Back when LEGO first acquired the Star Wars license, I worried that they were killing their business by delving into expensive licensed properties. Now, years later, their licensing program continues to flourish with the most dominant licenses – and it’s about to add another big brand to the fold.
Coming in February, LEGO launches the Simpsons brand with the Simpsons House, comprised of over 2.5K bricks, including 6 mini-figures – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Flanders – wow! At about $200, the set is not cheap, but considering people have been cobbling together Simpsons LEGOs for years, I think it could be another big win for LEGO.
When my action figure bug kicked in, I reluctantly gave up LEGO. But I’ve loved LEGOs since I was a kid, and I often stare at them longingly in the aisles when I’m on yet another fruitless toy run.
But the Time Machine from Back to the Future? With Marty McFly and Doc Brown mini-figures? Maybe it’s the lack of action figures that I had always hoped Mattel would make when they acquired the license. Maybe it’s the longing I’ve had for the Diamond Select Toys DeLoreans, or the BTTF Minimates that I denied myself a few years back. All that pent-up demand – this I could not resist.
This set is from the LEGO CUUSOO program – CUUSOO is not a LEGO acronym – it’s a phonetic spelling for the Japanese word that means “wish.” This program allows people to submit their proposals for LEGO products. If they get enough support from the CUUSOO community, then LEGO will evaluate the proposal to become official products. This is the fourth LEGO product to come out of CUUSOO.
Sadly, it’s not for sale, but LEGO enthusiast Fraslund has certainly made a LEGO Castle Grayskull playset which gets the imagination going. Unlike Hasbro, with its KRE-O brand, I don’t think Mattel has its own brand of construction toys, leaving open the licensing opportunity for LEGO to add Masters of the Universe to its stable of toy brands that captivated my youth – Marvel, DC, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sadly, this probably has as much chance as Skeletor taking over Eternia, but I can dream, right?
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TETRA SQUADRON FIGURES
These seven new figures feature pre-earth tetrahedron styled vehicle modes. You can choose from Banshee, Rebelor, Prankstor, Smashor, Boostor, Requiem and Solarblast. These figures are currently BBTS Early Bird Exclusives, and are priced at $49.99 ($10 off the MSRP) until 3-19, so be sure to get your orders in before the price returns to $59.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Tetra%20Squadron
NEW DC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH
DC unleashed a plethora of announcements today. They include New 52 Figure two-Packs of Flash & Vibe and Wonder Woman & Katana, each priced at $34.99 ($5 off the MSRP), as well as a single Martian Manhunter figure at $21.99 ($3 off the MSRP). Aquaman & Black Adam and Superman & Nightwing get 3.75″ figure two-packs from Injustice: Gods Among Us for $26.99 each ($3 off the MSRP) as well. Arkham City Nightwing gets a new statue at $99.99 ($25 off the MSRP), while Batman gets two new Black & White Statues – Sean Murphy Version and Rafael Grampa Version, with each priced at $69.99 ($10 off the MSRP). Superman starts a new The Man of Steel statue line with versions by Rags Morales and Jim Lee; each of these is listed at $69.99 as well, saving you $10 per statue off of the MSRP. A Second Edition of the Vertigo: The Sandman & Death Bookend Set is coming and is priced at $179.99, $20 off the MSRP. Finally, a new 2013 release of the 1:1 Scale Yellow Lantern Power Battery & Ring Prop Replica was announced, and we have it listed at $169.99, saving you $30 off of the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=12249
MARVEL SELECT MOVIE WOLVERINE
Diamond and Gentle Giant have just announced the first figure from the upcoming movie “The Wolverine”. This Wolverine is shirtless with claws extended and a grim facial expression, comes with alternate head and hands, and is listed at $24.99 right now, although that price may change once more information is revealed. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=DMC11956&mode=retail
LEGO is bringing another fan favorite license to builders with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the Nickelodeon series. TMNT joins The Hobbit, Super Heroes (both DC and Marvel), and the long-standing Star Wars lines in 2013. I tried to resist, but here it is… Cowabunga!