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how to train your dragon Lego sets and licencing issue
i'm a huge fan of how to train your dragon, as it combines vikings, a great story, the best animation i can think of, creativity, and the best dragon ever. but I'm just as big of a fan of Lego. so i was discussed when ionix released their sets for the movie, because they looked terrible and the characters were also weirdly able to turn into a block. that reduced the mobility an the play ability in my eyes. but also I've had a bad experience with knock off brands such as mega blocks and best lock. It destroyed my heart to see that Lego couldn't make a httyd set because ionix had the license. i learned this after i supported a Lego ideas set with toothless and hiccup. i think Lego would have done a better job at their builds and had better quality printing. i found it stupid that ionix revolves around an opening brick and felt like that just destroyed the whole theme of httyd for me. i wanted to make a petition for every one to vote for dream works to give Lego the licence, and i know i'm not the only one. so i want to know what you guys think and also what types of sets that you would buy if Lego made httyd sets. personally i would buy all the sets Lego would sell since im obsessed with httyd and Lego.
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I loved the first How To Train Your Dragon movie and the shorts (still need to see the sequel), so I would be a big fan of Lego sets based on it if TLG ever got the licence. I think they've shown how good they are with brick-built dragons on the Elves and Ninjago lines, so it seems like they could really go to town on Toothless and the others. The Viking village could be a lot of fun too... heck, I just want more Vikings.
The lack of capital letters is a pretty good indication, IMO.
(I do agree though - a bit impatient for an adult too).
I think it is quite a neat idea how the 2x4 brick folds up, something fairly innovative not just a regular 2x4 clone.
The figures that comes form the 2x4 ... (about 2min)
they are transforming bricks: brick --> figures. I'm not a fan of the final minifig, but again at least it is something novel and fun for kids to transform them. Remember lego doesn't allow others to make minifigures exactly the same as theirs. So they either do poor quality clones that are different, or they do something like this and come up with something very different.
Dragons (about 5.15min in video above) again is transforming. It is different to lego.
I think I prefer these to direct lego style copies. The folding brick seems to be the USP of Ionix.
i shall have to be more careful
There's no telling how long the Ionix license for HTTYD will last, but then again, there's also no telling whether the LEGO Group would pursue that license if given a second chance. It's definitely a popular film series, but popularity doesn't always equate to selling power.
Just in the last few years dragons have featured in Ninjago, Elves, Castle, The Hobbit and Creator sets that I can think of of the top of my head without any research- another theme built around Dragons becomes white noise. I won't be surprised if Nexo Knights add dragons/mecha dragons at some point but it's been smart for them to avoid it so far.