Ostriches, camels and daggers, Oh My!
Disney is releasing the Prince of Persia movie this year and Lego is on-board with a new theme based on it. Honestly I was not too interested in the movie at first. I mean I played the video games and enjoyed them. But there have only been a few game-based movies that really knocked my socks off. Plus, the short preview of Prince of Persia I saw kind of reminded me of the last Narnia movie Disney released and I didn’t like that one too much. However, after checking out the Prince of Persia Lego sets they have planned I am more interested in actually going to see the film.
The first wave of Lego Prince of Persia theme has five sets planned. So lets take a sneak peak…
Lego 7569 – Prince of Persia – Desert Attack – 57 pieces – 4 minifigs – $10.99
This is the only small range set planned. Which is a surprise. I thought they may have a set in the 3.99 price range with one minifig like they have been doing for the Atlantis theme. This set features a Porcupine Hassasin and a Double Blade Hassasin, a Skeleton, as well as Dastan. New elements added here are a variant printed horse, new colored not seen yet for the crab-brush and a new spike arm weapons come with the Porcupine Hassasin minifig. This element looks really cool and I can see people using this in creative ways in their MOCs. You’ll also notice a big difference with this whole theme is the use of “fleshy” or flesh colored minifig heads and hands rather than the traditional yellow. This was seen in the Indiana Jones sets too. I don’t mind it too much but I also don’t think the yellow would have been a distraction either. I mean yellow has worked for characters for years why go fleshy now?
Lego 7570 – Prince of Persia – The Ostrich Race – 169 pieces – 3 minifigs – $19.99
The big plus about this set is the BIRDIES! Yep you get two ostriches. I know that has always been your goal in life to have that. Apparently this set is based on an epic ostrich race scene from the movie. Nothing says epic action like Jake Gyllenhaal riding a birdie. hehe.
Lego 7571 – Prince of Persia – Fight for the Dagger – 258 pieces – 4 minifigs – $29.99
This set is kind of similar to the current Castle set 7079 Drawbridge Defense. However this set comes with only four minifigs. If you played the game you know that the Dagger of Time is the special item that lets him control time. There’s also something to do with sand, an hourglass and monsters. All this is a little fuzzy in my memory because I haven’t played the game in awhile. I wonder how close they will be to this same story in the movie? This set also comes with a new Lego camel with a saddle. “Be careful. They spit!”
Lego 7572 – Prince of Persia – Quest Against Time – 506 pieces – 4 minifigs – $49.99
This set comes with a lot of the key players from the film including Dastan, Princess Tamina, Nizam and Hassasin Leader minifigs. Plus, there are 2 red snakes, a new color for them. There’s also a golden dagger. But the biggest motivation to get this set is that it has light-up brick! It’s magical baby! magical.
Being a fan of Castle building I definitely want to pick this set up. Look at all the gray bricks! It is kind of frustrating that gray bricks have been rare in sets recently. But this one makes up for that a little.
Lego 7573 – Prince of Persia – Battle of Alamut – 821 pieces – 7 minifigs $79.99.
This is the big one! If I had to name the must have set from this new Prince of Persia theme this would be my pick. In includes 7 minifig, a camel, cannon, turrets and a rather large castle structure. This is the set that has the most reusable value in my opinion. Of course it is the most expensive of the wave, but at $79.99 I think it’s a steal. It’s way better than the big set they released for the Atlantis theme, and it’s has way more rebuild value.
It’s odd because I remember they used to include large molded base plates for castle-like sets of this kind. Now the trend seems to be to make these hinged wall constructions that are almost like movable stage set pieces. I can see how this increases the play value although I miss the more solid look of classic castles.
So there you have it the first wave of Lego Prince of Persia. This will only be a small fraction of the huge marketing that this movie will have. No doubt there will be an action figure line and all the usual tie-ins. I am always glad when Lego lands a big franchise like this because it allows them to design new elements like the need arm claws and animals.
Let me know if you all are gonna see the movie or not. And which of these sets do you think you’d consider getting?