2016 LEGO Nexo Knights Images, Box Art

Images for the 2016 LEGO Nexo Knights have been released! Enjoy below and comment on which you want to build the most.

Knighton Battle Blaster (70310)

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Chaos Catapult (70311)

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Lance’s Robo Horse (70312)

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Moltor’s Lava Smasher (70313)

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 Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot (70314)

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Clay’s Rumble Blade (70315)

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Jestro’s Evil Mobile (70316)

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The Fortrex (70317)

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Merlok’s Library 2.0 (70324)

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Infernox Captures the Queen (70325)

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The King’s Mech (70327)

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Ultimate Clay (70330)

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Ultimate Macy (70331)

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Ultimate Aaron (70332)

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Ultimate Robin (70333)

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Ultimate Beast Master (70334)

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Ultimate Lavaria (70335)

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Just In! 2016 LEGO City Set Images

A bunch of the 2016 LEGO City set images have popped up on the LEGO servers. Enjoy below!

These will be available in store and online to purchase on December 1st!

Fire ATV (60105)

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Fire Starter Set (60106)

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Rally Car (60113)

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Race Boat (60114)

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4×4 Off Roader (60115)

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Ambulance Plane (60116)

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Garbage Truck (60118)

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Prison Island Starter Set (60127)

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Police Pursuit (60128)

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LEGOLand To Launch LEGO Ninjago: The Ride!

ORLANDO, FL (November 17, 2015) – With just a wave of their hands, guests at LEGOLAND®California Resort will be able to throw lightning bolts, move shockwaves, send ice soaring and emit fire balls with cutting-edge technology demonstrated by Triotech today at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando. The technology will be introduced for the first time in the new NINJAGO™ The Ride opening in spring 2016 at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND® Billund, followed byLEGOLAND® Malaysia in November.

NINJAGO The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, world leader in media based interactive attractions, and features  Maestro™ hand gesture technology that enables guests to control the outcome of their adventure through the power of their hand gestures without the use of a hand-held device.

“Triotech’s Maestro hand gesture technology features the ultimate ergonomics: each guest uses his or her own hands…or hand.  They can use left or right, one, or two hands. This is why we call it Maestro,” said President and CEO of Triotech Ernest Yale. “Just like an orchestra conductor, guests will create an amazing experience by using their hands. It is very intuitive and adaptive to the guest’s playing style.”

Through 3D imagery, high-tech sensors and the use of hand movements in a striking motion, up to four riders per car can act like ninja warriors blasting animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they travel through dojos to master their skills before heading into battle.  Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. 4D effects such as heat, smoke and wind are also incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive experience.

“Merlin’s Magic Making team is at the core of every new attraction going into Merlin parks worldwide and we are excited to be working with Triotech to bring this global project to three of our Parks across three countries next year,” said Managing Director of LEGOLAND Parks Hans Aksel Pedersen. “NINJAGO The Ride represents a new class of LEGOLAND attraction in terms of technology, immersion and interactivity. The entire Merlin’s Magic Making team is excited to see how guests react to what will be a world first and completely unique theme park experience.”

At today’s press conference, Yale explained that the technology works by first detecting each guest’s hand motion, then sophisticated software determines where the guest is aiming. That is then translated to an image showing the projectile’s progress on screen.  Each guest will have their own color so he or she will know exactly where they are aiming and receive instant feedback by seeing their projectiles and impacts.

The ride will be the epicenter of a new NINJAGO land where interactive experiences will test guests’ physical skills, balance and agility before they can prep for their ultimate training session on NINJAGO The Ride.

Based on the popular property LEGO® NINJAGO™, which was brought to life by The LEGO Group® in 2011 through a line of construction toys and a TV series on Cartoon Network, guests will enjoy interactive elements on this new ride featuring key characters.

LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Master Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu. LEGO NINJAGO is one of the most successful LEGO properties.

NINJAGO- The Ride will be included in the cost of admission to LEGOLANDCalifornia Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).

LEGO Star Wars : A look back…

 
Star Wars. Without doubt one of the largest film franchises ever to exist. With films spanning nearly 40 years of pop culture, the now iconic movies have served as the defining chapters in cinema’s visual effects, scores and overall awesomeness. And back in 1999, a little toy company known as Lego decided to step forward and make a desperate grab for the license of Star Wars in order to make build-able toys based off of the films. Little did people know that this would turn the Lego company around from near bankruptcy to, literally, the largest brand in the world (seriously, google it, I’m not exaggerating).

  

Back before the turn of the century, Lego was on death’s door ; the products produced were not being sold  for as much as they cost to make, and this continued well into 2003. However, back in 1999, LucasFilm agreed to give Lego the license to allow them to produce sets based off of the then soon-to-be released Phantom Menace movie, along with some kits being based off of the classic films.This was the first time that licensed themes had become a huge part of Lego’s line of products. The deal then was that these sets would be discontinued after 2007, meaning that no Clone Wars, Rebels, Sequel Trilogy or re-made older sets would ever of been produced if this was to of been the case. With many themes failing left right and center (I’m looking at you Galidor), Lego were hanging on by the skin of their teeth, and only just managed to scrape by with the popularity of their own self-made brand, Bionicle, and these new Star Wars kits, consisting of sets like the Naboo Fighter, X-Wing Fighter, Land-speeder and Gungan Sub (Which was the second set we ever reviewed).

Here’s Jason in 2010 reviewing the Gungan Sub, way back before I even started watching the show — the only difference with Jay is his hair length…
 
New designers were also starting to get hired. The designers who were good at creating products but knew next to nothing about Lego’s history were fired, and the Die-hard Lego enthusiasts with a little less experience stepped in. They were keen to make sure that themes such as Star Wars didn’t do what Galidor did ; they made sure they kept the “Lego  feel” , with the classic bricks being built in with only a few new molds.

This meant that the Lego Star Wars theme became a rapid and huge success, just about keep Lego’s head above the water line. After scraping by for a few more years, and with many more set opportunities being created by all the vehicles seen in the Star Wars universe, Lego then decided to use this new name in a different style – a Video Game, previously unheard of from the company. The 2005 Lego Star Wars : The Video Game was an instant hit what with the conclusion of the Prequels coming out that year, and is still a classic today. Oddly enough, the game came out on March 29th whereas  the film was released on May 7th, meaning those who got the game before that date received a good few spoilers about the film (Likely why the game was comically inaccurate, a trend that continues today). This was then followed by a game  focusing on the original Trilogy the next year.

After realizing the huge success that  this theme had spawned, the licensed was then renewed to 2011. The theme was now a household name for the company, with a huge amount of molds exclusive to the line and sets of all sizes from Battle Packs to UCS sets.

And low and behold, the Clone Wars was upon us. In 2008, the now fan-favorite TV Series and animated movie was released, spawning yet another sub-theme for the line and eventually the 3rd Video game in the series.

We all know what happens from there. The license was then renewed to 2022 in February of 2012, and the rest is history.

Over the last 16 years, Lego Star Wars, as a theme, has truly become a symbol for lego, and has been its most successful licensed line ever since it’s conception. This is the theme that got me into Lego, and I have more Star Wars themed sets than any other. It truly is a theme that I and many millions of others adore, as it is the theme I have the most history with (Fun fact : Lego Star Wars is the same age as me with only a few months differnce, as it began in summer 1999, when I was born).

As such, I hope for another 16 years of Lego Star Wars, and a happy May the 4th to all!