It?s been 5 long months since Lego unveiled the prototype figures for its new line of Marvel & DC superhero minifigures at the San Diego Comic-Con. Since then there has been much speculation as to what we can expect from the forthcoming sets, and when they?re likely to arrive. Well, the wait is almost over, and details are starting filter out of Jutland.
DC fans will be the first to get their fix, with sets featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor scheduled to launch in January 2012. However, this date may actually move forward as the first Ninjago sets, scheduled to launch in January 2011, actually appeared in shops a few weeks before Christmas 2010. If you?re lucky you may well be able to surprise the comic book guy (or girl!) in your life with some injection-moulded superheroes this Christmas.
The prices for the first sets will range from around ?5.99 for 6858 Catwoman Catcycle City Chase (which features an excellent Batman-with-glider figure) to ?18.99 for the superb 6862 Superman vs Power Armour Lex Luthor, that also includes a bonus comic book and Wonder Woman figure.
It?s hoped that other, larger sets such as the massive 6860 Batcave and 6864 Batmobile and the Two-Face Chase will launch in January but the smart money?s on them being held back until The Dark Knight Rises makes its bow in cinemas in July. The Green Lantern sets are also expected to miss the first wave of releases.
Marvel fans are going to have to wait a little longer than Batfans, as Lego is holding off on releasing the Captain America, Wolverine and Hulk sets until interest the first wave is on the (Bruce) Wane (sorry).
Speaking as a Lego obsessive myself, my advice to you is to not hang about if you?re at all interested in these sets. The Batman Begins Tumbler set quadrupled in value on the day it was discontinued, and a MISB set will now cost you north of ?500 ? that?s more than a tenfold increase in 2 years. If only real bricks (and mortar) appreciated in this way, huh?
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DJ Muncle is the head of content for Hot Deals, a UK-based community-driven deals, offers and voucher codes website. He has a house full of toys & games and apologises to no one for this (except his poor girlfriend, who only has herself to blame, surely).