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I wonder how that will translate to Euro's, and what the price will be for this set in The Netherlands, or France? I am dying to know.
Anyone have any knowledge on this? By which I mean does anyone actually KNOW (not mere conjecture) what the price for this set will be in countries in Europe?
Thanks, will have to wait for TLG's official announcement later this month.
Based on comments here and the comment-section underneath Huw's review, as well as elsewhere, it seems a huge hype regarding availability of this set might be in the making. There perhaps only being one batch being produced, and people fearing this set being sold out very quick. I hope this set will be widely available for some time to come. I really want to buy this set but I just realized I might be unable to buy it before the end of September, going abroad for some time and in all likeliness not having the opportunity to obtain one during that time.
The question then is what might stop them making more? The time of year is bad as presumably they'll be fully scheduled producing stock for Christmas and might not want to interrupt that to produce more exosuits. In terms of parts the obvious one that might not be available is the green minifigs - no idea how easy or quick they can produce an extra 20,000 plus?
I have no idea if the Lego factories are always producing Lego sets at max capacity?!
I know it is all speculation on my part as I have on insider knowledge, but what do you think?
I believe that they are pretty much running at 100% and are needing additional factory capacity. However, from August on I suspect they will be at their busiest getting stock produced for Christmas. My wife used to run a cosmectics/shampoo factory and from August they produced all the chirstmas gift sets etc.
We need more Exo-suits!!!
Thank you for your thoughts and info.
Lego ought to do multiple production runs for the Exo-suit set, as I expect this to be a set which has great appeal to an entire generation of men in their thirties and forties too, who played with Classic space themselves as kids, many of whom have kids them selves, or whose inner-child just screams to be unleashed, and who I think are very likely to want to buy this set, either for themselves or for their kids. Especially with the Lego Movie out there and the introduction of Benny and his spaceship set being sort of related to each other. Unless of course I am just a total crackpot?!
If this set sells out quickly, I think it will be because of resellers expecting it to sell out quickly.
Even Benny's Spaceship, with its wedge-shaped design, angular windscreen, and boxy fuselage, feels more like Classic Space to me in many respects. It is heavily modernized, but its choice of shapes, parts, and motifs echoes many actual Classic Space sets. It could never be confused for an actual Classic Space set, but its references to Classic Space are certainly more extensive than just its colors and minifigures.
I actually sort of think that we'd be more likely to see something evocative of actual Classic Space not in an AFOL-oriented masterwork like this one, but in a set from a theme like Juniors which is characterized by kid-friendly simplicity.
The logo is the main thing that ties the set to Classic Space. If taken away, I don't think it has enough design similarities to connect it.
That, in turn, made Mark's comments on the reddit thread: turn into "a single production run of 10,000" by way of applied misinformation.
The most important thing to consider is that it WILL be available in stores, while Curiosity WAS NOT. It may be a single production run, but it could be a single production run of 50,000 or 100,000 for all we know (I really have no idea how many of each 'normal' set is produced, and this number could be way off). Analytical thinking, however, leads me to believe that the production run is much greater than that of Curiosity.
But, thats all I heard.
The set seems to had a lot of teasers, video, etc in the past month to be a limited run, that said LEGO being LEGO, I will get it day one.
Not hard to believe the same will apply to the Exo.
I would be extremely happy with a pearl silver one too, or a pearl purple one!
I understand that it can feel a bit unfair that projects based on familiar subject matter can gather support so much more quickly than projects based on the creator's unique vision, but that doesn't mean that projects of more familiar subjects are a misuse of the platform. LEGO Ideas is about digging for ideas from the community that LEGO fans would like to see as sets. If it turns out that what LEGO fans want as sets are detailed replicas of specific real-life or fictional subject matter, then by making those sorts of ideas into sets LEGO Ideas is doing its job. Conversely, if LEGO fans choose to support their peers' original creations, that's what kind of sets should be coming out of LEGO Ideas... provided those creations are viable as sets.
Strolling down memory lane, as @CCC also noted the appeal of Mecha's is much wider then Lego classic space. However that does not mean it is beyond the realm of classic space or acceptable as neo-classic space, as @binaryeye argues since this exosuit does not bear resemble to any set from that era and does not bear the logo somewhere on its parts. The classic space theme did not follow a tight rule with regard to colourscheme, there are even sets which are almost completely devoid of the colour light grey even though it was abundant in most sets.
When I think of Mech's and exosuits, of the many things that come to my mind, among others is Ripley in her loadlifter from Aliens, as well as all these Japanese cartoon series I used to watch in the eighties as a little kid, many featuring giant robots some of which had human pilots sitting inside it. Classic space Lego may not be the first thing to think of when someone mentions Mech/exosuit, yet with your Lego you could always try to recreate something like it. These cartoons did influence and inspire kids such as myself of that era. TLG had in the eighties not developed the ball-joints ideal for the construction of these things yet. But still in 1984 TLG introduced a set that passed for something like a giant robot with astronauts in it even though it was a far cry from all those mech's and robots in films, cartoons and live-action series: brickset.com/sets/6951-1/Robot-Command-Center I never had that set myself, but that did not mean I never incorporated giant robots/Mech's into my play scenario's, as lunar landings and mineral searching got boring quickly. So giant robots and spooky aliens and Mechs were incorporated when playing with classic space Lego, especially since Lego never provided back stories on how to play with your Minifigs so you could make it all up yourself just as you felt like. Just like you could build whatever you imagined and could pull off with the bricks you had.
I remember the eighties as the golden age of scifi, teeming with productions trying to capture the magic that StarWars brought to the big screen in 1977, in conjunction with the space race from the previous decades which still smouldered on between NASA and the Soviets, the advent of the space shuttle, as well as the cold war still being a fact. Cartoons broadcast on telly from the eighties as well as those from the seventies, such as Gundam, Voltron, Captain Future, Ulysses 31, Battle of the Planets, Jason and the Wheeled Warriors, Transformers et cetera, and of course lots of scifi films, and series such as Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, and 'V' were much more fantastical then what Lego Classic Space offered, which I always felt adhered more to the actual space race driven quest for exploring outer space, though without any political component. Yet somehow this exosuit Lego Ideas set with the turtle robot makes me reminisce about all this.
I suppose it is all in the eye of the beholder what is and what is not reminiscent of 'classic space Lego' or can be considered 'neo classic space Lego', or whether or not it is unique. Very few things are really unique, what matters is whether it is authentic, and in my view this Exosuit is just that.
I see the same with the box, which is also a modern inception of the old moon-dust foreground/starry sky packaging. The moon dust is there, the starry sky is there but now the foreground has depth and shading, the sky has atmosphere - literally, and the backlit planet a more modern feel. Its an evolution to classic space, not a recreation.
But you never really can tell with LEGO...
Something I hope happens as a result of this set is an eventual reissue of all the Classic Space figures; there's been a Blue and a White one so far, but another opportunity to obtain them as well as the others would be great.
The odds are heavily stacked against a CS revival. What we should all be campaigning for is further official versions of Pete & Tim's book models :)