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What's happened to the Big Bang Theory Set?

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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    And a green Green Lantern lantern.
    pharmjod
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,180
    Ha. A Lego Blossom! 




    GoldchainsSethro3
  • ModulaRModulaR USMember Posts: 39
    There are so many additional items and details that could have been included--kitchen, clear table, computer/TV as others have mentioned, maybe that time machine that they bought in the one episode as an example of a "vehicle" accessory--as well as some missed opportunities with the minifigs, that could have helped justify the price, not to mentioned simply have made more sense for a presumably one-shot set such as this one. I like it, but it is neither a good value (for me) nor a smash-hit-perfect design.

    Also, others have mentioned the power lantern that Sheldon is holding. We did already get an official Lego one of those earlier this year in the 76025 Green Lantern set. That got me to thinking--that Green Lantern vs. Sinestro set was three detailed, first-time (other than SDCC exclusive) minifigs and surprisingly decent vehicle for under $20. Extrapolate that out to $60 and you're looking at nine minifigs and a large vehicle along the lines of the 76028's Javelin.

    All of which is to say, even licensed sets often do offer more bang-for-the-buck than this Big Bang Theory set, even in this day and age. Of course, one can rationalize a certain premium for an Ideas set. The question is, does this one pass muster?
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    Ant-Man set is the same formula as well.  Three figs and a vehicle.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    #21302 Big Bang Theory = 7 minifigs and 479 pieces
    #76037 Spider-man vs. Sandman & Rhino = 4 minifigs and 386 pieces

    They are about the same price, but the BBT set appears to be much better value in terms of Figs and bricks alike. That or TLG has us by the huevos on Superhero sets and know we'll pay the ransom regardless.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    The Carnage/Spiderman set later this year is the same as well.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,836
    I think the problem with Penny is that minifigs just aren't "sexy".  There's only so much you can do with the short, plump, flat chested figure all minifigs have . . .
    I think if Lego started making minifigures 'sexy', the community would probably start attracting the wrong crowd...

    I'm still hoping that the photo isn't fully final and we get some prints on the microfigs, globe and mini Death Star.
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 648
    It looks kind of nice, but it's a little overpriced. I might buy it for parts and to add some variety to my fleshie minifigs if I can get it on sale at some point. I don't have any interest in the show, and it still seems like an odd idea for a Lego set. 
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,254
    #21302 Big Bang Theory = 7 minifigs and 479 pieces
    #76037 Spider-man vs. Sandman & Rhino = 4 minifigs and 386 pieces

    They are about the same price, but the BBT set appears to be much better value in terms of Figs and bricks alike. That or TLG has us by the huevos on Superhero sets and know we'll pay the ransom regardless.


    but sandman and rhino doesn't exactly look like the best set of this year...

    ...at all.

  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^I think it will be the 2nd worst SH set so far, right behind the Mandarin Go-cart.
    Bumblepants
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    @drdavewatford Did you happen to purchase The Research Institute? The RI's RRP was $19.99 USD (if you were lucky enough to get one for that) Multiply RI's pieces and price by 3 and you pretty much have The Big Bang Theory set, but BBT is a licensed set. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    samiam391 said:
    So for $60 I'm getting two walls, a door frame, a couple of shelves, two chairs, a couch and some printed pieces... pass.
    And seven licensed minifigs.
    TXLegoguy
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    It looks kind of nice, but it's a little overpriced. I might buy it for parts and to add some variety to my fleshie minifigs if I can get it on sale at some point. I don't have any interest in the show, and it still seems like an odd idea for a Lego set. 
    Is it really any odder than Back to the Future or Ghostbusters. They are based both based on popular IP that is not being offered in the lego line and mainly of interest to older people rather than kids.

    One of the main points of ideas is that it reaches out to people that are not necessarily interested in the normal sets that lego makes. This does that for The Big Bang Theory fans, just as ecto-1 did for Ghostbusters fans.
    andheTXLegoguyLostInTranslation
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,615

    The set itself is very similar to the show and the original project concept. I've compared the all three and they are all almost identical. The original fan creation was slightly over done. The set is a very nice shelve or desk piece that the LEGO Ideas set have come to show. This set must have the most simplest box design in LEGO history!

    I like the number of minifigures and printed pieces we will get. I feel the miniature statues could have been printed like those included in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier #76042 Which could have appealed to comic book collectors and encourage them to purchase the set. Most notable comic book references are the Flash t-shirt and the Green Lantern build, I think that could have also included a printed Green Lantern Corps logo. The characters are very recognisable and come with very nice printed torsos and legs.

