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  1. Oh, I dig the training grounds, and it seems like if you combine it with the dojo, it adds a lot more play value to the dojo, which definitely helps keep it balanced overall. I’m gonna grab both for sure just to get all the characters new suits in 2 sets. Probably going to grab that combo mech too cause that one is just awesome. 

  2. Definitely seems from how the designers been talking about it that “core” will be a bit easier and more kid friendly to build while the show based waves will be more of what we’re used to with more detailed and intricate builds. I’m cool with that honestly, we get some nice displays but also keep new fans coming in and get some easier and more play friendly things between show seasons. I’ve been getting sick of legacy anyway, at least core allows for new vehicle/location designs as well as revisiting old ones. 

  3. 40 minutes ago, Lyichir said:

    I really like that little polybag (though it's probably better to discuss in the 2022 topic)! It's neat to not only get a new setting even in a set that small, but one that thematically ties in with Journey to the West (since Monkey King first obtained his staff from the undersea palace of the Dragon King of the East Sea).

    Huh, maybe that’s how they get the new staff then… would be weird to explain a plot point so important via a polybag, but it Kinda makes sense.

  4. 4 hours ago, Fenghuang0296 said:

    Oh, also, wasn’t there supposed to be some kind of Training Grounds set or something? Because I’m seeing a couple of very conspicuous Technic pinholes in that temple that look like things should be able to attach to them. Think it’ll be a retail exclusive?

    That one is apparently releasing in March

  5. 22 minutes ago, Lego David said:

    So we're supposed to just cheer and applaud everything LEGO does? I get that maybe I may be a bit to negative sometimes, but that doesn't mean we can't criticize something we invest so much of our time and money into. 

    Any person who takes their hobby seriously is gonna also have criticisms. Otherwise, we're just mindless consumers. 

    I will try to express my thoughts in a more positive light on this forum in the future though. 

    first let me just say I apologize if I worded that badly, especially in the first post and hopefully not in this post but I’m bad at tonal regulation over text so it may still be worded imperfectly. I’m a bit frustrated at how overly negative these forums have been getting towards anything made to be an actual toy, and I let that slip into my wording here, so I am sorry for that. 

    Now to actually reply,
    It’s not that you should just cheer and applaud mindlessly, it’s more of not subjecting yourself to stuff you very clearly hate. Money is what speaks to companies. People didn’t like vidiyo, so they didn’t buy vidiyo and it went away. If you’re watching all the content and engaging with it constantly, lego takes that as a good  sign. If you just let it go, then that’s one less viewer for them, and a lot less anger for you.

    Also, people who do enjoy ninjago and want to engage with it generally don’t enjoy having the thing they like torn into EVERY TIME a new product or story is revealed. How would you feel if you loved something and EVERYWHERE you looked people were complaining and trying to get it canceled. That’s what I find nearly every time I try to engage with the afol community. Hidden side, nexo knights, ultra agents, ninjago, monkie kid, every single time. It makes me hesitant to ever engage with discussions on this or other similar sites.

  6. Dude if you don’t like it just don’t watch or buy it. Constant negativity isn’t good for you and your constant negativity isn’t any good for this forum. You seem convinced that if ninjago ends then lego will go back to doing classic themes and it won’t. It just won’t. If ninjago ends then we just get more Star Wars, Harry Potter, and marvel/DC.

    And about all the arguments of “oversized” vehicles and forced play features, I’ll just say that if you’re mad a toy company is making toys, get another hobby. They’re not supposed to just be put on a shelf, they’re supposed to be played with.

  7. This wave pleases me greatly. Not a huge fan of mei’s car, but the fire wheel more than makes up for it, the characters seem to have multiple new outfits and expressions, a good few new characters, and while the factory isn’t quite what I expected it’s a nice little space station set and the city is amazing looking. 

    the staff creations definitely furthers my theory that the gang will reforge the staff with a new ability to become what mk is thinking about, allowing quick changes in vehicles to throw lbd off, but it seems like mei is the one wielding whatever the ring weapons turn out to be

  8. 7 minutes ago, Bloquerto said:

    I'm excited for Chang'e Moon Cake Factory, Macaque Mech and Nezha's set. 

    I love how the galactic explorer looks, but the city and factory are what I’m most looking forward to! Monkie kid’s buildings have always been great so getting some bigger ones rather than the pack in’s with big vehicles will be awesome.


    also interested in seeing what the “staff creations” set will be. It could be a location set where the gang will be re-forging the staff, could be something like the queen whatevra set where you can make a bunch of different builds, could even be a tiny set with just a bunch of little alternate builds for the staff at different sizes or with different add ons… certainly the biggest unknown of the wave.

  9. Lego has revealed the set names for the January wave

    Monkie kid galactic explorer
    Evil macaque's mech
    Chang'e moon cake factory
    Mei's dragon car
    The city of lanterns
    Monkie kid's staff creations
    Nezha's fire ring

    so we’ve already seen that the explorer has a decent amount of environment to it, but to also get 2 full location sets (maybe 3? Fire ring could go either way), and what seems to be a small set in the “staff creations” one, it seems they have been listening to the feedback given about wanting more locations and cheap sets. Rumor on Instagram is that pictures may show up tomorrow since lego put the instruction listings up, so I can’t wait to see what these look like!

  10. More of the target merch was revealed including spaceman notebooks, shirts, and gift wrapping paper, some of which seems to show grey space minifigs with helmets, with both light and dark grey. I know we had a grey space torso in the rocket boy minifig, but given the helmets and regular sized legs, I’m inclined to believe these will be released in some form later. 

    this seems like a huge push (2 puzzles, shirts in multiple sizes, a backpack/handbag, 4 plushes, at least one notebook, gift wrapping paper, etc.) for a theme that’s been out of production for so long now, and it’s not like they’re trying to use the presence on Benny to market since none of these have the scuffed logo or cracked chin, so I’ve gotta wonder if there’s going to be a few new space sets soon. Maybe the anniversary thing will be a full line with a few sets from each of the winning themes? 

