Samsung Galaxy Kids Tablet Ninjago Movie Edition

Yesterday, Brickset reported that Samsung has unveiled a new Samsung Galaxy Kids tablet, enriched with Ninjago Movie decorations. The tablet itself comes bundled with various LEGO games, among others. All of these are accessed through the ‘The Samsung Kids’ app, which is not free mind you. After three months, if you wish to continue using the app you have to pay a monthly fee of $7.99. Brickset, however, was given a code to share: LEGONINJAGO03. The code gives you another three months of free gameplay.

Samsung Galaxy Kids Tablet Ninjago Movie Edition

The tablet retails for $149.99, but it’s currently on sale, so you can find it for far less than that. The cheapest I’ve managed to find it is $79.99, over at Best Buy. Considering that it’s full-fledged tablet (albeit running Android 4.4.4), it’s not a bad price. Should you wish to buy it, you can find the nearest retailer here.

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Royal family of Ninjago

For a few days now, social media have been abuzz with news of Ninjago having a princess – Harumi. It all started with a simple tweet by Dan & Kevin Hageman, writers of Ninjago TV show. In it they proclaimed (pun intended) that Harumi is indeed a Royal Princess of Ninjago. The rumor mill went downhill from that point and you can find all kinds of information about her at this point – like her being a girlfriend of Lloyd, but I am yet to find proof for any of the subsequent claims.

Royal Princess Harumi

We’ve had hints that Ninjago is a monarchy before – name of Lou’s (Cole’s father) quartet is ‘The Royal Blacksmiths’. Up to this point I believed that the name was just a plot device, but it could actually have a deeper meaning. Beyond that we didn’t have any clues that a royal family existed in Ninjago. The only royalty we were introduced to were Nadakhan and his father, but they were only rulers of Djinjago. In any case, I can’t wait to see what the next season has in store for us, especially regarding the royal family. Hopefully, we also get a nice royal castle set!

If you wish to see how Harumi looks like without any face paint on, you can check out Ninjago 2018 books that have been revealed so far.

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Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Sneak Peek #2

Ninjago Movie DVD and Blu-Ray are due to be released tomorrow, with a promised sneak peek for season 8. However, the sneak peek is already available to be viewed on Youtube. It’s not official, so you’ll have to search for it by yourself.

Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Sneak Peek #2

The sneak peek is basically a short part of first episode of season 8, titled ‘The Mask of Deception’. I won’t spoil the story too much, but I will however go over the interesting bits. The very first thing that you will notice is that overall the graphics quality has improved, which is a fact I believe nobody will have an issue with. In the sneak peak, years have passed since Wu’s gone missing, and “naturally” all the Ninja look quite different – inexplicably so. They do kind of offer a tongue-in-cheek explanation for that – someone went to the past and messed with the timeline. I have to point out here that I do like the new designs better. We also get to take a look at the new gi, which, to me, look like a step down when compared to ‘Hands of Time’.

The sneak peak contains all the ninja (sans Lloyd who got his own sneak peek). Nya appears to be infamous, Jay and Cole climb all the way to the Hanging temple (of which we get to see the inside of), Kai and Zane are fighting the Mechanic. Most of the fans will be happy to know that Zane is still Titanium and has a clocking device – so he can change his appearance at will. Lloyd’s voice has changed considerably and now sounds like a mix between his old voice and Master Wu’s, a fitting combination, if you ask me!

All in all, I liked this sneak peek and can’t wait for the next season! How about you?

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Upcoming Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Books Revealed

Two new LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon books – Garmadon’s Motorcycle Gang* and The Hunt for the Oni Masks*, have been found on German Amazon. These are slated to arrive in January and March, respectively.

LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon books

These are pretty much standard for Ninjago (and LEGO in general) at this point. They’re packed with activities that are more or less age appropriate. ‘Garmadon’s Motorcycle Gang’ comes with a minifigure – Samurai X, making this the cheapest way to get it. While ‘The Hunt for the Oni Masks’, does not come with a minifigure it offers an interesting look at one of the new characters – Harumi, this time without face paint. While this character does somewhat resemble Misako, it was confirmed by Simon Lucas, Senior Creative Director at LEGO and Executive Producer for the LEGO Ninjago Movie, that this was not the case.

