TOY FAIR 2016: LEGO

TOY FAIR 2016: LEGO

It’s a freezing cold February day, and I’m in New York City. This can only mean it’s time for Toy Fair once again. It’s 7am, which can only mean it’s time for the LEGO Media Event. Yes, bright and early while all the other toy companies are still snuggled in their beds, LEGO rouses all of the media from their slumber to show us the latest and greatest that they will be offering over the next several months. Fortunately, they also give us coffee. So, now that we’re all wide awake, let’s see what they’ve got on tap

 

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As it did last year, this year’s Toy Fair coverage begins with LEGO. The biggest brand in the construction segment, and the #1 Toy Company in the world, the LEGO Group continues to produce quality sets of building toys, featuring both favorite licensed characters and their own original IPs. From Duplo to Juniors, Star Wars and Superheroes to Friends and Elves, and Technic to Architecture, LEGO has designed a diverse portfolio designed to make them a constant companion for all ages. This year, LEGO will introduce more than 300 building sets across all age ranges designed to carry on this grand tradition. Here is a look at what LEGO has in store for 2016.

NOTE: THIS REPORT WILL BE BROKEN UP BY THEME AND THEN BY MONTH OF RELEASE

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LEGO continues their adventures in a galaxy far, far away as the LEGO Star Wars continues to build momentum after the record shattering release of The Force Awakens. Building on the film’s popularity, in addition to the new series of the Rebels animated series, the LEGO Group is also announcing a new LEGO Star Wars property. More info on that later in this report. First, here is the rest of the LEGO Star Wars lineup for this year.

The Force Awakens

MARCH

  • 75125 – Resistance X-Wing Fighter – 87 pcs – $9.99

JUNE

  • 75148 – Encounter on Jakku – 530 pcs – $59.99
  • 75149 – Resistance X-Wing Fighter – 740 pcs – $79.99

Rebels

MARCH

  • 75127 – The Ghost – 104 pcs – $9.99
  • 75128 – TIE Advanced Prototype – 93 pcs – $9.99
  • 75129 – Wookie Gunship – 84 pcs – $9.99
  • 75130 – AT-DP – 76 pcs – $9.99
  • 75141 – Kanan’s Speeder Bike – 234 pcs – $19.99

JUNE

  • 75150 – Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter – 702 pcs – $89.99
  • 75157 – Captain Rex’s AT-TE – 972 pcs – $119.99

Saga

MARCH

  • 75133 – Rebel Alliance Battle Pack – 101 pcs – $12.99
  • 75134 – Galactic Empire Battle Pack – 109 pcs – $12.99
  • 75135 – Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor – 215 pcs – $24.99
  • 75136 – Droid Escape Pod – 197 pcs – $24.99
  • 75137 – Carbon Freezing Chamber – 231 pcs – $24.99
  • 75138 – Hoth Attack – 233 pcs – $24.99
  • 75142 – Homing Spider Droid – 310 pcs – $29.99

JUNE

  • 75151 – Clone Turbo Tank – 903 pcs – $109.99

SEPTEMBER

75146 – LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar – 282 pcs – $39.99

As noted before, LEGO is introducing a brand new Star Wars animated property. Here are the details

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
To continue inspiring imagination and storytelling, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an original animated series, will debut later this year. The show’s quirky heroes, the Freemakers, are a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When the youngest Freemaker discovers a natural connection to the Force through an ancient artifact, his world turns upside down as he and his family find themselves in an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new (and familiar) characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family. The series combines the excitement, action and adventure of a galaxy far, far away with a dose of brick-building humor for which LEGO content is best known. Two building sets based on the series launch this summer.

JUNE

  • 75145 – Eclipse Fighter – 363 pcs – $29.99
  • 75147 – StarScavenger – 558 pcs – $49.99

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Set in the futuristic, high-tech world of the Kingdom of Knighton, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS follows five young knights in their quest to battle Jestro, his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, and their Lava Monster Army. Heroic knight, Clay Moorington, leads the band of knights, including alpha superstar Lance Richmond, hipster Aaron Fox, Macy Halbert, a princess who would rather be a knight, and Axl, the giant. Together, under the tutelage of Knights’ Academy mentor and Great Digital Wizard, Merlok 2.0, they join forces to defeat the enemy.

Fourteen sets were released earlier this year. This August will see a new wave of sets. Here are the details.

