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2019 sets to buy

LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 221
edited November 2018 in Buying & Selling Topics
Hello, I have noticed that the list I usually start working on is a no show but that is what college attention does to one. The recent official reveals so far are great but in this list I'll be adding my picks but don't fret, add your own:
Star Wars:
-most of my SW sets are in the 2018 (Vader Castle, Solo Tie, X-Wing, RO Y-Wing, Cantina remake maybe, Boba Fett Brickhead);
-Inferno Squad Battle Pack (sad that we don't see a helmet for Iden or we haven't seen the other faces for the rest of IS);
City:
-most are in my past 2018 list (Hospital, Capital City)
-the new road plates (straight/T and curve/+) packs;
Generic (Vestas Wind Turbine from 2018);
Overwatch:
-DoradoShowdown;
TLM2:
-Emmett House;
Jurassic World:
-from 2018 Carnortaurous Gyrosphere Escape.

FowlerBricks

Comments

  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,674
    Haven't gone through the effort of making a spreadsheet to really choose comprehensively which sets to get/not to get, but here's what I'm currently thinking of as "must haves" or "might as well haves" right now: 

    Spinjitzu sets 70659–70664
    #70670 Monastery of Spinjitzu
    #70679 The Ultra Dragon
    #70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy
    #70828 Pop-Up Party Bus
    #70830 Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship

    I will probably be adding a LOT more Ninjago and LEGO Movie 2 sets to my wanted list, but haven't narrowed down which yet.

    Lordmoral
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,166
    interesting ones so far are
    -the rexplorer
    -pop up party bus
    -monastery of spinjitzu
    -ultradragon
    -golden dragon
    -jay's storm fighter
    -watchpoint gibraltar

    not sure I'll get them all, monastery is top of the list so far. ultradragon probably bottom, I have the first one.
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 909
    Definitely both Star Wars battle packs, Tracer vs. Widowmaker, Bastion, Benny's Squad, Emmet's Thricycle, perhaps the Party Bus?, the Minecraft Pirate Ship, and a couple of sets from last wave like the X-Wing and Whomping Willow.
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 303
    edited November 2018
    Quite limited here; Sure things so far are the new Modular (even though its not out nor leaked yet), the City Harvester #60223.
    Maybe's are the little digger #60219 and the Snowgroomer #60222 (for my WV), #31094 the Creator Houseboat.
    Very maybe the burgerbarfireset (#60214), as I think i like the firetruck.

     2019 might become the year of my first Speed Champions set with the Classic Mini being very cool ( #75894 ), but i really don't know what to do with the rest of the set.

    For now, that's it really. Probably will invest in some MOC's/MOD's later in the year.
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,101
    All the Marvel sets, as usual, while I don't play Overwatch, I'm thinking I'll probably pick up all the sets bar the overpriced one on Blizzard's website, also:

    Duplo
    10893 SpiderMan vs Electro (for our younger one)
    10895 Emmet & Lucy's Visitors from Planet DUPLO

    Minecraft
    21151 The End Battle
    21152 Pirate Ship

    Ninjago
    70670 Spinjitzu Monastery
    70680 Monastery Training

    TLM2
    70821 Emmet & Benny's Workshop
    70830 Sweet Mayhem's Starship (likely end up in my MOC supplies)
    70831 Emmet's House
    70836 Batman & MetalBeard
    70841 Benny's Squad (will probably pick up a few of these - CLASSIC SPACE MINIFIGS!!!)

