A lot of good stuff in that new series - I'm looking forward to it.
You know, having seen TLG put out the Athena
, Roman Legionnaire
, Myrmillo Gladiator
, Egyptian Queen
, Spartan Hoplite
, and the Minotaur
, I think the time is ripe for a "Classic Antiquity"
theme. I mean sure, we've had Adventurers
, Indiana Jones
, and Pharaoh's Quest
, but those are about archeological adventures thousands of years later. There are plenty of stories to be told and battles to be fought in the mythic era.
There's no reason for TLG not
to produce such a theme. They've already got the minifigs. History and myth are public domain, and classic antiquity is deeply ingrained in the public subconscious of the western world, so there's no need for further brand recognition. When they made the Spartan, I'm sure they didn't have to pay a licensing fee or royalties to Frank Miller
. Stories like the Iliad
, the Odyssey
, the Labors of Heracles
, the Battle of Thermopylae
, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
, and many other belong to everyone, and most people already have at least a passing familiarity with the sword-and-sandal
(both themes with lots of great elements, though I haven't watched the cartoons) came out, my first reaction was "what is this stuff?" Sci-fi ninjas? Redwall
with Rocket Launchers? There would be little, if any confusion on the part of FoLs if we saw a Trojan Horse
or Ides of March
set on the shelves.
Also, TLG has wisened up and started catering to older fans that grew up with the sacred ABS (as evidenced by the LotR
theme), and with so many Sword and Sandal films this year (as well as very successful and fairly recent ones like Gladiator
), they can capitalize on the current buzz for that genre.