AUGUST

  • 70318 – The Glob Lobber – 95 pcs – $9.99
  • 70336 – ULTIMATE Axl – 69 pcs – $9.99
  • 70337 – ULTIMATE Lance – 75 pcs – $9.99
  • 70338 – ULTIMATE General Magmar – 64 pcs – $9.99
  • 70339 – ULTIMATE Flama – 67 pcs – $9.99
  • 70319 – Macy’s Thunder Mace – 202 pcs – $19.99
  • 70320 – Aaron Fox’s Aero Striker V2 – 301 pcs – $29.99
  • 70326 – The Black Knight Mech – 530 pcs – $39.99
  • 70321 – General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom – 516 pcs – $49.99
  • 70322 – Axl’s Tower Carrier – 670 pcs – $69.99
  • 70323 – Jestro’s Volcano Lair – 1186 pcs – $119.99

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LEGO’s Original “Constraction” line, Bionicle, returned to much fanfare in 2014. After continuing success last year, the line has returned in 2016 with a brand new storyline. 17 sets are due in the line, 12 of which have been released. 5 are set for release in June

JUNE

  • 71312 – Ekimu the Mask Maker – 94 pcs – $14.99
  • 71313 – Lava Beast – 114 pcs – $14.99
  • 71314 – Storm Beast – 109 pcs – $14.99
  • 71315 – Quake Beast – 102 pcs – $14.99
  • 71316 – Umarak the Destroyer – 191 pcs – $24.99

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LEGO’s popular line continues with 16 new building sets, which be released in two waves, one in March, another in August. These sets will supplement new episode of the animated series. Here’s the rundown.

MARCH

  • 70599 – Cole’s Dragon – 98 pcs – $9.99
  • 70600 – Ninja Bike Chase – 231 pcs – $19.99
  • 70601 – Sky Shark – 221 pcs – $19.99
  • 70602 – Jay’s Elemental Dragon – 350 pcs – $29.99
  • 70603 – Raid Zeppelin – 294 pcs – $29.99
  • 70604 – Tiger Widow Island – 450 pcs – $49.99
  • 70605 – Misfortune’s Keep – 754 pcs – $79.99

AUGUST

 

  • 70591 – Kryptarium Prison Breakout – 207 pcs – $19.99
  • 70588 – Titanium Ninja Tumbler – 342 pcs – $29.99
  • 70589 – Rock Roader – 406 pcs – $39.99
  • 70592 – Salvage M.E.C. – 439 pcs – $39.99
  • 70593 – The Green NRG Dragon – 567 pcs – $49.99
  • 70590 – Airjitsu Battle Grounds – 666 pcs – $59.99
  • 70594 – The Lighthouse Siege – 767 pcs – $69.99
  • 70595 – Ultra Stealth Raider – 1093 pcs – $99.99
  • 70596 – Samurai X Cave Chaos –  1253 – $119.99

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One of the most popular items LEGO produces each year, collectors can look forward to at least 3 new series of minifigures.

All minifigures are sold seperately and retail for $3.99 each

FEBRUARY

  • 71011 – Series 15

MAY

  • 71012 – Series 16

SEPTEMBER

  • 71013 – Series 17

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LEGO’s quirky blind packaged creatures continue to enjoy a dedicated following, which should only be bolstered by the animation airing on Cartoon Network. Three new series are expected.

Each sold separately. Mixels retail for $4.99 each

FEBRUARY

  • 41554 –  Kuffs
  • 41555 – Busto
  • 41556 – Tiketz
  • 41557 – Camillot
  • 41558 – Mixadel
  • 41559 – Paladum
  • 41560 – Jamzy
  • 41561 – Tapsy
  • 41562 – Trumpsy

JUNE

  • 41563 – Splasho
  • 41564 – Aquad
  • 41565 – Hydro
  • 41566 – Sharkx
  • 41567 – Skulzy
  • 41568 – Lewt
  • 41569 – Surgeo
  • 41570 – Skrubz
  • 41571 – Tuth

OCTOBER

  • 41572 – Gobbol
  • 41573 – Sweepz
  • 41574 – Compax
  • 41575 – Cobrax
  • 41576 – Spinza
  • 41577 – Mysto
  • 41578 – Screeno
  • 41579 – Camsto
  • 41580 – Myke

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LEGO’s popular line of 3-in-1 sets continues with some incredible new sets. The first wave of sets was released in January. The second wave will be released in August. There will be 4 sets.

AUGUST

  • 31049 – Twin Spin Helicopter – 326 pcs – $29.99
  • 31053 – Treehouse Adventures – 387 pcs – $34.99
  • 31051 – Lighthouse Point – 528 pcs – $59.99
  • 31052 – Vacation Getaways – 792 pcs – $69.99

 

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LEGO continues their line for older, more advanced builders with one 3 new sets in August. NOTE: ONLY ONE OF THE 3 SETS WAS SHOWN AT TOY FAIR.

