What a year it has been for LEGO. As the year comes towards its end, I’d love to review some of the biggest trends, news pieces and in my opinion, the Winners and Losers of LEGO in 2017.
I’ll still be writing a usual Year in Review Retrospective piece, so this will be a little more candid take on LEGO in 2017. As with every year, there are always winners and losers in LEGO, so let’s take a look at the year in brief and the inaugural Winners & Losers list of 2017!
LOSER: LEGO RESELLERS
LEGO pretty much decimated the resale market this year with the re-issue of not one, not two, but THREE “blue chip” sets renowned for their outrageously high prices on the secondary market. With the UCS Snowspeeder, surprise re-release of the Taj Mahal and the poster child of “Most expensive LEGO set articles”, the UCS Millennium Falcon, LEGO ruined the hopes of resellers who have been holding on to these sets with the hopes of flipping them for crazy profits.
The final nail in the coffin was the fact that the UCS Snowspeeder and Millennium Falcon were vastly superior versions when compared to the originals. The popularity (and demand by fans!) of the UCS Millennium Falcon cannot be overstated, given that it’s still on backorder, 3 months after it was released.
Outside of the big re-releases and updates of old favourites, LEGO are also ruining the livelihoods of resellers further by delaying the retirement of Creator Expert sets like the Volkswagen T1 Campervan, Tower Bridge and Palace Cinema which have been out since 2011, 2010 and 2013 respectively.
All in all, great news for LEGO fans who have missed out on prized LEGO sets, or need more time to save up for that big purchase.
WINNER: NINJAGO FANS
2017 was a bumper year for LEGO Ninjago, thanks to the plethora of brilliant LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and regular Ninjago sets peppered throughout the year. We saw some of the most innovative LEGO designs thanks to the Ninjago Movie theme with awesome mechs AND what is easily one of the most impressive sets released in modern history – 70620 Ninjago City, a gargantuan mash-up of a pseudo modular building, neo-Tokyo aesthetics and all that flavour from the Ninjago universe.
While the movie could’ve been better (see my review), we can at least be thankful for one of the most consistently impressive LEGO themes ever.
LOSER: VILLAGE ROADSHOW (AND WARNER BROS)
In case you forgot, Village Roadshow, the Australian distributor of the LEGO Batman Movie and all-around toolbags decided to release the movie in Australian cinemas 48 days AFTER the US premiere date. Dumb move right?
What happens when you piss off local Australian LEGO fans? You get a coordinated movement from Australia and New Zealand’s leading LEGO communities and influencers, which I was proud to be a part of, letting everyone know about Village’s shit decision. While we can’t ultimately claim total responsibility for the movie
flopping underperforming in Australia, I believe we made a big enough dent.
I myself boycotted the movie in Australian cinemas and was personally glad to have not contributed to the paltry box office takings. Serves Village Roadshow right for their stupid decision to delay theatrical releases for no good reason.
Unfortunately, it was a poor year for both the LEGO Batman Movie and Ninjago Movie which Warner Bros and The LEGO Group probably didn’t foresee. They had probably hoped for both movies to recapture the imagination of audiences like The LEGO Movie, but ultimately, a poorly written story and possibly LEGO Movie fatigue from 2 movies in a year probably contributed to the underperformance at the box office.
Remember LEGO Brickheadz? LEGO’s big new “original” offering for 2017? Apart from it being an obvious play to take away some market share from the popular Funko Pop bobbleheads, I feel that the Brickheadz theme has failed to capture the imagination of new and existing fans in the way that The LEGO Group would’ve hoped.
To be fair, when they were announced, I flocked to the theme and actually liked them, but thanks to a series of questionable decisions from LEGO, the theme didn’t really take off. What questionable decisions?
For one, a release schedule that didn’t really sustain any excitement in the theme. Brickheadz debuted as 4 Comic Con exclusives (Superman & Wonder Woman, Batman & Joker, Iron Man & Captain America and Dr Strange & Black Panther), before getting the general release where we got 4 Marvel and 4 LEGO Batman Movie characters in March 2017. April then saw us get the Pirates of the Caribbean ones, and May brought us Beauty & The Beast. Then we had an absence until September where we got 2 LEGO Ninjago Movie Brickheadz and November where we got 2 The Last Jedi sets.
