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Anyone else impressed about how Clay's Rumble Blade splits up into different craft? I'm getting a batpod feel from the two front vehicles. But what does the rear portion do after the 'flier' launches? Just sit there?
Also, I found that out when my 5 year old son ran up to me in-store to show me... That was a good moment.
His birthday is in May... that's a while to wait for a little guy!
Anyway, yesterday I picked up The Book of Monsters from Toys 'R' Us! According to the Amazon.com listing the U.S. release isn't supposed to be until June 28, but I guess Toys 'R' Us gets them early. It's a fantastic book with hilarious writing and phenomenal illustrations (the LEGO.com link above includes some sample pages if you want a glimpse at what it has to offer). It's all written in-character as the Book of Monsters, with notes added by Jestro, Merlok, and some of Jestro's lava monster minions. Besides the lava monsters, it also includes pages on sea monsters and forest monsters (who may appear in next year's sets for all I know), a labeled map of the kingdom of Knighton, and a royal family tree. I definitely recommend it to any LEGO Nexo Knights fan, or even to anybody who just wants a sense of what the story is about.
go Buy and love them with all your soul, so that lego will make more Nexo knights set's!
I'm sure the staggered releases have something to do with managing inventory. Maybe to accommodate for the trouble LEGO has had supplying certain themes in Europe in the run-up to the holidays? By getting more themes on the shelves earlier it might give them more time to gauge demand.
The Nexo Knights sets in particular were marked as August releases on their Toy Fair display cards so I basically knew I'd have to wait on those. I don't mind, though. Maybe having to wait on new sets will give me more time to focus on things I've been slacking on this year, like reviews, freelance writing, getting my room organized, and building my own original creations.
It's very pulpy, a little immature/sassy, and I really hope every one of the new monsters illustrated will get a release.
Hey, glad you enjoyed it! I've been recommending it left and right since I first picked it up at Toys R Us, so it's good to know that my recommendations didn't fall on deaf ears and that you weren't disappointed. :)
Considering that it's written by the same writers who are in charge of the TV show (John Derevlany and Mark Hoffmeier), I think it's a fair indication of what the Nexo Knights story can be like at its best. The actual TV show's quality has been a little uneven — I really thoroughly enjoyed the two part premiere, the two part finale, and the episode "Fright Knight", but some of the other episodes have been weaker IMO. Hopefully in Season 2 the show might more consistently hit that same sweet spot of humor and intrigue that the Book of Monsters did.
And I definitely agree, it'd be great to get the various monsters from the book in sets! Some like the Behemoth of Brine feel less "LEGO-ish" than others so might only turn up in the show, but others definitely seem like promising candidates for minifigures, bigfigs, or buildable figures.
Anybody know where I can get a list of Nexo Powers and where they can be obtained?
Top right shield in the Nexo Knights logo is activated, has QR style coding around the edge of the shield, the one Axl is carrying on the box art is not, but the one inside the box will be....
If you scan a power more than once you boost it. I'm having trouble scanning new powers because I can't get the app to update. It knows about the update but doesn't seem to want to actually do the updating. If anyone has overcome this problem I'd love to know how.
I think @TheOneVeyronian knew of a couple of websites with lists? We thought about compiling a list of where to find each specific power though half the fun is finding new ones. Some shields can be found in more than one place too.
Hope that helps @rawbob :o)
I wanted to see how far I was from completion but was surprised some are in magazines, on gear and in the show etc. It's good that Lego are doing that but it scuppers my plans to have a framed complete power shield display.
The unofficial Twitter account https://twitter.com/NexoPowers also shares a lot of powers, including where they come from. Good to check out!
How are people getting on?
My son and I have been having fun this last week scanning shields from his sets/lego mags/posters. I know you can find them all online, but part of the fun is looking and collecting. He's been having fun playing the game as well, it's his first 'fighting' game, up until now he's just played the Lego juniors games and similar apps, but he seems to get the hang of this now. Important skill to learn ;)
Got to echo the sentiments of the book of monsters from before as well it's a great fun book. Nice illustrations, good storytelling. We all love it. Only watched the first episode, but with the game, the little movies and the book we feel like we know enough. And anyway, more fun to use your fantasy anyway. He's building the fortrex now... And I said we weren't going to start a new theme.... I've got no backbone when it comes to Lego.
