BrickSamurai at ‘Invasion of Giants’ Exhibition

Weekend before last, I went to a wedding in Zagreb, Croatia. I was in luck because, in addition to having good fun and great food, at the same time Europe’s “largest traveling LEGO exhibition” was held there. Whether it truly is – I cannot say, it’s the first “traveling” LEGO exhibition I’ve ever been to, but it certainly was big. Not the largest one I’ve been to though. It had many unique displays, including life-sized statues of famous people. Naturally, whole sections(ish) were dedicated to Ninjago.

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Ninjago: Hunted, episode 94 – semi-review

As they say “better late than never”, here comes the last review for Ninjago’s Hunted season. This review, as the title suggests, focuses on episode 94, ‘Green Destiny’, whose title seems to be a reference to the sequel of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘. In any case, it’s the finale of season and it wraps up several plot lines quite nicely, while opening new ones for the season(s) to come. Spoilers start now, so stop reading if you dislike those.

Still from Ninjago Hunted Episode 94

The episode starts of exactly where the last one stopped – with Lloyd, Nya and Dareth being surrounded by Sons of Garmadon, but the dragon riding vikings, I mean ninja, come to their rescue. It’s a heartfelt reunion of dragons breathing their elemental powers at the enemies. I have to admit the scene looked quite cool. However I disliked how docile the dragons seemed once Sons of Garmadon ran off. Wu has a silly moment where he equates himself to power and seems to think himself as being almighty.

The ninja take on Garmadon’s colossus with their dragons, while Lloyd and Wu go face Garmadon. In the meanwhile Dareth impresses Gayle Gossip. Elemental masters, spurred by the return of the ninja, break out of Kryptarium prison. Seems all they lacked was motivation. When Lloyd and Wu reach Garmadon, he attacks and overpowers them, despite the fact that the Firstbourne is on their side. Lloyd, however, manages to gain an edge thanks to the fact that the dragonbone sword can absorb powers, his silver tongue and the fact that Garmadon gets weaker if you choose not to fight back. You read that right. Also, repeating “I cannot fight you, but I can resist you” seems to help a lot as well. Not only with defeating Garmadon but also with letting Lloyd regain his power.

Meanwhile, the ninja are having a hard time with the colossus. Mostly because it’s too big and they didn’t bring enough chains to subdue it. Kai heroically jumps on it, trying to fuse all the chains with his power. It works, for a while, but in the end the colossus breaks free. As it does, Wu comes riding in and saves the day. As the colossus falls to the ground, it loses it’s power due to the fact that Garmadon is defeated at the same time.

As Garmadon kneels defeated he gives a somber warning – there is a great evil that threatens Ninjago, and only his power can keep it at bay. He’s unwilling to say who or what this great evil is exactly (I, like Lloyd, suspect the Onii). Not to worry though, I’m sure Lloyd can “resist” them as well. Skylor’s curse is also lifted. In the aftermath of Garmadon’s defeat, Sons of Garmadon are arrested and the ninja help rebuild Ninjago. While they’re cleaning up the Royal Palace, now old, Wu tells them there’s trouble outside. All is well however, because it’s all a ruse and the inhabitants of Ninjago throw them a party to show how grateful they are.

The episode ends with all the Dragons returning to the First Realm, but Wu hints they’ll return when they are needed.

I mostly liked the episode. But, the final showdown of the Garmadon family had some truly lazy writing in it. It should’ve been handled much, much better. What are your thoughts?

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First Look at Ninjago 2019 Sets

For several months now, there have been rumors that LEGO will re-release some of the older Ninjago sets in 2019. I never gave them too much credit, but it seems there might be some merit to them after all. With the latest update of Ride Ninja has added a few vehicles, which seem to be modified versions of Zane’s Snowmobile from 9445 – Fangpyre Truck Ambush and the motorcycle from 9441 – Kai’s Blade Cycle. These two vehicles strongly hint that these two sets will be remade in one way or another.

New version of Zane's Snowmobile

New version of Kai's Blade Cycle

Zane’s Snowmobile definitely looked cooler (easy pun) with the transparent rock parts, but the inclusion of dragon sword handles almost makes up for it. As for Kai’s Blade Cycle, I prefer the new version to the old one. It looks much leaner and more streamlined.

What do you think of the fact that LEGO is re-releasing older sets in 2019? I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more new versions of older sets and whether they tie to the show somehow.

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Sky Pirate Armada

Weirdly enough most official Sky Pirates sets, as well as MOCs, have nothing to do with ships – boats at best. There are plenty of robots, dragons, robot-dragons, rockets and the like. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that finding this amazing creation(s) was a breath of fresh air for me. It was made by Markus Ronge, whose expertise, and passion, are, in fact, nautical models so this creation fits his style perfectly.

"Full Steam" S. 1/ Ep. 4 "The Last Raid Of The Sky Pirates"

Perhaps it’s not immediately obvious, but this MOC is actually the builder’s take on Misfortune’s Keep. The color scheme is a giveaway, but it’s mostly the engines. In any case, you’ve seen the photo (check out the rest too) which means you know why I love this. Mostly it’s the creative parts usage (do notice the brick separator sails!), but also the fact that the ship takes inspiration from so many other Ninjago sets. Primarily the general shape of Destiny’s Bounty (the Movie version), incorporating the twin dragon heads at the bow.