    Star Wars
    75223 Naboo Starfighter Microfighter
    75224 Sith Infiltrator Microfighter
    75228 Escape Pod vs Dewback Microfighters
    75229 Death Star Escape (BIG MAYBE)
    75237 TIE Fighter Attack (for MOC parts, plus rebel trooper)

    (Glad the Microfighters are PT/OT, avoided the last wave as it was DG)

    Chinese New Year
    80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner
    80102 Dragon Dance
    80103 Dragon Boat Race

    (So glad we're getting these in Australia, they look so awesome)

    +All the 2018 & earlier sets we haven't picked up yet (the list is getting shorter, slowly, but surely).
    Lordmoralxiahna
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,087
    edited November 2018
    I'll be wanting to get:

    2019 Modular

    All the Lego Minecraft sets

    #31088 Deep Sea Creatures

    #70821 Emmet and Benny's 'Build and Fix' Workshop!
    #70826 Rex's Rex-treme Offroader!
    #70831 Emmet's Dream House/Rescue Rocket!
    #70841 Benny's Space Squad

    #75229 Death Star Escape

    #21044 Paris

    #81000 Koi (Already signed up for via Indiegogo)

    I think that's it so far!
  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 353
    2019 Modular 
    Spider Man sets
    Captain Marvel sets (assuming there is something)
    Avengers 4 sets
    Lego Movie 2 stuff - especially the Benny sets. 
    Lego Movie 2 CMF
    2019 CMF
    2019 City for my son - especially #60220

    Not 2019 sets, but I think I will finally bite the bullet on the Death Star and possibly the Imperial Flagship if I can find a decent price. 


     

  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 182
    Right now I'm just hyped for the Lego Movie stuff. I need all of it. I can't wait to sed what else Lego has in the pipe for the theme. 

    Other than that, it'll just be the usual DC sets and random "that looks fun to build" buys for me. 
    Lordmoral
  • Darth_Jar_JarDarth_Jar_Jar Near explosions Member Posts: 38
    As of right my wallet isn't going to be too upset. I expect to add the modular and Jurassic sets to list when they leak. 

    #60239 Police Patrol Car
    #75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione 
    #75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car
    #75892 McLaren Senna 
    #75893 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
    Bumblepants
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Brickswell CloseMember Posts: 1,134
    Some interesting and some meh! sets for 2019. Nothing really grabs me from the SW range apart from the microfighters and then there is only three sets (down from four this year, is it the end of the MF range?).

    City looks to be pretty limited as well, I'm not into emergency services, so just the harvester lorry and the snow mobile. Speed Champions Senna, Nascar and Mini look good. TLM2 sets are lacking something for me, but once I've seen the film I may change my mind.

    This years modular did nothing for me, the style and colour didn't really fit with the look of my street, so next years will have to be special to be bought.

    Could be a cheap year all round!
    Lordmoral
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 618
    One word (for the first and foremost set): Firefly.
  • RanoRano AmsterdamMember Posts: 8
    31088: Deep Sea Creatures
    31090: Underwater Robot
    31093: Riverside Houseboat 
    31094: Race Plane
    70841: Benny’s Space Squad
    75228: Escape Pod vs. Dewback Microfighters 
    75892: McLaren Senna
    LordmoralBumblepants
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 306
    #10264: DD last year beat out DO for my fav modular with the streamline moderne style, so to continue the architecture, with a cool garage theme, all built on a 45, I definitely have to get this one, even if it’s not the best modular ever.  Or at least it looks closer to earlier modules.  Guess I’ll tile the floor & add the extra builds from #75875.  The towtruck from #60137 should be a nice size as well to bring it into the modern era with modern 4-wide vehicles for nice scaling & not overpowering the buildings.

    #60214: That little burger bar looks awesome!  Even if I have no need for a fire truck.  But if I can find it cheap enough on sale.  Maybe combine it with #41349 for something interesting in a city setting.

    #60240: who can argue with another cool 4-wide to add variety to city streets when it’s available for impulse buy money.  

    The Flintstones: Whatever this set turns out to be, I’m sure to buy it.  I usually roll my eyes at some of the IP based Ideas sets, but well this is an IP that I like so that’s totally different LOL

    Other than that, it might be a catch up kinda year.  I still need Parisian Restaurant and Ninjago City (and Docks) for my Modular/city interests.  Statue of Liberty for Architecture.  I’d like to try my hand at technic with the Mack truck.  And last but not least, it’d be nice to buy both the Winter Village Fire Station AND whatever set is new next year to “catch up” instead of always being a year behind.  


