Month: August 2018

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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Ninjago: Hunted, episode 93 – semi-review

Episode 93, ‘Lessons for a Master’, is the penultimate episode for Ninjago’s hunted season. In it, many plot lines are played out to their end and it truly leaves the viewers with a sense that things are finally getting to a climax. As far as episodes go, it was quite good – find out why after the usual break. Beware of spoilers though.

Still from Ninjago Hunted Episode 93

In the First Realm the ninja and Faith are still all tied up at Dragon Hunter’s base camp. The Dragon Hunters discuss the fact that Iron Baron might not be all that he claims to be. In the end they decide to side with the ninja. Wu’s still guiding Iron Baron to the Golden armor. En route he saves his life, but it does nothing for Iron Baron and his ego. When they reach the Firstbourne’s lair they immediately spot the armor. Firstbourne awakens and Iron Baron puts on the armor in an attempt to control her. This fails, because, apparently, it was never the armor but the goodness in First Spinjitzu Master’s heart. Not because he was her child. Iron Baron does a Han Solo and gets frozen in molten lava.

Wu puts on the armor and rides the Firstbourne back to the ninja. Once he arrives he shares the news of Iron Baron’s fate and nobody sheds a tear. Firstbourne summons more dragons for the ninja to ride and they leave for Ninjago City. Faith decides to remain behind, since she needed more in the First Realm. She finally learns to pronounce Ninjago.

Back in Ninjago City we see an enraged Garmadon, unleashing his Colossus upon the city. The resistance, or what’s left of it, flee the scene and discuss whether to escape the city entirely. Lloyd refuses and chooses to fight instead. They’re soon confronted by Ultra Violet. During the fight Mask of Hatred is destroyed. Quite easily I might add. They are ultimately surrounded by Sons of Garmadon thugs and their situation does not look good. Luckily, the rest of the ninja just escaped the First Realm. How exactly they’ll save them we’ll have to see in the next episode.

This episode concludes the story of the First Realm, but I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time we hear about it.

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Ninjago: Hunted, episode 92 – semi-review

‘Saving Faith’, or episode 92, gets Ninjago: Hunted back on track with unnerving reveals and events unfolding beautifully – penmanship-wise. It’s a really good episode that, I think, hits home really hard – bringing a lot of Ninjago fans smiles to their faces. Read why below. Just be vary of spoilers.

Still from Ninjago Hunted Episode 92

In the First Realm things are picked up where we left them in the last episode. Faith is captured and, just like the title suggest, the ninja will try to save her. True, mostly due to Wu’s insistence that it’s important to “have faith”. Only, he takes it way too literally. Not that I mind, mind you, I really like her character. Naturally, in the process they themselves get captured. They’re, however, quite relaxed about the situation and even kind-of-sort-of manage to plant the seed of disdain within the ranks of the Dragon Hunters. The almost rebellion is crushed by the Iron Baron, however, and the ninja get electrocuted. This jogs Wu’s memory and he recalls his past. Getting his mojo back he quickly remembers that no chains can bind him, gets out of them and proposes to Iron Baron that they go get the Dragon Armor together. Provided that Iron Baron takes them back to Ninjago once he has it.

If you thought that was bad – wait until you learn about what transpires in Ninjago City. As you recall, in the last episode, the resistance tried to take Garmadon’s power by having Skylor, who was brought in front of him by Mistaké (who has transformed to Harumi) touch him. This plan is foiled by the actual Harumi which left them in a bad situation. Mistaké is challenged by Garmadon and she takes him on in her true form, which looks a lot like Garmadon’s evil form. In the battle’s confusion Harumi manages to get his power and run away. However, Mistaké is captured, and then killed (off-screen), or, at least, it was strongly implied that she was.

Skylor gets back to the resistance, informs them of Mistaké’s fate and then tries to control Garmadon’s colossus. In the end, she is successful – she destroys the Oni Mask of Deception and almost gets Garmadon. However, Garmadon’s power proves too much for her to handle and she falls into a catatonic state. The colossus falls onto a building in which Harumi rescues a kid whose fate could’ve been like hers. Having no escape, she accepts her fate and dies in the building’s collapse. Her and Lloyd “exchange” (she was very far away, it was more psychological) final looks. I’m happy that the writers decided to not let her miss her last chance at (a small) redemption. The episode ends with Lloyd, Nya and Dareth taking care of Skylor.