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Ninjago: Hunted Dragon Cam

Ninjago: Hunted Dragon Cam

A few days ago LEGO stealth-released a new promotional website for Ninjago: Hunted. It features a “live” camera showing the natural behaviour of Dragons. It’s a very good idea, but I cannot help but feel it could’ve been executed better. You be the judge:

To me it looks like the sequences have been made using stop motion animation. There are several different ones and various characters have cameo appearances.

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After you get struck by lighting, there’s Thunder!

Did anybody get reference? Anyway… VIC-Thunder, build by the incredibly talented Chokolat Shadow, while technically not a Ninjago MOC, is an amazing mecha, worthy of all our awe, due to it’s share awesomeness. So, why is it featured on BrickSamurai then? Well, by author’s own admission, it’s based on Jay’s Lightning Jet (the best Ninjago vehicle set, in my opinion), which he just had to turn into a mech.

VIC-Thunder

This build is so sleek – and as you know by now, I love sleek builds. It’s bird-like features fit the theme so perfectly. The colors really blend well in this MOC. I don’t know whether it was intentional or not, but the added color palette matches Nya’s old colors. Judging by the number of visible balljoints and pins I’d say the mech is very poseable. And just when you thought that this build has nothing more to it, you find out it can transform into a (lightning) jet.

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Ninjago Villains and Their Motives – Part 1

Welcome to ‘Ninjago Villains and Their Motives’ series, spearheaded by the talented and very-well informed Jared. This is his second guest post, but it won’t be his last.

Villains: the essential antithesis to heroes, the opposite force that brings drama to the stories we love. No action adventure story is without its antagonists, and Ninjago is certainly no exception. Not all villains are created equal, however. Often what distinguishes a villain from their peers is their motivation. Essentially, what makes the villain a villain-the why behind what they do-can make them an utterly compelling character or a total bore.

With season nine wrapped up, it seems a good time to go back and look at our various villains and see what it is that makes them tick. A couple disclaimers: first, what is expressed here is my opinion. Second, I have watched only a handful of season eight episodes and no season nine episodes, so much of my information on characters who star in them is secondhand. With that in mind, let’s get into the analysis.

Garmadon

Villains of Ninjago - Garmadon
The original Ninjago overarching villain, and arguably one of the most complex characters in the entire series. The oldest son of the First Spinjitzu Master, Garmadon was “consumed by darkness” according to the pilot. Later seasons revealed this darkness to be a combination of Great Devourer venom and Garmadon’s Oni nature. This heritage from his father was apparently awakened by the evil snake’s bite, though it didn’t take full effect until his banishment to the Underworld.

Whatever the nature of Garmadon and his younger brother Wu’s relationship originally, this dark infection caused resentment and jealousy to grow within Garmadon’s heart. At least in his eyes, their brotherhood became a competition, not only for the love of their father but, eventually, for the love of the same woman. However, at least for a time, Garmadon was still swayed by his nobler emotions, as evidenced by the fact that he didn’t rebel against his father. Furthermore, though she would later express some regret at the decision in Garmadon’s darkest moments, Misako did choose him over Wu.

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LEGO Reports That Ninjago is One of Best Selling Themes in 2018

LEGO has released an earnings report for first half of 2018, revealing the fact that Ninjago is one of it’s 4 top selling themes. It stands shoulder to shoulder with Technic, Classic and Creator. You can find more details in the infographic below:

LEGO 2018 H1 Results Infographics

I hope that this shuts down the rampart rumors of Ninjago’s demise due to lackluster sales. I also hope this means another Ninjago modular! Who’s with me?

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Ninjago Bricktober 2018 – Official Images

We knew that Ninjago will be included into this year’s Bricktober minifigure packs as well, way back in May. We didn’t have any official images – so I had to get creative. Now, thanks to zusammengebaut.com, we have the first official images.

LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 Minifigure Pack

In Germany, these minifigures will be available from September 10th until September 16th. No official word on how these will be given out. If last year is any indication, they’ll be gifts with purchases over 40€ and, a week later, they will be available for purchase for 14.99€.

How do you like the pack? I for one can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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Ninjago SDCC Panel Video and Presentation

Ninjago SDCC Panel Video and Presentation

If you recall, about a month ago, we wrote about the Ninjago panel at SDCC. We got a lot of new info about Ninjago in general, but we didn’t get to see the actual panel – until now. The entire panel was posted on LEGO FanTube’s Youtube channel. I’d definitely worth a watch:

If you’re like anything like me, the above video won’t satisfy you at all. I mean, you’ll see all that amazing concept art and conceptual models but have no way of getting it at a proper angle and/or resolution. Well, fear not! Tommy Andreasen was kind enough to upload the entire presentation, which includes the artwork:

And if that’s not enough, you can view all the concept art/models in our Flickr Gallery.

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