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The new LEGO Elves theme has me very interested in the future direction of Lego. I’ve been hankering after a theme that was directed to fans of fantasy, but not derived from a pre-established franchise for some time. In my mind it was a ‘no-brainer’ but I guess that’s why I’m not in charge of a large company like LEGO – I’m sure they have done their sums 🙂
I suppose because of the ’Friends” sized figures they are directing the LEGO Elves theme towards a different audience than their traditional LEGO sets (I dare not bring gender into the argument) and I’m OK with that.
However I would still love to see them make ‘true minfigs’ of elves. Yes I know about LOTR and Hobbit sets, but as I mentioned above I am thinking about their own ‘branding’ of fantasy rather than a Brick-Tolkien version – in mining format this time.
Despite my own personal preferences I do like the look of Elves, even with this strange long-legged figures. It is amazing how this larger LEGO figure has snuck its way into (some of our) hearts so quickly and I know that fans of this format will rejoice in the new LEGO Elves sets. And, as an aside, I still think a Disney Fairies theme would sell well for LEGO. Heaven knows that franchise could do with some quality toys.
Dorling Kindersley has sent me a review copy of their latest book LEGO Star Wars : The Dark Side (Uncover The Secrets Of The Sith).
The book is the latest in DK’s large hardcover titles with free exclusive minifigures, this time an exclusive Emperor Palpatine figure (a character who is hard to find in sets), and it is similar in size to books like the LEGO Yoda Chronicles and LEGO Star Wars Visual Guide.
LEGO Star Wars The Dark Side
The book is described as a guide to all the elements of the Dark Side, including characters, ships, weapons, accessories of the Dark Side from all six movies and also including The Clone Wars, The Yoda Chronicles and beyond – essentially everywhere there is a LEGO set featuring members of the Sith, then this book has it covered.
Lighter Side Of The Dark Side
But it’s not just a guidebook. The Dark Side has quite the sense of humour too, incorporating funny speech balloons into photos that recreate famous moments from the Star Wars universe with LEGO minifigures.
It also has some truly funny articles like a scandalous report revealing that Darth Vader is none other than podracing champion Anakin Skywalker and includes interviews with a few of Darth Vader’s old friends/foes including C3PO, Wald and Sebulba.
Other articles include ‘excerpts’ from Vader’s diary as well as guide to Galactic Domination, Emperor Palpatine style.
His lordship’s take on Tatooine?
“Ugh, Tatooine. Darth Vader tells me such horror stories about that desert planet. Too much sand for me – it’s itchy and annoying and gets everywhere. Note to sandtroopers: pack plenty of water and dewback food.
Mission: Avoid At All Costs”
So you can see it’s not a dry index of elements but gives fans of LEGO Star Wars a truly humorous approach to the dark side of the force. It’s pretty cool really and a great read for kids, however those seeking a definitive resource on the villains of the LEGO Star Wars universe would do well to look elsewhere (perhaps to the LEGO Star Wars Visual Guide – Expanded Edition).
At just under 100 pages, and an exclusive free figure (of a hard to find character) it is great value and deserves a place on any LEGO fan’s bookshelf. Thanks again to DK for the review copy.
LEGO The Dark Side
Journey to the dark side of a galaxy far, far away and meet the LEGO® Star Wars minifigure members of the ruthless Imperial Army in LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side!
Witness Darth Vader battling Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, meet the Sith and all of Darth Vader’s minifigure subjects, and explore the Death Star and all of the Sith starships. Turn the pages to find facts and information about your favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures and vehicles from the dark side in action-packed situations and discover everything there is to know about the legendary Darth Vader.
With new and exciting photography and an evil exclusive minifigure, LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side will have you questioning on which side your allegiances lie.