AUGUST

  • 42053 – Volvo EW 160E – 1166 pcs – $119.99
  • 42054 – CLAAS XERION 5000 TRAC VC – 1977 pcs – $179.99 (NOT SHOWN)
  • 42055 – Bucket Wheel Excavator – 3929 pcs – $279.99 (NOT SHOWN)

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     LEGO Ideas does not put put as many releases during the year as other LEGO themes, due to the longer lead times necessary for approval, design and manufacturing of these special, limited run, sets. This year, LEGO has one new Ideas set planned so far for 2016. NOTE: NO PHOTOGRAPHY OF THIS SET WAS ALLOWED

APRIL

  • 21305 – Maze – 769 pcs – $69.99

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LEGO’s fantasy themed original line, in the style of LEGO Friends, continues with new sets this year. 10 sets will be released, 6 in March, and 4 in August. The sets are all themed around saving baby dragons. Here’s the lineup.

MARCH

  • 41171 – Emily Jones and the Baby Wind Dragon – 80 pcs – $9.99
  • 41172 – The Water Dragon Adventure – 212 pcs – $19.99
  • 41173 – Elvendale School of Dragons – 230 pcs – $19.99
  • 41174 – The Starlight Inn – 343 pcs – $29.99
  • 41175 – Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave – 441 pcs – $39.99
  • 41176 – The Secret Market Place – 691 pcs – $59.99

AUGUST

  • 41177 – The Precious Crystal Mine – 273 pcs – $29.99
  • 41178 – The Dragon Sanctuary – 585 pcs – $49.99
  • 41179 – Queen Dragon’s Rescue –  833 pcs – $69.99
  • 41180 – Ragana’s Magic Shadow Castle – 1014 pcs – $99.99

 

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One of the more successful collaborations between Disney and LEGO, the Disney Princess line, designed in the style of LEGO Friends, continues this year with new sets. Following the first wave, released in December and January, two sets will follow in August.

AUGUST

  • 41065 – Rapunzel’s Beat Day Ever – 145 pcs – $19.99
  • 41067 – Belle’s Enchanted Castle – 374 pcs – $49.99

 

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LEGO’s extremely popular girl’s line keeps on going with no signs of stopping. 8 new sets will be available in August, splitting into two distinct themes. 4 will continue the animal care theme, and 4 will introduce the new “amusement park” theme. Also, in September, LEGO will release this year’s version of the always highly anticipated LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Here’s what’s on tap.

AUGUST

  • 41123 – Foal’s Washing Station – 77 pcs – $9.99
  • 41124 – Heartlake Puppy Daycare – 286 pcs – $29.99
  • 41125 – Horse Vet Trailer – 370 pcs – $39.99
  • 41126 – Heartlake Riding Club – 575 pcs – $59.99
  • 41127 – Amusement Park Arcade – 174 pcs – $14.99
  • 41128 – Amusement Park Space Ride – 195 pcs – $19.99
  • 41129 – Amusement Park Hot Dog Ride – 243 pcs – $29.99
  • 41130 – Amusement Park Roller Coaster – 1124 pcs – $99.99

SEPTEMBER

  • 41131 – LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016 – 218 pcs – $29.99

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LEGO’s DC Superheroes line continues, with sets featuring characters from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, as well as new comic book inspired sets, featuring some of the seldom seen heroes and villains of the DC Universe. New sets are due in March and in August. March sees the debut of the new “Mighty Micros” line. This line features two minifigures, usually a hero and a villain, each with a mini-vehicle and accessories. Here’s the lineup.

MARCH

  • 76061 – Mighty Micros: Batman vs. Catwoman – 79 pcs – $9.99
  • 76062 – Mighty Micros: Robin vs. Bane – 77 pcs – $9.99
  • 76063 – Mighty Micros: The Flash vs. Captain Cold – 88 pcs – $9.99
  • 76053 – Batman: Gotham City Cycle Chase – 224 pcs – $19.99

AUGUST

  • 76054 – Batman: Scarecrow Harvest of Fear – 563 pcs – $59.99
  • 76055 – Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash – 759 pcs – $79.99

 

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LEGO continues their Marvel Superheroes line as well, with new sets based on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, as well as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. This line will also see sets in the debuting “Mighty Micros” range. New sets are due in March and August. Here’s the lineup.

MARCH

  • 76064 – Mighty Micros: Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin – 85 pcs – $9.99
  • 76065 – Mighty Micros: Captain America vs. Red Skull – 95 pcs – $9.99
  • 76066 – Mighty Micros: Hulk vs. Ultron – 80 pcs – $9.99
  • 76050 – Crossbones’ Hazard Heist – 179 pcs – $19.99
  • 76047 – Black Panther Pursuit – 287 pcs – $29.99
  • 76051 – Super Hero Airport Battle – 807 pcs – $79.99

AUGUST

  • 76058 – Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team Up – 217 pcs – $19.99
  • 76059 – Spider-Man: Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap – 446 pcs – $39.99
  • 76057 – Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge – 1092 pcs – $99.99

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Yes, you read that right, and are not seeing things. Once again, LEGO partners with another iconic brand, Rovio’s Angry Birds, to create sets based on the upcoming movie. The movie will again feature the birds opposing the evil pigs. The character designs are true to the looks of the characters from the popular app, but the birds are now all bipedal and can walk and run. 6 sets will be released in April.