    BumblepantsLordmoral
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,166
    the corner garage looks like an incentive to buy speed champions sets to fill it up
    M1J0Edmcc0LordmoralBumblepants
  • FrequencyFrequency Member Posts: 68
    Corner Garage
    LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures
  • Wicksy80Wicksy80 Northern IrelandMember Posts: 493
    After OCD’ing and getting all Lego Movie and Lego Batman Movie sets I’m definitely reigning in the spending next year and being selective with Lego Movie 2 sets. 
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    ^ Selective = Still get all of them.

    Then, yeah.
    gmonkey76Wicksy80Gibbo1959MegtheCatLordmoral
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 182
    Wicksy80 said:
    After OCD’ing and getting all Lego Movie and Lego Batman Movie sets I’m definitely reigning in the spending next year and being selective with Lego Movie 2 sets. 
    I went out of my way to avoid the Lego Batman Movie (I've only just recently actually seen the film). It wasn't until I saw #70919 in the store that I even realized the line included DC characters completely unrelated to Batman or Gotham City. That led to a mad last minute scramble to research which sets included which characters, and then track them down at the last minute before they disappeared from store shelves. 

    I actually did save a lot of money in the end. Rather than getting swept up in the moment and buying everything on contact, I avoided the frenzy and ended up buying only ten sets and most of the CMFs. I got everything I really wanted, without ending up with a pile of black and 'very dark grey' bricks that would just join the bins of Lego Batman crap I've amassed over the years. 

    Of course, all bets are off for TLM2. I already want it all. :p
    Wicksy80MegtheCatLordmoral
  • AnnaBuildsLegoAnnaBuildsLego IrelandMember Posts: 11
    So far a pretty limited year for me, I'll mainly be catching up on 2018. I can't wait for #70841 Benny's Space Squad though! Currently building #76115 Spider-Mech vs Venom. :)

    I really hope the Chinese sets appear worldwide, they would be a must-buy!
    Lordmoral
  • LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 221
    I have seen the 20th anniversary Lego Star Wars sets and I am so aiming to buy two of: Clone Scout Walker and Imperial Dropship, one to build and one to keep sealed.
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,389
    edited February 4
    Already bought:

    #21044 Paris Architecture - Skylines
    #76127 Captain Marvel and The Skrull Attack Marvel Super Heroes - Miscellaneous
    #75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker Overwatch
    #75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car Speed Champions - Chevrolet
    #75893 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Speed Champions - Dodge
    #75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione Speed Champions - Ferrari
    #70821 Emmet and Benny's 'Build and Fix' Workshop! The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    #70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy! The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    #70829 Emmet and Lucy's Escape Buggy! The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    #70841 Benny's Space Squad The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    Definitely buy:

    #21045 Architecture Trafalgar Square
    #40353 BrickHeadz Seasonal Reindeer, Elf & Elfie
    #41634 BrickHeadz The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Emmet
    #41635 BrickHeadz The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Wyldstyle
    #41636 BrickHeadz The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Benny
    #41637 BrickHeadz The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Sweet Mayhem
    #31091 Creator Shuttle Transporter
    #10265 Creator Expert Car - whichever one is the Ford Mustang
    #10269 Creator Expert Vehicles {Vehicle D2C set} - whichever one is the Ford Mustang
    #76123 Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame {?}
    #76124 Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame {?}
    #76125 Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame {?}
    #76126 Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame {?}
    #76131 Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame {?}
    #75243 Star Wars Episode V 75243 Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition
    #70830 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship!
    #70836 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

    Might buy:

    #60224 City Space {Maintenance Mission Shuttle}
    #60225 City Space {Rover Test Drive}
    #60226 City Space {Mars Research Shuttle}
    #60227 City Space Moon Base
    #60228 City Space {Space Research Rocket Control Centre}
    #31096 Creator {Dual-rotor helicopter}
    #10265 Creator Expert Car - whichever one isn't the Ford Mustang
    #10269 Creator Expert Vehicles {Vehicle D2C set} - whichever one isn't the Ford Mustang
    #76119 DC Comics Super Heroes Batman {Batmobile Pursuit of Joker}
    #76139 DC Comics Super Heroes {Batvehicle D2C set}
    #21316 Ideas {Ideas set}
    #76128 Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Far From Home {Molten Man's Battle}
    #76129 Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Far From Home {Hydro-Man's Attack}
    #76130 Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Far From Home {Stark's Plane and Drone Attack}
    #75866 Overwatch {?}
    #75867 Overwatch {?}
    #75975 Overwatch Watchpoint: Gibraltar
    #75252 Star Wars {Star Wars D2C set}
    #70830 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship!
    #70836 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard
    #70847 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part {?}
    #70848 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part {?}
    #70849 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part {?}

    I am probably being unbelievably optimistic here... in both how much I will like all these sets, and whether I can afford them!
    Bumblepants
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 306
    MaffyD said:

    Definitely buy:

    #10265 Creator Expert Car - whichever one is the Ford Mustang
    #10269 Creator Expert Vehicles {Vehicle D2C set} - whichever one is the Ford Mustang

    Might buy:

    #10265 Creator Expert Car - whichever one isn't the Ford Mustang
    #10269 Creator Expert Vehicles {Vehicle D2C set} - whichever one isn't the Ford Mustang

    I am probably being unbelievably optimistic here... in both how much I will like all these sets, and whether I can afford them!
    Optimism is good!  I have both those set #’s checked in my wanted list as well, until we see which one is the Mustang & what the other one is.  Could the market be there for 2 of these in a year?  I mean #10265 could always be the mustang of course, being labeled ‘car’, but the other one could be anything then really.  A Jeep would be nice... but it could be a London cab to go with the bus, or anything really.  Or is it just they’ve reserved 2 set numbers, and one will go unused?  I wonder.
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,101
    So far, we've got all the TLM2 CMFs (still waiting on the TLM2 sets to hit the shelves here), apart from those, we've picked up:
    40348 Birthday Clown Brickheadz
    75223 Naboo Starfighter Microfighter
    75224 Sith Infiltrator Microfighter
    75228 Escape Pod versus Dewback Microfighters
    75229 Death Star Escape
    80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner
    80102 Dragon Dance
    853899 Lloyd's Kendo Training Pod

    Also stashed away the SW 4+ sets for presents for our boys:
    75235 X-wing Starfighter Trench Run
    75237 TIE Fighter Attack
    75247 Rebel A-wing Starfighter
    Lordmoral
  • LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 221
    Ok, add two sets (Triceky and Barny) to my list from.this reveal:
    https://brickset.com/article/42252/new-jurassic-world-sets-revealed!
  • Diamondback_SixDiamondback_Six USAMember Posts: 65
    Ugh. JP/JW as a line has so much potential, and Lego does THIS? Put the frickin' crack pipes down, people... :( it's like they WANT the line to die, or only want to do just enough keep the license so Mattel/Mega Construx can't take a run at it of their own.
    Lordmoral
  • LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 221
    Ugh. JP/JW as a line has so much potential, and Lego does THIS? Put the frickin' crack pipes down, people... :( it's like they WANT the line to die, or only want to do just enough keep the license so Mattel/Mega Construx can't take a run at it of their own.
    It is sorta like the Freemakers Saga but in JW, I am only interested in two sets but the builds like the Barnionyx enclosure and that volcano are neat anyway, add Jedi Fallen Order sets to my list:
    https://brickset.com/article/42256/triple-force-friday-announced!#comments
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,674
    Ugh. JP/JW as a line has so much potential, and Lego does THIS? Put the frickin' crack pipes down, people... :( it's like they WANT the line to die, or only want to do just enough keep the license so Mattel/Mega Construx can't take a run at it of their own.
    I dunno what the issue is… these seem to me like sets kids will enjoy. Lots of other toymakers have made all kinds of extremely silly toys for both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World over the years, so obviously SOMEONE'S been buying them.
    Plus, the Jurassic World movies tend to be rather ridiculous and implausible in their own right. If that hasn't been a deal-breaker for LEGO, buyers, or moviegoers by now, what's to lose by embracing it?
    gmonkey76Baby_Yodacatwranglerstlux560Heliportsid3windr
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 909
    Ugh. JP/JW as a line has so much potential, and Lego does THIS? Put the frickin' crack pipes down, people... :( it's like they WANT the line to die, or only want to do just enough keep the license so Mattel/Mega Construx can't take a run at it of their own.
    I couldn't disagree more. Despite the insane absurdity of these sets, I'm significantly more drawn to them than previous Jurassic stuff. Might be my first purchase from the licence...
    gmonkey76Aanchirstluxsid3windr
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,784
    I think the Trex robot is completely ridiculous. And that's what makes me love it to be honest. It will probably sell better than the other Trex sets because it's so ridiculous. I can see kids really taking to that one. I hope the theme does really well and becomes an evergreen type theme for LEGO. There needs to be some new Dinos. I'd like to see a stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus and sauropod of some kind eventually.
    gmonkey76SumoLegoBumblepantsBaby_YodacatwranglerstluxMegtheCatpxchris560Heliport
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    edited February 16
    Definitely - this is squarely for kids that love building dinosaurs.  I am sure they'll sell very well.

