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Dinosaur Mech? Take my money!
Still a lot of backlog builds from 2017/18 in the cupboard, and I want to pick up some 2018 stuff I missed like the Hospital and a couple of the small-to-medium Hogwarts sets.
Kids love dinosaurs, preteen secret ninjas, heavy machinery, cops/robbers, superheroes, and friends. For the health of the brand, I'm happy that market continues to flourish.
(I think trains, pirates, space and castles are less popular. Which reflects today's children's interests.)
AFOLs want the classic versions... and likely only AFOLs.
See the Best Good-Bad Movies of All-Time thread for details...
(Ugh. I groaned at my own utterance. I seriously considered deleting this entire post. But it must remain.)
To put things in perspective… Bionicle has spent more years as an active theme than Pirates, and Ninjago’s on its way to surpassing either theme’s record for consecutive years of new sets.
I don’t mean to insinuate that Pirates is not a big deal or not a theme LEGO has an incentive to keep revisiting, but it’s never been quite as big a deal as the other classic themes it’s often grouped with.
Also, for what it’s worth, even Castle and Space have always been secondary to Town/City in terms of number of sets… particularly considering that in the 80s and 90s some categories that are now considered part of City like Trains and Boats were treated as separate themes.
So a case could be made that some of the reduced priority on some of these classic themes is not because they have outright declined in popularity since the 90s, but simply failed to keep pace with other in-house themes like Friends and Ninjago that have proven more capable of approaching a similar level of consistent, year-on-year sales strength to Town/City.
(I do still believe another Castle theme is probably coming soon, though, based on comments from LEGO designers and the Castle theme’s track record of being reinvented every three or four years, even alongside Castle-adjacent movie licenses like Harry Potter and The Hobbit.)
With so many repeated wall sections built up of small parts, I can definitely understand the part count. Add in the large number of figs (fig parts being, on the whole, more expensive than typical building elements) and the price doesn't surprise me much either.
As for the street date, I've no idea.
- 60225-1 Rover Test Drive;
- 60227-1 Moon Base.
I am also aware of one particular Creator set that can add to my City:
- 31097 Townhouse.
- 60233-1: Donut Shop Opening and that crane is awesome.
I don't have the wheels, brushguard or undercarriage fully rendered, or any figures added, but right now in LDD4.3 the Explorer weighs in at 261 pieces, probably completed at 300 or less including minifigs. Child's play to box two of 'em up with figures, a fence section, restroom and Rexy. Or, with a few things still left to render and some support struts to delete, the preliminary Mobile Lab re-render is 1537 pieces, probably end up being not much more once you add figures and accessories or a T-rex. Muldoon's flattop Jeep from the rex chase, a paltry 154 bricks fully ready-to-build. The two Mercedes from TLW with one full side on each to render are about 550 pieces combined; the plane from JP3, with an entire side of the fuselage and and much of the floor and internal structure to do, about 700, 60 studs across and similar in length.
Point was, rather than just pulling stuff out of thin air, why not make stuff that we've been saying "Shut Up and Take Our Money" for longer than some members of this site's entire lives? I mean, I don't begrudge this line its existence, just saying that there's plenty of market for the classics too. Oh, but that wouldn't fit the "Out With Old In With New" attitude everybody and their freakin' dog has today...
As for sets to buy this year, my list...
---3.99 30365 Satellite (City Space)
X--30383 Naboo Fighter
---10267 unknown Winter Village set
---75245 SW Advent Calendar
---60235 City Advent Calendar
---75964 Potter Advent Calendar (over protest; anything Warner is only my personal Blacklist but my aunt will REALLY want this... maybe I can get my mother, who has all the spine of a jellyfish when it comes to standing-on-principle, to take care of this for her, since it's HER sister.)
X--Microfighters (all ordered)
---60224 Maint. Mission Shuttle
---60225 Rover Test Drive
---60226 Mars Research Shuttle
---60227 Moon Base
---60228 Space Research Rocket Ctrl Ctr
---60229 Rocket Transport
---60230 People Pack: Space R&D
---19.99 75934 Dilo on the Loose
---59.99 75935 Baryonyx Face-Off
---unk 75936 unknown large D2C
---59.99 75937 Triceratops Rampage
---89.99 75938 T-rex v Dino-Mech Battle
(maybe) Hidden Side--looks to me like a cheesy Ghostbusters knockoff, but at least the boat and train look well designed
---19.99 70418 Lab
---29.99 70419 Boat
---29.99 70420 Graveyard
---39.99 70421 Truck
---49.99 70422 Diner
---59.99 70423 Bus
---89.99 70424 Train
---129.99 70425 High School
Congratulations, Leo Straight, you lose! You get NOTHING! GOOD DAY, SIR!
