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City - Some nice sets moderately prices and a few interesting pieces while the big sets blow.
Superheroes - I'm 37, not 13. Little interest for me anymore.
LOTR - Blurry photos are hard judge. No interest in the theme itself as I don't care for Tolkien (yes, despite once working for a Tolkien-based online game) but might have good parts.
Dino - No interest in dinosaurs unless they're fossils.
Cars - See Superheroes.
Friends - I have male genitalia.
Moster Fighters - See Superheroes.
Ninjago - A few interesting parts in an absolute mess of a theme. No interest.
I tend to agree that the year's selection isn't that good but I for one am relieved. My wallet is always grateful for a little relief.
The mining and forest themes don't really belong in City IMO although I do like the new vehicles.
There are fewer "must haves" though on my list this year than in previous years, which is probably a good thing for my wallet. The set I'm most looking forward to is the Town Hall. Other than that and some of the City vehicles, I think that the minifigs will largely determine which sets I buy this year.
for me 2011 was my first year back from the a long dark ages, so in addition to purchasing all the '11 stuff that interested me, I was dipping back into the still available items from '08, '09, and '10. Now that I'm "caught up" so to speak, my spending on sets will likely be less this year, but probably will increase the parts/pieces buying.
I also got overly excited about some sets and themes last year in my exuberance, and will try to prevent myself from doing so again. Ultimately if it's a theme that doesn't really hold long-term collection/display interest for me, and the parts included aren't highly usable for future moccing, then it's probably going to be a pass for me this go around (looking at you DINO and Superheroes), whereas I did buy last year (AC, PoTC, some other sets).
My list this year:
- Friends (2 daughters)
- Town Hall
- Beach House
- Joust (eventually, but no rush)
- Sopwith, R2D2, B-wing all depend on price and finished product
- City vehicles, but not police/fire stuff. some mining vehicles maybe
- Y-Wing,TIE, and Fury.
I'll have to wait and see on LOTR and Monster Fighters. Both will probably be passes for my personal collection, outside a set or two in each theme. (the two castles most likely, along with the train.
- Pet Shop
- Town Hall
- Kingdoms MVR, Kings Castle
- City Police Station
- City Harbor and Marina
- Star Wars, elite battle pack, Anakin Ship, Droid Escape, and others maybe
- City, some mining sets not the bigger ones
- LOTR, everything in it!
- Monster Hunter, going to stay away from it
- Friends, maybe to add in my City collection, not much
The rest, already got all the Super Heroes (both dad and son love this theme), got all the City Forest sets the smaller ones.
- Medieval market village
- Kingdoms joust
- Shuttle expedition
- Tower bridge
I hope to get some of the earlier City vehicle sets to add to my collection from 2007/2008 too, obviously dependent on their availability and pricing.
-Friends will be great for me to get models for my niece's and there's some nice new colors and parts for building. Will be a huge seller.
-Super Heroes...DC and Marvel Comics...Batman has been requested since they stopped the original line and with Marvel jumping in...I'm getting every set!
-LotR...AfoL's are gonna' eat this up...figurtively and literally...;) Castle and Medieval Moc'ers out there are gonna' have a field day.
-Star Wars will sell regardless. I already see a few sets to get off the bat.
-Ninjago may look weird to some but there's some great models like the Rattlecopter and the build techniques are excellent.
-Monsters will be fun and I suspect some cool builds.
Even right away the MiniModular is incredible!
...the return of the dinosaur theme, new CMF's....on and on man...a major year ahead.
I'm not seeing anything like the Emerald Night to "wow" me. Yes, I already have catwoman on her cycle. Yes, I will buy a SW escape pod; but the sets I've been able to see don't scream "buy more than one!"
Simply put, I know I will spend money on Lego, but I have already walked through the aisles at Target/Lego Store/etc, and been able to say, "no, I can wait for something more spectacular to show up."