It was a very tense episode, with a touch of silly on the First Realm side of things. I really liked it.

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Sanctum of Inner Piece

That’s right, there’s a pun in the title! *puts his bad joke hat down* Ninjago, in my opinion, does not get enough buildings as official sets. Luckily for us, there are people like Rollon Smith, who help ease the pain. This particular creation of his even includes a detailed terrain – something you don’t often see in official sets.

Snake Samouraï Temple

This build is just so full of small details! And so many printed/sticker-ified pieces and, interestingly enough, some parts you don’t come across that often anymore. Like the pieces used to build the windows of the temple. The surrounding walls have a really nice motifs, made out of old snake parts. But beyond all that, the main reason I like this build so much is that it tells a story. The characters look alive and are included superbly. I especially like the guy harvesting rice? cutting reeds? I guess it’s up to the viewer’s interpretation. Like all art should be.

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Ninjago: Hunted, episode 91 – semi-review

We’re getting back into the rhythm of giving semi-regular semi-reviews with episode 91, ‘The Weakest Link’. And just like the title suggests, this episode was one of the weaker ones this season, but with good reason – it sets up many of the plot lines for their grand finale(s). Read what happens in it, together with our thoughts, at your own peril, for there are spoilers abound.

Still from Ninjago Hunted Episode 91

In the First Realm, the Dragon Hunters who are chasing the ninja go into Oni territory. Faith learns what cake is, the ninja how to use chain-guns. Zane, naturally, does it correctly on his first try. The rest have a hard time, especially Wu. Applying their newfound skills they catch a Stormbringer Dragon and Wu learns how to ride it – for a while. The Dragon Hunters catch up to them and Iron Baron promises to whoever catches the ninja that he (or she) will be his number two. This, however, wasn’t the ninja’s first tango and they manage to outsmart them and take over the Dieselnaut. In the end, however, it was Faith’s sacrifice that let them escape.

On the Ninjago side of the episode, we start of with Harumi being tied and Lloyd deciding not to use her Oni Mask of Hatred, even though everybody else recommends he does. Instead, he comes up with a more devilish plan – he’ll send Mistaké (disguised as Harumi) and Skylor to steal Garmadon’s power to control the Colossus. Harumi manages to trick Dareth – just how is not shown, ties him up and interrupts the plan at the last second – just as Skylor was about to take Garmadon’s power.

As I’ve mentioned in the first paragraph – the episode does not offer a lot of progression, but does set up nicely for the things to come and, for that reason alone, it’s describe it as “good”. What are your thoughts?

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Ninjago in Turkish Airlines’ Safety Video

Ninjago in Turkish Airlines’ Safety Video

Turkish Airlines has published a new safety video on it’s YouTube channel, featuring many characters from LEGO Movies. All of the past movies – The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie are all featured. However, the main “instructors” are Emmet and Wyldstyle, the main characters of the first LEGO Movie.

The video is much more fun that the usual safety videos. I wouldn’t mind seeing something similar being used by other airlines.

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Seafood Always Tastes Best When It’s Floating

Who says people of Ninjago near water – they live in the sky too! Ninjago City is, first and foremost, a technological wonder so, naturally, it also has a floating part. And, it seems that de-marco, a skilled builder who prefers minifigure scale, agrees with me. Here’s his vision of a small part of such a floating city.

AirCity - Seafood shop

Man, I love that fish! Easily, my favorite part of the build. It’s build brilliantly and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how. Naturally, the rest of the build is magnificent as well. As a whole, it’s packed with many details and interesting techniques. They really tie up the whole piece together. The various approaches to the roofs, which I always like to see, give the build’s style a somewhat alien, yet familiar feeling of the lower layers of Ninjago City. If I had to sum it all up in one word – I’d definitely use ‘superb’.

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