Lyichir

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  1. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Oh, these are EXTREMELY good. Hopefully these ones will also release in the U.S., unlike the Hype collab...
  2. Lyichir

    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    Just wanted to pop in with another update. Lego has started to upload the Season 1 episodes to the YouTube in English, but has restricted them to viewers from Malaysia and Singapore. Luckily, fans have downloaded those episodes and reuploaded them to make them available to everyone in high quality! Compared to the Google Drive folder I shared earlier (which combined the visuals from the Chinese dub with the audio from the English dub), this is the fully dubbed version, meaning that not only is the audio English but so are occasional instances of text such as signage or comic-book style sound effects. Here is a link to a YouTube playlist of the episodes, which will hopefully remain available at least until Lego finally gets their act together and makes the episodes more widely available worldwide.
  3. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I think it's a little silly to call a Ninjago take on something like a medieval fantasy theme or an underwater theme "creatively bankrupt" when the alternatives that those people seem like they'd prefer ("vanilla" or non-Ninja-flavored versions of those sorts of themes) are all things Lego has already done in the past. And as people mention, Ninjago basically does one of those sorts of themes for a single wave and that's it—it's hardly standing in the way of those sorts of themes in the long term. And maybe it's because I'm a fan of Ninjago and the zanier and more offbeat it is, the more I like it, but I don't really see any reason why one-and-done waves of Ninjago are that much worse than the sort of one-and-done action themes Lego's done in the past. I certainly expect that if we were to get a new "vanilla" action theme along the lines of Atlantis or Power Miners, AFOLs would still be complaining that Lego had reimagined those as new themes instead of bringing back the old ones (the same way they whined about those themes for not being Aqua Raiders or Rock Raiders back in the day). So I'm not sure "unoriginality" is really the problem people make it out to be.
  4. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    There have definitely been others. Sweet Mayhem's helmet from TLM2 comes to mind (with black, white, and magenta plastic all used). The Sandy bigfig from Monkie Kid, too (some parts of him are probably preassembled rather than molded together but his head area uses orange, medium azure, and magenta plastic that seems to all be molded together).
  5. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Yup, it seems like today was the embargo date for reviews. Brickset and New Elementary have also posted reviews of the White Dragon Horse Jet, and there are also video reviews of some of the sets on YouTube.
  6. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Wild to me that neither site ever reviewed this set! It's definitely a solid build and a great playset with good interior and exterior detailing. And if you don't have any of the other sets it's a decent way to get all four main "heroes" from the first wave of sets (MK, Mei, Pigsy, and Sandy). Only real drawback is the price and the fact that it doesn't really have any exclusive figures... so if you were collecting with a focus on characters from the theme, your money might be better spent on some of the other sets, many of which are cheaper and would ultimately net you more of the villains from the theme along with most of the "good guys" from this set. If you plan to stick to just a few sets, though, you could do a lot worse than that one.
  7. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I think the prices are and have been largely fair (give or take a little depending on the set). I was mostly just remarking on how the sets skew larger and the prices skew higher than your average theme like Ninjago, where you typically get a large number of $10 to $20 dollar sets each year, and the largest set in a wave rarely exceeds $120 to $150 (excluding rare D2C sets). In this wave of Monkie Kid sets, there's not one but three sets exceeding $120, with the most expensive set costing $170. The same went for the first wave of sets. The high cost of those sets can be daunting for newcomers, even if the value you get for that money is generally quite strong. And at the lower price points, there's nothing really comparable to the wide selection of $10 to $15 "impulse" sets other themes get. And it's not like I don't understand why that might be the case for this theme. With reduced availability compared to other themes, and much more obscure subject matter for non-Asian audiences, the same business model those other themes utilize to net sales in supermarkets or big box stores might not be as practical here. Still, as a fan of the theme, I can't help but worry sometimes about how it's perceived, and how that might impact the theme's broader success.
