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Although I don't recall on any details on this promo outside of the US. I have fingers crossed it will be the same for the UK as I'm planning to pick up #75828 - Ecto-1 & 2 on Friday!
It isn't my favourite theme by a long shot, but the quality of the builds is actually really good. Surprisingly good to be honest. I would have preferred they spent the time designing classic castle sets, but as I have two boys that sit squarly in the target demographic, I can you tell you these are a huge hit. They deserve their spot, however grudgingly we give it, for being the nostalgia of the years to come.
Also, I don't like supporting bad themes. Making excuses for them that they are good builds or there are "decent parts" I think just encourages the production of more bad themes. Lego is great right now, but if the masses keep eating up every bad Lego theme, there will be no motivation for Lego to produce good themes.
he now watches both. ninjago and nexo! but he is all over nexo currently!
As for build over finished product - yeah, I wouldn't diplay NK around the place, but the build and parts are good, and for a lot of people (AFOLs included) the build is an important factor - afterall, if I didn't enjoy the building bit the most, why collect LEGO and not some other toy/collectible? (Let us not get onto sealed box collectors). The parts and building techniques then get reused when I MOC - the value of genuinely new techniques is worth the price of admission on it's own.
As a little kid, I also loved reading Asterix comics. In numerous of these comics, the Romans employ all sorts of siege engines. In the comic book 'Asterix and Son' when they attack the village of the invincible Gauls, where Asterix etc. live, the Romans use these giant crossbows with fiery arrows/missiles quite similar to what you see here in this set. Even though Udderzo's Asterix takes place at 50BC, as a little kid these comics were one of the sources of inspiration for endless siege warfare role-playing with my classic castle Lego.
When I saw this set on the home page of Brickset a couple of days ago, I just immediately knew; I have to have this little 'trip down memory lane' VIP set!
Yes, I love the packaging of this little set, I like the set itself too. Though in terms of Lego elements; essentially it is all about the torso print of the figure and the two shields included. I suppose it would be asking too much, but would it not have been even more epic if they included both a yellow AND a blue shield? The lion shield came in two variations; with a yellow lion against a blue background, and the one that comes with this set. The 1986 set was also nice in terms of demonstrating SNOT design.
I would love to see TLG re-release a couple of classic castle sets sporting the Lion Knights (not sure who/when/why these are/were dubbed 'crusaders' in English), as well as the Black Falcon Knights, both introduced in 1984. Or some proper newly designed retro classic castle theme Lego set, with these two factions in it. Also one of the reasons I love the 2010 Kingdoms theme so much. It was IMO an excellent reincarnation of the classic Lego castle theme, and a shame they discontinued that theme as fast as they did.
I've got a short list of sets I plan to get in the near future, so it's not a big deal to go spend $50 to get this.
6012 was one of the first sets I bought on the secondary market when I decided to go back and start completing my Castle collection. Came in a lot with 6080 and was incomplete with no instructions. For some odd reason it took me more than 10 years to get the instructions.
On the other hand, the Target Minifigure Gift Sets don't really have any common binding thread aside from all being unique figs from popular themes. Whereas these sets are not only part of a series, but they also all represent classic themes. A Space fan still might not be super interested in retro Castle or Pirates sets, but chances are that if they lived through that classic era they'll at least appreciate all three sets' heritage.
Overall, if you were to put them up for sale on BrickLink, I think there'd definitely be an advantage to having the whole series for sale, since that way people will recognize your store as an easy avenue to "catch up" on a series they missed out on (as opposed to having to buy them individually from separate sellers). But selling them as part of the same lot might be riskier.
.... is very reminiscent of LEGO retailer parts refill boxes of the 1960s.....
On a side note, looking back at those sets, interesting that each one of these sets has more building elements than the last. Also, I now notice that all three identify the set not by the theme name, but by the minifigure's profession (Spaceman/Pirate/Knight). So maybe this might mean we're not locked into one such set per theme, which would remove some of the ambiguity over whether a "Classic Ninja Set" is possible. Furthermore, a future Town or Western set in this series might be labeled as "Classic Policeman Set" or "Classic Cowboy Set".
Identifying the fig by occupation also helps to justify the inclusion of figs in the timeline that might not technically be part of the same theme as their classic counterpart — like a Nexo Knight in a Knight set, or a Ninjago character in a Ninja set, or a CMF in any of the sets.
In my opinion the pirates one was the worst. It had the chrome gold, but there was no effort to make the figure look vintage and the tree looked god awful. It just looked like a supplement pack for the then current pirates theme.
I'm wondering about the possibility of a "classic ninja set" since the LEGO Ninjago movie is coming next year and the previous classic sets have come out in a year when the corresponding theme has been reimagined in some way (Benny's Spaceship in 2014, the Pirates reboot in 2015, and Nexo Knights this year). But since we know so little about next year's themes OTHER than the movie themes, that might not be the best predictor.
Image: from my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide.
5004419 D2C Minifigure Retro Set was included in the e-mail acknowledgment for my order, even though it didn't show up during checkout. So all seems to be well.
I was really hoping it would start today here so I could get both a Fountain and a Classic Knights set. And while the US already has their August calendar, we still don't even have our JULY calendar that would advertise this promo...
Yeah, that was such a total bummer!
I wanted to place a small order about a week and half ago, and no more Fountain set to appear in you shopping cart. So I ordered nothing! Now you get some Nexo Knights poster, but I am not interested in those.
I hope the little Lion Knight set deal starts tomorrow, then I will place a small order at [email protected] because I really want this classic knight set.
Thanks for the info.
I just called [email protected] and placed an order via telephone instead of the web, and the Lego CS employee added the fountain set manually to my order.
I ordered the Pirates Chess set. (My second Lego Chess set) for €59,99 (I paid €5 less as I still had some VIP points, so €54,99 in total and free shipping).
I already had my eye on it for so long, but never bought it. Just like all the other Pirate sets which I wanted to buy, but ended up not buying.
It is great value for money; not just as a chess set, but also as a minifig pack, and a parts pack (857 elements) with lots of bricks and plates.
On topic: she could not and/or would not tel me if the classic castle set will be available tomorrow (July 1st), but from the tone of her voice I got the impression that it will be.
Apparently the UK is until the end of today, so get in quick.
Yes today is the last day. So hurry, hurry! (if you want to get it)
Better call them, if it does not get added when you order via the website.