LEGO Ninjago Summer 2018 Official Set Images

Official images for most upcoming Ninjago summer of 2018 sets have been revealed, thanks to The Entertainer, a UK based toy store. It seems that the rumors this time were true. The images are on the smallish side, but it’s great to be able to finally see these, especially the dragons! I’ll update this post once higher quality images are available.

70655 – Dragon Pit

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A Glimpse into the Future

If you’ve been reading BrickSamurai for a while, you’ve noticed I like to say that Ninjago City is my favorite set every once in a while (once or twice a month). Keeping that in mind you won’t find it strange that this piece, created by the brilliant Bob De Quatre, brought me kid-like joy. Seems like my collection of Ninjago-City-expanding ideas is slowly expanding. That’s puntastic.

Trouble near Tanaka-san fish store

My favorite part of this build is definitely the fact that it’s an (even more) futuristic take on Ninjago. Furthermore, it keeps all the futuristic additions anime-like, which definitely is one source of inspiration for Ninjago and one which I love. Obviously, this piece was also inspired by Star Wars aesthetics, which I will let slide – just this one time! There’s lots of stuff going on in the build, starting from the streets, over the older buildings, all the way to the high rises – making it obvious that the buildings are just a background (although beautiful) for all the action. The build is filled with amazing details and techniques, but, somehow, I am most impressed with the small things like the billboard and the sliding doors – I’ll have to figure out how those were made!

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Continue the Chase – Rebrick Contest Winners

In March, LEGO hosted ‘Continue the Chase’ contest on its Rebrick platform. I tried to enter the contest, with my stellar, first ever, stop motion video, but I was disqualified, because the entry wasn’t long enough – which it was (the minimum was 15 seconds). However, I didn’t stand a chance anyway so no harm done. In any case, the contest has ended, and the winners have been announced!

Continue the Chase – Rebrick Contest Winners

There were many brilliant entries, but there are only so many spots at the top! I have to admit, most of these were my favorite ones, so the judges did a great job – or at least they have a similar taste in esthetics as I do. All joking aside, these truly are a league above most other entries so these are well deserved. Congratulations to all the winners! I hope that you will share pictures with us of those sweet sweet prizes!

Best Brickfilm Winner

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A Healthy Ghost in a Healthy Shell

Any fans of Ghost in the Shell out there? No, I’m not talking about the movie. I was introduced to this fantastic franchise due to my love of Studio Ghibli and my wish to see all movies made by them (they actually co-produced GitS: Innocence). Anyway – back to the topic. Every March, Think Tanks, a Flickr group that focuses on GitS tanks/walkers/rollers, hosts a month-long building challenge called Marchikoma. This year Anthony Wilson decided to enter the challenge with a Ninjago inspired walker, and we’re eternally grateful!

Oni.X

What a beauty! It’s immediately obvious that this MOC is very poseable, just like all LEGO walkers should be. The legs are done especially well, looking so random yet thought out, mostly due to their complexity, with feet? wheels? done by using SNOT techniques for a striking effect. The same techniques were used to build the head, with the central, gray part actually being offset by about half a stud, starting a kind of a flow and giving shape to it, which is nicely continued into the LBG part of the head. Colors were clearly inspired by Tournament of Elements/Possession Samurai X (and perhaps Ronin R.E.X). A very adequate inspiration – the author clearly knew what he was doing.

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If Ninjago and Star Wars Had a Baby

Star Wars is definitely one of LEGO’s biggest themes, if not the biggest. Certainly, it has most fans among the AFOL community, rivaled, perhaps, only by lovers of Castle/History themes. Knowing that, it’s no surprise that you can often see sets from other theme remade with Star Wars in mind. However, it is rare to see a Ninjago set be remade in this way. I do believe, that this one, made by the very talented Diego Corredera is the very first I’ve ever saw.

SkyScrap (2016)

The author has done such a good job of replicating 70605 – Misfortune’s Keep that it’s instantly recognizable which set this creation was based off, even though it’s more streamlined and all the colors different. It seems that author has even built in most of the play features, like the runway, although used as cargo space, and the rotating motors (notice the gear on top). However, the pirate jet was replaced by a speeder, which does not appear to attach to the rest of the build. After all, it does make may more sense to make it a speeder in the world of Star Wars.

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We Visited the First Kockice Convention

Last weekend we visited the very first Kockice Convention, near Zagreb, Croatia. It was organized by a Croatian RLUG bearing the same name – Kockice. I have to say, despite it being their first event of this magnitude, the organization was exceptional. There were a few hiccups here and there, but nothing too serious. Many, more “mature”, events, honestly, do far less well.