    The price has caused lots of controversy due to the size of the set. It's been like that with all of these LEGO Ideas sets so I don't know why people are nagging. The overall footprint is the largest for any LEGO Ideas set. New printed elements and licences could be a reason why most of these Ideas sets are priced so high in comparison to normal licenced sets. What this looks like it lacks is new or interesting building techniques like the DeLorean, Ghostbusters, Exo-Suit, Birds which were an education and a joy to build.

    This will defiantly be added to my collection of LEGO Ideas sets. Currently I own most of them besides the first two and the Mars Rover. I cannot wait to see pictures of the Wall E, Doctor Who and Marble Maze sets!

  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,233
    edited June 2015
    Pitfall69 said:
    @drdavewatford Did you happen to purchase The Research Institute? The RI's RRP was $19.99 USD (if you were lucky enough to get one for that) Multiply RI's pieces and price by 3 and you pretty much have The Big Bang Theory set, but BBT is a licensed set. 
    It's not about price per part - my lack of enthusiasm stems from what you get to build for your £50. From that perspective I think there's a world of difference between the neat little R.I. vignettes, or indeed the interesting Ecto-1 and DeLorean builds in the case of the Ghostbusters and BttF sets, and Big Bang which is a basically a glorified display stand for some licensed minifigures.

    It has the feel of a Big Bang fanboy souvenir rather than a LEGO construction set, which is fine if you're a fan but disappointing if you're not. Still, there are plenty of other sets to buy if you're not a fan!
    Pitfall69samiam391SumoLegoAdzbadboy
  • cozycozy Member Posts: 142
    WOW! i was sooo looking forward to this and its very underwhelming in my eyes
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    It's not about price per part - my lack of enthusiasm stems from what you get to build for your £50. From that perspective I think there's a world of difference between the neat little R.I. vignettes, or indeed the interesting Ecto-1 and DeLorean builds in the case of the Ghostbusters and BttF sets, and Big Bang which is a basically a glorified display stand for some licensed minifigures.

    It has the feel of a Big Bang fanboy souvenir rather than a LEGO construction set, which is fine if you're a fan but disappointing if you're not. Still, there are plenty of other sets to buy if you're not a fan!

    Some may see it as a display stand. Some may see it as a production set where they can play out scenes from TBBT. They can do jokes at the whiteboard, they can look through the telescope, they can eat Chinese food, they can work at the desk, they can fight over a green lantern, ... Surely this is FOR fans of the show. They a reaching out to people that are not FOLs by giving them something they want. You can take #75093 and look at that as a (nice) display stand for 5 licensed minifigs. Or some people may actually play out the Luke vs Vader fight scene. Of course, some people will enjoy building the SW scenery. Others may prefer building the living room scenery of BBT.
    andheSethro3DrLegOBrick
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,110
    The set looks pretty much what I imagined, but I was hoping for a little bit more of the Kwik-E-Mart style references. The white board appears to be referencing the pictionary game and the chinese takeaway boxes will be good if printed and not stickered, but having a couple of printed comics, or things like a sarcasm sign for Leonard, maybe some printed action figures or even a mini mars rover (with a baseball) for Howard would have made the set a lot more appealing. For the most part I like the minifigures, a couple of minor quibbles, which I expected with this being an IDEAs set, but I'm hoping that it ends up with a lot of retailers rather than just Lego shops (which I imagine it will) to get some money off the RRP.

    Also is it just me or are Amy and Bernadette's legs done with the new two part moulding?
    BJ21
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,652
    ^I think it will be the 2nd worst SH set so far, right behind the Mandarin Go-cart.
    Don't forget the awful Spider-trike set
    BrickDancer
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,143
    It's actually grown on me quite a bit.

    As others have pointed out, the box and instructions will be a much higher quality. Also, we don't know what insane licensing fee CBS may be charging for it.

    Plus it does have a rather large footprint. The middle plate is a 16x16 if I can count right.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    Plus it does have a rather large footprint. The middle plate is a 16x16 if I can count right.
    I don't know that I'd consider it a "large" footprint, but I do think the image released makes it look a bit smaller than it is, particularly in depth. It's 28x16 studs, which is about 9" x 5".
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,254
    I wonder if many people actually voted for the microfigs?
  • dragon114dragon114 United StatesMember Posts: 632
    Hope this set isn't like the Minecraft set was
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,249
    edited June 2015
    CCC said:
    It's not about price per part - my lack of enthusiasm stems from what you get to build for your £50. From that perspective I think there's a world of difference between the neat little R.I. vignettes, or indeed the interesting Ecto-1 and DeLorean builds in the case of the Ghostbusters and BttF sets, and Big Bang which is a basically a glorified display stand for some licensed minifigures.

