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    Toy Fair 2014: Mixels
    Hot Bionicle NewsWednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 8:56pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    The Mixels are a new collectable theme from LEGO this year, and all three series were on display at Toy Fair 2014. There's a lot of variety in these sets, and some creative part usage. Of course, they're also some of the first sets to utilize the new, smaller ball joint system. To find out what makes these guys tick, read on!

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 01

    Series 1

    41500 Flain 41501 Vulk 41502 Zorch

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 04

    58 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    69 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    45 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    This first batch are all fire-themed, as indicated by the various shades of red. I love the new eye pieces, both the ball joint ones and the 2x2 round tiles. They can incorporate so much emotion into their expressions, which I think may help them sell a bit.

    41503 Krader 41504 Seismo 41505 Shuff

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 03

    66 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    50 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    51 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    The second group of Mixels are rock themed. I like the inclusion of gold pieces and also appreciate the asymmetrical design that several incorporate. It's always good to see designers take a more 'natural' path.

    41506 Teslo 41507 Zaptor 41508 Volectro

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 02

    54 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    61 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March
    70 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    Now we move onto the electric-themed Mixels, who are so charged that they spout electricity from their heads. We also see the first use of the 1x1 round tile eyes, which can give each character some good expressions. The yellow bush piece may also be a first in that color.

    Series 2

    41509 Slumbo 41510 Lunk 41511 Flurr

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 05

    61 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    51 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    tes46 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    I think the second series coming out in June goes a good job of trying to top the first! The helmets on top of the eyes to make them look sleepy is brilliant, and I like the reuse of some recolored Ninjago (I think) weapons. Also, more trans-light blue, which LEGO seems to really like this year.

    41512 Chomly 41513 Gobba 41514 Jawg

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 06

    68 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    tes57 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    61 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    This batch is quite toothy, and I love the quadruped one with its mouthful of teeth. I also noticed an interesting build technique using the Exo-Force arms that I haven't personally seen in a LEGO set before.

    41515 Kraw 41516 Tentro 41517 Balk

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 07

    70 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    69 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June
    68 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in June

    The orange Mixels seem like they might be undersea-inspired, with lots of legs and tentacles to go around. Again the designers use an eye printed on a minifig head with some headware to help give a character a unique expression.

    Series 3

    41518 Glomp 41519 Glurt 41520 Torts

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 08

    64 pieces. Age 6+. $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD) Available in September 62 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September
    48 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September

    I love that one of these is named 'Glomp.' Anyway, green abounds in this batch, especially of the transparent neon variety. The designers continue to think up new things to do with the eyes by partially covering one of the 2x2 round tiles to give it a different look.

    41521 Footi 41522 Scorpi 41523 Hoogi

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 09

    72 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September
    70 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September
    69 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September

    I would be running out of things to say about these, but that scorpion-like Mixel with those big eyes is just so adorable. The other two are interesting as well with the juxtaposition of the long arms versus long legs.

    41524 Mesmo 41525 Magnifo 41526 Wizwuz

    Toy Fair 2014 Mixels 10

    64 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September
    61 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September
    70 pieces. Age 6+.
    $4.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in September

    LEGO certainly seems to have saved the best for last. Ignoring all the purple here (which rocks), the dragon with wizard hats for horns/eye brows is a must-buy for me. The crab shooting lightning out of its mouth is pretty great too, and finally there's a wizard.

    I was skeptical when I first saw the Mixels, but they really have been growing on me and I'll definitely be picking a few up. It will be interesting to see how the line does and if it's something LEGO plans to continue in the future. Meanwhile, now that you're done here, please check out all our other Toy Fair 2014 coverage and let us know what you want to see next! Keep checking back on BZPower for more!

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