@chrisalddin they've got S1 V1 and V2 on DVD on amazon.co.uk, you can buy the German import one, cheaper than the UK one and it will have the option to play in English.
The DVDs would make good stocking fillers.
Some energy pylons, mills, village houses, etc. I think that was a big miss for the second wave of sets. Too many vehicles already released.
Does anyone have any impression of how well this theme is doing? Googling various terms didn't get me very far, because of course TLG keep sales figures close to their chests, and I'd imagine retailers are expected to do the same. But if anybody here works on a toy shop, it'd be interesting to hear your impressions of how customers are responding to it...
I also would love to see more location-based sets, especially village-based ones, since that's the main place the first year has been lacking. We'll see what year two brings—past Castle themes have tended to release more sets along those lines in years two and three, including the Medieval Market Village, Mill Village Raid, Blacksmith Attack, and Kingdoms Joust. The Nexo Knights TV series certainly has no shortage of interesting locations that haven't yet been depicted, from the tech-enhanced villages to the Knights Academy to the Knightonia Arena to Knightonia Castle itself, so hopefully some of those might appear in sets at some point in the future.
There is a toysrus right next door and I head in there about 3 times per week to see how their sales are doing. From my observations and conversations with staff there the theme is doing pretty well there.
At the Walmart in the area, the Kings Mech is gone and smaller sets look like they are selling well. Large sets don't look like they are moving, including the Fortrex.
At the Targets I go to, same story there, smaller sets are moving, large sets are not
I pay close attention to this theme as I personally love it and I am hoping it goes for many more waves. I even count the number of sets at each store to check sales. I'm pretty crazy, I know.
i think most who plan to get the big set's wait for a 33% offer. ( i know i am. )
having said that.
i would most likely pay full price for a D2C in nexo knights more so if it is as good as the Ninjago D2C we got last year. ( that i still have on display and has been given the prize for one of my set's having be on display for the longest time.)
funny you say that. the offer i got when you brake down the numbers for the Fortrex.
i payed £51.10 for my Fortrex that is with all cashback from that Store's Vip added in.
the brake down is as follows.
set price on store. £78.62.
78.62 X20 = 1572.40 Vip points. = £15.72 in cashback on VIP card for that store.
then £78.62 takeaway 15% offer code. = £66.82
and if you add in the VIP cashback bring it to £51.10
this was back on the 12th of February 2016.
i think i got a good deal on that one. :)
could have picked up the #70323 Jestro's Volcano Lair at £66.99 back when it 1st came out. but i just did not have the cash. so i hoping to see it for about that price again.
Where'd you see Jestro's Volcano Lair for £66.99? I must haunt it when the next wave comes out! Best price I've seen so far is £84, so it's for the (further-off-than-the-Fortrex) future...
was listed on amazon for a small time on a price match at £71.99.
I do have a question for Nexo fans: Do you display the "extra" power shields? And if so, how?
For example, #70324 Merlok's Library 2.0 comes with two power shields but only one frame. I did noticed the Ultimate sets place the shields into the set itself.
what are battle standards/crests? Is it something related to the show? I only watched the first episodes from LEGO.com.
Just ordered #70231 General Magmar's Siege Machine of Doom. I find the monsters' sets more appealing than the knights'... mostly for the color scheme; i find the knight's blue palette a bit off-putting.
But as I said, I like the bad guys better. So far I have #70316 Jestro's Evil Mobile and #70321 General Magmar's Siege Machine of Doom. I'll be buying #70323 Jestro's Volcano Lair next.
Not sure about the 2017 purple-colored sets, but so far #70352 Jestro's caught my attention.
Is "both" an answer? Chima was not really an unsuccessful theme in the grand scheme of things, and it lasted a full three years. I expect Nexo Knights to have around the same overall lifespan. I encourage you to get some of the sets if they interest you for your own collection, but don't do so with the expectation that it will still be going strong five to ten years in like City, Friends, or Ninjago. Even big LEGO themes like Ninjago and Chima are usually not intended to last that long, and the fact that Ninjago is going strong as an evergreen theme today is indicative of how much it exceeded its original expectations.
Jestro's Volcano Lair is definitely one of the most impressive evil castles we've had in many years, and some of the smaller bad guy vehicles like Moltor's Lava Smasher and Beast Master's Chaos Chariot are pretty great as well. The lava monsters themselves are a lot of fun and, because most of them share the same colors, easy to mix and match if you want to create more varied armies.