    It has the feel of a Big Bang fanboy souvenir rather than a LEGO construction set, which is fine if you're a fan but disappointing if you're not. Still, there are plenty of other sets to buy if you're not a fan!

    They can do jokes at the whiteboard, they can look through the telescope, they can eat Chinese food, they can work at the desk, they can fight over a green lantern...

    Funny, that's the exact same list I was going to make describing its lack of playability ;)
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,143
    binaryeye said:
    Plus it does have a rather large footprint. The middle plate is a 16x16 if I can count right.
    I don't know that I'd consider it a "large" footprint, but I do think the image released makes it look a bit smaller than it is, particularly in depth. It's 28x16 studs, which is about 9" x 5".
    I still think that's a decent size. It sounds like it's about as large as the Ghostbusters set was from a length x width perspective. I can't say for certain as I do not own the Ghostbusters set.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    ^^ yes, one person's idea of play is rubbish to someone else. The fact is, it's a popular series and people do enjoy the humour. I have no doubt most of these will be display rather than play. But then that's the same as Ghostbusters and BTTF. Although I cannot imagine why anyone would want the Delorean for display, it's crap to me. It was bad before the ecto-1, but afterwards looks awful in comparison.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    ^ I cringe every time I look at mine on the shelf.  (But it's still on the shelf!)
    Sethro3
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    edited June 2015
    I wonder if we will see the set on the show in a new season next year.  It will probably be partially hidden on a back shelf somewhere awaiting Sheldon's Lego Fun Time.  
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    I don't understand the hatred for this set. I have never seen a show that has had so many references to Lego. The show promotes Lego, yet there are people that have never seen it? It really boggles the mind.
    TXLegoguybobabricksSethro3DrLegOBrick
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    Maybe there is a similar inexplicable anti-BBT thread on a Warcraft Forum somewhere...

    And Star Wars Forum... and a Spock Forum... and a Game of Thrones Forum... 


    Pitfall69DrLegOBrick
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    The Big Bang Theory

    In the episode "The Plimpton Stimulation",Howard asks Leonard if he was up all night "making another stop-motion LEGO movie", and stated that "it's not enough to make the LEGOs move, they also have to capture your heart."

    In the episode "The Zarnecki Incursion", when the guys depart to Carlsbad, California to confront the hacker who hacked Sheldon's World of Warcraftaccount, they debate whether to go to Sea World or LEGOLAND afterward.

    In the episode "The Isolation Permutation",Sheldon tells Leonard and Howard how he was forced to spend a night consoling Amyinstead of other tasks he had designated for the night. One the tasks he mentioned was building his LEGO Death Star, referring to it as his "LEGO funtime".

    In the same episode, Sheldon is later seen building the10143 Death Star III

    In the episode "The Weekend Vortex", Sheldon mentions LEGO as one of the options for the group's Star Wars marathon.In the episode "The Launch Acceleration", Sheldon suggests that one thing that he and Amy could do on their date night, they could go to a midnight sale at the LEGO Store.

    In the episode "The 43 Peculiarity", Howard says it took Sheldon two years to finish his LEGO Death Star.
    TXLegoguyGoldchainsSumoLegoVortexAdzbadboyBrickDancerSethro3DrLegOBricksnowhitie
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    If you notice in the pic above where he's building the police station, it's the same outfit that is presented on the minifig. Very cool.
    SumoLegoPitfall69DrLegOBrick
  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    edited June 2015
    Looking at that DS, I don't care what they say, I really like it . Plus it's definitely larger than the current one. 

