Previews of a Lot of 2010 LEGO Sets

Last weekend, Kris Abel from CTV News visited the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair and got a good look at upcoming LEGO sets from the LEGO Canada display. He posted a lot of pictures (would have loved more from some of the Atlantis sets) and a lot of them I was surprised at. They were some of the first good photos I’ve seen of some of the unreleased sets scheduled for later in the year.

A few highlights:

8077 Atlantis Exploration HQ
LEGO 8077 Atlantis Exploration HQ (2010)

8078 Portal Of Atlantis
8078 LEGO Portal of Atlantis (2010)

My observation on the Atlantis sets:
* The 8077 Atlantis Exploration HQ looks to be shaping up well. The first blurry shots I saw a while back made it look closer to the 7775 Aqua Raiders Aquabase Invasion. It looks to be a square-ish/self-contained structure which makes sense. I’m assuming the vehicles will dock on top.
* The 8078 Portal of Atlantis (the infamous Shark Temple or Shark Castle) is bigger than I thought and looks to have a lot of really cool and unique parts. It’s hard to get a sense of the minifigs since they were mixed together with other sets. There looks to be some parts in colors that we haven’t seen before. The box shows 898 pieces but that’s obviously subject to change since it’s a prototype. I’m not sure on new minifigs – there is a skeleton with some diving gear on that has a trident symbol on their head. You can barely make out what looks to be the “turtle warrior” on top of the Portal, that’s been discussed in the past.
* Kris mentioned when discussing the Space Police sets that Atlantis was the focus this year, hence the lack of a lot of new Space Police sets.

As Kris notes, a lot of the upcoming sets are prototypes/mock-ups and details are not yet finalized. Nothing from Harry Potter and nothing new from the Toy Story line that’s not already out. I’m not quite as interested in the World Racers line or the Hero Factory line, but it looks like both could give us some new parts or older parts in new colors. Looking at the boxes for the World Racers, I think they’ll probably sell very well to the target audience.

Some of the other sets shown (besides 8077/8078) include quite a few sets that are currently available and some that are limited right now or unavailable (depending on area), such as:

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More 2010 LEGO Sets at Toys R Us

Having heard that quite a few new 2010 LEGO sets are popping up at Toys R Us and LEGOlands, I paid a visit to the Toys R Us in South Austin earlier today to have a look, and it was surprising. We bought and are going to review in the … Read more

LEGO Creator 5867 Super Speedster – Minifig Scale?

After seeing the comparison between the Creator 5867 Super Speedster and 8156 Ferrari, somebody worked out the actual size and asked me if the 5867 is minifig-scale. Luckily I caught the email right before I was about to tear down the speedster and work on the armored car build of it.

The answer is yes, sort of.

Simple answer: If you are willing to remove a tile from the seats, and remove the legs from the minifigs, you can fit them in there (click for larger image):

2010 LEGO Creator 5867 Super Speedster - Minifig Size!

Shark man from the Atlantis sets doesn’t fit too well, as you can see, thanks to his shark half.

Complex (and proper) answer: If you were to change the seats, as well as change how the roof plate is supported, they would fit comfortably (minus any mini figures with large heads). The speedster is scaled to fit them if you make those changes. Changing it into a convertible might just be the easiest way to deal with the roof, and would allow you to work the seat tile back into the mix, raising the minifig so he can see over the steering wheel, but then you start getting into working on the dashboard…I would build it, look at what doesn’t work, then back up and tear it down to where you can work with them.

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Comparison of Creator 5867 Super Speedster with 8156 Ferrari FXX

I’m not going to get the review of the new 2010 LEGO Creator 5867 Super Speedster, which is a 3-in-1 (also makes for an armored car and a go-cart) posted tonight, but I figured I would post some photos showing a comparison to the 8156 Ferrari FXX 1:17.

I did so since it seemed like a natural comparison – both are sports cars and both have nearly an identical color scheme. The Super Speedster is a new model for 2010 and comes with 278 pieces sells for $19.99 (available now at the LEGO Online Shop and, while the Ferrari had over 600 pieces and retailed for around $60.

Obviously it’s quite a bit smaller than the Ferrari, but there’s quite a few influences present from the Ferrari. My general impression so far (I have yet to build the go-cart and armored car) is that it’s a great value for $19.99 and comes with a lot of useful plates and smaller pieces (if you prefer red/black).

Remember, click on the photos for larger versions at flickr.

2010 LEGO Creator 5867 Super Speedster - Compared to 8156 Ferrari FXX

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Reviews: Creator 5865 Mini Dumper

This is a short and sweet review of the LEGO Creator 5865 Mini Dumper. It’s basically an impulse Creator set, consisting of 60 pieces and while it’s called “Mini Dumper” and resembles (and functions like) a dump truck, it includes alternative instructions for two other vehicles: An SUV resembling a Land Rover or Range Rover, and an open wheel race car.

By the Numbers:
Set: Creator 5865 Mini Dumper
Year of Release: 2010 (available 2009)
Type: 3-in-1 Mini Vehicle in Creator line.
# of Pieces: 60
# of Extra pieces: Not really – as far as I can tell, all were used in at least one of the 3 vehicles you can make.
# of Minifigs and what kind: N/A
Stickers? No
Ages: 6-12
Time to Complete: 15 minutes or less
Price: $5.99 at the LEGO Online Shop,

LEGO 2010 Creator 5865 Mini Dumper

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Quick Preview of LEGO Creator 5865

This is a quick preview of the 60-piece LEGO Creator 5865 set from the new 2010 sets. It’s $5.99 and it’s a decent amount of standard pieces you’ll be able to use in your own MOCs. The most important pieces of the newer 2010 Creator sets: I’m just kidding, although … Read more