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Predictions for upcoming sets
So given that we know the plans of various big movie studios with licensed Lego themes for a number of years in advance, I was thinking it might be interesting to discuss what we anticipate in the way of future sets. Predictions for other themes work to-those just seem a bit more conjectural since our knowledge of future plans for such themes as Ninjago is fairly limited. That being said, I anticipate the following:Marvel Cinematic Universe
- At least one set based on Ant-Man and the Wasp. Will presumably include a new Scott Lang/Ant-Man figure, a Hope van Dyne/Wasp figure, and a Ghost figure, and depict a battle between the three if not the climax of the film. If a second set is produced, I could see it depicting another fight and potentially including Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp.
- One or more sets based on Captain Marvel; likely figures to include Carol Danvers, possibly in civilian and/or Captain Marvel attire, and various Skrull minifigures.
- Four-six sets (going off the previous films) based on Avengers 4, presumably depicting various battle/action sequences as we've seen previously. While we might see new variants of Iron Man and others from Infinity War, I foresee/would hope that new variants/releases of War Machine, Mantis, Drax the Destroyer, Wasp, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, Nebula, and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier are a possibility. New characters or alter egos that seem plausible are Supergiant (given that she's the only Cult Obsidian member missing from the current Infinity War line) and Pepper Potts as Rescue, her armored incarnation.
- One or more sets based on the next Spider-Man: Homecoming installment. Hard to make many predictions given that we know so little about it; presumably a new Spider-Man variant and one or more bad guys. It's probably pure fantasy for me to hope that Hobgoblin will be the villain and that Mark Hamill will reprise his old animation role.
- Presumably three sets (going off the previous films) based on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Again, it's a bit soon to predict much, other than the possibility of Adam Warlock and Stakar Ogord figures given that the last film apparently set up their appearance in future installments.
- Various additional sets, drawing inspiration from the comics or the various Marvel live action/animated television series currently underway. Anything recently acquired by Disney from Fox seems like a hard guess until we find out what exactly their plans are.
DC Extended Universe
- At least one set based on Aquaman (Wonder Woman got one so it would make sense). Presumably we'd get a new Aquaman, Orm/Ocean Master, Black Manta, and maybe Mera, Murk, and/or Nereus; I'd imagine some villainous goons are also a possibility.
- At least one set based on Shazam!, most likely featuring figures of Billy Batson, Shazam, and Dr. Sivanna if not any other characters.
- At least one set based on Wonder Woman 2, undoubtedly with a new Wonder Woman variant, a figure of her unidentified new love interest, and a depiction of her as yet undisclosed nemesis/nemeses.
- At least one set each for Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps., Batgirl, The Batman, and various other announced/planned films. Currently we know so little that all that can really be anticipated is new variants of Cyborg and other Justice League members who have previously appeared; possible a new variant of Deathstroke from The Batman; and some new characters including Black Adam from the anticipated film of the same name, new Green Lantern(s), and the Thomas Wayne Batman from the planned film Flashpoint.
- Undoubtedly a whole slew of sets based on The Lego Movie Sequel, undoubtedly with new versions of Emmet, Wyldstyle, and other characters from the franchise as well as any new additions. The Billion Brick Race will undoubtedly have several sets to its name as well, most of them undoubtedly based on one or more of the vehicles that will presumably be involved in the plot; can't really say anything on the characters yet.
- Several sets based on Jurassic World 3, unless Fallen Kingdom is somehow bad enough to tank the franchise.
- Potentially at least one set based on Pirates of the Carribean 6...probably a ship.
- Potentially at least one set based on Indiana Jones 5.
- Undoubtedly a number of sets based on previous and future Star Wars films, and probably The Clone Wars given it's continued popularity. Rebels...not looking as likely.
- Various Disney Princess sets, especially based on the upcoming Frozen 2.
That's pretty much what I've got at this point, based on previous and/or current themes and what we know of upcoming ones. Disney, Warner, and other companies have various things in the works, but of course it's hard to say whether they'll make their way into Lego themes or not.
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In fact, when I look at this, it just reinforces my fears that LEGO is becoming so 'IP centric' that they're losing sight of the overall aim of the system and it's simply becoming a minifig chase scenario. Admittedly, that may bring in options for well priced part packs after selling off figs but I still feel we're losing something.
Mind you, I AM excited to see what set options TLG offers for its own forays into other entertainment mediums and I'll probably be all over Indy 5 as well.
City - there will be police and fire sets, then other sub-themed sets (such as Forest Police, Arctic, Jungle, etc in the past).
Friends - there will be more Heartlake sets, probably another shop/cafe, some small vehicles, probably another house of some sort.
Creator - there will be small 3-in-1 vehicles and animals, plus some larger sets for bigger vehicles and probably some sort of building.
Technic - the will be small plane/helicopter type sets aimed at kids, larger sets aimed at a more mature audience.
Then Ninjago, etc. similar but slightly different to what has gone before.
I'm probably being a bit of a grumpy, old, nostalgic man.
The rest of your summation looks to be pretty strong. I'll echo that the heavy lean on licensed sets is disappointing. There's large swaths of the LEGO aisle / LEGO Store that I just bypass completely. I love Star Wars as much as the next guy, but I'm just not interested in the LEGO offerings.
I'll continue to focus on the Creator/Creator Expert lines, with a few City sets thrown in for context.
And @Boardshorts85, maybe you’re not as into SW as the next guy as you think you are :)
Being this is LEGO's 60th Anniversary, I am predicting that LEGO will re-release at least one old set from each line. I am hoping each of the 4 models veing given away in 40290 will be re-released as full size models. If so, I will be picking up the re-release of 6285 Black Seas Barracuda
I predict that we'll have to be satisfied with 40290...
