LEGO recently launched a wave of new Disney releases, all of which were on display at Toy Fair 2018. They also offered a few looks ahead at some exciting new play sets across many brands, including Star Wars and Marvel. To kick off the fair this year, they unveiled a never-before seen play set.
Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition will be available on March 3rd and retails for $119.99. When I first entered the LEGO booth, he was invisible behind frosted glass and he became the surprise reveal of LEGO’s Toy Fair presentation.
More play sets from the Marvel Super Heroes line recently debuted in January, including the Black Panther Royal Talon Fighter Attack featuring one of Wakanda’s aircrafts. There are also new Mighty Micros sets themed to Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor.
Younger Marvel fans can also join in the fun. LEGO Duplo is designed for ages 2-5 and a Spider-Man play set comes with Spidey, Hulk, and Sandman. From the LEGO Juniors collection for ages 4 to 7, there’s a Spider-Man play set with Scorpion as his villain, themed to the Disney XD series.
New play sets themed to Disney Princess were recently released. My favorite piece in the collection is Cinderella’s Dream Castle, not to be confused with the large LEGO version of the Walt Disney World park icon. This set is based more on the classic Disney film and comes with Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat is another full play set, with Prince Eric’s ship and figures of Ariel, Eric, Sebastian, and Max. Sleeping Beauty’s Fairytale Castle is smaller than the Cinderella set, but still gives kids a full play set for their figures, which include Aurora, Maleficent, and Merryweather.
Smaller play sets in the line include Elsa’s Market Adventure and Mulan’s Training Day. The Mulan set is significant as it is that character’s first LEGO release. I expect to see more Mulan play sets in the future as we get closer to the release of the live action retelling.
Preschool-aged princesses will have fun with two new Duplo play sets. The first is Belle’s Tea Party, featuring Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Cogsworth as well as a mini castle. The other is Rapunzel’s Tower, which comes with Rapunzel, Maximus, and… her tower.
From a galaxy far, far away comes an onslaught of new LEGO sets. The coolest future release on display was the Millennium Falcon from Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is expected to hit shelves in April. Opening it up reveals an interior play set complete with cockpit and holochess booth.
The Buildable Figures line recently expanded to include Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Darth Maul will join the line this April. The coolest aspect of the Vader figure is that you can remove his helmet to reveal old Annakin.
I am pleased to report that porgs are now available in LEGO form, courtesy of the Ach-To Island Training play set. It comes with Rey, old man Luke, one porg, and Luke’s hut. My fingers are crossed that more LEGO porgs are available separately as there should really be at least 10 in any Ach-To play set. You understand.
Microfighters series 5 was just released last month and these pieces were on display as well. These include the A-Wing vs. TIE Silencer, Ski Speeder vs. First Order Walker, First Order Specialists Battle Pack, Tatooine Battle Pack, First Order TIE Fighter, and Millennium Falcon.
There are two new Star Wars: The Last Jedi LEGO sets, in addition to the previously mentioned set with porgs. The First Order AT-ST comes with Captain Phasma, Finn, Rose, and BB-8. The other is the Defense of Crait set, which comes with Poe Dameron, Admiral Ematt, a Resistance Trooper, and two First Order Snowtroopers.
There are also two upcoming sets that pay tribute to the previous trilogies, one for each to be specific. From the prequels is the Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack. More exciting to me is Yoda’s Hut, which comes with Yoda, Luke, and R2-D2 covered in swamp gook from The Empire Strikes Back. Both of these sets will be released in April.
Lastly, Rey and Kylo Ren recently joined the Brick Headz line last month. In addition, LEGO has a set called “Go Brick Me” that allows you to make your own custom Brick Headz. The intention is to create yourself, but with some creativity you can create pretty much anyone.
LEGO has some really great sets coming out themed to Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2. While they were on display at Toy Fair, photos were not allowed. One of the play sets is themed to a bank heist, while another finds Elastigirl in a rooftop pursuit. That set in particular was unique in that the LEGO figure of Mrs. Incredible features elastic arms that kids can stretch and release. These sets are going to be a lot of fun and are expected to hit store shelves in April.
Bonus: LEGO Friends
I know what you’re thinking: “LEGO Friends isn’t Disney.” And you’re correct, I owe you a gold star sticker. But the television series, LEGO Friends, is broadcast on Disney Channel. And since Laughing Place covers all things Disney, I present for your consideration a gallery of the newest LEGO Friends products. The items on display at Toy Fair were Olivia’s Deluxe Bedroom, Stephanie’s Bedroom, Mia’s Bedroom, Friendship House, Olivia’s Mission Vehicle, Emma’s Art Stand, Mia’s Camper Van, Stephanie’s Soccer Practice, Emma’s Art Cafe, Mia’s Treehouse, Andrea’s Park Performance, and Stephanie’s Sports Arena.
Another clearly non-Disney item, but there’s an obvious connection. New in the LEGO Architecture is Shanghai, home to the newest Disney park.
LEGO’s Diamond Anniversary
2018 is a very special year for LEGO as it is celebrating 60 years of imaginative fun. While licensed products are more of a recent trend for the company, fans and toy collectors alike should be on the lookout for some fun throwback pieces and playsets that celebrate the company’s rich history. With a license for nearly all of Disney’s brands, there’s always something fun and exciting from LEGO.
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Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.