|Legends of Chima|
Legends of Chima is a theme introduced in 2013. It will continue into at least 2015. The theme features the world of anthropomorphic creatures, called the Land of Chima, which is populated by at least 18 tribes and the war which threatens it.
Nine regular sets were featured in the first wave, in addition to six "Speedorz" sets with more gradually being released through the year.
Speedorz is a game introduced with the theme which includes one-wheeled bikes, called Speedorz, powered by a rip-cord. The game involves completing challenges and surpassing obstacles to earn Chi crystals, the mineral the animals are fighting over in the story.
On January 16, 2013 Legends of Chima: The Animated Series premiered with two pilot episodes. The cartoon continued again half-way through 2013, when the second wave of sets were released. There is also a second series in 2014.
Three video games for the theme are currently known. One, known as Legends of Chima: Speedorz, was released on iOS devices on January 1, 2013 and shortly after as an online game. A second one is for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, and is called LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey. The last one, an online game, that was released in Autumn 2013 is a massive multi-player online game called LEGO Legends of Chima Online.
One defining trait of the Legends of Chima theme is the animal-motif used by nearly every set in the line. Vehicles and structures will feature the head-shape, outline, or both, of their respective tribe's patron animal. Several vehicles also include blue tubing and/or lights to represent Chi powering it and/or a weapon. To date, six different factions have been released through several sets. Each faction has its own colourscheme and unique characteristics.
Vehicles and structures used by the lion tribe use flame yellowish orange as a primary color, brown for their manes, and different shades of lighter brown for accents and differentiation. White teeth, fangs, and claws are also a recurring attribute. The larger lion vehicles also feature red tongues inside jaws which can open and close. When the lion figureheads are given colored eyes, blue is generally chosen.
Olive green is the color chosen as the dominant one in the Crocodile Tribe's scheme while red is used secondarily for highlights. Different shades of green, such as bright yellowish, dark, and earth are used sparsely. Like the lions, the croc vehicles generally have claws and teeth, though in at least one set the claws are black and not white.
The eagle tribe's vehicles generally feature white bird-heads with yellow beaks. The body behind will generally be different shades of blue, including earth, bright, and dark azur, though white also appears for accents. Talons are a common feature, either coloured gold or black. Like the lions, the eagles' Chi weapons are mostly blue. Eagle architecture, which does not always include characteristics of real word eagles, generally feature stone structures with arches and smoothed, sloping tops, so long as a minifigure is not meant to be placed on it.
The sole wolf vehicle released so far features a full wolf-head build into a truck colored medium and dark stone grey with dark red highlights. Aside from in the head's jaw, white teeth and fangs can be found around the vehicle at various locations. No Chi powered weapons appear, but according to the storyline it is rare that the wolves do use Chi weapons, and when they do, they consider it high-tech. Other notable features of the vehicle are the large wheels and flaming exhaust.
Two of the three raven vehicles are gliders with feather-like wings, Raven beaks, and Chi powered weapons represented with transparent red, as with the Crocodiles. Black is used as a primary color, dark grey for differentiation and a sheet-metal look, and dark red, medium lilac, and earth green are used for highlights, the latter for very subtle ones on one occasion.
Speedorz sets include a motorbike-like vehicle with one, blue wheel. A fairing, mould depending on the tribe which will feature attributes both printed and moulded such as beaks, teeth, and eyes, is placed on the chassis and a minifigure will sit inbetween. On the back, add-ons called power upz can be placed to extend the width or length. Power upz include claws, rotors, and flaming exhaust pipes.
Sets featuring speedorz will often include one or more obstacles and a ramp, in addition to cards, minifigure(s), accessories, and Chi crystals. The challenge will generally consist of an obstacle which needs to be cleared or targets which need to be disturbed in some way or another.
Another component of the theme are constraction (constructable action) figures. Six figures have been announced, one from each of the six tribes most featured in 2013, but clear pictures of only two have surfaced. They include a set consisting wholly of the figure featuring an exclusive moulded head and weapons. They are built using a system first introduced in 2011 with Hero Factory's Ordeal of Fire story-arc. Late December 2013 or early 2014, New sets will be released, according to Eurobricks, Legend Beast sets, Bats, Spiders, Scorpions, Rhinos and the mysterious, ShadoWind.
Main Articles: List of Legends of Chima: The Animated Series episodes, Land of Chima
The Land of Chima was once shared by several species of animals peacefully. After a natural disaster, a mountain rose into the sky and waterfalls began flowing to the land below. The animals that drank from it, at least ten species, evolved into anthropomorphic humans due to the Chi in the water. Not all the animals drank from it, and those who abstained left Chima. According to legend, these animals, called Legends Beasts, will return to Chima when they are needed.
The animals were able to live mostly peacefully for years. The Lion Tribe, who first drank from the river, distributed the Chi fairly, even to their enemies, to keep nature in balance. Squabbles were kept from turning into all out war by Speedorz tournaments.
This all changed when a young crocodile prince named Cragger placed a Chi orb in his chest before he became of age and was overwhelmed with the power that surged through him and became addicted. After convincing Worriz, the leader of the wolves, to accompany him, they sneaked into the Lion's Chi Temple to get more, but were caught by the Lion King, Lagravis, his son, Laval, and their guards, Leonidas and Longtooth.
This led to a battle between the Lion and Crocodile tribes when Cragger escaped (Worriz fled as soon as they were caught). In the battle, Cragger's parents, Crominus and Crunket, were caught in a fracture of the Earth and fell below. They survived, but were thought to be dead to the world.
Cragger was named king of the Crocodiles, and through a flower with mind-altering pheromones, his evil sister, Crooler, was able to convince him to start a rebellion against the lions.
