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LEGO at the 2018 toy fairs news summary

January-February is usually very exciting for LEGO fans; we get the first large wave of new sets, and we also get a chance to see sets coming out later in the year through the various toy fairs. Traditionally, LEGO participates in three major toy fairs; the London Toy Fair at the second part of January, the Nuremberg Toy Fair about a week later, and the New York Toy Fair towards the end of February. There has been a lot of changes this year as far as LEGO’s participation at the toy fairs, so I thought it would be a good idea to discuss them. 🙂

The London Toy Fair took place January 23-25 this year. In the past, LEGO did not allow pictures or videos to be taken, so this event was always a bit weak on news. But still, those who participated could at least give us a verbal description on what they saw at the LEGO booth. This year, LEGO choose not to participate at the event at all, which came as a great surprise to LEGO fans. Interestingly, some LEGO imitators and even intellectual property violators showcased their products.

The German Toy Fair in Nuremberg was held January 31st to February 4th this year. LEGO did participate at this event, although how much could be shared by those who visited the LEGO booth was limited. However, we did learn some interesting news via the channels of Zusammengebout and PromoBricks. Below, I will summarize some of the information they gathered, so we can discuss, and you can also visit their websites directly for more info.

Under the LEGO Architecture line, we will get two new sets, the #21041 LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China, and the #21042 LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty. Also, the #21038 LEGO Architecture Las Vegas set that has been already delayed due to recent tragic events, will be delayed further, and even redesigned to remove and replace the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The LEGO BrickHeadz collection will continue this year with further sets from licensed properties. In addition, there is also going to be a set with generic BrickHeadz pieces that you can use to build a BrickHeadz replica of real people, including yourself. The #41597 LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me set will be available later this year.

LEGO City will introduce an update to the LEGO Power Function system with two new LEGO City trains. The trains themselves are pretty much re-colors of previous trains, but what is really interesting is the new LEGO Power Function elements. It is not clear yet how the trains will be operated, or how the new components will fit with the current LEGO Power Function system, but it appears that bluetooth connection and app control are involved.

The #31084 LEGO Creator Pirates’ Rollercoaster 3-in-1 we briefly discussed before will include a full track of the new rollercoaster elements that were introduced with the #70922 LEGO Batman Movie Joker Manor last year. This is going to be a great set to try out the new rollercoaster system in a non-licensed set and for a cheaper price.

Under the LEGO Friends line, we will get the #41347 LEGO Friends Heartlake City Resort, a pretty big set with an elevated rail.

The LEGO Jurassic World theme is coming back, with a number of new sets related to the upcoming Jurassic World; Fallen Kingdom film. This includes the #75928 LEGO Jurassic World Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit, the #10758 LEGO Jurassic World T. Rex Breakout (this is a set under the LEGO Juniors collection), and even LEGO DUPLO gets a Jurassic World set with the #10880 LEGO DUPLO T. Rex Tower.

The #70657 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City Port is going to be compatible with the already available #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set. This is very exciting news for those who love the intricately detailed Ninjago City, built very much in the style of the LEGO Creator Modular Buildings line. I’m also guessing that the #70618 LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty is going to be a good match as well.

LEGO Nexo Knights is getting discontinued this year, so we won’t be getting any more new sets. We can also expect that previous sets will be on sale, so if you liked the series and you would like to get some of the sets, keep an eye on discounts at various retailers and from the Online LEGO Shop.

LEGO seems to favor revealing LEGO Technic sets at the toy fairs. This year, we are going to get the #42080 LEGO Technic Forest Harvester, the #42081 LEGO Technic Volvo Autonomous Loader, the #42082 LEGO Technic Rough Terrain Crane (which is reported to become the largest LEGO Technic set to date with over 4,000 pieces – that’s even larger than the enormous #42055 LEGO Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator released in 2016!), and the #42083 LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (another huge set with close to 4,000 pieces!). There are no pictures of these sets yet, but LEGO did release a teaser-video of the Bugatti (watch below).

