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70136 Banana Bash
70137 Bat Strike
70138 Web Dash
70139 Sky Launch
70140 Stinger Duel
But I think we're definitely getting bears in the sets, maybe? Beavers could come in the Speedorz sets?
Either way, with all these interesting new sets and stuff, Lego's taking all my money next year too! :-)
But the one thing that's bugging me... Lavertus... I'm wondering 'is it yet another member of the Lion tribe, or could it be a new tribe?'. If it is a new Lion, then it sounds like it'll be the only tribe to be carried over from last year. That doesn't make too much sense to me at all. Don't just add new tribes, I'd like to see new members of all the existing tribes in the mix too!
I'll have to wait for official pictures before I can be sure about anything though. So exciting!
@dannyrww Elephants would be cool!
But here's my guess as to the tribe in each set name (ok, some are obvious):
70128 Braptor's Wing Striker: Bear
70129 Lavertus' Twin Blade: Lion
70130 Sparratus' Spider Striker: Spider
70131 Rogon's Rock Flinger: Rhino
70132 Scorm's Scorpion Stinger: Scorpion
70133 Spinlyn's Cavern: Possibly Spider
70134 Lavertus' Outland Base: Lion
The Speedorz sets are too hard to tell what tribe they have in them as yet.
Interesting to note that Lavertus has an outland base, though. Perhaps he could be a banished lion?
But, as yet, we are still to see the minifigures we get in each set. So who knows? We could see more Eagles, Wolves, Ravens and Gorillas fighting the new tribes. Honestly, the Gorillas and Ravens could do with a new member each anyway, they only had 4 members in the 2013 wave where every other major tribe had 5.
Just my thoughts.
I don't think this is the complete fig though - I think it's meant to have a back extension for 4 more legs, but I like what I'm seeing!
(Source: http://www.thebrickfan.com/2014-lego-minifigures-show-ebay/ )
I recently bought the gorilla and wolf sets on sale at the Lego store. And also a few speedor sets.
I agree the Chima TV show is pretty awful, though I don't mind the voice acting... I think the script is where it's weakest. The characters' voices are great (Laval's childish voice just makes him that much more adorable) but the inane things they are made to say made it difficult for me to actually enjoy. I do like some of the comic relief characters like Plovar and Gorzan, though.
I have greatly enjoyed what I've read of Greg Farshtey's Legends of Chima storybooks, which have a sort of an Aesop's Fables flavor to them. The stories are silly and kid-friendly, without a whole lot of epic mythology, but they're also hilarious, like the story where Cragger buys an "invisibility potion" from Razar and waltzes right into the Lion CHI Temple all alone before he realizes that he's not, in fact, invisible.
Overall, the weakness of the show and my commitment to the Ninjago and Hero Factory themes has made it hard for me to invest heavily in Legends of Chima (all I own personally are a few sets I got for free or at a 50% discount during Brickfair Virginia this year). But the Legend Beasts are looking awesome and just might enough to make a believer out of me. I doubt I'll buy every set... just the ones that I like best. With Ninjago and Hero Factory both continuing as well I have to be a bit selective!
We have never watched Ninjago so maybe after the season finale I will try to get hold of the back episodes and sit down with him and watch it through. Were they ever released on DVD/Blu ray?
The Ninjago TV series actually started with a one-hour TV special which is separate from the seasons that are identified as "season one" and "season two" in America. It's available on DVD, but if you download it from a digital content service like iTunes or Amazon Instant Video (both of which count the two episodes that make up the special, "Way of the Ninja" and "King of Shadows", as part of Season 1), it's actually a bit cheaper. Of course, I prefer having my movies and TV shows as physical disks whenever possible.
I'm most excited about the Legend Beasts, personally. The final renders make them look a lot better than the preliminary images we had seen, and they're going to be both great models and great parts packs. They're also an easy way to get five of the theme's main characters from 2013, though it's kind of odd that they do use the 2013 minifigures and not the 2014 ones like the new Eris that was leaked months ago.
