Toy Fair 2013: Technic, Mindstorms, and the Rest
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 7:04pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
It's time for our last batch of Toy Fair coverage - I hope you've all been enjoying the pictures and info we've been sharing. Today is a little bit of everything that's left: we've got Technic, Mindstorms, Creator, Bricks & More, DUPLO, and LEGO Licensing. If you're interested in seeing what's coming out in these areas, read on!
For a change, LEGO actually had the entire Technic line on display this year, just for the Collector's Party. Apparently a lot of attendees had been requesting it over the past couple of years, and they listened! There's a lot of cool vehicles coming out this year - I liked the big green tow truck, and the giant crane was pretty impressive too. Even the little sets have some great parts usage.
LEGO is releasing an upgraded Mindstorms set this year - the EV3 is the third-generation programmable brick and adds a lot of cool capabilities to the robots you can make. I look forward to seeing what the fan community does with this!
The Creator lineup is pretty typical this year. Some small sets in the plastic containers, a bunch of larger 3-in-1 sets, and a couple of houses. These remain great ways to get a bunch of different, more basic parts in certain color palettes and provide some fun builds too.
Bricks & More
Bricks & More is basically Creator, Jr. and offers a lot of basic bricks and easy to build sets for youngsters just beginning their LEGO journey.
I know most of you probably aren't interested in DUPLO, and neither am I, but I love what they're doing with the Disney license. The Little Mermaid and Captain Hook sets are really awesome and I wish they had awesome DUPLO pirate ships when I was little. They're also making a line of sets based off the Disney and Pixar movie, Planes, but we weren't allowed to take pictures of those.
One of the cool things about getting to go to the entire expo is that there's some other LEGO-related stuff to see. A company called Santoki has the LEGO license to make LED flashlights and lamps. You've probably seen some of these at LEGO and Toys 'R' Us stores, - I have one hanging on my backpack. They have a wide variety of sizes and minifig and brick designs - a couple of my favorites were Boba Fett and Captain Brickbeard.
Hiding behind the LEGO booth were some other licensed accessories. They had books, storage containers, iPhone cases, and more. Everything you need to follow the LEGO lifestyle.
And that concludes our Toy Fair 2013 coverage. I hope you all have enjoyed it. Please let us know what you liked and want to see more of, and maybe what you don't think we should focus on as much for next year. And of course, keep checking back for more LEGO news, here on BZPower!
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