JJ Tong (zfogshooterz)

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    Aspiring to be a "hardcore" minifigures collector, having a liking themes that are originally created by LEGO. And a Bionicle (mostly G2) and Hero Factory enthusiast.

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  1. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    The Island sets of Ninjago are planned to be released in march but they've already been revealed, so yeah it's definitely isn't a hard rule indeed. Since Vidiyo is going to be revealed on the 26th, that's a day I'm looking forward to now. Thankfully, I'm already intrigued and curious with Vidiyo, so that juice is good enough for me for that day. Monkie Kid would a nice bonus to make the day better if it get revealed too.
  2. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    Lego Ideas 90th Anniversary Fan Vote

    Definitely same here too. Out of all the 80s - 90s space themes, UFO is also by far my favorite. Pretty much what got me started into discovering a lot of pre-2000s castle and space themes.
  3. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    Lego Ideas 90th Anniversary Fan Vote

    Voted for two themes - Adventurers - Aside from slightly being a sucker for Egyptian themed stuffs, it's specifically more on me really liking Pharaoh Hotep. He looks to be a really dark and cool villain for that time so it would be real nice to have a modern version of the minifigure. Even better, would be really nice too to have a darker reimagining of a build surrounding the pharaoh. It's unlikely, but one can dream. And... Bionicle - Because why not. To be honest, an 18+ Bionicle set has never appealed to me. What drew me to the theme back then was the figures and the waves of new stuffs so this alley is not my cup of tea. But hey, there's always the possibility that I might be pleasantly surprised. Too bad there wasn't UFO anywhere, I would've voted the heck out of that!
  4. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Oh yeah, I had forgotten about Macaque, would definitely be real nice to have him included. Dark versions of Monkie Kid/Monkey King's stuffs will always be welcomed by me - If it actually happens, that is. The concept is certainly strong there. After taking a closer look at the quadcopter (was distracted by the spider themed minifigures the whole time), I actually am starting to like it much more now, It isn't your typical jet set or helicopter (boy, we already have too many of those from various themes). And it just dawned on me that the quadcopter is kinda based on a delivery drone with the containers as "packages". So yeah, definitely funky indeed. Also, for some reason, I'm really digging that Mei-themed arcade machine. A really nice touch. Assuming the Arachnoid Base is the biggest set of the wave (along with the faction's inclusion in another set) which would indicate the Spider Queen being the major antagonist for this wave, I'd be surprised if the White Bone Spirit is included in the wave considering the final arc and cliffhanger of the season which suggests that there's really something big going on with the Spirit. Most likely indeed they're saving it for a dedicated future wave. Though I guess it is possible for the new host as a minifigure to appear as a cameo in this upcoming wave.
  5. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Just saw the HD images of The Island sets too. Overall, I was already very impressed when they were originally leaked but damn, I want them even more now! And yeah, that poster of S14 is absolutely lit! I'm definitely much more excited and looking forward even more to checking out that season! Oh man!
  6. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Oh man, that sounds really fun haha! I'm slightly curious on how Red Son's jets going to turn out as the bull faction doesn't have a fully-fledged flying vehicle. As for the White Dragon Horse Jet, yeah, I don't find myself caring for it. Hopefully the other three unnamed sets have more variety in them such as more stuffs for the Gold and Silver Horned Demons. As much as I dig the bull faction, I really hope they don't take up all the spotlight there. Would be real nice to have more new villains as Journey to the West does have a nice variety of antagonists to reimagine. The Arachnoid Base definitely sounds like a good start.
  7. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    Whoa, I did not expect the Arachnoid Base. I was already mind-blown by how awesome the spider-themed minifigures are, so now I'm pretty excited to check how that base set is going to be.
  8. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Damn, just read it and that's pretty terrible. It's already pretty shitty enough that he's doing what he's doing (grabbing all the stocks of a new set shortly after it's released to artificially inflate the scarcity). And it's one thing to not have the decency to leave out one for the kid but to have the balls to tell them that they should've gotten there sooner and then attempting to sell his mother the very set for a much higher price afterwards? I know he's most likely preying on the desperation but seriously? Friggin' scalpers...
  9. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Yikes, my bad for not reading there. Does this means that we're only getting one villain set (If Temple of the Infinite sea is a villain set) and if I'm not mistaken, 71751 is skipped too. (If the Fire Dragon wasn't a villain set) Also, thanks for clarifying! And seeing the later replies, if the villains are fire-based, I'm surprised that we would be returning to fire-themed villains again pretty close to the Pyro Vipers. I always find the fire dragon to be Kai's a very plausible theory since there's always the possible theory that this wave might not only just be a Nya season but a similar repeat like Hands of Time where it's both siblings instead. On the other hand "Attack of the Fire Dragon" does sound like as a villain set which I would agree that it could lead to this reply : I do find this a be quite a fun direction! If that's actually the case, I really hope they don't botch it like with Zane in SotFS haha.
  10. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Interesting, with temp name of 71752 being "Amphibian Submarine", it sounds to me that despite the summer wave being underwater themed, we're probably not having deep-sea creature as the villains. Though the "salamander folks" does sound like a cool concept for villains to me now. And definitely looking forward to checking out the 'Temple of the Infinite Sea". Sounds really dope!