* title translation was done by me.

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30531 – Sons of Garmadon polybag – official images

First images of Ninjago 2018 polybags are beginning to pop up, this time of 30531 – Sons of Garmadon. The polybag contains an unknown* Son of Garmadon and his motorcycle. The scene reminds me a lot of Akira (go watch it if you haven’t!), which makes sense, since we know that it was one of the inspirations for the 8th season. In my opinion, the polybag looks great for its size, and even comes with two red katanas! The best part? It’s already available for purchase!

30531 – Sons of Garmadon

30531 - Sons of Garmadon

30531 - Sons of Garmadon

30531 - Sons of Garmadon

This is only the latest Ninjago 2018, Sons of Garmadon, set revealed, you can find the rest here.

* if someone has info regarding this minifig, please share!

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This Mecha R.E.X. has no Bones to Pick

It’s time for another trip down the memory lane. This time, however, only to about a year ago. It’s a piece by a brilliant mech-builder chubbybots, whose work we already wrote about. It’s one of hist first Ninjago MOCs and yet it looks amazing – making me think that he was born with bricks in his hands. Judging but the builder’s enthusiasm for the brick, we won’t stop writing about him anytime soon.

Ronin mecha rex01

Just like any other chubbybots’ mecha build, this one is built with great care and attention to details. It’s immediately noticeable that this mech has great techniques hidden in almost every part. The head especially so. It has parts going in every direction and angle. I haven’t got the slightest clue how the upper jaw was attached to the rest of the head. The legs and, feet in particular, look great – flexible and sturdy. Base of the cannons is also intriguing – they’re standing still but also have arms coming out of them at angles. One cannot help but to wonder how!? Not surprisingly, in addition to all these great techniques and details, the color scheme matches Ronin perfectly.

Like always, chubbybots has made a video with instructions available at his channel.

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Sons of Garmadon – Chasing the Mask of Vengeance Brickfilm

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As you all know, a few months ago we were given a small sneak peek into the next season of Ninjago – Sons of Garmadon. What you might not know is that we got another one, two days ago! As reported by BrickSet (read about Day 2), LEGO, together with WilFilm, a Danish film production company working on Ninjago, is making a Sons of Garmadon themed brickfilm, called ‘Chasing the Mask of Vengeance’.

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Still from Chasing The Mask Of Vengeance (credit BrickSet)

The brickfilm seems to be a stop-motion reenactment of the sneak peek trailer – which makes it 10 times more awesome! I can’t wait to see how it will end up looking, hopefully we get it soon. The articles themselves explain how the process of making these looked like and have a few interviews with the crew. They’re definitely worth a read. Additionally, they contain lost of shots with the upcoming sets, so it’s almost like you’d be seeing a sneak peek of them as well!

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LEGO Ninjago Movie 2nd wave is now available at shop@home

I’m happy to report that as of today, second wave of Ninjago Movie sets is available at shop@home. This wave consists of only 4 sets (my wallet is grateful!), which is quite a bit less when compared to the first wave. ‘Lloyd – Spinjitzu Master’, ‘Piranha Attack’, ‘Quake Mech’ and ‘Garmadon’s Volcano Lair’ should be available at all major retailers, however ‘garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!’ is a Toys’R’Us exclusive. Here are the sets, together with their official descriptions:

70628 – Spinjitzu Masters Lloyd – €9.99

70628 - Spinjitzu Masters Lloyd

Learn all the skills of Spinjitzu with THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Lloyd – Spinjitzu Master set, featuring a Spinjitzu spinner with buildable LEGO brick handle, spinner element with minifigure capsule and a rip cord. Learn different minifigure-spinning, rolling and jumping techniques and even tougher skills using the included weapon rack as an obstacle. Compete against your friends and use your environment to create countless fun Spinjitzu challenges. Includes a Lloyd minifigure with 2 shurikens to hold in the spinner.

