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On 1/23/2023 at 1:33 PM, Natant16 said:

So, as someone who hasn't seen the season, what new characters are introduced and how likely are they to appear in sets? I'm hoping to get as many characters from JTTW/Chinese mythology in minifigure form as possible, personally

So, here's the major new characters introduced so far this season, with notes about how likely I think they are to appear in sets. Minor spoilers for season 4 below...

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  • Kui Mulang, the Yellow-Robe Demon: Probably not the most likely? He mostly serves as a minor antagonist for one episode and has a strong design, but otherwise doesn't play a major role. He could possibly appear again as a more major foe in another story arc if the theme continues.
  • Ao Lie, the White Dragon Horse: Possible, but again only shows up in one episode (and his design in the show doesn't necessarily look like it's based on a real fig to me).
  • Zhu Ganglie/Sha Wujing: In addition to the Journey to the West-inspired versions of Pigsy and Sandy from the sets, they also appear in their more distinct demon forms in the show. However, I'm not sure either is likely to appear in addition to the more toned down versions that appear in the sets.
  • Patriarch Bodhi: Might appear, but I doubt it. Bodhi appears multiple times in both the Scroll of Memory and the "real world" throughout the season as a mentor figure, but is not directly involved in any major conflicts or associated specifically with much that would seem to be a likely subject for a set.

EDIT: Can't forget the Jade Emperor himself! In the show he's depicted at a gigantic scale compared to other characters like the Azure Lion. It's possible he could appear as a giant build similar to ones from the Harry Potter or Ant-Man themes, but I wouldn't count on it.

Here are some of the things that I think may be possible subjects for sets in the future. Again, spoilers:

Spoiler
  • Sandy's new blimp/airship: This is probably the single most likely thing to appear in a future set. While it's only briefly shown off near the end of the new season, like Sandy's past vehicles (the ship, dronecopter, and van), it gets a big showy introduction and looks extremely "toyetic".
  • Lion Camel Ridge: While it has only briefly appeared in the season, it has a fairly distinctive design—maybe it'll appear as a more prominent setting in the Season 4 special?
  • DBK's Palace: I know, I know, I've been hoping for DBK and his family to get another set appearance for a while. But his palace does reappear in the show again this season and his family appears a couple times throughout the season. Maybe this'll be the time it happens?
  • The Jade Emperor's Palace: I don't know how likely this is given its aesthetic overlap with last year's Heavenly Realms set. But it's the last major setting in the current season and may be where MK and friends make their final stand against the Azure Lion and co.

All of this said, like last season, this year's season ends on a cliffhanger that will presumably be resolved in a TV special later in the year. Some summer sets may end up drawing more from subject matter in that than from what's happened in the season so far.

EDIT: Added a character I forgot.

Edited by Lyichir

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5 hours ago, Lyichir said:

So, here's the major new characters introduced so far this season, with notes about how likely I think they are to appear in sets. Minor spoilers for season 4 below...

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  • Kui Mulang, the Yellow-Robe Demon: Probably not the most likely? He mostly serves as a minor antagonist for one episode and has a strong design, but otherwise doesn't play a major role. He could possibly appear again as a more major foe in another story arc if the theme continues.
  • Ao Lie, the White Dragon Horse: Possible, but again only shows up in one episode (and his design in the show doesn't necessarily look like it's based on a real fig to me).
  • Zhu Ganglie/Sha Wujing: In addition to the Journey to the West-inspired versions of Pigsy and Sandy from the sets, they also appear in their more distinct demon forms in the show. However, I'm not sure either is likely to appear in addition to the more toned down versions that appear in the sets.
  • Patriarch Bodhi: Might appear, but I doubt it. Bodhi appears multiple times in both the Scroll of Memory and the "real world" throughout the season as a mentor figure, but is not directly involved in any major conflicts or associated specifically with much that would seem to be a likely subject for a set.

Here are some of the things that I think may be possible subjects for sets in the future. Again, spoilers:

  Reveal hidden contents
  • Sandy's new blimp/airship: This is probably the single most likely thing to appear in a future set. While it's only briefly shown off near the end of the new season, like Sandy's past vehicles (the ship, dronecopter, and van), it gets a big showy introduction and looks extremely "toyetic".
  • Lion Camel Ridge: While it has only briefly appeared in the season, it has a fairly distinctive design—maybe it'll appear as a more prominent setting in the Season 4 special?
  • DBK's Palace: I know, I know, I've been hoping for DBK and his family to get another set appearance for a while. But his palace does reappear in the show again this season and his family appears a couple times throughout the season. Maybe this'll be the time it happens?
  • The Jade Emperor's Palace: I don't know how likely this is given its aesthetic overlap with last year's Heavenly Realms set. But it's the last major setting in the current season and may be where MK and friends make their final stand against the Azure Lion and co.

All of this said, like last season, this year's season ends on a cliffhanger that will presumably be resolved in a TV special later in the year. Some summer sets may end up drawing more from subject matter in that than from what's happened in the season so far.

Interesting, I'm still a bit annoyed the scorpion never showed up in a set, so hopefully that doesn't happen again.

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I'm up to episode 5... And it references a lot from JTTW and Chinese Mythology...

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Tang finds the female land from the novel and gets offered the pregnancy water that the original Tang drank and had to abort his foetus. Did not expect them to put that in Monkie Kid 🤣

The Yellow Robed Demon and White dragon Horse that Lyichir already mentioned.

We see Chang'e taking her one way trip to the Moon.

We see a scene from one of Nezha's legends where he faces Ao Bing or Ao Guang or one of the other dragons from his story. I couldn't tell if it was the child Nezha, or if it was later in his story when he's been reborn from the Lotus.

The White Bone Spirit/Lady Bone Demon briefly appears, presumably in one of her early guises.

 

I'm intrigued to see how the English dub handles some of the stuff that would be very familiar to a Chinese audience, but not so much to Western viewers. I wonder if they just won't explain it like The Tutelary Deity in season 3, Wukong just called him Tu-De and that was all we got 🤣

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55 minutes ago, Takanuinuva said:
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Curious what happened to Mei's Samadhi Fire powers. Did Lady Bone Demon take them away last season?

 

I didn't get the impression she lost them—just that to keep them from getting out of control she can't utilize their full power in most scenarios.

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In the subbed version of episode 9 that I watched, she is still described by Patriarch Bodhi as the true wielder of the Samadhi Fire. So I imagine she still has that power.

 

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