    Also wondering ( in the spirit of our all time fav thread , "Prediction on discontinuing and after market prices") if pastering these two sets in lego fans faces would help up the "aftermarket"  for these two , I would especially be curious about the police set , cos that kind of makes it a slightly special police set among the sea of police sets . Could work , interesting thesis anyway.

    and DS ....it's already up there ...but at least for me , looking at it here again with Sheldon ...I rue I was not reborn yet when it came out :smile: 

    X345318032

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,356
    I have it, but my wife insited on building it; she never finished it.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,515
    And Howard claims a R2-D2 on business expenses. I don't think you see it, just gear Bernadette mention it.
    Pitfall69DrLegOBrick
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,385
    ^ Was just gonna mentioned the R2D2 reference. I love this show. Watch the reruns all the time.
  • HokieJoe99HokieJoe99 Member Posts: 348
    Not only is this a licensed set, it has two licenses, one from CBS and one from DC Comics.

    The price does seem high and it could be due to the licensing, but then don't all LEGO sets coming out this year seem to have higher prices?  It's almost as if they are setting the price such that when the average 27% off sale occurs then the sets are at a price that LEGO wanted them at all along. 

    I just oust wish this set had more flags of the countries.
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,615
    I would have like to seen a brick built LEGO set on the table or something similar to the tiny models I've made for my LEGO Store :)
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I'm glad I recently started watching it. I heard there were a lot of LEGO references, and we have only made it through one season so far, but I'm liking the show. But with that said, I was planning on buying the set anyway for variety of figures. But now it is a must have! Darn you LEGO...

    I couldn't get into Dr. Who but that is immensely popular. How is this any different? Not every set will appeal to every collector. (but I'll probably still pick up the Dr. Who set also, again for variety).
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    And to further add, I just typed in Big Bang Theory living room. The very first picture that popped up was the EXACT same set-up as how the box art is. Everyone is in the same places as they are in the picture and they are even eating Chinese food.

    https://ladygeekgirl.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/the-big-bang-theory-dec-20121.jpg
    TXLegoguyReesesPiecesAdzbadboy
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,936
    That picture is the sort of title picture that comes up after the theme tune and before the main show in later serieses.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    I just saw a photo of Harry Potter posted in the photography thread and immediately thought: That's the hair they should have used for Howard!
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,322
    CCC said:
    And Howard claims a R2-D2 on business expenses. I don't think you see it, just gear Bernadette mention it.
    After she said that my wife said I should do that with my Lego sets......the sad thing is I probably could to some extent..... :(
  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    For displaying such an apparent love for Lego , The Big Bang deserved one with their own name on it .

    The very End of Episode 8, season 5: 

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  • DrLegOBrickDrLegOBrick UKMember Posts: 68

    I know others have said this much more eloquently than how I'll say it, but I'm surprised at what I can only describe as irrational hatred toward the set, and TBBT as a whole, not only here but on many Lego sites.

    While I can understand the argument that it has no perceived play value, for fans it isn't so. To us (or at least to me), despite some short comings, this is fantastic, and full of play value. To me at least, play value isn't defined at the start and end of flick fire missiles and stud shooters, it's the characters, and the setting to us fans that has the play value.

    But as I type this, I can understand to some degree the argument. As much as I like the originals, to me the UCS Falcon has the playability of a house brick, while MTT's and ATAPs sound as fascinating to me as Arnold J Rimmer's telegraph pole photo collection, but to others they're sacred, and I can understand that. It's all a matter of taste, and opinion, I just don't go around flamethrowing every Star Wars topic when I see something I don't like. Sorry to vent all that, I must admit that, like in every incidence, everybody here on Brickset is civilised and friendly about it, unlike many other sites.

    Now to get off my high horse, as they say...

    I'm very impressed with this after the long wait, well worth it in my opinion. I thought at least Bernadette and Amy would be "cut" due to the amount of essential figures, so it's great to see everyone present. Nice as well to see the little details, the globe, the statues/action figures, the TNG tricorder, the thermostat, and Sheldon's desktop replicated. The mini figures could use a bit of work in a few places, but nothing that can't be fixed with a few suggestions I've seen around. I like the fact that enough of it's there to be recognizable but still open to adding things in (specifics on the shelf for instance, perhaps the other half of the room if you were ambitious).

    I wonder if a Bobba Fett helmet and a broom are inside the cupboard...

    Aleydita
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,938
    To me the set looks quite similar to what the original maker had submitted, so it isn't really a surprise as to what it looks like. 
    In addition, it looks far better to me than the Delorean did. 

    It will be a fun build. It is a bit over-priced for the license, but beyond that to me it looks fun.
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,615
    Jason has received a copy from LEGO and shows everything besides two graphics are printed, yes two stickers :/


  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited July 2015
    @CapnRex101, for the love of all that is grammatically holy, please fix the title of this thread :)
    SumoLego
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