I was able to briefly penetrate the LEGO fortress (which, despite being bright yellow on the exterior, was constructed of something much more durable than plastic) and get a sneak peek at all of the new Disney branded LEGO and DUPLO sets we can expect to see in 2010.
Solidifying the recent licensing of Disney to LEGO, 2010 marks the first year that LEGO will be introducing Disney-branded DUPLO for the younger set. In this case, we have two series coming out in the first half of the year for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and for Disney/Pixar’s CARS. I have to confess I find the DUPLO sets to be absolutely adorable and I wish I could share photos with you but despite being in possession of the box artwork, it’s all preliminary so I’m not allowed to share, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
With LEGO, we have a few more Toy Story sets being released in conjunction with the theatrical release of Toy Story 3. These sets are focused on the film and thus some of the characters and concepts behind the playsets will be spoilers. The same could be said for the Prince of Persia releases, so consider yourself warned.
DUPLO TOY STORY – AVAILABLE MAY
Jessie’s Roundup -18 pcs. – Ages 2+
It’s Jessie and Bullseye to the rescue! It’s time for adventure and fun in the Wild West! When the call goes out for help, Jessie and Bullseye are always ready to ride out from the Sheriff’s office. They’ll solve any problem, no matter how big or small! Includes Jessie and Bullseye DUPLO figures.
Pizza Planet Truck – 13 pcs. – Ages 2+
To pizza… and beyond!
Buzz Lightyear and his alien pal’s friends are in trouble! Quick, hop into the Pizza Planet truck and speed off to the rescue. Just don’t forget to fill up at the handy gas station first! Includes Buzz Lightyear and Alien DUPLO figures.
The Great Train Chase – 39 pcs. – Ages 2+
All aboard for fun and imagination!
The train is running out of control! Good thing Woody, Buzz and Jessie are here to save the day! Steer the train through the desert archway, but watch out for the cactus. Here comes Buzz Lightyear with his flying wings! Includes Woody, Buzz and Jessie DUPLO figures.
DUPLO CARS – AVAILABLE JUNE
Lightning McQueen – 11 pcs. – Ages 2+
Lightning McQueen is practicing drifting on the desert track just outside Radiator Springs. He really wants to win the big Piston Cup championship! Set includes new Lightning McQueen race car, cactus, checkered flag and DUPLO bricks.
Mater’s Yard – 16 pcs. – Ages 2+
Lightning McQueen is trying to escape Radiator Springs to get to the Piston Cup championship. But Sheriff is there to catch him and Tow Mater has his trusty tow line to tow Lightning McQueen back to Mater’s junkyard. Set includes Tow Mater and Sheriff cars, Tow Mater junkyard sign and oil barrel.
Flo’s Cafe – 32 pcs. – Ages 2+
All the cars in Radiator Springs meet at Flo’s V-8 Cafe to have fun and fill up their tanks. Lightning McQueen is hanging out with his favorite girl, Sally, and the famous racing legend, Doc Hudson. Set includes Lightning McQueen with special Radiator Springs paint job, Sally and Doc Hudson cars, Flo’s V-8 Cafe sign, gas pump and DUPLO bricks.
Mack’s Road Trip – 34 pcs. – Ages 2+
Finally on their way to the big Piston Cup championship, Mack and Lightning McQueen are hoping to get there in time. But they’d better not drive too fast, because Sheriff is keeping a close eye on them. Set includes Lightning McQueen, Sheriff, Mack, highway signs, truck stop sign and large cactus.
LEGO TOY STORY 3 – AVAILABLE MAY
Lotso’s Dump Truck – 129 pcs. – Ages 6+
Lotso the Bear is on patrol!
It’s a whole different world for the Toy Story heroes when they find themselves at a new home in the daycare center. Fortunately, Lotso the Bear and his gang of pals are here to give them a big welcome in their even bigger dump truck! Includes Lotso, Chunk and Stretch [the Octopus] figures and dump truck with driver and tipping action.
Trash Compactor Escape – 370 pcs. – Ages 7+
Rescue Woody and Hamm from a fiery fate!
Lotso the Bear is out to get rid of the other toys once and for all! Tossed into the trash, Woody and Hamm are trapped on a conveyor belt heading straight for the incinerator. Can their little green Alien friends use the crane and claw to rescue them in time? Buidlable trash compactor playset features functioning crane claw, dumpster and conveyor belt and includes Lotso, Hamm, Woody and 2 Alien figures.
Western Train Chase – 589 pcs. – Ages 8+
It’s a Wild West train adventure with the Toy Story heroes!
Time’s running out, partners! The evil Dr. Porkchops has trapped Rex in a boxcar packed with dynamite aboard a runaway train and it’s up to his friends to save him! As Woody bravely battles Porkchops on top of the train, Jessie rides Bullseye in hot pursuit and Buzz flies in for a last-second rescue! Rolling Western train features locomotive and three cars with opening doors, roofs and rooftop traps. Includes Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Bullseye, Rex and Hamm as ‘Evil Doctor Porkchops’ figures.
LEGO PRINCE OF PERSIA – AVAILABLE APRIL 2010
Desert Ambush – 80 pcs. – Ages 6+
Hidden in their secret lair, the evil Hassasins are busy planning their next assault on the city of Alamut. But Dastan has other plans! Surprising them on their own turf, the Hassasins barely have time to gather their weapons when he pounces!
Creeping into the Valley of the Slaves, Dastan discovers Sheik Amar’s secret gambling den. Starting the wild, out-of-control ostrich race with the flick of a lever, the outlaws of the kingdom gamble on the outcome! Can Dastan escape the Sheik in the turmoil?
Fight for the Dagger – 258 pcs. – Ages 7+
Battling Asoka for the powerful Dagger of Time in the Alamut market, Dastan might have met his match. Will his amazing ability to run up walls and jump from balcony to balcony be enough to wrestle the dagger from Asoka? He’d better watch out for hidden traps and collapsing balconies!
Quest Against Time – 506 pcs. – Ages 7+
Time is running out! The evil Nizam has the Dagger of Time and is about to release the Sands of Time to take over the Kingdom! Can Dastan and Princess Tamina jump, dodge and climb their way through the spinning saw blades, swinging swords and other nasty traps to stop him?
Battle of Alamut – 822 pcs. – Ages 8+
Bristling with barrels of dripping oil, catapults and castle guards, Alamut Castle will be a major challenge for Dastan and his new friend, Seso. Nizam and his powerful Hassasin warriors are prepared to do anything to keep the Dagger of Time from the heroic prince! Can Dastan stop them in time?
Prince of Persia LEGO photos obtained from Millions of Toys