As a fan, a massive gap just doesn’t really sustain long-term interest in the theme. What LEGO should’ve done is stagger the releases to release two of them every month which would keep fans excited.
The biggest blunder in my opinion is the shocking and mind-boggling fact that a whopping 14 out of 30 Brickheadz released so far are Comic Con exclusives. I’ve written lengthily this year about why Comic Con exclusives are a stupid idea and should be discontinued. When nearly HALF of your newest theme is only available for purchase at North American Comic Con Events in tiny numbers, you have to really question how much LEGO actually cares about the success and sustainability of the theme.
Who’s bright idea was it to gate half your new theme (and one of the best designs) behind Comic Cons? I had high hopes to collect all the Brickheadz, but knowing that I had to pay out my nose to get all the Comic Con ones to get a “complete” collection totally turned me off the theme and I haven’t bought a single one since Belle & Beast.
WINNER: LEGO IDEAS
Seriously, hats off to the ENTIRE LEGO Ideas team for smashing it this year. Not only were they responsible for launching what is arguably THE best set of 2017, the Saturn V, they also had their hands in Old Fishing Store and the Women of NASA, which delighted both Adult LEGO fans and the general public.
They knocked it out of the park in terms of their marketing, greenlighting decisions (woohoo, LEGO Voltron!) and relative speed in getting LEGO sets to the hands of fans this year. Add on the fact that they’ve continued the excellent tradition of having only printed elements (as opposed to stickers) in LEGO Ideas sets, it’s hard to argue that The LEGO Ideas team is the brightest division in the entire LEGO Group.
While not every set has and will be a commercial success, the LEGO Ideas team have shown themselves to be the (possibly unintentional) flag-bearers of ingenuity and innovation in Billund.
LOSER: LEGO DIMENSIONS
Allow me to pour one out for LEGO Dimensions which was unceremoniously killed off in a tweet (of all things). Like Brickheadz, LEGO Dimensions was “inspired” by the toys-to-life craze driven by the likes of Nintendo’s Amiibo (still going strong), Skylanders (still going strong) and Disney Infinity (also dead).
LEGO, keen to get a slice of the lucrative pie joined in with an army of pop culture licenses and minifigures which gave LEGO fans the most unlikely characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mr. T, Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible, Adventure Time, Portal, Gremlins and so many others.
Fuelled by a predominantly large contingent of 80s nostalgic licenses, the video game component was relatively well-received by fans but ultimately hobbled by the extremely high prices that the Fun, Level and Team Packs commanded. Towards the end of LEGO Dimensions, the prices of these packs plummeted to more manageable levels but it was too late by then.
I think LEGO got the pricing of the packs so wrong as they were too cost prohibitive, both for fans with the game that wanted to unlock new levels/characters as well as non-gamer LEGO fans like myself who just wanted the minifigs. For what it’s worth, I hope we see LEGO retaining the licenses and giving us proper sets to go along with the characters that we were introduced to.
WINNER: DIVERSITY IN LEGO
This has been a pretty great year for increasing diversity in LEGO. Stung by media attention in previous years that LEGO was skewed too much towards boys, LEGO has taken slow but significant steps in improving the diversity of its sets.
This year to commemorate International Women’s Day, I examined and was pleased to plenty of progress being made with female representation in City, one of LEGO’s core themes, although licensed themes like Star Wars and Super Heroes still have some way to go.
Sets like Women of NASA further solidified LEGO’s push to champion gender equality by recognising the greats that helped push science and humanity forward. Next year, we have updated LEGO Friends characters to look forward to incorporate more diverse skin colours and ethnicities which is yet another big win.
LOSER: JAY’S BRICK BLOG
My unintended hiatus late this year aside, I felt like I let down most of my readers this year in terms of how much I’ve been able to post. This is in spite of having my best year ever. By nature, I’m pretty hard on myself and expect nothing but the best, so humour me.
