 sets we are getting such a fantastic range of possibly more obscure characters (Blue Beetle, Killer Moth), to balance things out? In terms of the DC expanded universe movies, there is Wonder Woman [June] and Justice League Part 1 [November]. I imagine the latter will get sets, judging by the three that Batman v Superman got this year. I would love it if Lego went out on a bit of a limb and did at least one or two WW sets, but from what I’ve read the toy merchandising for films with a female lead are historically tricky and also the film is set during WWI so I don’t know whether it might be too military for TLG to broach. I’m also intrigued to see if anything will come of the DC Super Hero Girls line that was announced back in April 2015, with Lego sets “to follow”. This would obviously be a minidoll line, but I think a small wave of 5 or 6 sets for this theme could be supported by the market alongside Friends, Elves and Disney Princess (both of the latter usually tending to have only small waves too). Everything I have said above obviously doesn't include any potential standalone comic-based sets. Like I said, it could be bumper DC year.
Marvel Superheroes – There are lots of potential films to base sets on. Wolverine 3 [March], though this is a Fox production and therefore unlikely to get sets; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [May]; Spiderman Homecoming [July]; Thor: Ragnarok [November]. Would love to see a few more GotG sets though I guess it depends on the vehicles and locales featured. Spiderman seems pretty inevitable, especially if other MCU characters show up such as Iron Man. I would love for a Thor movie to finally get some sets of its own. This third outing is said to be less dark than the last one and also features Hulk which could make it more marketable for toy lines and possibly provide an elusive Bruce Banner minifig. I’d to love see another X-men set, with Jean Grey and Professor X. My biggest wish is for a Xavier’s School for the Gifted D2C. I don’t know anything about the cartoon series that some sets have been based on in the past, so potentially there could be sets featuring characters from that too.
Disney Princess – More of the same, I imagine. A small wave, probably some repeated characters mixed with new ones. Please please please Snow White and Pocahontas. Possibly more Palace Pets?
Elves – I would love for it to continue but I don’t watch the cartoon episodes and I’m not sure how the story progresses on from rescuing the queen dragon from the evil witch. Maybe there could be more fantastical creatures such as centaurs or unicorns?
Friends – I have no idea on what themes could come up next. I’d guess it to be a return to classic Friends fare like a bakery/cafe, shop/salon, house etc. after the summer’s amusement park sets. Possibly there could be a sports or hobbies theme again?
Pirates – Seems to have only the chess set currently, after a short wave in 2015. Possibly further planned waves were affected by the Ninjago sky pirate wave? The next Pirates of the Caribbean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales is out in May 2017 and could possibly have a few tie-in sets, as Disney is an established LEGO partner. The previous outing in 2011 earned 9 regular retail sets covering previous movies as well as the one being released. I can’t see what else they could cover from previous films apart from rehashes but possibly the new film could merit a one-off small wave of 4‑6 sets, like Angry Birds, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World. Pirate ships seem to be popular and the premise of the film (a quest for Poseidon’s trident) could possibly allow some cool Greek mythology style theming? That’s my hope anyway.
Scooby Doo – I think this looks like a one and done theme. I can’t see what more sufficiently different sets they could do, or what minifigure variants. I can’t really even see this possibly continuing on only under Dimensions, as the most iconic figures and the Mystery Machine have already been done. Maybe Velma or Daphne could feature as a fun pack?
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