Making alliances with the Wolf and Raven tribes, Cragger attacked the Lions. The Eagles and Gorillas came to their defense and a battle over the Chi temple ensued between the six tribes.
The crocodiles and their allies were defeated during this battle when Laval arrived riding a Lion Legend Beast. All present (which now included Bears and Rhinos, though their parts are unknown), aside from Cragger who Laval defeated, paused their fight to bow to the beast.
During the monthly Chi distribution Lagravis and Laval give out Chi to the tribes of Chima when Cragger and Crooler turn up and ask for some. Although Laval protests, Lagravis still lets them have it and says that they must follow the rules and share the CHI fairly. Meanwhile, Gorzan and Gloona find a flower in the middle of the road and decide to protect it from tribes and vehicles. Laval then tracks Cragger down and warns them that if they abuse the Chi that he will stop them. Cragger then orders Crug and Crawley to battle Laval and after a short fight, Cragger and Crooler then give Laval the Chi as part of their plan.
Meanwhile, Gorzan sends the peaceful Eagles and the more aggresive Rhinos on a detour to protect the flower. After a talk with Eris about what happened last time a lion kept too much Chi, Laval decides to give the Chi back to Cragger who then uses it to his advantage by framing Laval for stealing the Chi in front of his tribe. Laval and Eris must then retreat and are pursued by Cragger and his army. He goes to the gorge where he drops the Chi down so that Cragger can't get it but Cragger then pushes him down with it. He is only saved by Eris in her interceptor and they then retreat after being shot down by the crocodiles.
Meanwhile, Gorzan continues to protect the flower, and tries to tell the Ravens to take the detour, who were trying to help the Crocodiles. Razar wants him to cover their extra travel costs. He then uproots the flower and tries to sell it to him. Gorzan believes it was a different flower, but when he finds out he is not happy with this and takes the flower back. The Ravens run away from the enraged ape and take the detour.
Laval is then goes to find the legend beast but is cornered by Cragger and his troops. Cragger uses an orb of Chi he kept, but Plomar then arrives to clean Craggers teeth and is then chased away. The fight continues but Laval is overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Gorzan is still protecting the flower and this time Worriz shows up, needing to meet Cragger, and the two fight. Worriz loses, but a part of his vehicle falls off, leading to the flower being damaged.
Laval is then saved but not by the legend beast but rather Eris and multiple Leonidases. Cragger retreats when informed that the Ravens and Wolfs took a detour. Laval then sees the Legend Beast and realizes that he didn't come because of what Laval did with the Chi. Chima then experiences a short earthquake and Laval realizes what he has done wrong. The two then meet up with Gloona and Gorzan who have taken the flower to a hilltop where it can be safe. Gorzan has learned that the road is not the safe place for a flower and all four then let those flowers let them smile. Meanwhile, Crooler plans her next move against the Lions, and tells her brother.
While Laval is cleaning the map room and Eris enters. They then decide to visit some of these places and set of in Lagravis' Lion Tank. They are spied on by Cragger and Crooler who are planning to attack while Lagravis, Laval and Eris are away.
Laval and Eris cross a bridge and Laval admits he hasn't driven the tank before. They then enter the falling jungle because Eris messed up the directions. They are rescued by Gorzan and then have to dig the tank out of the mud. Laval says they will have plenty of time to clean it off as his father is off trying to sign a treaty with the Rhinos. They then go up spiral mountain and see all the views but keep almost slipping over the edge.
Meanwhile, Lagravis visits the Rhino tribe and tries to find someone to talk to someone and tries to break up a fight. The Rhinos laugh when he says about sorting out their differences as the Rhinos fight for the fun of it, not because they're angry at each other.
Laval and Eris then reach the top of spiral mountain and witness what they believe to be the best sunset in all of Chima. However, Laval forgot to leave the parking brake on so the tank rolls backwards and falls off the mountain. They find the ruined tank at the bottom and Laval begins to worry. Eris then has an idea and they go to the Beaver tribe who supposedly are really good at rebuilding vehicles and also love doing it.
They appear hostile at first but when Laval mentions the tank they all get very excited and agree to help. The chief beaver then shows Laval and Eris the other work that they've been doing and they're shocked to find a dam being build to block of the water flowing into the Lion Temple. The beavers say that a crocodile, Cragger, asked them to do it.
At the Lion Temple, the elders find that the pool is empty and send out a distress roar which Lagravis (who is having no luck with the Rhinos) hears and returns to find out whats going on but is attacked by wolves on his way back.
Laval and Eris then tell the rest of the beavers about the tank and they immediately abandon work on the dam to help fix the tank. Cragger and Crooler then attack while Eris and Laval attempt to destroy the dam. During the fight, Cragger plugs an orb and sends off a wave of energy which topples the dam. Laval then wakes up in his room and finds that everything worked out alright and that the beavers even drove the tank back for him. However, they added a few modifications and Lagravis is angry to find his tank now has wings.
|66450||Super Pack 3-in-1||Razcal, Crawley, Leonidas, Eris, Razar, Rizzo||2013|
|30250||Ewar's Acro-Fighter||33||Ewar||$4.99 RRP||January 2013|
|30251||Winzar's Pack Control||38||Winzar||$3.99||2013|
|30252||Crug's Swamp Jet||23||Crug||2013|
|30253||Leonidas' Jungle Dragster||30||Leonidas||January, 2013|
|6031640||Chima Promotional Pack||5||2013|
|6031641||Lion tribe rip-cord and topper||2||2013|
|850602||Cragger Key Chain||1||2013|
|850607||Eris Key Chain||1||2013|
|850608||Laval Key Chain||1||2013|
|850609||Worriz Key Chain||1||2013|
|Lions||and Eagles Activity Book||Lennox||April 2013|
|TBA||Legends of Chima Brickmaster||Lennox, Crawley||2013|
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