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Ninjago in Bricktober 2018 Rumors

In the last week or so I’ve received a couple of emails with images of yet-unreleased Bricktober sets. Even a few friends of mine mentioned these to me and were wondering why didn’t I post about these yet. As you see I’ve succumbed to the pressure and decide to write about these – mostly because I want to manage expectations. As most of you know by now Toys’R’Us, the company behind Bricktober, will be closing down permanently in the USA, so there is a chance that there will be no Bricktober sets this year. Coupled with LEGO’s strict no-leaked-images policy, there is a chance that most of our readers will never see these.

Bricktober 2018

Just like last year, one of the minifigure packs will be Ninjago themed! Similarly, there are four minifigures included, with a good mix of characters from several seasons. And, just like last year, they look great:

  • Mask of Deception Harumi – we didn’t get this version of Harumi in any of the sets so this is a nice addition. I’d much rather have a casual version of Harumi, but beggars can’t be choosers.
  • Future Jay – now this is an interesting choice, but an excellent one! The version in question is from a vision Jay had during the events of Skybound. I’ve really like this version of Jay, I’m sure the parts can be used for many different builds.
  • Son of Garmadon– weakest minifigure of the bunch. He seems to be a Son of Garmadon name Mohawk, holding a bat. His face looks identical to Chopper Maroon/Nails, but the body seems to have a new print. Luke Cunningham would’ve been a better choice.
  • Kabuki Nya – the minifigure I never knew I wanted! I love the whole Kabuki esthetic and her kimono looks really nice. In case you’re wondering, Nya wore this outfit in Tournament of Elements.
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Ninjago: Dragon Hunter Polybag Found

It’s official – I have my new favorite polybag! Mini Quake Mech has been dethroned and it looks like mini Titanium Dragon will take it’s place. Getting back on track – the newest polybag is called 30547 – Dragon Hunter and it comes with a 50ish piece Dragon and what looks like an exclusive minifigure, at least torso-gear combination wise.

30547 - Dragon Hunter

Image taken from BrickSet.

The polybag was found listed on Ebay, so there isn’t much additional info. In any case, the dragon is incredibly well build using the boomerang and Nexo sword to a magnificent effect. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

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Ninjago Season 9 – Announcement Trailer

Ninjago Season 9 – Announcement Trailer

CoroCoro, an immensely popular Japanese magazine, or rather, its official Youtube channel, has been releasing Ninjago’s latest episode for the Japanese market. Why’s that interesting you ask? Well, you see, the last episode came with a trailer for the next season, which is coming this year! You read that right, this year! Hype. Ninjago: Dragon Hunters, if the Japanese name is translated directly, will be airing this July. Now, if you don’t know much Japanese, you’ll be happy to know that there are some rumors that the next season will begin airing in little over a month in Australia, but no official confirmation on that. In any case, you can view the trailer below, but it is heavy in spoiler, as is the reminder of the text. You’ve been warned.

Next season is going to be awesome! As we know from the event from Sons of Garmadon, the Ninja are split, with most of them in the First Realm. Trailer shows us that Sons of Garmadon have occupied Ninjago City and damaged it heavily. Lloyd and Nya are doing their best to control the situation, and keep their spirit high. They seemingly turn to the elemental masters for help (curiously only those that’ve already received a minifigure – curse you LEGO if it is so just so you don’t have to make the rest!). The rest of the Ninja are stuck in the realm of Oni and Dragons and in order to get back they’re looking for the legendary dragon Nerujira* (I guess the Firstbourne dragon). However, the Dragon Hunters are in their way.

Are you looking forward to the next season? I most certainly am!

* Transcribed, poorly, by me – I guess it could be translated like sleeping whale – but is a play on Godzilla? (gojira).

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LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja Game

LEGO has released a brand new Ninjago game, called Ride Ninja, and just like the name suggests it plays like an endless runner. The game recreates the events of episode 78, but is more or less spoiler free, mostly due to the fact that the game has no story. In it, you play Zane, trying to escape Sons of Garmadon, while navigating through the busy streets of Ninjago City. In the game you can ride several different bikes, but most of them are hidden behind a paywall. When you level up you get a card that improves Zanes stats and/or powers.

LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja Game

I’m not a huge fan of endless runners, and this game is no exception. It’s almost exactly the same as all the rest. Admittedly, I’ve not played the game too much – I’m level 12, my max distance is around 16000m, but I do believe that it is lacking in content. There is only one location and there are no boss fights. You can encounter Ultra Violet and Mr. E, but they play like the rest of the thugs.

The game is available for both Android and iOS.

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Ninjago City Collaborative Display

The Brothers Brick, a well known LEGO news/reviews blog, has prepared quite a surprise for all Ninjago fans visiting BrickCon. Their collaborative build, this year, will be Ninjago City theme. That’s amazing! And we’re not even at the best part yet. All readers of their blog are invited to participate. They’ve prepared extensive specifications on how to participate, leaving nothing to chance.

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You know my stance on Ninjago City (best set ever). I’m also a huge supporter of collaborative builds – I spearheaded a few in my RLUG, so I believe this is a wonderful idea. If you can, participate. If you’re visiting BrickCon this year, which is held October 4th – 7th, in Seattle Center do take pictures (and videos) and send them over!

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Third Sons of Garmadon Magazine Thug Revealed

I’m not sure it comes as much of a surprise at this point but, as the title says, yet another thug has been added to the ever increasing Sons of Garmadon gang. His name is Buffer and he comes with two red katanas and a shield. This time, we’re even blessed with a new face! I don’t know about you, but I’m loving these – they’re the only foil packs I’ve decided to collect.

LEGO Ninjago Magazine - Buffer teaser

Buffer comes will come with the latest issue of Ninjago Magazine, which is slated to be released May 29th.

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70657 – Ninjago City Docks – Official Images

The day has finally arrived – we have official images of Ninjago City’s 2018* expansion – 70657 – Ninjago City Docks set. More than that, the set is already available for purchase in Billund’s LEGOLAND, so we also have high quality pictures of the back of the box, as well as of the minifigure lineup.

*yes, I’m hoping for more

70657 – Ninjago City Docks

70657 - Ninjago City Docks - box

70657 - Ninjago City Docks - back

Image taken from zusammengebaut.com

70657 - Ninjago City Docks - minifigures

Image taken from zusammengebaut.com

I’ll be honest, it’s not everything I wished for – but they can always fix the omissions in the next expansion! I mean, they really didn’t do the fan-service minifigures properly. Mystake looks nothing like Mistaké from the TV show, Dareth and Lil’ Nelson are wearing reused Wu Cru uniforms – that’s just lazy. And not Narwhal fish-villain! A wasted opportunity. Cole’s new clothes look nice though. The rest of the minifigures are just filler, but it’s always nice getting non-screaming Ninjago Movie civilians. (hopefully those that do have screaming faces have normal alternatives)

I’m not thrilled about the look of the set either, but at least it looks like it will connect to Ninjago City quite nicely. Front of the building looks quite plain – compared to Ninjago City. It does look, however, that it has some interesting roof and window building techniques so I’m quite looking forward to those. I’ll just have to wait and see this set in person to give my final judgement.

70657 – Ninjago City Docks is set to be widely available this June and will cost €229.99.

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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.

70658 – Stone Colossi (name taken from TV Show, might not be the actual name)

70658 - Stone Colossi

Image taken from BrickSet

70655 – Dragon Pit

70655 - Dragon Pit
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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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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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