Although we had seen much of LEGO’s 2016 line-up at London Toy Fair, it was at Nuremberg that wraps really came off for photography and filming.
There will be a bit more to show at New York I’m sure but we now have a good idea of what is coming from LEGO this year.
Mixels Series 8 and Series 9 hadn’t been mentioned in London so fans of the show and toys were please to see more coming here. The additional two series match the pattern of three ranges per year.
While Mixels has its own video-game, Calling all Mixels, the Angry Birds game reverses the relationship. The popular app game finally gets a LEGO treatment via The Angry Birds Movie.
Nothing hugely revolutionary here but seeing the various bird and pig characters in Angry Birds LEGO form will certainly be popular:
Of course, LEGO Nexo Knights continues this game-toy relationship with scan-able characters that work with an app.
More than this though, Nexo is a great way to update the already popular Castle theme. Jestro's Volcano Lair and Axl's Tower Carrier were both new and on display:
In more traditional territory, LEGO City had updates for its Airport range and a new set of Volcano Explorers kits. Both of these were impressive, while the Volcano sets had the edge bringing to mind last year’s popular Lego Jurassic World sets.
LEGO Technic returned with a super-sized excavator set. This was not only impressive in scale but also because it was motorised.
LEGO Friends style sets also got some lime-light. A new Lego Disney Princess set for Belle’s Enchanted Castle included a pleasing array of characters from the film:
LEGO Friends itself also had a new range of fun fair sets. The highlight here was a big roller coaster, complete with working cars — although not motorised.
LEGO Elves continued along lines we’d seen last year. The main addition here though was a set of ride-able dragons for the various Elf characters.
Super Heroes for DC and Marvel had a variety of sets. The Mighty Micros were the most eye-catching with miniature “pocket-money” sets featuring iconic heroes from both comic-lines.
Overall, it felt like a year of consolidation rather than innovation for LEGO so far. Whether there are more surprises still to come in New York Toy Fair remains to be seen. But already it’s shaping up to be another strong year for LEGO.