Review (Finally): 21304 Lego Doctor Who

Pieces: 623  Minifigures: 4 + 2 Daleks  Retail Price: $59.99  Price I Paid: Retail

Well I finally got around to posting in 2016 and reviewing a set I had been waiting for for a long time, Lego Ideas Doctor Who. It’s great. It’s expensive. But it’s great.

21304 box front

It comes in the usual nice Lego Ideas box.

21304 box back

And has 4 or 6 minifigures depending on if you count Daleks…

21304 11th Doctor

Bowties are cool.

21304 11 w fez

Fezzes are cool.

21304 Doctor and Clara

Clara thankfully doesn’t have short legs. She should – but short legs are not as playable and don’t lend themselves to all the running that is done on Doctor Who since the reboot.

21304 figures back

They are printed on the back, if you are someone into that sort of thing.

21304 baddies

Weeping Angel and 2 Daleks. Lego Minifigure Weeping Angel. Insane. If any minifigure is going to give you nightmares, it’s this one.

21304 Police Box

The Tardis – Police Box is well proportioned and dark blue. No stickers involved! I do wish they could have printed that all on one long flat piece but they sort of couldn’t have…

21304 Run

If the David Tenant minifigure were here, he’d say, “Allons-y!”

21304 Weeping Angel

Don’t Blink.

21304 Box Opening

And there you see, the pieces lift up and…

21304 Set

Voila! We’re in the Tardis!

21304 Tardis full

21304 Set reverse

As you can see, 3 of the 4 Police Box flats have to be two pieces.

21304 Doctor in the Tardis

You can close the Tardis with one minifigure in it. Handy for travelling through time and space.

And there you have it. This set gets a 9.5. It’s a shame it isn’t cheaper so you can stock up on weeping angels and Daleks. Here’s hoping that it sells well enough to warrant more Doctor Who sets and iterations of the Doctor and his companions in Lego minifigure form. As you probably know you can get a Cyberman with the Lego Dimensions pack and the current Doctor in a different coat as well. The Cyberman is only $7.49 currently and tempting me even though I won’t be playing Lego Dimensions.

Well there you have it – the review you’ve hopefully not been waiting for – hopefully you’ve bought it for yourself already.

And I made it through the whole review without saying “wibbly-wobbly, time-y wime-y stuff.” Oh.

Buy it on Amazon.

Lego Ideas The Big Bang Theory Set 21302 …Finally!

Click on the image to see it up close and personal.

Pretty good and pretty close to the original design. You can read the full Ideas blog post here. It’s too bad they couldn’t make it a little more 3-dimensional but you can’t expect that from Lego these days. Now all we need is a kitchen companion set. The price is sadly $59 but Chuck Lorre’s gotta get paid I guess. I believe that makes it the most expensive Ideas set yet.

Now we’re just waiting on Doctor Who – hopefully an entire license of Doctor Who so we can get more than the Peter Capaldi doctor.

Lego Ideas gets a little more specific

Lego Ideas has updated it’s blog, which is a rare occurrence in itself. It/they have posted further clarifying some of the rules for submissions. The review months have stayed the same, there are supposed to be reviews in January, September and May. They mostly seem to have a problem with people not using current Lego bricks or unmodified Lego bricks.
They also say: “From here forward, all projects must contain an original LEGO model to illustrate your project. Believe it or not, before today our Guidelines allowed projects containing only photos of real-world objects, as long as the description mentioned how a LEGO version would be constructed. We want to underscore that LEGO Ideas is about sharing LEGO brick-based product concepts, so we’re closing that loophole.”
But this just means you can’t put a picture of a real dog on there and suggest they make a Lego dog. They are still going to accept 3D renderings. I’d like to see this limited to photos of actually built models but they didn’t go that far.

So anyway, where is that Big Bang Theory set?

UCS Helicarrier and Lego Ideas?

It was in this video in November that Lego stated the next Ideas review would be in January. Unless they intend to do it on the weekend that leaves today and tomorrow. Where is it Lego? I want my Lego Doctor Who!

