Bionicle LEGO has been relaunched and there are 13 new figures - 6 protectors, 6 Toa heroes and the Lord Of Skull Spiders. My 6 year old loves these and has had great fun playing with them over the past couple of years. They are tricky for young hands to build, hence the 8-14 age range, but they stay together well and are very poseable, so play value is good.
The price point is excellent for children spending birthday money and Christmas vouchers and they retail between £9.99 and £14.99. You can find out more and get some cool background and build ideas on the LEGO Bionicle website.
Minifigures Series 13 is a brilliant collection. Only a couple of slightly less interesting figures and some really strong females, which should please a lot of people.
I'm rather keen on the Carpenter, King, Samurai and Evil Wizard (Ming The Merciless), but my favourite has to be the Palaentologist, and I love the roller skates and the Snake Charmers fabulous snake! Blind bags retail at £2.49 each.
The LEGO Movie sets are a real favourite of ours, they offer excellent value and have masses of play potential. We got a Double Decker Couch in our Sea Cow set, and now there's a much more affordable version in our favourite of the new release sets - the Double Decker Couch set 70818, which for only £14.99 also includes Emmet's car and an array of interesting minifigures and accessories.
Also newly released for this January is the Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack set 70817, which is a great character set to complete your team of good guys, retailing at £11.99.
Frozen LEGO is sure to be a big hit. It wasn't released in the UK in time for Christmas, which might be a shame, or might be because they just couldn't get the quantities necessary for it to be a fair release, and disappointed children aren't ever a good thing.
A new model in the Creator Expert series is the Detective's Office 10246. It looked interesting enough online, and I was lucky enough to play with my mate Brett's last weekend - it's awesome.
There are some great building techniques, real ingenuity and an entire storyline to go with this model. Although play is a bit cramped and some elements a little fragile, overall any child 5+ could play with this for hours - and so could their parents. It's full of secrets and there is so much going on that it's one of the most impressive models I've ever had the fortune to get hands on with. At £132.99 it's not cheap, but it represents value at that price.
It'd be impossible to list all of the over 100 new sets that have already been released for 2015, these are just some that caught our eye, and over the next few months there are some more brilliant sets in the pipeline, including -
LEGO Speed Champions - which will include offerings in conjunction with Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche - there's a teaser trailer here....
4 new Minecraft sets - including a Snow Hideout set which sounds gorgeous.
The Jurassic World range - 6 dinosaur sets and a movie in June, which will go well with....
The Jurassic Park LEGO Ideas set?
The Big Bang Theory LEGO Ideas set
The Wall-E LEGO Ideas set
Much more Frozen LEGO
New Star Wars releases
The Dr Who LEGO Ideas set
And there are rumours that late Spring will see another Simpsons release, with Apu's Kwik-E-Mart set 71016 on the cards. By it's very nature this build would have a lot of elements and would I expect be likely to have a price similar to the Simpsons House, around the £130-150 mark. We absolutely adore the Simpson's House, so this is definitely one I'll be saving my pocket money for...
All LEGO sets can be bought directly from LEGO.com - where you can collect VIP Points for free LEGO and buy exclusives which are not available anywhere else. Although bargains can always be found, often rarer LEGO sets are more expensive when you buy them elsewhere, so beware of individuals trying to rip you off. The LEGO.com website also features a host of free printables, films, games and activities for young and old alike.
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