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    Avid fan of LEGO, but mostly limited to Ninjago and Mixels. Aspiring writer, keen artist, ok photographer.


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  1. Tobias_Jay

    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Nowhere has it been said that these ‘Reimagined’ videos are to become the standard for the animation for the show. It’s five different short films from five different animation studios based around Ninjago. They’re one offs. While there may be the occasional ‘anime’ style in episodes to come, the LEGO visual style they’ve been using for ten years isn’t going anywhere.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Thank you very much for the info, fingers crossed! If you’re willing to wait until May, an independent LEGO shop near me (that does nationwide shipping) called I’m Rick James Bricks is set to have the Gardens for $400, which is a reasonable saving. I’m far too impatient to wait until then, but maybe that info can help those in Australia wanting to find it a bit cheaper than what LEGO themselves is offering.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Is anyone else in Australia still seeing ‘Coming Soon’ on the Gardens? The first time I’m financially available and eager to purchase a D2C the midnight of release day and it doesn’t turn up! It was a late night for me last night holding onto hope, to no avail. All fools to me, I guess.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2021

    Then there is surely another Legacy set coming out later in the year, unless the Ultra Sonic Raider has both golden Nya and Zane. They surely wouldn’t put them in a 4+ set. I was hoping the Fire Dragon would be a Legacy Elemental Fire Dragon under the Possession banner, putting right the Fire Dragon set we were deprived of back in 2015. Personally also still holding onto that fickle hope for a Great Devourer set for the tenth anniversary year. I love the idea of a 4+ Bounty, could be a really fun looking set.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Oh, of course. I probably should have worded myself better. I said many unanswered questions because, as you say, there are so many things set up in the show that either haven’t been addressed or left for later. I was meaning there would be no unanswered questions that would make the show feel incomplete (ala Nexo Knights). Assuming the Skull Sorcerer’s Vengestone buyer will be revealed in the next season or the one after, there aren’t many major plot threads that need addressing. It happens so often with cartoons, being axed before every character thread is tied up neatly, that I have this fear/cynical expectation it’ll happen to Ninjago... Absolutely, I’d say it’s less of a ‘stretch the show out’ scenario and more of a ‘keeping some eggs in the basket’ method. I imagine with the early days of Ninjago being so stop start, they must have forced themselves into a habit of keeping some things unrevealed for the time so they have something to draw from when developing future storylines.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    This is a very good point. The Ninjago seasons have been very insular. The events of the season don’t impact the world of Ninjago Or the characters like the Masters of Spinjitzu seasons did. They really feel like ‘slice of life’ events that keep the ninja busy and us entertained after they’ve reached the dizzying heights of defeating the Oni. They really could just chop the theme now and we wouldn’t be left with many unanswered questions, just a significant hole in many hearts, my own included. Again, I know LEGO can be brutal with cutting themes, but from the sounds of the tweets from developers and designers on the theme, it doesn’t sound like they are slowing Ninjago down at the moment. I believe Andreasen said that he’s practically ‘breathing Ninjago at the moment,’ which doesn’t sound like they’re wrapping them up just yet. But I was young and out of the loop when Bionicle was axed, so I don’t know about the internal politics that went on before its demise and if there are any parallels to Ninjago now. On the topic of the movie, it’ll be interesting to see, assuming Ninjago will be around for a few more years, if we’ll get Legacy sets based on the movie or if they’ll focus solely on the sets based on the show
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    LEGO has been brutal with cutting themes in the past, but given they’ve already begun work on 2022 content, I’d say we will have Ninjago at least until then. As a general rule, if someone says “LEGO Announces ‘such and such’” don’t take it as fact unless there’s evidence of LEGO actually saying it.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    As much as I’d LOVE for that to happen, I don’t think we’re going to get all of that for $9.99 (I’m assuming the prices are in USD). Maybe we’ll get one spinner for the ninja and then the villain gets a small vehicle or some big weapon. I envision the sets will have some kind of gimmicky function, unless they’re more in the style of the Arcade Pods from earlier this year. I will also echo that I hope character cards like we got in 2011/12 will be included though.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    If the villain included isn’t Fugi-Dove, I say we riot.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    I’ll put my money on them being super fake. Those comparisons you’ve drawn are spot on, especially on the ElectroMech, which looks near identical to the original. Legacy remakes have, so far, been incredibly distinctive from the originals. I honestly can’t remember, but it does feel way too early to be seeing pictures of the next wave.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    That is something many forget, that a CMF line needs to appeal to significant portion of the LEGO market. It’s exactly why the Ninjago Movie CMF contained very few in the way of minifigures that hardcore fans would actually enjoy. Notice there was only ONE actual ninja minifigure in that line and it was a repackaged figure from the set line. (I guess three if you want to count Kendo Kai and Spinjitzu Training Nya, but even they weren’t anything to write home about.) I’m not saying I wouldn’t like a Ninjago CMF, I would love to see it happen. I just can’t see it happening and if it does, I can’t imagine it will give the fans everything they’re hoping for. Now another Ninjago People Pack, that I can really get behind. I would love to see a Legacy Tournament of Elements People Pack with the four Elemental Masters we’re missing. I predict that next year’s Legacy line will include more fan service-y stuff, seeing as it’s the tenth anniversary of the line. Legacy, so far, hasn’t really given us anything in the way of minifigures we’ve missed out on, bar the Digiverse Zane I suppose, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the line next year.
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2020

    Usually, it’s people inside the factories that leak pictures of pieces and sets to these knockoff brands (and to us). I believe it’s one of the main reasons LEGO don't showcase future sets at the public Toy Fairs anymore. The myriad pictures that were taken there and posted online were used by knockoff brands to replicate sets. It’s interesting that we didn’t see many leaks for Monkie Kid before the official unveiling, but obviously the people who shouldn’t see them did. A shame really.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Maybe we’ll see a Legacy wave similar to the Day of the Departed line of sets; reimagined vehicles and minifigure designs reappropriated for a new storyline. They’d have to do something a bit more for the tenth anniversary, seeing as we’ve had Legacy sets for the last couple of years. Just another Legacy wave wouldn’t feel all that remarkable.
  14. Tobias_Jay

    Decal Wish List

    Hi, i’m happy to give these a crack. I’m on a bit of a decal designing blitz, so I might have them done by the end of the weekend. Was it just those torsos you wanted?
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I don’t think the warehouses are bare as such, I just think that the process of getting stock from warehouse to store shelves has been slowed due to intense sanitation measures and rules around the staff permitted on the premises. And I do apologise if I came off as insensitive earlier. I don’t mean to diminish the importance LEGO has on us AFOLs just because there’s a pandemic going on, but I read back what I wrote and it definitely comes off that way. What I meant to say is please don’t let your disappointment at LEGO not meeting a release date turn into resentment for LEGO as a business. It’s not like they want to limit the amount of sets they release, it’s just a product of circumstance. It’s perfectly healthy to be upset about it though, don’t let angry people on the internet like me tell you different!