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City Jungle Theme! I'm Excited!

AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,197
Is anyone else?

The scope for fauna is the most appealing aspect, I am also hoping for new takes on flora too. 

Did anyone notice any jungle natives? I don't remember seeing any. Is it odd that they have been left out? I guess that the protagonists within the theme are focused on  discovering something else so the need for them is redundant.

Could this theme outlast other themes that have previously filled this space in the City line? I wonxer how TLG could improve on this, safari? 

Lots of questions, even more speculation. 

My thoughts of a jungle / drum & bass theme were short lived.

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  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,915
    Is anyone else?

    - Yes but not as much as you it'd seem, I'm just after the new animal pieces.

    Did anyone notice any jungle natives? I don't remember seeing any. Is it odd that they have been left out?

    - No, and no - think you've answered your own question

    Could this theme outlast other themes that have previously filled this space in the City line?

    -hypothetically it could, but it almost certainly won't, City subthemes are regularly rotated - this will almost certainly be a single year subtheme like arctic, undersea and volcano over the past couple of years.


    Bumblepantsgmonkey76
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,325
    edited February 14
    I'm excited for the new or not-seen-for-a-while stuff (the animals, the giant venus flytrap, the temple), but it's tempered by the fact that these themes do tend to be a rotating showcase for broadly similar vehicle types. That's not a bad thing, of course - me criticising it is about as worthwhile as complaining that there's always another police station in City's future. It does mean I'll be picky about which sets to get, but I think overall it's a fun theme, and I'm curious about the story/what the characters are hunting for/examining...
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,542
    I think the large base set is poised to be one of the best sets of the year. Indiana Jones style artifact hunting in a ruined temple + Leopard + plane crash + vehicles should make it a huge hit with kids. I will certainly be looking to get one when discounts start dropping next Fall. 
    SeanTheCollectormadforLEGObandit778
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 14,015
    AllBrick said:

    The scope for fauna is the most appealing aspect, I am also hoping for new takes on flora too. 

    The sad thing is what has been seen is probably pretty much all we'll get.

    AllBrick said:

    Could this theme outlast other themes that have previously filled this space in the City line? I wonxer how TLG could improve on this, safari? 

    I doubt it. They could, of course, improve much further doing many more animals, plant / leaf types, etc. But they won't. It will be one and done just like Arctic, Deep Sea, Volcano, etc.

    gmonkey76
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 107
    SumoLego said:
    Am I the only one excited about new helicopters?
    That got me wonxering,,,I certainly hope so!
    SumoLego
  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 UKMember Posts: 128
    SumoLego said:
    Am I the only one excited about new helicopters?
    Did I spot a brick built cockpit?
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 335
    I'm very much looking forward to this theme. The cats will be welcome additions to the zoo I'm eventually going to be able to build. I'm a sucker for utility vehicles like the ones in that theme. 
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 1,619
    It's iconic the sense that it's "new" but will surely follow the path of other subthemes - arctic, deep sea and so forth and likely be a one and done idea.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,286
    I'll probably look to get the sets with animals in them. That's all.
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 1,451
    CCC said:
    I doubt it. They could, of course, improve much further doing many more animals, plant / leaf types, etc. But they won't. It will be one and done just like Arctic, Deep Sea, Volcano, etc.

    Arctic was done twice, though the first time was in 2000 or something. the submarine theme has been done multiple time, though the closer to deep sea was probably divers in 1997 or 1998.
  • weeksukweeksuk Hastings - UKMember Posts: 8
    Any ideas when the expected release dates will be
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski AmsterdamMember Posts: 1,019
    edited February 15
    I am always interested in Lego animals. Though my feelings towards them with regard to how they are designed are a bit ambivalent too, E.g. the brown bear (from several years ago included in forest police sets) is really nice, but why does Lego not put more articulation points in their animal and bigfig creatures?!? The bear's hind legs are hinged, so you can make him stand on them, and his head can move up and down, however his front legs are fixed. Just like with the legs of the bigfigs, they are just one big colossal Lego element. It would be nice, seeing how many articulation points minifigs have, if TLG would have included a couple more on their larger animals and bigfigs.
    Anyway...   
    This is what I could tell from looking at some pictures found on the web on YouTube.
    All sets seem to include a red spider
    #60156: Jungle Buggy
    1 minifig
    #60157: Jungle Starter Set
    3 minifigs
    animal included: crocodile
    #60158: Jungle Cargo Helicopter
    2 minifigs
    #60159: Jungle Halftrack Mission
    2 minifigs
    animal included: black panther
    #60160: Jungle Mobile Lab
    4 minifigs
    #60161: Jungle Exploration Site
    7 minifigs
    animals included: a spotted panther, or leopard; and a crocodile.

