I haven’t really talked about the line of classic Toy Story Lego sets that much yet. This is partially because I didn’t find them so interesting. However, there are two exceptions that I think are nice sets.
Lego 7595 Army Men on Patrol I think is a very cool idea. This set is an homage to the opening scene of the first Toy Story movie and one of my favorites. Just to put it in perspective, Toy Story was the first fully computer generated feature length movie. And one of the first scenes starred these iconic little green army men that most all kids have played with. Watching them come alive in a realistic way, speaking army lingo and executing an epic mission on a tiny scale just blew my mind. So I’m glad to see the army men minifigs. I like how the set gives you 4 minifigs which means if you wanted to do some army building with this set you could inexpensively.
Another good set from the first wave of classic Toy Story Lego is set 7593 Buzz’s Star Command Spaceship. This set also makes me think of the film. I love how the Buzz action figure came in a cardboard spaceship package. When Andy opened it up the side of the box got torn which Buzz perceiving it as a real spaceship says “this will take weeks to repair!”
This Lego set is a nice design and has more playability because the back of the ship opens up and reveals a little mini-moon buggy for Buzz to scoot around in.
But coming out soon are the sets that are based on the latest film coming to theaters Toy Story 3. Having not seen the movie yet I don’t know some of the new characters featured in these sets. I guess we will all become more acquainted with them soon enough.
Some of these sets are already hitting stores, expect the others coming out over the next few months (2010 April-June).
Lego 7789 Lotso’s Dump Truck. Minifigs include Lotso, Stretch, a Driver, and Chunk. I think Stretch is the purple “wacky wall walker.” I can’t wait to see this guy in the film.
Lego 7596 Trash Compactor Escape. Apparently Woody will have a close call with a trash compactor in the film. Minifigs include Woody, Hamm and Lotso.
Lego 7597 Western Train Chase. Lego Train fans will no doubt will be drooling for this one. This is a great looking train with the classic cow-catcher front and adorable caboose. Minifigs include Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Hamm, Jessie and Bullseye. I wonder why Hamm is wearing what seems to be Potato Head’s hat in all the art and even on the minifig? It could be an important part of the film. Maybe Potato Head gets mashed and Hamm wears the hat in his friend’s honor. I hope this isn’t the case!
7598 Pizza Planet Truck Rescue. Minifigs include Buzz Lightyear, Little Green Man, Hamm and Rex. I think this is actually another classic Toy Story set because the pizza delivery truck looks like the one seen in Toy Story 2 that the characters commandeer. It even shoots out pizzas!
7599 Garbage Truck Getaway. It’s funny how all these sets have “GETAWAY,” “ESCAPE” and “RESCUE” in the titles to make them seem more exciting. I guess because they are based on a specific event in the film it fits, but it feels kinda tacked on. This set includes the garbage truck from Toy Story 3 featuring dumpster lifting function to lift and dump contents of dumpster automatically into the back, opening roof and back of the truck. Minifigs include Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Lotso and Twitch.
Well, what do you think? I feel Disney and Lego did better on these latest sets based on the Toy Story 3 sets than the classic Toy Story sets.