Apparently the license-holders for LotR had some strict rules about what they could and couldn't show as part of a TV programme, and sex and violence were a couple of the no-go areas. So, maybe...
But I'm not getting my hopes up.
Also not getting my hopes up for Neo-Classic Space, but there's a special place in my head reserved just for the tiny little voice that says "LL-928, you are cleared for take-off. Please proceed to interstellar jump-gate 9."
I don't get a lot of city sets, but a new tower crane would be a yes from me.
Assuming (and deeply, deeply hoping) that Elves continues for another year or more, there are definitely some things I might expect to see appear. The Netflix series confirms the existence of mermaids in Elvendale, which would both be easy to feature in sets (since a mini-doll mermaid tail mold already exists thanks to Disney Princess) and distinct enough to potentially make for the centerpiece of an entire year's story (since it'd open up all sorts of opportunities for new underwater settings and creatures, especially if it features mermaid variants of the main characters as well). It's always hard for me to judge how popular Elves is in general, though, since for the most part its target audience has less overlap with typical AFOL demographics than those of the many "boy themes", making it hard for me to get much of a bead on its potential longevity.
Ninjago offers any number of possibilities (since the scope of that theme covers everything from historical fantasy to sci-fi and everything in between), so it's hard to make any predictions there. A part of me hopes that at some point we may see a remake of the four-headed Ultra Dragon from 2012 (like the updated versions of the Ultra Sonic Raider and Destiny's Bounty that we've gotten in recent years), but I don't know how likely that actually is—if we were going to get one, you would think this summer's dragon-heavy summer wave would be the prime opportunity, but so far we haven't seen any indication of any such thing.
For City (which I'm not a huge fan of, but am pretty aware of as far as sets are concerned), the scope has been increasing, but apart from new "exploration" themes and the mainstays of Fire and Police, it's also been quite a long time since we had a dedicated farm wave—I'd reckon seeing that sub-theme return at some point in the future is a fairly safe bet, though predicting it exactly is a tougher proposition.
I don't follow the Friends story all that closely, but even if I did, the recent refresh seems like it might change things up (including what sort of subjects we're likely to see in Heartlake City) pretty substantially. The subjects we've gotten so far this year have been much more "City-like" in their subject matter than many previous waves, not to mention Ghostbusters-esque (with a "mission vehicle" packed with equipment and a new headquarters made from an old firehouse). As such, I would be less surprised than before to see more classic City subjects like police and firefighters show up, though I don't expect them to become a dominant part of the theme the way they are in City.
I expect some sort of new Castle theme to show up soon after Nexo Knights ends (which seems likely to be next year). Most likely a more "traditional" Castle theme than Nexo Knights, but there's really no telling. Nexo Knights' end might also open up the potential for a new Space theme, though in that case the dominance of the Star Wars theme might still make those few and far between. If we do get a non-licensed Space theme, expect it to be brighter and more colorful than Star Wars and its associated vehicles tend to be.
I definitely like your thoughts @Lyichir; while it's hard to know for sure, I think you've made some pretty good predictions. A new Ultra Dragon would be a cool touch; the fact that the next wave doesn't look to include it is disappointing, though I suppose something is always possible further down the road. Personally I'd love to see set versions of Garmdon's mech and the Overlord Dragon from season 2, but that seems far less likely than a new Ultra Dragon model.
Given the sheer scale of the thing, I would imagine that if we ever see a Lego version of the Supremacy from Star Wars VIII, it will probably be part of the Ultimate Collector's Series.
To repeat what has now become a cliche - I hope this means we will have 'normal' Castle or Space again - we have to get our sword/armour fix and neon element fix from somewhere! I did effectively try to 'pitch' an idea for a story-driven theme to the designers on my Inside Tour last year and it was well received, but probably a little far out in Lego terms. Still, I'd like to see something more unusual and sci-fi based as a story driven/Big Bang theme in the future. Exo Force set the bar pretty high before television shows were commonplace like Ninjago and Nexo Knights.
There's an app much like Subway Surfers with a Friends theme & a limited time unlockable character is a blonde with pink highlights by that name
Would love more alien Green Lanterns, and Guy Gardner.
- City - Likely - Forest Fire brigade
- City - I would like - Harbour theme with focus on boats and marinas
- New Big Bang theme - to take the mantle from Nexo Knights, probably going to need to somewhat avoid the same type of tech, mechs and Far-Eastern inspired Ninjago
- Lego Movie 2 sets - obviously, surely with release in January if the film releases in February
- Technic - I would like - a large plane with working engines, rudder and air brakes, plus other working features wherever possible. Plus, a functioning combine harvester
- Technic - Likely - more licensed cars, trucks and bikes
- Marvel - possibly a wave of 3 sets from Captain Marvel. Some X-Men sets (although with licensing this might not happen 'properly' until 2020)
- DC could throw up Shazam sets, but more likely churn out more obscure Bat-vehicles with Batman in every set
- Star Wars - I would like - any vehicle so far unreleased from the Prequels, Rogue One, Rebels, Ep. VII or VIII
- Star Wars - Likely - a mixture of yet more remakes of vehicles we already had multiple times, with random vehicles like Grevious' speeder bike that we never knew we wanted.
I think Solo sets should run their course though after the 3 summer sets come out, since Rogue One only got two waves of sets.
I wish they would produce some GOOD "parts and pieces" kits - with no instructions or examples of any kind. Just pure, self-indulgent creativity material.
I'd love to see a 3000 piece Technic pieces & parts kit, a 2000 piece Vehicles pieces & parts kit, a 2000 piece "space vehicles" pieces and parts kit, etc. etc. I'd buy those up in an instant.
Definitely hoping we we get at least one Ant-Man and the Wasp set because a Deadpool 2 set won't be forthcoming