  11. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Have to say, the garden definitely looks really awesome connected to the docks and city. I'm almost tempted to grab it, but yeah, unfortunately it's a pass for me as I have other plans. Regardless of collecting it, I definitely agree that it would be nice to see more extensions, if there are more planned. A great choice indeed, it would've look so out of place if the box went for the route of 18+.
  12. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Ah I see, so that explains it. So it was more of an added bonus rather than originally being part of the plan for the arc. Which means Legacy was most likely something already planned from the start. I still find it to have much wasted potential as there are still coincendental loose ends set up by S.O.G. and Hunted that have not been tied up or followed. But considering it's production origins, it's now more understandable. Anyway, thanks for that piece of the puzzle!
  13. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Yeah, that I'd have to agree with you, It would be real nice for the villains to have more sets. At the very least one more. As for the recent mainline waves, I'd agree to them not being that that balanced but not that bad either. They just need tweaks to get there. Like adding the Pyro Vipers' Pyramid base set for the Fire Chapter portion of SotFS, replacing Jay's Velocity Racer with a Red Visor Speeder in 71709 for Prime Empire. Surprisingly, I find MotM very balanced. The whole assemble the dungeon felt pretty much playing on villain's turf. Maybe adding a Geckle and Munce each centric "base" extension set would really cool. So yeah, it's mainly just Legacy's overwhelming Ninja vehicles rehashes I'm just tired of. But I actually have more issues with Legacy than just the overwhelming amount of Ninja vehicles. After seeing how mediocre March of the Oni turned out, I started to question on the idea of Legacy perhaps being the reason for it's heavily wasted potential. If LEGO wanted Ninjago to be an evergreen theme and then pushed for Legacy, resulting in the conclusion to the Oni and Dragon trilogy getting cut short and be redone in a much smaller scale without any wave of sets. How would MotO turn out if it used Legacy's resources? Or of course, on the other hand, it could be the Ninjago team couldn't figure out where to take the whole thing and have Legacy as a placeholder to cover that. However, that doesn't really make sense either, as why go through the trouble of building up S.O.G. and Hunted just to fall flat? Sure, of course, I'll admit that Legacy does bring some gems like more Elemental Masters and the Ninjago City Gardens and some really cool redesigns but I couldn't help thinking if Legacy weren't here would it's resources made the mainline waves much better instead of getting split? However, there's also the possibility of the scenario of LEGO deciding said resources be diverted to other themes instead if Legacy doesn't exist. While I'm not crazy over Ultra Agents themselves and still find the ADU to be incredibly boring, I will admit that the tradeoff is very much worth it as both theme's villains are just stellar! So yeah, I can see the balance there. Agents...on the other hand, despite being balanced, personally I find both sides to be pretty meh to the point where I'd prefer Ninjago anytime.
  14. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    1) As much as I understand of the feelings of tiredness on how shoehorned the ninja vehicles are (and I am), I feel the payoff of the tradeoffs is in the villains. Their designs can get really creative at times - like with the recent Keepers set, I am very impressed with them. Currently, set-wise, I'm mainly just looking forward to checking out how cool the villains are. This is also why Legacy lost its appeal to me very quickly and why I don't plan on collecting them anytime soon (except for the Overlord). The whole aspect just felt pretty unbalanced with overwhelming number of ninja vehicles. On the other hand, as tiresome as most ninja vehicles are, I think I'll take them over the chance of another theme turning the good guys into another case of Agents, Ultra Agents, and the ADU of Alien Conquest, they are just boring as heck. (However again, I do think Legacy is already pushing it.). I do hope the sets of S15 doesn't remind me of Aqua Raiders or Atlantis. Both types of vehicles are nice for their theme but it's going to be extremely odd for Ninjago. Though "Hydro" doesn't seem like a good sign. Oh well, I'm just going to wait and see. 2) It's rare but there are times that I do feel the question of did Ninjago overstayed it's welcome when they start covering other unexpected aspects since 2015? They don't give the vibes like 2011 or 2012 anymore. However, despite touching various aspects like Ghost, Pirates, Biker Gangs, Dieselpunk, Cyberpunk and now Islanders, the limits of being in Ninjago does give them a nicely unique design which does in a way is part of the charm that I've eventually grown to appreciate very much. I'm just going enjoy the ride that is the variety the Ninjago offers. Could these other themes be made into a theme of their own? Probably. I guess LEGO could always do those themes again after Ninjago ends since nowadays a lot of things are kinda rehash of rehashes but with new twists. Whether it's actually going to be done is another issue though, but in the scenario of that doesn't happen, I definitely agree with Kim-Kwang-Seok on appreciating Ninjago while it's still there as it's still an original theme with a nice variety. It's better than nothing with the ever-shrinking pool of original themes. Personally for me, the Pilot, Season 1 and Ninjaball Run of season 2 does give me a certain itch to grab certain sets, so I'd say they are kinda enough of a success for being commercial-ish. Anything after those, yeah, not really. I'm just there for the story - the biggest factor I can only relate to would be the vibes between the season and it's corresponding set wave. Of course, the former examples have nothing on those actual set commercial which are still the best adverts! Yeah, pirates and castle themed sets were really good and interesting from the 80s, 90s, Knights Kingdoms II, Fantasy Era Castle, Kingdoms and Pirates 2009. I had a great time exploring those. Pirates 2015 and Castle 2013...not so much. They felt like blatant rehashes, nothing that interesting about them in my opinion. Like Legacy, despite being original themes, they would be one of the last things I would touch if not never.
  15. JJ Tong  (zfogshooterz)

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Not exactly though, for the new Overlord, the leaks shows the golden master-esque print on the standard minifigure torso while also only having two arms. The first legacy Overlord's armor-esque print is on the torso extension while his standard minifig torso is just in black with some purple smoke as print. Edit- and I got beaten just by a minute haha.