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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?
#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.
I'm still hoping that the photo isn't fully final and we get some prints on the microfigs, globe and mini Death Star.
but sandman and rhino doesn't exactly look like the best set of this year...
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.
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!
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.
Also is it just me or are Amy and Bernadette's legs done with the new two part moulding?
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.
Funny, that's the exact same list I was going to make describing its lack of playability ;)
And Star Wars Forum... and a Spock Forum... and a Game of Thrones Forum...
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.
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:
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.
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).
The very End of Episode 8, season 5:
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...
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.