I also felt like I haven’t been receiving enough support from LEGO for being a Recognised LEGO Fan Media. My last official set that I got from LEGO to review was the Sydney Skyline, a far cry from 2016 when I received most major releases, including the Disney Minifigures Series and Technic Porsche 911 GT3-RS.
I chalk it up to changes within the support program this year, which meant only “large” and “more established” LEGO sites received support. That, and I don’t think the decision makers within LEGO think very highly of my blog/reviews despite the quality of my reviews being (in my humble opinion) at their best this year. I also pull in (in my humble opinion) a tremendous amount of traffic and engagement on reviews, where I punch way above my weight as a “small indie” LEGO blog.
Also, search for “lego reviews” to see who Google (or Bing) thinks is the top dog when it comes to written reviews. And yes, I am super salty about this. Take that for data.
LOSER: INNOVATION AT LEGO
It’s ironic that for a toy that embodies creativity, 2017 has made me question if innovation is truly dying at LEGO HQ. Ask yourself, outside of Ninjago City, LEGO Ideas and maybe LEGO Boost (which itself, is a dumbed down Mindstorms), what has LEGO done this year that was truly innovative and wowed you? LEGO can’t even claim full credit for LEGO Ideas sets as they’re based on fan submissions.
To an outside observer, it’s quite alarming when the biggest LEGO headlines of the year have been dominated by the re-issued LEGO sets *cough* UCS Falcon *cough*.
Nexo Knights, for all that its panned for (by adult fans) at least tries to push the envelope when it comes to designs and storytelling and I can respect the huge risk that LEGO took with the theme, and for sticking it out.
Ask yourself? What was the most interesting thing about LEGO this year? Any guesses? It wasn’t even something created by LEGO. Remember those silly LEGO tape Nimuno Loops? That took the internet by storm, and you probably would’ve been tagged a hundred times on Facebook by well-meaning friends and family.
When that went viral, I bet you a UCS Falcon that LEGO were kicking themselves for not coming up with the concept so they could monetise it till the cows come home.
2018 and 2019 are going to be make or break years for LEGO, and if they can’t innovate, they’ll likely stagnate and/or decline very, very quickly. And no, launching a kids-only “social network” does not count as innovation. Hot take, LEGO Life gets shut down by the end of 2018.
LOSER: DC SUPER HERO GIRLS FANS
Sadly, the theme is getting cancelled next year and we won’t see any more new LEGO DC Super Hero Girls sets in 2018. It doesn’t really surprise me that the theme didn’t do well enough to make it to the second year. For what it’s worth, I know I’m probably a minority but I enjoyed the theme – I like the Friends minidoll aesthetic and I like DC Comics characters, so all in all, it was a pretty good combination for me.
WINNER: FRIENDS & ELVES
Yet another brilliant year for Friends and Elves with inspired designs all while maintaining their relatively low price points. Unlike LEGO City which has been stagnant for years, Friends continues to push the envelope and has truly come to its own as heir apparent of the LEGO Town theme. 2017 was marked with excellent sets such as Heartlake Hospital, Ski Resort sets and even a luxury Catamaran.
If that’s not proof that the quality of life in Heartlake City is leaps and bounds beyond crime-infested LEGO City, I don’t know what is.
LOSER: LEGO COLLECTIBLE MINIFIGURE FANS
2016 was always going to be a tough year to top, but 2017 really fell short. Price increases around the world aside, I felt like this was a pretty poor year for LEGO Minifigure fans. Series 17 was a solid showing, as you can expect from the core numbered series, but I felt like LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO Ninjago Movie weren’t particularly strong additions, even though they had some stellar minifigures in them.
I’m not a fan of the 20-minifigure set format, which is way too many to collect in one go, and coupled with increased prices this year, it just felt like a cash grab from LEGO.
I hope 2018 gives us a much better selection of LEGO Minifigures. Batman Movie Series 2 already looks leaps and bounds stronger than the first and there are also rumours of a Harry Potter Minifigure series in the works too. That said, my most anticipated release is Series 18.