  8. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Oh! One thing this does confirm is U.S. and other international pricing, which IIRC we previously didn't know for sure (though we could estimate with currency conversion). Unfortunately... it's still pretty high on average, much like last year. The cloud bike is at least cheaper than the cheapest set from last year, but $25 is still higher than your typical entry level set in most other themes. For my part at least, I can afford it, and the sets I'm most keen on (like the three biggest sets and the White Dragon Horse Jet) do feel like a good value. It's really interesting how much of a better value Red Son's Inferno Jet feels than the similarly priced White Dragon Horse Bike from last year, too—with most of the set contents condensed into one vehicle, it feels much more substantial than that set did with its contents split between a bike, hoverboard, and chunky barricade and gatehouse. But conversely, at $80, I'm definitely leaning back toward passing on the Lion Guardian... my main interest there was in the arcade build, and the price of the set as a whole feels a little too hefty to swallow for just that.
  9. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Chalk me up as somebody NOT tired of snakes. 2012 set up a really interesting duality between snakes and dragons stretching all the way back to Ninjago's origins, so to me it's neat to see Ninjago continuing to make use of that motif for future factions opposing the ninja. If these new snakes/eels do have electric powers, then you might be able to consider them "foreshadowed" somewhat by the electric eels Pythor made use of to power the Nindroids during the blackout in the Rebooted arc. Anyway, these sets do look pretty neat, and a lot like I had expected an underwater Ninjago arc to look. These definitely look very preliminary so I'm sure some things like color schemes and figure designs are liable to change, but so far what there is looks like interesting designs that stand apart from what we've had before. I will say that seeing that gorgeous underwater temple or the sea serpent-like water dragon do make me wish even more that Elves had stuck around to get a mermaid-themed undersea arc...
  10. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    I didn't mean to imply I was sure, just that I don't really have any set-in-stone expectations. Foil wings are definitely a possibility (among other things, the Ultra Dragon opted for those).
  11. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    To be honest I wouldn't necessarily expect fabric or foil wings on a Legacy Fire Dragon, given that one of its key aesthetic features in the original set was how its wings formed a sort of sunburst pattern behind the Fire Temple. Of course, this set doesn't include the Fire Temple, so they could presumably go a different direction with it, but I'm not sure quite how likely that is for a Legacy set. Personally, whether they're brick-built or foil I hope it does evoke the bold colors and radial lines of the original set, since I've never really been fond of the more generically fleshy look of the dragons from those earliest episodes of the show. For the Water Dragon, since it's not based on an older set, we have no idea what to expect—we don't honestly know for sure if it will have wings at all.
  12. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    They're definitely not blue... :P I'm not too miffed about the figure pack. If nothing else it'll definitely be the cheapest way to pick up casual Mei for those who haven't gotten the Inferno Truck or the new Lion Guardian, and with any luck the racing suits will be both new and costumes that appear in the show. The mini-builds look cute, too. It would definitely have been better to get a pack with three or four brand-new figs, but honestly one more set at an impulse price certainly doesn't hurt one way or the other.
  13. Lyichir

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Maybe, but in general most villains in the Legacy theme have kept bespoke heads to a minimum. The classic Samukai fig required not one but two head molds that were never used for anything else again... I'm not sure how likely it'd be to see them brought back, nor can I really think of a way to effectively depict Samukai's distinctive look and hunched pose with molds from other figures.
  14. Lyichir

    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    This topic hasn't seen much activity lately, so I figure it's time for an update! The four-episode Lunar New Year special aired in China earlier this week! Here is a link to a Google Drive folder with all the episodes. There are currently some folks on Twitter working on English fansubs, but it's not implausible that the English dub itself might air in countries like Malaysia very soon (since the actual date of the Lunar New Year is tomorrow). I'm hoping that tomorrow may be the date when the sets get "officially" revealed worldwide as well, and that ideally that announcement might accompany news on when and how the series will be distributed in America and Europe (but no guarantees—it wouldn't be the first time I got my hopes up for that news only to have them dashed).
  15. Lyichir

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Nice! I hadn't really been so keen on that one based on the pictures, but seeing the functionality in action does make it slightly more appealing to me. Combined with the arcade build that might bump it up to a "get" for me.