  11. Honestly this isn’t bastardizing anything, sure the means to get there are different but the original stories and other Chinese myths have included the moon goddess chang’e, who lives in a temple on the moon and has connections to pigsy’s equivalent in the original story.

    They showed the moon and chang’es jade rabbit companion on the map of locations they need to go to in the last season’s finale, so I don’t know why this surprises anyone. Sure sending Hercules off into space would be going against source material, but journey to the west already has precedent for a moon adventure.

  12. Seems like everyone except wukong and pigsy come in the shuttle set. Makes sense since pigsy has a history with chang’e, who seems to be who they’re going to see in the shuttle (she’s on the moon) and wukong may be written out for a chunk of the story since all his powers may be drained. 

    Sandy as a minifig is an interesting choice, and I’m loving the shuttle itself so far. It seems to fit a minimum of 4 since that’s a fairly large cockpit part at the front and at least 2 seats in the second section behind it. Possibly 5 if tang is able to stay on the buggy while it’s in the ship, although I doubt that.

    wonder if mk will regain enough of his drained powers to make the shuttle, or if the shuttle will be from the same place as the dronecopter and cloud jet and we finally get some answers about those.

  13. I honestly don’t get the hate for the snakes. Snakes ARE the main antagonistic force in the series. It’s what people know the show for, it’s just a part of it, and while I appreciate the variety we get sometimes, the fact of it is they’ll always default to snakes eventually because that’s what the line IS. 

    People don’t complain when Star Wars introduces a new ____-trooper, retcon or brand new iteration, so how is this any different? Transformers will always have decepticons, ghostbusters will always have ghosts, Star Wars will always have troopers, and ninjago will always have snakes. 

    that said, I do wish we had a few more variants for the heads to get mixed around like the original snake tribes had, but I get why they don’t. 

  14. 6 hours ago, Fenghuang0296 said:

    So far we’re getting news and leaks regarding sets with a January release date. Monkie Kid 1HY sets have consistently released in March. This is normal.

    Of course, if January comes and we still haven’t heard anything, then we can worry. But considering the TV show’s supposedly going to continue until 2023 at least, I think we’re safe.

    We also know that set designs for 2023 are in development, so I don’t think there’s anything to worry about

  15. 1 hour ago, RichardGoring said:

    Just another data point, but I saw loads of Monkie Kid sets discounted at a local LEGO Store (Boston South Shore) yesterday. They had a table full of them, with a few Brick Sketches too. The only other sets I've seen on sale before like  this recently are Hidden Side and Chinese New Year ones. I do hope that the Amazon tie in starts to broaden the awareness of these sets. Or it could just be this one store that ordered too many.

    A lot are on sale, but if you look at them (atleast if it’s anything like my local store) it’s wave 1 and and 2, sets that all (with maybe 1 exception in the speed boat) use translucent neon orange, a color lego doesn’t make anymore.

  16. 54 minutes ago, scottypavarotti said:

    Ah! Ok, that makes sense, although is frustrating. I was indeed looking for it via Prime. Thanks, that wasn’t clear, at least to me. I’ve never even heard of Amazon Kids+ as a separate thing.

    Me either, honestly feels like a mistake to put it there since they don’t seem to advertise anything for it, but as long as it keeps whatever’s being produced for the line in China coming to the states, I’ll put up with it. 

  17. 1 hour ago, Lyichir said:

    Are you looking on regular Amazon Prime? Unfortunately (and somewhat confusingly), the show is starting out exclusive to their "Amazon Kids+" streaming service for kids shows, which is a separate streaming app for kids with its own separate payment plan (Prime customers get a discount but still have to pay for it on top of their Prime subscription). It's supposedly going to be available on standard Amazon Prime at a later date (possibly alongside the release of the sets on Amazon).

    The current rumor for the regular prime release is October, so presumably it’ll be the same day the sets drop

  18. glad to be seemingly proven right! Given 1 season and 1 special per year, with 1 full wave and 1 smaller wave to coincide with each seems to be the norm for this line, this should give us a good few more sets. Will be interested to see how us distribution turns out. If the show and sets do well enough on Amazon I can honestly see these starting to go to more stores.

  19. 14 hours ago, Garmetrowolf said:

    So any news whether there will actually be new sets or not? I saw the press release that said there would be new sets, but then read elsewhere that the release might just be referring to Amazon putting up the existing sets for sale on its website... The latter seems unlikely if the sets did well in Asia and they're talking about a multi-year deal but just wanted to confirm... for my own anxiety. :grin:

    Monkie kid sells VERY well in China. Even if for whatever reason they decide to stop releasing it in the us even after finally getting a streaming release, they are highly unlikely to fully stop making the show or line any time soon


    also, I found the mk and red son keychains at my lego store, so the rumor of no more monkie kid products coming to the lego stores seems to be disproved. I highly doubt they’d be releasing tie in products for a line they aren’t gonna carry anymore.

  20. one thing i think may be a factor in the retirement is the fact that, maybe 2 sets aside, ALL of the ones going on clearance use the translucent neon orange, a color which is going out of production. and even if the sets are leaving stores in the us entirely, its still selling like crazy in china. it may go online only, which i think is a huge mistake, but the line isn't likely being canned entirely. I'm cautiously optimistic about that amazon listing meaning the online release may be an indicator of the line getting a wider release, even if only online, and that the retirement is more due to the inability to continue producing those sets due to the color.