Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lego Toy Story

Well, someone shared some of their pics from another Toy Fair a few weeks ago. This time it was Toy Story and Persian...something or other. The Persian thing is basically just a historical theme with a story, so nothing really special there except maybe some new parts.

So, focusing on the Lego Toy Story license, I have to say I'm a little disturbed. First though, I am pleased to see the green soldiers and hope they don't change dramatically from what was presented at the show (often, the shows are riddled with prototypes that are subject to changes before release). We also get the little alien guys. What I don't approve of are the odd proportions and sculpted heads for the main characters. We are going to be getting longer arms and legs for some of those minifigs. I have no doubt that they are going to sell a lot of these sets, but for me it's just a reminder of how many AFOLs feared that the classic minifig was going to be replaced by the Jack Stone/ 4 Juniors figs several years ago. Sure, it won't happen this time either, but I'd much rather have these memorable characters as standard minifigs with round heads. Also, if the head gear is removable, there is a chance that it will not be supported by the standard minifig. We won't really know until the sets hit the shelves. Unless a Lego rep already answered that question somwhere.

They also showed the RC car from Toy Story and it appears to represent the character well enough, but it's nothing I'll be running through the store to get. It may be a prototype however, and perhaps we'll see some new parts on the official release.

Oh, the Persian thing has some new animals and hats. Watch out progressive Lego builders, your challenge is at hand!

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