Now, if the 9 year old in me wakes up sometime in June, that side of me will go on a buying rampage ;)
Town Hall was on a leaked exclusive set list for 2012. The source of this list has been very accurate in the past, and the first item on the list correctly predicted the set number and name of the joust set long before it was officially announced, so it seems like a safe bet.
I have to say I like the 2012 sets so far:
Joust is lovely
Superheroes is great, but then I missed out on the last round so maybe I am biased.
Dino's are clearly aimed at the kids so not really fair to judge those.
Monster Hunters looks great to me, can't wait on that range, very fun.
Not interested in City so wouldnt judge
Friends is a bold move to expand the audience
Starwars sets all look much better than last years range to me and the planets are a nice little mini build/collectable.
Also you have to remember that the flagship sets are yet to be revealed. All the UCS Star Wars sets, the Town Hall, etc... Those are what most AFOLs are looking for anyway I guess.
City never appealed much to me anyway... but I buy the odd set that an AFOL just can't resist. I'm surprised if anyone is actually satisfied with Dino. The only theme from my childhood non-collecting days I really wanted to see re-done was Dino Attack... and Dino certainly didn't fill any shoes there. The only thing possibly of any future collectors value is the dinosaurs themselves... but that is surely not going to stop the theme itself from being moved to "clearance" by/after Christmas(2012).
LOTR pretty much leaves everything else in the dust. I think the sets right now are "okay" however the prospect of high sales and future lines increases the possibility of Lego getting to make something children and adults will truly enjoy!!! My only plans for NinjaGo are to buy the sets with all the Kendo and ZX outfits as cheaply as possible... while not missing out on the Epic Dragon Battle set!
- Theres a fantastic re-release predicted on there, which I'd be very keen on.
- As a non-starwars collector, I might be buying my first SW set, as there's a very nice building-based one. there goes NY resolution #2!)
- The big technics set looks like it might convince me to get another technics, despite the fact that Ive stopped collecting it really.
- Monster Hunter could be fantastic although I suspect it might end up like Ninjago.
- Superheroes has a couple of decent sets only for me. Not dark enough.
- LOTR I'll be getting multiples of, especially interested in Helms Deep.
- Some v nice City sets, generally the smaller ones, except perhaps robbers hideout.
- Town Hall looks good of course.
- Duplo cars will be interesting.
- Creator Seaside house Ill almost certainly get
- Mini modulars Im undecided
- Friends looks very interesting, if I can get over the minifigs, reckon I might end up with about half of them, if they end up on sale..
Apart from that, I'm sure there'll be some exciting surprises beyond what we already know, I'm thinking of something like the VW camper van maybe (like a mini perhaps), or a new steam train.
I have seen the spy pics, and while some of the sets are interesting, they will probably be overpriced and it looks like the one pic I saw (I think battle at helm's deep) look absolutely tiny compared to what LEGO could have done with it.
Now that being said, I do understand I only saw a pic of the box, and perhaps it may be a full castle but right now it looks like the old Siege tower/battering ram type set from the 80's castle, and if that is the case then LEGO could have done FAR better IMO.
I dunno time will tell, and I'm sure if it sells a load then it will be 'successful', but I think they could have done more with LOTR.. at least so far...
Well to be honest the minifigs are the main seller in these years and from that a lot of sets building techniques have gone down with the only sets which seem to have had a lot of design are the Ninjago line and City reinventing itself this year has been a welcome change.
The rest, like the ones you have listed have superb figures some of the best we have ever seen but if you take those away then the actual set does not look that good.
Just kind of a downer.
Of course it's ALWAYS a matter of taste.
I am a HUGE Comic Fan as well as a Lego fan, so having the DC Superheroes AND Marvel Superheroes in Lego form is AWESOME for me.
I will agree that I think that Lego could have made the first wave much more broad. DC has a plethora of characters that I would have liked to have seen more heroes than mostly Batman.
We could have seen
The Hall of Justice/JLA Headquarters set
Central Battery/Planet Oa set
Daily Planet rooftop set
Green Lantern vs Sinestro construct battle set
and the list goes on and on and on.........
