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Ok, this is Part 2 of our trip through the LEGO New Zealand catalog for the first half of 2021. Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4 for more great sets.
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This is one of the biggest system changes LEGO has made in a good while. They’re getting rid of the standard flat roadplate system and going to a brickbuilt, and thus raised, system of bricks. The Rambling Brick did a great in-depth article on the history of the road plates, the new update, and points out some problems with compatibility.
The other new thing is glow in the dark bricks on streetlights. That’s kind of cool. It’s not going to be the same amount of illumination as you’d get from light kits, but it will make for some more interesting scenes.
New sets include: 60291 Family House, 60304 Road Plates, 60292 Town Center, 60290 Skate Park, 60306 Shopping Street, 60277 Police Patrol Boat, 60276 Police Prisoner Transport, 60275 Police Helicopter, 60281 Fire Rescue Helicopter, 60280 Fire Ladder Truck, 60282 Fire Command Unit, 60247 Forest Fire, 60284 Roadwork Truck, 60285 Sports Car, 60286 Beach Rescue ATV, 60287 Tractor, 60288 Race Buggy Transporter, 60283 Holiday Camper Van and 60289 Airshow Jet Transporter.
Minions: The Rise of Gru – Coming May 24
Wow. These Minions sets look pretty cool. I’m not a big fan of the whole series of movies, but I do like the characters. Currently it appears there are 2 sets: 75551 Brick-built Minions and their Lair, and 75549 Unstoppable Bike Chase with “new sets coming soon! May 24, 2021”
Can I let you in on a personal theory? LEGO teased a new “surprise” minifigure series coming out in May and other sites are proposing it’s Space Jam 2 but what if it’s a line of Minions Minifigures?
LEGO Marvel Avengers
As the SuperHero theme continues to be amazingly popular around the world, so too are the LEGO sets based on it. This year the primary theme of the Avengers sets include 3 brand new mech suits and the arrival of Miles Morales as Spider-Man. New this year are: 76169 Thor Mech Armor, 76168 Captain America Mech Armor, 76171 Miles Morales Mech Armor, 76170 Iron Man vs Thanos and 76172 Spider-Man and Sandman Showdown. Fear not, more non-Avengers sets are just below…
LEGO Marvel Spider-Man
2 new sets will be released in January: 76174 Spider-Man’s Monster Truck vs Mysterio and 76173 Spider-Man and Ghost Rider vs. Carnage. Then in March comes 76175 Attack on the Spider Lair
It looks like there’s only 1 new LEGO Batman set in the early part of 2021 – 76158 Batboat The Penguin Pursuit
For more coverage check out Part 3 and Part 4 in the series.
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