I think it's safe to say across the board of this topic, people are split.
I'm think I'm in the same place. I think it was about in 2008 when Lego Hobbit set rumors surfaced because some news came about of Ttgames (the makers of the Lego video games) were working on a video game for the Peter Jackson Hobbit movie(s). I was excited then, but I'm a little skeptical now. Here's why:
- Any kind of FOL throughout the past decade ('00-Present), has figured out to recreate LOTR in their own way. The Balrog, elves, hobbits, hobbiton, etc. I've even created my own fellowship once. Lego has arlready provided us enough elements to make it ourselves. Bruce recreated LOTR in visual form, Blake has/is re-creating scenes like Amon Hen + others, a group of MOCpage users made an entire LOTR display at Brickworld 2011 (plus there was another builder there, unaffiliated with the group of MOCpage users, who still brought some awesome LOTR stuff), Brickforge has produced several LOTR items (and prints too, I think), The One Lug creating The Last of March of the Ents, etc. the list goes on for forever. Now we just have sets that kids can buy. Umm...ok.
I guess all of this activity would evoke a response of Liscensed sets, but to me it seems a bit backwards. With Star Wars, I used to feel like, "Woah! Check out that minifigure, I got to have that Kit Fisto!", etc. With LOTR, I don't feel that way. I'm hoping that the sets will be innovative designs, going over what's already been done with a new style.
- If the Eurobricks set list is true, virtually none of the sets seem to be There and Back Again related. Even with the LOTR liscense, and everything pretty much being done already in the LOTR realm, I was hoping for some really interesting Hobbit sets, but it looks like I'll have to wait for those. 2013 for Hobbit? Yes? No? Maybe?
- Kingdoms is pretty imminent of a hiatus or complete wipe. I was so pleased that TLG was putting out 7189 Mill Village Raid, but when I saw 10223 Kingdoms Joust, I got really excited.
It reminded me the first time I saw the Medieval Market Village, bright, colorful, filled with great, reasonably priced elements. There's certainly the possibility that we may not see a regular Castle line for quite some time, which means we're stuck with the same Kingdom sets 'till they're completely gone in late 2012. I was pretty indifferent when the Kingdoms line came out, but I think it's been picking up more steam lately, but who knows.
DaleDVM wrote:I am not looking forward to the fleshies. Please LEGO keep the flesh off of the torsos. I say that again. No flesh on the torsos PLEASE. These sets are going to be very expensive on a part by part basis. Replacing the heads and hands is going to be expensive enough. I don't want a buch of unusable torsos along with the expensive sets.
- From someone who actually likes fleshies (DON'T KILL ME!
), I don't mind them, but I completely
agree with the torsos. The Indiana Jones "soldiers" (Nazis) had the patch of flesh on the chest, some of the PoP sets had some flesh on them, PotC is doing the same thing. I get where you're coming from. Give us the fleshies, but not the torsos. Please.
(Oh, by the way, if you ever want to donate your fleshies, my doors are open.
Bluesecrets wrote:4) we are in a recession...parents do not have the money to go out and buy these really expensive sets (I know many who come up and tell me they can't afford to buy LEGO because it is just too expensive..ESPECIALLY the Star Wars sets)
- I've completely given up on Star Wars altogether in 2008 with the...'intersting'...Clone Wars design except for the few purchases here and there. In fact, the City sets this year have been pretty ridiculous as well. $50 for 300 pieces. I thought that was insane, even with the large piece of plastic boat that came with it. Can't know what the set pieces will be until we see them, I guess.
With that said, only time will tell. Who am I to judge something I haven't seen yet. Hopes are the my expectations are far beyond what I think and I get some pretty exciting, and interesting sets with good Castle elements."One Theme to rule the Castle AFOL, One Theme to find them, One Theme to make them drool over the sets, and in the darkness buy them."
Sorry, I couldn't resist.