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LEGO Lord of the Rings Gandalf Arrives (9469) Review

As we all know now, the new LEGO Lord of the Rings set are now available. The first one of the sets to be reviewed on The Brick Fan is Gandalf Arrives (9469). This scene details Gandalf the Grey’s arrival at the Shire and is welcomed by Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring. This set contains 83 pieces and retails for $12.99, a $0.16/piece ratio. It contains two minifigures: Gandalf and Frodo. There is also a newly designed horse in the set. The box contains two unnumbered bags and one small instruction booklet.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush (6873) Preview

There is now an image of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush (6873). The set will be based on the new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD later this year. There will be 362 pieces and retails for $39.99. There will be 3 minifigures in the set: Spider-Man, Doctor Ock, and Iron Fist.

From what we can see from the box, Iron Fist is tied up in Doc Ock’s lab and Spider-Man is trying to save him. There is also a small vehicle that Doc Ock comes in on.

**Image from Mr. Toys**

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LEGO Star Wars Palpatine’s Arrest (9526) Preview

Images have now emerged for LEGO Star Wars Palpatine’s Arrest (9526) from Germany. The scene is from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith where Jedi Master Mace Windu confronts Palpatine after he finds out that Palpatine was actually the Sith Lord they were after. This is also where Anakin Skywalker turns to the Dark Side when he slices off Windu’s hand and Palpatine shoots him out the window.
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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 – Tennis Ace

The Tennis Ace is one of the more simple minifigures in Series 7. He has a white outfit and also a white bandana that only covers the front part of the face. He has a single sided face with an angry, determined expression. The spiky, blonde hair makes him stand out. His accessory includes a blue tennis racket. To feel for this minifig, the racket is a dead giveaway.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 – Daredevil

The Daredevil, like the Jungle Boy is another equivalent of another famous person, Evel Knievel. His primary colors are red, white, and blue. He has a white cape and has red colored hands which are his gloves. He also has brown hair which is in the same style as the Mechanic in Series 6. He has a double-sided face, one is a smiling, confident side and the other is a scared, “I’m going to crash” look. For his accessory, he has a white helmet with a star on the top. To look for the Daredevil, just feel for the helmet and the visor.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 – Jungle Boy

The Jungle Boy is pretty much the LEGO equivalent of Tarzan. He has fairly long brown hair and has a single-sided face with a big smile probably because he caught a monkey. For the torso, he’s pretty muscular and is wearing a bone necklace. His legs are printed with a brown cloth piece. His accessories include a monkey and two knives. To find the Jungle Boy in the packs, feel for the monkey and the knives which are attached together.

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The LEGO CUUSOO Review: Explained

LEGO has explained on their blog how the LEGO CUUSOO Review works. Sets that have reached the required 10000 supporters are now review quarterly in the months of March, June, September, and December by the LEGO Jury. The “Jury” is made up of many different members including the LEGO CUUSOO project team, model designer, graphic designer, and a few people from management just to name a few.

After a set has reached the review stage, there are four phases that it goes through: Brand Fit Analysis, Business Case Development and License Agreements, Model Design, and Final Review. LEGO states there are no definite timeframes because some sets are easier to review and get everything together faster than others.

In the first phase, the Brand Fit Analysis determines if a set is appropriate for LEGO and their customers. This usually takes around 2 weeks or so. If projects do not pass this stage, then it will not be looked at any further. Examples of projects that are rejected in this phase are The Winchester and Firefly Serenity.

In the Business Case Development and License Agreements phase, the Jury determines if the project is feasible financially for the company. They also get the appropriate licenses for the sets. Because this takes a while to obtain, it may take months before this phase is completed.

For the Model Design phase, the LEGO designers creates models similar to the LEGO CUUSOO project that are in review. Here LEGO considers the playability factor or “Play Promise” for the set to their customers. This phase goes on at the same time as the Business Case Development and lasts about 3-4 weeks.

During the final review, when the previous phases have been completed, LEGO reviews the projects and make a final decision on whether they will produce it or not. Shortly after, they will make the official announcement.

LEGO has done a fantastic explanation of how the whole process goes after a project has reached the required 10000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO.

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