Unikitty already got her own animated show on Cartoon Network, and we will be getting a series of collectible Unikitty figures in blind bags later this summer. In addition, there are also going to be five regular sets.

The New York Toy Fair will take place February 17-20 this year. During this event, LEGO is usually less restrictive about pictures and videos, and we usually get some great info about sets released later in the year. However, this year LEGO already stated they will not display any products launching in the second half of the year. This is another great disappointment for LEGO fans who were looking forward to plan their LEGO budget based on any new information.

While it is unlikely we will get any details on these from the toy fairs, I would add here a couple of other notable themes that we can look forward to this year. There will be at least five sets coming at the end of April related to upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. And there will also be at least five sets in the resurrected LEGO Harry Potter line; three for Harry Potter, and two for Fantastic Beasts. And we will also get a collection of LEGO Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures.

And that rounds up what we know from the toy fairs so far. It’s disappointing that LEGO significantly reduced its presence and the type of information they release, but these shows are mostly for large toy retailers and not for hobbyist or the general media. So, we will just have to wait patiently for further details and pictures on the upcoming releases.

What do you think about the information released at the toy fairs so far? Which LEGO set or theme are you looking forward to the most? Is there any other interesting information that you found about the upcoming sets? Feel free to share your thought and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • brickmaster February 5, 2018, 10:11 AM

    I think they should just cancel the Vegas set for now instead of keep delaying it. It’s just too much risk for bad publicity. There are so many other cities they can work on.

    I’m very interested to hear more about the new PF system and the Brickheadz Brick Me set. Also, the Ninjago City Port. I hope the new PF system is not going to be fully app based like Boost for simple functions like operating a train.

    • Professor Bunny February 5, 2018, 11:01 AM

      I hope the trains aren’t app-only too. If they are, you could probably (hopefully) modify them to use the existing PF system. In that case, though, you’d have to buy the parts in advance or from something like Bricklink, since a new PF system will probably mean the current one gets discontinued.

      • admin February 5, 2018, 12:06 PM

        LEGO usually incorporates a couple of years of transition period from an old system to a new system. There are some interesting discussions at Eurobricks about what this could mean for the new PF system.

        There might be some adaptors between old and new parts. And there could be a separate Bluetooth receiver similar to the current IR receiver that would allow Bluetooth control of the old system. Later, the Bluetooth receiver will likely get added into the battery box. Or something like that.

        I can tell you that a lot of people are nervous about the whole thing. I also just checked, and many of the current PF system parts are either completely out of stock or backordered.

    • admin February 5, 2018, 12:17 PM

      Yes, the Vegas set is under a curse. It may be best to replace it with something less controversial. Nice set though.

      I was reading somewhere (can’t remember where) that the BrickHeadz customizer set should be including enough parts to make two custom BrickHeadz. Definitely sounds interesting. I’m also looking forward to the Ninjago City Port. It should be a great addition to the Ninjago City set.

      Boost is definitely getting some negative feedback because of it’s heavy dependence on the app. You can’t even do anything with the parts without first downloading the app. I also hope that the PF system won’t go that way.

  • Tito February 5, 2018, 10:14 AM

    Are the Solo sets going to be revealed soon? The first teaser trailer just came out and the sets should be available in April. I see some great potential for good sets just from the trailer.

    • admin February 5, 2018, 12:11 PM

      There are already some preliminary images of the sets that you can find. No word on when they will announced, but we should be getting more information shortly. My guess is that perhaps they will be on display at the New York Toy Fair, but I’m not sure.

  • FrenchToast February 5, 2018, 10:31 AM

    So looking forward to the new HP sets! Any pictures yet?

    • admin February 5, 2018, 12:09 PM

      No pictures of the new HP sets yet. Only some set numbers and names.

  • waverider February 5, 2018, 10:37 AM

    The size and (most likely price) of those Technic sets are insane! Even bigger than the mining excavator??? That’s crazy!!! I’m nervous about PF 2.0. I hope it will be compatible with the current system. Maybe they will demonstrate it at the New York toy fair?

