Ninjago at the New York Toy Fair

The 2018 New York Toy Fair has officially started a few days ago, meaning that we’re, once again, able to take a (small) look into what the future has in store for us. At least LEGO wise. Just like it was the case with the Nuremberg Toy Fair we didn’t attend this one either, this time because of the 7200 kilometers (4474 miles) that divides us and I can’t walk that far. Nevertheless, we’re committed to bringing you all the Ninjago related news that has popped up at the fair.

Displays

Similarly to the one at Nuremberg Toy Fair, New York Toy Fair Ninjago display only sets for the Movie and Sons of Garmadon, and do not show any unreleased sets. However, they do contain some Ninjago merchandise that I haven’t seen before. To me, the displays look a bit weaker than those at Nuremberg, mostly because the giant 70643 – Temple of Resurrection was not reused. They must be packing it so they can ship it to my room. If you want to see more pictures of the displays you can do so at bzpower.com.

Ninjago merchandise

Ninjago display at the New York Toy Fair. Credit for the picture goes to bzpower.com.

70652 – Stormbringer Dragon

The LEGO Boost display at the New York Toy Fair managed to confirm two things – LEGO Boost is indeed extendible with an upcoming Ninjago set and Stormbringer Dragon, one of the rumored sets, will be coming out this summer. Also, because of it, we get our first official look at the dragon itself (although combined with Boost) and, more importantly, the new minifigures. The dragon looks quite alright, even with printed eyes – which is a relief.

According to tomsguide.com the dragon is able to distinguish between friend and foe and will try to shake of villains that try to ride it. That sounds awesome. It also responds to petting and answers questions. Go over to tomsguide.com for a video of live demonstration.

Boost + Stormbringer Dragon

Boost + Stormbringer Dragon at the New York Toy Fair. Credit for the picture goes to zusammengebaut.com.

Stormbringer Dragon minifigures at the New York Toy Fair. Credit for the picture goes to thebrickfan.com.

TV Show

In order to kick off the New York Toy Fair LEGO released a nice (not so) little press release. Most of it is Ninjago-unrelated hogwash (when will you LEGO abandon all other lines and have 200 new Ninjago sets every year!?), but the good bits are golden:

Following its 2017 theatrical debut, LEGO NINJAGO® returns with new building sets loaded with details, features and functions based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie™ and two new seasons of NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu airing on Cartoon Network.

Yes, you read that right – we’ll be getting two seasons this year. What a time to be alive!

Ninjago Season 9 Logo Mockup

4 comments

Hm…I think I’ll have to wait until I see the Stormbringer Dragon solo before I make any judgements; the combination with Boost isn’t really to be my liking. The minifigs are definitely interesting-wonder how long the Movie style hood will remain in use. That villain is definitely something different-wonder how his (her?) compatriots will look.

Two seasons, eh? Sounds great…if they can ever get around to giving us the first one.

Yeah, I don’t like it either. The body is just to bulky, when compared to the wings/head and especially legs. I do, however, really like the direction they’re taking these. LEGO definitely is all about finding fun and interesting way of combining bricks/sets/whatever. Can’t wait to see what else they’ll combine with Boost and/or other Ninjago sets.

I don’t like the look of the new villain – but that’s most likely due to the awkward angle. The headgear/shoulder guard combo is just not doing it for me.

Maybe that’s the reason they’re still not airing the episodes in US? They’re waiting to be able to air them both at the same time? (or in succession)

Yeah, the legs do look flimsy. The new villain is definitely different; that new armor piece is definitely different, and it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the villains fit the aesthetic or if they’ve all got their own thing going. Man I hope not-if they do that we’ll end up waiting until fall.

I don’t think it’ll be that far away. Spring, or summer at most I’d say.

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