NEW YORK – From a fresh new 2D tile-based twist on its system of play that inspires creative confidence to an adorable interstellar pop culture sensation, LEGO Systems is unveiling hundreds of exciting and unexpected ways for children to play and express themselves at the American International Toy Fair. A wide variety of new products will be displayed at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from February 22-25.
Following years of research, observation and testing with children and parents, LEGO DOTS translates LEGO play into the arts and crafts space by inspiring children with a new play concept that offers a rich, creative canvas for self-expression. Comprised of 2D tiles in multiple shapes, colors and patterns, LEGO DOTS makes it easy for kids to design functional and wearable products like pencil holders, picture frames, photo cubes, jewelry holders and bracelets.
“This year, we wanted to build on the LEGO heritage of providing families limitless play opportunities to nurture the creative confidence children need for a successful future,” said Skip Kodak, president, LEGO Systems, Inc. “LEGO DOTS is one of most exciting innovations for 2020, translating our commitment to creativity into arts and crafts materials designed to cater to today’s kids’ needs for creative exploration and self-expression.”
• LEGO Friends celebrates passions and dreams as it helps kids explore and deepen their interests and identities. Among the line’s launches are five collectible new Play Cubes for animal-lovers who enjoy mini building opportunities centered on playing, collecting and taking their adventures on-the-go. Each comes with a mystery pet and side hinges to connect to other play cubes for fun display.
• Fans of LEGO NINJAGO can transport from NINJAGO City to Prime Empire with new Arcade Pods that inspire Ninja builders to create their own thrilling play adventures.
• From a galaxy far, far away, LEGO BrickHeadz building set versions of two characters from the Disney+ Star Wars™ series The Mandalorian– “the Child” and “the Mandalorian” – debut at Toy Fair.
• To capture magic of Disney storytelling, kids can build and role-play with new Storybook Adventure playsets. Each functional “book” is a portable micro-world travel LEGO set that comes with detailed new microdoll figures inspired by iconic Disney characters to help kids take movie-based role-playing to the next level.
• Based on Illumination’s upcoming movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru, and displayed for the first time publicly, Gru, Kevin, Stewart and the rest of the mischievous Minions join the LEGO family with the launch of LEGO Minions building sets.
• Inspired by the April premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls: World Tour, kids will love the new LEGO Trolls: World Tour collection, setting creative building in a fun music-inspired world featuring iconic Trolls characters.
• Families will be inspired to explore their building skills with the latest LEGO Classic and LEGO CREATOR building sets thanks to an exciting new twist on reality TV – LEGO Masters on FOX – where big imaginations meet endless possibilities to showcase some of the most talented creative builders in America.
• Reinforcing the company’s commitment to fluid play is a new wave of augmented reality (AR)-enhanced themes, LEGO Hidden Side, where kids build and then turn a haunted world back to normal, one ghost at a time thanks to a complementary app game. New themes and multiplayer functionality offer kids new, challenging builds and dynamic gameplay options.
“According to NPD Group, the U.S. Building Sets category was a bright spot in 2019, outperforming the industry despite overall decline,” Kodak said. “As families continue to prioritize building sets for their play needs, we’re excited to reinvent our play system to feel fresh and relevant in order to capture the imaginations of even more American kids.”
• Additionally, the company is showcasing new building sets in LEGO DUPLO, LEGO CITY, LEGO Technic, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Spider-Man, LEGO Avengers, LEGO Speed Champions, LEGO Minecraft, LEGO Minifigures, and LEGO Architecture.
Additional LEGO sets launching in the second half of the year will be announced at a later date.