There were over 70 participants, from 13 different countries, which really showed – there we many different and amazing exhibits on display. Naturally, most of them were, in one way or another, related to Ninjago. Just like it was the case in the LEGO House, and all LEGO conventions really, where virtually all displays were made from bricks made by Ninjago’s owning company – LEGO. It’s amazing how many (hidden) Ninjago fans gathered at the same place.

Kockice Convention 2018

Contrary to most events I had the privilege of displaying at, the setup was done over a course of an entire day, with lunch and dinner breaks. This made the whole experience far less stressful than usually. Since we arrived on Friday, early in the afternoon, we had lunch before starting the setup. After we finished setting up we were free to mingle, or explore the surrounding of the venue. We mingled some. Before soon it was time for dinner, before which goodie bags were handed out.

Kockice Convention - setup

Kockice Convention – The Setup

The next day was the official opening, so by the time we arrived back at the venue it was already full of visitors. I took some time to look at the displays that were set up after we left the day before and that’s when I saw it. The very best MOC at the entire convention – Ninja temple, by Croatian builder Kristijan Vuletin. [joke]In the end it did not win best in show, so I do believe the voting was fixed[/joke].

Kockice Convention - Ninja Temple by Kristijan Vuletin

Ninja temple by Kristijan Vuletin

Rest of the builds were most impressive as well. It’s hard for me to say which one was my favorite, when we exclude the Ninjago themed ones, so I won’t even try. I do, however, urge you to take a look at them, I’m certain you’ll find at least one you like and most will surprise you, whether by size (there were some truly massive ones), by techniques used or by the ideas that inspired them. Take a look at some of them in our Flickr album.

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LEGO Announces Discontinuation of the Ninjago Theme

I’m lost for words… It came so suddenly and without warning. I mean the Movie did not do really well in the box office, but come on! Didn’t the sets do really well? I guess now we know why there was almost no mention of Ninjago in LEGO Group’s annual revenue report. Apparently the mixed up the numbers for Ninjago and Nexo Knights and mistakenly discontinued Nexo Knights. Once they realized their mistake they decided to discontinue Ninjago instead.

Ninjago is being discontinued

I guess this is indeed an end of an era. I could’ve understood if they announced the ending of the TV Show, or the Magazine or some other media format, but the entire theme? That’s just silly. It feels like a joke. You can read the entirety of LEGO Group’s announcement here. But I warn you – tears (and/or heads) may fall.

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P.I.X.A.L. joins LEGO’s celebration of the minifigure

In order to celebrate the minifigure’s 40th anniversary LEGO is releasing 5005358 – Minifigure Factory set, which will be a purchase gift. In USA and Canada you will need to spend at least $75 in a single purchase from 1st until the 15th April in order to get it. In Europe, it will be available from the 2nd to the 22nd April, and it will come with purchases over £55/€60. So, why is it interesting for Ninjago fans? It comes with 5 printed nanofigures – one of which is P.I.X.A.L!

Nanofigures coming in the 5005358 - Minifigure Factory set

I’m not 100% sure why P.I.X.A.L. was chosen as a representative of Ninjago, but I am not complaining! But would definitely be nice to know. Especially if that particular P.I.X.A.L. minifigure (not that we have that many) has some special meaning for the history of the minifigure. In any case, I love the fact that we’re getting a printed Ninjago nanofigure. The microfigures coming in the Ninjago game are one of my favorite variants. I’ve already purchased every set I’ve wanted in this part of the year but I’ll definitely get this set one way or another.

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Ninjago Season 9 Set Descriptions Found

Ninjago Season 9 Logo Mockup

Thanks to Australian Amazon, we now have the first official descriptions for a couple of Season 9 sets. These have already been taken down, but thanks to Agent Kallus we still have a copy. We’ve already had rumors about these, but it’s nice have official descriptions – official images can’t be far. These sets will be out this summer.

70652 – Stormbringer Dragon

Includes 4 LEGO® NINJAGO® minifigures: Jay, Zane, Daddy No Legs and Muzzle. Weapons include the collectible Dragonbone blade, Jay’s kusarigama and tanto, Zane’s buildable katana and bow & arrow, Daddy No Legs’ Vengestone Chain and buildable sword, and Muzzle’s buildable katana and spear. This cool toy for kids also includes Jay’s quiver element.

Stormbringer the Lightning Dragon features a removable minifigure saddle with attached rein elements, opening jaws with 2 spring-loaded ‘lightning bolt’ shooters, posable neck, wings, legs and feet, plus a swiping tail function and 4 attachment points for Dragon Hunter Daddy No Legs to hook the dragon with his Vengestone Chain. Open the dragon’s jaws and fire the spring-loaded shooters.

