Rogue Angel

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  1. Seeing them in person, I am much more impressed than I expected.

    I agree with @Itaria No ShintakuShintaku that the Viking is phenomenal since the helmet and beard are separate. Great new shield, torso is excellent, and I love seeing the longspear in another fig. This is a $5.00 fig to me. I hope he has a good, versatile head.

    I am very happy with the Raven shield and the yellow torso/legs (bright light orange?) On the Knight. 

    The female swashbucklers hat/hair will be very useful for pirates and 1700's English/British/French, which is great! 

    The pinata boy's sombrero has far more utility for Western builds than the previous 3 versions, so that's an excellent piece too!

    Turtle looks great - limited build incorporation potential, but will work well for ocean/sea builds.

    Some of the other figures look better than I expected: bunny girl, drone guy (that will be a useful piece), space fan looks great with all the details. I am a fan of the llama as well. 

    The viking's fantastic separate helmet and entire ensemble, along with the Knight's heraldry and garb really make the series for me.


  2. The CMF Series used to open huge doors to building new eras or archetypes (Zombies, Spartans, Romans, Egyptians, Elves, Dwarves, Valkyries, Caveman, Gnome, Hazmat, Aztecs, Conquistador, Galaxy Squad, Amazon, Native American, American Revolution, Hun, Space Miner, Goblin, Mariachi/Mexican, Middle Eastern, Golden-age Spaceman, Gladiators) through series 17 in May of 2017.  Since then, we have had one normal series out of 8 releases, (with just the Monkeyking and Blacktron update). And now this series has nothing new (other than maybe the power ranger). 

    I do like the variety of the new city characters that are released with each CMF, as well as the new sports teams you can create to populate a stadium, but those just slightly enhance my City builds.

    The historic/space/fantasy figs that are army-builders open the door to build in new eras or with new fantastical races or beings and essentially grant NEW THEMES!

    The costume characters are likewise one-offs that have very little impact to my builds, even if they are really well done or hilarious.

    To me, It's all about the impact figures will have on opening up new avenues to build in.  I want to be able to build in different time periods, different cultures, different Themes, which the CMF line used to facilitate. That"s why I put so much weight on each normal CMF series release.


  3. At $5 a piece, I expect a new mold for every figure. Especially for non-licensed. 150% price increase since Series 1 is ridiculous, regardless of inflation or a couple new molds.

    The series is lackluster, due to it's complete lack of adding variety to the Lego world. The unique niche city characters are just fine (pinata, hip hop, rocket, pajamas, drone), the llama is extremely  topical right now with Fortnite being so popular, and the peapod is fine. The sea turtle is better than another cat or dog. The female swashbuckler is overdue, but is not an army builder.  The Knight is the only potential army builder unless the Viking turns out to have separate helmet/beard.

    No new historical eras at all (I don't count 80s),  no new city professions represented, no exciting new molds. Only one army builder. And $5 a piece (I assume)

    And now we wait another year ?️


  4. 1 - Sombrero boy.

    2 - gymnast? Acrobat?

    3 - Ice cream cone, pie or cookie girl

    4 - Space mech

    5 - Female swashbuckler (I really thought there were more pirate figs in the CMF line)

    6 - Castle builder guy/kid

    7 - Wolf or squirrel girl (please!!!!)

    8 - rehash Viking Warrior

    9 - your hoard fig? Terra Cotta warrior?

    10 - New Egyptian figure?

    11 - female hockey or baseball player?

    12 - female diver w turtle?

    13 - another robin  hood or leprechaun? 

    14 - male Opera singer? Guitar player?

    15 - female mechanic?

    16 - clown? 


  5. 41 minutes ago, LOTR34 said:

    It's not the matter of animation.We compare Ninjago to anime because of the concept.Ninjas driving ridiculous vehicles and mechs vs skeletons,cyborgs,snake people etc...This the very definition of action/shounen anime.

    Anime is a Japanese style of animation that has nothing to do with the subject matter. Ninago is animated Lego. Just because there are ninjas, that doesn't make it anime in any way. 


  6. 15 hours ago, Lego David said:

    It's still too early to judge though. We have barely seen two minifigures. There would be a lot more to the theme than that. Keep your opinion for when we get actual pictures of the sets.