Complicating the guessing game behind the Lego Ideas review is the official announcement of the UCS Marvel Avengers Helicarrier, a set that is currently under consideration supposedly for Lego Ideas.

So this could mean that Lego Doctor Who will just be announced as it’s own set and they will dispense with the Ideas theory behind it, although the two licensed sets in the past have been Ideas branded. And in case you were beginning to wonder if there was any rhyme or reason to what Lego does, there probably isn’t because the Lego Helicarrier set was leaked via an image of the March Lego Store calendar and it was less than an hour ago that Lego tweeted an official coming soon picture.

I’m hoping they get it together and make the Ideas announcement today or tomorrow but I feel like it’s less likely than not. Meanwhile, where is the already announced and Lego Ideas approved Big Bang Theory set?

And a few notes about the Helicarrier set – I assume Lego was working on this for awhile, but the Ideas version of the set was posted as early as June of last year. Is there going to be any official acknowledgement about this? The Ideas set creators are supposed to get a royalty of sets that get produced. I don’t see much difference in the two sets above, although the Ideas set was supposed to use 10 times the number of pieces the official one does. As for the set itself, I’m not interested in it, Lego is using mini-minifigures to make the scale seem more correct. I guess if they’d made it really big, they could have included Duplo figures.

The Exo-Suit and Mech -ification of Lego sets

Is it just me or has the helicopter inclusion spread to Exo-Suits and Mechs in Lego sets lately?
As you’re well aware if you buy a City set it has about a 1 in 5 chance of having a Helicopter in it. And now we seem to have a new must have in Lego sets – the Mech or Power Armor Suit or Exo-Suit. Let me run down the list of the last few years.
I think it all started with 6862 Power Armor Lex

Then of course you have the wonderful 21109 Exo-Suit

70707 CLS-89 Eradicator Mech

31007 Power Mech

70165 Ultra Agents Mission HQ

70813 Rescue Reinforcements

70814 Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech

We have two Lego Movie Sets with Mechs! Isn’t that a little much? Or are Mechs just really hot right now? I’m not even going into Chima or Ninjago where variations seem to be in every other set.

This year it has even spread to our beloved Batman:

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas

I don’t have a problem with Mechs, just like I don’t have a problem with helicopters, but it starts to seem pretty lazy after awhile. Ok, just wanted to get that off my chest.

What happened to Lego Doctor Who?

Remember when that was a thing that was like, totally, definitely going to happen? Me too.
Well, where is it? It was November 7th that they announced the most recent Lego Ideas results and deferred a decision on Doctor Who. The Birds set from that has already been released. And we’re still waiting. Since then, we’ve recently learned that there would be a Scooby-Doo theme so they have to be making Doctor Who, right? I’m as big a fan of Scooby-Doo as the next guy but that was a cartoon I watched as a kid not a 50+ year series involving time travel, bigger on the inside-edness and one ridiculously long scarf.
And remember they are making a Big Bang Theory set… no word on that yet.
So Doctor – where are you? The next review is supposed to come out this month. I’m waiting and hoping…
I can’t handle another Christmas without another Lego Tardis under my tree!

Did Peter Capaldi’s Doctor take some of the wind out of the sails? I understand that a lot of the Doctor Who fans saw themselves romantically with David Tenant and Matt Smith and probably not so much with Peter Capaldi. This can’t have led to this big of a drop in Doctor Who social awareness/licenseability. It would be an instance of terrible timing. I sure hope it’s not. Fingers crossed.

I’ll put my possibly (overly optimistic) money on a line of sets in the fall/winter(or 2016).

Lego Ideas Review is finally here!

To save you from watching Big Bang Theory and Lego Birds are winners. No Doctor Who – but they are still “considering” it apparently. Ok…

…So what I’m going to assume is three possibilities:
1) they are making a full line of Doctor Who
2) they are still negotiating the rights with the BBC
3) they are waiting for the right time to release a single Ideas set – the season finale of Doctor Who is tomorrow so they are not positioned very well for a release of the actual set and publicity – however if they made the announcement the day before the finale – you’d think that would be just about right

The whole point of the review period is the considering part, and this was a much longer period than usual – so something is up.