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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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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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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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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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Ninjago: Hunted, episode 90 – semi-review

Getting back on track of giving, truly late, reviews of Ninjago episodes – it’s time we reviewed episode 90, called ‘Two Lies, One Truth’. The title seems to reference the popular, at least during team-buildings, game ‘Two Truths and a Lie’. Perhaps this is also a reference to Tommy Andreasen’s tweet for April Fools’? The episode is quite good, with one scene that almost ruined the whole season for me. More about that after the usual break. Naturally, there will be spoilers abound.

Still from Ninjago Hunted Episode 90

In the first realm Iron Baron finds his subordinates in the desert and is informed of Heavy Metal/Faith’s betrayal. Jet Jack volunteers herself to hunt her and the ninja down while they continue going “towards” the golden dragon armor. Or at least towards wherever Master Wu’s gut is leading them to. One of the best, at least cinematics wise, chase scenes in Ninjago ensues and it even involves a dragon.

After they escape they come upon an (abandoned) Oni City! But there is no armor to be found! Faith rages, but Wu manages to escape her wrath by finding a map to the armor. The map shown in the episode is not complete, but the armor is clearly marked. What’s more interesting to me is that there is a hint of some kind of a large city, with asian-styled buildings, on it. I hope we will get to see it some time in the future.

The Ninjago Realm part starts with a huge reveal that kind of was done in the previous episode – Mistaké is an Oni. And she is quite old. Apparently, she came to Ninjago in the “Time of Legend” (that’s how Lloyd referred time of Ninjago’s creation as), chasing the First Spinjitzu Master. Her, and her teammate’s, goal was to either convert him or kill him. However, Mistaké feel in love with Ninjago and sabotaged the operation. She’s been helping the First Spinjitzu master ever since.

The next scene in Ninjago City is the one I was talking about in the beginning of the post. Harumi, somehow, manages to convince Garmadon to adopt her. What. The guy who cold-heartedly killed Mr. E for failing to track down Lloyd. Almost killed Harumi for the same reason. And wants to kill Lloyd, his true flesh and blood, for apparently no reason, since he has place for love in his heart. Oh, and, he’s destroying Ninjago so he can protect it against an unknown darkness. Right. If you love something, destroy it. If it rebuilds, it was always yours. I guess that was the sentiment.

Towards the end of the episode the resistance manages to outwit the Sons of Garmadon once more and capture Harumi in a true ninja style. This sequence and the one before (Oni City), definitely, requested the episode. What were your thoughts on the episode?

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Ninjago at SDCC

Just like last year, Ninjago had a strong presence at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con, on the off chance you don’t know). Similarly, we didn’t go this year either, but, thanks to BrickFan, who was kind enough to tweet-out the entire experience, it’s as though we were there ourselves. Fortunately, there were no Ninjago exclusives this year either, so there is very little that we missed, regarding Ninjago info/memorabilia.

Ninjago at the SDCC - logo

The theme for this year’s panel was “Love” – in all of it’s shapes and forms. The panel lasted about an hour, and here’s a rough timeline of the discussions, together with some commentary:

  • Trailer for Ninjago: Hunted was shown. It’s been available online for a while and you can see it here.
  • Voice actors talked about their experiences and the fact that they can be given their lines without a context.
  • Tommy Andreasen’s all-time favorite clip was shown. It’s Nya telling Lloyd to believe in himself.
  • Concept art was shown, mostly for Ninjago: Hunted.
    • Various versions of Dragon Hunters were shown. Personal favorites for Dragon Hunter versions are: Magic Knights, Knightpunks and Samurai.
    • Concept art of Dragons was truly epic. Most of then were more “Asian” in style.
  • Snake Jaguar was referenced, so maybe he’ll return in the future? Apparently it’s the middle name of Kelly Metzger’s (voice of Nya) son.
  • Karaoke time – panel participants sang The Fold – The Weekend Whip.
  • Q&A session. For me, only two questions/answers were interesting:
    • Golden Ninja may return.
    • Ninjago might get an anime version. This is something they’re already playing with.
  • Future reveals:
    • In 2019 Ninjago will get additional 6+ hours of content. This includes a four-part special and, most likely, an entire season.
    • There will be four special episodes, for a total of 100 episodes. This count includes the two pilots, but, for some reason, excludes Day of the Departed.
  • Sneak peek of 100th episode was shown. In the clip Kai is giving advice to Jay how to ask Nya to make their relationship more “official”. Towards the end Dareth joins them. You can see the clip here.

To me, the panel was quite interesting. Hopefully it will be made available on Youtube at some point. Perhaps the slides as well.

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