Next year being a World Cup year, I also hope that LEGO have something in the works to commemorate the event, similar to what they did with the German National Team series and Team GB. I’m salivating over a series featuring top players from each country in their respective jerseys.
LOSER: TRAIN FANS
Lastly, train fans seemed to have lost out this year. As far back as I can remember, LEGO has released some sort of train or locomotive every year. 2017 seems to be the first year in recent times where we didn’t get one. I was actually holding out till the end and expected LEGO to surprise everyone with an old-style locomotive ala Emerald Night, but that obviously didn’t happen.
I feel like it’s kind of odd that LEGO would break the streak. My theory is that they had a train to launch, but that was shelved till next year in favour of the Taj Mahal.
So that’s it for my Winners & Losers list of 2017! Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on my list, as well as what your own Winners and Losers in LEGO are this year.
DC Superhero Girls got me interested in Lego. I tried finding other sets that interest me now, but it seems that my Lego interest dies with what created it. Poetic but sad.
Ah bummer. I really liked the minidolls, but I think LEGO overestimated demand from young girls wanting super hero-themed sets.
Raspberry Milkshake says
Really? I do still quite like brickheadz, but maybe that’s because I make my own customs.
Yeah, customs are where Brickheadz really shine. I’m really surprised that LEGO hasn’t realised this and released a “blank template” or “Brickheadz starter pack” to help builders create their own customs.
Ridiculous 50% increase in minifigures is the Biggest Disappointment in 2017… naturally for a collector like, there’s no other choice but to buy even when it hurts (financially)… but what to do my friend? I’m a collector…
Aren’t we all. It’s painful, but so is the pain of missing out!
Great write up Jay!
Im new to your blog but loving the content so far!
I think Dimemsions was inevitable. It was overpriced and toys to life gaming has been declining rapidly for about two years (Disney Infinity jumped out just before the bubble burst).
Great to see Nexo Knights acknowledged for its innovation. I feel i may possibly be the only Nexo AFOL, but to me its been a great line with quite a few very handy elements coming from the theme. Loving the 2018 sets and hoping the theme stays around for a long time!
Quite a few losers that deserved it imo, especially Brickheadz which may one day claim the tag of the worst LEGO theme in history and your own personal hate, Village Roadshows. The LEGO Batman Movie itself was not great and I think word of mouth on this got around in the 2.5months before showing in Oz and this played a huge part. Personally I’m sick of seeing these sets still fully stocked on sheleves. Not sure if they’re not selling due to the outrageous price hike or they expected to sell so many sets they over supplied. Either way hoping 2018 will see the back of these.
personal winners for me were few and far between. No UCS Falcon due to coming up $1300 short, but I do aim to pick that up this year. The Ole Fishing Store was the big one for me and didn’t disappoint on any level. Also picked up the Lego boost set for my boy and he loves it so having this down as a winner too. Other than that meh………
Happy New Year Jay and to all your readers.
I doubt it’ll be anywhere near as bad as Galidor, haha.
I’m just waiting on some good clearance sales for all the sets sitting on shelves. I need to catch up on LEGO Ninjago Movie. Hopefully the UCS Falcon stock issues will be sorted out this year! I’m waiting on the Fishing Store to get to Myer so I can pick it up using gift cards/on sale.
Happy New Year to you too!
Raspberry Milkshake says
YOU DARE INSULT THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE!
It wasn’t a patch on The LEGO movie, same with the Lego Ninjago movie. I enjoyed them both..just but I don’t think the effort was there. Seems like they just thought they needed to mention LEGO and it would be top of the Box Office!
Jay, don’t worry too much about the whole “Jay’s Brick Blog Fail” thing. My blog, http://thelegogeek.wordpress.com, was a worse flop than yours.
I’m just naturally harsh on myself 🙂
Oops, completely forgot to add to my previous post how much I loved the Saturn IV, after the Porsche this was my 2nd favourite build of the year. Hoping the Shuttle and NASA launch pad Ideas projects get the green light as they should be awesome.