    • admin February 5, 2018, 12:09 PM

      I don’t know about the City trains, but as far as I know, the Technic sets will be displayed at the New York Toy Fair. As at least a couple of them appear to include the new PF system, we should get a better understanding about how it works. Lots of people are nervous right now about this whole thing, but LEGO is trying to make all of their motorized systems compatible, which is a good thing.

  • Sith015 February 5, 2018, 10:51 AM

    Too bad chima is discontinued! It was a fun series, and the story was great too. Will we get regular castle sets now? We haven’t had those for years!!!

    • admin February 5, 2018, 12:07 PM

      My guess is that with Harry Potter coming out this year, we won’t get any standard LEGO Castle sets anytime soon.

    • Håkan February 5, 2018, 2:13 PM

      Are you referring to Nexo Knights? I believe Chima was discontinued years ago.

      There would probably also be lot of castle-compatible parts in Harry Potter, although the theme tends to follow its own tan/sand green color scheme.

      • Sith015 February 5, 2018, 8:54 PM

        Yes, sorry nexo knights. Sorry, I always mix up the names.

  • Legostuff71 February 5, 2018, 11:36 AM

    So, I guess this means , I Should start getting the NEXOKNIGHTS sets now and think about the other sets some other time ? or Do I at least have most of the year to get NEXOKNIGHTS sets ? Sad to see it go but , hoping something better comes out next year.

    • admin February 5, 2018, 11:59 AM

      You might want to wait a bit, but not too long. Nexo Knights should be on sale as stores try to clear shelves of the last stock. I’m guessing the heaviest sales will be right before the summer sets get released.

  • DavidH February 5, 2018, 11:54 AM

    Admin, do you know if any of the new Technic sets are motorized? Will they also include the new PF system?

    • admin February 5, 2018, 11:57 AM

      #42080 and #42082 definitely comes with Power Functions. I assume both will use the new PF system, but I’m not 100% sure. The new Technic sets should be fully revealed at the New York Toy Fair at the end of the month, so we don’t have that much longer to wait. 🙂

  • SPMom February 5, 2018, 12:48 PM

    Questions about the Unikitty collectible sets. Are they going to be other characters from the TV show, or different versions of Unikitty like we got Angry Kitty, and Asro Kitty, and Business Kitty in the past?

    • admin February 5, 2018, 9:11 PM

      Not sure. It could be either way, and it was not clarified at the toy far as far as I know. We will just have to wait and see. I think either way would be fun! There is never enough Unikitty characters! 😀

  • Legostuff71 February 5, 2018, 5:26 PM

    It’s so funny/ maybe a little Frustrating. When you think you know what pattern of spending you think you want to do , and then you find out that things like Harry Potter sets are coming out again . Throws a bit of a monkey rench in the gears of planning . Then again , the sets can be very expensive. So, never mind . I now have an idea what is coming out so now I can put some money aside for things. The circle of life in the collecting world. Lol.

    • admin February 5, 2018, 9:14 PM

      Yeah, this is the reason many LEGO fans look for preliminary information. It really helps with planning for the year. Harry Potter is going to be big this year, so is Jurassic World, and Star Wars. And of course there are also the other regular sets, and the exclusives we haven’t even heard about yet. So yeah, looks like another good year for LEGO… not so good for our wallets. 🙄

  • Legostuff71 February 5, 2018, 9:46 PM

    Jurassic world and Harry Potter is a definite must. The only thing I want from Star Wars ,well there’s a rumer that Yoda’s hutt is coming out . So, if it’s true then that’s a definite purchase. The new city sets (depending on what they are) I’ll take by a set by theme basis. So there’s my plan and it will probably change from time to time. Lol! NEXO knights is up in the air and the New Marvel sets are to ( I do at least want to get one of the Black Panther sets).

  • Legostuff71 February 6, 2018, 8:26 AM

    Thanks for the correction. After all it’s not called Yoda the Hutt . Lol.

    • admin February 6, 2018, 4:46 PM

      That was a very funny typo. It made me laugh! 😀

  • Legostuff71 February 6, 2018, 5:27 PM

    What’s even Funnier is Yoda’s ears and face on a Hutt. Lol.

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