APRIL

  • 75821 – Piggy Car Escape – 74 pcs – $12.99
  • 75822 – Piggy Plane Attack – 168 pcs – $19.99
  • 75823 – Bird Island Egg Heist – 277 pcs – $29.99
  • 75824 – Pig City Teardown – 386 pcs – $39.99
  • 75825 – Piggy Pirate Ship – 620 pcs – $59.99
  • 75826 – King Pig’s Castle – 859 pcs – $89.99

 

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One of LEGO’s most successful licensed themes, Minecraft, continues with 5 new sets, 4 in March and 1 in September. Here’s what’s coming.

MARCH

  • 21123 – The Iron Golem – 208 pcs – $19.99
  • 21126 – The Wither – 318 pcs -$39.99
  • 21124 – The End Portal – 559 pcs -$59.99
  • 21125 – The Jungle Tree House – 706 pcs – $69.99

SEPTEMBER

  • 21127 – The Fortress – 984 pcs -$109.99

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One of LEGO’s most evergreen lines, City, not surprisingly remains extremely popular heading into this year. This year, City, will explore 2 exciting new themes: Volcano Exploration and Airport. 12 new sets are set for release in August, before the year finishes with the release of the Advent Calendar in September.

AUGUST

  • 60134 – Fun in the Park – City People Pack – 157 pcs – $39.99
  • 60132 – Service Station – 515 pcs – $89.99
  • 60100 – Airport Starter Kit – 81 pcs – $9.99
  • 60101 – Airport Cargo Plane – 157 pcs – $24.99
  • 60102 – Airport VIP Service – 364 pcs – $49.99
  • 60103 – Airport Air Show – 670 pcs – $89.99
  • 60104 – Airport Passenger Terminal – 694 pcs – $99.99
  • 60120 – Volcano Starter Set – 83 pcs – $9.99
  • 60121 – Volcano Exploration Truck – 175 pcs – $24.99
  • 60122 – Volcano Crawler – 324 pcs -$39.99
  • 60123 – Volcano Supply Helicopter – 330 pcs -$49.99
  • 60124 – Volcano Exploration Base – 824 pcs – $119.99

SEPTEMEBER

  • 60133 – LEGO City Advent Calendar – 290 pcs – $29.99

 

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For the younger set, it should come as no surprise that Duplo toddles on. In recent years, Duplo has expanded into licensed sets, as well, as their popular evergreen sets, such as police and fire. After the iniital releases of the year in January, 8 more sets will be released in August. Here’s the lineup.

AUGUST

  • 10811 – Backhoe Loader – 19 pcs – $14.99
  • 10812 – Truck & Tracked Excavator – 26 pcs – $19.99
  • 10810 – Push Train – 45 pcs – $29.99
  • 10813 – Big Construction Site – 67 pcs – $49.99
  • 10827 – Mickey and Friends Beach House – 48 pcs – $34.99
  • 10825 – Miles’ Exo-Flex Suit – 37 pcs – $24.99
  • 10828 – Doc McStuffins’ Pet Vet Care – 30 pcs – $24.99
  • 10822 – Sofia the First Magical Carriage – 30 pcs – $29.99

 

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LEGO’s relatively new “in-betweener” line, Juniors, has proved extremely successful, and will continue this year with new licensed and evergreen sets. 6 sets will be released in March, with 4 more to follow in August.

MARCH

  • 10720 – Police Helicopter Chase – 63 pcs – $9.99
  • 10721 – Iron Man vs. Loki – 66 pcs – $12.99
  • 10722 – Snake Showdown – 92 pcs – $14.99
  • 10723 – Ariel’s Dolphin Carriage – 70 pcs – $14.99
  • 10729 – Cinderella’s Carriage – 116 pcs – $24.99
  • 10725 – Lost Temple – 172 pcs – $29.99

AUGUST

  • 10726 – Stephanie’s Horse Carriage – 58 pcs – $12.99
  • 10724 – Batman & Superman vs. Lex Luthor – 164 pcs – $19.99
  • 10727 – Emma’s Ice Cream Truck – 136 pcs – $19.99
  • 10728 – Mia’s Vet Clinic – 173 pcs – $29.99

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Finally, we would like to show you a couple of sets that will be exclusive to the LEGO store and their online shop. These two sets are will be available in the coming months.

MARCH

  • 76052 – Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave – 2526 pcs – $269.99

MAY

  • 75098 – STAR WARS: Assault on Hoth – 2144 pcs – $249.99

 

That does it for LEGO. Thanks to Ashley Edwards and Amanda Santoro at LEGO.

For more information on any of these products, visit www.lego.com.

 

 

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