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As I said in the Chima post, there is not way to know from these pics how it will do, nor can we say much about TMNT, though we at least know the characters and the story. Like Spongebob and all licensed lines, this will be one you will buy if you like the characters or skip if you don't.
Would love to get that hat piece in red.
10020 (red) and 4564 (black) and I think another train set whose number escapes me at the moment
This would be the first deep blue one if they decided to make this vehicle as an actual set.
Oh, and all this, and it still doesn't outsource manufacturing - it's of a far superior build quality to LEGO, and it pains me to say that, because ten years ago that was not the case.
But then, I really didn't have a ton of action figures as a kid, so maybe I'm not Playmobil's target demographic. Still, even looking at current Playmobil offerings, I feel like the majority of people who would be looking at them as a competitor to LEGO must not be interested in actually building anything, but only in the finished product... and to me, that doesn't sound fun at all.
And there is a significant amount of actual building with the Playmobil structures. They can take quite a while to construct, and they have modular walls and pieces which allow kids to rebuild the structures however they please. The vehicles have little to no building required.
The themes they have appeal to many, and especially can work well with both genders, instead of simply being the same vehicle focused themes again and again.
I just do not understand why Lego isn't creating this level of diversity which can appeal to it's core audience, but can also play far with more than one gender.
In the US, though, there is no question that Playmobil and Lego do not compete. I think in a few households it may. In our household, Playmobil, Lego and Imaginext all compete for the money allotment I have for my son for holidays.
That said, it definitely seems more targeted at kids than the 2003 series, so this may not prove to be such a bad acquisiton for TLG, especially since it seems like it has little-to-nothing to do with Ninjago's demise.
Not sure why they made April a girl instead of a reporter. Maybe to appeal to any girls watching?
I sent the following e-mail to LEGO back in March:
Might I be so bold as to suggest a future Modular Building: The LEGO Movie Palace.
1st floor - ticket booth, concession stand, restrooms, double stairway up to 2nd floor.
2nd floor - main theatre with stage, wall speakers, light sconces on sides, screen with cloth curtains.
3rd floor - balcony seating, projection booth, ladder or stairway to roof
Roof - small cafe, projector both exhaust.
I think this would make a fantastic addition (one that is now missing) from the current 7 modular building.
Many thanks, I would be interested, if you have the time, for your thoughts.
Thank you for your interest in LEGO® brand toys. We are always delighted to hear from a loyal LEGO enthusiast.
I think your Movie Palace would make a brilliant LEGO set, but for legal reasons we can't use it! We have a team of experts in Denmark whose job it is to dream up new LEGO sets, themes and toys. They tell me it actually takes years to plan everything. They need to test all the new ideas, talk to the factory about how to make them, work out what sort of box is needed and then deliver the new sets to all the shops in 130 countries! This means that there's a good chance they're already working on something similar to your idea.
That was a great idea and I wish we could use it!
I'll be interested to see if any of my ideas are in the Movie Palace, if and when it is released.
It a huge problem in Hollywood and any other creative field. Most companies have a "no unsolicited ideas" rule, to avoid the whole mess.
I'm old enough to have been an adult when TMNT first came out in comics... so I've seen most of their encarnations. While I don't think I'll be too interested in the playsets, I may be wanting the minifigs just to add some variety to my City. Cowabunga!
That said, I guess any NYCC promo is likely to be TMNT based rather than another Marvel/DC one then.
(BTW, I was kidding :D).
All looks true. Molded heads, shells via neckpieces.
I have to say the NYCC promo 'dark turtle' figs looks better than these buys... maybe it's just the bright green. The Hyena wotsit looks awesome though...