Late last week LEGO unveiled over 100 new building sets at their Fall Collector Preview. Unlike at the New York Toy Fair in February which only had a few new sets shown off this event seemed to showcase new sets from a variety of their product lines as well loads of new licensed products.
Almost all of the lines were shown off including City, Friends, Technic, Architecture, Juniors, and more. There were also many new licensed products from Star Wars, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal’s Back to the Future and DC. New licensed products from Cartoon Network featuring the Powerpuff Girls and Unitkitty! produced by Warner Bros. Annimation were also unveiled. A big push was also made in their portfolio of connected toys that merge digital and physical play, especially with their app controlled Batmobile.
Finally BrickHeadz saw a huge increase in properties as well as the Brick Me set that allows you to create yourself.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
On top of the Hogwarts Castle revealed earlier this year a few new sets were added to the product line including a Whomping Willow with the flying Ford Anglia which can connect with the set. Also adding to the grounds of Hogwarts is a Quidditch Match set featuring a tower for all four houses and a pitch area. But the absolute prize in my mind and my favorite set of everything I saw at the preview had to be the Hogwarts Express train and Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station; at $79.99 and 800 pieces this is the set to beat in my mind. Also featured was a set from the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The second biggest set of product reveals came from Star Wars with a full range of Solo sets. On top of the earlier revealed Millennium Falcon and Han Solo’s Landspeeder sets new sets revealed included Moloch’s Landspeeder, a new Tie Fighter, X-Wing, Jawa Sandcrawler, Snoke’s Throne Room, Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter, and a UCP Y-Wing Starfighter.
Ninjago had a huge 3,500 piece docks sets on display.
Many new licensed products from Star Wars, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, Disney·Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal’s Back to the Future and a Brick Me set that allows you to create yourself.
Batman App-Controlled Batmobile
One of the coolest sets shown off happened to be a DC licensed product – the Batman App-Controlled Batmobile. Working with their new, Powered Up Platform, these sets create new ways to play. The buildable LEGO Batmobile is fully controllable by smart device and will incorporate light coding and programming. The LEGO Batman App-Controlled Batmobile will launch August 1 with the suggested retail price of $99.99 and includes 321 pieces.
Leveraging the Lego Boost elements and other connected toys, Powered Up enabled sets give kids the ability to modify and personalize their experiences by adding dynamic motion control and in some instances simple coding. Powered Up LEGO sets will range from simply powered to remote controlled to smart device connected, creating endless customized play possibilities. Some building sets will ship with Powered Up capabilities included in the box, while others will be Powered Up-enabled, giving kids the option to add power features to their creations if they are interested.
You can steer the Batmobile using one of two preset remote-control interfaces or personalize their experience through a customizable interface. With the interface unlocked, users move sliders, buttons and other elements to customize the remote control to their liking. Through a coding canvas that will be introduced later this year, users can code and re-code speed, direction, sound and duration to program various movements and stunts and create their own unique driving experiences.
Other Powered Up sets launching in 2018 include the LEGO City Passenger Train and LEGO City Cargo Train, the LEGO NINJAGO® Stormbringer dragon and LEGO City Arctic Scout Truck. The Powered Up Platform launches July 1.
The PowerPuff Girls
Based on Cartoon Network’s animated series, featuring the action-packed adventures of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in LEGO form.
Featured from the Warner Bros. film, The LEGO® Movie, Unikitty now has her own animated series on the
Cartoon Network. Five new building sets and a series of mystery bag collectibles launch in August features Princess Unikitty and her little brother and best friend Puppycorn and friends.
Some of the creator sets feature the new Powered Up feature such as the Ninjago Dragon and the Roler Coaster which can be hooked up to motors
Duplo, Junior, and Friends
Along with all the sets Lego had a plenty of activities and food and beverages for guests including the Millennium Falcon Pedicab, the 60th Anniversary Brick, a Lego Christmas Fireplace and some cool activation’s. I was even able to catch a Golden Snitch on my very own Nimbus 2000