Pedestal features a detachable Dragon Armour element: Dragon Chestplate.

Recreate and role-play epic ninja action scenes from the NINJAGO® Masters of Spinjitzu TV show.

Find more collectible Dragon Armour in 70650 Destiny’s Wing, 70653 Firstbourne, 70654 Dieselnaut and 70655 Dragon Pit. Remix Stormbringer with the 17101 LEGO® BOOST Creative Toolbox (sold separately) to bring your LEGO creation to life. Visit LEGO.com/BOOST for more information.

Stormbringer measures over 4” (12cm) high, 19” (49cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Names of these villains are just to good to be true! It seems we’ll be getting a lot of different weapons with this set.

70655 – The Dragon Den / Dragon Pit

Includes 9 LEGO® NINJAGO® minifigures: Dragon Master, Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai, Iron Baron, Arkade, Heavy Metal and Chew Toy. Weapons include Jay’s kusarigama and katana; Zane’s bow & arrow; Cole’s hammer; Kai’s katana and buildable katana; Iron Baron’s staff, tanto and cyborg arm; Arkade’s wrench and saw blade; and Heavy Metal’s Vengestone Chain Rifle. Accessory elements include Zane’s quiver and Chew Toy’s shield.

Recreate and role-play epic scenes from the NINJAGO® Masters of Spinjitzu TV show.

Find more collectible Dragon Armour in 70650 Destiny’s Wing, 70652 Stormbringer, 70653 Firstbourne and 70654 Dieselnaut.

Dragon Pit measures over 10” (27cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep. Dragon measures over 3” (9cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 11” (28cm) wide.

Dragon Pit features 3 detachable sections: a viewing gallery, watchtower and a jail. Viewing gallery features an arch with wheel-operated opening entrance gate, dragon-head-shaped throne for Iron Baron, weapon rack with a scythe and moon blade, plus decorative dragonbone and translucent flame-style elements. Watchtower has a rooftop dual missile shooter, buildable telescope on the second level, and a blacksmith’s workshop with a hammer and 2 swords. Jail features a cell with an opening dragonbone door and a trapdoor function to drop a minifigure into the dragon pit. Earth Dragon features posable jaws, neck, blade wings, legs, feet and hammer tail. Dragon Master comes with all 4 collectible Dragon Armour elements: the Dragon Helmet, Dragon Chestplate, Dragonbone Blade and Dragon Shield.

Woah! That’s quite a number of minifigures there. The entire Dragon Master’s armor as well!

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Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 84 – semi-review

I know this weeks review is a bit late – but there’s a good reason! I’ve visited Kockice Convention this weekend, which was so full of activities I couldn’t find the time to post! (or sleep that much) More on that thought in a separate post – so you can look forward to that! Anyway, episode 84’s name is ‘Big Trouble, Little Ninjago’ and it was amazing! I can say that the episode was a perfect mid-season finale, which this basically was. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long for the next season! As always, the review is full of spoilers and if you hate those, stop reading!

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 84

Man, it was so hard not getting spoiled for this episode! I had to avoid all the social media like it was the plague. But it was well worth it. The episode ties many things together (on and off the screen) and I can honestly say that I loved every part of it. But I do think that the writers didn’t have to do that to poor Destiny’s Bounty (again)! Or maybe it’s a running gag by now? In any case, I’m looking forward to the new version!

The episode has two subplots – the ninja trying to save Lloyd and Garmadon trying to establish himself as the emperor of Ninjago. While trying to save Lloyd the ninja find out that the only way to save Lloyd is to risk losing their powers. Naturally, they decide that sacrificing their power to save their friend is the right thing to do. Fortunately, they do not end up losing their power and go to fight Garmadon who’s summoned a Colossi (of which they should’ve made a set, a huge missed opportunity!) in the meantime. However, Nya stays behind in order to protect Lloyd.

Toward the end of the episode Cole, Jay, Kai and Zane, with Wu being the fifth wheel, use the Bounty to fight the Colossi, but it is still too powerful. It manages to grab the Bounty and seemingly crush it together with them. However, they’re not actually killed (but everybody thinks they are) because Mistaké gave them traveler’s tea, which transported them to the first realm – the realm of Dragon and Oni. So, what does that actually mean? It means that the original ninja team is back in action! The next season is shaping up to be epic indeed.

Also, at the very end there was this epic callback to the first episode. Lloyd was parachuting down to the canals, just like Mr. E did. The only difference was that Lloyd’s parachute had the Wu-Cru logo on it, instead of Sons of Garmadon. It brought a smile to my face, since I’m a huge sucker for duality!

The episode was awesome and kind of a perfect intro to the next season, don’t you agree?

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