LEGO should just come up with a full-blown Space/NASA theme again. Give me a UCS-scale ISS and I’ll be right there on day 1 with my credit card.
Not sure why you completely ignored the Technic sets Jay but for me it was an average year apart from the stellar 911. I think Lego need to give us more kits like this which are a real challenge – expecting the Mack truck to dominate in 2018. I was so disappointed in some of the reviews of the kits I ended up buying a few Lepin knockoffs (yes, I’m ashamed). I did buy the Lego BMW R1200 (x2) as I’m a motorcyclist and the Klaas Xerion 5000 and the Porsche and enjoyed them all but others like the six wheeled tow truck were underwhelming. (I got a Lepin version which had missing parts so it probably served me right but ot was definitely NOT worth $399!)
I am only interested in the Technic and advanced creator sets myself (loved the Mini and the Caterham 7!) but I would like to see Lego Group do more official versions of vehicles like the Porsche and Mack truck and other classic cars.
Anyway, just my 2c – great blog as always, thanks for your work.
Ah, I’m not a big Technic fan, and don’t know much about the theme, so it’s hard to weigh in when your knowledge is lacking in the space. 911 was from 2016, though! The only Technic set that caught my attention was the RC Tracked Racer.
How does knock-off Technic work anyway? I’d assume that for a theme that has a ton of precise parts that the quality wouldn’t hold up especially well.
Didn’t know the DC Super Hero Girls were being axed. That sucks.
Yeah, there were apparently 3 sets that were due to be released in 2018, one of which contained Star Fire. But the absence from the 2018 lineup of sets, and all the sets being wiped out from the European, Australian and British online store doesn’t really bode well for the theme.
you did not fail jay, you’re amazing
also my winner was the old lego fishing store
loser was any expensive set that I cry about not having:(
Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m just naturally really hard on myself!
We can both cry together about sets that are out of reach!
My top sets for 2017 are the UCS Falcon (even though I have yet to receive the set), Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty, the UCS Snowspeeder, the Jungle Exploration Site (the main city theme is rather blah but I love the yearly exploration side themes, except for the volcano one), and the Saturn IV. I’m also excited for a chance to purchase the Taj Mahal which I missed when it was originally out.
LEGO need to slow down, those are all on my list too, except maybe the Falcon as I can’t afford it, but I’m so behind on the sets that I want, heh.
A lack of an original constraction/CCBS theme was a little disappointing.
Lord knows, we’re not getting one of THOSE for a while.
As for the BrickHeadz, to pass the time, I just made my own, as did a bunch of others. But, yeah, that many Comic-Con sets is very… I can’t print this word because this is a family-friendly site. 😉
Since LEGO has the licenses still for all the Dimensions packs, they can technically make sets.
Where’s my Portal set? Where’s my Sonic set? Hmmmmmm?
Here’s to 2018! Let’s hope we get some good ones.
Probably not. RIP Bionicle.
I’m boggled that LEGO hasn’t released a Brickheadz customisation or starter pack to allow people to create their own. All we need are blank plates and tiles, some eyes and you’re off creating your own characters. Yet another wasted opportunity.
Here’s to 2018 too! Happy New Year!
If this is a family friendly site, why did Jay swear in this post…?
I had another word in mind, heh heh!
I try to avoid swearing as much as possible, but sometimes, I really want to convey a point and salty words are really useful in those situations. Sorry if it caused any offence!
This is a very good piece of review for 2017. At the moment I saw the email from Lego that they are releasing the new Taj Mahal set, I spoke to myself: good luck to those resellers…
I’ve been casually following the prices on LEGO sales groups, and resellers are definitely taking a hit on margins. I found it especially funny that people were still trying to hawk first series UCS Falcons for thousands.
David Kessel says
I have avoided the re-sellers and just as well, since the Taj has been released again. That was the only interesting set I had missed when it came out. I have to agree on most of your thoughts. Ninjago City is a great design. The new entries n the ‘Creator’ series also look good as do the ships and the cars. I have all of the others and am running out of room for more.