    The two sets that include the big cats I think are most appealing.

    Don't really get why the vehicles are all light orange / warm yellow?! I would have preferred beige (light sand yellow) or dark green, or even a greyish mint green (in Lego this comes closest: aqua or unikitty blue; colour 323), but that is probably because the classic rugged Land Rovers often are painted in these colours, and when I think of going on a safari these type of vehicles in those colours come to my mind first.
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Colour_Palette

    It would have been nice if TLG put an elephant, or a rhino etc. in a set from this theme.

    I suppose this adventure theme is more about discovering hidden treasures in the jungle (like Indiana Jones etc.) than wild life discovery. The cats, crocs, and giant flesh eating plants in the sets are dangers and obstacles for the minifigs to overcome in their quest for treasure.
    ps.
    The new big jungle knife the minifigs have looks fantastic! Other than that I cannot tell from those pictures what other new elements might be included in these sets.



    catwranglerbandit778
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,542
    weeksuk said:
    Any ideas when the expected release dates will be
    May-June most likely. 
    weeksuk
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 626
    If they really are a Jaguar and spotted version then elephants or rhinos would be a bit of a stretch, being from the wrong continent and all...  Would really need a savanna set for them.
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski AmsterdamMember Posts: 1,019
    ^
    There are jungles in Africa, and Asia too. Leopards life in Africa, and Asia, both the spotted as well as black ones. Cougars, Pumas, and Jaguars are indeed indigenous to the Americas. And the term 'panther' is just a more generic term which can be applied to many of these big cats living on all these continents mentioned.
    Anyway, still would like to see Lego design rhinos and other big wild animals.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO USMember Posts: 7,566
    edited February 18
    Leopard and apparently a panther animal piece? Interesting line, but just want the creatures
    legomental
  • GreendudeGreendude Member Posts: 56
    I assume this jungle is based on a lost or made up continent so can have any animals it wants, how else do we explain a giant man-eating plant.

    Anyway, 60161 looks fantastic.  Kind of makes the other sets in the theme look redundant.

    helicopter
    truck
    atv
    motorbike
    wrecked airplane
    canoe
    crocodile
    leopard
    7 minifigures
    carnivorous plant
    temple
    cave
    trees

    Looks a lot more than 813 pieces would suggest.
    legomentaleggshencatwranglerAllBrickImABrickManNow
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 1,619
    Any news on these sets and their release?
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia, BulgariaMember Posts: 3,542
    Summer City is usually June 1st but sometimes a few sets debut on S@H a few weeks early in May. Some stores like Target might not reset their toy Dept until later and new sets might be delayed in scenarios like that.
  • ImABrickManNowImABrickManNow BrickyMcBrickMember Posts: 208
    I'm pretty stoked for this theme. I've always loved when Lego does adventure-like themes as I grew up with the orient expedition Adventures sets.
    I hope we get some real pictures of the sets soon and not just blurry toy fair pics.
    SeanTheCollectorpiratemania7
  • CrownieCrownie WA StateMember Posts: 195
    Heck, it'd be great to see them recycle some Ninjago parts for an anaconda...
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 1,619
    I'm pretty stoked for this theme. I've always loved when Lego does adventure-like themes as I grew up with the orient expedition Adventures sets.
    I hope we get some real pictures of the sets soon and not just blurry toy fair pics.
    My sentiments exactly and why I am looking forward to this release!
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