The scorpion and spider sets are starting to look a bit too much like Galaxy Squad bugs, in my opinion.
plus would have been nice to have the alternative helmet for him
he got the lion temple for his bday and weve got him the only one hes not been given, the croc boat, for xmas .
id love to get him a little something else chima ish and wonder if any of the new sets will be in the lego shops (uk) before christmas? are there rellease dates?
otherwise hell get the speedorz track and the seethrough ones ...
(do let me know soonish , tbh hes more likely to get another big set if the new ones will be available )
cheers and seasons greetings all
Not sure if you want any recommendations for good Chima sets from this year, and I'm not sure what ones I'd have to offer. My twin brother was a lot more excited about Chima than I was this year, and through a combination of planning and dumb luck we managed to get most of the minifigures of the "main characters" (Laval, Cragger, Eris, Worriz, Gorzan, and Razar)... the ones that we don't have yet we're anticipating for Christmas. But now, come to find out, next year's Legend Beast sets (which seem to be great models at a great low price) will have all of those figs but Razar, and not even in new costumes like some of the bigger sets have! Since I'm much more excited about the Legend Beasts than I was about ANY of this year's sets, we're going to end up with some duplicates.
Intertoys.nl has descriptions, piece counts, and additional pictures for all of the 2014 Chima sets. I compiled all the links here.
I'm super-excited for the Legend Beasts! I've built them all on LDD, though I'm not 100% certain of some of the interior parts from the Gorilla and Eagle Legend Beasts. They look like they should each have a more than equitable piece count for their retail price (assuming the European and American prices compare in about the same way as they have in the past). My first purchases will probably be the Crocodile and Wolf Legend Beasts (#70126 and #70127), but I hope to get them all in time.
And now that I realize the figs in the Legend Beast sets don't have capes, I feel better about having gotten most of them from this year's sets.
70142 Eris Fire Eagle Plane – 330 pcs – $35
70143 Sir Fangarm Sabre-tooth Tiger – 415 pcs – $50
70144 Laval Fire Lion – 450 pcs – $60
70145 Maula Ice Mammoth – 604 pcs – $75
70146 Flight to the Phoenix Fire Temple – 1,301 pcs – $150
definitely considering some of the bigger new sets.
Most of the sets do not interest me either. The upcoming Mammoth looks very cool, though. That is one of the only sets I've found I've been drawn to.
So I was wary about Chima, because it just seemed like a rerun of Ninjago. The only set I've seen in the flesh is the Gorilla Mech thingy, which my brother bought because he loves monkeys. I must admit, I was very impressed by the construction of the mech itself (it's the first System mech I've seen - though I owned a fair few of Bionicles/giant Knight's Kingdom figures back in the day), and it does look decent - I like the Gorilla 'look' it has, as well as the banana ammo-belt. That said, I didn't like really like the minifigs themselves. I thought they looked pretty wacky - I much preferred the CMF Gorilla Suit dude as far as 'cuteness' is concerned.
Like always, no doubt they appeal more to the target age range, and no doubt there are collectors who are into it as there are with any theme. But I feel that Lego could have put just a bit more effort into it and made mechs which would have appealed to kids for playability as well as to AFOLS for the building experience/final look.
I'm quite fond of the Legends of Chima set and minifigure designs, but I'm not as invested in the theme as I was with Ninjago, partly because the TV show got off to such a rocky start. I have heard that it's improved since then but I haven't yet convinced myself to get caught up. I do love the Chima storybooks by Greg Farshtey, though. They have lots of funny and character-driven stories, plus they're fully illustrated (the Ninjago storybooks from Europe are also fully illustrated, but the ones we got in the US were chapter books which included some of the same short stories, with additional, longer stories in place of the European books' illustrations and other content).
This year the only Chima sets on my wish list are the Legend Beasts, which are brilliant. I already have the wolf and my brother has the eagle, and I hope between the two of us we can get the other three. I hope there are new Legend Beasts next year, like ones for the Raven Tribe and Rhino Tribe.
With that said, there are some downright brilliant set designs this year, just as there were last year. Beautiful color schemes too!