Lord of the Rings has me excited also. I see a lot of potential in this set for castle type buildings, and some crazy fun mini figures.
As much as people have said the Dinosaur theme is uninspiring, my son and I are enjoying it immensely. It's basically Jurassic Park minus the "license".
Monster Hunters I don't know much about, but the premise has me excited.
All in all, this year has me thrilled and excited.
I'm disappointed that Kingdoms has been moved aside for LOTR, I feel its going to be another POTC all over again, but I'm happy for all the fans who are excited about it, I just won't be able to stomach the inflated prices.
LotR is just gonna have to wait til it comes out, I'll wait til then to pass judgement.
I'm excited for Super Heroes, this license has soooooo much potential and could go on and on forever if popular enough (I like marvel much better than DC, but that is just personal opinion)
Town Hall looks fantastic!!!
I think I may be picking up Friends here and there just to have them, I really hope this theme takes off for them, right now its hard to judge as Jan is a VERY bad time to release stuff for "kids" Parents don't buy much with Christmas just past, so as with LotR, time will tell on this one.
I don't collect Technic so I won't pass judgement on it.
I'm not interested in Dino, but I can tell you that for Kids the stuff is great, Dino's are a big hit among small boys and even a lot of small girls, hopefully the next wave in this is has some better sets in it.
Monster Hunters....ummm I really don't know what to think of it, I
However, the City Line has a few high-marks that I will not let go (a few from Forest sub-division, the Utilities selection, some Mining, and the ambulance). I will definitely be purchasing a few of the 'Friends' line - the colors and unique pieces are too hard to resist. No doubt I will pick up the Creator Seaside House and a few from the Ninjago series...
Ah hell, I will be spending more than I realize after all.
Friends – I have female genitalia. Sorry, couldn’t resist @prof1515 :) – although I thought I was going to pass on the line until I actually built Olivia’s house.
LOTR – Yes. All my monies are belong to you.
Star Wars – Loving the designs of some of the new sets. If you’re going to re-release iconic ships, at least make them look better than anything you’ve previously designed. I think this newest X-Wing is their best. Also, being a minifig ho, I cannot wait for the new Jabba's Palace.
Superheroes – Surprisingly, I LOVE this line while my comic book collecting husband (3000+ currently) is all “meh”.
Dino – Outrageously overpriced. I picked up a few sets at 40% off but it still seemed pricey and I liked their older dino models better for some reason.
Monster Fighters – Didn’t we get these in the CMFs?
Modulars – Town Hall is a given.
I mean, I do collect a few star wars (ep 4-6), I do like marvel and superheroes, I do like LOTR, I do like modulars, I do like the monster fighthers...I do like almost everything that is coming!
So either I make a choice in what I will buy, or i need to change house!
what will happen probably is I will resell some of the previous theme I started to collect (HP for example),
or do not buy the new ones...
I also think that your discussion overlaps somewhat with this one about what people think of the 2012 range (though the OP here is starting from the opposite premise to you and I!) http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/2944
Maybe one of the mods could take a look and merge if they think it appropriate?
Totally looking forward to LOTR & Monster Fighters
None of these have been mentioned anywhere that I've seen, certainly not in the forum.
10226-1: Sopwith Camel
An 883 piece Large Scale Model
The old small version:
40026-1: Statue Of Liberty
A creator model
The old larger (probably!) version
40025-1: New York Cab
A creator model
21013-1: Big Ben
An architecture set
21016-1: Namdaemun Gate
An architecture set
I had to look the last one up. It's in South Korea:
(v edited to say S Korea :o) )
The Sopwith was leaked back when the Joust, R2-D2, etc were leaked.
TnB has the news, and pics.
LEGO Architecture 21016 Namdaemum Gate from South Korea contains 325 pieces and will be priced at $34.99 USD / $44.99 CAD. The other set known as LEGO Architecture 21013 Big Ben will contain 346 pieces and will be priced at $29.99 USD / $39.99 CAD.