|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 eleven tribes (Lions, Crocodiles, Eagles, Wolves, Ravens, Gorillas, Skunks, Foxes, Bears, Beavers and Rhinoceroses) 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.
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 is an online game due to be out 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, five 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 colour, 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 coloured eyes, blue is generally chosen.
Olive green is the colour 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 coloured 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 colour, 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.
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 defence 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.
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