A Round-Up of What We Know So Far About the LEGO Ninjago Movie Sets, Polybags and More.

More and more news is starting to pour in with regards to LEGO’s next big film, the LEGO Ninjago Movie. Now that the LEGO Batman Movie’s digital HD version is officially out, and the 13th of this month marks the release of its Blu-ray counterpart (which is now at 31% discount over at Amazon), heads are gradually turning towards the heroes of Ninjago.

A lot has been revealed during the past weeks, with many info scattered here and there with regards to the film. Here’s a round-up of what we know so far about all the LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and other promotional stuff that you might find interesting.

 

The Launch of the Official LEGO Ninja Movie Microsite.

LEGO.com has updated their website to include a dedicated page or a microsite for the LEGO Ninjago Movie. Frankly, there is not much to be seen other than the official trailer and a downloadable movie poster. However, there is one link on the page where you get to play several missions, and one of which is to correctly identify the silhouette of the LEGO Ninjago Movie character being shown. If you hurdled the mission successfully, you’ll get to see several character shots of Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Nya, and Lloyd as you can see in the images below. I’m not sure if this game or mission is limited only to certain regions since it seems that I can’t access the game via LEGO’s US website. As of the moment it looks like it is available only in certain European regions and in the UK.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Minifigure Promotionals.

Like all previous LEGO films, the LEGO Ninjago Movie will also come with an Activity Book which will likely sell out because of its exclusively bundled, free minifigure. Partnering once again with publisher Scholastic, The LEGO Ninjago Movie Garmadon Attack! Activity Book comes with an exclusive Cole minifigure. Though the activity book is now listed at Amazon for pre-order, it seems that LEGO would like to keep things under wraps for now, with the image of the minifig hidden. Fortunately, thanks to Bricks Fans, we have a closer look at this exclusive Cole minifig before Amazon replaced their posting with an intentionally blurred image.

Another minifigure promotional tied up with the film comes in a form of a polybag. First appearing on eBay, the LEGO Ninjago Movie Kendo Lloyd (30608) features Lloyd with several kendo training accessories. However, what makes this minifig promotional quite interesting is the fact that it comes with a sort of unlock code found at the lower left corner of its polybag. This suggests that LEGO may also have a video game tied up with the release of the film similar to other titles such as LEGO Marvel Avengers and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens where you get to unlock a mystery character in the game when you enter the unlock code.

This is further confirmed when The Brick Fan reported that the polybag leaflet building instructions for the LEGO Ninjago Movie Lloyd (30608) minifigure is now listed at LEGO’s customer service site, tagged with a code 30608 CONF_TTGAMES. Again, the leaflet itself doesn’t offer ground breaking news, but the manner in which LEGO listed it is somehow intriguing, giving reference to long-time partner and gaming developer, TT Games.

 

More Polybags

As of this writing, other than the Kendo Lloyd minifig polybag, Brickset has also listed two additional polybags that hints on their larger cousins. First reported by Hoth Bricks, the LEGO Ninjago Movie Ice Tank (30427) polybag is a direct reference to the larger Ice Tank mech driven by Zane in the film. This polybag was first seen posted on eBay’s French website, which immediately sold out later on.

Another polybag slated under the LEGO Ninjago Movie goes by the name Quake Mech (30379), also listed by Brickset. It is unclear as of the moment if this is related to any other larger set, but what we do know is that it is one of the vehicles supposedly used by Cole in the film as you can see from the screenshot below.

 

And of course… The LEGO Ninjago Movie Sets!

Currently, there are thirteen (13) LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and 1 D2C exclusive lined up for release by August, and several images are now floating online that shows how these will look like. I’m posting it here since it is quite prevalent already, but if LEGO will give us a ring, then we will surely remove them and comply. The only exception is the Flying Jelly Sub (70610) which was officially posted at TRU’s Danish website only to be removed later on, and Amazon Japan’s posting of LEGO Juniors The LEGO Ninjago Movie Shark Attack (10739). So here it goes. Credit goes to Pricevortex for these images.

 

Spinjitzu Training (70606)

 

Ninjago City Chase(70607)

 

Master Falls (70608)

 

Manta Ray Bomber (70609)

 

Flying Jelly Sub (70610)

 

Water Strider (70611)

 

Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612)

 

Garmadon’s Robo Shark (70613)

 

Lightning Jet (70614)

 

Fire Mech (70615)

 

Ice Tank (70616)No Available Image

 

Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon (70617)

 

Destiny’s Bounty (70618)

 

LEGO Ninjago Movie D2C Set (70620)No Available Image

 

LEGO Juniors The LEGO Ninjago Movie Shark Attack (10739)

 

Again, we don’t have any official images yet since the LEGO Ninjago Movie theme is still two months away before it is officially unveiled in August – a month before the film makes its public debut in September.

Do you think this current line-up looks promising? Will you be picking them up once they’re available in August? Let us know in the comments below or via our official Facebook page.