    The figures are the draw for me as a historic builder. If the minifigures are futuristic in any way, the theme is a bust for me. Ninjago has mixed in some useful generic minifig parts on occasion, but it was no castle/Lotr/Potc. Two minifigures shift the potential from 80-90% of the figures being useful to 10-20%, if I am lucky. They could do a wierd mix of futuristic and historic, but as soon as you add electronics, jeans, sneakers, modern details to the torsos and special parts, it becomes useless for historic building. 

     

    Ninjago is animated. Anime is something completely different.


  7. The knock-off brands sets are just an idea of what we might see for this theme. I don't know why so many people would assume there are going to be vehicles in this line? I keep reading comparisons on this thread to Nexo and Chima, but there is nothing in the lore of this story to make me expect anything futuristic or technology based.  Ninjago has turned Nexo (and useless) this year, but that doesn't mean this theme will be. 

    This looks to be a mythological/fantasy theme with some animal-humanoids which sounds great to me.

    I could be wrong, but I think maybe the big vehicle/futuristic ships is more aimed at American kids? 

     


  8. Being a well established classic story, it sounds like this would be like most of the Disney fairy tale movies, which you wouldn't call copying.

    This is also a current production line for this company, and these easily could have been released in response to the Series 19 Monkey King CMF, depending on when they were first release.


  9. Prelude: What Lies Beneath

    A Prelude to Challenge IV

    Deep beneath the broken wastelands of Western Varlyrio lie the subterranean caverns where the Kogari dwell.

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    When the Kolgari immigrated underground during the Great Cataclysm, they lost the sun as a source of nourishment for their trees and plants.  The Kolgari were able to use their ancient sorcery to summon up a new source of magic to sustain life.

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    Some Kogari say the magic draws from the areas around to collect in orbs of bright concentrated magic.  Others say that portals have been opened to another realm that exudes light and magic.  Whatever the method, the magic has fostered life in the caverns, but it has also altered the plant life in many ways.  The most striking change has been the bright hues of pink and purple foliage. 

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    Dalnas Moonflame is the MaidenLord of the Andassi Shrine, which sits near the Mashana Rift.  She is flanked by two Blade Mages as she surveys her domain. 

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    Her thoughts return to the high priestess as she starts her journey back to the Temple of the First Ring.  Dalnas' former service as Queen Lord of the Kolgari meant her wisdom and counsel were highly sought after, and the High Priestess had sought her advice.  Their conversation was troubling.
     

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    High Priestess:  The Rego is as cunning and manipulative as ever. He has been pacing the blame for the assassinations of the Guild Ministers at our feet, and the Queen is falling for these lies.

    Dalnas: Or worse yet, she is knowingly playing along with the deception?

    High Priestess: The Amancios are covertly supplying the rebelling lords throughout the Guilds with mercenaries and gold to fuel the fires.  We must decide whether we are willing to actively show our support for the alliance with the Guilds. 

    Dalnas: In this case, indecision or delay will be the same as supporting the rebels.  You are correct - the choice must be made.

    Dalnas thoughts return to the present.

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    Through our seclusion, we have been insulated from the effects of the past year, but we cannot sit by in feigned ignorance.  We must break our isolation and risk our very way of life to help those that cannot protect themselves.

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    Click here for full-rez pictures and below to see the build lit at night.

    Spoiler

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  10. Here are the results from Challenge III:

    The overall winner was @Etzel  - Pass It On (Mitgardian Cat. A)

    Second Place went to @adde51 - Protecting the City of Mophet (Kaliphlin Cat. B)

    The top entries for each guild per category were:

    Category A:
    @Etzel  - Pass It On (Mitgardia)
    @LittleJohn - King or Puppet? (Kaliphlin)
    @Zilmrud - Story of the Traveler (Avalonia)

    Category B:
    @adde51 - Protecting the City of Mophet (Kaliphlin)
    @Zilmrud - Reinforcing the walls of Zamorah (Avalonia)
    @Louis of Nutwood - Rebuilding Valnostrad (Mitgardia)

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Varlyrio didn't really have any entries this Challenge... We will need to make up for it next Challenge :hmpf_bad:

    The gold received for each Guild was as follows:

    Mitgardia: 74 Gold

    Avalonia: 56 Gold

    Kaliphlin: 36 Gold

    Varlyrio: ...0 Gold

    Thanks to all of you that contributed!

     

    The tentative schedule for Challenge III will be August 15th (announcement) to September 31st (deadline).