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Technically, this is the first half catalog for New Zealand and details may vary in other regions. This provides our first look at many of the new sets coming in the first half of 2021 and introduces several new concepts for us also.
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There’s a lot to unpack in this 92 page catalog. LEGO is doing a lot of new things this year, but there’s 3 super standouts here for me.
- There’s no section for Architecture. I’m not sure what this means for the line. Does it not sell well in New Zealand so they don’t market it, or is there nothing major to push?
- No new Speed Champions sets are shown.
- The new “brick built” type LEGO road system looks interesting and adds some new styles but I’m not sure how it’ll play with the older versions.
The Creator series has several new sets highlighted in the early months of 2021. 31116 Safari Wildlife Treehouse, 31118 Surfer Beach House, 31113 Race Car Transporter, 31114 Superbike, 31111 Cyber Drone, 31115 Space Mining Mech and 31112 Wild Lion are all listed as February and March releases.
Classic Brick Sets
Only a couple of new things in the Classic boxes. 11013 Creative Transparent Bricks, 11014 Bricks and Wheels and 11012 Creative White Bricks.
The Disney lineup gets some love in the familiar themes of Disney Princess and Frozen II. Ariel and Cinderella lines get expanded with 43191 Ariel’s Celebration Boat and 43192 Cinderella’s Royal Carriage. Frozen II adds 2 new sets also – 43186 Bruni the Salamander Buildable Character and 43189 Elsa and Nokk Storybook Adventures.
The Friends line has a slew of new sets coming and they do look great. The Friends line is immensely popular among LEGO fans.
One of the newest introductions is child/toddler figures in the mini-doll style. These new figures match perfectly with their full-sized counterparts and really extend the options for Friends. Instead of just being about teen/adult characters you can now have a whole family. The first one is Henry, available in the Heartlake City Shopping Mall (41450). We also get Liz (41449 Andrea’s Family House) and Ava (41444 Heartlake City Organic Cafe).
So now the new sets: 41450 Heartlake City Shopping Mall (Due in March), 41448 Heartlake City Movie Theatre, 41444 Heartlake City Organic Cafe, 41443 Olivia’s Electric Car, 41449 Andrea’s Family House, 41446 Heartlake City Vet Clinic, 41440 Heartlake City Bakery, 41442 Vet Clinic Rescue Buggy, 41445 Vet Clinic Ambulance, 41439 Cat Grooming Car, 41691 Doggy Day Care, 41692 Vet Clinic Rescue Helicopter.
A new series for the Friends line are the Cubes. I guess they’re patterned after the PODS we’ve seen and the Ninjago Arcade Pods. Now we have 5 character cubes for the main Friend’s characters. The photos from the catalog are hiding the actual animal design even though they’re named.
Does this mean we’re getting new animal molds? Nope. Looking at the listings on the LEGO site it’s because each animal will be a random color within each Cube. The sets are: 41663 Emma’s Dalmation Cube, 41662, Olivia’s Flamingo Cube, 41666 Andrea’s Bunny Cube, 41665 Stephanie’s Cat Cube, 41664 Mia’s Pug Cube.
LEGO DOTS frustrate me. They’re a cool concept & product with some great parts and designs, but being in Canada the DOTS page on LEGO is defaulting to French. Honestly I did buy some DOTS earlier this year but haven’t opened them. Maybe now is the time.
New sets in the DOTS line include 41926 Creative party kit, 41924 Secret Holder, 41934 Starlight Bracelets, 41923 Monster Bracelets, 41909 Mermaid Vibes Bracelets, 41910 Ice Cream Besties Bracelets, 41918 Adventure Bracelets, 41921 Extra DOTS Series 3 and 41925 Secret Boxes all available in January. Note that the bracelets include two bracelets in this update.
In March another big update hits with these new sets: 41931 Extra DOTS Series 4, 41933 Music Bracelet, 41922 Cool Cactus Bracelet, 41928 Bag Tag Narwhal, 41927 Bag Tag Dog, 41929 Bag Tag Leopard and 41930 Bag Tag Panda. Note that the bracelets include one bracelet in this update.
Be sure to check out Part 2 in this series where we look at LEGO City, LEGO Marvel Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman sets, and the new Minions: The Rise of Gru sets. Part 3 continues the series with a look at Super Mario, Ninjago, Minecraft, Harry Potter and Star Wars. Part 4 will wrap things up with a look at the new Technic sets.
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