I just pulled the trigger on Ninjago City, so I can’t wait to feature it!
Running out of room is the ultimate struggle of any LEGO fan.
Thanks for posting this awesome article.
My Top 5 best sets of 2017:
1. USC Millenium Falcon (I do not own, yet)
2. Apollo Saturn IV (virtually flawless in all aspects)
3. Ninjago City (great price for a pseudo-modular that’s cool as get out)
4. Star Wars Resistance Troop Bomber (my favorite vehicle from the film and the play features and VA Holdo of course. Too bad she doesn’t come with a gray slope dress piece)
5. Old Fishing Store (beautiful through and through)
Can’t argue with that list, although I am in agreement with you about the Resistance Troop Bomber. Didn’t really care about the set (or Holdo) before the movie, but I’d very much like to buy the set now.
I think Star Wars was a big loser this year. There were a few good sets, but the overwhelming majority of the theme was garbage, and overpriced even by Lego standards, peaking at the heavy scout walker, possibly the ugliest lego set ever released, and it wasn’t even in the film (not that TLG could’ve known that)
“Next year being a World Cup year, I also hope that LEGO have something in the works to commemorate the event”
Lets, err, lets not repeat that disaster. Nearly as bad as comic con exclusives IMO
I guess it’s a LEGO tradition to produce a set that got cut from the film. Remember the First Order Snowspeeder?
Well the world cup being the world cup… you’d hopefully think that they’d release it worldwide. Wishful thinking from me anyway, I really doubt it’ll happen!
Destinys Bounty was for mind the most unexpected, innovative and outstanding set this year that I bought.
I’m not a Ninjago fan , but DB, the Ninjago city set which I’m yet to purchase are great follow ups to the temple of airjitsu.
Movie kids and I were a bit “meh” about.
Either Big Dub finally got their purchasing right or didn’t order enough of the Ninjago movie sets, because when compared to Star Wars and the Batman movie, the Ninjago sets don’t hang around on the shelves.
The bus and bus station was pretty good at 20% off.
I’ve picked up a few doctor who fun packs, for the cyber men and Daleks. No interest in the game itself.
My daughter just loves the elves and friends sets. She especially liked the Moana set with Maui and the outrigger canoe.
And my son liked the Star Wars buildable figures, from rogue one.
From our families perspective 2017 was a strong year. And we are looking forward to 2018, boba fett and death Vader buildables. The city forest logging tractor and westpac rescue helicopter.
I just took the plunge on Ninjago City today. Can’t wait!
Funny you mentioned that about Big W. For most of the other big chains, there seems to be so many leftover sets on shelves.
Good to hear that your family enjoyed 2017! I have really high hopes for 2018. Lmao about the Westpac Rescue helicopter. I cannot unsee it now.
Great roundup! And yours is definitely the top Lego blog to me.
I especially agree with your thoughts on Elves, my younger sister and I have been loving the stuff coming out from there. If only they’d rotate which characters go into the smaller sets more!
A Voltron set is news as well, and quite cool. Netflix did a relaunch of the series not too long ago (with NZ-er Rhys Darby), so there’ll probably be a few modern fans keen for the set as well.
Thanks so much for saying that, Caleb! Means so much to me!
Rhys Darby is a national treasure! Almost on the same level as Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. Really looking forward to the Voltron set and yes, the Netflix series has been done marvellously.
Great review Jay! And one last chance to stick the boot into Village-Roadshow ? As for the need for LEGO to innovate, it’s a tricky one. The usual suspects still seem to be the big sellers; City, Star Wars, Friends. As you pointed out the DC Super Hero girl line failed, as did dimensions. With the recent trend to re-release sets and the strong rumour that a previous big license will be returning in 2018 it seems they are trying to steady the ship rather than innovate. One of their biggest threats is the attack of the clones, as I’m sure their IP protection budget would attest. The re-release or re-design of iconic sets seems to be an attempt to combat this. Although at this stage it still seems far easier to get a Lepin UCS Falcon than a genuine LEGO one ? They definitely need to innovate in this regard; the botched release of 75192 has to be one of the biggest losers of 2017. Misreading demand is one thing but misinformation and lack of communication with the LEGO community about future stock availability and the mythical Black VIP card (I’m still waiting) was an epic public relations fail. Happy New Year Jay! Here’s to a awesome year in LEGO ?