2019 Sets Purchased:
#30364 - cute little set that I haven’t built yet
#40334 - Cost $130 but I got a free #76108 with it.
That is all. Uh yeah. Not that the year has been without purchases, Costco had great deals on Ninjago city (have yet to build), and the Mack Anthem (built the tractor only, have to do the trailer yet). Also the Old fishing store got bought on Amazon thanks to the eagle eyes watching for it on here. And to go with #76108, I had to buy #76102 on sale at walmart. And my wife, who hadn’t yet built a modular, bought me the Parisian restaurant (she built it) when I gave her the VIP credits. But that leaves so many more 2019’s yet to buy!
Need to purchase (larger sets, there’s probably a few ‘smalls’ I haven’t listed that can come home with me):
#10264 - at least I know I’ll have a bit of time before really needing to buy this, but will add it to my street soon.
#10265 - my favorite car, and I have yet to try a vehicle D2C set.
#10769 - as an AFOL I’ve never done the juniors sets, but do collect all the city RV’s. This one looks kinda nice & has the neat cabin & sign too to make a campground. Maybe if I can find it on sale.
#21046 - but I might do Statue of Liberty first, not sure yet.
#21316 - Still an absolute must buy for me! Should work well into a city scene.
#41379 - that one pic has me contemplating a friends addition to the city (that isn’t my wife’s purchase), since the Oscar Meyer weinermobile from a couple years back. That actually looks like a really cool city scale building! Of course with a restaurant, though I have no interest in the theme as a whole, #70422 might be cool too.
#70831 - a minifig scale house with all 4 walls, perfect for my modular city, with serious retro town vibes, I need to get this.
#76125 - I’m thinking, as a set collector, this set would be perfect to use to display ANY minifigs. Might have to get it for more than just the iron men.
#76131 - maybe the best movie set of the wave, what I think is an awesome looking city scale building! Yeah it’s got a helicopter, but not a huge one that makes up most of the set. But oof the price. That was the second reason I had to pick #76108 to get #40334, the other being that the Santorum is just an all round bigger more finished (4 walls) building.
Ok uh yeah time to get shopping!
planned purchases are mostly ninjago stuff, like lloyd's mech or the land bounty.
probably one or 2 TLM2 sets, like the statue and pop up party bus.
some overwatch stuff, not sure which ones.
maybe the warmachine buster since I miss both of the heroes included.
maybe the mustang, unless they release some even cooler car.
maybe hidden side stuff.
oh and hogwarts castle
I'm currently looking at 95 of 251 sets bought (so we're about 37% done at the moment), but it's looking like I might have to revise our list as a few sets have recently been given yellow clearance tags (20% off or less, yeah, great "clearance" prices, not), including a couple of TLM2 sets, so I'm suspecting we'll be seeing another round of sets retired early in our region.
I really need to put the Flintstones and Steamboat Willie sets on my 'wanted' list though. I legit completely forget they exist every time I hit up the Lego Store. Those two, a couple of the summer Batman sets, the Hidden Side sets (I can't wait for these!), and the (presumed) third wave of TLM2 sets will probably fill up my Lego buys for this year. It's been a really good year, imho! I honestly can't recall the last time I was this excited for so many sets. It's been a pretty constant buzz for me since the year kicked off. :D
I didn't even realize these were 'exclusive'? Here in Canada they're available literally everywhere. I've seen them at Walmart, TRU, and even at Indigo Books.
A good percentage of Amazon AU's own prices for Lego sets are above RRP, if they actually put those sets on sale, the % off is generally less than the amount they marked up the set to begin with. While they do have some really good bargains from time to time, it's usually a case of blink & you'll miss them, even if you do manage to order, there's a good chance you'll just end up getting refunded (I'd estimate about forty odd people just on one FB group complaining about cancelled orders for #75217 at $57 & #75220 at $122).