Toy Fair 2015 Field Report: Lego

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After weeks of constant harassment by your friendly neighborhood jman to anyone (and everyone) in the Lego corporation, the kind folks at Lego decided to grant me access to their showroom (and breakfast) at Toy Fair 2015 on Saturday the 14th, Valentine’s day.

And what better way to spend that day then with the stuff people you love, amiright?

Getting most of the attention this year were Lego’s three Ultimate Collector Sets:  the newly announced Tie Fighter, the highly anticipated the SHIELD Helicarrier and Boba Fett’s Slave 1.  At 1685 pieces (including a Tie pilot) the Tie Fighter is definitely the definitive version of this classic ship.

Then there’s the talk of the internet the last few weeks, the SHIELD Helicarrier.  It’s as jaw dropping in person as it is in the pictures we’ve all seen, if not more so.  The ship is over 2.5 feet of Lego bricks and pure awesomeness.  It comes with 5 minifigures and 12 micro minifigures.  At $350, though, it’s definitely gonna be a hit to your wallet.

And while all three models were equally impressive (in their own ways), the set to get is Slave 1.  The size and scale of the ship is impressive, even next to the Helicarrier.  Not to mention the amount of detail those Lego designers crammed into the ship.

And speaking of Star Wars, there were a few new sets to the line.  A Throne Room battle set featuring Luke, Vader and the Emperor.  An Imperial Shuttle Tydririum (for all your sneak attacks on Death Stars) and two new “Battle Figures” of Luke and Vader.  Most of the sets being shown were from Rebels, though.  And noticeably absent?  Yep.  The Force Awakens.

Lego’s also expanding its Superheroes lines for 2015.  For DC they were showing most of the sets that have been hitting store shelves the last few weeks.  But, a couple new ones, too.  Later this year we’ll get a Batboat set featuring Batman, Robin and Deathstroke. And, most impressive, Jokerland.  Jokerland’s full of minifigures, but importantly. will feature…the Teen Titans!

Not to be outdone, most of the Marvel Heroes sets focus on the upcoming movies; Avengers 2 and Ant-Man. The stand outs for Marvel have to be the Avengers Tower and the Ant-Man set with it’s oversized Lego pieces and flying ant which Ant-Man himself, Scott Lang (or…is that Hank Pym in there?!?!?) can ride.

And what new assortment would be complete without a cool new Spider-Man set mixed in?  The Rhino and Sandman Super Team-up has 386 pieces and features Sandman, Rhino (from the Ultimate universe) and a very cool looking Iron Spider-Man.

Lego’s also adding two new licenses to their portfolio for 2015:  Jurassic World and Scooby Doo.  While initially your friendly neighborhood jman was a bit “meh” on the Scooby sets, as it turns out, they look alright.  I’m not sure when those crazy kids got themselves a hold of a prop plane, but the Mystery Machine, Mystery Mansion and Haunted Lighthouse sets kinda had me hooked.

The Jurassic World line had 5 new sets, all chock filled with dino goodness.  The largest set of the assortment, Indominus Rex Breakout, was definitely the most impressive of all the sets.  But, that’s usually the case with the bigger sets, amiright?

There’s also new sets to their Minecraft, Ninjago, Ultra-Agents and City lines, as well. The best of the City assortment (and the one receiving the most press) is the Spaceport with it’s Space Shuttle and booster rockets.

All in all, it’s going to be an expensive year if you’re a Lego fan.  But, who’d want it any other way?

You can check out all the Lego pics at our Lego Gallery.

By Nick Lenihan

Nick is toy fan, geek, and action figure collector. When not geeking out about action figures and keeping up with the latest Toy News, he likes to pretend to play guitar. He's just another one of those pop culture fanatics that likes to share his passion with the world.

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