Ha! Black VIP card. I have emailed Lego 3 times asking what has happened to mine and if they sent it.
Each time they reply back saying I should get it in a few weeks.
I actually even forgot about it until your comment reminded me.
I hear you Greg, I got the same line. I was told to give it till the end of Dec then call again. I suspect customer support have no idea and are treading water. I was told they were coming from Germany, like it’s a different planet.
My Star Wars VIP Card arrived today…. finally
Great review! Although I haven’t bought any of this year’s USC re-releases it’s great to see that people can now buy them without paying crazy prices from flippers. Sad that Lego Dimensions has finished, but they totally outpriced themselves on it, we have almost a full collection but 99% of it bought on clearance (and that Lego website price glitch with the Sonic, Adventure Time etc). I had a browse on Lego’s website for new 2018 sets and I’m pleasantly surprised especially with some of the ne Creator sets. Looking forward to the Elves turtle that I’ve seen photos of too. Our fave set for this year would be Saturn V. I’m hoping there are plans for a second series of Disney minifigs.
Have you checked out the EB Games clearance for LEGO Dimensions? Some really great deals to be had there!
Amen to Series 2 of Disney, although I don’t think that will happen in 2018. Maybe 2019?
I think you’ve pretty much nailed it on the head with this review. The 20 minifigure set format is annoying, but I liked the batman and ninjago themes, I just think they leave the good minifigures for the expensive sets so the minifigure series ends up with obscure and sideline type characters (but I guess that’s always been the point).
If something happens on the Harry Potter front next year I think 2018 will be a big one for Lego. Both my kids love HP but were too young when the last round of sets came out so i never bought any and now they’re astronomical on eBay!
It’s been a shame you haven’t posted much this year but it’s been a big one for you. If I’m honest when you mentioned your baby had arrived (which is great news!) I assumed your posts would slow down because of how demanding on time babies are. Dont worry, I for one will take a sporadic review when I can take it! 🙂
If for 2018 you continue with your minifigure reviews and winter village reviews I’ll be happy. All the best for 2018!
Agreed wholeheartedly Thomas!
Jay, you certainly have not failed, still the best lego blogger out there. And if you can keep up reviews for Winter village, Minifigs and anything Harry Potter related I’ll be a happy chappy. But if you’re too busy I will go and build a lego bridge and get over it! Enjoy your family and Happy New Year!
Leaving good minifigures for expensive sets is literally LEGO’s business model for licensed themes, haha. I think obscure character can be done well, but there needs to be a fine balance. LEGO could’ve easily kept it to a 16 or 18-character set, but I guess they know that most fans will buy a complete set anyway, so they work out selling more.
The rumour mill is definitely churning hard with Harry Potter, so I wouldn’t mind. I only have a few sets and I’d love more!
Haha, actually the baby has been the least of my worries. My hiatus was mostly because I didn’t want to sacrifice precious family time with blogging, and to be honest, they’ve suffered a little from me being stressed at work too. I really appreciate your support and for the uplifting words. I have a good feeling about 2018 and am a lot more motivated and driven to ensure that I build on 2017 🙂
I am glad has been re-releasing sets. The Millennium Falcon was fantastic.
Lego should listen to the fans and give them what they want because that is how you make money.
I’d rather see money going to Lego than to re-sellers.
I hope that Lego Ideas keeps growing as the Saturn V was another amazing build.
Yup, re-releases are awesome! With LEGO doing so much to feed the AFOL-machine, I’m surprised they haven’t resurrected the Legends line as a theme.
Don’t forget Technic series, 2017 was a real let down for this series but thankfullly 2018 is looking up
Ah, I don’t really collect or follow Technic, but you’re probably right. Bit weird given that last year was the 40th anniversary? 2016 was a cracking year with the 911 GT3 RS.