    Dinosaur Mech?  Take my money!
    terfstengmonkey76pharmjodBaby_Yodastluxsid3windr
  • terfstenterfsten West VirginiaMember Posts: 171
    I love all things dinosaur so I would love to see this become an evergreen theme with all kinds of dinos. That being said my favorite line ever is still the Dino line from 2012 because it was similar but was a Lego in house IP which meant Lego could do whatever stories and sets they wanted to come up with. These are closer to that so I'm happy :)
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,724
    I really like the look of #60223 Harvester Transporter and #60222 Snow Groomer. And #70841 Benny's Space Squad is going to be an essential purchase. Besides those, I just want the Wizard of Oz CMFs and the Hidden Side boat.  

    Still a lot of backlog builds from 2017/18 in the cupboard, and I want to pick up some 2018 stuff I missed like the Hospital and a couple of the small-to-medium Hogwarts sets.
    Brickchap
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,677
    I really have to cut down what I buy this year on the basis of running out of space. so it is the avengers Endgame sets and the D2C Star wars sets this year. I might get the dinosaurs from the Jurassic park sets as I really want to make a Natural History museum but I have no interest in the rest of the sets. 
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    terfsten said:
    I love all things dinosaur so I would love to see this become an evergreen theme with all kinds of dinos.
    It does surprise me that there isn't an evergreen dinosaur theme of some sort.  It seems to reappear atleast every five years, (with only a couple of years of retirement) so perhaps we'll see these JW sets regularly for awhile.  

    Kids love dinosaurs, preteen secret ninjas, heavy machinery, cops/robbers, superheroes, and friends.  For the health of the brand, I'm happy that market continues to flourish.

    (I think trains, pirates, space and castles are less popular.  Which reflects today's children's interests.)
    catwranglergmonkey76terfstenCurvedRoadPlate
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,674
    SumoLego said:

