2015 has officially arrived, and with it comes all kinds of new releases in many different themes. Not least among them are the new LEGO sets in several of their themes, including both the DC and Marvel Super Heroes, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, plus LEGO originals like Chima and Ninjago.
LEGO is one of the few companies that holds licensing agreements with both DC Comics and Marvel. The company also has the entire Marvel Universe to work with, something that not even Disney has been able to get thanks to Sony holding the rights to Spider-Man. Add to that a perennially successful Star Wars line, and they basically have the ability to print money.
More than 325 new sets are scheduled for release this year, some of which won’t be around until summer. But if the ones that became available Friday are any indication, we are in for a banner year.
First up are the Star Wars LEGO sets. Nine in the main theme were released, and another five in the Star Wars Rebels offshoot line were released. The highlight is, of course, Boba Fett’s Slave I transport ship, a $199 set that includes the bounty hunter himself plus Han Solo and his carbonite frozen self. It has nearly 2,000 pieces and looks to be a hot item. Other Star Wars sets include an AAT, a variety of starships, and the most awful of characters, JarJar Binks.
The Marvel superhero line won’t see their releases until summer, sadly. However, the DC line has five available right out of the gate. While most of the previous sets have focused almost exclusively on Batman and Superman, (because obviously they do) these ones have some additional members of the Justice League popping in.
New characters (well, new in that they weren’t available aside from special releases) include Green Lantern (Hal Jordan edition), Supergirl, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Cyborg and Martian Manhunter. Wonder Woman and Aquaman also return with a little bit more to do. Villains we will see include Darkseid, Black Manta, Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd and Captain Cold. In true LEGO form, the female heroes, Wonder Woman and Supergirl, are relegated to being add-ons to the male superheroes, seeing none of their own foes appear.
Four new Disney Princess sets will be available though. Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Elsa, and Ariel all have new sets, though the largest one is only 379 pieces, much smaller than the largest in most of the other themes. LEGO has recently been under fire for their treatment of girls, and they don’t seem willing to try to fix it this year.
The most exciting upcoming theme is perhaps Jurassic World. It won’t see daylight until June, but is expected to have at least six sets in all that will include raptors and tyrannosauruses as well as a few other dinos.
For a complete look at the new 2015 sets check out Brickipedia.