Toy Fair 2015: Lego Brings Marvel, Scooby-Doo and DC to Brick City
If you're looking for a diverse line of toys that not only spans a variety of licenses and genres, but also puts your brain to the test, Lego's Toy Fair 2015 offerings might be of interest to you. From Marvel and DC to Scooby-Doo and Star Wars, this year's line-up offers incredible do-it-yourself creations for fans of all ages, even those meddling kids.
The three biggest eye-catchers at Lego's display this year belonged to Disney. Both the Slave I and TIE Fighter Ultimate Collector Series sets were unveiled in their completed forms for the first time. Slave I is a nice piece, with plenty of moving parts and a few figures to keep it interesting. Boba Fett fans will be happy for sure, but for those of you who might feel the iconic character is a bit overplayed, the incredibly detailed TIE Fighter might be more up your alley. It's a massive set, and one that could certainly be the centerpiece of your collection. It comes with just one TIE Fighter pilot figure, but the detailing and intricacies of the build more than make up for the lack of figures.
We've all seen the early production images of the SHIELD Helicarrier, but actually seeing it in person had our hearts aflutter. It also gave us a bit of anxiety because it's such a gigantic piece with loads of moving parts, and just thinking about possibly missing a piece and causing the whole thing to be out of whack made us want to curl into a ball in the corner. All that aside, the wait for the Helicarrier will have been worth it. Taking in every angle, you can see just how artfully crafted the piece is, and though it will probably take an incredible amount of after-work effort, the final product's a beast you will enjoy looking at for a long time.
Elsewhere, the Marvel Super Heroes line was looking strong. We got our first look at the actual Avengers: Age of Ultron sets in person, and they look solid. There were a few new pieces on display as well. Ant-Man will be getting a bite-sized set, and there's a new Spider-Man set planned focused on the Rhino and Sandman. The biggest surprise was the Ultimate Spider-Man set. Miles Morales is a big part of Marvel's licensing plans based on things we've seen at Lego and elsewhere at Toy Fair, and this small, affordable set will be great for all fans.
DC Super Heroes got some great announcements as well, including a majorly huge Jokerland set. Not only will there be a Batman, Robin and Batmobile, but you'll also get Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Beast Boy and Starfire figures. That's in addition to the set itself, which is definitely one of the more creative dioramas in the DC Lego line. The Batboat will also get its due in a new vehicle set, which also features Deathstroke alongside Batman and Robin.
The Scooby-Doo sets were out in full force, too, giving us our first actual look at how the gang at Mystery, Inc. will look in Lego form. The smaller sets (Mummy Museum, Mystery Plane) capture the spirit of the show with just a few parts, but it's the larger assets that really bring Scooby and the gang to life. The Haunted Lighthouse is a nifty throwback, and the multiple monster figures should provide ample mystery for fans. It's the Mystery Mansion that will likely draw the most attention, and rightfully so. It's magnificent and it comes with a Dracula... so... best ever?
We'd be remiss in not mentioning the new Jurassic World sets, though they weren't nearly as memorable as the Marvel, DC or Star Wars pieces. That's no fault of Lego's; it's just that without the JP branding, these sets could easily pass as nice dinosaur collections. That said, they are neat, and the T. rex Tracker set was one we could definitely see being rather popular. Indominous rex Breakout was also cool, but the way it's set up at default makes it a space eater. Not many collectors will have the room for such a piece to be displayed properly.
Though some of Lego's pieces were more eye-catching than others, the company has a strong 2015 ahead of it. From budget-friendly builds to elaborate sets for devout collectors, you can find almost anything to suit your Lego needs across a variety of licenses, original or not.
The Lego Marvel Super Heroes Ant-Man Final Battle set could be considered a bit of a spoiler, so it's been placed at the very end of the gallery below should you wish to avoid it.