  • Includes a Lloyd minifigure.
  • Features a Spinjitzu spinner with buildable LEGO® brick handle, spinner element with minifigure capsule and rip cord, weapon rack with a sword, and Lloyd’s 2 shurikens.
  • Learn The Palm Spin, The Orbit, The Zen, The Leapfrog, The Drift, The Knockout and other cool Spinjitzu moves.
  • Create your own spin-tastic challenges and compete against your friends.
  • Go online for even more Spinjitzu tricks and inspiring videos.
  • Combine with other Spinjitzu Masters spinner sets—70633 Kai, 70634 Nya, 70635 Jay, 70636 Zane and 70637 Cole—for ninja vs. ninja skill showdowns.
  • Spinjitzu spinner (without rip cord) measures over 5” (14cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (3cm) deep.
  • Weapon rack measures over 1” (4cm) wide and under 1” (2cm) high and 1” (2cm) deep.

70629 – Piranha Attack – €19.99

70629 - Piranha Attack

Play out an action-packed Piranha Mech pursuit of a rickshaw through NINJAGO® City with THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ Piranha Attack set. The Piranha Mech features opening jaws with a minifigure cockpit inside, plus 2 flick missiles. This fun toy also includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons to dial up the chase action.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Kai, Misako (in Iron Dragon costume), Shark Army Thug and Ray.
  • Piranha Mech features opening jaws with a minifigure cockpit inside, 2 flick missiles, adjustable fins and a periscope.
  • Rickshaw features a minifigure seat, large wheels and 2 lanterns.
  • Weapons include Kai’s 2 katanas and Misako’s bow and arrow.
  • Also includes Misako’s quiver element.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • This fun toy is suitable for ages 7-14.
  • Piranha Mech measures over 6” (17cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide.
  • Rickshaw measures over 3” (10cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

70631 – Garmadon’s Volcano – €49.99

The set looks nice – I love the fact that we’re getting a villain lair. Ninjago hasn’t had a proper villain lair ever since Garmadon’s Dark Fortress was released. One of the action features will be the ability to catapult minifigs from the volcano. I do feel like the set could’ve been bigger, it is a volcano after all, but beggars can’t be choosers.

70631 - Garmadon’s Volcano

Join Zane’s mission to infiltrate evil Garmadon’s Volcano Lair and take on the shark army, with this exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ set. The base includes a minifigure-launch function at the tip of the volcano, Garmadon’s throne room, computer lab with a mini piranha mech prototype, construction zone with an exploding wall function and rotating crane to lift the included shark figure, plus a drone launch pad. This building toy also includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Garmadon, Zane, General #1, Steve and Four Eyes, plus a shark figure.
  • Garmadon’s Volcano Lair features an entrance shaped like Garmadon’s face, minifigure-launch function at the tip of the volcano, Garmadon’s throne room, computer lab, construction zone, drone launchpad, translucent-orange lava elements and blue water-style baseplates.
  • Garmadon’s throne room features a big seat, teapot and pot elements, fish tank with 2 fish elements and a weapon rack with arrow and sai weapons.
  • Use the fish elements to create a buildable shark army weapon.
  • Computer lab features a computer keyboard and screen elements, mini piranha mech prototype and a coffee machine with cup element.
  • Construction zone features a rotating crane to lift the shark figure, a wheel-operated exploding wall function and a flick missile.
  • Also includes a drone launchpad and shell drone with foldout wings.
  • Evade the shark’s snapping jaws.
  • Weapons include Garmadon’s staff and katana, Zane’s bow and arrow, General #1’s fish sai and Four Eyes’ fish spear.
  • Also includes Zane’s quiver element.
  • General #1, Steve and Four Eyes minifigures are all new for December 2017.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • This building toy is suitable for ages 8-14.
  • Measures over 10” (26cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep.