    (I think trains, pirates, space and castles are less popular.  Which reflects today's children's interests.)
    For what it's worth I think that some of that stuff is clearly still popular, just not necessarily in the same sorts of contexts as how it was portrayed in classic LEGO themes. Like, LEGO has obviously seen plenty of market for more fantastical, sci-fi, and fairy tale styles of castle in recent years. Likewise, space stuff shows up all the time in Star Wars, Super Heroes, City, and the various LEGO movies.
    And while these kinds of trends in the preferred context for these types of building and play experiences like those is often perceived as generational, I think there's more to it than that. After all, plenty of popular non-LEGO toys and cartoons in the 80s like Masters of the Universe or Thundercats had equally non-traditional takes on some of these concepts.
    So mashing up concepts kids know and like in order to create something that stands out from the stuff they're used to is far from a new concept. It's just one that LEGO didn't do so much of in the 80s and 90s, possibly because at that time Europe was still their primary market, and many European countries' tastes in toys and cartoons were a lot more conservative back then.
    After all, it's well known that even a lot of the stuff in today's sets that AFOLs now take for granted like laser guns, skeleton/ghost/zombie minifigures, bricks in various shades of green and grey, black-colored spaceships and spacesuits, etc. were initially contentious among the LEGO Group's management due to concerns about anything grim, scary, or warlike alienating buyers. So who knows how much other stuff in sets today might have also been popular back then if LEGO had been able and willing to move in those kinds of directions at that time?
    catwranglergmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    Aanchir said:
    ...just not necessarily in the same sorts of contexts as how it was portrayed in classic LEGO themes...
    Completely agree.  And I did mean the 'traditional' (classic) version of those themes.  Clearly Ninjago and Nexo played on interpretations of traditional themes.  And Star Wars tries very hard to suffocate the sci-fi space market.

    AFOLs want the classic versions... and likely only AFOLs.
    gmonkey76terfsten
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,007
    Where’s the Pirates?
    SumoLegogmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    Ninjago had desert pirates.  PotC also was a proxy.  I'm sure we'll have some TLM2 Apocalypse piratey folk...
    catwranglergmonkey76
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,345
    I want Ice Pirates. That'll cover space and pirates.
    VorpalRyuSumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    Hoth Pirates?  I think SW has that covered...
    VorpalRyugmonkey76
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,101
    gmonkey76 said:
    I want Ice Pirates. That'll cover space and pirates.
    Don't think TLG would touch the Ice Pirates with a ten foot barge pole...
    See the Best Good-Bad Movies of All-Time thread for details...
    gmonkey76SumoLegoBrickchapBaby_Yoda
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,920
    edited February 19
    Shiver me Timbers!

    (Ugh.  I groaned at my own utterance.  I seriously considered deleting this entire post.  But it must remain.)
    GothamConstructionCoVorpalRyudmcc0gmonkey76
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,674
    I think one of the tricky things about Pirates is that it’s seemingly never been as consistently popular as Town/Space/Castle. Like, even though it gets lumped in with those as one of the core themes of the 90s, it launched a decade later than the rest and only ran for about nine years before being retired. Aside from re-releases and the 4+ Pirates sets in 2004, it was 12 years before the next wave of new Pirates sets came out, and then another six years before another one. And unlike Space, it doesn’t even have a competing license that can really account for those long gaps.

    To put things in perspective… Bionicle has spent more years as an active theme than Pirates, and Ninjago’s on its way to surpassing either theme’s record for consecutive years of new sets.

    I don’t mean to insinuate that Pirates is not a big deal or not a theme LEGO has an incentive to keep revisiting, but it’s never been quite as big a deal as the other classic themes it’s often grouped with.

    Also, for what it’s worth, even Castle and Space have always been secondary to Town/City in terms of number of sets… particularly considering that in the 80s and 90s some categories that are now considered part of City like Trains and Boats were treated as separate themes.

    So a case could be made that some of the reduced priority on some of these classic themes is not because they have outright declined in popularity since the 90s, but simply failed to keep pace with other in-house themes like Friends and Ninjago that have proven more capable of approaching a similar level of consistent, year-on-year sales strength to Town/City.

    (I do still believe another Castle theme is probably coming soon, though, based on comments from LEGO designers and the Castle theme’s track record of being reinvented every three or four years, even alongside Castle-adjacent movie licenses like Harry Potter and The Hobbit.)
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,166
    the one thing really exciting in pirates are the ships and they tend to be expensive. there's also a lack of imperial boats, that may limit playability when you have big pirate ships, but imperials barely have any.
    LittleLori
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