 

 

 

Kylo Ren Will Get A New TIE Fighter in The Last Jedi – and Will LEGO Pick It Up as a New Star Wars Set?

Last month, we featured our take on the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets that we want to see based on the film’s official teaser trailer. As always, resident master builder Tyler was quick to draw inspiration from the trailer and came up with his own version of one of the sets mentioned in our wish list – the LEGO Star Wars Resistance Skimmer MOC.

WATCH: LEGO THE LAST JEDI RESISTANCE SKIMMER “SET” REVIEW (MOC)

We’re still half through the year before we hear any words from LEGO regarding the official sets planned for The Last Jedi, but some online retailers may probably be giving away some hints and minor spoilers about The Last Jedi that may well translate to another promising LEGO set.

This is particularly the case as Making Star Wars have revealed several days ago. They were quick to take note (and a screen grab) of what they believe to be a pre-order listing from online store Mikado (the listing has been taken down eventually) about a Hot Wheels version of Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter. Thankfully, Making Star Wars managed to a get a shot of the said TIE Fighter, though the image quality is not that clear to allow us a more detailed look.

In a related post, MSW managed to get some insider info on how Kylo Ren’s new starfighter will look. According to their post,

Supreme Leader Snoke was let down by Kylo Ren when he failed to stop the “girl.” Now he is trying to prove himself. He doesn’t wear his helmet as much as he did in the first film from what I’ve been told. His new TIE has pointy wings like the TIE Interceptor, but with a pill shaped body. The cockpit is sort of like an old B-29 bomber compared to the classic TIE cockpit window. The thrusters in the back remind me of the Falcon as they glow blue and sort of evoke the Falcon. The custom ship was supposedly made to his specifications so he could take down the Resistance and I believe we see Kylo fly from the Mega Destroyer in his new ship.

This comes close to the image of what Mikado released, with Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter having a sleeker, design akin to that of a TIE Interceptor. It has wide and slender wings, with a cockpit similar to that of the old B-29 bomber. We never got to see Kylo fly his own ship before in The Force Awakens, and as Star Wars News Net has noted, it will be an awful lot of wasted heritage if we don’t see Kylo up there engaging in a space dog fight. His granddad was once touted to be the best star-pilot in the galaxy, while his father is famous for flying through an unforgiving asteroid belt and making it out alive. Not to mention piloting the iconic Millennium Falcon, and making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

LEGO has released several versions of the TIE Fighter in the past and it will certainly be great to see Kylo Ren in action as he engages the Rebel forces aboard his very own TIE Fighter. As of to date, LEGO has only released Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle (75104) as a nod to his very own ship (which he didn’t pilot by the way) as seen in the first scenes of The Force Awakens.

We might as well add Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter to our wish list of LEGO TLJ sets that we want to see, and we certainly hope to have this as an official LEGO set later on.

So what do you think, brick fans? Excited about this possibility? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Are We To See The End of NEXO Knights Anytime Soon?

A piece of not-so-good news (I guess depending on how you look at it) just came out from Brickset a few moments ago. According to an excerpt found from this month’s subscription of Blocks Magazine says, and to quote:

“..rumour has it that [NEXO Knights] is being cancelled and the summer sets may not even be released”

The article didn’t say when and where the rumor emerged, nor did we see this coming since there has been no hint of its cancellation from any of our sources. However, it is painful to realize, from The LEGO Group’s perspective, that the NEXO Knights as a theme may seem to have failed in delivering the sales or the expected return-on-investment that it hopes to see. Furthermore, it is not surprising for TLG to pull the plug from its theme even if announcements have been made regarding prior releases such as in the case of the rumored cancellation of LEGO Dimensions.

It is not that the theme itself is not worthy of praise. In my opinion, the NEXO Knights is perhaps one of LEGO’s most visually stunning theme, introducing an array of excellently designed sets and elements. It is labelled as one of LEGO’s ‘Big Bang’ theme with TLG shelling out a significant amount of investment. However, unlike Friends or Ninjago which has stood well for more than five years, NEXO Knights seems to have lost its initial appeal. Again, it’s not that the sets are not that impressive. Perhaps it may only suggest that the idea of a fusion between medieval warriors and high-tech weaponry is not really enough to call the attention of all LEGO fans. I even know of several AFOLs who even consider the NEXO Knights sets as an ‘abomination’ of the much loved Castle theme. At the end of the day, I guess it boils down into personal preferences.

Please take this piece of news with a grain of salt, and take note that the Blocks Magazine article does not directly state that NEXO Knights will be cancelled nor the summer sets will not be released. Nevertheless, we’ll keep a close eye on this and only time can tell if we will eventually see the curtain fall on our heroes from Knighton, suffering the same fate as that of Mixels and Bionicle.

Issue #31 of Blocks Magazine is set to be released on April 20 in the UK and 21 in North America, so we hope to learn more about this piece of news by then. For now, care to share your thoughts in the comments below, or head over our Facebook page to join the discussion.