70632 – Quake Mech – €79.99
70632 - Quake Mech

Fire ‘soundwaves’ from Cole’s Quake Mech to save TV reporter Fred Finley from the shark army, with this all-action THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ set. The highly posable, uni-wheel Quake Mech features an opening minifigure cockpit, fold-up shoulder ‘loudspeakers’ with 8 hidden ‘soundwave’-shooting flick missiles, fully posable arms with gripping fists and a big wheel with stabilizer. This cool toy for kids also includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons to intensify the role-play battles.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Cole, Misako, Crusher, Mike the Spike and Fred Finley.
  • Quake Mech features an opening minifigure cockpit, fully posable arms, gripping fists, fold-up shoulder ‘loudspeakers’ with 4 ‘soundwave’-shooting flick missiles on each shoulder, and a big wheel with stabilizer.
  • Weapons include Cole’s hammer, Misako’s bow and arrow, Crusher’s fish sword and Mike the Spike’s fish spear.
  • Accessory elements include Misako’s quiver and Fred Finley’s microphone.
  • Misako and Fred Finley minifigures are new for December 2017.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • This cool toy for kids is suitable for ages 9-14.
  • Measures over 12” (33cm) high, 6” (16cm) long and 11” (30cm) wide.

70656 – Garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! – €79.99

70656 - Garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!Help Lloyd to save Nomis and Nancy from Garmadon’s Shark Mech with this action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! set. The mech features 2 opening cockpits, LEGO studs to stand the Garmadon minifigure on top of the shark’s head, trigger-operated snapping jaws, posable legs and 2 shooting cannons. This cool toy for kids also includes a hot dog stand and 6 minifigures with assorted play-starting weapons and accessory elements.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Garmadon, Lloyd, Hammer Head, Frank, Nomis and Nancy.
  • Garmadon Shark Mech features 2 opening minifigure cockpits (rear cockpit features transparent bubble windshield and opening weapon compartment with 2 katanas), LEGO® studs to stand the Garmadon minifigure on top of the shark’s head, trigger-operated snapping jaws, posable legs, 2 shooting cannons, shark fins, 3 rotating propellers and translucent-blue eye elements.
  • Hot dog stand features a big buildable sausage on the roof, ‘HOT Noodle DOG’ sign, ‘HOT’ flag and assorted elements including a hot dog and 2 condiment dispensers.
  • Weapons include Garmadon’s 2 katana swords, Lloyd’s sword, Hammer Head’s fish hammer and Frank’s fish spear.
  • Also includes Nancy’s hot dog element.
  • Nomis and Nancy minifigures are new for December 2017.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • This cool toy for kids is suitable for ages 9-14.
  • Garmadon Shark Mech measures over 9” (25cm) high, 14” (38cm) long and 10” (26cm) wide.
  • Hot dog stand measures over 3” (9cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.

 

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Out with the new, in with the old

Our last featured MOC really reminded me of an old MOC I saw years ago. They’re both very peaceful and are both focused on Wu. Thankfully, I was able to dig it up and present it here for you to enjoy:

The World Has Changed, Sensei 03

It’s a bit unexpected, isn’t it? Has a quite different flavor than “usual” Ninjago creations. It was created more than five years ago, by Aliencat!, a true master builder, who you probably know. The build has a great, almost prophetic (considering how Wu is now displaced in time), duality to it, that only a few builders manage to create. More a piece of art than a toy, it employs complex techniques to a wonderful effect in order to display the decadence of current times. For some reason it reminds me of the samurai and the Satsuma Rebellion.

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Out for a stroll with a dragon

As you all know by now – I’m quite the sucker for scenes packed with details. It’s understandable then why I’m so stricken by tankm‘s creation –
Master Wu Dragon Park:

Master Wu Dragon Park

I just love how normal this scene looks like. Everybody’s enjoying themselves unaware, or perhaps, unconcerned that a dragon is right in front of them. The build’s main feature is, of course, the dragon – perking his head out of his cave, but it sports many other fine details as well. The gazebo’s colors blend quite well, making it pleasant to the eyes. Beside these, immediately noticeable, parts of the build is completed by a brilliantly built sakura tree (notice how not all grass pieces are actually connected to the tree) and a masterfully crafted lamppost – obviously inspired by Ninjago.

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