Welcome to another edition of What is..? In this edition, I’m excited to feature and spotlight one of the most exciting new 2015 themes, Elves!
To refresh your memory, What is…? is a semi-regular series that aims to introduce new LEGO themes and sets as they’re about to be released in toy stores. My last What is…? post was about the fantastic LEGO City Arctic theme. By featuring some of the new and exciting new themes on the market, I hope to inspire you to explore and consider new LEGO sets that might traditionally be outside your comfort zone.
Elves is a brilliant new theme to come out of LEGO, blending magic and Friends-type minidolls against a colourful fantasy backdrop. Featuring a colourful cast of mystical characters, Elves is a huge play by LEGO to introduce it’s own original cast of characters and settings that boast rich storytelling potential.
Minidolls are definitely hear to stay and Elves is aimed primarily at young girls. Despite being another “girly” theme that follows in the footsteps of the wildly successful Friends and Disney Princess themes, there is a lot to love about this new theme and I won’t be surprised to hear about young boys and adults being enchanted by the magic of Elves.
The Minidolls were particularly divisive when they made their debut in Friends sets in 2012 – to set the record straight, I quite like Minidolls and think they are particularly well designed and add a lot of diversity to the LEGO universe.
One of my favourite things about the Friends theme was that it allowed LEGO to go wild with a very attractive palette of bright pastel colours – with Elves almost upon us, LEGO turned it up a notch with the introduction of plenty of new and unconventionally coloured elements and parts.
Storytelling is an incredibly important component of The LEGO Group’s ethos and Elves is a huge step towards getting fans emotionally invested in the theme. The premise of Elves is a familiar but simple tale – a teenage girl named Emily Jones accidentally stumbles into a mysterious portal and finds herself spirited away to the magical world of Elvendale.
Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, she encounters a colourful cast of Elvish characters, each with their own distinct personalities and appearances. The four main Elves characters then embark upon a quest to get Emily home. The quest involves visiting unique and magical locales to find 4 missing keys, which presumably holds the secret to opening a portal back to the human world.
LEGO released a cool trailer last week to introduce builders to the magical world of Elves. It’s pretty good, although the animation is pretty choppy. I hope they improve the animation in the upcoming webisodes.
Here’s a quick rundown of the main characters of LEGO’s Elves.
Emily Jones (the girl in the striped top, duh)
Emily Jones is the girl who fell through the portal to Elvendale. She is a smart, quirky and creative girl that dreams about one day returning home to her family.
Azari Firedancer is the fire elf. She is spontaneous, loud and has a fun loving personality that makes her the center of attention.
Naida is the water elf. She is a sensitive daydreamer, but is not afraid to follow her dreams (especially if it involves adventures by sea).
Farran is the earth elf. He is sensible, nurturing and caring, and dreams about the day the other elves will see him as the true leader he really is.
Aira is the wind elf. She is always happy, somewhat hyperactive and quite the problem solver.
Expect to be bombarded by a ton of Elves content in the coming months, as LEGO will release digital content and publications throughout the year. There will also be webisodes, apps and all that other stuff that kids love. I think that it’s going to be a lot of fun.
As an adult LEGO fan, the story and characters don’t do it for me, so the thing I am most excited about is the fantastic array of new brightly coloured LEGO elements and parts. In Azari and the Magical Bakery, there’s even an animal that’s pretty much a Fire Fox.
The global release date for Elves should be 1 March 2015. According to the Australian LEGO catalogue, we should be getting Elves in March too but take that with a grain of salt as it also promised us that we would be getting the new LEGO Movie sets in February…
There will 6 Elves sets in the initial wave, with a 2 more sets, 41077 Aira’s Pegasus Sleigh and 41078 Skyra’s Mysterious Sky Castle slated for a release in the second half of 2015.
There are no Australian prices for the Elves sets but because this is an original LEGO IP (intellectual property), I don’t expect them to be too expensive. Here are the US LEGO.com listings:
- LEGO 41071 Aira’s Creative Workshop – US$9.99
- LEGO 41072 Naida’s Spa Secret – US$19.99
- LEGO 41073 Naida’s Epic Adventure Ship – US$29.99
- LEGO 41074 Azari and the Magical Bakery – US$29.99
- LEGO 41075 The Elves’ Treetop Hideaway – US$49.99
- LEGO 41076 Farran and the Crystal Hollow – US$14.99
I’ll be updating these listings once local pricing details become available.
That concludes this edition of What is LEGO Elves. I’m in no hurry to collect them all, but like the Friends and Disney Princess theme, it’ll be hard to pass up on Elves especially with the irresistible array of colourful and interesting LEGO elements.
What do you think of the LEGO Elves theme? Let me know in the comments if you hate it or love it or if you don’t care at all!
Can’t wait to get my hands on some of these to review them. Hope it won’t be too long!